May 2001 by Asher Intrater
Over the years we have seen many situations where we "Messianics" or "Charismatics" have caused damage or division to the body of Messiah by inflating personal problems to prophetic dimensions.
In the Gospel of Luke we find a situation where Yeshua was traveling to Jerusalem and the disciples saw that the people in the Samaritan villages did not receive Yeshua, and they became offended.
The reason that the Samaritans did not receive Yeshua at this time was not so much because they were rejecting Him, but rather because Yeshua had another purpose at this time that the disciples did not understand.
I. Personal Rejection
Sometimes when we seem to be rejected, it is because God has a different purpose in mind.
In this case it was not even the disciples who were rejected, but their leader. Weak believers become offended not only when they are rejected, but even when one of the leaders they feel loyal to is rejected. They become offended by a "third party" rejection. Sometimes we even cover up a sense of personal rejection by taking up an "offense" for Yeshua Himself or for the sake of the Kingdom of God. But actually we are just responding immaturely.
II. Prophetic Indignation
There is no concern for the poor or weak here, but really just a response to my own rejection that is now painted in super spiritual terms. We say that we are trying to protect the weak sheep around us. But this is a phony because the thing that we say is hurting the sheep boils down to the fact that my ministry has been rejected, and that the weak sheep need me to protect them. In this case the disciples wanted to call fire down in the style of Elisha the prophet (2 Kings 1).
At this point we begin to receive all kinds of "confirming" prophecies. These prophecies are usually not from the people who have the governing spiritual authority involved in the case. Sometimes a true prophetic word is interpreted and applied incorrectly in order to justify our position. Every circumstance becomes a confirmation. It rained during my meeting, which means the spirit was being poured out. It was cloudy the next day during their meeting which means the spiritual skies are darkened and closed over them.
III. Psychic Revenge
We then begin to utter prophesies in which God will punish the other people. This is not really a prophesy but a psychic manipulation. We don't realize that we subconsciously need something wrong to happen to those who rejected us in order to "prove" that God is on our side. This is very dangerous because we then work toward seeing those destructive prophesies fulfilled.
We end up in a demonic trap in which we are using our own psychic energy to bring about a spiritual revenge on other believers. This is tantamount to witchcraft, and we think we are doing it to protect the honor of Yeshua. Our actions begin to undermine the other's ministry in a kind of self fulfilling prophecy. We are psychologically hurt. Our imagination is inflamed. We are interpreting the situation "prophetically". But actually we are causing destruction and division.
Ironically, this can happen often to people who think they have a prophetic calling to bring others in the body of Messiah to repentance. Yeshua's disciples in Luke 9 thought they were demanding righteous repentance. We need to be careful not to fall into this dangerous, deceptive cycle which starts with a personal rejection, is covered up as prophetic indignation, and ends up with our operating in psychic revenge.
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