Jeremiah Johnson released a word a few months ago, which pointed out a glaringly obvious problem within the church and prophetic move of God. He said the Covid-19 crisis has exposed the fact that there really are few true prophetic voices in the land.
Johnson also said,
“The true prophets are those who have a capacity to emerge during crises with extreme clarity and revelation.”
As many have seen tough times due to the economic shut down, the prosperity and blessings messages have found themselves falling flat. What good does it do to prophesy prosperity to people who are staring at dwindling bank accounts or watching their businesses tank due to a pandemic?
“And the Lord said to me, “The prophets’ prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart”, (Jer 14:14).
Apostle Michael Petro shared this prophetic word and revealed this exposure is a judgment of God, in dealing with His church and the false prophets. The body of Christ has been seduced by lying prophets who want to tickle their ears for far too long. He said no one really wants to listen to the words of the prophets who speak of repentance and holiness, but rather want the ‘bless me’ words. Rather than listen to the messages that will actually save them, they demand words that appease their emotions.
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables”, (2Ti 4:3-4).
Apostle Petro mentioned that whenever the people strayed from the Lord, a prophet was sent in to bring judgment and to call them back into right understanding of the Word of God. This is clearly evident when we look at the story of Jonah. He was sent to Nineveh to warn the people to repent from their wickedness or be destroyed, (Ref Jonah 1:1, 3:1). Jonah had to bring the hard word in order to save the people from complete destruction. He knew that their wickedness could only be forgiven if there was a turning back to truth. At first he didn’t want to go, but after he saw how God dealt with his disobedience, the fear of the Lord came and he spoke the words of God. Ezekial was another prophet commanded by God, to speak to the people of Jerusalem so they would know their abominations, (Ref Eze 16:2-3).
If you’ve ever been punished by a parent or person of authority, the first thing they do is tell you what mistake or wrong you have made. They let you know right up front why you are in trouble
so you don’t think that you are being punished for no reason. You may get a warning, maybe even a ticket at first, in order to correct the bad behavior right away. If you continue in disobedience and ignore the warnings, it will result in the loss of privileges.
God deals with disobedience in a similar manner. Throughout Scripture He has sent prophets to let us know that we have erred and need correction. These prophets have a stronger reverence for God, rather than a man pleasing spirit. They carry the fear of the Lord which brings discipline, rather than tell us what we want to hear.
Proverbs 1:7 says,
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”
It truly is in His mercy to bring those who will warn us, rather than just strike us on the spot.
Origen speaks of these prophets,
“Now then, the prophets who came after Jonah, considering perhaps what happened to him or to other prophets, saw how they were hemmed in from all sides: persecution from the world if they spoke the truth, punishment from God if, for fear of man, they said what was false instead of the truth.” 
“I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him”, (Deut 18:18).
The true prophets are those who have the ability to teach the revelation of God’s Word that transforms the soul. It brings an illumination which expels the darkness in the mind. The early church taught that the transformation process we must go through, brings us closer to obtaining the character and nature of Christ.
In a time of crisis people need something they can cling to as a message of hope, a flotation device, to keep them from going under. The body of Christ is desperately in need of a beacon of light in the abundance of darkness. The pandemic has shown many in the body of Christ where they put their trust. Many thought they had firm foundations only to have a sharp realization that they had built upon the sand. As churches watched their doors close, the voices of the false prophets became unmistakably silent. Where are the voices that are shouting out clear directions in the face of mass chaos?
Jeremiah Johnson said now is the time to stick close to the true prophets; those who are actively preparing the bride for the return of the bridegroom. The prophets who, like the Apostle Paul, are preparing the bride to be without spot or wrinkle but holy and without blemish, (Ref: Eph 5:27). Not those who offer vain words in the time of crisis. Listen for the voices that are crying out for people to have ‘eyes to see and ears to hear’ the true Word of God.
- Origen “The Church and the New Covenant”, Spirit and Fire pg. 155