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These Are The Days Of Jeremiah

I was inspired to write this post by Efua of Grace Over Pain who wrote a concise explanation of the difference between a prophet and the spirit of divination.

I was encouraged by her post and I hope that it will help you also.

One morning as I was heading to work I heard a lady prophesying on the radio. It was a detailed and long prophecy concerning the BVI.

The lady’s words were eloquent and filled with great things about the future of the country.

It is the type of prophecy that every leader and resident of a country wants to hear.

I wondered to myself if those prophetic words were actually from the Lord. Immediately, the Lord placed in my spirit that we are living in the days of Jeremiah.

So, I decided to read the book of Jeremiah. As I read, I could not get past the first chapter because it was filled with divine revelations from the Lord.

I closed my bible and sat meditating on the words in the first chapter of the book of Jeremiah.

It is amazing that God called Jeremiah from he was a child.

God told Jeremiah that He knew him before he was formed in the womb. And, before he came out of the womb, God sanctified and ordained him to be a prophet to the nation.

My question to you is: Do you think that a true prophet of God must be called by God or can you learn to be a prophet?

Jeremiah told the Lord that he could not speak because he was just a mere child.

But the Lord reassured Jeremiah that whatever He told him he should speak and he should not be afraid of the people’s faces.

This led me to believe that Jeremiah began prophesying from he was a little boy.

Can you imagine how the people reacted to this little boy saying, “Thus said the Lord.” They must have laughed and brushed him aside.

This is exactly what we would do today.

Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. (Jeremiah 1:6)

But, Jeremiah persevered because he was confident that He was called by God to be a prophet and He was speaking the truth of God’s Word.

These are all the criteria that you need to remove your fear. You need to be confident in your relationship with God and that He is always with you.

It is easy to get frustrated and embarrassed when you see ridicule and indifference on the faces of the congregation as you speak to them.

But knowing that Holy Spirit is guiding you, will empower you to press on.

The Lord touched Jeremiah’s mouth and put His Word in His mouth.

The mouth of many of our modern-day prophets has not been touched by God. So from the same lips, you will hear blessing and cursing.

Just listen closely to their speech for proof.

See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant. (Jeremiah 1:10)

According to the instructions that God gave Jeremiah, before you can build and plant the prophet must first tear down and destroy spiritual strongholds.

However, most of our modern-day prophets only want to prophesy prosperity and fame without first seeking to identify the strongholds that are obstructing the person’s life and root them out.

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. (2 Corinthians 10:4)

Jeremiah prophesied to the people of Judah before and during their captivity in the land of Babylon.

Many prophets were in the land at that time but their lips were not touched by God so they speak what the people wanted to hear.

A wonderful (astonishing) and horrible thing is committed in the land; The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means, and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? (Jeremiah 5:30-31)

Sadly, the Church gravitates and follows behind the prophets who declared exorbitant things to them such as in three months’ time they will receive one million dollars or in one year they will become a famous singer or their business will make billions of dollars.

I am not exaggerating, my friends. I have heard all of these amazing things prophesied to Christians in church.

They seem to love it and greedily gobbled down these words.

At the end of the service, the people readily throw hundreds of dollars at the feet of these prophets.

They do not seem to care if the prophetic words do not come to pass in their lives because they continue to follow and support these prophets.

Eventually, God will send them strong delusion that they believe lies because they refuse to receive the love of the truth that they might be saved (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12).

I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not. (Isaiah 66:4)

 

Thus, in the days of Jeremiah when all the other false prophets prophesied “peace peace” (Jeremiah 6:14) to the people of Judah, Jeremiah alone was proclaiming

Thus says the Lord: “Behold, a people comes from the north country, and a great nation will be raised from the farthest parts of the earth. They will lay hold on bow and spear; They are cruel and have no mercy; Their voice roars like the sea; And they ride on horses, as men of war set in array against you, O daughter of Zion.” (Jeremiah 6:22-23)

Consequently, the people did not like Jeremiah and they persecuted and plotted to kill him (Jeremiah 11:18-23; 18:18-23).

Jeremiah’s life was a reproach and daily derision because he only prophesied violence and plunder, which happened to be the true words from the heart of God, to the people who at that time were living idolatrous lifestyle (Jeremiah 20).

Even though Jeremiah tried to ignore the voice of God and held his peace, the Word of God was like a fire shut up in his bones and he had to release it.

Notwithstanding, the enemy could not harm Jeremiah because of God’s promised protection (Jeremiah 1:18-19).

These are the days of Jeremiah where the voices of the true prophets of God are snuffed out by the noise of the numerous false prophets.

Sadly, the people prefer to listen to the glorious sayings of the soothsayers, the enchanters, and the diviners who called themselves prophets while they ridicule the hard truth of God’s Word from the ‘Jeremiahs’.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

God does not discriminate, so His Word will pierce, divide, reprove, correct wrongdoing and instruct in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).

But, God’s Word will also comfort, encourage, deliver, build, plant, heal and restore.

Therefore, when the Lord touches your lips, whatever Word He places in your mouth to deliver to the people don’t be afraid to speak out “Thus says the Lord.”

Because like Jeremiah you can say,

But the Lord is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: they shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper: their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten. (Jeremiah 20:11)

Related posts: Identifying the true prophets of God;   The Balaam spirit.

Share with us your thoughts about the prophet of Jeremiah.

Featured image: (Horace Vernet,) Jeremiah on the ruins of Jerusalem (1844) (Wikipedia.org)

 

36 Comments »

  1. This question of your Beverley is a big and important one. “Do you think that a true prophet of God must be called by God or can you learn to be a prophet?” The thing that came to my thought is that we must first know the fruits because king Saul was after David to kill him and when he heard where David was. Saul went there and he entered into the presence of some prophets and strip naked and prophesied all day. There was scripture before were Saul before he was actual king he enter the company of prophets and prophesied and it was asked is Saul among the prophets. One thing that make me very careful for years now is 1 Kings chapter 13 where the young prophet obeyed God throughout and at the end obeyed the old prophet who told him a lie and then prophesied his doom. Remember Beverley the Bible also tell us about the school of prophets that Elisha had.

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    • I see where what you mean Maurice and i feel same way about 1 Kings 13.

      Very well said Beverley. I have heard and witnessed those prophecies and it breaks my heart to see how gullible some believers can be. Thanks for shinning light in this area and for raising awareness about this. Blessings to you

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      • Wow! yes Efua years ago I read it and always refer back to it. It is important that we open our eyes. After I wrote the response to Beverley I was thinking a lot of things. First the Bible didn’t say the man was a false prophet he might have lost his way like the Priest Eli but you see the gift operated after he told the young prophet the lie. second in the Bible Peter said “rather to obey God than man” What the old prophet told the young prophet wasn’t confirm in the young prophet spirit if we look at the response of the young prophet but he still obeyed the old prophet and died.

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      • Yes you are so right Efua the gifts God give us must be used in line with obedience that is why in Numbers 22 Balaam lose out. If you check the scripture on the accuracy and beauty of his prophecy but because of self and greed his lost his way.

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      • Maurice, you mentioned Balaam and this is significant. Balaam had a spirit of divination. He was consulting with God but he was greedy and love the wages of unrighteousness. This is similar to some of our prophets today. They have the spirit of Balaam. Many of them even though they can preach and prophecy with eloquence and beauty, they will lost their way due to greed.

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      • That is so true Beverley. Balaam was a true prophet because he was able to hear from God but when his heart get corrupted God no longer speak to him. He did not lose the gift but it was now under the control of the devil. That is what is happening in our world today. The funny thing is they some of these people read these same scripture and still desire to become greedy. I believe when people submit themselves to God and allow themselves to be process by God it would be difficult to walk in those kind of error

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      • It is important that we understand that a person can be anointed initially by God, but lost his way. We have to test the spirit to know. Thank you Maurice for these additional insights.

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      • Very true Beverley and no matter who we must try the spirit. Remember when Paul was preaching and the Bereans in Acts 17: 11 when they search the scripture if the things said was true. The word of God is the foundation on which we try the spirit. It is important to know the word and be sensitive to the Holy Spirit to be effective in trying the spirit.

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      • I find that many Christians are not willing to search the scriptures as the Bereans. Notice that most people do not even write down the scriptures when the Word is taught or preached in church.

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      • Yes, it is truly amazing the gullibility of some Christians. The bible said My people are destroyed because of lack of knowledge. In today’s society where knowledge is at our fingertip we should be wiser. Thank you also for your inspiring post. I hope it will reach many people as possible.

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    • The anointing of God can make you prophesy, but you are not necessarily called to be a prophet. Amos said that he was not a prophet and his father was not a prophet, but God called him to prophesy to the people to warn them of impending judgment. These days, a lot of Christians view a prophet as a prestigious position and try to learn it similar to any other secular position. Thank you for sharing. I appreciate it.

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      • Yes that is true Saul was anointed king by the servant of God Samuel and he did prophesy. The Bible tell us in 1 Corinthians 14: 39 “Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues” this is a good thing but the enemy have twisted it and as you used the word prestigious position. Many see it that way through the eyes of the flesh because of what they can gain. A true prophet have passed through fire, faced rejection, isolation. I know that Elisha had school of the prophets but I believe it was to sharpen those who were called to be prophets. A true prophet can be used differently from another. When you take for example Jeremiah who would prophesy and weep and Ezekiel who God would tell to eat dung, lay on his side for 390 days to bear the iniquity of Israel (Ezekiel 4) Both were prophets but we see a difference in how God used Ezekiel in a symbolic manner. We don’t know how God would want to use us therefore anyone trying to learn this position like a secular position are setting up themselves to become a stumbling-block in the body of Christ.

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      • Well said, Maurice. I hope this post will inspire you to write a post about identifying a true prophet of God. You have some detailed information here. We need to get the word out as best as possible because many christians are being deceived by these so called prophets. Another prophet who had to live his prophetic words was Hosea. Imagine being told by God to marry a prostitute? How many of these wealthy prophets would do this? They would not lower themselves to do this. They want trophy wives. Note God specifically told Hosea to marry her not to have an affair with her.

        I hope you are having a blessed day today. Are you in vacation from work?

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      • Let see how the Lord will lead me to do it. I am not on vacation from work I work at nights the schedule change about a month and a half now.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this Beverley. There are false prophets out there we must beware of. Many pastors are also guilty of just telling people what they want to hear in their sermons Sunday after Sunday.

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