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Was Balaam a prophet of God?

Num 24:1-4

Jude 1:11

ESV - 11 Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam's error and perished in Korah's rebellion.

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►►► From the above we conclude that Balaam was a prophet of God to begin with, being used by Him to make the prophecies of these chapters, after which he went into error and became a soothsayer (Josh. 13:22; Jude 1), like Saul who went into witchcraft after the Holy Spirit left him (1Sam. 10:9-14; 16:14; 28; 1Chr. 10:13-14). Inquiring of the Lord whether he should go or not; his willingness to go back when he met the angel, and to say exactly what God told him to; sacrificing to God and meeting Him after every sacrifice; having the Spirit of God come upon him; receiving words of prophecy like other true prophets; falling into a trance; being called a prophet, and calling the Lord "my God" (Num. 22:18)--these and other facts prove Balaam was a true prophet until he forsook the right way, and went astray into error.

►►► Three great sins of Balaam (Num. 22:1--Num. 24:25):

1. The way of Balaam (2Pet. 2:15). This was the love of the wages of unrighteousness and coveting the gifts of Balak (2Pet. 2:15; Num. 22:7,17,37; 24:11).

2. The error of Balaam (Jude 1:11). This was accepting the wages of unrighteousness for his services in giving the secret of how to get God to curse Israel (Jude 1:11; 2Pet. 2:15; Num. 31:8,16).

3. The doctrine of Balaam (Rev. 2:14). This was to teach Balak that if he would give his most beautiful women to the Israelite men and cause them to commit idolatry and adultery that God Himself would curse Israel (Num. 25:1-9; 21:8,16).

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Ten Reasons for God's Anger

1. Balaam's disrespect for God's word and integrity in forbidding him to go (Num. 22:12-20)
2. His covetousness for reward (Num. 22:7,17,37; 24:11)
3. His hypocrisy in trying to persuade God to let him go (Num. 22:19)
4. His seeming desire and attempt to curse Israel (Num. 22:14; Dt. 23:4-5; Josh. 24:10)
5. His stubbornness about going in spite of God's command (Num. 22:19-35)
6. His lack of desire to do God's perfect will (Num. 22:12-22)
7. His perverseness (Num. 22:32)
8. His refusal to wait until the men called for him, and arising early to go with the enemies of Israel (Num. 22:20)
9. His trying to persuade God to cooperate with him, through repeated sacrifices, so he could get the reward (Num. 22:19; 23:1-3,14-15; 24:1)
10. His willingness to use every means in seeking to get the reward (Num. 22:8,19; 24:1; 2Pet. 2:15-16; Jude 1; Rev. 2:14)

God foresaw the backsliding of His prophet through covetousness, and how the destruction of many people would ultimately result from the doctrine of Balaam.

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Mini Okiemute Ogirigbo

Thanks Moses, you have made it very clear.

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You are welcome Okiemute! God bless!!

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