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What Do You Mean… “Prophesy in Part”?

What Do You Mean… “Prophesy in Part”?
James Scott Trimm

Paul writes:

8 Love never fails. For prophecies will cease, and tongues will be silent, and knowledge will cease.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 Now when that which is complete comes, then that which is partial will cease.
(1Cor. 13:8-10 HRV)

What does this mean?  In a recent MIA/ARI blog ( ) Frank Houtz proposed that this passage means that we should take a cafeteria style approach to prophecy.  Houtz writes:

I find myself in an awkward position. Levitical Writings is not my book and in some ways I seem to be defending it. I am not truly defending the book only defending a person's right to believe in it or parts of it. Some are claiming Glendenning to be a false prophet, but the House of Aaron does not consider him a prophet. Even if he were, I do not see this to be much different from the rest of us who have accepted a prophecy uttered in a church service. I have had several people prophesy over me, some I have believed, some I have rejected and others have been just plain false. We are to test each utterance and I have felt free to reject some without rejecting the speaker. I have often rejected prophecies given in congregations while the congregation accepts them. I do not find it necessary to reject the congregation based on this difference in discernment. I feel no different with the House of Aaron. We all know in part and prophesy in part. I see no reason to reject the people because of a book that they have which I believe may have some errors.

According to Mr. Houtz we should understand Paul in this passage to mean that we can take prophets and prophecy cafeteria style, “testing each utterance” and accepting some parts as inspired while rejecting other parts of the same prophecy, or by the same prophet as false prophecy.

Specifically Mr, Houtz indicates that we can “reject some” prophecy as false prophecy “without rejecting the speaker”. 

Mr. Houtz also then concludes that we can “believe in parts of” Glendenning’s Levitical Writings “even if [Gelndenning] were” “a false prophet” and his prophecy contained “some errors”.

This is ABSOLUTELY contrary to Torah.

The Torah tells us:

20 But the prophet that shall speak a word presumptuously in My Name, which I have
not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, that same
prophet shall die.
21 And if you say in your heart, How shall we know the word which YHWH has not
22 When a prophet speaks in the Name of YHWH: if the thing follow not, nor come to
pass, that is the thing which YHWH has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it
presumptuously: you shall not be afraid of him.
(Deut. 18:20-22 HRV)

House of Aaron Founder Maurice Glendenning claimed to have received a number of messages from Elijah which he wrote in a book known as “The Levitical Writings”.

In February of 1930 Glendenning prophesied “for yet sixty years and the third day shall be, and then shall the temple be built for Judah and Ephraim.” (L.W. 157:8 Book of Elias 149:8)

Of course we now know that the Temple was not rebuilt in 1990.

The Torah gives us further tests for a prophet:

1 (12:32) All this word which I command you, that shall you observe to do; you shall not add thereto nor diminish from it.
2 (13:1) If there arise in the midst of you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and he give you a sign or a wonder,
3 (13:2) And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spoke unto you, saying,
Let us go after other gods which you have not known, and let us serve them …
4 (13:3) You shall not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or unto that dreamer of
dreams. For YHWH your Elohim puts you to proof, to know whether you do love
YHWH your Elohim, with all your heart and with all your soul.
5 (13:4) After YHWH your Elohim shall you walk, and Him shall you fear, and His
commandments shall you keep, and unto His voice shall you hearken, and Him shall you
serve, and unto Him shall you cleave.
6 (13:5) And that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death, because he
has spoken perversion against YHWH your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of
Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to draw you aside out of the way
which YHWH your Elohim commanded you to walk in. So shall you put away the evil
from the midst of you.
7 (13:6) If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son or your daughter, or the wife of your bosom, or your friend that is as your own soul, entice you secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which you have not known, you, nor your fathers;
8 (13:7) Of the gods of the peoples that are round about you; near unto you, or far off
from you; from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth,
9 (13:8) You shall not consent unto him nor hearken unto him: neither shall your eye
pity him, neither shall you spare, neither shall you conceal him.
(Deut. 13:1-9 (21:32-13:8) HRV)

As I have shown in my Article The Plain Truth about MIA/ARI's House of Aaron, I showed that the prophecies of Mauruce Glendenning in the Levitical Writings:

* Add to, subtract from and changes the commandments of the Torah.
* Points to false “Gods”
* Refers to the fictional Book of Mormon figure of Moroni as a real person.
* Teaches false unique Mormon Doctrines such as Proxy Baptism for the Dead, Eternal Progression and Marriage for all time and eternity.
* Teaches other unusual doctrines such as reincarnation and evolution.

There is no cafeteria style treatment of prophecy according to the Torah.  A prophet is either on target 100% of the time, or they must be rejected, cut off, and we should reject all of his words.

So what does Paul mean when he says “we know in part and we prophecy in part”?

It simply means that YHWH has not revealed everything to us by prophecy, but has revealed only a limited amount of information to us by prophecy.

When anyone gives a false prophecy, we are required by Torah to reject everything which that prophet has to say.  Moreover we are required by Torah to put false prophecy out of the community.

We are definitely not to take a cafeteria style approach to prophecy. 

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This ministry is bringing Messiah to Jewish people more successfully than any other. Even reaching Orthodox Jews with Messiah (few ministries even try to work in this area). I do not believe that any other ministry is better equipped to reach Orthodox Jews with Messiah than this one is.

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Comment by James Trimm on July 7, 2013 at 7:42pm
At his second coming.
Comment by David L. Perry Th.D. on July 7, 2013 at 10:49pm

Justifying duplicity - ignoring Scripture - in a word; Dangerous


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