I’ve been troubled in my spirit for some time over what I call the “monthly prophecy trend.” We see prophets—and even those who don’t claim to be prophets—releasing a brand-spanking new shiny happy prophetic word chock full of super-duper life-changing promises each and every month.
You’ll hear them prophesy “it’s the month of this” or “the month of that” or “the month of the other.” Every first of the month, without fail, they have a freshly minted prophetic word for the Body of Christ. Not just one, but scores and scores and scores of monthly prophetic words circulate social media each. Many people are anticipating them with great excitement!
The problem is, most of those prophecies fail. They fall right to the ground with a loud thud that echoes. The prophetic word did not prosper because it did not come out of God’s mouth. Rather, it returned void. And yet the very next month, these social media prophets—motivated by clicks, likes and CashApp cha-chings—pontificate about prophetic promises that must surely come to pass in a 30-day window. Is there no shame?
Calling Out Monthly Prognosticators
I was writing entries for my Seer’s Dictionary when I came across this Scripture that made my jaw drop. We find it in Isaiah 47:13-14 (emphasis mine) reads:
“You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels; Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, and the monthly prognosticators stand up and save you from what shall come upon you. Behold, they shall be as stubble, the fire shall burn them; They shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame; It shall not be a coal to be warmed by, nor a fire to sit before!”
What is a prognosticator, you ask? One who foretells from signs and symptoms, according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. Here’s how it works: One of the monthly prophets felt the wind blow and suddenly it’s the month of the wind of God. God didn’t say it but it tickles people’s ears and loosens their purse strings.
The NLT reads, “All the advice you receive has made you tired. Where are all your astrologers,
those stargazers who make predictions each month? Let them stand up and save you from what the future holds.” And the CEV, “You have worn yourself out, asking for advice
from those who study the stars and tell the future month after month.”
Are the ‘Prophets’ Practicing Witchcraft?
This “monthly prophetic word” trend has troubled me for a long while. I understand a sermon series based on a prophetic word. I did that for a few months several years ago. When the Lord stopped, I stopped. I also understand sending out prophetic encouragement to those who follow your ministry each month. That’s healthy.
What troubles me is this grandiose promises from scores of people each and every month that come with an unspoken guarantee that it will happen in that 30-day window. Without fail, every single September, someone prophesies it’s a “September to Remember.” Some prophesy every October how it’s month of harvest with strong instructions to sow. The only one who got a harvest was the prophet who prophesied it.
Question: Which one of these prophets are we supposed to believe? I sense people’s heads are spinning at the beginning of the month, or should I say twirling, trying to determine which prophet to believe so they can prosper.
Question: Does anyone judge these prophecies, or is the hype they feel in the moment worth the disappointment that comes on the 30th of the month when the word returned void?
Question: Is this monthly prophecy trend bordering on divination? Is it witchcraft?
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