Restoring Credibility to the Prophetic
I have had several inquiries concerning my silence before, during the 5-month delay, and the official declaration of the election winners. During this time, many prophets, far and near, gave prophecies. As far as I know, a wide cross-section of Guyanese, both at home and the diaspora responded favorably to these words and were in high expectations and fulfillment. Many prayed, fasted, held prayer vigils, and positively declared victory in favor of the then Government. After a series of court hearings, locally and regionally, the opposition party was declared the winner of the elections and now form the present government.
Prophetic Aim/Prophetic Focus
The apparent lack of fulfillment of prophecies has left many of God’s people hurt, disappointed, discouraged, and somewhat hopeless and confused. This recent scenario is not unique to this tiny nation in South America. This is a common phenomenon in some of our Caribbean Nations, where prophetic declarations made on the outcome of political affairs oppose the official results of the situation. In fact, a similar situation occurred in the neighboring country, Suriname, whose elections were on 25th April 2020, with similar results that left recipients of prophetic words wondering if God spoke and if he did, why it did not happen as prophesied. Several years ago, the same scenario happened In Jamaica when it was prophesied that a female Prime Ministerial candidate would win, and she lost.
Loss of Prophetic Credibility
To date, I have not heard any biblical or sensical explanations for the prophetic words given by respected and reputable figures in the Body of Christ. Biblically, both Old and New Testament Prophets are indefensible to the church and the Kingdom of God. Paul’s teachings in the Epistles put the Prophets alongside the Apostle as foundation layers [Ephesians.2.19-20] and equippers of the Church [Ephesians. 4. 11-16]. Therefore, we cannot afford to allow lingering unanswered questions to go on without any attempt of biblical insight into the situation. If this continues, this vital ministry will lose credibility within and outside the Body of Christ. Besides the credibility issue, we need to differentiate between immature prophets and false prophets, and more seriously, address the three main sources of revelation, the Holy Spirit, demonic spirits, and the human spirit (soulish realm).
My contribution to this ongoing problem is not the full answer, but I hope that it will aid in the urgent need of healing in the Body of Christ. My hope in writing these blogs is to encourage concerned individuals to contribute to the conversation through questions, answers, and deeper research on the subject. I also aim to create a space for ongoing conversations through personal emails and calls (see contact details).
Initial Guidance for Acting on Prophetic Words
This is a difficult subject, especially in a church era of the new Apostolic church and so-called independent churches and ministries, where accountability is forgotten. Even where it is operating, much caution is still required for effectiveness.
A personal testimony
I have received prophetic words from some significant prophetic ministers like Dr. Bill Hamon and several of the CI Prophets, including Prophet Chuck Pierce, some from Glory of Zion, and several key prophetic ministers from the Caribbean, Canada, the USA, and the UK. I have always tried to maintain my personal responsibility and sense of discernment, rather than wholly depend on the word of the Lord from the prophet. Even if the person is a reputable Prophet/Prophetess, and has always been accurate, your responsibility is to discern, judge, and weigh the words of these prophets against scripture.
How to react when a prophetic word is released and received?
- Do nothing different from what you were doing, especially if it is directional or predictive. You are under no obligation to take immediate action because a Prophet spoke. Sadly, we have lived under such fear of prophetic words released by reputable prophetic voices, because of a misunderstanding of the portion of scriptures, “touch not the Lord’s anointed, and do his prophets no harm.” This misunderstanding has caused much harm to individuals and the Body of Christ. In this season, Christian leaders must examine some of our beliefs and practices in the church, one important area being authority, which should be exercised rightly by a corporate body [Matt: 18. 15-1].
- Do not despise it, test & examine it [1Thes: 5.19-20]. This exhortation gives vital instructions concerning our attitude and responsibility.
- Prayer. Many prayers are necessary before actions, in fact, there should be no fixed time to one’s waiting on God in prayer for clarity and confirmation.
- Examine it in the light of Scriptures. [Acts: 17:11]. The Bereans were commended for their diligent examination of the scriptures alongside the words of Apostle Paul.
- Witnesses. Let the prophets speak and let the others judge [1 Cor: 14. 29]. This is a clear biblical guideline for both prophets and the recipients of prophetic words. This is so fundamental for prophecy and its functions; we ignore it to our peril.