God’s Prophecy Not Enough? :: By Terry James

Author’s Note: The article this week is one written way back in February of 2006. But it is pertinent to this advanced time because I’ve been receiving a number of reports of dreams that indicate the dreamers/vision recipients have prophetic words directly from the throne room of God. Specific destruction within exact date parameters is often given in these dreams and visions. This is not to ridicule anyone who believes they are receiving such prophetic directives. I, again–as in the following that was written so long ago—want only to caution against falling for false prophecies.

The foretellings in God’s love letter to mankind are more than enough to perk up our spiritual ears and eyes in these times when Christ’s call to believers must be so near.

God’s Prophecy Not Enough?

People have, over the years—following the completed Word of God, with its sixty-six books—made predictions based upon dreams and, less frequently, upon visions.

Despite all of the twisting of logic and rewriting of historical record, both recent and of the past, that is far removed from the present, the non-biblical dreams and visions have proved to be non-events.

Oh, people can find things supposedly fulfilled within the quatrains written by the French “seer” Nostradamus. His and others’ “prophecies” are declared by many as having come to pass, as demonstrated by the rise of Adolf Hitler and the advent of other “foretold” regimes and events.

I have heard stories of blazing fires in the major cities of the U.S., “prophesied” by both well-known and lesser-known preachers of various stripes. America was going to be judged and destroyed by God’s mighty hand in the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. Now there are predictions—and I get them constantly through e-mail—of the most horrendous fate imaginable for the United States, based upon dreams of the most detailed variety. The dream date-setters missed January 23, 2006, on just such a prediction. A married couple saw all of the things we’ve been warned about: American cities aflame, getting exactly what the nation deserves.

They saw dreams that were almost identical, so the story goes, that January 23 was to be America’s judgment day. Defenders of the couples missing the target are saying their appeals for prayers that the Lord would spare the nation and give America another chance were likely the reason the dreams didn’t become reality.

Now, folks, may I say this as gently as possible? What sort of fodder does such dream stuff—which is always claimed to emanate from the very throne of God—give Satan’s army in this fallen world that he so effectively rules already? Is it not time to stop disseminating these bad cases of nocturnal indigestion during somnolence—or whatever is prompting such utter nonsense? Do we never learn that these are not from the Lord our God, after every single one of the “prophecy dreams” has failed to produce a single proof of their validity?

I get them every week. If each one I’ve been sent just since January 1 of that year came true within the time allotted, you wouldn’t be reading this. But I wouldn’t be writing it, either! We would all be finished! A bit of prayerful and well-studied speculation is within the realm of being good “watchmen,” as Jesus exhorted in Mark 13:37 and Luke 21:28. But dreams and visions that are extrabiblical are not right to either issue or receive. They are either bad spaghetti, absolute falsehoods, or “dreams and visions” that emanate from somewhere other than from the throne room of God.

God’s “dreams and visions,” you see, ALWAYS COME TRUE!

My apologies for screaming at you, but we’ve got to realize that dreams and visions that are not already in God’s Word are, well, not from His Son, Jesus Christ, the Living Word. His prophecy ALWAYS comes true—every time, without exception. And that prophecy is based upon the consistent principles laid out plainly in the Word He left us.

“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction” (2 Peter 1:19–21).

I know the cry that will be forthcoming.

That same Bible says, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams” (Acts 2:17).

Agreed. Very strong proof text that these dreams will again be in effect, following the Bible’s completion, when the last prophet wrote the last prophecy.

But to understand Acts 2:17, we must also understand that the following, in this New Testament passage, is taken from the Old Testament, which puts it in proper context.

“And it shall come to pass afterward, [that] I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions” (Joel 2:28).

This is what is meant by the above Scripture, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” Scripture must be interpreted by Scripture. Scripture must be looked at in total context; it cannot be dissected and used any way the reader wishes.

So, what does this earlier passage in Joel say to give context to the latter in Acts? The key is given by the words: “And it shall come to pass afterward…”

Specifically, the operative word is “afterward.”

The Word of God plainly teaches in the preceding twenty-seven passages and before that the Day of the Lord—the Tribulation—must first have taken place. These wondrous “dreams and visions” for a time yet future are for the glorious days of the Millennium!

Still, I realize I will get all kinds of arguments about this. So, let me just ask those who would do the rock throwing: “Where are your dreams and visions that have come 100 percent—or even 10 percent—true by Bible standards, God’s standards?”

These exercises in hyperbole and sensationalism must stop for the sake of the Gospel of Christ. Let us simply watch and try to determine the times and seasons we are in, so far as God’s prophetic timeline is concerned. But let us do so through God’s microscope of Bible truth. Let’s not try to build personal reputations upon false prognostications—or bad pizza.