Why today’s “prophets” aren’t prophets

The best definition of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR)­ movement is:

A fast-growing Dominionist movement of new Apostles and Prophets who will lead God’s end-times army in establishing His kingdom on earth, by taking authority over earthly and spiritual realms.

Let’s talk about the word Prophet. How do we define it? How does the NAR define it? More importantly, how does God define Prophet?

Statue of the Prophet Isaiah

The real prophets that we read about in Scripture actually spoke for God. He would tell them to speak an oracle to a certain people group, and it was always God’s words, not the prophet’s.

One of the challenges we run into with the word Prophet is that Evangelicals have redefined it to mean something other than how the Bible describes prophets.

Today you may hear that a prophet is one has the gift of being able to recall just the right Scripture verse for a particular situation. Does the Holy Spirit help our minds recall Scripture verses that we’ve learned? Absolutely! This is Wisdom as we grow in maturity in the Word of God.  But is that really the “gift of Prophecy?”  Not the way the Bible defines prophets.

Painting of Daniel

What does the Bible say about prophets? In the Old Testament there were more than 133 named prophets, and there were prophets in the early church as well. But remember, the early Christians did not have the complete Bible. The last book of the New Testament (Revelation) was not completed until late in the first century. So, the Lord sent prophets to proclaim God’s Word to His people.

On the other hand, The NAR has its own description of Prophet. These prophets make predictions based on the visions they say they download from God. They claim to receive direct instructions for the church, to build and advance the kingdom.

You might think we can build the Kingdom by leading people to Christ. Yes, Christ does grow His kingdom with every saint He regenerates, but His Kingdom is already built, and it is not of this world.

But unlike the prophets in the Bible, NAR prophets:

  • RARELY warn you of the coming judgment for unrepentant sinners.
  • RARELY point you to repentance and reconciliation with God.
  • RARELY ever tell you to test the spirits. In fact the prophetic predictions are so vague that there is really no way to test them.

Are there true prophets today? If the purpose of a prophet was to reveal truth from God, why would we need prophets if we have the completed revelation from God in the Bible? If prophets were the “foundation” of the early church, are we still building the “foundation” today?

In the book of Hebrews, God makes it quite clear that He no longer requires prophets to speak for Him:

Hebrews 1:1-3

If indeed the self-titled prophets of today are as valid as the ones God anointed in the Old Testament, then Deuteronomy 18:22 and Jeremiah 28:9 both say that the prophets in the Bible had to be 100 percent accurate, or they were put to death. That’s how seriously God takes anyone claiming to speak for Him, claiming “thus sayeth the Lord.”

NAR prophecies are often unfulfilled or false. But yet they continue to be upheld as prophetic authorities. Many of them contradict each other – there is no unity.

  • Prophetess Jennifer Leclaire, former editor of Charisma Magazine and inventor of the Sneaky Squid spirit says that when prophecy doesn’t come true, it’s because you didn’t engage in intercessory prayer enough to make it come to be. They will blame it on the people for failing to do something.

  • Mike Bickle says that the majority – 80 percent – of all of the dreams, visions and manifestations at these services, seminars and conferences are FAKE. But it’s okay, because 20 percent are true, and we need to hold on to the true, he says.

  • Prophetess Wendy Alec has a very popular book: Journal of the Unknown Prophet, and she claims that she’s received this word directly from Jesus: “For the Word alone is yesterday’s manna, and it is no longer enough to feed my people.”

    The Bible tells us that yesterday’s manna bred worms and it stunk. How is that for trashing the word of God?

Help fill in the blanks – two words –  we know from Scripture that if a prophet prophesies falsely, he or she is a _____  _______.

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3 Responses to Why today’s “prophets” aren’t prophets

  1. Wayne November 30, 2020 at 4:12 pm #

    NAR prophets also sell you their latest book, and charge you to hear them speak. They want money more than to share God’s word (they think it is).

  2. Leland Riesen November 30, 2020 at 7:09 pm #

    Well, I appreciate the thought put into this and I’m also concerned about abusing a “prophetic office.” It’s true that the contemporary Church either redefines what a prophet is or typically states that the office or gift ended with the first century Church and the Revelation of the Apostle John. I don’t feel comfortable with either position and I’m not sure I can define it other than to say the true meaning is somewhere in between.

    Paul makes it clear that there is a gift of prophecy in the Church Age. The gift was active in the early Church as women were advised to wear a head covering praying or prophesying and men were to have no head covering for the same reasons.

    The Church at Antioch had a prophecy of a famine coming to Jerusalem and the necessity of collecting funds to help them. This would not be equivalent to being entrusted with “The Word of God.” or Divine Revelation intended to provide “doctrine, reproof, correction, instruction in righteousness” fully furnishing unto every good work. This would be more like a sign post along the way – it cannot contradict the Bible and it must promote it’s themes.

    So let’s give room for God’s anointing. “God can to anything you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in you wildest dreams! He does it not my pushing us around but by working within us, His Spirit deeply and gently within us.” Eph 3:20 (The Message)

    • Amy Spreeman November 30, 2020 at 7:30 pm #

      Thanks Leland,
      I would ask that readers consider the Canon of Scripture is now closed, and no new authoritative prophecies or oracles are being written. Scripture is sufficient, correct?
      As for The Message, I have quite a few articles on this site that encourage readers to steer clear. These articles hold up the verses found in the Message to word-for-word translations like ESV, NASB, NKJ, etc. You can use the search bar to find them if you like.
      Blessings to you.

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