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Something To Know About Yearly Prophecies 

1 Thessalonians 5:19-23
Do not quench the Spirit.
Do not despise prophecies.
Test all things; hold fast what is good.
Abstain from every form of evil.
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely;
and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless
at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

There is an ungodly trend intruding into the churches and Christians these days. Most of us have encountered, read or heard some yearly prophecies preached, shared or expounded in emails, church services, TV programs or podcasts, digital media, audio or video, or plain texts downloaded through the internet.

As the time goes by, I cannot help but get the impression that there is almost no difference between going to these “prophets” to get insights for the current year and searching answers from pagan fortune-tellers and palm readers. These yearly prophecies interestingly bear a staggering resemblance to the horoscope columns in our daily newspapers. They are also similar to fortune-telling and palm-reading. Foretelling and predicting what is going to happen for a nation, a church, a people group or the whole world. This scope of prophetic prediction is in principle identical with the practice of divination which is not permissible by God.

Why do people go and get prophetic insights on a yearly basis? Simply because they are not seeking God on a daily basis! They are fearful of the unknown. This is then masked and disguised with spiritual dressings and cover-ups by doing some religious or Christian actions and going to these “prophets” to get a reading. Doing all these motions and programs just to calm all their fears of the unknown future by their unbelief and lack of trust in God!

Matthew 6:32-34
For after all these things the Gentiles seek.
For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things shall be added to you.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will worry about its own things.
Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

We should not behave like the unbelievers! We must trust and obey God day by day. We should give our entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help us deal with whatever difficult things may come up when the time comes. We should not worry about our tomorrows!

When we begin to pray and take a closer look at these yearly prophecies, our eyes and hearts will be opened to see and realize how deceived we have been all these years!

What are these yearly prophecies based on? The Word of God? The Holy Spirit? Or just some human insights, formulas, misinformation, make-beliefs or plain superstitions? Is there a secret agenda to promote a ministry or get money? What are the life testimony and integrity of these “prophets”? How sound are their teachings? What language do they use? Are they self-promoting? Boastful? Irresponsible? Overbearing? Abusive? Money-focused? Are they able and humble enough to admit their wrongs when their prophetic predictions do not come to pass? The sad truth is this: Many of these prophetic predictions do not come to pass! And the sadder truth is this: Most of these "prophets" do not apologize for their wrong predictions, but move on to make more predictions!

These yearly prophecies and predictions are problematic for a few reasons.

Firstly, a prophecy or prediction for the coming year may not be for the whole nation or church, but just for a few individuals. It may be just for the prophets or prophetesses themselves! Unfortunately, many are so anxious and eager to prophesy that they believe that whatever they feel in their spirits are for everyone! But this is not true! Prophecies are not like that! A dream or vision is not meant for everyone, or to be shared with everyone.  People need to take care with what and how they pronounce or proclaim anything to anyone. The sad story is this: Those who aren't true prophets generally don't.

Many of us have Itching ears (2 Timothy 4:3-4). We will not endure sound doctrine, but according to our own desires, we will heap up for ourselves teachers; and we will turn our ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. Always seeking new revelations, dreams and visions but never work on those already being revealed, interpreted and envisioned. Always wandering from one church to another church; one teacher to another teacher; and one prophet to another prophet.

Some of us have spiritual ears, and we are hearing God and what the Spirit is saying to us! The Book of Revelation is a book containing the seven letters to the seven churches.

In Revelation 1:11, the LORD spoke this to John, "What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea."

This one book was sent to the seven churches. Each of the seven churches received the book containing all the seven letters. Besides their own letters, they got to read the contents of the letters to the other churches too. Each of the seven messages, exhortations, rebukes and rewards were different in each of the seven churches. Which one of the seven messages is for you, and which one is for me?

Some of the prophetic words are for the general public; some of the prophetic words are for a targeted audience; and some of the prophetic words are for just one particular individual. We need to hear what the Spirit is saying to us and also to others. This is for us to love one another through upholding each other in prayers and words of encouragement, edification and exhortation. The best way to learn is through the mistakes of others so that we will not commit them ourselves! Some mistakes are best not to be committed. The pains and after-effects may be prolonged, intense and extensive.

Secondly, the main purpose of Christian prophecy is not for telling the future events. They are used for the edification and the equipping of the Christians for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,
and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,
for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
that the man of God may be complete,
thoroughly equipped for every good work.

However, these "prophets" today have made it an annual business of coming up with a yearly prophecy list. In their minds and hearts, they believe that they are called to be a prophet not just for a church or a nation but all nations on a worldwide scale! They are expected to predict every year at a certain time and come up with a prophetic utterance for the future. But God does not operate that way. Definitely not on a yearly basis! And definitely not based on a secular Julian calendar! He doesn't and He won’t! There is no scriptural foundation for it.

God's plans do not change from year to year on a yearly basis. However, God's divine plan for us to become more like His Son is continual from glory to glory, from faith to faith, and from strength to strength!

The full and final revelation of God is Jesus Christ. The Book of Revelation is about One Revelation and not Many Revelations. The Revelation of Jesus Christ and not the revelations of angels, Satan, demons, the false prophet and the antichrist. Let’s get excited about Him and not them.
Revelation 1:1-2
The Revelation of Jesus Christ,
which God gave Him to show His servants—
things which must shortly take place.
And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John,
who bore witness to the word of God,
and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw.

Many Christians are thrilled by all these yearly prophetic insights and predictions but they are not thrilled by Jesus! Many are not spending time with the Lord in quiet times, prayer, praise and worship! Many are not reading their Bibles!

Thirdly, many of these "prophets" do not know the true desire of God's heart! God desires that all of His people were prophets! All of us are responsible for seeking God and for teaching others to do the same.

Numbers 11:29
But Moses replied, "Are you jealous for my sake?
I wish that all the LORD's people were prophets
and that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!"

Prophets hear directly from God and become His mouthpiece as they speak forth His Word to the people concerned. Prophets are not those who chase after the prophecies of others, nor are they constantly seeking after other prophets.

True prophets seek God! They can be in the company of other prophets as they seek God together. They are sensitive to hearing the voice of the Lord through reading the Word, prayer and intercession, praise and worship, dreams and visions, and times of intimate walking and talking with the Lord along the paths of life.

The Apostle Paul gave us this exhortation in 1 Corinthians 14:1, 39-40:
Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts,
but especially that you may prophesy…
Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy,
and do not forbid to speak with tongues.
Let all things be done decently and in order.

All children of God are encouraged to prophesy. We are to seek earnestly this spiritual gift. God desires to give it to us! But we must ask Him for it! We have not because we ask not!

This art of hearing God requires an undivided heart so that we can give Him full attention when He speaks to us. God is always speaking to us. But the problem is that we are not hearing Him.

As prophets, we must have integrity, truthfulness, accountability and responsibility. Most of these yearly prophecies lack all these four godly qualities and values. As a result, the Church as a whole suffers a great backlash. The people of the world begin to discredit and despise Christians! In doing so, we lose our voice and cease to be living epistles! Because we are prophetically irresponsible, we have invoked and provoked people to despise the true gift of prophecy.

But praise be to God that He is raising up a prophetic people who will hear Him directly. He is fine-tuning us with His Word and His Spirit. Unless we know the Word of God, we will not be able to test any word of prophecy with His Word. We also may not give a word ourselves according to His Word. Unless we have the Holy Spirit in us, we will not be able to discern false prophets and spirits. We also will not be able to test our own spirit operating in us when we give the prophetic word. We can easily deceive our own selves.

Lastly, many of these "prophets" are not living epistles. They are not real, almost disconnected from true life reality and the needs of the people.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged this Wednesday (23 January 2013), a day after he won a narrow election victory that Israel's new government will prioritize domestic socio-economic issues.

"The Israeli public wants me... to put together a government which will include three big changes internally: a greater sharing of the burden (of military service), affordable housing and changes in the system of government," he said in a brief broadcast address. "We will focus... on putting together a government along these three principles."

We have a lot to learn from this! The people desire a government that will take care of their physical needs more than fighting wars here and there!
This is what the Lord desires us to be. Not just be prophetic only but also having true passion for Him and great compassion for others!

James 1:27
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this:
to visit orphans and widows in their trouble,
and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

God is perfecting His prophetic people who will live the life according to His Word. We will trust and obey Him. Every prophetic word from Him is proclaimed and faithfully carried out. No halfway abandonment for comfort and no giving up for the lack of faith and strength. The LORD Who gives us the prophetic word is faithful, He also will do it. He will bring it to pass! Every word that He sent will fulfill His purpose!


Written on 25 January 2013