A friend of mine recently told me that a good friend of hers started withdrawing from her, even though they were close and had done ministry together. When she finally asked this friend why she had pulled away, the woman admitted that a “prophet” in her church had given her a dire warning that was supposedly from God. The prophet advised the woman to stay away from her friend because “she is trying to steal your spiritual mantle.”
What? I can’t even count all the reasons this isn’t a true prophecy. For one thing, no one can “steal” your spiritual gifts or callings. Number two, this “prophet” had no personal knowledge of the person she was accusing; she was, instead, using suspicion and fear to manipulate and control. But because she wasn’t confronted about her alleged “word from God,” she will continue to sow discord among God’s people while appearing to be super spiritual.
I love the gift of prophecy, and the Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 14:1 that we should desire to use it. I love to see people strengthened and encouraged by a personal word from God. But spiritual gifts, much like guns, can be misused—and when prophecy is misfired it always hurts people. That’s why we need more teaching and training on the healthy use of prophecy.
As I waited upon the Lord, I heard His voice so closely. He began to minister to my heart and show me things to come.
We are entering into a moment of inspection from the Lord. Man looks at the outward, but the Lord looks at the heart. First Samuel 16:7 says this, “…The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Man looks at the outward display of the leaves, but we are now entering an inspection time of the root.
While many will cast their attention upon numbers, popularity, promotional materials, videos, photos, one-liners and a plethora of other prestigious recognitions, the Lord is focused on the oil of the secret place. I heard the Lord clearly speak that the time for gathering oil before His return is coming to its close.
Sometimes the apostle Paul named names when calling out false teachers, and other times he didn’t. Today the Lord has instructed me to name names.
I’m calling out Creflo Dollar. He has been spiritually off for a long time.
The first red flag to his departure from truth is his teaching on sloppy grace (vs biblical grace). This started years ago and has now become a major teaching theme in his ministry.
Recently, this word of the Lord came to me: “I am awakening My people to be redeemers of time.”
“[F]or the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, ‘Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.’ So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days” (Eph. 5:14-16).
How are we to redeem the time in these last days?
As I sought the Lord, He gave me a clear word for His marketplace prophets who have been positioned in the systems of this world. This word is for the prophets called to the marketplace that felt like they were lost in the wilderness and wondered if they had missed God.
Today, I assure you that you haven’t missed God. Rather, you’re exactly in line with His will in the earth. The Lord showed me a vision of His marketplace prophet being hidden away in a bathhouse for a season of transformation, like Esther went through.
The prophet was led into a bathhouse that was filled with all kinds of luxury goods and different cleansing stations. As God led His prophet to each station, He stripped them of old clothes, jewelry and even of old wounds. With each stripping, He placed on them new clothes, adornments and essential oils that seemed to transform the very nature of the prophet.