SAMUEL’S MANTLE: A CHURCH PROPHET MINISTRY MODEL (pg.?)-

“If a ministry wants to become and remain biblically correct, then every gathering is to contain a representative of three out of five of the Ephesians 4:11 officers.” -Paula Price

This seems to be Paula’s own theory.  Ephesians 4:11-12 reads:

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.

This text doesn’t say you have to have 3 of 5 boxes checked, it simply describes that there are different offices that can be held.  That isn’t to say that one couldn’t try to balance their ministry by having a minimum of 3 in their congregation- just know that it’s not a requirement.  Furthermore, that word apostle may be impossible to fill at this point.  If you believe that the Apostles are only those that had direct communication with Christ, and Paul barely qualified for the position, then apostles no longer exist.  Some have a different definition of what an apostle is though, and therefore based on how Paul was called to be an apostle, Christ can still choose to create modern apostles.

Paula also tells us that based on Corinthians 14:19-32 we need to have at least 2-3 prophets in a congregation.  The prescription of Paul for 2-3 prophets was not based on a need for prophets within a church- it was as a means to confirm one another.  He also said that if someone Why?  It’s actually very simple- people are too easily fooled.  What Paul was saying, is that a prophecy would be shared amongst prophets, so that one their words would be confirmed. 

In a day and age where false prophets were abundant, and could achieve prophecy through their zealous spirit, it is not hard to understand the necessity for God’s People to have confirming experiences.  For if one speaks up and is unconfirmed by another who is known to be a prophet, then it casts high doubt upon their claim that God has delivered the message.

But Paul puts in another piece of information here- he also says that even if there are 2-3 prophets which stand up and speak, they are subject to judgement of any other prophet which is in the room.

Just as a side note: I have to wonder if Paula’s whole idea of what a Prophet is founded upon 1 Corinthians chapter 14:32 in which the Apostle Paul states, “If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual…”.  A lot can be derived from this though, in the same verse he says “this is the commandment of God”.  That word “think” in context could mean a number of things.  Paul tells us that God is not the author of confusion in this very chapter- so does “think himself to be” mean Paul is calling them out to reconsider their position?  Or is he saying prophets might have no idea they are prophets because God doesn’t necessarily reveal Himself to a prophet?  Given that Paul is addressing those who think, rather than know, there is a large margin of grey area on his intent.  Unfortunately, without having Paul in the room with us, we have no way of getting a straight answer – so we have to rely on his testimony that if it’s really from God, two or more will agree first, and the others around will have to judge for themselves whether they are speaking truth or not.

It really is a conundrum isn’t it?  What we have to rely upon, however, is that God told us with Moses exactly how we could recognize the truth of whether or not we are personally called to be Prophets, and that He alone has control over such things.  We also have to rely upon God’s message to us that as long as we are paying attention and test the veracity of a prophet’s word, He will make known whether or not a person is a real prophet.

Prophet’s Handbook – HOW ISRAEL’S PROPHETIC ORDER BEGAN-SAMUEL THE PRIESTLY PROPHET (pg.105)

“Samuel also inaugurated the judgeship system under the direction and rule of Jehovah.” -Paula Price

While it is true that Samuel set up his sons to be Judges, I can’t help but wonder why she seems to believe that the entire book of Book of Judges took place during Samuel’s ministry.  The problem with this, is the chronology of Judges.  No matter how it’s hashed, Deborah predates Samuel.  In some Jewish tradition, Deborah dies only about a year after Samuel is born; and in archeological tradition she predates his birth by just over a century.

In the first section she seems to assume that God didn’t send any prophets between Joshua and Samuel.  But in the next one (The Lord Balances…) she explains how we can see some prophetic words between Judges and the end of 1 Samuel 2. Here’s how she explains it:

“Divine utterances were delivered by whatever prophet was available.  The priesthood curtailed the legal exercise of God’s supernatural exploits to the priests’ personal advantage.  Their dominance caused the prophetic to fade into the background, eventually becoming nostalgic window dressing on the spiritual landscape.” -Paula Price

“Spontaneous utterances were rare because they were hindered and eventually suffocated.  The manipulations of Eli’s sons reflect this.” -Paula Price 

“Since no provisions were left by Moses to found and extend his prophetic initiatives into cultural life of the new nation, the priests developed the function as they saw fit.” -Paula Price

There is so much wrong with these statements, I’m not really sure where to begin.  I mean, I guess the first question I have to unravel is: How on earth can anyone believe that this god she speaks of is a “great King above all gods” (Psalms 95:3).  Certainly we know that humans are gullible by what happened in the Garden, but between all these quotes, she makes it sound like God can’t do anything on His own.  Wasn’t there an entire battle in Egypt that was intended to prove God COULD do anything He wants?

Moses wasn’t some Yogi that meditated his way to hear God’s voice.  God came to him, made Himself known, and then when Moses tried to get out of it: God told him he had no choice, but Aaron would help since he couldn’t do it on his own.  Even if you were to assume that God is not Omni-anything (which does seem to be Paula’s stance at this point), this point is still within the text and clearly within God’s capabilities.  So this idea that God had to settle with locating the nearest prophetic spirit to give His message to someone is just ridiculous.

Then there is the implication that Paula understands why the priests were in charge, and the prophets were squelched.  In truth, we have nothing that we can rely upon to accurately measure why God didn’t have an abundance of prophecy at this time.  Maybe He doesn’t like micromanaging, and believes we are capable of adhering to very basic things?  Maybe He didn’t feel like they really needed it, until about Samuel’s time?  Maybe the whole point was to surmount a Biblical text of man’s failings so that when the time came for His message to be spread throughout the world, we would have this huge text of why it’s important we have obedience to Him.  There are any number of theories we could come up with- and every single one of them would be nothing more than speculation because God didn’t have a “why” written into the text.  It just says that’s the way things were. 

What seems to be the problem here, is her understanding of what prophecy is.  She’s been asserting this whole time that it’s something akin to a combination of your third eye, crown chakra and intuition which you can train up.  If this were the truth behind the matter, she might have a leg to stand upon…except that nothing in the text supports (nor does it really debunk) the theory that priest were squelching the prophetic.  It seems to me, Paula was looking for a confirmation bias, and she found it in Eli’s kids…and the notion that somehow Moses was suppose to teach the Prophetic order?

So here’s the think about that one.  If God intended for Moses to somehow teach prophecy, He would have made it apparent that there as a specific way they should have been taught.  It would have either been written into Leviticus or had it’s own book.  Although there are two other alleged books that Moses wrote, they seem to have been written in the 18 or 19th Century AD- so clearly not Moses’ work.  But no, this did not happen, in fact we can even point out some clear evidence that Moses didn’t even need to!

Numbers 12:1-9

“Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for he had married an Ethiopian woman. So they said, ‘Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?’ And the Lord heard it. (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.) 

Suddenly the Lord said to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, ‘Come out, you three, to the tabernacle of meeting!’ So the three came out. Then the Lord came down in the pillar of cloud and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam. And they both went forward. Then He said, 

‘Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I , the Lord, will make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream. Not so with My servant Moses; He is faithful in all My house. I speak with him face to face, Even plainly, and not in dark sayings; And he sees the form of the Lord . Why then were you not afraid To speak against My servant Moses?’ 

So the anger of the Lord was aroused against them, and He departed. ‘“

God explicitly tells Moses that HE will be the one in charge of instructing prophets.  The only thing that needed to be passed down, was the law which Moses wrote down for all of Israel.  The Priests and Judges were intended to help maintain that law.  And if they stepped so far out of line God saw a need to deliver a message, He would send a prophet.

The Flaw of “God determines when you’re going to die”

I’m sure you’ve seen some form of this message going around:

“Sorry to break up the panic, but the Coronavirus will not take anyone out of this world unless that’s the good Lord’s plan for you, and you’re not gonna change that no matter what you do or what you buy.”

Let me ask some very simple questions: Do you think that God’s plan was for Abel to die? Do you think that if God was such a micro-manager as to determine everything about your life and death that He would have established any of the 10 Commandments, let alone “Thou shalt not kill”?

We are so eager to want God to acknowledge us that we are quick to say “God has a plan specifically for me”, when in reality the Bible doesn’t say that. It affirms that He has plans for specific people, and then a general plan for all His people. There is a huge difference between:

“Moses, you’re going to lead these people to the Promised Land” and “Israel, my plan for you is to just follow my commandments and Moses, do that and everything will be hunky-dory. Through you, all I’ll be able to show the world that I am the only God of this world”. All that is required, is the majority can manifest God’s desires.

Yeah, I know, that sounds kind of prideful of God. It’s not, His Will is that humanity lives righteously, and for that to really take off He has to be at the center of it…lest we fall prey to the darker side of our flesh. But that’s for another discussion.

In either case, it also means that God allows for us to make our own decisions. Maybe there are some people He will protect, maybe there are some that He will decide needs to die, but overwhelmingly the thing that keeps coming to my mind when I see this kind of sentiment is: Didn’t Christ already address this? Something about not tempting the Lord? Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s what he said:

Matthew 4:5-7

Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’and,‘In their hands they shall bear you up,Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ”Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”

God gives us free will. God gives us an opportunity to follow Him, and by doing so He will see to it that everything works together for your good, in both this world and the next. But don’t be so arrogant as to think that God planned out whether you’ll fall prey to this virus or any future calamity. If he intervened on every little thing, then His gift of Free Will would mean nothing- and neither would your decision to follow Him.

Prophet’s Handbook – PROPHETIC IMAGERY AND SYMBOLISM (pg. 99)

Paula isn’t the first person I have seen trying to codify this idea that you could probably create a Dream Dictionary to understand what God is saying to us.  She makes this sweeping statement that some things have universal meaning to them- which isn’t true.

Let’s take Birds as an example.  Birds are messengers in some cultures, symbols of freedom in others.  They can mean good luck or bad luck.  Some birds have specific functions.  Take the Woodpecker.  In Pueblo culture it foretells rain, some Native American groups saw it as being the bringer of fire to mankind.  The Sparrow in Catholic tradition is a sign of humbleness, but in Japan represents fertility.  

So maybe the bird is the outlier?  Let’s try trees.  In Korea, a newborn tree is said to hold the soul of a woman who died in childbirth.  Judaism has been known to plant trees in remembrance of loved ones that passed on.  Some stories have trees which carry great wisdom, the Arab world contends that some sacred trees have Djinns within them.  Trees are associated with magical powers in some cultures.  And in the Prophet’s Handbook, trees represent nations planted by God.

Now Paula makes an argument that the Bible specifically tells us what these symbols mean, and therefore you can use that information to discern what your visions mean. But let me challenge that.

Daniel 1:17

‘As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.’

Followed by

Daniel 7:15-16

‘“I, Daniel, was grieved in my spirit within my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. I came near to one of those who stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things: ‘

I’m curious, if you ask Paula about this, would she simply say that Daniel wasn’t skilled enough?  Despite being the only person that just a few chapters before was able to deliver on the nearly impossible mission asked of by Nebuchadnezzar?  

If the language is the same, it should be easy to codify.  But what we tend to see in the Bible is something different.  In fact, it looks a lot like the description of tongues.  Paul, in 1 Corinthians 14, tells us that tongues need to be interpreted in order to get any benefit from it.  As long as you know what the tongue means, you’ll be able to benefit from it, but if you don’t know what it means, you should pray that you are able to recieve an interpretation of the tongue- which may come from someone else, or God directly revealing it to you.

Now apply that information to Daniel’s situation above.  God simply didn’t give him the interpretation.  It’s not because the elements of the vision weren’t in the dream dictionaries, so-to-speak, it’s because God specifically didn’t reveal to him the interpretation.  As to why God didn’t, we could only speculate.  Maybe the purpose was to humble Daniel, maybe it was to encourage him that others around him were God-Fearing, maybe it was because God wanted Daniel to share the vision with another person.  Daniel really doesn’t tell us what value there was in another person interpreting the vision for him, all he tells us is that he kept it to himself afterwards.

So it’s not that Daniel was ignorant of God’s language, it’s that God didn’t give him the interpretation.  And this is reflected in other stories across the Bible.  Dream Interpreters, such as Daniel and Joseph, don’t rely on their own understanding.  Each of these interpreters make it known (not verbatim) “I cannot tell you what the interpretation is, it is God who has the interpretation, and He has revealed it”.

So here we have it, we cannot possibly know the interpretation based on a some sort of dictionary.  We might be able to find fingerprints of God written into the dream or vision which declare it IS God rather than some other spirit (including our own), but there doesn’t seem to be any conformity to what we see in dreams or visions.

Knowing all of this, the question becomes: Then what should I do if I have a dream or vision that I seem to feel strongly about?

Isaiah 8:19

‘And when they say to you, “Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,” should not a people seek their God?  Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living?”

Although this passage is more about consulting other beings, I think it can also be applied in the case of a Dream or Vision.  The only book we could really consult is the Bible, and even then the answers will not always be in there.  So going to God, and asking for Him to give you an interpretation is probably our best option in the modern age.

Now, I’m not one to typically write up a prayer for others to use, but in this particular situation, I think it might be helpful if I give you a model for a prayer I would use for such an occasion.

Heavenly Father, exalted is your name.  I come before you with my heart open and ready to listen to all you have to say.  I have had a dream/vision which I do not understand, and I can only ask you for an interpretation.  If it is Your will that I am made aware of the interpretation, I pray that it will be this night, I willing accept what it is you wish to tell me.  If it is not your will, I humbly ask that you free me from temptation to seek it’s interpretation, for in seeking it I risk turning away from your kingdom.  Amen.

Whether you recieve an interpretation or not, always thank God in the morning for His wisdom in dealing with the matter.

The reason I word mine the way I do, is because I don’t trust myself to not create my own interpretation through the focus of the dream state.  It has happened before.  But by asking God to keep me from temptation, I’m asking God to intervene and keep me from misinterpreting my own spirit as being His spirit.  Keeping it down to a timeline (a single night) gives me the peace of mind that if God wants to give me an interpretation, I know that any interpretation which comes after this night is not from God, and therefore I can walk away from the dream entirely.  

Prophet’s Handbook – MANTLES OF A PROPHET (pg. 96)

I’m going to hit on two points under this section.  First is the two stories that Paula tells to explain the invisible mantle God puts around people.  The first story is about a woman that – much later after Paula did a reading discovered – was a high ranking military person.  Paula describes an armor around her that is rather impressive and has scars bearing battle.

I don’t wish to take away from any military member’s experience, especially a fellow female veteran.  Yes, that’s right, I am also a veteran of the US Army.  There are any number of things that a woman could have gone through as she rose through the ranks, but I have to be honest with you… there are also a lot of nice positions for women.  So when I read what Paula had to say, I had questions:

  1. Was she an officer, or enlisted?
  2. What was her Military Occupational Specialty?
  3. What years did she serve?  And where was she stationed?
  4. Did she deploy?  And if she did, did they let her outside the wire?

As you can probably tell, my point is that just because someone is in the military, it doesn’t mean that knowing that should be a confirmation that what Paula saw was really something from God.  Without knowing the specifics, you cannot even begin to ascertain whether or not the vision of armor would be reflective of the truth of her past.  Maybe she was high ranking and was in admin, maybe the most combative she ever got was telling a Full Bird Colonel he had to chill out (don’t take that to mean it’s an easy thing to do.  Telling a higher up off takes intestinal fortitude and I respect anyone that does it, still, it’s not the same as being out in combat, and I say that having never been in combat myself).   It is possible that she did get into combat situations as a medic or an MP.  But those are answers I don’t have, so I cannot even begin to verify whether Paula saw an accurate portrayal of this woman’s history in the armor.

The second story is of a man that she claims was set to become, what appears to be, a chaplain in the military.  Well, my initial problem with this story is one that really confirms the problem with the first story.   Paula quotes her problem in this paragraph as “Again, I stood before him to prophesy and saw all these occupational signs.  I was initially confused and thought, I cannot figure out what God wants to focus on with this man”.  This leaves me with more questions about how she’s coming to prophesy over a person:

  1. Did he ask her to tell him what God had planned for him?  And if so, did she start looking then?  Or was she seeing these things around him without trying to and approached him herself?  If it’s the latter, then I can somewhat forgive her for approaching the young man;
  2. But if it’s the former, then it sounds like she’s engaging in psychic phenomenon, made apparent by the fact that she had to figure out what the images were that were being given to her.
  3. The language she uses does not definitely tell us whether or not her prophesy was confirmed.

Just like the first story, we are left with a distinct lack of information to confirm Paula’s two prophecies here.  And that presents it’s own problem. Whether intentional or not intentional, she’s left out a lot of information that could really help us know the truth of what she is doing.  And with everything I’ve seen in the book to this point, I am more and more inclined to see what she’s doing as witchcraft that has no basis whatsoever in scripture.  But instead, seeks to use scripture to confirm her own bias.

The second thing I want to address is “When a prophet’s word failed…what distinguished him was the cloak he wore.  Often, disappointed monarchs or peers would tear a prophet’s mantle to signify the prophet’s word was not backed by any spiritual power.”  She goes on to cite the whole chapter of Jeremiah 28.  

‘And it happened in the same year, at the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fourth year and in the fifth month, that Hananiah the son of Azur the prophet, who was from Gibeon, spoke to me in the house of the Lord in the presence of the priests and of all the people, saying, “Thus speaks the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saying: ‘I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon. Within two full years I will bring back to this place all the vessels of the Lord ’s house, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took away from this place and carried to Babylon. And I will bring back to this place Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, with all the captives of Judah who went to Babylon,’ says the Lord , ‘for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.’ ” 

Then the prophet Jeremiah spoke to the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests and in the presence of all the people who stood in the house of the Lord , and the prophet Jeremiah said, “Amen! The Lord do so; the Lord perform your words which you have prophesied, to bring back the vessels of the Lord ’s house and all who were carried away captive, from Babylon to this place. Nevertheless hear now this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people: The prophets who have been before me and before you of old prophesied against many countries and great kingdoms—of war and disaster and pestilence. As for the prophet who prophesies of peace, when the word of the prophet comes to pass, the prophet will be known as one whom the Lord has truly sent.” 

Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke off the prophet Jeremiah’s neck and broke it. And Hananiah spoke in the presence of all the people, saying, “Thus says the Lord : ‘Even so I will break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all nations within the space of two full years.’ ” And the prophet Jeremiah went his way. 

Now the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, after Hananiah the prophet had broken the yoke from the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, saying, “Go and tell Hananiah, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord : “You have broken the yokes of wood, but you have made in their place yokes of iron.” For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “I have put a yoke of iron on the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him. I have given him the beasts of the field also.” ’ ” 

Then the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, “Hear now, Hananiah, the Lord has not sent you, but you make this people trust in a lie. Therefore thus says the Lord : ‘Behold, I will cast you from the face of the earth. This year you shall die, because you have taught rebellion against the Lord .’ ” So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.’

Problem number 1:  The Yoke that Jeremiah was carrying wasn’t a mantle.  The yoke was intended to be a reminder to the people of the false prophets amongst them.  It was heavily symbolic of God’s message in Chapter 27.  So when Hananiah broke the yoke, he was breaking God’s message.  But Jeremiah wasn’t sure of what to make of this, so he repeats back the teaching of God in Dueteronomy that until Hananiah’s prophecy is fulfilled, then Hananiah’s authenticity as a prophet will remain a mystery.  He’s also saying this in the presence of others, to get them to think about whether or not they should be listening to what Hananiah says.

Paula also mentions that Isaiah and Ezekiel were striped of their customary prophet’s mantle.

Which brings us to Problem 2:  “When a prophet’s word failed…” A true prophet’s word didn’t fail.  The word “Prophet” was used to describe false prophets too.  So just to reiterate, if a prophet’s word failed, they were NOT SENT FROM GOD.

Now to the topic of “Mantle”.  The word mantle appears 13 times in the Bible.  Of those 13 times, there are three separate Hebrew words:

‘addereth (H155), which has it’s roots in addiyr (not a mantle, as Paula has mistakenly labeled it) occurs in the Bible a total of 12 times.  The only time it refers to something worn by a true prophet is in 1 Kings and referencing Elijah and Elisha.  The only other reference to false prophets wearing them is in Zechariah 13:4.

me’iyl occurs 27 times.  Samuel has one, Ezra has one, and Job has one.  The son of Saul gives his own to David, and then later King David wears one when he’s with the Ark of the Covenant.  In Isaiah, he’s speaking of a metaphorical me’iyl.

Semiykah occurs once in all of the Bible.  And it’s a story of a how a women of another lures her prey in and kills him.  So again, not the kind of mantle we’re talking about.  In fact, “Blanket” may be a better translation of this word for this instance.

This mantle that Paula says was worn by every Prophet in history isn’t present in the scriptures.  Just because Elijah had a mantle that he used during his time of prophesying, and Elisha inherited it, doesn’t mean all the prophets had something that caused them to be recognized.  In fact, we’re told that the only way you can know for certain that God has sent a prophet, is if their prophecies come true and they proclaim Yahweh instead of some other god.

Now, as Paul use to say “I do not wish you to be ignorant…”, there is some merit in Paula’s assertion that a prophet does have a look which they must conform to according to the New Testament. 
1 Corinthians 11:4-5

‘Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. ‘

Now there are theories on what this meant.  Does it mean something like a Hajib or veil?  Or is it talking about hair?  Honestly, this is something I can credit Paula with causing me to return and think upon.  Because now that I’m taking my faith into my own hands, I’ve realized I can’t rely on the interpretations I’ve been given.  And at the moment, I’m leaning towards “Veil”.  If you’re a woman, I highly recommend you take some time to consider this passage, research it and what it means to you.

Prophet’s Handbook – CHAPTER 3: THE IMPORTANCE OF THE NUMBER SEVEN -FUNCTIONAL DIVISIONS OF THE PROPHET’S OFFICE (pg.84)

Here we go with the number seven again.  The number 7 certainly has a place in God’s heart, after all, it’s on the 7th Day He rested and on the 7th Day we are to keep the Sabbath.  But that doesn’t mean we have rulers over 7 Spheres.  God uses 3 Days, he did this with Jonah and Jesus Christ.  God establishes 10 Commandments, has 10 plagues.  Trying to push this number 7 as though it is the most important number for a prophet is reaching.

So then after trying to establish the importance of the number 7, she continues with a list of 7 Spheres.  She’s missing Art and Expression, and frankly I don’t see much difference between “Business and Commerce” and “Money and Economy”.  But beyond the fact I find her list flawed, and that when you run a search on the internet she is the only one that has this list- it comes from no where else, this idea that God somehow sends a prophet out to influence these spheres is really a detraction from the role of a Prophet.

The role of Prophecy, since Jesus, is to “speak edification, exhortation and comfort to mend” (1 Corinthians 14:3).  If God wants a Prophet to deliver a word to a group of people within one of these Spheres, He’ll tell you.  It’ll look something like (and I’m choosing a completely fabricated scenario- I don’t know of any city that does this…so if yours does- I promise I don’t know about your situation)  “Son of man, get down to the Town Hall Meeting where and speak ‘Thus saith the Lord, you have too long ignored the homeless among you.  You have said that because you do not want homeless people around you, you will assemble a task force to relocate them to the city.  If you do not begin building a homeless shelter, your city will experience a flood like it has never seen this time next year.’ And when all of these things have been said, leave the Town Hall, and move you and your family out of the town never to return again.”

But really, under the current system, as I understand it, Prophecy is for the believer and the Chruch.  As long as that is the truth of the matter, God isn’t going to have a Prophet go to the local Town Hall to tell off the council members.  If that’s not the correct way of understanding 1 Corinthians 14:4, well…who knows!

But as far as Paula’s whole idea that God reveals to His prophets what they are fighting against, it really just sounds like God is trusting some fallible people to get His words right…and that just doesn’t seem to stand up to the Biblical accounts.  They can speak to what they know of the Law, and act on the Law God has set down for all of us (like Hezakaiah breaking the brazen serpent because the people were worshiping it, that’s a pretty safe thing to do (in fact, even non-prophets can break an idol!)- it’s going against one of the 10 Commandments), but to go beyond that requires God to step in and give His own speech.

Tampa Pastor that Disregarded the COVID19 Quarantine

I think it’s normal for people to recall the faith of Biblical heroes like Daniel when they think about this whole mess. Daniel who defied the government and praised God anyway. I think it’s normal for people to think “this is the time that I can step out in faith and show my devotion to God”. But in this madness of COVID19, it is Christ’s words which speak the most to me:

Matthew 22:36-40

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

You can love God even when you’re away from your church brethren, but you are not showing love for your neighbor by hosting or participating in large gatherings during this crisis. Daniel didn’t have a large population with him to praise God either. He did it alone, and in defiance of a government that told him to worship another. You can do this alone too, sitting in the contemplation of what it must have been like for the Israelites in exile to find their own ways of preserving their faith. You aren’t being told to worship another, you’re being asked to show love for your neighbors.

Prophet’s Handbook – GETTING BACK TO OUR ETERNAL ROOTS-HUMANS’ SEVENTH SENSE (pg. 73)

Let me ask you all a silly question- do you have a favorite number (under 100) or color?  How often is it that you notice that number or color vs. the times you take note of other numbers or colors?  I have one for each- 13 and Blue.  Other than the color Green, which I see every time I walk outside, I notice blue more than any other color.  And every time 13 comes up, I just kind of smile and laugh.  The only other number that gets a similar reaction from me is 666, and I’m sure most of you can probably guess why.

I don’t know what the number I last had at the DMV was, I don’t know what ticket number I got at the last fast food place I went to, those numbers just aren’t interesting enough for me to randomly notice them.

Now, I’m not the kind of person that obsesses over numbers thinking they are lucky or bad luck.  I think the only reason I have any real like over it, is because it kept showing up as a kid and I found that fascinating.   Then I noticed – 12 Disciples + Jesus=13; Joseph technically bore two tribes, so really there were 13 Tribes; and 1 God in 3 Identities, the numbers 1 and 3 are inside the number 13.  It really was nothing more than a passing, NEAT! I’ll make that my favorite number now.

Knowing this about myself, I have to groan when I see Paula Price try to justify her understanding of spiritual matters using Biblical Numerology to justify why she believes we have 7 Senses.  Let’s be real here, just because there are people around the world which believe in a sixth sense, doesn’t mean it has anything to do with how prophecy works- and by proclaiming this is the case you’re starting to get into blending Hindu and New Age traditions with Judeo-Christian traditions.  

Western Occultism adopts a misunderstanding of the Chakra system to support theory of a sixth sense.  Though, it’s of note, they don’t call accessing the Universal Energy it’s own sense.  But it’s in this occultic tradition that we can find a parallel to Paula’s “Seventh Sense” in the “Seventh Chakra”.  The sixth sense is associated with the Anja, or Third Eye, and Paula’s Seventh Sense looks an awful lot like occultic traditions around the Sahasara, or Crown Chakra.  And even at that, Paula butchers what the occultic tradition is saying.  She seems to have this idea that by obtaining your Seventh Sense, it some how gives you access to information you can only obtain by having a prophet present to give it to you.  To which, I give you another term from occultism: The Akashic Record.

It’s occultism, all of it, and modern occultism at that.  These aren’t thing that were developed pre-Christ in another culture, or even within the first few hundred years after Christ. they developed only in the last few hundred years.  Using a poor translation of Hindu sacred texts, western occultism began developing their own understanding of the Chakra system into what it is today.  As for Akasha, no one is really sure how this got associated with the idea of “Records” but it does seem to take hold due to the efforts of Blavatsky and Edgar Cayce.  That she can parallel this concept with the fact that we have 5 sense already, and modern occultism allows for a sixth sense, and even gives man a seventh chakra she can call a “sense” is simply looking for connections that aren’t there.  In fact, seven chakras is also a modern assertion.  Since it was first described in the Hindu texts, there have been anywhere from 4 Chakras to 114.

This kind of teaching doesn’t belong in the Christian faith.  I don’t say this because I don’t believe it is real, quite the contrary.  I absolutely believe that by engaging in these kinds of occult practices can help you connect with things like Familiar Spirits and beings that equate themselves to gods.  I say it because, despite Paula’s insistence that we are born with a Prophetic Spirit, trying to use these kinds of techniques will cause us to fall trap to what Ezekiel what the prophets of Ezekiel 13 fell into.

I know this should be a good stopping place, but I feel like I just need to say one more thing before I get into the next chapter of this book:

“When it comes to the occult, since its practices are all products of the soul realm and the earth, theirs are work of the flesh” -Paula Price

Just because you try to Christianize something, doesn’t make it any less occultic.  Nor does it mean it’s any less an abomination before God.

Prophet’s Handbook – WHY DOES GOD CONTINUE HIS PROPHETIC INSTITUTION? (pg.72)

The paragraph in this section doesn’t have much to comment on, but Paula brought up Urim and Thummin.  You might recall that towards the end of Saul’s life, it is mentioned that God didn’t give him any answers by prophets, dreams or Urim.  I find that not a lot of people really know much about the topic of Urim, for example that we aren’t exactly sure how Urim and Thummin work.  So, I thought I’d take this opportunity to share with you a this video.  The speaker is Monte Judah, the founder of “Lion and Lamb Ministries” which is a Messianic ministry.  I don’t know a lot about the ministry itself, but this explanation seemed the most honest and researched answer I have personally found regarding Urim and Thummin.

Prophet’s Handbook – HIDDEN DANGERS IN SELF-PROPHECY(pg.71)

This section is a bit difficult to understand.  But I think I get what she was trying to say.  The overall message is that you can create your own prophecies and use circumstances around you to justify said prophecies.  If I have interpreted her correctly, I ABSOLUTELY AGREE.

This is something I see quite often amongst Charismatic traditions.  They say “the more blessings I see come to life because of my ministry, the more I know that God is working through me and I am righteous before Him.”

This is a problem, and it is a lie we are telling ourselves.  A similar lie is that “You cannot feel whole unless you are Christian”.  Don’t believe me?  

Job 21:7-16

“Why do the wicked live and become old, Yes, become mighty in power?  Their descendants are established with them in their sight, and their offspring before their eyes.  Their houses are safe from fear, Neither is the rod of God upon them.  Their bull breeds without failure; Their cow calves without miscarriage.  They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.  They sing to the tambourine and harp, and rejoice to the sound of the flue.  They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.  Yet they say to God, ‘Depart from us, for we do not desire the knowledge of Your ways.  Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him?  And what profit do we have if we pray to Him?’  Indeed their prosperity is not in their hand; the counsel of the wicked is far from me.”

Sure, God judges them, and they will not recieve eternal life- but they feel whole.  THEY ARE LIVIN’ IT UP!  I’ll tell you a personal truth- I feel just as whole now as I did before I turned to Christ.  And in truth, the first few years of my walk back to Christ I felt less whole.  The Christian walk isn’t about being whole, it’s about a relationship with God and the world around us (love the Lord your god with all of your heart and with all your mind; love your neighbor as yourself -Jesus Christ).

To the other point, that more prosperity means you are righteous before God- well I’m sure that’s what many of these people think too:

Matthew 7:21-23

Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

During the plagues, we saw that the magicians could perform the first few plagues, and then God stripped them of their ability to do so, so as to prove that God is above all gods.  So between these two events (the plagues and Christ’s above speech), it’s not hard to see just how easy it is to fool ourselves into believing we are doing God’s work…when in fact we are doing the work of another.  I mean…even the Pharisees and Sadducees though they were righteous.

We must be vigilant in our discernment of what our spirits are telling us, verses what God has said.