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Jeremiah was not popular at all during the time of his ministry.  Unfortunately for him, such was the times he was born for.  He was not born for the time of Moses or the judges when God would send His servants, the judges and prophets, to deliver the people from their calamities, but rather, Jeremiah was born for a time when the fulfilment of all the calamities that had been prophesied for Judah would be fulfilled.  There would be no miraculous deliverance as it was in the days of Isaiah for Israel from the Assyrians, but rather a steadfast inevitable progression of the fate that had been decreed for Israel.

Indeed, while prophets like Hananiah were prophesying that the articles of the temple would be returned[1] and the yoke of the Babylonians would be broken off Judah, Jeremiah was given the task to tell his people, “Serve the king of Babylon and you will live,” and that many of them “will be taken to Babylon and there they will remain until the day I come for them.”[2] 

So likewise, the times that we are born for are not like the times of the judges or prophets of deliverance, but rather, the times of the prophets of doom.  It is the time of distress unlike anything since the creation of the world.  It is a time when God will “pay… back double for what she has done,” speaking of the prostitute church when God said, “Give her as much torture and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself.” [3] 

A time when there will be two types of prophetic offices: 

·       The two prophets of Revelation 11 who will be known as the two prophets who had tormented those who live on Earth.  And when they die, the world will celebrate, for their ministry will have caused the Earth to be struck by plagues as often as they want.[4]

·       At the same time, the other prophetic ministry will be healing people with great signs and wonders, even calling fire down from Heaven in the sight of many, so that people will love him.[5]  Have no doubt that the false prophet of Revelation 13:11 will be better than the magicians of Egypt, and instead of turning more water to blood as they did,[6] this one will be turning the bloodied water back to water for the people of the world to drink.  Do not forget, Moses was only up against the magicians of Egypt who could only imitate a few of his miracles, which when you look at what the magicians did, you’d realise their silliness.  However, the false prophet is not a magician of Egypt, but a turncoat, a traitor from our own kingdom, with sufficient powers of the age to come to guarantee his condemnation,[7] and enough to be able to turn the bloodied waters back to water and to stop and overturn every plague sent by the two prophets.  For when they are killed, it will appear as if the false prophet has won and has been vindicated by God, for after all, why would God send prophets who would shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the Earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.[8]

It is once more the time of Jeremiah and Ezekiel against prophets like Hananiah, except this time, the coming trio of prophets will be equipped with miraculous powers that even Moses or Elisha and Elijah did not possess.  It does not take a genius, just one who has studied the word to realise that the plagues of the two prophets will be directed at the prostitute church in order to fulfil these words of God:  “Come out of her, My people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues…”[9] 

So then, the sharp turn in the road is coming up when the word of the Lord that healed will bring plagues; the word that changed water to good wine will change water to blood; and the word that opened the Heavens so that showers of righteousness and water would come can be shut up.  God is about to do a new thing; move in a new direction, and when He does, are we ready to move with Him?  Can we turn as He turns or will the momentum of our religious works carry us forward into the abyss even as God turned and changed direction?

You see, God turned against Israel instead of going against her enemies at the time of Nebuchadnezzar.  Instead of deliverance from their enemies as a result of their hope, faith and prayers to God, God delivered them into the hands of their enemies.  In spite of all the doom and gloom that Jeremiah was prophesying, he also had a message of hope and restoration for those who would listen.  For God said, “Do not listen to the prophets who say, ‘Very soon now the articles from the Lord’s house will be brought from Babylon.’  They are prophesying lies to you.  Do not listen to them.  Serve the king of Babylon, and you will live.”[10] 

Part of the message of Jeremiah was for those who would be left behind as a remnant who would live to see better days and live to see the exiles return from Babylon.  Even back then, God was preparing a model of what is to come.  Those who were exiled to Babylon would return when God was ready to be greeted by those who would be left in the land, in the same way as those who have been beheaded for their testimony and the word of God will return from Heaven to find a remnant waiting for them near Jerusalem.  Except in Jeremiah’s days, the remnant refused to remain in the land, but instead went down to Egypt and there they all perished.

So, just as you have begun to learn about the application of law, so now you must learn about the application of the prophets and understand what God is raising up in the prophetic ministry to fulfil prophecy.  As in all things, it is not enough to study and practise, but you must be experienced in the application of the prophetic.  That is, it is not enough for you to know that there are three powerful prophets coming, two who will appear to be destroyers and one who appears to fulfil the blessings of God’s words, but you also must learn to apply them into the context of your personal daily life and walk with the Lord and to those around you.

Listen to what Jeremiah said to Hananiah:  “From early times the prophets who preceded you and me have prophesied war, disaster and plague against many countries and great kingdoms.  But the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognised as one truly sent by the Lord only if his prediction comes true.”[11]  Now listen to the prophecy of Jesus Christ:  “You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed.  Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.  Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of birth pains.”[12]

Jesus is not a Prophet of peace, but rather, His prophecies have always been of war breaking out, wars that will only end when He arrives.  Yet, one of these three latter day prophets will prophesy peace.  A peace that will come when many will confirm a covenant for one seven[13] with the one he has sold out to serve, the ruler that is mentioned in Daniel 7:26 who is also known as the first beast of Revelation 13:5.  Peace and prosperity through cooperation with many will be the message of the false prophets, all of whom will be keen to be the best of them all, the one known to have the largest and most powerful charismatic ministry.

Thus, you will each be faced with two choices:  One to be offensive and unpopular; even hated by the world because you are only speaking of disasters, wars, famines and earthquakes.  And the other choice to be popular; healing, delivering and doing wonderful miracles that cause people to praise God.  As Paul wrote:  To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life.  And who is equal to such a task?[14] 

Understanding that there will be two types of diametrically opposed prophetic ministries that are being raised up is the first step to your application of prophets and prophecy, that is, your usage of them, for the prophets, all prophets, are instruments for you to apply and therefore to use.  Application is not observation or study, not even acknowledgement.  Application is knowing the prophecy and the prophet, and using them both to achieve the purpose of God.  A classic study of application of prophets and prophecy is God’s use of Balaam.  Although warned off by God not to make any prophecy, Balaam still persisted, even using divination to persuade God and sacrifices to obligate God into giving him a prophecy to declare about Israel.  You see, Balaam wasn’t interested if God would bless or curse, just as long as he had something to prophesy, because that was what he was being paid for by Balak.  So God used Balaam to pronounce the blessings He wanted over Israel.

Thus, the first step in the application of prophecy and prophets is to understand that there will be two types of prophecies being made ready, one of war and distress, and the other of peace and prosperity, and understanding that there are many like Balaam who do not care what they prophesy, as long as they prophesy, for that’s what people pay them to do.  So, when you hear them, learn to use them for the Lord’s purposes with your agreement to them.  Application of a prophecy is to take that which has been prophesied and use it to bring about the Lord’s purpose and will.  Application of a prophet is to take that prophet and use him for God’s purpose and will, just like Balaam.

So when you hear of different prophecies being proclaimed by all manners of preachers, you can say “amen” to them in such a way that the fulfilment of their prophecies serves the will of God.  Examples are prophecies made by prophets that say Jesus will return to save their followers from the antichrist.  You can apply and use that prophecy to shorten the time and to neutralise much opposition.  Prophecies that speak of great revivals and of refreshing can be used to prepare the platform of the false prophet, for he will be the super preacher who is loved by one and all, because of his wonderful signs and miracles.

Then the real art of the application of prophecy is when you learn to apply the prophecies of Jesus to His own glory and the glory of God in fulfilment of His word.  As an example now:  The prophecy of Matthew 24:7:  “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of birth pains,” has always been taken to mean natural nations, kingdom against kingdom— and that is what we observe is happening in the world so that we know Jesus’ prophecy is being fulfilled.  However, to be a people who fulfil the Law of Jesus and His prophecies, just as Jesus fulfilled the law and the prophets, then we cannot be mere observers, but we must be people who practise the law and the Prophet, who is Jesus, until we not only fulfil them, but we can apply them as Jesus applied Leviticus 5:1 and fulfilled it for His purpose.

The Book of Applications is not about observing or upholding the words of Jesus, but rather, to so practise them that you can use them to fulfil the purpose of God just as Jesus used Leviticus 5:1 to fulfil the purpose of God.  Amen

[1] Jeremiah 28:3

[2] Jeremiah 27:17,22

[3] Revelation 18:6,7

[4] Revelation 11:6-10

[5] Revelation 13:13-14

[6] Exodus 7:11,22; 8:7

[7] Hebrews 6:4-6

[8] Revelation 11:6

[9] Revelation 18:4

[10] Jeremiah 27:16-17

[11] Jeremiah 28:8-9

[12] Matthew 24:6-8

[13] Daniel 9:26-27

[14] 2 Corinthians 2:16


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