(05/27/2015) Divine Use of Deception?

Posted: May 27, 2015 in Judgment, Presumption, Prophets, Righteousness, Suffering, Truth
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The righteousness of GOD when using deception through chosen ones and false prophets is considered, today.  Like those generations who proclaimed covenant through Moses and Joshua, individuals chosen and appointed as servants to Deity will demonstrate and be held accountable both for blessings and curses.  Divinity does not use deceit, lies, and trickery to attack, disrupt, draw away, manipulate and ruin those in the earth as does the Adversary.  Delusion and lies appear in the Scriptures as divine instruments in judgment used to admonish, clarify possibilities, condemn, correct, and seal.  Consider again 2nd Thessalonians 2:  7-12, King James Version (KJV):  7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work:  only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.  8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:  9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,  10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:  12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Answering” (Level 3 with 1,825 points, a member since March 04, 2015) posted the following:

Christians how Can God deceive his Prophets and then Punish them for deceiving them?

“And if the prophet is deceived and speaks a word, I, the Lord, have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand against him and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.”
Ezekiel 14:9

Any explanation?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And the messenger that was gone to call Micaiah spake unto him, saying, Behold now, the words of the prophets declare good unto the king with one mouth:  let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one of them, and speak that which is good.  And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, what the LORD saith unto me, that will I speak.  So he came to the king. And the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall we forbear? And he answered him, Go, and prosper:  for the LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the king.  And the king said unto him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the LORD?  And he said, I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd:  and the LORD said, These have no master:  let them return every man to his house in peace.  And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil?  And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD:  I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left.  And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner.  And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him.  And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also:  go forth, and do so.  Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.  (1st Kings 22:  13-23, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Guarantee of Heaven? (03/22/2014); The Bible is Unchanging? (03/23/2014); Continuously Tested (12/31/2013); Chosen To Serve As Prophets (01/01/2014); Lawful Revenge? (01/02/2014); Prophetic Demonstrations (09/06/2013); Why GOD Prayed to GOD (09/07/2013); Recognizing True Prophets (05/02/2013); Jesus, A Party Animal? (05/03/2013)

“Answering”, to me, your question asks how can GOD be righteous on the basis of specific divine deeds and works—not how can he have authority and divine prerogative.  Here are a few points to consider when viewing sacred operations that fulfill eternal purposes:

(1.)  Awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures often are invisibly dominated and directed by flesh (e.g.,  appetite, sensation, emotional/mental functions) and the secular mind.  Despite that sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the Creation maintained through law, the living may be controlled by the workings of sin.  Sin has not been created by GOD, yet, sin does not immediately appear as contrary to ones inborn nature, and may be accepted as a genuine and necessary aspect of ones true identity.  The “exceeding sinfulness of sin” remains hidden until peculiar revelations and sacred events from GOD are provided.  Included are comfort, confession, divine law, forgiveness, prophetic demonstrations, rebirth, testimony, the preaching of the cross, and witness from mature believers.

(2.)  There now are multiple divine processes for discovering and exposing hidden contradictions, errors, lapses, and mistakes that strip mankind of sacred power.  The use of human actors and interpersonal exchange are major devices, today, rather than the use of angelic visitation, sacred events (we say, marvels, miracles, wonders), and manifestations of the Holy Spirit through fire and wind.

(3.)  A person’s full realization of divinity as active and present requires consciousness that results from exchanges and interactions among aspects of their own spirit makeup.  Born again believers receive an imparted, indwelling spirit from the makeup of Deity that endows them with such content as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, wisdom, and  wrath against sin.

(4.)  Like others, Christian believers do not “volunteer” for punishment, scourging, and suffering.  However, where there is mature acceptance of eternal relationship to GOD as demonstrated and provided through Christ, there also must be acceptance that it is only by challenge, hardship and tribulation that many unseen aspects of life experience can become clear and transparent.  Believers accept a role as instruments whereby prosperity and strength from GOD will appear despite the recurring conflicts, disappointments, struggles, and troubles that characterize life upon the earth.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually taken into account.  (For example, (5.)  Throughout the Scriptures, the treatment of false prophets, who are recognized by their presuming upon divinity, is not the same as that for those in continuing relationship who obey, repent, and sorrow for their sins.  Any appearance of someone claiming to be a spokesperson from GOD requires a response by the community of believers to authenticate the message provided.  Thus, the thoughtful response of believers may appear as fasting, prayer, and rededication as well as searching the holy writings.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

Washington, DC

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