The days are SO EVIL so much so that, if one does not discern by The Holy Spirit, one can be deceived by evil spirits.
It is such a pitiful sight to see; increasingly, many believers are being deceived by deceiving spirits, drawn away from The Truth — and they don’t even know!
The Holy Spirit issues the very dire warning about this:
“Now The Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,” 1 Timothy 4:1.
“See then that you walk circumspectly [carefully, cautiously], not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what The Will of The LORD is,” Ephesians 5:15-17.
Holy brethren, our love, yes, our life in Christ Jesus MUST “abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,” (Philippians 1:9). That is, knowledge and all discernment of The Truth.
This can only be achieved by continually increasing intimacy with The Holy Spirit, studying The Word for ourselves with deep revelations by The Spirit and having our “senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:12-14).
“But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted — you may well put up with it!” 2 Corinthians 11:3-4.
Ours is now a very CRITICAL time of discernment vs. deception. Therefore, we must always ask The LORD about everyone and everything before proceeding. Our life must be strictly about the who, what, when, where, and how of The Holy Spirit.
In other words, inquire of The LORD about everyone and everything (who/ what), act only at the timing of The LORD (when), go only to the place directed by The LORD (where), and ask The LORD to show you how to do what you’re to do as led by The Holy Spirit.
Don’t assume anything. Don’t presume anything. Don’t do your will or other persons’. Seek and do only The Will of The LORD. (Please study Matthew 7:21-23, and fear God).
“Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before The Judgment Seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing, therefore, the terror of The LORD, we persuade men…” 2 Corinthians 5:9-11 emphasis added.
Furthermore, please remember and beware that there are SO MANY false prophets and false prophecies nowadays! And they will increase even more and more in the days ahead. (Read Matthew 24, especially Mattrhew 4,11,24 about the rise of false prophets and false Christs).
For example, there are many such who are writing and speaking, doing business for jabulon (the god Freemasons serve, who is Satan), but presenting themselves as apostles and prophets of Jesus Christ.
You must discern and discard them. Don’t read and/ or hear their deception!
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works,” 2 Corinthians 11:13-15.
Beware of these evil men and impostors who are now all over the ground like autumn leaves.
“But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived,” 2 Timothy 3:13.
Beware also that there are many others who are of Jesus Christ but speaking somethings by their own spirit, and not by The Holy Spirit. Some, even right in the midst of speaking by The Holy Spirit, say things by their own spirit. This is wrong and evil. You must discern and avoid whatever is not by The Holy Spirit.
The Scripture of Truth abounds with warnings about this.
“And The LORD said to me, “The prophets prophesy lies in My Name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart,” Jeremiah 14:14.
“Thus says The LORD of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; They speak a vision of their own heart, Not from The Mouth of The LORD. They continually say to those who despise Me, ‘The LORD has said, “You shall have peace” ’; And to everyone who walks according to the dictates of his own heart, they say, ‘No evil shall come upon you.’” Jeremiah 23:16-17.
“Thus says The LORD God : “Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!……
……. They have envisioned futility and false divination, saying, ‘Thus says The LORD!’ But The LORD has not sent them; yet they hope that the word may be confirmed. Have you not seen a futile vision, and have you not spoken false divination? You say, ‘The LORD says,’ but I have not spoken.” Therefore thus says The LORD God : “Because you have spoken nonsense and envisioned lies, therefore I Am indeed against you,” says The LORD God. “My Hand will be against the prophets who envision futility and who divine lies…” Ezekiel 13:3,6-9.
“And The Word of The LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, say to her [Israel]: ‘You are a land that is not cleansed or rained on in the day of indignation.’ The conspiracy of her prophets in her midst is like a roaring lion tearing the prey; they have devoured people; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in her midst…..
……. Her prophets plastered them with untempered mortar, seeing false visions, and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord God ,’ when The LORD had not spoken,” Ezekiel 22:23-25, 28.
Discerning True and False Prophecies
Now, regarding prophecies. Which ones are true; which ones are false?
The Word of God is very clear on the matter: “…he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.” (1 Corinthians 14:3).
Therefore, if he who prophesies does not speak edification (building up), exhortation/ encouragement (in The Way of God, caution to turn from the wrong way to The Right Way in Christ, something revealed by God for prayer, etc.) and comfort (of The Father), then he or the prophecy or both cannot be from God.
Additionally, I caution you to stop idolising prophecies.
So many believers now worship prophecies and prophets rather than The Prophet from Nazareth, Jesus Christ, (Matthew 21:11).
If you make prophets and prophecies your focus, you will surely be deceived, drawn easily into divination, and thus taken captive by the devil to do his will.
I hear some people now even pay for prophecies! If you pay for The Gift of God, you are already deceived into destruction, greatly misguided like Simon, the new believer who was a sough-after sorcerer.
“And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands The Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive The Holy Spirit.” But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that The Gift of God could be purchased with money! You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in The Sight of God. Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you,” Acts 8:18-22 emphasis added.
Do you need prophecies, true prophecies?
You can get them abundantly from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21. The Word of God is The More Sure Word of Prophecy, The Prophetic Word, (2 Peter 1:19-21).
The Word of God is all prophecy, true prophecy. To paraphrase a brother, The Bible says repeatedly: “And it shall come to pass…” That’s prophecy!
And it’s all coming to pass before our very eyes. Don’t you see it all happening?
Please beware and be warned that, “…the great dragon…that serpent of old, called the devil and Satan, ….deceives the whole world…” (Revelation 12:9).
Don’t fall for him. Know The Word of Truth for yourself. Be mature in The Word of Righteousness, (Hebrews 5:12-14).
The days are evil; deception abounds. Therefore, it is Eternal Life-important “…that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head — Christ” (Ephesians 4:14-15).
Finally, brethren, let us be increasing in The Knowledge of God and in all discernment; let us avoid ignorance and deception.
“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,” Philippians 1:9.
“The LORD Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.” 2 Timothy 4:22.
“Farewell” Acts 15:29.
~ Jacob Awagah
Jacob Awagah, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, (2 Timothy 1:1).
“And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,” Hebrews 5:9.