The Problem with Modern Day Prophets

I read in the news the other day that Pat Robertson made the following statement:

"If I heard the Lord right about 2006, the coasts of America will be lashed by storms," Robertson said May 8. Wednesday, he added, "there well may be something as bad as a tsunami in the Pacific Northwest." (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,195931,00.html)

We have to ask ourselves is God really speaking to this man? Look at the example of the prophets in the Bible. Did any of them ever doubt that they heard God right? Do they ever give any indication that they could be mistaken? No. In fact we are told that if a prophet speaks something that does not come to pass then we know that God did not speak through that person at all (Deut. 18:22) . The prophets who did speak for the Lord declared His word boldly by saying “The Lord said!” There was no doubt, no reservation, and certainly no question about whether or not they got it right. The Lord spoke and they told us exactly what God said. How could the Bible be considered valid otherwise?

Another reason we should doubt such prophesies is that they predict things that are already expected to happen. The coasts of America will be lashed with storms. Well, let me ask you, has there been any year in which hurricanes did not hit at least some of our coastlines? Typically the answer is no. Some years might be milder but usually one or more storms do hit the coasts of America. The past few years have been specifically violent and even scientists who have no belief in God are expecting a busy season. In fact, it would be more miraculous for America to NOT be hit by storms than for it to be lashed by them. What makes the prophecies of God so incredible was that they were usually not the expected or normal outcome. However, Pat Robertson would have us to believe that God needed to warn us through Him about what most every American already thinks is going to happen anyway.

That is the way it is with most modern day prophets. Pat Robertson is also well known for getting Words of Knowledge of people who have been supposedly healed of one illness or another. Again, you never hear of a rare disease being mentioned, but always things such as cancer or heart disease in which someone in an audience the size of his broadcast ministry is likely to have. There is also never any follow up to see if his Word was ever verified. We have no way of checking his accountability. Remember, if he speaks a false prophecy just once, then we know he was not speaking from God at all.

Of course we know that the Bible tells us that God does not speak through prophets anymore. That was something He did in the past, before He sent His Son.

Heb 1:1 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son , whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. NIV

As we have clearly pointed out in previous articles, the gifts of the Spirit have ceased and therefore there are no modern day prophets. Pat Robertson is just helping to validate that point. Not only has the Bible told us that he no longer speaks this way, the prophets of today themselves are not sure they are “hearing God correctly” which we know means they have not heard Him at all. Believe me, If God speaks you will know it. Remain vigilant and test everything you hear against the Word of God.


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Recent Archeological Finds

This past weekend I was blessed to have the opportunity to attend the St. Louis Conference on Biblical Discernment put on by Personal Freedom Outreach. During one of the plenary sessions, Dr. Paul L. Maier gave a lecture entitled, “Archaeology and Apologetics: Digging for Truth.“ During this session he pointed out many recent archaeological discoveries that provide strong evidence of Biblical events, people and places. I thought I would share some of the recent discoveries that Dr. Maier brought to our attention and offer links from unbiased sources to prove their validity. I was fascinated to hear that these discoveries were made in the last 10 months and I had heard nothing about them! We pray that you will find this information useful as well.

Palace of King David Discovered! (August 2005)

Reported by Science Daily
JERUSALEM, Aug. 5 2005 (UPI) -- An Israeli archaeologist says she has uncovered in East Jerusalem what might be the palace of the biblical Old Testament King David.
Eilat Mazar uncovered a major public building from around the 10th century B.C., with pottery shards that date to the time of David and Solomon and a government seal of an official mentioned in the book of Jeremiah, reported the New York Times.

Reported by The Washington Post
Dec. 2, 2005 She believes she has found the palace of King David, the poet-warrior who the Bible says consolidated the ancient Jewish kingdom around the 10th century B.C. and expanded its borders to encompass the Land of Israel. Others are doubtful.

Found at Wikipedia
The alleged Palace of David site is the remains of a large 10th to 9th century BC public building in East Jerusalem. The discovery was announced August 4, 2005 by Israeli archaeologist Eilat Mazar who believes it is the remains of King David's palace recorded in the Bible. The site is widely recognized as a major discovery, but the specific identification is disputed. Due to its proximity with another site known as the Stepped Stone Structure, Mazar has named this site the Large Stone Structure.

Goliath of Gath – Proof that this name was not fictitious (November 2005)

Reported By Reuters
Nov 13, 2005 An Israeli researcher said he has made a Goliath of a find -- the first archaeological evidence suggesting the biblical story of David slaying the Philistine giant actually took place.
A shard of pottery unearthed in a decade-old dig in southern Israel carried an inscription in early Semitic style spelling "Alwat and "Wlt", likely Philistine renderings of the name Goliath, said Aren Maeir, who directed the excavation...
The specimen, from about 900 BC, isn't old enough to have belonged to Goliath, himself -- believed to have lived around 1,000 BC, Maeir said.
But he added: "It is the first time in the land of Israel that we have (found) the name Goliath, or a name like Goliath".

Reported by The Jerusalem Post
November 10, 2005 The shard, which contains the earliest known Philistine inscription ever to be discovered, mentions two names that are remarkably similar to the name "Goliath". The discovery is of particular importance since the Bible attributes Gath as the home town of Goliath. "Gath of the Philistines," was one of the major cities of the Philistines, the well-known arch-enemies of the Israelites in the biblical text.

Oldest place of public worship uncovered unearthing a mosaic dedicating the building by a Roman officer to “the God Jesus Christ.” (November 2005)

Reported by The Washington Post
November 7, 2005 Israeli state archaeologists have discovered mosaics, pottery and other remains of a Roman-era Christian building on the grounds of a high-security prison here. They say the site could be the oldest public place of Christian worship ever uncovered in Israel and perhaps one of the earliest such sites in the world with specific mention of "the God Jesus Christ"

Reported by National Geographic
November 6, 2005 According to the Associated Press, two of the mosaics tell the story of a Roman officer and a woman named Aketous who donated money to build the structure in the memory "of the god, Jesus Christ."

Pool of Siloam discovered, the pool used by Jesus when he healed a blind man in John chapter 9. (December 2004)

Reported by both CBS News and MSNBC
December 23, 2004 Archaeologists in Jerusalem have identified the remains of the biblical Siloam Pool, where the Bible says Jesus miraculously cured a man's blindness, researchers said ....
"The moment that we revealed and discovered this four months ago, we were 100 percent sure it was the Siloam Pool," said archaeologist Eli Shukron.

Other Discoveries

Rated Top 10 Discoveries Reported by The Washington Post
Aug 2, 2003 In an update to the 2002 book "Excavating Jesus," Christian scholar John Dominic Crossan and archaeologist Jonathan Reed rank the top 10 biblical archaeological discoveries.

1.The James Ossuary: Found in 2002
2.The Caiaphas Ossuary: Found in 1990
3. The Pontius Pilate inscription: Found in 1962
4. The Galilee boat: Found in 1986
5. The crucified man: Found in 1968
6. Caesarea and Jerusalem
7. Sepphoris and Tiberias
8. Masada and Qumran
9. Jodefat and Gamla
10. Stone vessels and ritual pools

If you would like to hear more of what Paul Maier shared at the Biblical Discernment Conference you can purchase his tape at the PFO Website. Each tape is $3 plus shipping.


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