The prophetic ministry must guard against prophetic witchcraft. Jeremiah tells us about the rebellion hidden in the lives of profane prophets and priests. “And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err” (Jeremiah 23:13).
The word “folly” means to operate in rebellion and foolishness. Workers of witchcraft do foolish, even stupid, things that don’t make any sense. Then they say that God told them to do it. They will argue with their counsel saying things like, “I have heard from the Holy Spirit, and I am submitted and listened to Him only.” Statements like that are common and contrary to the Word of God.
When you start thinking that you are more spiritual than others and that you are the only one that can hear from God, you’re in big trouble. When you think that you are the only one that’s got the truth, and the only one that receives revelation, or the only one that can Prophesise, or the only one that knows the Word of God, you’re entering the realm of foolish rebellion. You’re well on your way to being overtaken by the spirit of witchcraft.
Jeremiah said that profane prophets and priest, “prophesy by Baal.”
Baal is a spirit of divination (false prophecy). Were these Samarian prophets and priests prophesying? Yes, yet when they prophesied it brought error and led people astray. Their prophetic words did not lead people into liberty and freedom from sin, but into sin’s bondage. That’s the result of prophetic witchcraft.
Witchcraft released through false prophecy (in Baal) can rob years from a person’s life. Prophetic divination only releases confusion and will never lead you closer to God. We must learn to submit to God and avoid folly, the foolishness of rebellion.
The prophets of Jerusalem did horrible things: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah” (Jeremiah 23:14).
Notice the characteristics of prophetic witchcraft:
Strengthening evildoers (compromise)
None return from wickedness (avoiding confrontation of sin that hinders repentance)
As Sodom and Gomorrah (unclean).
People that walk in witchcraft are subject to sexual sin and perversion, whether by viewing pornography where no one can see them except God or by flirting with girls or boys in the church.
Finally, we all need confirmation to guard us against the manipulation of witchcraft’s operations. There is a “safety net” for all prophetic utterance. That safety net is called confirmation. When God prophesies to you, He is, often, doing so to confirm what He has already placed in your heart. Upon receiving a prophetic word, you should submit it to the safety net of confirmation like your shepherd (Hebrews 13:17). Run your dreams, visions, and prophecies by him first before doing anything foolish.
May the Lord bless our prophetic ministries in Jesus name…Amen!
-Prophet MK Kenny, India
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