Stop using the word ‘Prophet,’ so loosely!


“The prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.
And if you say in your minds and hearts, How shall we know which words the Lord has not spoken?
When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or prove true, that is a word which the Lord has not spoken.
The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.”   
Deuteronomy 18:20-22 AMP.

“Afraid?”  Since when is anyone afraid of a modern day prophet?

Most of them, are just one of the boys.  All they have to do is predict one right one and the church calls them a prophet.  If they get three in a row right, they can have their own TV show!

Why does the western church not vet anyone claiming to be a prophet, checking to see if they have been inaccurate?

This is not a game.  If we were not under the new covenant, there would be funerals in every town, and city in America, and the fear of the LORD would cancel most of the popular prophetic TV shows!  Y2K and the aligning of the planets would have cleaned out a whole lot of false prophets.  If it looks like it, find a publisher, write a prophetic book, and thousands will run to the bookstores.  If nothing happens, so what they have made their money, and the people will still come back for the next book!

“BELOVED, DO not put faith in every spirit, but prove (test) the spirits to discover whether they proceed from God; for many false prophets have gone forth into the world,”   1 John 4:1 AMP.


Jim Hammerle

Jim HammerleJim Hammerle  (1941-2017) began ministry working with David Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz, founding Teen Challenge Philadelphia. 6 times in the mission field pastoring a mission ship, 15 years with TV and radio, teaching, and preaching.  As a retired businessman, Jim helped to feed widows and orphans in Uganda, helping Muslims find the Jesus who fed them. He became His banker and was privileged to give His money away, wherever He decided, so he also helping to build an orphanage in Haiti and investing in lives in the USA. Totally in love with his LORD, at age 73 he served in ministry at Victory Christian Church and lived every hour listening for his Heavenly Father’s voice.  Jim passed away on May 23, 2017 to be with the LORD.

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Stop using the word ‘Prophet,’ so loosely! — 3 Comments

  1. I might have misunderstood the heart of the article. prophecy is a gift and for all New Testament believers.As it is written we are to judge it and not despise it. The office of the prophet seems to be controversial if not ignored. As the apostle James stated if we take the prophets of old as instructed.
    That is but one Old Testament verse and an instruction from God at that time.
    Another example would be Jeramiah 23 where God acknowledges prophets in His sight and we can learn a lot. Three points one those prophets prophecies out of their own heart, two some prophecies by the enemy. Both are rebukes from God

    The third is God stated they could have and implied they should have come to Him for a legitimate word. We are human God is perfect we are not. Research is a human thing yet prayer and the voice of the Spirit are where truth is found.

    Another aspect is obedience or disobedience as in the case of Jonas message. A huge subject for sure yet James said to attempt to keep the law and fail in one point will be to stand guilty before God.A.W Tozer once said overall grace or mercy if you will is mentioned twice as much in the Old Testament as it is in the new.

    That being said their are conditional prophecies,absolute prophecies and a host of other variables one can glean from scripture in this area. The failure of any man needs to be understood in the light of scripture with the Holy Spirits instruction to act accordingly a false prophecy equals a false prophecy. The gifts and callings of God are without repentance. Therefore a false prophecy is just a
    Lie that may come from the enemy , a persons heart and as such their should be grace according to The Spirit of Grace instruction.

    Even in the Old Testament death surely did not come immediately for all prophets.