WHAT SEPARATES TRUE PROPHETS AND FALSE PROPHETS?

Bishop E. Bernard Jordan

And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”  (Revelation 19:10, KJV)

What separates the true prophets from the false prophets? The testimony of Jesus Christ.  The testimony of Jesus Christ IS the spirit of prophecy. The true prophet bears witness to the fact that Jesus is Lord. The false prophet, the psychic, the diviner, the soothsayer, the fortune teller, do not testify of Jesus Christ.  The prophet is the voice of God in the earth to redeem Man back to God, and in doing so brings Man back into divine relationship with His Creator.

“Then I fell prostrate at his feet to worship (to pay divine honors) to him, but he [restrained me] and said, Refrain! [You must not do that!] I am [only] another servant with you and your brethren who have [accepted and hold] the testimony borne by Jesus. Worship God! For the substance (essence) of the truth revealed by Jesus is the spirit of all prophecy [the vital breath, the inspiration of all inspired preaching and interpretation of the divine will and purpose, including both mine and yours].” (Revelation 19:10, AMP)

Read more

Should I Pay for Prophecy

“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”  (Genesis 8:22)

The question arises often in the Body of Christ, “Do I have to pay for a prophecy?”  My answer is simple, you cannot afford it.  Can you really afford to pay for the blessings of God?  The Bible says, “For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills or upon the mountains where thousands are.”  (Psalm 50:10)  God is the source of our supply.  Everything belongs to Him.  The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness of it, the world and they who dwell in it.” (Psalm 24:1) 

It is impossible to pay for the word of the Lord. However, we must sow into what we desire God to grow. Sowing and reaping is a spiritual law.  Nothing grows without a seed.  Nothing can come forth until something is planted. What you plant today will produce a harvest tomorrow.  If you desire to reap a harvest, you must sow a seed.  The seed testifies to our faith and trust in God, who is the Source of our supply.

“Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.”  (Galatians 6:7, Amplified)

The spiritual law of sowing and reaping is real.  Matthew 13:3 says, “…Behold a sower went to sow.” God has commissioned and ordained us to sow.  If you sow a seed, God will make sure that it grows.  We often hear people say, “God, if you bless me with this, I will do that.”  However, that is not the system of God.  By faith we sow the seed and the Father in turns fulfills His promise and manifests the harvest in our lives.  A farmer never says, “Lord, if you grow corn in my field, I will plant corn seeds next year.” The seed must be planted first. The same principle applies in the kingdom of God. A seed that has no entrance in the ground cannot produce a harvest.

“Then Saul said to his servant, But if we go, what shall we bring the man? The bread in our sacks is gone, and there is no gift for the man of God. What have we?  The servant replied, I have here a quarter of a shekel of silver. I will give that to the man of God to tell us our way.  (Formerly in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, he said, Come, let us go to the seer, for he that is now called a prophet was formerly called a seer.) (1 Samuel 9:7-9, Amplified)

In scripture, whenever someone was going to inquire of the prophet they always brought a gift to the prophet.  Your future is created from a seed that the Father has placed in your hand. Your harvest is created from a seed that the Father has placed in your hand.  In 2 Kings 4, Elijah said to the widow woman, “What shall I do for thee?”  The woman came to the prophet with a complaint and he pointed her back to an answer that was in her own house.  “Tell me, what has thou in the house?”  “But you don’t understand, they are about to take my son.” “But what is in your house?  What is in your hand?”  When you fail to work with what is in your hand you are not operating at your fullest potential. 

The widow woman was killing her son with her seed because she was putting her seed into the wrong pot.  She kept putting the seed in her son’s belly, but the seed belonged in the prophet’s belly.  When the seed went into the prophet’s belly the pot overflowed.  Every seed is like a time capsule.  It has a day to be born and a day to unfold.  It will unfold whether it is in the right pot or not. When it is in the right pot it will be a harvest. When it is in the wrong pot it will be a weed choking out the good seed.

Your supply will come from something that is already in your hands.  God takes pleasure in our prosperity and desires that we become multipliers.  However, we must be obedient and follow the instructions regarding our seed.  You must make sure that your seed is planted in the right place.  In the wrong environment, your seed becomes a weed, but in the right environment it will produce a harvest.

God gives seed to the sower.  Do not hoard your seed.  Do not hoard your seed for the right opportunity to sow it. When God gives you the seed the right opportunity is before you to sow.  Make sure that greed does not overtake you.  Discern why God has sent the seed to you.  The next time you have a hardship in your life try to trace back what seed God told you to sow that you did not sow.  Your seed controls your future.

“In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.” (Ecclesiastes 11:6)

 For more information and resources on the prophetic and/or to contact Archbishop E. Bernard Jordan, visit www.bishopjordan.com or call 212-316-2177