Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

My Encounter with a False Prophet

“But the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the Lord only if his prediction comes true” (Jer. 28:9).

“When all this comes true – and it surely will – then they will know that a prophet has been among them.” (Ezek. 33:33).

“The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the Lord” (1 Sam 3:19).

Straying from my usual theme of being a keeper of the home, I had an experience recently that I wanted to share with you about. As many of you know, I struggle with some health issues and had made an appointment to go to Santa Barbara to the beloved Sansum Clinic to get some help from the experts there. I was to go on September 3rd. I live about 3 hours drive from the coast, which is important to the plot of this story.

So a few weeks before my appointment, I received a message from a friend who was concerned. She warned that she had been reading about people having prophecies that California would be struck with a tsunami and megaquake that would bring mass destruction and change the coastline. I’ve heard of these prophecies before and have always thought they may occur at some point anyways. Of course, we live so far from the coast that I never give it much thought. Then my friend said something that caused me to stop and pray. She said this one man had prophesied that the tsunami would hit the west coast on September 3rd…..eh? Being that she had no idea I was going to the coast on that very day, I felt a chill run down my spine. So there would be a tsunami the same day I happened to be going to the coast? Oh boy!

While I felt like disregarding the issue, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. I wrote to my pastor about it and he gave some great insights from God’s Word and advised me to contact this “prophet” and to inquire as to whether this word was from God. I got in contact with him (his name is Isaac Castro). I emailed him and commented on the Youtube video in which he clearly says that he is bringing the Word of God and that a tsunami will hit the West Coast on September 3rd as a judgement from God. He didn’t answer me for weeks. When he did, he was kind and answered well. The problem is, he was wrong. Today is September 4th and there was no tsunami.

Now I’m not writing this to embarrass the man or hurt him, but rather to point out a few very important truths from God’s Word regarding prophecy and prophets. The truth is there will be  a lot of false prophets popping up here and there. God’s Word says that if a prophet says a word that does not come to pass he is a false prophet. He is not receiving the message from God. We are not to take heed to his words. It’s important as believers we do not believe everything we hear or read. I’m sure this man had great intentions. He seemed genuine. I believe that he believed what he was saying, but he was wrong. He was in error. He did not test the spirits that brought him that message.

1. Test every spirit. Do not believe everything you hear. Test every spirit against the Word of God. 1 John 4:1 “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.”

2. Warning the People. When God judged a nation with a catastrophic event, He sent prophets to warn the people (Jonah, Nahum, Obadiah, Isaiah). These prophets went to warn the people of the danger and need for repentance. I asked this man if he would go to the coast and warn people. He said he would only do it through the internet and fliers. With millions of people along the coastline, and less than 700 people watching his video (most of whom probably don’t even live on the west coast), this man wasn’t fulfilling the calling of a prophet. This is a red flag. Look what God said to Ezekiel in Ezekiel 33:6 “But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.”

3. Thus Says the Lord. A prophet is speaking the word of the Lord. A true prophecy from God that is supposed to be shared needs to be declared the word of God. If the person is sharing a message as prophecy, but is not willing to proclaim it as the word of the Lord, then we need not take heed. It is important that a person not claim to be speaking the word of God if he is not absolutely certain of it. When asked, this man did claim to be speaking God’s very word.  Ezekiel 22:28 “And her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the LordGod,’ when the Lord has not spoken.” Jeremiah 23:21 ““I did not send the prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied.”

4. Prophecy Does Not Come to Pass. If a prophecy does not come to pass, it is not from the God of the Bible. A prophet who has one inaccurate prophecy is false and cannot be trusted. “If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him” (Deut. 18:22).

So the tsunami did not come. This man is a false prophet, whether by purpose or by ignorance. Praying for him and praying that we would all be wise as to what we speak, hear and believe. Above all, we must stand upon the Bible and what we know to be true. We must test every spirit. We must be wise and not easily-led in various directions. If nothing else, I did learn a lot about prophecy according to God’s Word through this little adventure. While I still think there may be disaster on the west coast at some point in the future, I put my trust in the Lord. We know we are in the end times. We need to be urgent to share the gospel whether a big wave is coming or not.

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Using the Tongue to Build Up or Break Down

“A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.” Proverbs 9:13 

The Hebrew word for “clamorous” is the word “hāmâ”, which means, “roars, noisy, disquieted, troubled, loud, tumultuous or raging.” Basically, the foolish woman is a loud-mouth. She constantly feels the need to tell everyone where they should be going and what they should be doing. She is never quiet and content, but always finds something that she feels she must put right. Perhaps she has a word quota to meet each day, but kind and uplifting words of affirmation don’t count!

We need to look in the mirror and ask ourselves if we are clamorous. Do we love to hear ourselves talk? Do we have to be right all the time? Do we think we always have the right answer? Are we just plain loud all the time? While we may think this makes us look wise, the hard truth is it makes us look foolish, and does not encourage affection from our husbands. When you ask your husband why he loves you, would you be offended if he said, “I love you because you have a big mouth, tell everyone what to do and nag me constantly”?

“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath…” James 1:19

 

“Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.” Proverbs 14:1 

A woman’s mouth can either be used to build up those around her or to tear them down and destroy them. The tongue can be such a dangerous thing; the match that starts a raging wildfire. With only a few words you have the ability to encourage, edify and show love to your husband and children, building them up. Words of affirmation are a help-meet’s best friend. Use them whenever you can. Give your husband praise for being a good provider in the home and taking care of you and the kids.

This manner of edifying communication is good in the sight of the Lord. However, if you then use the next breath to discourage, wound and humiliate, would you not consider that foolish? Words are powerful tools. How will you use your words today? Will you use them to criticize and nag you husband for not taking the trash out this morning, or will you use them to whisper sweet words of affirmation in his ear as he heads out to work, knowing he will be thinking about you all day? The choice is yours sister. Don’t make yourself a fool.

            “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” James 3:10

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Prudent Wife

“House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD.” Proverbs 19:14

The word “prudent” is the Hebrew word “sakal”, which means “to have understanding, comprehension, to full grasp something, to give insight and to cause to prosper.” It’s an interesting word that can be translated in several ways, but the ultimate view here is that a woman who has understanding, wisdom and insight is a gift from God.

You may be thinking, “I wish my husband would read this!” Well, that’s not really the point here of this scripture. We certainly don’t want to bang our husbands over the head with our Bibles and teach them that they should be grateful for having such wise and prudent wives, now should we? What we, as wives, can take from this verse is that we should desire to be prudent, wise, understanding and insightful wives for our husbands, which the Lord says will bless them, as well as our children. So what is the source of this prudence and how can we achieve it?
“In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.” Proverbs 10:19

Here we learn a valuable “Do Not” in our quest to become prudent wives. The word “wise” in this proverb is the same as the word “prudent” above. Many wives think it is their duty to constantly give their input, lecture, seminar…whatever you want to call it…day by day to show their wisdom and prudence. Not so. He that refrains his lips is prudent, wise, insightful. In other words, a wise wife knows when to talk and when to bite her tongue. Amen?

“I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.” Psalm 101:2

Here the word “wisely” is again that same word for prudent. How will I show prudence? I don’t need to speak a million words (which can sound like nagging and a dripping faucet) to show that I am wise. I will show it in my home, in my day to day activities, in my perfect behavior. I will be an example in my home of understanding because a woman who understands fears the Lord and knows His great love and mercy, which empowers her to live according to His Word. In my home I will show prudence by serving my family, submitting to my husband, lovingly training my child/children, worshiping my Lord, praying, being hospitable, patient, kind and forgiving.

So remember sisters that actions speak louder than words. Stop talking about prudence and start living it out. I pray that someday I might be counted as a prudent wife and a gift from above to my family.

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