We are a people who tend to believe and follow after those who speak what we want to hear.
It’s not so much that some have ‘itching ears’, but that they close them to the words that they don’t want to hear.
It’s actually no different than when many prophesied what the king wanted to hear during the reign of the kings of Israel and Judah. They wanted to know that they would win their battles and be victorious. They didn’t want to know the truth.
Many of us tend to follow the majority and anything that goes against the grain is surely false and comes from a rag-tag prophet or teacher. And yet many forget that the prophets of old were seldom liked, in fact oftentimes, they were scorned and ridiculed.
Only those who were popular were the ones that were lauded, even though that typically they were the ones who were false.
It is true of course, that time has a way of dispelling the truth, and it unfolds at a time when it is needed. Eventually, the truth comes out and the accordion unfolds itself, playing the melody and the chords which God intended.
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it,”Isaiah 55:11.
Just because the majority speaks a certain way does not make it true, and numbers can oftentimes betray us in their validity.
Truly we do live in perilous times when being able to discern what the actual truth is may well take some considerable digging and researching.
But black shouldn’t be confused with white, nor should up be taken for down. Deceit can be veiled under the guise of truth but when the veil is lifted, soon enough the bugs crawl out and scatter.
I’m certain that many of us have uncovered rocks while we were yet young and soon enough watched as many types of bugs and insects scrambled out from their hiding.
Falsehood is very much like that for when we lift up the hiding place, all of the deceit can quickly dissipate and leave.
Below is an account of the prophet Micaiah when he spoke to the king of Israel:
“18 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Did I not tell you he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?”
19 Then Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by, on His right hand and on His left. 20 And the Lord said, ‘Who will persuade Ahab to go up, that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead?’ So one spoke in this manner, and another spoke in that manner. 21 Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord, and said, ‘I will persuade him.’ 22 The Lord said to him, ‘In what way?’ So he said, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And the Lord said, ‘You shall persuade him, and also prevail. Go out and do so.’ 23 Therefore look! The Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these prophets of yours, and the Lord has declared disaster against you.”
24 Now Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near and struck Micaiah on the cheek, and said, “Which way did the spirit from the Lord go from me to speak to you?”
25 And Micaiah said, “Indeed, you shall see on that day when you go into an inner chamber to hide!”
26 So the king of Israel said, “Take Micaiah, and return him to Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the king’s son; 27 and say, ‘Thus says the king: “Put this fellow in prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and water of affliction, until I come in peace.” ’ ”
28 But Micaiah said, “If you ever return in peace, the Lord has not spoken by me.” And he said, “Take heed, all you people!”1 Kings 22:18-28.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson ofIn His Truth Ministriescame to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?