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How Do We Know the Voice of God? 

 

Renette Vermeulen 

 

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This promise in the Old Testament is still real for New Testament believers today — but now, God does not speak in a voice from “behind” us, but from “inside” our spiritually born again human spirits or “hearts,” where the Holy Spirit constantly lives, (1 Cor. 3:16-17.)  God speaks to us most clearly and unalterably “by His Son, [His New Covenant Word, the true context of the Bible...] through Whom also He made the worlds…” (Heb. 1:1-2.) 

 

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Contents 

Þ Churches encourage contact with ‘angels’ and ‘friendly spirits’ to speak to believers

Þ How can “voices” deceive us if they identify themselves as angels and the Holy Spirit? 

Þ How can believers be deceived if the Holy Spirit of Truth lives in them? 

Þ Old Testament ‘mediating’ and ‘guiding’ prophets Versus the gift of prophecy in the New Testament

Þ How will we know the Voice of the Holy Spirit opposed to a false ‘holy’ spirit? 

Þ Does the Holy Spirit still speak in an audible Voice as He sometimes spoke to believers in the New Testament? 

Þ Does God only use ‘learned,’ and ‘church ordained’ prophets? 

Þ People ask why false prophets can also prophecy truth? 

Þ Examples of how the gift of prophecy function in the New Testament 

Þ Why true, Scriptural “equipping and edifying of the saints” must take place

 

CHURCHES ENCOURAGE CONTACT WITH ‘ANGELS’ AND ‘FRIENDLY SPIRITS’ WHO SPEAK TO BELIEVERS

God gave me the incomprehensible privilege to minister to broken-hearted people and believers who were deceived by church doctrine and unscriptural practises in church.  I have great empathy for victims of abuse.  Dabbling in the occult aside, I know how relentlessly our enemy the devil preys on lonely, grieving, rejected, neglected and other abused people, (1 Pt. 5:8.)  Of course, God is always “there” and remains in control.  He so dearly loved the whole world or everyone on earth, “that He gave His only begotten Son, [His Word in the flesh or as a human being,] so that whoever [personally] believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life,” (Jn. 1:1-14; 3:16.)  When God became a man, His Word was manifested in the “flesh” of a human being named Jesus.  Thus, Jesus is the Only and Last Man that spoke directly the Word of God to all of humanity, (Heb. 1:1-14.)  All sincere Bible teachers can only interpret the Word of God by speaking the Words of Jesus, as “inspired” by the Holy Spirit, (2 Tim. 3:16-17.)  Jesus Was, Is, and always Will Be God’s manifested Word on earth.  Thus, Jesus constantly emphasized that, as a Man here on earth, His Words were “not His own” or from the mouth of a mere human, but “from the Father Who sent Him,” (Jn. 12:48-49; 7:16: 14:10, etc.) 

Disobedience to Jesus’ commandment to test the spirits to see if they are of God, results in the fact that ‘friendly ghosts’ turn themselves into deceased loved ones, “angels of light,” “christ” or Jesus Himself, and of course, into the “holy spirit,” to ‘befriend’ and ‘comfort’ those in need, loneliness, and mourning.  Instead of protecting people against such deception by teaching them Scriptural truth, many churches actively encourage contact and conversations with so-called ‘angels’ or ‘friendly spirits.’ 

There are even those that discard the Bible and teach, when Jesus said in Jn. 10:27-28, “My sheep will know My voice, they will follow Me, and I will give them eternal life, and they shall never perish,” He was referring to His Audible Voice speaking to them all the time.  But Jesus was referring to His Scriptural Word and the inward guidance of His indwelling Holy Spirit, Who will always lead His believers into “all truth” of Scripture, (Jn. 16:13.)  This context of this passage in John Chapter 10 is all about Jesus’ distinction between Himself, (The Door to heaven, The Way, The Word, and The Truth,) and false shepherds, who open demonic doors to the spirit world to “steal, kill, and destroy” the body of Christ, (Mt. 24:1-31; Jn. 10:10.) 

As we are witnessing in the church system worldwide, running after strange voices instead of clinging to Jesus’ Scriptural Truth, causes great “lawlessness” or abuse of Bible Truth.  So, Jesus warned in Mt. 7:21-24, when these believers come to enter into heaven and say they have prophesied, cast out demons and done many wonders in His Name, He will declare to them, “I never knew you.  Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!  Whoever hears [My Scriptural teachings] and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the Rock…” 2 Tim. 3:16-17, “All Scripture was given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  Heb. 4:12, “The Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.  Piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”  Jn. 12:48, “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words [as recorded in the Bible,] has that which judges him: the Word that I have spoken will judge him in the Last Day.” 

 

HOW CAN “VOICES” DECEIVE US IF THEY IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AS ANGELS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT?       

Mostly, Satan’s deception is so subtle, deceived people have no clue that they are being controlled by evil spirits.  Obedience to Jesus Word to “test the spirits to see whether they are of God,” cause these spirits to start conversing with their victims in audible voices, or by forcefully “speaking into their thoughts,” (1 Jn. 4:1-4; 2 Cor. 10:4, 14.)  These ‘good, friendly’ spirits can also speak “guidance” and unscriptural “revelation” to them in comforting voices, and some even laughingly joke with them to “give them joy.”  This is not insanity; it is demonic control with the aim to enslave people with counterfeit feelings of holiness, acceptance, peace, security, and comfort. 

On the other hand, many people testify that after they opened themselves up to ‘prophets’ or ‘deliverers,’ they persistently experience “guiding voices” telling them what to do, foul sexual thoughts and desires, voices that curse God, perpetual fear, confusion, demonic nightmares, or threatening voices speaking into their “minds.”  Either way, these spirits can also materialize or show themselves to their victims as sex partners, torturers, ‘playmates,’ Jesus, the ‘holy spirit,’ ‘angels,’ deceased loved ones, etcetera.  A good example of unknowingly participating in the occult is longingly speaking to a deceased loved one; (see Ecclesiastes 9:5-6; Lu. 16:27-31; Deut. 18:10-13.)  Psychologists use occult visualization techniques like “safe place” therapy, and it is not uncommon that a “spirit friend” will ‘hide’ with the “patient” until the person ‘calms down.’  They also stage séances through Role Play exercises like “Gestalt Therapy,” where ‘patients’ must ‘imagine’ they are talking their problems through with their ‘abusers’ sitting in an empty chair, (see Mt. 18:15-20.)  Satan will never ignore such golden opportunities to get a hold on people’s “minds” or thoughts by attaching demons to them.  Picking up such ‘spirit friends’ is easy; getting rid of them can be complicated

Many ‘personal or familiar’ spirits got a hold on believers when they were abandoned and abused as children.  Or when believers submitted to false church doctrine and unscriptural spiritual practices.  Or when they consulted “mediating” and “guiding” prophets and so-called “deliverers,” (exorcists,) who supposedly have “words” from God for everyone.  In this way, they impart more and more of their deadly doctrines, and more and more of their false spirits by laying their dirty hands on people.  They often “reveal” to unwitting people in “words from God” that they were abducted by aliens, sexually abused, and maltreated in the most inhumane ways.  One must be careful and not blindly accept what these ‘prophets’ and other ‘ministers’ say and do, (1 Ths. 5:21; 1 Jn. 4:1-4.)   It is Satan’s forté to confuse and deceive us, to lie to us to control us, and to use fortune tellers to lead us into satanic bondage, (Jn. 16:8-15.)  For instance, if ‘prophets’ suggest something like so-called “alien abduction” or child molestation while the person has no recollection of such a thing, it most probably never happened.  (So-called aliens are not “higher intelligent beings from outer space,” but government experiments fuelling demonic deception.)  However, if the person believes the lie, the ‘minister’ attaches a controlling demon to the person through the power of suggestion. 

An easy way to “test” the truth of what I just said, is to remember that the Spirit of truth came to “convict the whole world, [everyone on earth,] of sin, righteousness, [Jesus, the Way out of sin,] and of judgment, [should we reject Him,]” (Jn. 16:8-14.)  The Holy Spirit of the Bible is not a “tattletale” - said with utmost respect to our Omniscient God.  This means that during the New Testament Covenant era, the Holy Spirit speaks directly to every person on earth, (Jn. 3:16.)  Thus, none of our own problems and sins will be a surprise, which are “revealed” by fortune tellers disguised as ‘prophets.’  Should we sincerely accept and follow The Holy Spirit of the Bible, “He will [henceforward] guide us into all truth to glorify only Jesus and no one else.  So, He will not draw unnecessary attention to Himself, the abused believer, or any Christian minister.  And He will certainly not work on personal problems outside our personal frame of reference.  For instance, He will not bother to ‘reveal’ things to us which we were too young to remember.  Little children before the age of accountability all belong to Jesus “by default,” (Mt. 19:13-15.)  When He “calls His disciples out of darkness into His marvelous light,” all those things are left behind in darkness in any case, (1 Pt. 2:9-10.)  If, however, we do know of crimes such as child molestation that were committed against us, we must deal with the situation on a mental level according to Jesus’ commandments of the Moral Law, (Mt. 18:15-20.) 

 

HOW CAN BELIEVERS BE DECEIVED IF THE HOLY SPIRIT OF TRUTH LIVES IN THEM? 

In Noah and Lot’s days, especially, humanity had a special, personal relationship with demons.  To attain more and more demonic power, they worshiped Satan ritually in grand temples ruled by oppressing, ‘mediating’ priests; ministering between them and the devil.  They brought Satan ritual human and animal sacrifices, and even had “holy” sexual intercourse with him and his demons on their altars, (Gen. 6:1-7.)  As a result, they were completely dedicated to Satan and possessed by countless demons, who were their spirit guides, teachers, and constant companions. 

Sadly, the same is increasingly materializing now in our church age, where millions of believers have severed themselves from God’s Protective Scriptural truth, and thus, also from the way in which the True Holy Spirit of the Bible manifests His gifts, works, and presence.  Jesus Himself unceasingly warned in the Gospels and through His disciples in the Epistles about the “great tribulation” of deception, which will rule the last of the end-time, (Mt. 24:1-31.)  He said our time is like the days of Noah and Lot.  A completely corrupt time, ruled by false pagan and Christian gods, christs, teachers, and so-called ‘mediating’ prophets.  These “christs” supposedly ‘stand between god and man,’ and always lead people into “lawlessness,” or disobedience to Scripture.  Their teachings of how to follow ‘personal’ voices have become a great part of this deception to ultimately commit the unashamed sins of idolatry and witchcraft.  God warned in 1 Sam. 15:22-23, “...To obey is better than sacrifice... For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.  And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry…”   

Contradicting every warning and teaching of Jesus in the Bible, pastors and other ministers are ruthlessly confusing even personally born again believers with the notion that they must be guided by voices instead of immersing themselves completely in the Scriptural Word of God.  Without testing these manifestations to see if it is from God as His Word commands, they preach their many false gospels to people, and thus encourage demonic companionship under the guise of a false Jesus, holy spirit, and guiding “angels,” (1 Ths. 5:21; 1 Jn. 4:1-4; 2 Cor. 10:4, 14.)  Such practices are nothing less than Christianized Satanism. 

The entire church system is built on the hope to find a ‘spiritual home’ here on earth, where people will experience God practically and find personal acceptance, companionship, support, love, peace, and healing from the abuse of the world.  When they find that some of their needs are met by the system, (as in a church where the core Gospel of Christ is still preached, or even just where it seems that people accept them,) they open up themselves unconditionally to the guidance en control of pastors and other ministers.  Yet, it is plain throughout Scripture that the written Word of God [Logos] can never be loosened from the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, [Rhema,] Who “speaks” only the Truth of His Word into the inaudible human spirits of men, (1 Ths. 5:21.)  God will never nullify His Word to save, deliver, heal, and comfort anyone.  In the parable of Lazarus and the rich man, the rich man in hell begged, “Send [someone to warn my brothers,] that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.”  But Jesus stated, “They have [the Scriptures;] let them listen to [God’s Word.] For if they do not listen [and obey the Scriptures,] neither will they be persuaded though one rises from the dead.”  (Lu. 16:19-31.) 

God never promised believers a physical ‘home’ in a church or anywhere else here on earth.  He said He, (Jesus) is the Word of God and the Only Way, Light, Life, Peace, Salvation, Comfort, Deliverance, and Healing, and we will endure hardship and much affliction in this broken world, (Jn. 14:6; 2 Tim. 3:12.)  We are “pilgrims” while living here on earth, who must focus on heaven; our eternal “homeland, heavenly country, and city,” (Heb. 11;12-16.)  Misplaced loyalties lead believers to a dreadfully dangerous position, where they put their trust in false pastors and prophets, and become in danger of losing their eternal lives in heaven.  Although these people are “sincerely deceived,” they will not be without excuse when we all must give an account before the Judgement Seat of Christ “for the things done in the body,” (2 Cor. 5:10.) 

The Holy Spirit will never leave anyone in such a dreadful position without ‘speaking’ His Word and will into the ‘heart’ or human spirit of that person, which always result in a supernatural “knowing” of what is true, (1 Jn. 5:13; Jn. 7:17-18.)  True salvation is not a “shot in the dark.”  Notwithstanding the false voice of the accuser, Satan, all of humanity, deep in their “hearts,” “know” exactly where they stand with God.  This is so because the Holy Spirit of the Bible only saves, delivers and heals souls through our faith in, and commitment to Jesus Christ.  Thus, He will always “convict of sin, righteousness, and judgment,” instead of giving us ‘special,’ unscriptural ‘assurance’ by speaking to us in an audible voice.  All our encouragement and leading were unchangeably “engraved in stone” in the truth of the Bible.  Should believers choose to reject The Holy Spirit’s counsel, and harden their hearts to His convincing and convicting “Voice” speaking in their “inner man,” bringing them to the Truth of Scripture, (1 Ths. 5:23,) He will not violate their free will.  Through their deliberate and unrepentant violations of His written Word, the Spirit will eventually give them over to “strong delusion” to “perish without a  love for His truth…” (2 Ths. 2:99-13.) 

 

OLD TESTAMENT MEDIATING AND GUIDING PROPHETS VERSUS THE GIFT OF PROPHECY IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

It is vital to understand that in the Old Testament, God called certain people as prophetic “guides” to speak to the Old Israelites, because Jesus had not atoned for humanity’s sin yet, (Heb. 1:1-14.)  Thus, His indwelling Holy Spirit was not yet given, (Jn. 7:39.) God spoke in an audible voice to the Old Testament Prophets, because they were under the Old Testament Covenant of the Law, and without the indwelling Holy Spirit, (1 Cor. 3:16; 6:18.)  But during the New Testament Covenant in Christ, (with the Holy Spirit living in every true believer,) He speaks personally to every believer “through His Son Jesus Christ,” or actually, through the New Testament, written Word of Christ, [Jn. 1:1-4; Heb. 1:1-2.]  Jesus Himself Is the Word; the final High Priest, Mediator, and Prophet, (1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 1:1-14.)  If we know anything about the indwelling Holy Spirit, we will know that the way in which He “speaks” to guide us “into all truth” of His Word, is vastly different from the Voice of God, which audibly guided the Hebrew prophets from outside them during the Old Testament, (Jn. 16:13, Kjv.) 

What all churches keep away from believers to allegedly place themselves ‘as mediators, (Elijah, Moses, and other ‘prophets,’) between man and God’ as in the Old Testament,’ is the fact that during the entire New Testament era, all Scripturally born again believers, (1 Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5,) who are the living temple of the indwelling Holy Spirit, (1 Cor. 6:15-20,) “have, [present tense,] the anointing of the Holy One [constantly abiding inside them…]” (1 Jn. 2:20-27.)  Therefore, they supernaturally “know all things [deep within their ‘hearts,’ pertaining to the Truth of Jesus and situations in their lives.]” 

The Bible was compiled in two different Testaments or Covenants for a very good reason. No prophet or teacher under Jesus’ New Covenant can ever prophesy or teach things that are not in the contextual truth of the Bible and according to the working of the Holy Spirit of the Bible - especially not 'new' teachings or 'special' revelations derived from taking Scripture out of context.  This is exactly how all churches and also dangerous killer cults like those of Jim Jones and David Koresh came into being and flourished.  In the end, these false ‘mediating’ and ‘guiding’ prophets and christs took thousands, (and in the whole spectrum of the church worldwide,) millions of people to eternal damnation without the Real Jesus of the Bible, (Heb. 2:1-2.) 

 

HOW WILL WE KNOW THE VOICE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OPPOSED TO A FALSE ‘HOLY’ SPIRIT? 

Here is the key to know if it is really the Holy Spirit speaking in our innermost being, or if it is a false spirit pretending to be Jesus and/or the Holy Spirit, or a holy angel of God, (2 Cor. 11:4, 14.)  Here too, the truth of Scripture is our only true measure.  As soon as we ‘hear’ or ‘experience’ “the holy spirit” acting and speaking ‘out of God’s Highest, Most Holy, Dignified Character,’ we must know it is Satan impersonating God.  If the ‘holy spirit’ speaks to us apart from, or outside the truth of the Bible, to bring us “word” that does not fit in the “entirety of Scripture,” (or when we encounter a controlling spirit that tells us where to sit, stand, what to wear, etcetera, or provides us with humanlike ‘comfort’ and buddy-like familiarity,) we must immediately realize that this is not the Holy Spirit of the Bible speaking to us.  This is gross disrespect towards the Most High, Almighty God, which can only come from Satan. 

Contrary to the fallacy, which teaches that “Abba Father” means “Big Daddy,” “Sky Dad,”  “Big Pappa,” etcetera, on whose ‘lap they sit in heaven,’ and who ‘plays with them as his little children,’ “Abba” means “Holy Father.” Wikipedia, “The Aramaic term abba (Hebrewאבא‎, "father") appears in traditional Jewish liturgy and Jewish prayers to God, e.g. in the Kaddish (קדיש, Qaddish Aramaic: "holy.")” It is a false Jesus who strikes up “special relationships” with people to become the ‘friendly chum’ of his deceived ones.  He pretends to be their ‘great playmate’ to lead them away from the Truth Word of God.  As someone once said to me, “You can never understand the special relationship I have with Jesus [outside His Scriptural truth, of course.]”  As already said, the Holy Spirit will always “glorify Jesus” and never draw unnecessary attention to Himself, angels, or any human being, (Jn. 16:13-14.)  Being the “Holy Spirit of Truth,” the Spirit will never teach or tolerate false church dogma, call us into a false, unscriptural ministry, give us false prophesies, give us ‘new or additional revelation’ of Scripture, act as a “tattletale” so that we must consult fortune telling ‘prophets’ to find ‘truth’ about our lives, take on human familiarities such playing and giggling, or give us deceptive leading, even by quoting from the Bible.  The Spirit of Truth will never twist, violate, and abuse the Truth of His own Word, or violate His Most High, Holy Omnipotence, Omniscience, and Omnipresence in any way!  

Thus, there is no such thing as a New Testament prophet, who can ‘stand between’ man and God to bring people new revelations, or constant spiritual guidance in an audible voice, because there is only One New Testament/Covenant Mediator, the Word of God, and His Name is Jesus, (1 Tim. 2:5.)  Anyone who studies the Bible with the motive of allowing the Holy Spirit to lead him or her “into all truth,” knows for certain that the New Testament is Jesus Everlasting Covenant. Nothing can ever be added to it — or taken away from it, without resulting in a false gospel.  And as soon as we unrepentantly accept a false gospel, (any lies about the Word,) we open ourselves up to the guidance, control, and ultimately, the possession of false spirits, who will always pretend to be “angels of light,” or the Holy Spirit Himself.  Thus, we will be following a false Jesus, believing that “Jesus speaks to us in unique ways because we are extra special to him.  This Jesus will make us believe that God is not the Most High God of the Universe anymore, Whom we must constantly worship, bowed with our faces to the floor before His Holy Throne. 

If we want to be certain that we are hearing from God, we must search the Scriptures; read them in the context of the chapter, and interpret them in the light of the Testament or Covenant in which they were written.  The Old Testament and New Testament are two distinctly different Covenants and dispensations.  So, when we read the Old Testament, we must always study and understand it from the perspective of the New Testament Covenant, because God directed the Old Testament at His physical nation, the Old Hebrews, and He directs the New Testament Covenant at His international spiritual nation of believers, bought with Jesus’ blood from “every tribe, and language, and nation,” and filled with His constantly, indwelling Holy Spirit as His ever-living, holy temple of true believers, (Rev. 5:1-7;  5:9; 1 Pt. 2:9-10.) 

In other words, it is not that God cannot or does not speak in an audible voice anymore, but that He already said everything we need to know in the full context of His Word, the Bible, and in the New Testament Covenant especially.  Every time we ask Him to speak to us while we read the Bible prayerfully and in context, God speaks directly to us personally through His Word, Who is Jesus Christ Himself, (Jn. 1:1-13.)  Of course the Spirit will then also speak into our minds the things we need to know and understand concerning The Word, our lives, particular situations, and the things in this world, (Mt. 7:7.)   

The words that Jesus spoke are “Spirit and Life.”  There is not a human in the world who can speak Spirit and Life, except when he or she quotes Jesus’ real Scriptures and teaches His Truth, which relate directly to God’s Word. 

 

DOES THE HOLY SPIRIT STILL SPEAK IN AN AUDIBLE VOICE AS HE SPOKE TO BELIEVERS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT? 

Of course God sometimes speaks in an ‘audible’ voice, but I am very wary of those who claim to  hear the voice of God all the time.  God mainly speaks through the full context of the Bible,  (Heb. 1:1-2.)  If we “test” what these people say in the light of “all Scripture,” (we must “prove” all voices, teaching, and spiritual manifestations to see whether it is from God,) we will always find that they are following a strange voice,  (Ps. 119:160; 1 Ths. 5:21 and Jn. 4:1-4.) 

Yet, we cannot deny that the Holy Spirit speaks so gently ‘into our minds’ that we often perceive His voice as our own thoughts.  For instance, when we live without a personal relationship with Jesus, or cling to some unrepentant sin, we will ‘know’

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