Continuing on her "I don't understand the Bible tour", Jennifer turns now to butcher the words of an actual prophet, Jeremiah. So she honestly thinks she can hear God quoting Jeremiah here to the "Jonah Prophets." Let's go back a few verses to see the actual context of this rebuke:
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.'" -- Jeremiah 23: 17-17 (ESV)
Oops. Is it Jonah that was presenting a word designed to fill people with vain hopes? We already know it was not of his own mind because God says He ordered the Word to be brought to Nineveh. Which word above is filling people with vain hopes of sudden shifts, crooked places made straight, and powerless enemies? When you read Jennifer and Jonah's respective prophecies, which one is proclaiming no disaster shall fall upon their listeners? It is almost as if Jeremiah is directly rebuking Jennifer Leclaire.
3. Jonah prophets think their way is better than God's way. After God spared Nineveh, Jonah had the nerve to say to His Creator, angrily no less: "O Lord! Is this not what I said while I was still in my own land? This is the reason that I fled before to Tarshish, because I knew that You are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, abundant in faithfulness and ready to relent from punishment. Therefore, Lord, take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live" (Jon. 4:1-3). -- Jennifer Leclaire
Yes. Jonah was still very defiant and petulant because he saw God relent upon a people who he felt deserved what they had coming. This could be an excellent teaching point about the grace and mercy of our God and that we should not find ourselves in place of Him when it comes to judgment. A fine comparison between the anger of humanity and the compassion of the Lord. All valid teaching points. What you cannot do is use this story to pretend that Jonah was a "doom and gloom prophet. You cannot claim that in the end he did not do what the Lord commanded.
4. Jonah prophets are self-centered drama queens. Twice more, Jonah expressed to the Lord he would rather be dead (Jon. 4:8-9). We don't know what happened to Jonah after that incident. All we know is we don't see God using him anymore. -- Jennifer Leclaire
Accusations of being self-centered drama queens coming from the woman who warned everyone to watch out for the sneaky squid spirit that was stalking her? The main point here though is how inane it is to say that we do not see God using Jonah after this account with Nineveh. First of all there is another mention of Jonah in 2Kings 14. This may very well have been after the events with Nineveh. Even if they were prior to the events with Nineveh you cannot conclude anything. To say something like "we don't see God using him anymore" is reckless and sloppy hermeneutics. This is like saying we don't see God using Peter after Acts 15, because that is the end of his appearances in the written text. It is textually irresponsible.
Don't get me wrong. I'm sober. My eyes are wide open. I see the conditions in America. I hear the cries of legitimate prophetic voices that are warning us of the destruction they see in the days ahead. Yes, I do believe that we're reaping what we've sown. But I absolutely, positively refuse to buy into the notion that God is not going to pour out His Spirit once again. I reject the idea that widespread transforming revival that sees a great harvest of souls is not possible in America. -- Jennifer Leclaire