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I used to love prophecy websites and articles. But I have found that much of them are way over the top, or full of speculation…some border on the fantastic, paranormal, filled with numerology, astrology, and  paganism. Many are full of false prophets whose predictions have never come to pass. But this seems to sell a lot of books.

Lately it seems I have come across some pretty strange teachings, and many I have to reject. Why?

 In Matthew 24, Jesus speaks of events that will happen but He speaks many more times about deception.  The very first thing Jesus said in response to “…what will be the sign of  your coming and of the end of the age?” was “Watch out that no one deceives you.”

I still believe that we are to watch for things to come,  to be ready and prepared, but I also have been thinking about the verses Acts 1:10-11. “They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside then. ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky?  The same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”‘

Are we to be constantly looking up at the sky for the return of  Jesus? We can but truly we need  to be about the Father’s business.

Jesus told Peter that if he loved Him, he would feed his sheep. Shepherds of the flock need to love Jesus. Out of this love they will feed the flock. So those who profess to be a teacher or pastor need to have the right motivation. The love of God.  Instead I am seeing the love of money.

John MacArthur said this… “Our stewardship is pretty simple, I think. Preach the Word…Second Timothy 4, ‘Preach the Word, Preach the Word in season, out of season, preach the Word.’ Give yourself to sound doctrine, Paul says to Titus. Take care of two things he tells Timothy, 1 Timothy 4:16, yourself and your teaching. Read the Scripture. Apply the Scripture. This is our stewardship.”  (The Murder of God’s Son: A Prophetic Parable, Part 2)

This passage from an article “How Serious is False Speculation About Prophecy? ” really hit home because of the evidence of the love of extra-biblical sources, as opposed to scripture-interprets-scripture.

Whether it manifests itself in apathy or fanatic violence, false prophecy and false speculation about prophecy is dangerous. Those of us who get caught up in the destructive practice of prophetic speculation not only lend support to the principalities and powers of evil, but also sow seeds of disillusionment and rebellion against the gospel and biblical revelation. Mark 9:42 declares: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea” (nkjv).

Source of quote HERE

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