I just want to write a little note to clarify something.
After posting my last post, The Danger of “Itching Ears”, I saw that my bible teacher had posted a study on fig tree prophecy and how it has often been misinterpreted.
As I listened to this study, I remembered all the silly things I’ve said when trying to “understand” prophetic scriptures, and I felt like a hypocrite.
Here I was, writing a post about false teachers, when had it not been for the Lord’s intervention, I might have landed in the same boat in one way or another.
So, for one, I want to confess this, and say that I understand how easy it can be to speak of things in the name of Jesus falsely — even with all good intention. I think these people might very well also have good intent. But, as far as I can tell at least, are still false.
In addition to that, I also understand the draw towards these people. We want to understand what will happen in the end times. We want to understand prophecy. So, we often either try to come up with our own interpretations or we look to the interpretations of others.
I did the same. Over and over, even after the Lord made it very clear to me that I should keep my focus on Him only, immediately I started listening to another so called “prophet,” justifying my deliberate disobedience to the Holy Spirit by telling myself that listening to a man of God was the same thing as listening to God. Though true in a sense, I suppose, this was not what I was told. I was told to stop listening to man altogether, because I have a weakness in this. That and I need to start learning to listen to the Holy Spirit myself, rather than letting others lead me in everything.
I have come to the conclusion, and this is my opinion, so take it for what it’s worth:
There are no “end times” prophets today.
Not real ones at least. I don’t think we are there yet. And even if they are alive now, I don’t think they would go around self-proclaiming themselves as such. There may be some who have a limited understanding of the Old Testament and New Testament prophecies, or even have some understanding in applying these things to Christians today, but there is no one with full understanding as it relates to the “last days.”
Again, I feel tempted to write of some of the things these men say, because some of these things are potentially dangerous. But, I have to remember that the Lord is in control of this, and He will not allow His to be deceived for long.
Even so, I just want to encourage anyone reading this who might have this same tendency, to stop looking to man (including me and yourself) and start looking to Jesus. It’s a good idea to learn the end times prophecies, but I don’t think they will all be understood until we are in that time.
This has been hard for me to accept, as someone who wants to understand everything, so I get the pull many have towards this. Rather than trying to prepare for “the end times,” we should get to know Jesus so we will know His voice and His only.