In the next 10 days or so(God willing), on 8/8/2017 Kenya will be going into one of the most hotly contested elections to date! There are 8 presidential candidates, but the polls are clearly showing the battle is between the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime minister Raila Odinga!
With the above in mind, it is obvious that even among Christians the above has created a huge interest. Who should Christians vote for? Who has God appointed to lead Kenya? Does God have a preferred candidate? These are some of the questions being asked.
Sadly, as on many other things there are divisions among Christians on the above. Some are clearly biased towards a presidential candidate from their tribe and hope that God will help their candidate win, sadly! During elections we forget that Christ is a unifier. There is neither Jew nor Greek, male nor female(Gal 3:26-28). This should never be a factor, more so among believers on who should lead us in my view. In fact, it shouldn’t be a factor on anything! Sorry I digress…
The main aim for the post above is to help to discern prophecy in view of scripture. I know there are some believers who hold on to the view that gifts like prophecy, speaking in tongues etc with Apostles ceased(cessationists). For those like yours truly who believe the gifts of the Spirit are still in place, this may help us know how to discern prophecy. How do I know the prophecy is from God?
In the case of the Kenyan elections, I have heard different prophecies from well meaning Christians and also known false prophets declaring who will win the elections come 9/8/2017 God willing. According to some the incumbent(Uhuru Kenyatta) will win, others insist it is time for the opposition leader; Raila Odinga. All are quoting God. So, who is right? Who is wrong? What should a christian do? Then many of these prophecies are so vague and ambiguous on what God apparently desires for Kenya. Does God even view nations geographically as we do(post for another day God willing).
Will try and list some biblical guidelines to help us know what God expects of us in view of scripture; not only about elections but on all matters prophecy!
1. All prophecy must find basis on the word of God. If it ain’t in scripture, kindly reject it.
[ESV] Isaiah 8:20 To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn.
[ESV] Acts 17:11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
[ESV] Jeremiah 23:28 Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let him who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? declares the Lord.
[ESV] Jeremiah 23:29 Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
2. The bible commands us; not to despise prophecy and at the same time test prophecy.
[ESV] 1 Thessalonians 5:20 Do not despise prophecies, [NLT] 1 Thessalonians 5:21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. [ESV] 1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from every form of evil.
3. Has the prophecy/prophecies come to pass? Prophecy from God must come to pass!
[ESV] Deuteronomy 18:20 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ [NLT] Deuteronomy 18:21 “But you may wonder, ‘How will we know whether or not a prophecy is from the Lord?’ [ESV] Deuteronomy 18:22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.
4. A prophecy might come to pass, but God is using it as a test for us. Are we going to trust God or the prophet? Sadly, some use accuracy of prophecy to draw people to themselves, rather than God. Prophecy must exalt God, never the prophet or messenger! Take heed friends!
[ESV] Deuteronomy 13:1 “If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, [NLT] Deuteronomy 13:2 and the predicted signs or miracles occur. If they then say, ‘Come, let us worship other gods’—gods you have not known before— [ESV] Deuteronomy 13:3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the Lord your God is testing you, to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. [ESV] Deuteronomy 13:4 You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him.
5. Prophecy seeks to build up, exhort, comfort, encourage God’s people.
[ESV] 1 Corinthians 14:3 On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their up building and encouragement and consolation. [NLT] 1 Corinthians 14:4 A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church.
6. The whole purpose of prophecy like all else in life is to draw people to Jesus Christ. Prophecy must be centred on Jesus Christ. It is all about Him. God’s main agenda is that people know Christ and believe in Him as Lord.
[ESV] Romans 11:36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
[ESV] Colossians 1:16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. [NLT] Colossians 1:17 He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. [NLT] Colossians 1:18 Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. [NLT] Colossians 1:19 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, [NLT] Colossians 1:20 and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
[ESV] Revelation 19:10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.