I saw several brightly colored parrots, lined up in a row, all talking at the same time. Their words sounded empty or flat, and seemed to be variations of the same thing.

As I watched and listened to them, it reminded me of a game we used to play when I was growing up. We would all line up or sit in a circle. One person would start by thinking of a word or short phrase and pass it on by whispering it to the person next to them. That person would then whisper what he/she thought they heard to the next person. The word continued to be passed from person to person. When it reached the last person, he/she would speak it out loud. Typically, we would all laugh at how much the original word had been changed!

parrotsThen the Lord gave me understanding that this was a picture of many Christians. They were repeating what they thought they heard someone else say which that person had heard from someone else. The point being, after the initial word, there was no personal revelation; no firsthand, individual impartation of hearing the voice of the Lord. Worse it yet, as it was repeated from one person to another, it changed and became distorted!

God has magnified His Word, and set it above all His name. (Ps 132:8). His Word is the revelation of Who He is. Therefore to attribute false words to Him or distort what He has spoken, is definitely not OK.

God has zero tolerance for “parrot talk”. Read Jeremiah chapter 23
(The Message Bible). Here’s a few verses:

30-31 “I’ve had it with the ‘prophets’ who get all their sermons secondhand from each other. Yes, I’ve had it with them. They make up stuff and then pretend it’s a real sermon. ”

35-36 “Instead of claiming to know what God says, ask questions of one another, such as ‘How do we understand God in this?’ But don’t go around pretending to know it all, saying
‘God told me this . . . God told me that. . . .’ I don’t want to hear it anymore. Only the person I authorize speaks for me. Otherwise, my Message gets twisted, the Message of the living God-of-the-Angel-Armies.”

We are living in a time the prophetic is really on the front line. It is one of the power keys of bringing in the harvest. Therefore, I believe this is a heads up from God not to be gullible and easily deceived by false words. Consider carefully what you hear (Mark 4:24) and what you speak! (Proverbs 13:3-5) Speak the Truth!

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