Five Fold Today Love People Please! - The Devil and The Duck - The Spirit of War - Taste Of My Riches! - Cake vs. Meat - Greed and Disneyland Christianity - What Is a Prophet?

August 19, 2006

Love People Please!

Andrew Strom

When I was a young Christian I was a total zealot. There is nothing wrong with that, but sadly I was often a zealot without wisdom -and also WITHOUT LOVE. I cared for "truth" more than I cared for people, and I did not even notice that I was often using Truth as a sword to crush people with, rather than set them free.

A lot of young zealous Christians are like that - but I was particularly bad because I had a 'prophetic'-type personality - very intense, very black and white. I would walk into a room full of Christians and start an argument at the drop of a hat. I was not afraid to "blast" anyone. Truth was king - the most important thing - and that was all I cared about. This was not just an "occasional" problem with me - this was the way I lived and breathed. Total, all-out zealotry.

I do not have this approach to life any more - though I still care deeply about truth. (-For that is the way God made me). Sometimes I will still debate things with people - though very rarely.

Over the years God changed me utterly. In fact, to change my hardened heart He had to break me and break me and break me some more. And each time He did so, a little bit of LOVE got in. I'm sure He is still doing so today.

I started to realize that from God's point of view, the most precious thing in all the earth is PEOPLE. We can see this in the most famous verse in the Bible- "For God SO LOVED the world...." There it is - He so LOVES PEOPLE. He sent His son to die for PEOPLE. That is what it is all about.

There is an old Maori saying from New Zealand, which I have to love- "The most valuable thing in all the world is PEOPLE, it is PEOPLE, it is PEOPLE."

And yet to me in those early years, it was not "people" that I deeply cared about at all. The only thing I deeply valued was the 'Truth' that I was trying to put across that day. And so I attacked and spiritually "hacked" at people all day long. I was a walking nightmare.

Do you realize the sheer amount of 'breaking' that has to go on in someone like that - to get them to LOVE? -Years and years of awful crushing and brokenness. -Because I was SO BAD -seriously - I was a danger to the church and to myself.

If you love your 'Truths' more than you love people, then you are an out-and-out Pharisee. Nothing less. And you will create condemnation and death in people, rather than 'conviction' and LIFE.

But if you can get BROKEN enough to truly LOVE PEOPLE - and value them more than anything in this earth - and then speak Truth to them out of that place of love - then you will become greatly effective. It is all about becoming BROKEN and learning to LOVE others from the heart. If you ask Him to, God will do "whatever it takes" to get you to that place.

This is not to say that you will never speak direct or piercing words. You will - but the whole motivation will be different. In fact, EVERYTHING will be different. You may be very confronting, and speak very direct truths - but it will be in the right spirit. And this God can greatly anoint.

I got a disturbing email recently from a relative of someone on our List who says that this person uses some of the things we send out as "ammunition" to attack people or argue or divide from them, etc. Listen, friends, you can do anything with Truth. You can use it to beat people up or set them free. You can use it to become the most "negative" person on the planet, or you can allow it to break your heart and make you a closer follower of Jesus. You can use it in love, or you can use it in zealous self-righteousness to hammer and condemn people. It is up to you - and the true state of your heart.

All I can pray is that those reading this will stop and consider for a moment. Don't be like me, and take years to discover these most basic things.

Let me ask you a simple question- Do you truly LOVE PEOPLE more than the 'Truths' you are trying to make them listen to? Do you value them as God does - and realize that He sees them as the most precious thing in all the earth? (-Especially His children).

How deeply can we come to realize this truth - that GOD LOVES PEOPLE.  Yes - repeat it - "GOD LOVES PEOPLE". -And so must we, if we are to represent Him on this planet.

Please PRAY about these things, my friends?

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God bless you all.

Andrew Strom

The Devil and The Duck

There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm. He was given a slingshot to play without in the woods. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner.

As he was walking back he saw Grandma's pet duck. Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head, and killed it. He was shocked and grieved. In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile, only to see his sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing.

After lunch the next day Grandma said, "Sally, let's wash the dishes." But Sally said, "Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen." Then she whispered to him, "Remember the duck?" So Johnny did the dishes.

Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, "I'm sorry but I need Sally to help make supper." Sally just smiled and said," Well that's all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help." She whispered again, "Remember the duck?"

So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help.

After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally's he finally couldn't stand it any longer. He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck. Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug, and said, "Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing. But because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you."

Thought for the day and every day thereafter: Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done -- and the devil keeps throwing it up in your face (lying, debt, fear, hatred , anger, unforgiveness, bitterness, etc.) whatever it is, you need to know that God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing, He has seen your whole life. He wants you to know that He loves you and that you are forgiven. He's just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you.

The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness, He not only forgives you, but He forgets - It is by God's Grace and Mercy that we are saved.
FWD by Stella
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The Spirit of War

Joyce Marcel

At the start of the Iraq war, the British columnist George Monbiot wrote, "They (the American and British governments) have unlocked the spirit of war, and it could be unwilling to return to its casket until it has traversed the world."

Can anyone doubt his words?

For the past weeks Israel has been engaged in a rage-filled war against the citizens of Lebanon. Intending to strike at its enemy, Hezbollah, it has killed hundreds of civilians and destroyed Beirut, only recently restored to its former elegance as "The Paris of the Middle East" after a devastating civil war.

No one denies that Israel has enemies, real enemies, demented clerics who talk about pushing Israel back into the sea. These leaders have filled the hearts of frustrated young people with hatred and a love of death. They created suicide bombing. They are madmen and worse.

But Israel is also to blame, both for its treatment of Palestinians and for its lack of restraint. A country with an air force and nuclear weapons should not resort to all-out war because two of its soldiers were kidnapped.

Journalist Chris Hedges calls it "mutually assured destruction in the Middle East." Each side, he says, has a vested interest in violence.

"The indiscriminate violence of one justifies the indiscriminate violence of the other," Hedges said. "The violence stokes the fear that is the driving force behind all messianic, violent movements... And since these groups have nothing to offer other than violence, they need fear to keep those around them compliant... It is difficult to argue with those holding up bloodied corpses. Each side finds it useful to keep the supply coming."

There are too many sides here. The Israelis have a side, of course, and the Lebanese, and Hezbollah has its own side, and then there's Hamas, Syria, Iran is in the picture, and don't forget the United States and Great Britain. Trying to see all the sides makes me dizzy.

I throw my lot in with the civilians, the ones who want to study and work and cook and love and be with their families and maybe watch a little television in the evening. The people my government dismisses as "collateral damage." The people in the crossfires. The people who would, if this was happening in America, be my loved ones. The people who would be me.

British journalist Robert Fisk, who lives in Lebanon, heard the first bombs fall. "They came first to the little village of Dweir near Nabatiya in southern Lebanon where an Israeli plane dropped a bomb onto the home of a Shia Muslim cleric," he said. "He was killed. So was his wife. So were eight of his children. One was decapitated. All they could find of a baby was its head and torso which a young villager brandished in fury in front of the cameras. Then the planes visited another home in Dweir and disposed of a family of seven."

In Iraq last month, an average of 100 civilians were killed every day. This week, in the Shiite shrine city of Kufa, for example, a van pulled up to a place where young men gather to look for work. The driver offered them work and they filled up his car. Then he blew it up. About 59 people died, and another 105 were sent to the hospital.

In northern Israel this week, residents hurried into a bomb shelter as Hezbollah rockets fell. One man didn't make it in time. When the bomb shelter opened, his bloody body was lying a short distance away. A frantic woman left the bomb shelter screaming that she couldn't find her husband. She dialed his number on her cell phone, and after a pause, it rang in the pocket of the dead man. An NBC News camera crew filmed the scene and fled.

This is Atrocities 'R' Us, this is what George W. Bush has wrought and this is what America will pay for.

We must be against this war, if only because we don't want to be on the same side as the people who are creeping out from under rocks to gleefully support it.

Like the right-wing Christian lunatics who believe in, want and pray for the Rapture. Before the Rapture you must have Armageggdon, so these believers in death and destruction cheer the new war. They constitute Bush's most passionate political base, and they can't wait for Israel to use nukes.

Then there are the neoconservatives, who brought us the disastrous Iraqi war in the first place. If you thought they had slunk back to their caves in shame, guess again. They are out again, they are cheering and celebrating this new war, and their only argument is whether to call it World War III or World War IV. (It depends on how you count the Cold War.)

Then there are the anti-Semites. Usually, they're far right Aryan Nation skinhead types, but now the American far left is also disseminating proto-Nazi propaganda. Instead of Protocols of the Elders of Zion nonsense about Jews cooking with the blood of babies, the left's propaganda comes in the form of a supposed after-dinner chat Benjamin Franklin had during the writing of the Constitution, in which he warned against letting Jews into America because they would take it over. This "prophecy" was proved to be a hoax 60 years ago, but still it appeared in my mailbox yesterday.

It's easy to hate when there are so few rational voices to be heard. Please, be on the side of reason, righteousness, human dignity and humanity and demand an end to this bloodshed now.

Joyce Marcel is a free-lance journalist from southern Vermont. A collection of her columns, "A Thousand Words or Less," is available through Email to:

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Taste Of My Riches!

Karen Lundquist

O come and taste of My richness! I am pouring out to those who crave for more. I'm pouring out to those who are not afraid to receive My bountiful blessings. I provide all things necessary, to sustain you. I will enlighten your eyes, so you will see the truth.

Ask Me for My richness, ask Me, and I will give to you. I will withhold nothing good from you because it is My good pleasure to bless you. Even as Saul's armies entered the wilderness, I provided more than enough for Israel's armies. But the armies were restrained, they were hindered, and did not partake of that which I provided for them. The enemy edged his way into Saul's heart. His words brought fear and hindered blessings for many.

Even so, ask Me for wisdom, ask Me to pour out into your lives and I will withhold nothing good from you. My people, don't listen to the lies of the enemy. Listen to Me. I will enlighten you, I will provide honey, sweet to the taste. This honey will cause your face to shine with My glory. You will be strengthened and ready for battle. Run to Me, reach out for it, it is yours for the asking.

Cake vs. Meat

Dawn Starbinski

I think the church is in for a rude awakening. Even now there is an alarm sounding, an early morning wake up call. The church has overslept and time is short. We have become an obese, slovenly, woman sitting at a banquet table eating cake. Complaining about why we don't see more healings and miracles.

We have become consumed with material things, Big churches and big programs . Corporate America would be proud . Over charging our own people for cafe lattes and books written by the pastor, C.D.s  of our own choir singing praises set to the newest secular pop tunes. We are supposed to be warriors, spiritually muscular, fit and armed with powerful weapons. Instead we have become pampered brats sitting in air conditioned churches on padded pews with beautiful floral arrangements.

Pride has replaced our passion and complacency has replaced our desire for Him, We'd rather have stuff then suffer persecution for His name sake. The world is NOT fooled by this facade.... We are a joke to the nations.

What will it take for us to understand He is calling us not to conform to the world but to a deeper intimacy with Him.... to a consuming desire for Him and Him alone. Only then will the fragrance of life draw the lost and dying into the kingdom, Only then will our meat starved spirits be complete. THEN the church will once again become a force to contend with. The kind that shook the world and put darkness in it's place.......

Greed and Disneyland Christianity

Brother George

It isn't always easy to see the need to make any adjustments when living in the Western World, where so many are drunk with the delusion that, "He who dies with the most toys wins" (a bumper sticker you may have seen). How blessed is that day when you realize you've been living on an island of fantasy in an ocean of reality. Compared to the one-half of the world that is living on less than two dollars a day, we're living in Disneyland.

So what can you do to begin to obey Christ's clear command to lay up treasures not on earth but in heaven? Jesus told us exactly where to begin: "Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves purses which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven" (Luke 12:33). Jesus gave this commandment to all of His disciples, not just to one wealthy man, and it could not be more plain. Thus, the true disciple of Christ must take inventory of all he or she possesses and determine what to sell, the proceeds of which can then be laid up in heaven.

When you begin seriously to consider what to sell, you will likely find resistance within you to the whole idea. That is a depressing yet glorious moment, because you will begin to realize how much all your stuff means to you...and how little Christ means to you. At that moment of self-realization, the war begins. It is misery at first, but with each step of obedience, joy increases as you prove your love for Jesus.

Many, like myself, begin by focusing on selling the possessions that they never use or enjoy, as they are the easiest to dispossess. We have a garage sale and unload all the junk in our attics and garages, and then give the money to some worthy cause. That is a good start, but God is thinking bigger. While we are selling a few old clothes to lay up a little bit of treasure in heaven, the Holy Spirit helps us see that we could sell our house, use the equity to pay cash for a smaller house, and never have to make another mortgage payment, which would enable us to lay up tens of thousands of dollars in heaven in the years ahead. Or we realize that we could stop buying a new car every year and buy one every eight years---or never buy another new car, and always buy used ones---again enabling us to lay up tens of thousands of dollars in heaven during the rest of our lives. Or we could unload those luxuries that serve no other purpose than to impress other people, swell our egos, or indulge our flesh. Or we can make a decision to delay retirement or never retire, thus eliminating the need for laying up so much treasure on earth, and thus enabling the laying up of hundreds of thousands of dollars in heaven, waiting for our eternal retirement.

So my first advice is to consider what you can do to cut your expenses as quickly and as drastically as possible, thus enabling you to lay up as much treasure as possible in heaven. Getting out of debt would certainly be high up on the list, because any periodic payment, once eliminated, can then be just as periodically laid up in heaven. If there is one indication of the greed and lack of contentment among us, consumer debt is it. As one person said, "We buy things with money we don't have for things we don't need to impress people we don't like." A bad combination indeed. Christians are instructed in Scripture to be content with what they have, even if it is only food and covering (see 1 Tim. 6:8; Heb. 13:5).

Regarding debt, I am of course generally speaking, because incurring debt for appreciating essentials, such as a home, or for gaining an education or for business capital that will be used to earn a living can be wise stewardship.

Credit card debt is the absolute worst kind of debt because the interest is so high, so eliminate it first. If your credit card is not paid off completely at the end of each monthly billing cycle, that is a likely indication that you can't control your credit-card spending. The solution is to take a pair of scissors and cut up all your credit cards. That is called plastic surgery.

Another kind of surgery that can help is televisionectomy. Advertisers pay millions to bombard us with images of happy people getting new stuff. Every commercial is designed to create discontentment. You can't be seduced by commercials you don't see. Ask your doctor if a televisionectomy is right for you.

Jesus, of course, didn't lay down any specific commandments meant to regulate our possessions. For example, He never decreed the maximum allowable square footage of the homes of His followers. But all of His followers should consider their homes in light of His commandment not to lay up treasures on earth but in heaven. When my wife and I began to wrestle with that commandment, we ultimately arrived at the conclusion that we needed to sell our home and scale down, which we did. It provided us the opportunity to eliminate debt to have more to give. In loving God and our neighbors as ourselves, the goal is to lay up as little as possible on earth and as much as possible in heaven. Anything less is short-sighted, greedy and foolish. But isn't tithing all that God expects? As I have pointed out previously, one may tithe and still lay up treasures on earth if one has an abundance. Remember, the Pharisees scrupulously tithed and went to hell, lovers of money (see Matt. 5:20; 23:15, 23, 33; Luke 18:12).

But does God expect you to sell your house to buy a smaller one? Perhaps He does, but I don't know. Each one of us must work out our own individual salvation with fear and trembling, and I can assure you that I won't be the one sitting on the throne when you stand at your judgment. So make sure your stewardship will stand God's scrutiny. I suspect that there are more ways to deceive ourselves regarding this than any other issue of obedience before God.

The important thing is to look at our homes, as well as every other material possession, in the light of God's eternal kingdom and use it accordingly. God may be leading you not to scale down to a smaller house, but to purchase a larger one---if it is for some kingdom purpose, like adopting orphans from another country, raising a big tribe of radical disciples, or facilitating church gatherings. One who does that is just as effectively "giving up his house for Christ" as the one who sells his large home, buys a smaller one, and gives the remaining equity to the poor.

Some who are currently renting a home might demonstrate better stewardship if they saved money for a down payment in order to purchase a home, allowing them to build equity that can eventually be used to bless others. Generally speaking, rent money is money wasted.

Sharing your home in some fashion can be a great means to lay up more treasure in heaven, either by freely giving room to a needy person or by renting part of your home to a not-so-needy person and giving away the rental payment to charity. As I write these words, I'm ministering at a Christian community in Tennessee where many families share quite large double-wide mobile homes that they corporately own. All of their very adequate homes were pre-owned and have cost them less than $40,000 each. Their per-person investment in real estate, including homes and one-hundred beautiful acres, is less than $5,000. Amazing.

Once you've taken care of the larger issues of stewardship that will make the greatest impact on eternity, then you can focus on the smaller issues without the hypocrisy of "straining out gnats to swallow camels." Sell off everything you don't need that has any worth. EBay is waiting for you. (Not too long ago, some friends sold a pair of old Japanese binoculars, which they thought was junk, for $600 on eBay. That money went to four missionaries.) Then adjust your lifestyle. There are zillions of ways to live more modestly and frugally that will enable you to lay up more treasures in heaven, from eating less and eating out less (to know if you've been wasting money on food, just check your wasteline!), to turning down the thermostat, to ignoring fashion, to driving a smaller, more gas-efficient vehicle, to keeping that old furniture another five years, to not replacing the dog that died. Applying the principles I've outlined in this article enables our family to live on half of what we did six years ago. We now have so much more to give.

I must add that one reader, who hates to see God's money wasted, has requested that I say something about giving intelligently, lest all my efforts at motivating people to scale down be wasted. So I'm saying it. Give intelligently. Don't waste God's money supporting ministries that promote the American gospel or churches that are social clubs sanctified by a few scriptures. Lay up treasures in heaven by supporting those who are proclaiming truth, or those who are helping the poor (Matt. 25:31-46 is great guide). There are so many churches and ministries that qualify. The Holy Spirit will help you to give strategically and fruitfully.

One more piece of advice for those of us who are trying to follow Christ while living in Disneyland. It is good to frequently remind ourselves of how different is our lifestyle compared to the half of the world's people who live on less than $2 per day. [There] are photos that might be good to print out and look at every day....

What Is a Prophet?

Art Katz

What rises in your own thought and in your own heart when the word 'prophet' is evoked? What image, what sense of things comes to your own understanding? We need to remember that the false prophets were those who wore rough garments to deceive, and that the only reason they could succeed was because the people whom they deceived had an anticipation or a stereotyped view of prophet that their false depiction represented. Does a prophet have to be some long-haired wilderness guy in a rough garment, who acts strange and peculiar, and who looks with great intensity in his eyes? How would you define what a prophet is? How is he different from an apostle, or a teacher, or an evangelist? Are prophets still existent or are they strictly an Old Testament phenomenon? Is there such a thing as a New Testament prophet, as being something very different from the Old?

There is a tremendous amount of difference and controversy that broods over this subject. The church has really suffered from a kind of dichotomy between the Old and the New, as if the New has displaced or rendered the Old null and void. That is not the way that God sees it. That is the terminology that men have employed, but not the terminology that God Himself has given, and we have suffered for that. Jews have also suffered for that because it leaves them secure within the framework of their own Judaistic understanding: "You have your Book; we have our Book." It is implying that: "You have your God, and we have our God". It is an impression that God never intended, but that we have allowed Judaism to luxuriate in and find safety in. We need, therefore, to fight for the one faith, the one unbroken, continuous faith, given from the beginning, and that is climaxed, concluded and consummated at the end by the same God who gave it in the beginning. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

If that is the way we see the faith, then can we expect and will we need prophetic men of the Old Testament kind in our own generation, and especially at the end? Is there a conjunction between beginnings and endings? As it was in the beginning, so also at the end? The issues of the beginning do not change, but are even brought into more intensive focus and significance at the end, but it is not different or other than what was at the beginning.

I am astonished at the novelty and fascination with prophetic things for our charismatic generation. What trails we break in order to pursue after the 'prophet of the hour' without a comparable fascination or interest in the prophets of the Book! I cannot understand this kind of schizophrenia. We are fascinated by the contemporary 'prophets', who are so infinitely shallow and who themselves have bypassed completely any interest in the great Hebrew prophets of old through whom God spoke, not only in addressing the Israel of their own generation, but the Israel that is yet future. We need to be constantly reminded that the prophets are the prophets of Israel. They are the spokesmen of God to that nation. It is not unfair to say that nothing more reveals God as God as is seen in His dealings and judgments with Israel. To put ourselves, therefore, in a dysjuncture from Israel and the prophets of Israel, is to put us away from the hearing of God's prophets, and thereby affect our whole consideration of what we mean by prophetic. This will condemn us to a kind of shallowness about the very things of which we are already victim.

We need to ask what the essential differences are in, for example, Ezekiel or Jeremiah's message? If we can come to some understanding there, then we are cutting right into the truth of what the prophetic call is. Is it the soothing and benign comforting of a false kind, which is generally what people want? Their souls cry out for it, particularly in time of distress and consternation. The true prophet, however, is rubbing salt into their wounds. He deepens the dilemma and makes more clear the painful contradictions of the age, and he says, "There is no peace." He is bringing the dilemma into yet a deeper focus and saying, "You are not going to find peace until there is a judgment for this." He brings an unwelcome message that the flesh wants to shrink from, and the most common way to nullify the message is to kill or render null and void the man who brings it.

That is why we are probing what the classic, timeless elements are that have constituted prophets in every generation, whether or not it is Elijah, Isaiah, or Jeremiah. What in fact, is the difference between Isaiah and Jeremiah, or Samuel, or any of the minor prophets? However diverse these men are, is there anything central that runs through them all, that is intrinsic to being prophetic? Whatever the differences, what are the things that are the same? What is the heart, the quintessence of that which is prophetic? The quality of the man rarely comes through in his speaking or writing, but they all share the same label 'prophet'. We are trying to get at the heart of what that prophetic definition is, because if we have not as yet seen it in New Testament times, do we have a reasonable right to anticipate that we will? I cannot imagine that the age is going to close, with all of the great tumult and controversy of last day's collision between kingdoms of darkness and light, in that final warfare that eventuates in the victory of one and defeat of the other, without again men of this kind speaking. What does restoration mean, at least in part, if it is not the restoration of these offices that we have not seen in modern times. We even sense the need for the restoration, but we are so quick to grasp at anything that appears to be it, without critically examining what is being offered as 'prophet,' and in that might lie one of our deepest mistakes.

This is an hour of restoration, but one that requires our jealousy and watch-care. I know of one late pastor in New Zealand who saw as his prime function to instruct the church on how to identify, recognize, and honor the prophetic office when it comes. He was preparing his fellowship to be able to perceive, to recognize and to give honor to the true thing when it comes. I really appreciated that man. I think that I can say with a certain confidence that when I am speaking before a congregation, the blessing is the greater when a pastor or a leader in the congregation acknowledges the man in his prophetic call. When they are unwilling to make that acknowledgment, they still get something, but they do not get as much. There is, therefore, a blessing in the receiving of the man whom the Lord sends.

If we were to examine the callings of all of the prophets and their responses, we would see how often these men cry out, "But I am a child and cannot speak." After all of our examining we would have a portrait, and it would be a composite portrait of the prophetic genius. However much these men differ in their calling and personalities, there is some central thing that runs through them all that is designated 'prophetic', and that is what we are wanting to identify, because certainly the cry for that particular thing is with us in our final generation and in these last days. We cannot even conceive of the church independent of the restoration of prophets. Somehow and all of the sudden, this subject has broken upon the consciousness of the church, and now there is a sudden flush of excitement and men seem to be running everywhere to hear prophets. These prophets seem to have come to an instantaneous popularity. They were not on the scene before and all the sudden they are here. They are also being heralded in very lavish ways, not just as prophets, but as 'the oracles of the hour'. This is, therefore, a phenomenon that we need to examine to see how legitimate it is, and whether indeed it is the Lord or some kind of counterfeit. We should be well along enough in the Lord to know that whenever the authentic thing is about to come, it is often preceded by something fictitious or counterfeit. I want to say that I am watching this present prophetic phenomenon very carefully and have an extreme sense of caution in my own spirit— if for nothing more than the suddenness and the popularity—both of which have not been my experience. There is nothing sudden, but rather there is a growth, and there is nothing popular, but quite the contrary, there is reproach.....

[~For more excellent teaching on True vs. False prophets, please see Art Katz's online book from which the above is taken- ]

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