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Please Note: Most of the sections in this article contain footnotes with additional content and supporting evidence. The footnote is included at the bottom of each section within a green colored box.
Since my Freedom Encounter in 2010, I have been regularly doing FE deliverances with pastors and Christian leaders. In the last several years, my team and I have encountered false prophet spirits. To better understand FPs and help others engaged in Freedom Encounters, I have written this paper. Insights which derive from ministry should be ongoing. Learning should be lifelong. Therefore, I invite readers who have gathered their own insights about FPs to email me that all of us can be at peak effectiveness.
I encourage you to first read the Bible references listed in the footnote. It will help to provide a context for the observations which follow. The intent is to clearly assess the work and words of true and false prophets. Although the biblical references listed in the footnote are to false prophet(s), false prophet spirits function similarly.
http://www.biblestudytools.com; accessed 1/8/16: Lamentations 2:14; Ezekiel 13:9, 22:28; Matthew 7:15, 24:11, 24:24; Mark 13:22; Luke 6:26; Acts 13:6; 2 Peter 2:1; 1 John 4:1; Revelation 16:13, 19:20, 20:10
False Prophet Spirit – Spirits that can give wrong confession of truth until exposed as False Prophet Spirits, cause deception of prophecy, seek flattery and attention. 1 John 2, 4
Freedom Encounters Deliverance Procedures Seminar section titled “DP Glossary of Terms (Rev. 6/15)” Copyright 2015 by: Ken and Sylvia Thornberg, www.freedomencounters.com.
During the deliverance ministry session, the demons stand before the Throne of the Most High God. All demonic spirits are first commanded by the Most High God to reveal whether they have the title of False Prophet spirit and/or Anti-Christ spirit. These titles cannot be removed or changed by any being.
When a person tests the spirits outside of the deliverance ministry, the first question posed to the spirit is if they are a false prophet spirit. Once revealed, the spirit(s) will instantly be stripped of their rank and will instantly lose authority, position, and all forces. If the person asking the spirit discovers that it is a demon and not the Spirit of God speaking, they say, “Let the judgment of Almighty God fall upon you and your forces now.” The Angels of the Most High God will take that spirit and his forces to His Throne for righteous judgment immediately.”
Freedom Encounters Deliverance Procedures Seminar section on “Declared Elements Embedded in Deliverance Procedures (Rev. 1/15)”, 2-3, Copyright 2015 by: Ken and Sylvia Thornberg, www.freedomencounters.com. This portion deals with part B4 of the Preparatory Prayers in the Deliverance Procedures document
“This day it is declared by the Most High God that all spirits of darkness are stripped of your names, your titles, your ranks, your medals, and your special endowments from Satan. I declare the effects of the false prophet spirit enabling you to lie to be null and void. I declare the power of the anti-Christ spirit to be null and void by the power of the blood of the LJC of Nazareth who came in the flesh, by His death, by His resurrection from the dead, and by His ascension to sit at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. I declare that as of today, all information regarding your work in this generational line is both unimportant and non-existent.”
Ken Thornberg reminds everyone of an AfterCare point which is not to be missed in the “Testing the Spirit” section. We first ask if the spirit speaking to us is a False Prophet spirit. Some think that if the answer is no, that automatically means it is the Holy Spirit speaking. This is wrong. We only ask that specific question because if the spirit speaking is not identified as a False Prophet spirit and it is one, the FPs can confess a lie as true. Once identified, they can’t. The spirit speaking can still be a demon that is not a False Prophet spirit! It is imperative that everyone remember this in order to make sure it is the Holy Spirit speaking and that your client learns how to test correctly.
Freedom Encounter Team Letter, July 2015, Ken and Sylvia Thornberg
Ken Thornberg has indicated that we can’t burn spirits of any type ‘back to the source.’ He said that if we get False Prophet Spirits (FPs) showing up, don’t send them to the throne, just destroy them.
Email from Ken Thornberg to David Oliver, August 23, 2016
The language for destroying FPs is found in the AfterCare Guide on page 5… “Let the judgment of Almighty God fall upon you and your forces now.”
For further explanation and guidance in dealing with how to test the spirits, the entire section of the Freedom Encounter AfterCare Guide is instructive. I have included it here.
The Bible tells us to test everything and hold onto the truth (1 Thess. 5:21). This tool will help you learn how to do it, because the Lord has given us a way to test the spirit behind the “voice” that speaks to our minds. We urge you to make this a part of your daily walk with Jesus. Don’t believe everything you hear . . . test it!
“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.” (1 Jn. 4:1-3 NIV)
Copyright © 2015 by: Ken and Sylvia Thornberg – www.freedomencounters.com
Ken Thornberg says, “False prophet spirits have not been around a long time. This was saved for the Last Moments.”
Twenty-five to thirty years ago, it was not a reality that every believer had a gift of prophecy, healing or apostleship. This is relatively new. With this development in God’s gifting of the Body of Christ, the enemy developed the False Prophet Spirit. It was the Phoenix, Arizona FE team who discovered them.
We cannot assume that a lying spirit is a False Prophet spirit. Unless you ask directly, it may not be a FPs. Ken writes, “There are a finite number of them and they are not a dime a dozen. I’d say they are outnumbered 100,000,000,000,000 to 1 in demondom. They have a special job. When I was required by the Lord umpteen years ago, to find out how many FP spirits and anti-Christ spirits were in a client, it often occurred that there were none of either there! Or just one of one and maybe two of the other. Nothing has changed except for one thing: there are more people with the gift of prophecy. Counterfeit god spirits, Anti-Christ spirits, False Cores and others have taken their place and do a better job usually. But if someone receiving deliverance has the gift of prophecy or the office of prophet, the FPs will be present 100% of the time.”
The following is from notes Ken uses to teach FE Deliverance Prayer Procedures
False prophet spirits can do a confession of truth the same (perfectly) but without the unction. They work at giving people hidden agendas for why they prophesy, altars based upon pride: flattery, attention, power, need for acceptance. Only a pure heart can cure their power. FP spirits have to admit they are such no matter what at the beginning of a session!”
Reason for FPs to be identified immediately. Let’s use the example of a snake’s venom. Ten percent of a snake’s venom is pure protein…but who cares? It’s not an acceptable way to increase our protein intake. We take out any FPs so they don’t cause doubt about the truth of what is learned or accomplished in the Freedom Encounter.
The primary emails are dated Tuesday, August 23, 2016 and Saturday, January 7, 2017.
David Oliver has noticed that people who are sensitive to the Lord and hear from God — some intercessors, some prophets, some seers — often struggle with FPs. One of my FE recipients was used to hearing from God and wrestled with hearing a lot of other voices as well. She had this ‘demonic noise’ saying things like ‘No, no, no. This won’t work.’ even as she was going back to be with the Lord.
We asked about what opening/portal they were exploiting. In her case, it was fear, doubt and unbelief. She renounced and repented of that and we asked God to judge them. We were then able to proceed without more interference.
If a person finds that he or she is gets interference at a later time, have the person consider what opening they have given the enemy through fear, doubt, unbelief, unforgiveness, bitterness, etc. The demonic realm readily exploits these openings and will often try the same things that worked prior to the person’s deliverance to demonize the person again. Dealing quickly and honestly with these vulnerabilities will enable the person to resume a walk of freedom in Christ.
In terms of recognition of FPs, I get what seems like good information and then something seems a bit off. Most often, I have sensed this when there has been a slight tone of voice change or words changed. The voice became harsher or judgmental. The emphasis was on how the person had to try harder rather than receiving power from God to change. On other occasions, the Holy Spirit has simply spoken to my spirit to test what has been said.
Ken Thornberg has taught, a False Prophet spirit will sit back while the Holy Spirit gives 90% of a prophetic word through someone with that gift, as long as he gets his final 10%; his tithe.
When we hear prophetic words that are not taped, what do we remember? Almost all of what we recall is the last ten percent; that is why the FPs want that final part. The FPs want the prophet and those listening to discount what comes out of the prophet’s mouth. They use the 10% falsehood to discredit the whole. The 90% sounds and is accurate but the FPs seek to have the entire word dismissed on the grounds of what was off. This is why a FPs will even speak truth at times as long as he gets to insert his distortion of the truth.
On occasion, the manifestation of the FPs has been more obvious such as when a client at the beginning of the HS section went back to be with the Lord but had a vision of jail and darkness. When asked directly, “Spirit giving my client the vision of jail and darkness, are you are false prophet spirit,” the answer was ‘yes.’ We destroyed that spirit. I then spent more time positioning the person before the Lord. The person experienced the light, love and freedom of Jesus and ended up being in a field of flowers with Jesus.
Later on, during that same deliverance, we were getting positive information about changes the client would enjoy…no more isolation, shame, embarrassment or need to hide. The Holy Spirit was addressing some control issues the person had and invited the client to trust his control. The Lord was saying how wonderful the person was and what a beautiful heart the person has for the broken. A few minutes later, while on the same subject, the client reported hearing from the Holy Spirit, “There is a lot of confusion. She is not letting go.” At another point we heard, “She needs to repent and pray more.”
The tone was different, judgmental, condemning, and performance oriented. This was what prompted me to ask the spirit if he was a FPs. He confirmed it and I destroyed the FPs. Then I had the person confess, renounce and repent of control and fear. This took care of the problem.
I recall another time when we had FPs show up five or six different times during an AfterCare session. I began testing things more often after the first two times, even when I felt we had good information just to be sure and to help the one receiving prayer to be more confident in the reliability of what we received.
In every case where we found FPs, the tone and words went from being grace based to one of legalism or legalistic exhortation, a performance based tone. I tested each time and found a FPs. In every case, the FPs was speaking through the client, purporting to be telling something that was from the Holy Spirit or Jesus. Because we took time to do this, the lasting result has been a client with much clearer discernment concerning the voice of the Holy Spirit and confidence in using the tools received to test the spirits.
If prompted to do so by God, questions for a Point Seat Person to ask the False Prophet spirits:
Ken Thornberg points out that the answers to these questions may be fully covered in the Top 3 Spiritual Hindrances which we do in the Deliverance Prayer. Ask the Lord if this line of questioning is necessary and will be helpful. During the Deliverance Prayer, we can also demand that the Head Demon share anything more about what he did and why in case he was a False Prophet spirit. Keep in mind that the biggest thing False Prophet spirits want is to get a believer with a prophetic gift to keep his/her mouth closed and be afraid to open it.
Having finished with these questions, say, “Let the judgment of Almighty God fall upon you and your forces now.” Then ask the Lord to close the portals that the enemy has been using and have the person repent of them, receive Christ’s forgiveness and forgive themselves.
If a client is having trouble with FPs, Ken suggests we ask the Lord why the client is encountering them. It may be that the Lord wants to train the person to test the spirits and not presume to know the difference.
It is important for those who deal with FPs to hear the difference in tone between them and the Holy Spirit’s voice, to learn patience and not want instant answers like they get through their IPads, phones, etc. We live in an instant society. The expectation which demands an instant answer has hurt us and caused us to remain immature, especially if we expect God to be on our timetable.
God has taught many of us that there is a great need for and value in learning patience and perseverance. Wisdom doesn’t come quickly; neither does humility. These and other Christ-like gifts are often forged in the crucible of adversity. God may have us wait a long time for some answers to teach us that he can and must be trusted. We know that strength is built through resistance. Learning to trust, to remain steadfast in the face of adversity, and to be patient amid resistance often has more to do with what God is forming in us than what the enemy is trying to keep from us. It is for our good, and for increased Kingdom effectiveness, that we learn from Christ how to humbly wait, submit, trust and surrender in the power of the Holy Spirit.