When Jesus said false prophets would rise in the last days, He wasn't exaggerating. We're certainly in a season of accelerated false prophet activity.
Check out this message I received:
I've made a mistake. In this season of transition, there have been piles of bills, problematic equations and mountains of new financial challenges that seemed poised to try to overtake me. At times it has overwhelmed me, but never has it interfered with me going before the Lord with your situation(s). This morning, as I was in my prayer chambers meditating on the Word of the Lord for you and countless others, the Lord screamed a mighty scream in the form of a strong wind blowing from the north and commanded me to look up from which cometh my help.
The Spirit revealed to me a little mistake that I was making. While I have been running around left and right trying to balance my financial challenges, I momentarily forgot the reason the Lord has placed me in a season of famine. With over $100,000 in financial endeavors, I have been holding on to your breakthrough by keeping this a secret from you. You see, when a prophet is in a season of famine, God is looking to release to those who would lift him out of the famine, a miracle of breakthrough.
As your personal prophet, it is unlawful for me to hold onto your breakthrough! Precious one, this one little mistake has already cost me over $100,000 but I will not allow it to cost you your breakthrough. God has commanded me to ask every faithful partner who's ready for a miraculous breakthrough to help lift this financial boulder off the shoulders of the prophet with a powerful donation of faith in the amounts of either $300 or $1000.
If you stand with me with the $397 donation, I will send you an MP3 or CD (CD upon request) with the company of prophets and myself speaking a word of breakthrough into your situation for the next twelve months. Beloved of God, I need your support in this season ... I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth (Psalms 121:1-2).
Building a Ministry on Money Miracles
There's so much wrong with this email I don't know where to begin. It's a picture of a growing camp in the prophetic movement that is building its ministry on money miracles.
Don't get me wrong. I believe God can miraculously provide money. I remember once I was in North Florida, stuck in the dark after my car broke down. I was broke, busted and disgusted, as they say, with only a few pennies in my bank account and a few dollars in my purse. I didn't know what to do, so I prayed.
When I looked through my purse again, I found a crisp, clean $100 bill that paved the way for me to stay indoors that night and eat breakfast the next day. I've also seen supernatural debt cancellation in my ministry. Like I recently wrote on my Facebook page: "Beware of puffed up preachers who sip from 'pimp cups' and pack their pockets with cash that belongs in your purse!"
There's nothing wrong with taking up an offering, but when you make promises God won't keep, when you emphasize money miracles as an earmark of your ministry, and when you pressure people to give, there's rotten fruit. It's called the love of money, which is a root of all kinds of evil (1 Tim. 6:10). The Bible says you cannot serve both God and mammon (Matt. 6:24). Sadly, many preachers and prophets are serving mammon.
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False Prophets Really Are Rising
Yes, false prophets are rising in many ways, shapes and forms. There were the false prophets that were concerned with people turning into werewolves. That was worse than the false prophet who insists he was framed for selling photos from his trip to heaven. Let's not forget the false prophet who got busted in Washington in a prayer scam sting. Oh, remember the false Presbyterian teacher who denied Jesus rose from the dead? Then there are the prophets of doom and gloom who prophesy natural disasters on specific dates—and the disasters don't come to pass.
Beloved, don't miss the signs of the times. Jesus said, "Then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another. And many false prophets will rise and will deceive many. Because iniquity will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come" (Matt. 24:10-14).
Jennifer LeClaire is senior editor of Charisma. She is also director of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, co-founder of awakeningtv.com, on the leadership team of the New Breed Revival Network and author of several books, including The Next Great Move of God: An Appeal to Heaven for Spiritual Awakening;Mornings With the Holy Spirit, Listening Daily to the Still, Small Voice of God; The Making of a Prophet and Satan's Deadly Trio: Defeating the Deceptions of Jezebel, Religion and Witchcraft. You can visit her website here. You can also join Jennifer onFacebook or follow her on Twitter. Jennifer's Periscope handle is @propheticbooks.