Just when I thought I had heard every possible prophetic outcome for the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, I heard a new one the other day and it really helped me.
Speaking with all sincerity, someone on YouTube shared how God told them there would be so much confusion after the electoral college vote on December 19 that Bill Clinton would be named President. Not Hillary, but Bill Clinton!
That statement was so ridiculous, so over the top, it took me a moment to process it because I had to simultaneously dismiss everything else I ever heard this person share. Either they completely misunderstood what they saw or heard, or they were tuned into the wrong channel because there is no way Bill Clinton will be named President. We can safely eliminate that possibility.
This helped me realize we are getting bombarded with confusion. God is not the author of confusion, so that means the enemy is having a heyday.
Many of us have learned to avoid the mainstream news media, which has proven to be nothing more than a propaganda machine for their corporate masters promoting their globalist agenda. But at least with CNN, NBC, CBS, and ABC we know to keep our guards up. But these false prophets are more dangerous because we assume we are listening to a trusted brother or sister. Then wham! We get clobbered with confusion.
Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama cannot all be President at the same time, yet we have prophetic voices proclaiming all three will be President. This is just the short list, but it is plenty. Perhaps something will happen to help explain why this is happening, but it is safe to say not everyone who claims to have a word from God has heard from Him. We have been warned about this danger repeatedly in scriptures, especially regarding the generation living when the Lord returns, which is us.
- Jesus warned us at least three times to beware of false prophets (Matthew 24:5, 24:11, and 24:24).
- The Apostle John instructed us, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1-3)
- The Apostle Paul instructed us to test everything and hold fast only to what is good. (1 Thessalonians 5:19-21)
We get ourselves into trouble because we abuse the prophetic gift. God never intended for it to be a crystal ball to show us the future. Seeking such knowledge is dangerous because it can cause us to rely on our own knowledge rather than God who has all knowledge.
We get ourselves into trouble because we seek answers from other people rather than God. He never intended us to be led by prophetic words received by other people. He requires us to have our own relationship with Him so we can hear from Him directly and be led by His Spirit directly (Romans 8:14). Then after He has revealed something to us, He sometimes confirms it through prophetic words shared by others.
The purpose for New Testament prophecy is edification, exhortation, and consolation (1 Corinthians 14:3). The Greek word translated as edification (οἰκοδομή oikodomē) is defined as a building or the act of building up. Buildings are built on something, a foundation. The foundation must exist first before anything can be built on it. Prophecy works the same way. It builds upon what is already in our heart. It is given to confirm what God has already put in us so our faith will be built up.
So when we hear prophetic words that go beyond what God has shown us, God does not expect us to do anything with it other than take it to Him to see if He reveals it to us directly. If He does then we have something, but if He doesn’t then we have nothing. Anything beyond that gets us into error.
If God has not revealed it to us personally, then we should not share it with other people because we could be causing confusion. We should not take any actions like buying, selling, or investing. We should not get anxious, worried, or afraid. We should not give it a thought or a care. Having made all of the above mistakes, I am well qualified to share this warning!
God does not want us to be confused, so He has given us safeguards to protect us. Here are three of them:
- The primary safeguard is His written word. Any prophetic word which contradicts the scriptures should be treated as dead on arrival.
- For questions not answered in the scriptures, such as the 2016 Presidential election in the United States, we have been given the Holy Spirit who abides in the hearts of those who walk uprightly before God. He bears witness within our hearts to let us know whether or not what we are hearing is from God.
- Beyond that, God reveals things to us personally to help us sort out truth from error, which can steer us away false prophets and help us recognize true prophets.
Jesus warned us the level of deception coming in the last days will be so great it will cause many who claim to know Him to abandon their faith, which is called the apostasy (1 Timothy 4:1-5). Even some of the same people we have fellowshipped with in the past will betray us in the days to come.
“At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.” (Matthew 24:10)
We have been warned repeatedly. The coming flood of deception will sweep away anyone who does not have a close personal relationship with God. God will be the only safe ground, our only refuge.
The name of Yahweh is a strong tower. The righteous run into it and are safe. (Proverbs 18:10)
Author: James Bailey
James Bailey is a blogger, business owner, husband and father of two grown children. In 1982, he surrendered his life to the Lord Jesus Christ. In 2012, he founded Z3news.com to broadcast the message of salvation by reporting end time news before it happens.
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