Four hundred prophets prophesied that King Ahab would win his battle against the King of Aram. Only the prophet Micaiah stubbornly refused to go along with the four hundred seers. Micaiah proclaimed, “Israel’s army will be scattered and King Ahab will die.”
King Ahab could not understand how his four hundred prophets could be so unanimously wrong.
So, Micaiah gave a behind the scenes glimpse at how one prophet could be correct and all of the others could be entirely wrong.
And Micaiah said, “Therefore, hear the word of the Lord. I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the angels of heaven standing by Him on His right and on His left. And the Lord said, ‘Who will entice Ahab to go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’
And one spirit said this, while another said that. Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord, and said, ‘I will entice him.’ And the Lord said to him, ‘How?’ And he said, ‘I will go out and be a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all his prophets.’ Then He said, ‘You shall entice him, and you will also prevail. Go and do so.’
Now then, behold, the Lord has put a deceiving spirit in the mouth of all these prophets of yours; and the Lord has declared disaster against you.” (1 Kings 22:19-23 NASB)
The above account must be understood as a symbolic picture story of how the Lord removed His grace and allowed four hundred prophets to be duped by a deceiving spirit.
A deceiving spirit?
As we all know, a majority of the well-known prophetic ministries and others in America prophesied that President Donald Trump would win the 2020 Presidential election. How could all these prophetic voices be so wrong?
Where does prophecy come from?
1. From the Holy Spirit
2. From an evil spirit or demon
3. From our fleshly souls
Since President Trump was not reelected, we know without a doubt the prophecies did not come from the Lord. Why? Because the Lord knows the future before it happens. He would have foreseen all of the supposed voting problems, the lawsuits and the eventual inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States.
Thus, the incorrect prophetic words about the 2020 presidential election had to come from either evil spirits or out of the fleshly souls of all of these prophetic voices.
Now, it’s true that we all prophesy out of fleshly souls from time to time. It’s bound to happen because we all suffer through periodic bouts of pride, fear, anger or whatever. And we are flawed humans – at best – who are trying to give voice to what we feel the Lord wants to reveal to people.
Yet, for this many prophetic voices to be in error?
I don’t believe it’s possible for all of the prophetic voices to have prophesied out of their fleshly souls on this big of level. No! I don’t see that ever happening, especially in such a unanimous fashion.
So, I believe a blanket of deception fell on America’s prophetic voices, causing them to prophesy in error.
Why did the Lord allow this to happen?
(Continued in Part 9…see complete series to date here.)