As I was posting this today, I got a picture of a vulture — looks a bit like an eagle, flies like and eagle, but isn’t a true eagle.
This is not a soft, fuzzy, ear-tickling word. Rather it’s a serious Word of warning from The LORD.
The LORD has been talking to me about the Balaam Spirit. He led me to read Numbers 22-24 — the story of Balaam and Balak.
In particular, he took me to,
“So the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the diviner’s fee in their hand, and they came to Balaam and spoke to him the words of Balak.” Numbers 22:7.
I watched a video, a while back now, in which well known ‘prophets’, I use the word this way very deliberately, announced an offering.
I’m not sure they actually spoke this out in so many words, but, it was very clear that whoever gave the most got the first ‘personal prophecy’!
That was my first experience of the Balaam Spirit, or spirit of divination. I have since been led by The LORD to see that this practice is very prevalent in the church — and these are the ‘prophets for profit’ who seem to operate in a contrary spirit.
The LORD is about to expose and shame these ministries who practice divination. Sure, many of them do hear from The LORD — so did Balaam.
Sure many of them can be startlingly accurate — so was Balaam. But so too do many of them pander to their purse, secretly charging by only prophesying to those who give — as did Balaam; he even had a scale of fees — why else did they approach him with “the diviners fee in their hand.”
Why else do ‘prophets for profit’ do the same today?
The Bible is clear enough on this — “freely you have received, freely give!” Matthew 10:18.
Also, there’s the story of Simon the Sorcerer, Acts 8:9-25, who tried to buy the gifts.
All these ministries operate in this same spirit to a greater or smaller degree, and they are those whom The LORD will bring down in one way or another!
Repentance is the only answer for them. Turning from their sin with godly repentance! The LORD has consistently warned that judgment begins with The Church, and that everything that can be shaken will be shaken — starting with The Church.
It’s time to get our houses in order, for I really feel that The LORD is going to take an axe to the root of these problems. If we don’t sort it — God will!
To conclude where I began,
“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” Numbers 23:19 NKJV.
~ Chris G. Bennett
Chris Bennett came to salvation in 1962 but didn’t begin ministry until 2007 — a late-comer! Now mandated by The LORD to prophesy and open old wells of revival in the U.K., but especially in Wales. He has also operated Healing Rooms, and worked with deliverance teams, all with his wife, Linda. Happily now doing whatever The LORD asks of them! Founder, with wife Linda, of their ministry The Upper Room Encounter.