Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her."Oppression! Oppression! False prophets are oppressing My prophets among My people! False prophets are predicting future events and claiming to know Me and My servants, but they are distracting people from Me and My word.
When the owners of the slave girl realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”
The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully.
- Acts 16:16-23
"When one of My prophets comes into their midst, these false prophets immediately praise them, seeking to seduce them into serving the idols of their hearts—power and profit. These false prophets have made a system of their prophesying which enriches their pockets, glorifies themselves and keeps My people captive to their every word, seeking to become as 'anointed' as these false prophets appear to be.
"Many of these false prophets did not begin as false prophets, but having been seduced by deception, they have left the simplicity of the gospel of My Son to serve another gospel which is no gospel at all. When they first came to Me they spoke of My grace and My love, but now they speak of 'anointing', 'higher levels', 'authority' and 'taking dominion'. They are no longer satisfied by My love, My grace, My peace and My impartiality. Now their only satisfaction is found in power, miracles, words of prosperity, predictions of future dominion, and exaltation of the circumcision.
"My people, do not be seduced by the 'anointed' deception! My prophets are known by their proclamation of the gospel of My grace in Jesus Christ, and by the agape love you have been commanded to share. Do not believe every 'prophet' who wears the title 'prophet'! Do not believe every 'prophet' who merely predicts the future! Do not believe every 'prophet' who displays power!
"Do not believe any 'prophet' who urges you to seek My word through 'prophets'! For I have sent My prophets into churches not to be an intermediary between My people and Me, but because I have commanded them to speak to ears that have been closed and eyes that have been veiled, to wake up those who have been lulled to sleep. My prophets testify of the New Covenant, that you all shall know Me and hear My voice.
"My prophets will not stay long in the company of false prophets, for My word will not abide by their laws. My word will cause My prophets to be abused by the false prophets. When their testimony is finished, I will remove My prophets from the midst of the false prophets. The words I speak through My prophets will not be in vain, but I will use them to set free some of those who were captive to deception, even some of those who had been abusing My prophets.
"Do not lose sight of your first love!"