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New False Prophets to the Old False Prophets -- Time for you to Step Off

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Thus says the Lord of hosts: "Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord. They say continually to those who despise the word of the Lord, 'It shall be well with you'; and to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, they say, 'No disaster shall come upon you.'" For who among them has stood in the council of the Lord to see and to hear his word, or who has paid attention to his word and listened? Behold, the storm of the Lord! Wrath has gone forth, a whirling tempest; it will burst upon the head of the wicked. The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he has executed and accomplished the intents of his heart. In the latter days you will understand it clearly. "I did not send the prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, then they would have proclaimed my words to my people, and they would have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their deeds. -- Jeremiah 23:16-22 (ESV)

It seems there is a civil war brewing within the apostate church. For the sake of their master, I am sure they will remember how to sing Kumbaya but in the interim the irony is gratifying. R. Loren Sandford is a pastor in Colorado and apparently he thinks it is time the old guard goes off to that false prophet retirement ranch. What is delicious is he takes their own false prophet network language, weaponizes it and uses it against them. Thus get ready get ready get ready because there is a shift coming in the prophetic atmosphere! Let us reason together through above linked article:

"Something is about to shift in the prophetic world. A cleansing is imminent and already underway. As this purification of much that has been impure takes root, it will also include a changing of the guard. While faithful patriarchs such as John Paul Jackson, Bishop Bill Hamon and my own father, John Sandford (to name a few) have paved the way for reliable prophetic ministry, it seems clear that a fresh set of voices will now carry it forward. An older generation is passing away or simply fading from the spotlight while a fresh group of anointed prophets is just beginning to emerge." -- R. Loren Sandford

Thanks for your contributions fellas! Don't let the door hit you on the way out now! There is a cleansing going on now! Do you know what needs cleansing beloved? Something that is dirty. Something that is filthy and disgusting. Sandford even goes as far as to call what has occurred before this moment impure! Out with the old! In with the new freshly anointed batch of false prophets!

"While I am not saying there was anything less than godly in those now fading from the spotlight, or in those now gone home to glory, and while I am certainly not in any way minimizing the contributions they made to the body of Christ, I am saying that the generation now emerging carries a fresh heart for a new day. These will speak more from humble intimacy with Jesus and from a pastoral spirit than from a concern for gifting. Their words will flow more from the heart of the Father than from any felt need to prophesy, build a great ministry or stand on anyone's stage. More than developing their gifts, they will seek oneness with Jesus and His nature. They will pursue rest in relationship with Him, more than being supernatural." -- R. Loren Sandford

Not saying anything less than godly? You just said they were impure and in need of cleansing! I see though the new generation of false prophets carry a fresh heart for a new day of deceiving the masses. Beloved watch the next sentence carefully -- they will speak more from humble intimacy with Jesus and from a pastoral spirit rather than from a concern for gifting. Translation is that the new experiential Christianity from places such as Bethel and IHOP are creating this new wave of younger false prophets and their focus will be on the pretend relationship they have with Jesus where they wait until something pops into their mind and then pretend it was Jesus speaking to their hearts. They contrast this with the old guard who they feel worried too much if you actually had the gift of prophecy! How absurdly hysterical! The old guard is so heretical they opened up schools to teach people how to falsely prophesy! Many of the young guns that now seek to push them out were probably trained at such schools! This new group though? They do not even care if they have the gift of prophecy! As long as the false prophecy flows from the depths of their wickedly deceitful hearts! Forget about that stodgy old gift development! That so old school. I am unsure how they think they can attain oneness with Christ without His word.

"The aforementioned pioneers pointed the way with an emphasis on character, the cross and biblical grounding, but their foundational core messages were, in my opinion, too little heard by too many who needed to listen. In this coming generation, however, the call to integrity, character and solid biblical grounding has been heeded. The need to wow the body of Christ and tickle the ears of men is giving way to a hunger to bow before the King of kings, broken by His love and faithful to His words, regardless of the fallout. As a result, these emerging prophets will release into the people of God a deeper level of life than we have known, as well as a sense of liberty in holiness that is both life-giving and free of condemnation." -- R. Loren Sandford

Too little heard by to many who needed to hear it? Doesn't the bible say that His Word never returns void? Beloved while this may sound nice we have seen this act before. Just watch any prayer service from Bethel, where they allow anyone to prophesy. Their idea of bowing before the king of kings is to roll around on the ground. This is not a deeper sense of life they release but rather a demonic presence. Note the "free from condemnation" angle because there is no talking to experiential Christians about their heresies. They shrug it off by declaring the accuser needs a deeper revelation of the spirit.

"We older ones whom God allows to remain--some of us perhaps late maturers in matters prophetic, hidden by the hand of God until now--inherit a calling to father the coming movement. The heart of a true father desires to see sons and daughters grow into greater things than he could ever attain. Those into whom we sow life and wisdom may therefore carry greater gifting and walk in a higher level of revelation than we who are called to be fathers have known, but so did Elisha exercise a greater level of raw anointing than did his spiritual father, Elijah." -- R. Loren Sandford

I was wondering how Sandford fit, since his age seemed to not lump him in with the new generation but now we see he is just a "late maturer"; which is not an actual word. As such he is being allowed to father this new group? Yes, Elisha did experience more than Elijah but that is not a prescriptive text for people to hijack and pretend there is a new anointing greater than the old one for a group of people who misrepresent the Lord to begin with!

"What if those in this emerging generation become better known than those of us called to father them? What if their books sell more than ours? What if they stand before thousands as we merely watch and pray? Can we walk in the kind of humility that rejoices to see others gaining notice and recognition for their full-grown wisdom and the revelations for which we sowed the seeds in hidden places? Will our hearts swell with pleasure and pride in their advancement? Or will old wineskins and unredeemed elements of character, ambition and insecurity disqualify us and hinder us from delivering and releasing the fullness of the treasure God has entrusted to us for their sake? When these younger voices confront abuses and imbalances in prophetic ministries, will an older, more established prophetic community receive and judge their words on the basis of the humble spirit in which they are delivered and the soundness of their biblical grounding? Or will there be rejection and backlash with cries of, "Who does that young guy think he is, correcting and rebuking major internationally known ministries?" The apostle Paul exhorted young Timothy not to allow anyone to look down on him for his youth, but rather to exercise the gifting, anointing and authority imparted to him through the laying on of Paul's hands. Will an older generation need to be exhorted regarding the flip side of Paul's admonition so that, in fact, the older generation does not despise the younger for being what I might call "chronologically handicapped"? -- R. Loren Sandford

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