A Little Prophesying

Deuteronomy 13:1–5; Deuteronomy 18:20–22; Jeremiah 28:1–9

Doomsday prophets are certainly a thing. There are a lot of them, and of varying kinds: epidemiologist (disease), environment, morality, political, sexuality, education, freedom, financial, and so on and on.

Doom sells. Doomsayers may also be helpful to guide us toward some sort of preparation or change. At this point, however, there are so many doomsayers that there are only two logical conclusions: we’re doomed or they’re wrong. That is really the two paths regardless of which or all the “dooms”.

What is interesting about “ing” in the Scriptures is that not all ing is alike. Some ing is more akin to teaching, lecturing, discipling. That generally would fall under categories as preaching, pastoring, and life groups.

Other ing is more like s, dreams, and euphoric states. This is what we, as a (versus language), understand as foretelling or forewarning that is ually driven, and is our default interpretation when reading the word in the Scriptures.

The struggle is ing whether the prophecy or “prophetic word” is from , from other ual forces, or is it of self appearing to be “ual”. Especially (but not exclusively) with the internet, there are plenty of videos, blog posts, web sites all claiming some sort of divine connection.

Sadly, there is no way to tag “fake ”. That takes , ment, and positive Christian s.


, strengthen your ing gift in us. Father , help us to look through your word so that we can see when someone is using your word falsely. Jesus, help us to keep in mind that you told us that there would be many false prophets before your return. Amen.


1) Have you had someone deliver a prophecy or “prophetic word” to/about you? How about as part of a public declaration (with or without you being the focus)?

2) What are you actively doing to protect yourself from false or “prophetic word”?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.