"Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread. He will be a holy place; for both Israel and Judah he will be a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall." - Isaiah 8:12-14
I have enjoyed sharing the insights received from my experiences and words from God on this blog since being "activated" in 2016, but this one will be a little different. We have just completed our voting in the United States election, and President Trump has not conceded the election despite the results showing that Joe Biden received the votes needed to win. Within the evangelical Christian community, one reason for resistance to this result is the prophetic words from many well-known prophetic ministries and church leaders who have said that God revealed to them that Donald Trump would win a second term. And with so much at stake in this election, why wouldn't God intervene in favor of someone that is perceived by most of the Christian community to be on the "right" side?
I myself have followed many of these individuals and ministries over the last year as they proclaimed their confidence in a two-term presidency for Trump in fulfillment of prophecies from years ago, or recent revelations from pastors and prophets that I won't name here. But for me, all of this was baffling because it contradicted two words I received from God in October and December of 2019:
October 13, 2019: "Trump - time is short, I have withheld my hand but not for long."
December 15, 2019: "Trump - not strong, weak. Enemies will overthrow him."
In hearing this from God last year, I spent 2020 under strong conviction that Trump was going to lose the election, if not leave office earlier. So when I heard so many Christian voices saying something different, I posted a video on YouTube in mid-October to share what I had heard last year and offer a different view. It wasn't so much that I wanted to be "right" and others "wrong" - it was from a desire to share what I had heard, so Christians who were hearing something different would know that some of us were hearing differently, and if correct, that God has a plan that may not look like we want it to look, and that He still sits on the throne as King of Kings no matter how it may look to us in the natural.
Prophecy is a wonderful gift, one that comes with responsibility and accountability as people follow and, for better or worse, rely on these prophetic words to give them encouragement and strength in uncertain times. So the lesson here for the church community is, make sure to "test the spirits" and ensure that what you may be hearing from others is accurate.
How do we do that? It's so difficult to be open to what God is saying if you are so convinced of one outcome that you only hear what you want to hear. So one way to tell if a word is accurate is to follow the lesson from Michaiah in 1 Kings 22: if 400 prophets are all saying the same thing, you may want to pay attention to the one prophet who isn't. Translated into today's environment, ask God to reveal the truth to you for yourself, and be open to what others are hearing that may not fit your opinion or what you want to hear. And ultimately, accuracy will be tested in the final result - we'll all know who was accurate or not based on the outcome of the prophecy.
God also told me recently, "don't choose the wrong side." When I asked Him what side I should be on, He said, "The side of Truth." Since Jesus is the Truth, we can ensure we are on the right side by following Jesus, and being obedient to the Truth that He reveals through the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. Truth is a narrow road and not always easy to stay on!
"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world." - 1 John 4:1
- Adam Gellert