Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you." So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city,three days' journey in breadth. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's journey. And he called out, "Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!" And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them. -- Jonah 3: 1-5 (ESV)
False prophecy is big business beloved. When the word says that people in the end days will gather around them teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear that includes false prophets. Everyone wants to hear that God is shifting atmospheres to prosper them. That He is expanding their territories and slaying their giants before them. That He has some grand purpose for their lives beyond the mundane existence that most of us live in. Any fair reading of Scripture however reveals that the vast majority of times that God spoke through the mouth of the prophet the message was hardly this sugar coated tripe we hear so much of today. In the Old Testament the message was usually repent and return unto the Lord. When John the Baptist showed up on the scene the message was the same. The first word Jesus uttered in His ministry was repent. Throughout the New Testament we see prophets with similar messages. The Prophet Agabus prophesied a great famine that came to pass as well as the nature in which the Apostle Paul would be arrested and taken to Rome. We discussed earlier in the week how the False Prophecy Industrial Complex has hijacked one Bible verse out of context to support that modern day prophecy should only be overly sugared and "positive."
On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. -- 1Corinthians 14: 3 (ESV)
In the mind of the False Prophet, upbuilding, encouragement and consolation are all super-positive words. They cannot see how the message to repent or a warning about the second coming of God is even more encouraging and edifying. The larger point is that the evaluation of positivity should come from whether or not the word is actually from God as opposed to how it makes us feel. Nevertheless, the cabal carries on bringing diabetic prophecy to a body of Christ that is already in insulin shock. Enter this week's winner for ridiculous prophecy article, Jennifer Leclaire. Jennifer is an editor at Charisma News online and an up and comer in the false prophecy circles. This week she penned an article entitled, "God is About to Deal with the Jonah Prophets", which can be found at the link above. Let us reason together and see once more into the depraved mind of someone who makes a living by lying on behalf of God in order to make merchandise of His sheep.
"Jonah" prophets--those prophets who would rather see a nation destroyed because they are bitter in spirit--are pontificating and prophesying about doom, gloom, cataclysmic disasters, catastrophic calamities, foreboding horrors and the like. And these Jonah prophets are gaining quite a following--and putting a pretty penny in their pockets with petty fear-mongering campaigns. But God is about to deal with the Jonah prophets. -- Jennifer Leclaire
Really Jennifer? God is about to deal with people who prophesy doom, gloom, cataclysmic disasters calamities and horrors? Have you read the Book of Revelation? Have you read any of the Prophets who all spoke about the great and terrible day of the Lord? If God has already revealed a great end times apostasy, which He has, and you insist on preaching/prophelying a great end times revival -- who is speaking on behalf of God? It sure is not you. Notice also the absurd conclusions she claims about people who do not prophesy puppies and rainbows. They are bitter in spirit and would prefer to see a nation destroyed? No Jennifer. The difference you cannot see is they do not idolize this nation. They see it for what always has been; a pagan nation. By correctly sounding the alarm maybe some might come out of the darkness before the end. Petty fear-mongering? Do you find the truths in Revelation to be petty? Do you find the words of our Master to be petty?
As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?" And Jesus answered them, "See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains."Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. And then many will fall awayand betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. -- Matthew 24: 3-14 (ESV)
If Jesus walked the earth today with this message, Jennifer Leclaire would look at Him sideways and declare He had a bitter, petty spirit. How profoundly sad. The most ridiculous part of her opening premise is that these "Jonah Prophets" are "putting a pretty penny in their pocket." This coming from a woman who runs a "school of prophets" out of a hotel room at the Fort Lauderdale Airport. For only 400 bucks Jennifer will teach you to be a prophet even though only the Holy Spirit is supposed to apportion the gifts. Jennifer realized however that you need some street cred in the false prophecy business for only another 400 bucks you can join her network of false prophets and come underneath her "covering." Leclaire also held an "anointed prayer cloth" service this year but it is those preaching the upcoming judgment that are in it for the money, right. Not content with this level of nonsense, Leclaire lists four characteristics of these "Jonah Prophets."
1. Jonah prophets are disobedient to God, bucking and fighting against his will.
Just like Jonah fled to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord because he did not want to see Nineveh come to repentance (Jon. 1:1-2), modern-day prophets run the opposite direction when God is calling them on a mercy assignment. All they hear, see and say is doom and gloom because they carry judgment in their heart. -- Jennifer Leclaire
Beloved, when you make your living by twisting the Word of God you become so calloused to it that you no longer see how utterly stupid you can sound. Jonah was indeed disobedient at first. He did indeed flee to Tarshish because he did not want to see Nineveh spared from judgment. So if you want to say he held judgment in his heart, fine but it was the judgment of God! Jennifer Leclaire cannot see that she essentially taking a stance against the truth of what God has said! Jonah proclaimed doom and gloom because that is what God proclaimed! God gave Jonah a word and Jonah ran away from it. That word was one of judgment and the need to repent or face destruction. So if Jennifer wants to say that "Jonah Prophets" shy away from hard prophetic words that would be one thing, albeit too simplistic. She is trying a switcheroo in the middle here however. You cannot claim a Jonah Prophet is a doom and gloom prophet AND correctly point out that he ran away from preaching doom and gloom!
Secondly here, Jennifer makes a bold assertion that all prophets are called on a mercy assignment and since God is so merciful, I will capitulate but her understanding of mercy seems awfully skewed. Let us reason together and examine two prophetic words through the lens of mercy.
The key word is "next." There is next after next after next for you in the second half of this calendar year. There is mega transition. There is massive change. There are sudden shifts that you've been thinking about, talking about and praying about and sudden shifts that you never imagined could or would happen. I am moving you closer to your dreams, closer to your destiny, closer to those who can help you make the connections you need to succeed in what I've called you to do. For this mega transition is all about My kingdom and My purposes in your life and in the earth. So embrace the mega, embrace the next, embrace the transition, and you will see that I have made the crooked places straight. The forces that opposed you in past seasons will now be powerless to thwart you because I have prepared you to overcome what tried to overcome you just months ago. I have readied you for victory against old enemies. I have given you mega grace and your mega faith will drive a mega movement in your life. It's a mega transition. -- Jennifer Leclaire