Prophets-Come-Lately (and Their Inept Counsel)

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Prophets-Come-Lately (and Their Inept Counsel)

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IT IS AMAZING to me how economic news can turn many who claim “prophetic insights” into sudden economic geniuses. I do not mean to sound harsh, but since January, 2008 (and some as recent as October, 2008!) there have been an abundance of “prophesies” concerning economic turmoil and/or collapse in the USA. The only problem is… the collapse began in October, 2007! In other words, they are a bit late with their predictions.

Worse yet, their “counsel” to the “masses” lacks biblical precedent, or even good financial sense.

Prophets-Come-Lately

Compare these not-so-timely “prophetic insights” with the Word of the Lord that came to me back in November, 2006. At that time, the U.S. stock markets were climbing and there was much euphoria on Wall Street. The DOW would eventually hit its all-time high on October 9th, 2007 at a whopping 14,164.53 on the “financial richter-scale.”

Nevertheless, AT THE VERY SAME TIME those well-invested in the U.S. stock markets were celebrating this new pinnacle, I was on a missions trip to a third-world country… and was explaining to a Christian business leader there that the U.S dollar and markets were soon to collapse.

Within days of sharing the details of the prophetic word (that I had received the year before) with that brother, the “correction” of the DOW began—and then accelerated. As the following insightful chart from Chartoftheday.com shows, the U.S. stock market performance in the year following was WORSE than even the dismal performance of the stock markets following the collapse of 1929:

ChartOfTheDay Analysis of the DOW

ChartOfTheDay Analysis of the DOW

So while most of the prophets-come-lately were themselves probably enjoying the rise in their offerings back in 2006-2007 due to the climbing investment markets, I was sounding the alarm—and detailing the soon collapse of the U.S. economy and its super-power status. The contrast is clear.

In fact, a friend of mine (who heard that word from me back in 2006) recently commented to me about a so-called “prophesy” regarding the economy that “came out” just this month (October, 2008). Having forwarded it to me, he then noted in the email, “It is a little like prophesying 9-11 on 9-12.”

Brothers and sisters, the eminent economic collapse has already become quite obvious by now. So be wary of any “words” by such “prophets-come-lately” who actually lack true prophetic insight.

True Insight vs. Wild Imaginations

I realize that some who are giving these “belated words” may be sincere people (and possibly a couple of them are actually true prophets). However, I cannot help but think that at least some of them are counted among the type of prophets described in Ezekiel 13:

The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who are now prophesying. Say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination: ‘Hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit [i.e. not the Holy Spirit] and have seen nothing! (NIV)

Worse yet, many (and actually all that I have seen so far) who have “belatedly prophesied” about the collapse now already in-progress are overlyspiritualizing their counsel to Christians about what they are to do about it. They actually put believers in harm’s way with regard to the coming economic tsunami that is about to hit. They tell believers that, “Oh, God loves you. You are His child. He will take care of you even when others around you are going through the economic crisis.”

Most (if not all) are even missing the End Times context of this transition of economic and political influence away from the USA to European Union, and are actually telling people to pray against it. (Hint: You cannot pray against things already recorded in the Books of Daniel and Revelation. They are already pre-determined—and surely going to come to pass as foretold.)

This means many of these errant ministers also be guilty of what the Lord shared later in that passage of Ezekiel 13:

O Israel, your prophets have been like foxes among ruins and in waste places. You have not gone up into the gaps or breeches, nor built up the wall for the house of Israel that it might stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. They have seen falsehood and lying divination, saying, The Lord says; but the Lord has not sent them. Yet they have hoped and made men to hope for the confirmation of their word… Because, even because they have seduced My people, saying, Peace, when there is no peace, and because when one builds a [flimsy] wall, behold, [these prophets] daub it over with whitewash. Say to them who daub it with whitewash that it shall fall! There shall be a downpour of rain; and you, O great hailstones, shall fall, and a violent wind shall tear apart [the whitewashed, flimsy wall]. Behold, when the wall is fallen, will you not be asked, Where is the coating with which you [prophets] daubed it? (verses 4-6, 10-12 AMP)

Let me mention briefly that I am considered a prophet by others, and like Ezekiel, I have great disdain for so-called prophetic ministers that lead people to believe lies and promote unbiblical counsel. Some may be sincere, and just merely misinterpreting what they believe they heard from the Lord. However, others are certainly not being honest with the people to which they purport to “minister.”

(Now, I will refrain from mentioning any by name within this article in order to avoid distraction from the main issues at hand. But if you are familiar with any who have given sugar-coated “words” lately about these subjects, you probably already know some of the prophets to which I am referring—since some of whom actually have well-known ministries.)

In the light of all that I have written so far, let me also add that you need to run away from any so-called “prophet” who gives “this is the year of the blessing” type of prophesies. One such “prophet” who I know personally (but no longer have anything to do with, I might add) just loves giving those “feel good” sugar-coated predictions and “words” publicly. However, I happen to know circumstantially that he and his family are probably well-invested offshore in precioius metals. So the pure self-serving hypocrisy in this guy’s “prophesies” is quite startling.

While all such people’s “God-loves-you-and-will-take-care-of-you” rhetoric sounds wonderful, the fact is that they are sharing only half-truths. God our Father DOES love us and wants to take care of all His children… but He can ONLY take care of those who obey Him and take appropriate action. Children who do not obey their Father are not blessed.

In essence, both the “belated prophets” and “sugary propheliars” are in great error. They both propagate beliefs that are in opposition to established biblical precedent (though the later does so surely because of sinister agendas). So let me clarify things from a purely biblical perspective…

Biblical Precedent

What did Noah have to do to “save his household” when he received prophetic forewarning of the disaster to come? That’s right… he had to build an ark. He had to do something specific in obedience to God:

By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. (Hebrews 11:7, NIV)

Did Noah have faith? The Bible says he did. But his faith was proven through his corresponding action!

So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead). But someone will say [to you then], You [say you] have faith, and I have [good] works. Now you show me your [alleged] faith apart from any [good] works [if you can], and I by [good] works [of obedience] will show you my faith. (James 2:17-18, AMP)

What did Joseph have to do in Egypt after receiving the prophetic interpretation to Pharaoh’s dreams? He had to store grain during the good years, so there would be something there during the famine (Genesis 41).

What did Isaac have to do when he realized that he was already in the midst of a famine? At first, he was going to do the prudent thing and head to Egypt where there was grain (Egypt’s farms were watered by the Nile river, and not dependent on rain like Canaan’s were). But then he received a prophetic word, telling him to remain in the impoverished land, and to sow REAL seed in that REAL dirt, so that God could prosper him with a REAL grain harvest (Genesis 26). As a result, he ended up controlling the grain market and became the wealthiest man in town:

Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him. The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him….Then Abimelech said to Isaac, “Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us.” (Genesis 26:12-14,16, NIV)

It is a biblical and historical fact: All great wealth transfers have occurred in the midst of economic crises. However, primarily those who were prepared ahead of time (either through natural wisdom or prophetic foresight) were in position to receive that wealth (the rest simply lost all of theirs). A few, like Isaac, may have found themselves in the midst of the crisis and took appropriate action to prosper it its midst. But by and large, it is those who prepare (like the ant of Proverbs 6:6-11) that are the ones who will prosper.

While I have heard many ministers use the story of Isaac in their sermons, every one that I have heard has used it within a context of “sowing seed” (i.e. money offerings) into the ministry—and usually THEIR ministry. It took the Lord Himself to point out to me one day many years ago in essence, “When I told that to Isaac, he heard ‘real’ seed in ‘real’ dirt. Consequently, I gave him a real harvest when he acted on that word.”

My brothers and sisters, in order to receive a REAL harvest, you need to sow REAL seed into REAL dirt. You have to do SOMETHING practical if you want God to “bless the work of your hands” (Deuteronomy 28:8). If you do not put your “hand” to something practical—in obedience to the Lord (Deuteronomy 28:1-2)—you will not be “blessed” by the Lord in return. In fact, neither physical nor mental laziness is ever blessed by the Lord:

I went by the field of the lazy man, and by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding; And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was covered with nettles; Its stone wall was broken down. When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction: A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest; So shall your poverty come like a prowler, and your need like an armed man. (Proverbs 24:30-34, NKJV)

In other words, there is a pragmatic side to the Bible’s admonitions about finances, economics, and money. In fact, the pragmatic side is the MOST prevalent application of those Scriptures—not the metaphorical applications to spiritual things (and especially, offerings) on which most preachers major.

So Noah had to build an ark, Joseph had to collect grain, Isaac had to sow REAL seed in REAL dirt… all in order for them to survive and thrive in the midst of disaster. Do you think it is any different for us? Certainly, no.

Study to Show Thyself Approved

When the Lord gave me that original word back in November, 2006, He also instructed me to STUDY. Obeying the Lord’s direction, I bought several books and began a detailed education process. I have now processed thousands of pages of research and information, and I am still going. Absorbing topics such as international banking, economics, what constitutes real money (i.e. silver and gold, not that worthless paper trash), and more, I am endeavoring to understand all that I can in order to best build “financial arks” to the saving of households… and even nations.

So in summary, I first received a prophetic word. Then I was prophetically instructed to get an education on the subject. Since obeying and doing so, I have put forth real physical and practical effort to “build” my own family’s “financial ark” in preparation for the coming flood. Moreover, I am sharing not only the prophetic word—but the practical application of that word—with anyone who will listen. I want others to know how to prepare for the coming economic tsunami so that they can be blessed too.

What Do You Do Now?

The first thing I suggest, my brothers and sisters, is to get away from the “prophets-come-lately” regardless of who they are or their reputation. Many of them have established reputations as prophets and prophetesses, so they are not necessarily “new” to the ministry scene per se. However, their last-minute prophesies, and errant applications thereof, are very dangerous. They are encouraging laziness and unpreparedness, when the Bible clearly says to get ready for what the Lord is warning us will soon come. So shun “fluff” prophets, and keep an ear open only to those who are on track.

The next thing is to get a VERY quick education on what is going on. Ignorance will soon prove catastrophic if not corrected. So you need to fill your head with something pragmatic about these things. My following blog posts (and their many related third-party links) will help you get started:

Finally… get BUSY building your own ark! I and my family are safely within our own, so please get yourself similarly prepared before the flood comes.

Loving you, and sharing the truth that will set you free,

-Rich