Son of man, prophecy against the prophets…who are following their own spirit and have seen nothing (Ezekiel 13:2-3).
The Scriptures indicate that spiritual revelation or communication comes from any one of three sources: the Holy Spirit, the human soul, or the realm of evil spirits(no names). The need for spiritual discernment in this area is obvious. The Holy Spirit is the only true source of revelation (see 2 Pet. 1:21). It was the Holy Spirit who “moved” the prophets of the Old Testament and the witnesses of the New Testament. The Greek word for “moved,” (phero) means “to be borne along” or even “to be driven along as a wind” The human soul is capable of voicing thoughts, ideas, and inspirations out of the unsanctified portion of our emotions (see Ezek. 13:1-6; Jer. 23:16). These human inspirations are not necessarily born of God. As Ezekiel the prophet said, they are prophecies “out of their own hearts…Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing” (Ezek. 13:2-3 KJV).
evil spirits(no names) operate with two characteristics common to their master. They can appear as “angels of light” (or as “good voices”), and they always speak lies, because they serve the chief liar and the father of lies, satan(no name). We need to “test” every source and aspect of the revelation—whether it be a dream, apparition, spoken word, or other types.
Check yourself with the following questions:
Please be honest with your answers, these questions are to change and transform you into the true anointing of God. Therefore, you can connect, embrace, and be in alignment with the Spirit of the Living God.
The Self Test:
1. Is there any evidence of influences other than the Spirit of God in my life?
2. What is the essence of the “vision” or revelation? (How does it compare to God’s written Word?)
3. Was I under the control of the Holy Spirit when I received the vision? Have I presented my life to Jesus Christ as a living sacrifice? Have I been obedient to His Word? Am I being enlightened with His inspiration?
Am I committed to doing His will, no matter what it is, and am I really committed to his work in the kingdom?
Am I yielding my life to the praises of God or to critical speech?
Am I waiting quietly and expectantly before Him?
Understand The Source Test:
1. Have I cut off all pictures put before my mind’s eye by satan(no names) using the blood of Jesus?
2. Have I presented the eyes of my heart to the Lord for Him to fill?
3. Has the Holy Spirit projected on the inner screen of my heart the flow of vision that He desires?
Nine Scriptural Tests
1. Does the revelation edify, exhort, or console?
2. Is it in agreement with God’s Word?
3. Does it exalt Jesus Christ?
4. Does it have good fruit?
5. If it predicts a future event, does it come to pass?
6. Does the prophetic prediction turn people toward God or away from Him?
7. Does it produce liberty or bondage?
8. Does it produce life or death?
9. Does the Holy Spirit bear witness that it is true?
Look at a recent revelation you have either received or witnessed.
Go through each test and evaluate the revelation based on these nine questions.
What have you learned doing this exercise?