*The half brothers Ishmael and Isaac
*The twins Jacob and Esau
*The Sheep and Goats of Matthew 25
*The Prepared Bride and Unprepared Bride of Matthew 25
*The True Church and the Harlot Church
*The True Prophets and the False Prophets
Here, you will read the allegories of the true and of the false. The one that God chooses and the other, whom God ultimately rejects. Identifying authenticity in identity.
Troubled about so many voices in the wind and and heartbroken over what people believe and receive as truth, I had been praying to the Lord. The morning of November 10, 2020, God began to speak to me about "the twain, the two's, about duality and about the perfidiousness of identity". I am familiar with Him speaking in numbers, as He has been relating to me in this way since before I knew Him. God is a creator, a scientist, a genius. a mathematician. Carefully, articulating the calculation of each sound He made and each vibration of annunciation, He created what was not, what had not been, into what is. He is a Master Creator. And He pays careful attention to what is done and not done.
He continued about the duality and about those whom He loves. But one, He is for. And the other, He is against. One is true and the other false. And how coming out from among "them" ("them" are those that prove they do not agree with Him and His Word by actions, words, deeds) and spending time alone with Him to hear Him is necessary. The one, He intimately and ultimately accepts and the other one, He ultimately utterly and distinctly shuns. This is not my opinion, but God's opinion.
"So everyone who acknowledges (to voice the same conclusion as God, to agree with in profession and in lifestyle; confess because in full agreement with Him; to align with God; to endorse Him, His Word and His attitudes. To speak the same thing as He does, i.e. assent, agree with, confess, admit and declare) me before men, I also will acknowledge (to voice the same conclusion as God, to agree with in profession and in lifestyle; confess because in full agreement with Him; to align with God; to endorse Him, His Word and His attitudes. To speak the same thing as He does, i.e. assent, agree with, confess, admit and declare) before my Father who is in heaven, But whoever denies (refuses me, hence, contradicts God; refuses to affirm or to confess or identify with Him through action or word; disowns, rejects, repudiates) Me before men, I will also deny (refuse to confess or identify with and will reject) him before My Father in heaven." Matthew 10:32-33
Immersing ourselves in our own things, such as choices, religion, self righteousness, politics or anything else that takes up space in this miraculous, created bodily earthen Temple that His Holy Spirit resides in, is His deal breaker. How so? If you do not do the things that the Word of God teaches and that the Holy Spirit bears witness to, you are breaking covenant with God. Did you receive God's covenant in vain? Did anyone teach you this? God's Spirit speaking through the writers of the Epistles say:
"You adulterous people (those who worship a false God or worship falsely)! Do you not know that friendship with the world (in the things that they do) puts enmity (hostility and alienation) between you and God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself (appoints himself decisively) an enemy of God." James 4:4
John said, "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not from the Father but from the world. The world is passing away, along with its desires; but whoever does the will of God remains forever." 1 John 2:15-17
And finally, Paul, the writer of Romans urges us: "And do not be conformed (identified with taking on the form and expressions of the world; assuming a similar outward form by following the same pattern, model or mold) to this world, but be transformed (changed after being with God; Morphóō - changing form in keeping with the inner reality of inbred faith by His Word and Spirit. Metamorphosis - transformed after being with Him; transfigured) by the renewing (a new development; a renewal, achieved by God's power. a renewal or change of heart and life) of your mind (the organ of receiving God's thoughts, through faith) that you may prove (show something is acceptable, real, approved by God; put to the test to reveal what is good and genuine) what is that good and acceptable and perfect mature (consummated from going through the necessary stages to reach the end-goal, i.e. developed into a consummating completion by fulfilling the necessary process; ie the spiritual journey reaching the end aim or goal) will of God (God's best-offer" to people which can be accepted or rejected. So we see the choice is ours daily)." Romans 12:2
THE STORY OF TWO HALF BROTHERS
ISHMAEL AND ISAAC
Then God said (to Abraham as he was praying for his son, Ishmael, his first born, out of the unperfected will of God. Born of doubt, not of faith), “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation (After all, the rain God has made, falls on the just and the unjust – Matthew 5:45). But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year (this is the promise by faith).” When he had finished speaking with Abraham, God went up from him." Genesis 17:19-22
God promised Abraham one son in a covenant He made with him starting in Genesis 12. A son with whom God would have covenant with and thereby create the entire Nation of Israel, to intimately know Him. But, a break in faith (belief, trust), created a second son, who was born first. Nonetheless, it did not change God's mind on His original promise (covenant) He spoke to Abraham, as Abraham was a true son of God and of faith (Genesis 18:17, Galatians 3:6).
We know that Ishmael (the first born, not of covenant obedience) became another Nation and that Israel (the son of covenant promise, through obedience), all through Bible times until now, is at war against each other. The one of the flesh and the one of the spirit, struggle, strive against one another. They do not have the same God. They have the same father. Abraham. A different mother, Hagar. A mother is a nurturer, a comforter, much like the Holy Spirit. Ishmael's mother, Hagar, knew the ways of her people, which did not have covenant with God. A father infuses and creates identity, who you are. As the story goes, Ishmael and Isaac grew up together, with one father and two mothers. Isaac was born out of faith in covenant, choosing the ways of God and performing his vows to bring forth the plan and the will of God. Ishmael, born of doubt, becoming a great nation, without covenant, going his own way, creating his own religion. But always at odds with the truth of God through God's covenant people.
I find it interesting that God has left this illustration and example to this day for us to see. There are those who prepare themselves to hear and obey God's Word and those who do not. There are those who truly take heed how they hear. And then there are those whom just merely listen and then make up their mind they will do it the way that they want to. This is the difference between Isaac and Ishmael.
Religion is man trying to get to God through all his good ideas, works, or guilt. Relationship with God is, God in us to work in and through us, to perform His plan and will on the earth. To truly and intimately know Him and have fellowship with Him. That is why we are here. This was and is the original plan. The goal of God's spirit in us. The entire reason He lives in us, if we let Him.
"For God is the One working in you both to will and to work according to His good pleasure." Philippians 2:13 If in fact, He does reside in us.
Paul spoke adamantly to the Corinthian church who was duplicit in their persona and who said one thing and did another. "Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning! For there are some who are ignorant of God--I say this to your shame." 1 Corinthians 15:24
Further He said, "Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine! Test yourselves! Surely you know that Yahushua (Jesus) Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith!" 2 Corinthians 13:5
God's Spirit does not comfort us in our sin. He does not condone or endorse doing evil or evil speaking. Nor does he approve of doing your own will instead of His. Of having good ideas versus God's in-breathed Word, which will formulate and conduct a plan in and through you!
THE SHEEP AND THE GOATS
For the record, God made both for His glory. Just as He created Satan for His glory. All things will ultimately bring God the glory. Even your sin proves that God's Word and Laws are good and right (Romans 7:12, 16). That gives God all the glory. But it is to your shame, unless there is repentance (Hebrews 4, 6, 10). So God allows choice (Joshua 24:15), otherwise we would not be sons and daughters, made in His image. This also brings God the glory. He ultimately chooses those whom choose Him back and agree with His ways.
And this is the story of the twain.
"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
Whoa, take a moment. Breathe… That's harsh! All of that pretending for self and others to do God's will and God knew the entire time! All that energy and façade to do their own will, looking like God's will and behold, God sends them away to eternal punishment! To pretend for a generation and wind up in eternity separated from Him is just not worth it! Repentance (to turn away from what you are doing, ask forgiveness and ask God for His perfect will and the leading of His Holy Spirit) is the only way out of this predicament.
This will be a big shocker on that day and will take many by surprise, unless one snaps out of it and pays attention now! But God does know who exactly is who. He is paying attention. It is impossible to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6). Faith comes by hearing and hearing by God's Word (Romans 10:17). Proof of faith is keeping and doing His (logos and rhema) Word (James 2:18-20). That, in a nutshell, is keeping covenant with God.
God has a way in which He operates. Here's the secret in plain sight for those that can see and receive: His ways are NOT like ours. This is the whole reason He not only left His Word for us, but also the unspeakable gift of His Spirit. It cost Christ His life to leave His Spirit here with us.
Excuse me, have you ever died and left your spirit for someone? Much less rise from the dead! So let me set this straight, this is what His Spirit does do: He bears witness to the Truth (John 15:26, 16:13). He calls back to our remembrance, all things that Yahushua has spoken to us (Logos and Rhema – John 14:26). He convicts us of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:8). And He comforts us in our troubles or sorrows (John 14:16, John 16:7).
THE UNIDENTICAL TWINS JACOB AND ESAU
Twins can look alike. They can look common. They have things in common. Even if they look identical, they still have their own DNA, their own bodies, their own mind.
In this story, these two grow up together. One does the will of God, keeping covenant (agreement with God for His will to be done) and the other does not.
The caveat is that many times, the ones not doing the will of God, not keeping covenant, do not realize they are not doing what is required of them. They do their own will and call it "God's will". Read this story about this set of twins:
(God spoke prophetically to Rebekah) “Two nations are in your womb and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other and the older (first born) will serve the younger (2nd born).”
When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau. After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them.
The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob."
One day, while Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the field and was famished. He said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stew, for I am famished.” (That is why he was also called Edom). “First sell me your birthright,” Jacob replied.
“Look,” said Esau, “I am about to die, so what good is a birthright to me?” “Swear to me first,” Jacob said.
So Esau swore to Jacob and sold him the birthright. Then Jacob gave some bread and lentil stew to Esau, who ate and drank and then got up and went away. Thus Esau despised his birthright." Genesis 25:23-34
So what's the big deal? He was hungry and just traded his (covenant) birthright for what he wanted instead, right? Right. That is the big serious deal! "Just as it is written: (God said) 'Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated (to detest on a comparative basis; hence, denounce; to love someone or something less than someone else, i.e. to renounce one choice in favor of another).' Romans 9:13
Hate is a strong word. God said he hated Esau for giving up his covenant for what He wanted. Doing his own will above God's will. Yes, God has all the same emotions that He gave to us, yet He is a just and not imbalanced in His emotions.
What it boils down to is Choice. What we do. Or what we do not do. James says to do our own will and make our own plans without consulting God is evil:
"Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them" James 4:13-17 and Romans 2:15.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds (proof of faith)? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder!
You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. James 2:14-24
Yahusha is coming back for a mature Bride. One like Esther, who asked the Kings Chamberlain (representative of the Holy Spirit) what the King liked. Not like Vashti, who refused to do what the King, her husband desired.
Maturity is the Key Word of this Hour. Grow up. Quit trying and do it. It's a decision. Our daily choices determine
where we end up.
THE PARABLE OF THE TEN VIRGIN BRIDES
"At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’“Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’“ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’
“But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour."
Ten brides. All wanting to be married. All wanting something good for their lives. But maturity prepared five. And a lack of maturity (not doing what was required to be ready) undermined what the other five said they wanted.
God created the earth and everything in it for us to enjoy. But the love of the world is from the evil one:
"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them". 1 John 2:15
"If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world (those who chose against God and His ways) hates you " John 15:19 (Or should hate you, but doesn't).
"…But I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father" John 14:31a
"In this, love has been perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment that, just as He is, also are we in this world." 1 John 4:17 (Or so should we be, as He is, in this world).
"Those who love their life (put it first, before God's will) in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world (prefer to do God's will over their own) will keep it for eternity" John 12:25. Eternity. That's a long time.
In God's covenant, He commands us to know the will of God
and to not be deceived.
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when by his own evil desires he is lured away and enticed. Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. James 1:13-16
And that is how it works! A slow ultimate spiritual death. Without ever noticing. He does not give these warnings all through the Word of God for no reason. He wants reciprocity.
THE TRUE AND THE FALSE
The true allows testing to prove who they are. They allow the chastisement of God. The false find a way around it and pretend. This is hypocritical. No one can be a true son or daughter of God without correction (Hebrews 12:5-8).
Here's the danger, something you practice becomes a habit and the habit becomes something you do not notice any longer. That is called a blind spot and can become a strong hold or have a strong hold on or over you, so that you side with it and/or defend it and yourself. If you find yourself doing this self preserving act, ask yourself why. Awaken yourself out of your slumber!
As it is written:
"Be imitators of God, therefore, as beloved children, and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant sacrificial offering to God.
But among you, as is proper among the saints, there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk, or crude joking, which are out of character, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure, or greedy person (that is, an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things the wrath of God is coming on the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth. Test and prove what pleases the Lord.
Have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that is illuminated becomes a light itself. So it is said: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to reckless indiscretion. Instead, be filled with the Spirit." Ephesians 5:8-18
There is another spirit that is over those that are blind, those that sleep walk, those that are hard hearted. It is not the spirit of God. Because of continual practices (traditions of men or their own beliefs) which have lead them to their will over God's will. The deception is so acute and so on the cusp of truth, that only those who cry out to God for deliverance from all lies will be able to see it. This is the very spirit that will lead to serving the wrong leader, the wrong god and ultimately lead to death, first spiritually and then naturally.
It is important to seek God for yourself. To not quickly believe every prophet or every person who speaks in God's Name. Or even your own personal beliefs. Everything that you believe to be true should stand up to examination under God's light of Truth.
THE FALSE AND THE TRUE LEADERS AND PROPHETS
A MODERN DAY WARNING
Then three years passed without war between Aram (present day Syria) and Israel.
However, in the third year, Jehoshaphat king of Judah (the King and the Kingdom in Covenant agreement with God at that time) went down to visit the king of Israel (the King and the Kingdom who disobeyed God and broke His covenants continually at that time), who said to his servants, “Do you not know that Ramoth-gilead is ours, but we have failed to take it from the hand of the king of Aram (King of Syria)?”
So he (the evil disobedient to God King) asked Jehoshaphat (the godly King), “Will you go with me to fight against Ramoth-gilead?”
Jehoshaphat answered the king of Israel, “I am like you, my people are your people, and my horses are your horses.” (Which was very kind but undiscerning of him).
But (oh good, there's a but…which saved his life) Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “Please inquire first for the word of the LORD.” (I cannot over emphasize the importance of this).
So the king of Israel assembled the (kingdom assigned) prophets, about four hundred men, and asked them, “Should I go to war against Ramoth-gilead, or should I refrain?”
(Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary: Previous to declaring hostilities, it was customary to consult the prophets (see on 1Sa 28:8); and Jehoshaphat having expressed a strong desire to know the Lord's will concerning this war, Ahab assembled four hundred of his prophets. These could not be either the prophets of Baal or of Ashteroth (1Ki 18:19), but seem (1Ki 22:12) to have been false prophets, who conformed to the symbolic calf-worship of Jehovah (*Author note: a false spirit among the people of God). Being the creatures of (*whom they followed) Ahab, they unanimously predicted a prosperous issue to the war. But dissatisfied with them, Jehoshaphat inquired if there was any true prophet of the Lord (*when you are submerged in Gods Word, will and way and are in covenant agreement with Him, things won't seem right to you. DO NOT go along with it, but inquire). Ahab agreed, with great reluctance, to allow Micaiah to be summoned. He was the only true prophet then to be found residing in Samaria, and he had to be brought out of prison (1Ki 22:26), into which, according to Josephus, he had been cast on account of his rebuke to Ahab for sparing the king of Syria).
“Go up,” they (his prophets) replied, “and the Lord will deliver it into the hand of the king.”
But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there not still a prophet of the LORD here of whom we can inquire?”
The king of Israel answered, “There is still one man who can ask the LORD, but I hate him because he never prophesies anything good for me, but only bad. He is Micaiah son of Imlah.”
“The king should not say that!” Jehoshaphat replied.
So the king of Israel called one of his officials and said, “Bring Micaiah son of Imlah at once.”
Dressed in royal attire, the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah were sitting on their thrones at the threshing floor by the entrance of the gate of Samaria, with all the prophets prophesying before them.
Now Zedekiah son of Chenaanah had made for himself iron horns and declared, “This is what the LORD says: ‘With these you shall gore the Arameans until they are finished off.’ ”
And all the prophets were prophesying the same, saying, “Go up to Ramoth-gilead and prosper, for the LORD will deliver it into the hand of the king.”
(*Author Interruption: Was it not certainly Israel's land to begin with? Would not God 'obviously' want them to have it back? Ahhh and that is exactly where we get off track with God. Assuming or presumption. God not only has a perfect will, but a plan which is called His Way and that comes by hearing of faith by His true Words (logos or rhema).
Then the messenger who had gone to call Micaiah instructed him, “Behold now, with one accord the words of the prophets are favorable to the king. So please let your words be like theirs, and speak favorably.”
But Micaiah said, “As surely as the LORD lives, I will speak whatever the LORD tells me.”
When Micaiah arrived, the king asked him, “Micaiah, should we go to war against Ramoth-gilead, or should we refrain?”
“Go up and triumph,” Micaiah replied, “for the LORD will give it into the hand of the king.” (*He knew how hated he was). But the king said to him, “How many times must I make you swear not to tell me anything but the truth in the name of the LORD?” (*lol, this is comedy. It must have happened a lot. He was used to Micaiah's sarcasm as he knew that Ahab did not want God's will really).
So Micaiah declared: “I saw all Israel scattered on the hills like sheep without a shepherd. And the LORD said, ‘These people have no master; let each one return home in peace.’ ”
Then the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Did I not tell you that he never prophesies good for me, but only bad?” (*because King Ahab only wanted his will, not God's).
Micaiah continued, “Therefore hear the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by Him on His right and on His left.
And the LORD said, ‘Who will entice Ahab to march up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’
And one suggested this, and another that. Then a spirit came forward, stood before the LORD, and said, ‘I will entice him. ’‘By what means?’ asked the LORD. And he replied, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouths of all his prophets.’ ‘You will surely entice him and prevail,’ said the LORD. ‘Go and do it.’
So you see, the LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouths of all these prophets of yours, and the LORD has pronounced disaster against you.”
Then Zedekiah son of Chenaanah went up, struck Micaiah in the face, and demanded, “Which way did the Spirit of the LORD go when He departed from me to speak with you?”
Micaiah replied, “You will soon see, on that day when you go and hide in an inner room.”
And the king of Israel declared, “Take Micaiah and return him to Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the king’s son, and tell them that this is what the king says: ‘Put this man in prison and feed him only bread and water until I return safely.’ ”
But Micaiah replied, “If you ever return safely, the LORD has not spoken through me.” Then he added, “Take heed, all you people!”
So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah went up to Ramoth-gilead. And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “I will disguise myself and go into battle, but you wear your royal robes.” So the king of Israel disguised himself and went into battle.
Now the king of Aram had ordered his thirty-two chariot commanders, “Do not fight with anyone, small or great, except the king of Israel.”
When the chariot commanders saw Jehoshaphat, they said, “Surely this is the king of Israel!” So they turned to fight against him, but Jehoshaphat cried out. And when the chariot commanders saw that he was not the king of Israel, they turned back from pursuing him.
However, a certain man drew his bow without taking special aim, and he struck the king of Israel between the joints of his armor. So the king said to his charioteer, “Turn around and take me out of the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
The battle raged throughout that day, and the king was propped up in his chariot facing the Arameans. And the blood from his wound ran out onto the floor of the chariot, and that evening he died. As the sun was setting, the cry rang out in the army: “Every man to his own city, and every man to his own land!”
So the king died and was brought to Samaria, where they buried him. And the chariot was washed at the pool of Samaria where the prostitutes bathed, and the dogs licked up Ahab’s blood, according to the word that the LORD had spoken (*Previous prophesy by Elijah, a true Prophet of God - 1 Kings 21:19)
As for the rest of the acts of Ahab, along with all his accomplishments and the ivory palace and all the cities he built, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel? And Ahab rested with his fathers, and his son Ahaziah reigned in his place."
1 Kings 22:1-40
Sooooo, these things happen. Still today. Gods true messengers will warn of impending, often unforeseen danger, sin, unrighteousness and of God's judgment for repentance. Because God is love.
What makes someone or something false is not a prediction they may have that fails (where there are prophecies, they shall fail - 1 Corinthians 13:8). Although, if their foretelling average is not good, it may be an indicator. I say may, because they could be new at it and it takes practice. But more than that, it is in the character of the individual that makes them false. Their motivations. Why they do what they do. The dualities of identity. The hypocrisy. They say God's Spirit is in them, but they do and say what they want. If we are not aligned with God ourselves, we are subject to being deceived. The false will rise to deceive the very elect (Matthew 24:24).
This may offend you, but, in a nutshell, it sounds like basic Christianity today. Not that it should be. But from much of what is witnessed by those on the outside, it is what Christianity looks like to them. If we must make ourselves religious, God says that the only religion He accepts is this: "If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not bridle his tongue, he deceives his heart and his religion is worthless. Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world" (James 1:26-27). If you want to be a Christian and yet do not keep or do God's Word, at least you must be doing this for God to accept you. All the 'feelings' in the world could be stored up and presented to God as proof of faith, because you feel like you love Him and you feel like you believe Him and it will not amount to 1 grain of faith. How you feel about God and your relationship with God should coincide. But your feelings are not proof of anything. The scripture does not say, "Without feelings, it is impossible to please God". It says, "Without faith, it's impossible to please God" (Hebrews 11:6).
If I have your attention, don’t take my word for it. Read the Bible (daily is a part of Covenant agreement), lay down your life, pick up your cross, and follow your leader, Yahushua the Messiah, if that is who your confession of faith is about. Those who pass the test will be those who "triumphed over evil, (not by might or by strength, but) by the blood of the lamb, the word of their testimony and not loving their lives even unto their own death' according to the end of the Bible, Revelation 12:11. This is the proof God says He seeks.
Come on, seriously, God is not a ride at Disneyland, a song in church, a magic Genie in a bottle nor Santa Claus. He is a Sovereign God, who is absolute and resolute in what He says. He is not bi-polar, schizophrenic, nor hypocritical. He is not emotionally unstable. If we really value Him, what He has done for us in sending His Son, the Work He has done for us in laying down His life for us, leaving His Holy Spirit and us His Word, then pay real attention. It is then, when we are authentic and true, that we will see others for who they are, exactly who is who. It is absolutely God's will for you to know the truth. Not just think that you do and wind up on the wrong side with the goats.
I write all of this, because there is an agenda of the enemy in the midst of the camp to lead astray. The devil, the enemy of God is real. He is seated at the table in our midst (like Haman, like Judas, like the many false prophets in one accord with the politics of the day. Yahushua cautions, "Take heed how you hear." I urge you to purify your hearts and seek His face in spirit and in truth, as the Father seeks such that will.
"When the Son of man comes, will he find (the) faith(ful) on the earth?" Luke 8:8
This is a warning.