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Re: An Angel Spoke to Me (1Kings 13)

"And he said to him, I too am a prophet as you are, and an angel has 
spoken to me by the Word of Jehovah, saying, Bring him back with you to 
your house, that he may eat bread and drink water..." (1Ki13:18)

This account is about two (unnamed) prophets. A prophet from Judah goes 
up to Israel and prophesies against Jeroboam's altars. He prophesies the 
things we observed a couple weeks ago in the "How to Get Rid of Idols" 
commentary; and in his prophecy specifically names "Josiah" as the king 
of Judah who will do all the things that we observed. After Jeroboam's 
arm is withered as he wants to have the prophet arrested, the prophet 
prays for him and his arm is restored; whereupon Jeroboam invites the 
prophet to his home to rest and receive a "reward". (vs7) The prophet 
replies, "If you were to give me half your house, I would not go in with 
you; nor would I eat bread nor drink water in this place. For so it was 
commanded me by the Word of Jehovah, saying, You shall not eat bread, 
nor drink water, nor return by the same way you have come." (vs8-9)

So the prophet leaves.

Now, another prophet in the area hears what the first prophet has done, 
and chases after him, catches up to him, and invites him to his home to 
join him for a meal. (vs15) The prophet from Judah repeats God's charge 
to him, to not eat or drink in that place; and that is the context of 
our opening verse....

God told the first prophet -NOT- to eat and drink there, and the second 
prophet says, Hey, I have a new revelation from God. God told me to tell 
you that you should come and eat with me.

Now, we speak of this often: how many of these so-called manifestations 
are actually demonic in origin? But another thing we don't address quite 
as often, is the part I purposely left out of the opening verse while 
quoting it above. It goes along with our recent considerations regarding 
the Latter Times and those "devoted to deceiving spirits" who "speak 
lies" (1Tim4:1-2)

The part I left out... "But he lied to him." 

He had -not- received a revelation from an angel. Something spectacular 
had happened (the altar had split in two and the ashes had poured out; 
the kings arm got withered and healed); and he simply wanted to meet the 
guy who had done it, and rub elbows, so-to-speak.

Now, we know God's warnings about listenning to lying "angels (demons) 
from Heaven" who teach false doctrines (Gal1:8); we know how sometimes 
God even uses lying spirits to guide those who are in willful 
disobedience to him as in the case of Ahab and his 400 prophets. (1Ki22) 
We know how satan tries to entice God's servants to be more "positive", 
as Micaiah was summoned, the  king's messenger says to him, "Behold now, 
the words of the prophets with one mouth are agreeable to the king. 
Please, let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak 
pleasant things." (vs13)  God's messenger must be firm and insist, "As 
Jehovah lives, whatever Jehovah says to me, that I will speak." (vs14)  
And it seems that this is a repeating scenario between Ahab and Micaiah, 
because when Micaiah gets there, he joins the chorus, Oh yes! What they 
are saying! Go and prosper! (vs15) And so Ahab says, C'mon now, give it 
to me straight! (vs16) So Micaiah tells him God's message, and see 
Ahab's reaction, Didn't I tell you he is always negative? (vs18)  And so 
Micaiah explains why the false prophets are false, and one of them comes 
up to Micaiah and says, "HOW DARE YOU say we are false. The Spirit spoke 
to me, too! Just who do you think you are?? We're prophets just like 
you. What makes your word so special? (vs21-24) (my paraphrase of the 
passage)

All this we are familiar with from our repeated reminders. The warfare 
is 'spiritual'. It is warfare involving "spiritual wickedness in the 
heavenlies". (Eph6:12)

However, as this lesson reminds us: Not everything another person might 
tell us is always actually from demons. It might simply be that the 
'person' is -LYING-. How many in charismatic churches 'lie' when they 
babble with their mouths, and fall to the floor?  They 'want' so badly 
what they see, that they will 'pretend', in order to fit in. If you hear 
"tongues" enough, I'm sure a person could imitate the sounds; after all, 
who's going to challenge you when its your -own- "spiritual language"? 
And falling is, well, 'easy' to do...just "fall". And after awhile, it 
is also easy to pretend having visions and revelations. After all, 
again, who is going to challenge your -own- 'special' message from God? 

So, you see, the person says, "I'm a Christian, too, and GOD TOLD ME TO 
TELL YOU...blah, blah, blah." The person may be speaking from demons. 
But they could very well, also, be speaking simply from their own 
imagination, and -LYING- to you.

What are the consequences of listening to a 'different' message than 
what you know God has given to you? 

Well, the prophet from Judah returns with the prophet from Israel, and 
they sit down to the meal table. "And it happened, as they sat at the 
table, that the Word of Jehovah came to the prophet who had brought him 
back; and he cried out to the man of God who had come from Judah, 
saying, Thus says Jehovah: Because you have disobeyed the Word of 
Jehovah, and have not kept the commandment with which Jehovah has 
charged you, but you turned back, ate bread, and drank water in the 
place of which He said to you, Eat no bread and drink no water, your 
corpse shall not come to the tomb of your fathers." (vs20-22)

They finish eating, the prophet from Judah saddles up to leave, and a 
lion comes out and kills him. (vs24) To prove to all that this is from 
God, the lion -only- 'kills' him, and what people see is the lion 
standing there, the donkey (alive), and the man (dead). The lion did not 
eat the man, nor kill and eat the donkey.

All from listening to and obeying a -LIE-! The claim, that it was from 
an 'angel'...but was a lie of the man's own imagination.

In reality, what is the difference? If it comes from an actual demonic 
manifestation, or the bold-faced lie of a person... it is still a "lie". 
And who is the "father" of lies? (Jn8:44)

Amen!