Fake, false, demonic prophecies
are found in the church of today.
I Corinthians 14:32
“The spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.”
The true prophet of God, prophesies. But what does that mean? There are varying understandings. But let us look at two words used in the Bible.
Propheteuo is used very often, and mantieuomai is used but once (Acts 16:16, where a girl with the ‘spirit of divination’ gains her masters much
by ‘soothsaying’ (manteuomena).
The lack of use of the second word, in reference to the true prophesyings from God does tell us some things. When the inspired writers of the Bible refuse to use certain words, it tells us that they feel that to use such a word,
it would be an inappropriate use.
For instance, eudaimonia, means happiness due to the favor from a deity. Yet, in the Bible, it is never used to refer to the blessedness of a saint of God. Probably, that is because its root word is ‘daimon’ from which we get the word ‘demon’. In the same way, the prophesyings of a true prophet are never called ‘manteuomena”.
Propheteuo is one who tells things before they come to pass, but this is not the essence of the job. The prophetes is the “outspeaker” one who speaks “out’ the counsel of God, with authority a prophet uses the name of God, having received a direct message from God, and delivering it for God.
But in this delivering of the message, the Bible tells us that ‘the spirit of the prophet, is subject to the prophet’ and that means that the prophet has the message go through his/her mind, and is interpreting the message, and can add to, take away from, change, pervert, embellish, but of course that would be wrong. Yet, it is possible.
Sometimes the prejudices, jealousies, loves of a prophet make a difference.
Agabus, and others at Antioch had a true prophecy, but added to it, that Paul should not go to Jerusalem. They erred due to their love for Paul, but Paul rebuked their error. A prophet must be careful not to add to the prophecy.
A prophet’s own will, own desires, own bias, own hurts, can influence their message. It takes heart searching, prayer, intercession, Bible study, a close walk with the Lord, to help a prophet not err.
Jonah was told to tell the people of Nineveh that they must repent, or be judged. He ran from the job, but God brought him back. When he finally did deliver the prophecy, his bigotry against the Gentile Nineveh made him leave off the “if” part. He pouted when God did not judge the now-saved Nineveh.
The word, manteuomai, is quite different from propheteuo. It is from the root word ‘mantis’ which means ‘fury’ and refers to a madness. Those possessed of prophesying demons would go into a frenzy, eyes rolling,
lips foaming, and hair flying, and begin to prophesy what the demon possessing them wanted said. The ‘soothsayer’ lost all control of the situation, the demon was in control. The anger of the demon showed all over the ‘soothsayer’, wicked things would proceed from the ‘soothsayer’s” mouth, and when it was over, often the soothsayer did not remember even what was said.
The spirit of the soothsayer was not in control, but the demon spirit was. This word was inappropriate to use to refer to the true prophets of God, for God does not work that way through His prophets. The true prophet, speaks a message from a loving God, and even when it is a message of judgment,
the heart of the prophet is aware, thinking of the impact of the judgment being spoken through his/her lips, and can hurt for the ones hearing the message, and could, change the message, but a true prophets will deliver it,
though tears may be rolling down their faces.
The one with the mantis, has all reason suspended, is in a rage controlled by the demon. The false prophet therefore feels no compassion, feels no need for grief, remembers little of the curse, evil, attack, etc. that is generated by the evil demon.
This word, manteuomai, is relegated to heathenism, to paganism, to witchcraft and satanism. Yet, the word, propheteuo, is saved and used of the true prophets of God, who declare God’s message, and need to be very careful not to defile it. Even when it is delivered undefiled, the true prophet of God still has control of its delivery, and answers to God for such.
The ‘manteuomai’ has crept too much into Christian circles, under the guise of true propheteuo. That is need for concern. Many try to prophesy evil, error, hatred and bigotry, and it is not from God, but from another spirit (human or demonic). The person doing so, has lost the presence of the Lord, has not had the Word abiding in them cleansing them from the demonic, and sinful-human control as do prophets of God.
We need to remember there is a great responsibility with our calling, and we will answer someday for what we have uttered in God’s name. The Bible warns us that we ‘shall give an account for every idle word (rhema).”
When we prophesy for God, we need to beware of the possibility of error. When we hear others prophesy, supposedly for God, we need to test the prophetic words.