Post by John on Jan 26, 2021 10:23:24 GMT -5
I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
Of course, we are not given license under the New Covenant to put people to death as they did under the Old Covenant. The nation of Israel had the law of Moses as their legal code, and they needed penalties to enforce the laws. This was not speaking of vigilantism. People were charged with crimes and punished. In this case, the crime was being a false prophet or an idol worshipper.
The main thing I want to emphasize here is that giving out words in the name of the Lord is serious business. If you claim to be a prophet, you are not to speak forth words in God's name unless He says to. We have many that are giving out false words all over the place today, and being proven false. When that occurs, it is proof they are not of God, and you are not to fear them or observe what they say. I am seeing too many making excuses for them. If the words of the prophecy could still come to pass, leave them be and watch, or if in the way they worded things, it leaves the door open they did not speak something false, leave them alone, but if they have given prophecies that we know were wrong, have nothing more to do with them.