Why Did the Prophets Not Prophesy the Coronavirus?
There is an entire movement within Christianity that supports and announces prophets called the prophetic-apostolic movement. They believe in the five-fold ministry, which includes modern day prophets who are given the responsibility to prophesy the words of the Lord. Many of the prophets work and operate for one purpose and goal: they are paid a daily wage to prophesy accurately what the Lord is saying to today’s world. Yet the coronavirus hit and not a word had been proclaimed of its coming. Where were the prophesies concerning the coronavirus? Where were the prophets? Why did they not prophesy?
Personally, I believe in the five-fold ministry, prophecies, visions, dreams, tongues, and that there are modern day prophets. However, I do not belong with the prophetic-apostolic movement or move in their circles. I have studied them for over 15 years though. During that time, I have discovered that their vocabulary makes even a tenured minister confused as to what they are saying. Their vocabulary is complex and their theology new and untried. They make up theology as they go, often based off of visions, prophecies, and dreams.
For the vast majority of Christians listening to a prophetic-apostolic sermon, the Gospel is nowhere clearly laid out. Instead, popular catch phrases, ideas, and the newest concept is focused on. It leaves the listener with more questions than concrete edification and building of the faith. Many of their prophets also do not have a solid theological background and education, have little to no accountability system, and are seeking the limelight. As a proponent of the five-fold ministry, I recognize some of the stumbling-blocks in their movement.
The Bible is filled with prophets, including Jesus, who prophesied the good and bad. The prophets prophesied locusts, destruction, death, trials, as well as redemption, salvation, victory, and restoration. Where the current prophets have failed is that they have fallen into a prophetic stream that disallows any warning or negative form of prophesying. They have fallen into Isaiah 30:10-11: They say to the seers, “See no more visions!” and to the prophets, “Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions. Leave this way, get off this path, and stop confronting us with the Holy One of Israel!” A prophecy about sin, repentance, or a calamity makes people uncomfortable and unwilling to stay in the church service. It also does not pay the bills. 2 Timothy 4:2-4 says,
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
Though many prophet’s prophesy accurately, they have failed to prophesy the entire word of the Lord. Instead they prophesy only what itching ears want to hear. Through the intentional hardening of one’s heart towards the full word of the Lord, callouses have developed on their ears in regards to any negative word. Thus, they hear only a portion of God’s word. When a calamity like the coronavirus appears, they are left stumbling around, trying to understand what has occurred. Though the prophets prophesied, they prophesied only the blessings and victories of the Lord without the other half. In times of calamity, they have entirely missed the season.
The Lord is calling to repentance those prophesying only a portion of the words of the Lord today. Perhaps one’s faith is not strong enough to believe and hear the extraordinary. Perhaps one has not been intentional about seeking out and hearing the words of the Lord except for those areas that create waves on the media. Perhaps diligence has not been given to become developed and seasoned as a prophet: delivering both the hard-negative words and the easy positive words. Either way, the Lord has looked over this season and judged the prophets themselves who have failed to speak fully for the Lord.
To prophesy is to have the honor of knowing and seeking Jesus daily. It requires toil, hard work, and submitting oneself to the refining fire of the Holy Spirit. Today’s prophets have built an entire movement who seeks the glory of God, yet it is now time for a refining fire. They are called today to become a new type of prophet like those of Elijah, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel. They are called to proclaim a calamity like the coronavirus pandemic and issue the true word of the Lord without hesitation or a price tag on their services. Today’s prophets must rise up and take on a new mantle to guide this coming age.
Reality Changing Observations:
Q1. How would I react if the Lord spoke a convicting word of repentance to me?
Q2. How do I honor what I do not understand without rejecting the possibility entirely?
Q3. What place does prophecy have in my life?