There is a religious insanity going on in the South African region which prompted me to write this short article. Certain fame and fortune seeking, egotistical, and inexperienced young men who titled themselves as “prophets” are now calling themselves “THE MAJOR ONES,” which means that they are the current major prophets. The painful part is that their bewitched religious morons are hailing their stupidity instead of rebuking their haughty spirits. Their followers refer to them as “Major” or “Papa” with full assumption that these cheap young sorceresses are true prophets of God. There are too many religious people who consider the word “prophet” to be a mere religious title; one of those titles that one can adopt to receive human recognition. Others have been deceived into believing that anyone who can manifest supernatural powers, such as healing the sick, helping people through prayer to get what they want, predicting what will happen in the future, or revealing hidden things is a prophet, but that is not the truth because some occultists, witches, psychics, spiritualists, shamans, voodooists, and animists can make accurate predictions, and many can perform signs and wonders.
As a matter of fact, there are spiritualists in Africa; Senegal, Mali, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroun, Congo, Benin republic, Togo etc. who can fortify someone with a familiar spirit and the person will instantly begin to see spiritual things that the natural eyes cannot see. In 1993 someone called Prophet Peter, whose “church” was at Obalende, Lagos Nigeria (right opposite of P&T) tried to initiate me into his secret prophetic brotherhood, he said he loved the zeal that I have for the Lord and wanted to help me by giving me extra ordinary powers to prophecy and to manifest miracles. In Niger republic 2000, while serving as a missionary in Konni village, one of the oldest Muslim spiritualists out of love offered to give to me miracle working powers he inherited from his ancestors, which I refused. When the main “O O Obu,” known as the spiritual head of the brotherhood of the cross and star was still alive, I personally know certain preachers that went to him and received “a spiritual gift” to function as seers. When TB Joshua came to South Africa some “ministers” went to him secretly to receive spiritual impartation, so that they can attract large crowds and function as prophets. In addition, there are certain shrines (oracles) in West African where people go to take spiritual baths to become “prophetic papa” with demonic wonder working powers. Using mediums to predict the future, reveal secrets, and manifest fake miracles through demonic powers is not something new, it is an ancient practice but our African ancestors did not use these ancient mystical powers to operate churches.
It’s frightening how young people these days are conjuring up these old deities and using their powers to fool people in their so-called churches, calling themselves prophets and prophetesses. What most don’t know is that they are going to pay a bitter price at the end here on earth, except they confess their sins and do away with those mediums. Do not be deceived, not every person who calls himself or herself a prophet or gives an accurate prediction is a true prophet. There are many occultists, witches and wizards, psychics, shamans, and spiritualists in churches today predicting future events such as accidents, promotions, telling you your name, address, bank account information, phone numbers and so forth to gain recognition and to lure innocent souls into darkness. Let us not forget that EVIL SPIRITS can prophesy too and work miracles. Read the following scriptures;
And it came to pass on the morrow, that the EVIL SPIRIT from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house:(1Samuel 18:10).
And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with A SPIRIT OF DIVINATION met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, these men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour. And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers, (Act 16:16-19)
I was in a place called “Dogodoutche” in Niger Republic, there I witnessed Bori (idol) worshipers levitate, prophesy, and they spoke in tongues when evil spirits known as “Zanzana”, “Dango”, and “Donkawa” possessed the worshipers. I have also encountered a spiritualist who told me what and how I prayed in my private prayer place. There is no doubt that some wizards and spiritualists can monitor what you are doing wherever you are- there is no distance in the spirit realm! As mentioned earlier, just because someone makes an accurate prediction doesn’t mean the person is a prophet of God. Just remember that prophets, diviners, psychics, and spiritualists outwardly look very much alike and all have the spiritual ability to reveal hidden things, foretell futures and manifest “miracles”; as a genuine prophet of God has the ability to wear a suit, or a white collar to preach in a pulpit, so can a magician transform himself or herself and put on a suit or dress with a bishops collar, change his/her occult terms to biblical language, and preach and prophesy in Christian’s church services and it’s happening every day; there are numerous dark spiritualists performing in “churches” today.
When Paul the apostle prophesied about the last days’ events he compared the false ministers (false prophets) who will arise in the last days to oppose the truth of God with the story of MOSES and JANNES and JAMBRES. Paul stated that the same way Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses in the presence of Pharaoh, would be the same method that the diviners, sorcerers and the psychics who will secretly introduce destructive teachings in the church will resist the truth. Paul called them men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith (2Timothy 3:8). Moses and Aaron were true prophets of God, while Jannes and Jambres were the chief magicians of Pharaoh (Exodus 7, 8). Moses and Aaron had the genuine power of God and divine message to call the people of God out of sin and bondage, but Jannes and Jambres apparently had "astonishing" magical powers without an accurate revelation of God, in efforts to make God’s people then remain in Egypt. Jannes and Jambres counterfeited at least three signs that Moses performed in the presence of Pharaoh, King of Egypt, for example, Moses and Aaron dropped their staff before Pharaoh and it became a snake, Jannes and Jambres, the Egyptian magicians did the same thing with their magical powers (Exodus 7:10-12) Moses and Aaron turned water into blood, Jannes and Jambres mimicked the same, they too turned water into blood (Exodus 7:20-22). Aaron raised his hand over the waters of Egypt, and frogs came up and covered the whole land! But the magicians were able to do the same thing with their magic. They, too, caused frogs to come up on the land of Egypt (Exodus 8:6-7).
I think it is clear from the above cited scriptures that Satan can counterfeit God’s powers; his agents can prophesy and perform miracles, for that reason, it will be difficult to use accurate predictions and miracles to differentiate the true prophets from the sorcerers and the witches and wizards who have transformed themselves as the angels of light to deceive church goers. There are many Ghana made prophets who are deceivers and evil doers in Christian churches today who parade themselves as prophets and prophetesses going about calling people whom they never met before by their names, telling them their house address, phone numbers, bank account numbers, etc. A discerning of spirits, visions and revelations from the Lord is needed to identify these perpetrators!
DIFFINING THE PROPHET
Basically, “a prophet” is a person is divinely called and anointed with a revelatory spirit to proclaim God’s present truth without compromise or favoritism. A prophet gets his messages directly from God through the Holy spirit or the angels of the Lord. And they can receive a hidden truth from three the different ages, “the eternity beginning, the mortal age, and the immortal age;” for example, a prophet can see and proclaim a secret that is hidden in the time past, for instance, Moses the prophet was transported spiritually back into eternity past where he saw how God created all things in Christ, he returned and gave us an account of them as recorded in the book of Genesis, a prophet can also prophesy about something that is currently happening. In the days of Elisha for instance, Elisha was in one spot and was able to see spiritually where the enemies of the Jews encamped themselves carrying secret plans to attack the Israelites, then Elisha immediately revealed it to the king of Israel to save the nation (2Kings6:8-12, Act11:28-30), John the apostle spiritually transported into the future Lord’s Day where he witnessed the second coming of Christ and every other event that would happen after the kingdom age (Revelation1:9-10).
It is important to understand that a prophet is far more than a person who can see and foretell the future; prophets are role models of holiness, righteousness, and justice, and they always establish a deep intimacy with God. They set pure moral standards for their neighborhood, state, and the nation. Don’t believe that the role of a prophet is only to give personal prophecies because that isn’t even close to the truth. Abraham was a prophet, yet not once did he say “thus saith the Lord” (Genesis 20:7) but Abraham achieved every high level of HOLINES in God;
Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. (Genesis26:5)
For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.(Genesis18:19)
Job is also known as a great prophet of the living God, God himself testified about the level of purity and holiness that Job attained, not how many times that Job prophesied to people;
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.(Job1:1) Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? (Vs7-8)
The divine mandate of God’s prophets is to call people back to God’s path of holiness and righteousness. For instance, Noah was called a preacher of righteousness (2peter2:5), Abraham was a teacher of holiness. (Genesis18:19), Moses brought the Holy laws of God (John1:17). John’s mission was to prepare people for the coming of the Lord, his teaching was holiness, purity, righteousness, and justice (luke1:16-17). Paul the apostle made it very clear that the duty of apostles, prophets, teachers, pastors and evangelists in the church today is to perfect the saints. For the work of the ministry, to the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians4:11-13). A New Testament prophet must be an absolute teacher or preacher of the accurate word of God, and a spiritual leader who trains and leads young Christians by their standard of living. Jesus Christ is the perfect picture of what a true prophet should look like. Christ in his earthly ministry was not going about telling people their phone number, house address, bank account numbers, or giving people personal prophecies about new cars, jobs and so forth, or predicting who will win elections, football matches, or who would survive or die in plane crashes. Jesus Christ went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil (Act10:38).
Christ was going about all the cities and villages teaching and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, (holiness and righteousness) and healing every sickness and disease among the people. When the Lord perceived danger coming or Satan attempting to bring destruction upon God’s elect, He provided solutions by praying for the person to stop the disaster. Jesus didn’t wait for the people to perish and then make a public announcement that he saw the accident like the deceivers are doing today to receive media attention and to gain popularity (Luke22:31-32). To be continued……