The Wake Up Report
What is the Next Prophetic Event?
by Larry Wilson
Dear Mr. Wilson:
I heard you say in a seminar several years ago that you believe the selection and sealing of the 144,000 is the next prophetic event. I have three questions about this. First, how will the 144,000 know they have been selected and sealed? Second, will their selection and sealing remain a secret until the censer is cast down and the Great Tribulation begins? Third, if someone claims to be one of the 144,000, how can we know if he or she is speaking truthfully?
Thank you for your questions. I will begin with your third question: "If someone claims to be one of the 144,000, how can we know if he or she is speaking truthfully?"
During the past twenty-three years, I have received many letters and emails from people claiming (a) they are one of the 144,000, (b) they are one of the Two Witnesses, (c) they have seen God or received visions from Him, or (d) they have received a message or a prophecy from God. When we hear these types of claims, it is best to reserve judgment until we can test them. The Bible tells us to test "the spirits" because a claimant can be delusional, self-seeking, religiously intoxicated, perhaps medicated, or in need of medication. God knows that we cannot read a claimant’s mind and we cannot investigate an alleged dream or vision. God knows that we cannot tell if people are prophesying out of their own imagination (in which case, God will surely punish them – see Ezekiel 13) or if they are, in fact, telling the truth. This is why John wrote, "Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world." (1 John 4:1)
Because God selects ordinary people as messengers from time to time, it is important that we consider and test their testimony. Here are three "tests" to remember.
First, what is the message? Does the message lead to a better of understanding of Scripture or does it, instead, attempt to glorify the messenger? Does the message rest squarely on the five essential Bible doctrines and does it align with valid rules of interpretation?
Second, is the message specific? Does the message contain definition, that is, does it pertain to a specific event, person(s), place(s), or an appointed time? Does the revelation contain detailed information that can be tested and validated? God is not trivial. When He speaks for the benefit of His people, He does not use vague concepts or weasel words. He declares the truth forthrightly and reveals the unknown. Consider the visions God gave to Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Daniel, Hosea, and other prophets; they are loaded with definition.
Third, what is character of the person who claims to speak for God? (Matthew 7:16-20) Are they self-sustaining or do they seek money? Are they on a mission to gain for themselves or give to others? Jesus said, "Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ " (Matthew 7:21-23, italics mine) When a person claims to have received information from God, it leaves us with only two options. The person is either lying or God has given a revelation that everyone should thoughtfully consider. We should be very cautious of anyone who claims to have a message from God. Jesus said, "If I testify about myself, my testimony is not valid." (John 5:31) If Jesus, the Son of God, said this about Himself, what does this say about human beings who claim to be a prophet of God or a messenger from God? Why would Jesus say that a person’s testimony about himself is not valid? The answer is simple: A person can lie and who would know? Maybe a short illustration will help.
I hear people say from time to time that they are "born again" Christians. This testimony is not valid. Who determines whether a person is truly born again – God or man? The Lord looks upon the heart and He alone knows whether a person is truly born again. Many "well-behaved people" may think they are born-again, but they are not. Remember this story? "[Jesus said to the young man]‘. . . If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.’ ‘Which ones?’ the man inquired. Jesus replied, ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself.’ ‘All these I have kept,’ the young man said. ‘What do I still lack?’ Jesus answered, ‘If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’ When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.’ " (Matthew 19:17-22)
The Lord carefully showed the young man that his faith was misplaced and his love was misdirected with three sentences! Jesus knew this young man’s heart. Knowing that he was self-righteous, Jesus first highlighted the importance of obeying God’s law. The young man smugly responded, "All these I have kept." Then Jesus said, "If you want to be perfect. . . ."
I am sure these words shocked the young man. Do you mean that perfection does not come through good behavior? Are you telling me that I am not perfect? Are you telling me that I have to sell my possessions before I can become perfect?
The young man had been educated and trained well. Jesus could see that he was well behaved, but not born again. A born again person understands that he is only a trustee of whatever God has given him to manage. A born again person understands that in terms of wealth, God gives much to some people and much less to most. A born again person is not jealous of the person having much because he is content with what he has been given to manage, and his focus is on pleasing the Lord with whatever the Lord has given him. Any self-proclamation of being born again is meaningless because Jesus, in three sentences or less, can expose our imperfection. Likewise, anyone claiming to have a message from the Lord may be boasting. So, listen and test. Reserve judgment until you have thoroughly tested the message and the messenger. False preachers and false prophets have misled many people because they are unacquainted with the Word of God.
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Thou shall Love the Lord your God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind; and thou Love thy neighbor as thyself Mathew. 22:37,39.
And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. Matthew 24:22 KJV
The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. Genesis 6:11 KJV This is Now!