Two posts in and I still haven’t gotten to any of the rules yet, but fret not, today we will delve into it forthwith. These rules are in no particular order, none is more important than the other, and all must be adhered to if we desire to remain those true and faithful servants God expects us to be so that we might be of use to the kingdom of God and not bring shame to His name.
Prophecies fail because men choose to break one or more of these rules. To be perfectly blunt, prophecies fail most often because the men delivering them are not hearing from God, but other than fabrication, or calling a gut instinct a ‘prophecy’ just to give your own ideas a little more traction, prophecies fail because men choose to break these rules.
Some do it unwittingly, thinking they are helping God out by adding a little clarification, making things more relevant, understandable, or other such things, while others do it knowingly, having long since had their consciences seared, and using the prophetic as a means of gain, something to monetize, and turn a profit on, something to use as a spotlight and promote themselves rather than the Christ.
You may not think such individuals exist, but I assure you they do. Someone recently forwarded me a clip of one such individuals getting deposed by a judge, who was leasing a 2.8-million-dollar property in the hopes of buying it, and who spent an excess of 50K just so he could take a Mercedes and make it longer.
Your fruit will show sooner or later. The intent, the purpose, the drive, the reason you do what you do will become self-evident to one and all, and if it’s for personal gain, if it’s for the self, if it’s to amass, accrue, and otherwise store up treasures on earth, it will be so blatant even the world wills stand up and take notice.
1. Do Not Editorialize
Add nothing, and take nothing away. This is the golden rule of the prophetic. Do not take it upon yourself to editorialize. Do not take it upon yourself to clarify. Do not take it upon yourself to expound. Do not take it upon yourself to interpret, and do not take it upon yourself to make clear something God did not.
There will always be someone who will want more clarification of any given revelation, there will always be someone who would like a date, a time-frame, something they can sink their teeth into and use to their advantage somehow, but tempting as it might be to offer your opinion, don’t!
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, and to all things that he saw.”
John bore witness, and passed on what he saw. That’s it. He reported; he did not editorialize! He did not add anything beyond what was shown him and what was told him to write in the prophecy. He didn’t say, “I saw seven golden lampstands, and this is what I think it meant.”
He faithfully wrote down what God showed Him, and added not an iota to any of it. This is how we are to approach prophecy, dreams, visions, or any other revelatory means by which God speaks to us. Our duty is not to bring clarification or interpretation; it is to relate what we have been shown or told as close to the original as humanly possible.
2. Do Not Melodramatize
The fact that God spoke through His Holy Spirit to you concerning something is dramatic enough. The fact that He instructed you to pass on the message, and promised to give you the means and abilities by which to do it, even more so. Do not try to make it more than what it is, or less than what it is. The message has impact and reaches the hearts of men not because of your delivery, not because you practice inflection in the mirror, not because you dress a certain way, or come up with some gimmick in order to stand out like tattooing ‘Jesus Saves’ across your eye lids. The message stirs the hearts of men because of its origins, because it came from God, and because God will breathe fire and life into it each time you speak it.
3. Do Not Personalize
It’s not about you; it’s about the message. God could just as easily have given it to someone else, or incorporated some other means by which to deliver the message to His people. It wasn’t so you could seek out the spotlight, make some money off it, or somehow build your kingdom on earth around the message God gave you.
Everything God has given this ministry is freely available on our website. Because people asked, we have put the messages in book form, but all you need is an internet connection to get every message we’ve ever released for free.
It’s one of the reasons I rarely if ever speak on my grandfather’s message for America, or other revelations he was given while he was alive. The messages are there for anyone to read, I don’t need to become a coin operated tinker toy that repeats the same thing over and over again every time he gets behind the pulpit. Some men are comfortable doing just that. You hear them preach more than three times and you realize it was the same message, with the same delivery, with the same pauses for applause, as though they were some rehearsed, robotic politician who memorized their lines.
If men of God do not allow for the inspiration of God to flow through them every time they stand behind a pulpit, they are doing both the Body of Christ a disservice, and hindering God from speaking to those in attendance.
4. Do Not Sensationalize
Every year, without fail, you will hear some self-proclaimed prophet somewhere insist that this is either the year of breakthrough, or that this is the year it will all turn around, or that this is the year that it will all come to a head. Whatever avenue they choose to pursue, whether one of judgment or prosperity, they will make it seem immediate, and use bombastic words as to draw you in and make you act or react to what they are saying. Usually, at least a large portion of the time, their sensationalizing of the prophetic ends with a plea for your hard earned dollars, or an offer to purchase a century’s worth of food for less than a Happy Meal, but that’s another topic for another time, and we have a lot to sink our teeth into with this topic today.
5. Do Not Aggrandize
I must decrease that He might increase. Every time you deliver a message, every time you deliver a word, let this be the preeminent thought in your heart and mind. You must decrease, that He might increase. Don’t let people raise you to the heavens, don’t let people praise you, don’t let people lift you up as though you were more than some mere mortal. You are you, and you know how flawed you are. Point the way to Jesus. Let Him take center stage, and you will neither fall nor falter.
It is human nature to revel in the praise of others. It is godliness itself to pursue humility, and to humble oneself in the sight of the Lord knowing that it is He who works through you, and not your abilities that connects with others.
6. Do Not Merchandise
We’ve covered this a bit, but it’s worth delving into it a bit deeper. Do not make merchandise of God’s word. Don’t do this tasteless thing where someone can only get the message from the Lord if they pledge a hundred dollars to your ministry, or if they become monthly donors. God did not give you a message to make merchandise of it. He gave you a message to pass on to His people in the hopes that they might repent, or renew their relationship with Him.
As far as those seeking a ‘word from the Lord’ are concerned, any minister, ministry, dreamer, or prophet that requires you to enter your credit card number before you hear from the Lord is a fraud, a huckster, a two-bit dime store thief whose only desire is to milk you of every penny you have. The fact that many of today’s ‘prophets’ can be compared with the gypsy palm readers who defraud the gullible out of their possessions, is a sad and lamentable thing.
7. Do Not Idolize
This is more for those who follow prophecy than those who prophesy. Those who read, and listen, and receive words. Men are men. No matter how mightily they are used of God, no matter how impacting their ministry is, no matter how faithful they have been in the calling to which they have been called, men are men. When you make a god out of a man, you serve an impotent god.
We see enough examples even in our modern age and going back to the advent of Christianity, to make us weary of worshiping and idolizing others. Far too often, something that begins as pure and righteous gets perverted and befouled because the people begin to worship the minister, the minister revels in their praise, and eventually the minister’s word becomes gospel, no one can challenge or question him, and a cult is born.
This is not so much a rule, as it is friendly advice to anyone who operates in the prophetic. Do Not Attempt to Force Revelation. You can’t force it. You can’t make it come to you at will. You can’t promise someone a prophecy if they send you a donation, or if they show up to your meeting.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.