I had to read over this section about 3 times because I felt like “There is no way that Paula is saying what this sounds like she’s saying”, but each time I couldn’t see her words as saying anything other than what it looks like. But I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt and say she worded this very poorly…I hope.
So here’s what I read from this section: If God’s Prophets didn’t speak that there would be a Messiah, God wouldn’t have the capability to put Jesus on Earth. I mean…there is no way that this is what Paula is trying to say…right? Surely she means that the because God uses the Prophets to speak of Christ’s coming, Christ had a larger impact than if the Prophets had not said anything about him…right?
Assuming someone out there believes that Christ was able to manipulate the situation to become the Messiah that the prophets spoke of, a sort of false fulfilling of the prophecies, this isn’t the way that God works. That would make Jesus a false christ, and the Jewish people would have it right to continue looking for their Messiah. This would also mean that God is not capable of doing what He says He can do, unless we fulfill our mission to Him. Which sounds a lot more closely related to The Secret or the Egyptian beliefs surrounding the god Heka which believed that the greatest form of magic was associated with spoken word.
Paula brings up Isaiah 55:9-11 which reads:
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
This doesn’t support the idea that our words have magical power, not the way that the Egyptians believed they did. But instead tells us that God knows us so well that He can get the results He seeks by saying certain things.
If we go back to the example Paula uses in WHY DO WE NEED PROPHETS WHEN WE HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT? we can see a different story being painted using the above passage. If God chooses to tell a person in January “Go”, a few weeks later “Go to the place” and then a few weeks after that “Go to the church on the corner”, and the the individual fights with God about going to the church on the corner, it’s not that God had prepared a blessing for the individual if they go- instead it could very well be God’s intent to get the person to rebell against Him and not go.
^ Not that I, personally, believe that God trying to get the individual to rebel by not going to a small church on the corner would be a good way for God to be glorified…and I would heavily question someone on whether or not such a word came from God or somewhere else if that was the intended result…but my ways are not God’s ways either- He knows better whether or not such a tactic would prove useful to Him in the grand scheme of things. I wouldn’t press the issue past insisting that the individual test the word before making a judgement in either direction, lest I fall into the trap of Job’s friends.
But I digress. The point I am making is that prophecy doesn’t make something come true. It glorifies God by making the statement that God has already made plans, and by knowing what those plans are you can either turn from iniquity or watch as God executes His plan that you may know He is God.
Now…that doesn’t mean that miracles cannot be asked for to prove God. Moses, Elijah and Elisha (arguably the most gifted Prophets until Christ) were each given the authority to request of God a miracle so as to demonstrate God’s glory. These three had proven they were righteous before God and God rewarded them respectively. And through them, God was glorified to everyone who was in their presence. This is not the same thing as making prophecy come to life, it’s about a relationship with God.