“Who among you fears Adonai? Who hears the voice of His servant? Who walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the Name of Adonai and lean on his God.
Behold, all you who kindle a fire, encircling yourselves with firebrands. Walk in the light of your fire and among the brands you have lit. This you will have from My hand: you will lie down in torment.” Isaiah 50:10-11
Isaiah has some pretty powerful words throughout his writings. This Prophet had experienced it all. Can you imagine your face resembling a flint? The trials Adonai’s prophets endure delivering words to a rebellious house- oh Israel, open your eyes! Abba has protocols He uses when His children misbehave. Prophets are called Adonai’s emergency men for a reason. What happens when you combine trained assassins with a degree in combat medics? You get a prophet shaped and molded for a mission that requires death but with the hope of resurrection! In our modern times, we come across people with titles and accolades, some apostles, others prophets, all just mere men. But how many of these titles hold up to the firebrand of YHWH? Remember, the Prophet Jeremiah was knit together in the womb. This is a divine ordination, not bought at the nearest school of the Prophet. There’s nothing wrong with a title; we all need them to identify each other. It becomes a problem when the title isn’t woven together with humility—eyes that see the goodness of Torah, all of Scripture.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
I mentioned earlier the protocols that our God has set in place. If we go to Scripture, we see different protocols for various things. Like any good parent, our Abba’s desire is for His children to listen and obey. Let’s put our gaze upon the protocols of unruly children.
“Hear this, you priests! Pay attention, you Israelites! Listen, royal house! This judgment is against you: You have been a snare at Mizpah, a net spread out on Tabor. The rebels are knee-deep in slaughter. I will discipline all of them. I know all about Ephraim; Israel is not hidden from me. Ephraim, you have now turned to prostitution; Israel is corrupt. Hosea 5:1-3
“They do not cry to me from the heart” Hosea 7:14
“The Lord takes his place in court; he rises to judge the people. The Lord enters into judgment against the elders and leaders of his people: “It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor?” declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.” Isaiah 3: 13-15
“This people draw near with their mouths and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from Me, their fear of Me is a commandment of men learned by rote” Isaiah 29:13
“For fools speak folly, their hearts are bent on evil, They practice ungodliness and spread error concerning the Lord; the hungry they leave empty and from the thirsty they withhold water. Scoundrels use wicked methods, they make up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just. But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.” Isaiah 32:6-8
Our hearts need the grief of the prophets. To feel the heaviness when we see those that lead people away from His Torah, God’s words. We have many immature prophets among us today. Many speaking words that kindle false fires. Prophets with faces of flint grieve over this. Pick any social media site, and you will find those that prophesy sweet-tasting treats for God’s house. Candy-coated lies and prosperity leak from their mouths. Yet, all the witnesses in Scripture prophesied refining and purification before the healing of Adonai took place. When did the office of the Prophet become a place to get your fortune told, how successful will you be this coming year?
If we take a look at Noah; before the renewal and healing came forth, the judgment and purification of the people had to happen. Yah’s ways, not ours. We need to reach a place of no-nonsense. Being an ambassador of YHWH’s light should not be taken lightly. Should we put wool upon people’s eyes? What good does sugar coating a stern message do? It only causes us not to be prepared. I do believe beautiful things are coming our way. Captives set free. Blind gaining their sight. Yokes falling to the ground. This is the healing Scripture speaks about. We need the voice of Adonai’s emergency men to bring the correct words of kindling. I want to leave you with five characteristics of an immature prophet and a seasoned prophet. I pray this blesses you, and my hope is for refinement to spread through God’s house. May we come forth like gold—United in Adonai’s ways and words, not our own.
“Yet He knows the way I have taken; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” Job 23:10
5 Characteristics of an immature prophet:
- False humility- hasn’t been refined by Adonai’s fire
- A love of money, materials
- Seeks accolades/titles of men
- Messages don’t preach repentance, don’t bring the hearts of the people back to the Father
- They don’t read/study all Scripture- The Torah and New Testament
- Seeks always to bring a new word, new revelation, personal forecasts
- Prophecies out of their own heart, their words don’t line up with Scripture.
- Extreme manifestations of religious type experiences
- Charges for the gifting/anointing promises to teach and ordain you as a prophet or apostle. This is not the same as mentorship/passing the mantle
5 Characteristics of a mature prophet:
- Walks in humility- has been crushed many times
- Can not be bought- loyal to Elohim/God
- Fears Adonai more than man
- Brings words of correction/conviction with hope
- Reads/studies all of Scripture- The Torah and New Testament
- Has a deep love and compassion for the widows, orphans, and the broken-hearted.
- Despises injustices, false words that divide, mislead and give false hope
- A close relationship with Adonai and the Ruach/Holy Spirit over traditions of religion
- Always brings a word or action that points you back to the Father