By Bill Rudge
So when it comes to pass – as surely it will – then they will know that a prophet has been in their midst (Ezekiel 33:33).
All who claim to have a dream, vision or word from the Lord that does not come to pass need to repent and publicly acknowledge it. No excuses or twisting words and circumstances – just repent and acknowledge! (See 1 Kings 22:1-40 for the difference between false prophets and true prophets of God.)
Many prophecies have been given in recent months by supposed prophets. The following are some questions to ask yourself about each and every “prophecy” (and “prophet”); then seriously consider the answers:
• Is it drawing me closer to Jesus Christ?
• Is it giving me a desire to study God’s Word even more?
• Is it growing in me a passion to witness and lead others to faith in Jesus Christ?
• Is it consistent with God’s Word and biblically accurate?
• Am I obedient to the biblical principle of: “Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophecies. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:19-22)?
• Is it in harmony with biblical end-time prophecy?
• Does it prepare the true Church for the prophesied coming apostasy and false unity movement; the persecution and Tribulation period – following the rapture – before the glorious second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
• Does the Holy Spirit and God’s Word bear witness to the truth of the prophecy? Is the messenger living an obedient God-honoring life?
• Again, does it stir my spirit to faithfully serve Jesus Christ and share the Gospel with those who have not yet accepted Him?
Excerpts from an extensive article Bill is writing. In the meantime, you can request a copy of Bill’s popular book, Not Our Father’s Faith, which has an entire chapter on this topic.