In the last post, we learned that true wisdom grounded on the true “fear of the Lord” must be based upon Torah or it’s the equivalent of trash.
Alleged prophets and teachers try to supersede that mandate, claiming to have a “special revelation from God.” This can also be known as “progressive revelation.”
Yes, there may be subtle differences between “special” and “progressive” revelation, but the bottom line is that they are trying to build upon or modify what is already perfect.
The law [Towrah] of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
That statement by “the man after God’s own heart” is either true or it’s not.
I choose to believe it’s true.
Validating the Prophet/Teacher
Yet, in spite of David’s words, there are many who would like to nullify the perfection of the Torah, claiming that their special revelation qualifies as something better, or – if they are playing the “humility” card – a “fuller” revelation.
Just like those who do not walk in the true fear of YHWH – which we have already proven is based upon obedience to the commands – cannot claim to have any true godly wisdom, the same principle is true for those who claim special revelation.
Take for example America’s current favorite author/speaker Jonathan Cahn (author of “The Harbinger”), or their past favorite, the late Kim Clement. Both claim (or claimed) to have special revelation from God, but their messages did not place great value on the commandments of Torah.
Instead, their focus was on public appearances, music, books and what they felt was the future of America. Running their message through the well-oiled Charismatic TBN machine only amplified this deception, causing many people to be ensnared because it seemed like their words were coming to pass.
To all of you who are reading this, even if you are disagreeing with everything I say/write, allow this one concept to ingrain itself in your mind.
Just the fact that a prophet/teacher “prophesies” something that comes to pass doesn’t validate their standing as a prophet/teacher.
The same God who said:
And if you say in your heart, “How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?” – when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.
. . . is the same God who said:
If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, “Let us go after other gods” – which you have not known – “and let us serve them,” 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.
These two concepts are not mutually exclusive. You cannot use the instruction in Deuteronomy 18:21-22 and ignore what is being said in Deuteronomy 13:1-5.
It’s plain hypocritical and dishonest.
Most believers simply cannot get past this mental block.
In their mindset, if a prophet prophesies “in the name of Jesus” and it comes true, then they are automatically “God’s chosen, Glory-Hallelujah!”
This way of thinking cannot be supported in either the “Old” or the “New” testaments.
When the few charismatics who actually have the inner fortitude to read through one of my blog posts start to see the disconnect in their understanding, they will often desperately try to rescue any last vestige of their now weakened stance by saying, “but the prophet in this passage is trying to get the listener to follow other gods! Kim Clement didn’t do that! Jonathan Cahn doesn’t do that!”
Well, what does “let us serve other gods” really mean?
An excerpt from one of my past posts reads:
When we look at Deuteronomy 13, we focus on the criteria listed in the first verse. We look for people who will come out and say, “Let us serve other Gods.”
But in doing so, we miss the point.
You see, it’s not about saying the exact words, “Let us serve other Gods,” but the OUTCOME of those words that is the focus.
What happens to your heart?
This is evidenced by the direction you turn after hearing the prophet/dreamer’s words.
Do you have a ravenous desire to show your love for the Father by obeying the Father’s commands, or are you hungry for an “experience?”
Are you distracted by the dreams, signs, and wonders, or are you remorseful over your sin and desire to repent (ie. obey the commands)?
If you walk away from hearing/reading a prophet desiring anything but repentance and obedience, you are being turned away from YHWH.
You cannot bypass these tests of a real prophet by waiting for the words “Let us go and serve other gods” to come out of his/her mouth. It’s simply not going to happen. Those exact words would hamstring their “ministry” and all hope of future success would be flushed down the drain.
When “Prophetic Insight” Doesn’t Matter
Just like obedience to God is equated with serving Him, so is obedience to an entity other than God equated with serving idols. This can be a named “deity” or yourself.
You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.
It seems like I am constantly confronted with “Kim Clement said [insert prophecy here] and it came to pass!” and “Jonathan Cahn wrote [insert insight here] in his book!”
If you really take God’s Words seriously, it doesn’t matter how many things took place according to their words, whether it’s a “coincidence,”” something out of their own heart or something genuinely put in place by God, we are not to follow them.
We are to follow Him and obey the Torah.
. . . and he said to them: “Set your hearts on all the words which I testify among you today, which you shall command your children to be careful to observe – all the words of this law [Towrah]. For it is not a futile thing for you, because it is your life, and by this word you shall prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to possess.”
The Torah . . . “it is not a futile thing for you” . . . “it is your life!” Really think about that.
If something is declared to be life, how can it be equated to death?
David, a man after God’s own heart, wasn’t fooled by this kind of rationale . . . and he had something to say about it.
Did YHWH really tell you His secret?
We’ve already proven that those who do not consider the Torah of any value, yet claim to have “wisdom” or “revelation” from God are liars.
Another Psalm penned by David says:
The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him,
And He will show them His covenant.
Because Psalm 111:10 connects the true “fear of the Lord” with obedience to the commands, this verse (Psalm 25:14) sets up yet another contradiction to our present-day understanding.
Nobody . . . and I mean NOBODY . . . can claim to have “secret revelation” from YHWH if they do not follow His commandments.
It is for this reason that I can have a BLANKET POLICY towards all of the so-called “prophets” and “prophetesses” in the prophetic movement. I can write them ALL off as false and be scripturally-justified in doing so. What’s more, the conditions laid out in Deuteronomy 13 strongly support this blanket policy and easily undergird David’s view in Psalm 25:14.
Man, do I get a lot of hate mail on this blanket policy.
People usually want to try and rationalize things by saying that I don’t know every individual’s heart, or they point to all of the “good deeds” that the imposters have done through their ministries, but their reasoning cannot and will not supersede God’s words.
“Bitterness” Used as a Cop-Out
When they see that I’m not going to budge, they back off a little, but still refuse to submit to the authority of Psalms and Proverbs, saying that I’m just a bitter man because of what I experienced at the Elijah List.
They will make ANY excuse to keep their idols on the shelf . . . and the truth is that there’s nothing I can really do or say about it, but I choose to side with what David (and by extension, Solomon) wrote.
He was the “man after God’s own heart.” My detractors are not.
Heck, I’m not a “man after God’s own heart” yet, but at least I’m trying to be.
I’m making life changes so that I can DO the commands, in “the fear of the Lord.”
The imposters and their disciples are looking for ways to circumvent obedience, and therefore they do not fear God.
Because these “prophets” and “prophetesses” DO NOT do the commands, they CANNOT claim to have knowledge of YHWH’s secrets.
It’s just that cut and dried.
The True Assembly
Here’s another interesting tidbit that I discovered while I was researching Psalm 25:14.
The Hebrew word for “secret” in this passage is the word “cowd” [H5475], which can mean “secret council” or “intimacy,” but the primary definition seems to be “assembly” or “circle of friends.”
If you plug this definition into this verse you get the following.
The “assembly” or “circle of friends” of the LORD is with those who fear Him,
And He will show them His covenant.
Of course, this is a rough English translation, but it contributes to the idea that the only true “assembly” of YHWH are those people who truly live in “the fear of the Lord,” which we’ve already directly connected to obedience to His commands.
This is just simple logic, but it begs the question . . .
If you are an assembly of people who may profess to serve YHWH but do not walk in “the fear of YHWH” . . . what kind of assembly are you?
Believe it or not, this is all connected to the description and methods of the strange woman.
An Ornament of Grace
Continuing with our study in Proverbs, Solomon writes the following to his son:
My son, hear the instruction of your father,
And do not forsake the law of your mother;
For they will be a graceful ornament [livyah – H3880] on your head,
And chains about your neck.
We see in a later verse that wisdom (characterized as a lady) also bestows a “graceful ornament” upon those who treasure her.
She will place on your head an ornament [livyah – H3880] of grace; a crown of glory she will deliver to you.
So in Proverbs 1:8-9, you have instruction and Torah bestowing a “graceful ornament,” and in Proverbs 4:9 you have Wisdom bestowing an “ornament of grace.”
The Hebrew word for “ornament” is the word livyah, which means “a wreath.”
Wreaths were sometimes used as crowns, but were often worn during celebrations in honor of various gods.
Livyah is derived from the Hebrew root lavah (the root word of “Levi”) and it means “to join.” It also carries with it the idea of bending and twisting like a serpent.
The (Re)shaping of the Mind
As we connect the dots, it’s easy to see that whatever “lady” you choose to follow, whatever path you choose “to join,” has the strong potential to intertwine itself with your soul.
It will literally shape (or reshape) your very way of thinking.
All of these factors – Torah, instruction, wisdom, grace – are intertwined. It’s impossible to have one without the other. Things only get complicated when you start to filter these scriptures through a man-made, dysfunctional hermeneutic system.
We’ll go down that rabbit hole soon enough.
The idea that Solomon is trying to present to his son here is that if you choose the path of wisdom, instruction, and obedience to the Torah, it will reshape and revitalize your thinking . . . and people are going to see it.
They will know that you are honoring the God of Israel.
Why did Solomon reveal all of this to his son?
The answer to that question is evident when Solomon begs his son “Please son, don’t forsake the way that your mother and I have shown you! Choose the way of wisdom!” (Proverbs 1:7-8)
The wisest king ever wanted his son to wear the “graceful ornament” that instruction and law [Towrah] will bestow upon those who choose to follow the path of wisdom.
Solomon is also trying to prepare his son for what he is about to show him – a comparison between two groups of people who have chosen deceptively similar paths, yet with vastly different destinations.
It would be left up to the son to choose, much like it is left up to us to choose.
If the son chose to wear the “graceful ornament,” he would be able to discern between the two paths and discern the paths that his advisors and subjects had chosen.
Likewise, if we can grasp this comparison, we can begin to see the same line in the sand today.
We can also begin to discern just which path we have chosen.
Solomon did not end his journey well.
We know from Scripture that Solomon parted ways with the God of Israel in his old age.
For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the LORD his God, as was the heart of his father David.
What’s more, Solomon’s last recorded deed was trying to kill Jeroboam, who (at that specific point in time) received God’s promise of an “enduring house” (1 Kings 11:38), ruling over the majority of the nation of Israel.
1 Kings 11:40-43
Solomon therefore sought to kill Jeroboam. But Jeroboam arose and fled to Egypt, to Shishak king of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death of Solomon.
So the last recorded deed of the wisest man on earth was that he tried to kill a man who had the promise of God.
Wow! What a way to go out.
Apparently, all the wisdom in the world cannot ensure that you won’t jump ship at some point in the journey if your heart is determined to have its way.
You can “know” it all, but if you have made that inner decision to walk contrary to His commands, you will eventually find a way to live the way you want to.
Oftentimes that “way” comes in the form of a religious structure that encourages you to follow the path you have chosen from the outset.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Despite his dishonorable exit, Solomon penned most of his Proverbs during a time when he was walking in unity with his father David’s God. I say that because if this had been written during the time when Solomon’s heart had turned toward other gods, he would not have written such an endorsement of the Torah of the Most High.
The Start of the Journey
So, this post and the last have been all about establishing a trailhead for the journey in our pursuit of “the knowledge of God.”
Read and re-read these posts. It’s important that we remain on the same page.
Here is a summary:
We start with putting into practice “the fear of the Lord” by DOING the commands in order to UNDERSTAND wisdom. In doing so, we will FIND the knowledge of YHWH.
Anything else is just window dressing. It may look nice, but it’s another path.
This is our trailhead. It’s the starting point on the true “walk” with YHWH.
It is from this reference point that we are enabled to recognize the message of Wisdom and the message of the Strange Woman.
-  I’ve grouped the prophets and teachers together because they so often seem to overlap. When an alleged “prophet” is doing his/her thing, they not only prophesy, but teach others the framework they’ve been handed. The teacher, as well, will imitate the prophet in the middle of their teaching, either referring to the prophet’s words or predicting outcomes from their own understanding. Either way, these “offices” are easily glommed together.
-  https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H3880&t=NKJV
-  https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?strongs=H3867&t=NKJV