The prophet's job is not to produce accurate predictions. It is not the job of a prophet to produce accurate predictions. Producing accurate predictions is not the job of a prophet. Can I say it another way?
His job is to obey the Lord, period, end of discussion. If that includes predictions, fine. But they are not judged on their accuracy, but on their obedience. That's why he calls them, 'my servants, the prophets'. They are to go where, do what, and speak exactly as he tells them. This is regardless of the outcome or any effect on their reputation. Man who looks on the outward appearance wants to judge based on accuracy, the Lord sees things differently.
Some time back we had a case of a young woman who prophesied a major seismic catastrophe to happen by a certain date. This did not occur as predicted. I consider it a warning that was heeded by enough intercessors to delay or avert the occurrence. Others considered it a case of false prophecy.
I pay little attention to what goes on over the Christian Internet, and no attention to the other Christian Media. All my material for posting comes to my inbox. Yet somehow it came to my notice that this woman was being pilloried on the Web as a false prophet. I thought to my self: Why are these people picking on this woman just because she missed a date? And the Lord answered me: Moses, in the law says such a one should be stoned, what sayest thou? [John 8:5}
And that was revelation to me. The first thing I realized is that the accuser of the brethren was in operation here. And second is that they were trying to judge her under the law. The letter kills but the Spirit gives life; what was the Spirit saying in this situation? The mature way to approach this is found in 1 Peter and
1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
Eph 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
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