DISCERNING FALSE PROPHETS AS TAUGHT IN THE SCRIPTURES
What do the Scriptures teach about who False Prophets are?
Many a time, we look around and opinionate about what is false prophecy. Sometimes, people who are carried into false prophecy by cultural trends in which we live, are busy pointing out false prophets without knowing that they themselves have become false prophets! To go above opinions on this and every other issue, we must abandon modern cultural “Christian” thinking and talking so that we could venture into Scriptural Gospel Truth on this matter.
*A FALSE PROPHET (Jer 14:14; Lam 2:14; Mat 7:15; 24:11, 24; 1John 4:1) is one who prophesies strange UNSCRIPTURAL MESSAGES that contradict, disregard and revise the Scriptures with another Gospel (Gal 1:6-9; 2Thes 2:1-4), or one who uses UNSCRIPTURAL MEANS (divination, delusion, dissimulation, demonism, etc) to prophesy which engenders DECEPTION towards the ERROR of the wicked different from the Truth of Christ (2Pet 3:17; 1John 4:6; 2Thes 2:9-11)*.
*FALSE PROPHETS* are mostly prophets in their own rights who are able to perform mighty deeds but their lives are not right and pure with God according to scriptural principles (Matt 7:21-23). *All False Prophets use their prophetic powers or pretense for their private business and selfish purpose.* They are manipulated MANIPULATORS who are either POWERFUL DECEIVERS (Deut 13:1-5; Mat 7:15-23) or POWERLESS PRETENDERS (Deut 18:18-22) as follows:
1. *Occultist (False) prophets* who prophesy by divination and demonic powers LIKE SIMON MAGUS OF SAMARIA AND THE SOOTHSAYER MAID OF PHILIPPI (Act 8:9-22; 16:16-20). This is where the final ANTICHRIST false prophet belongs (2Thes 2:7-12; Rev 13:11-17; 16:13-14).
2. *Pretentious (Fake) prophets* who have no prophetic powers but pretend to prophesy by clever tricks LIKE THE SEVEN SONS OF SCEVA (Act 19:13-17).
3. *Insincere (Falsified) prophets* who turn their true prophetic ministry into soothsaying venture through:
a) syncretism and sinful *contamination* LIKE HANANIAH SON OF AZZUR AND ELIMAS BARJESUS (Jer 28; Act 13:6-12; Rev 2:20), or
b) profiteering and selfish *commercialization* LIKE BALAAM SON OF BEOR (Num 22-24; 31:16; Josh 13:22; 2Pet 2:15-16; Rev 2:14), or
c) inclusion of guesswork and deluded *presumption* LIKE ZEDEKIAH SON OF KANAANAH (Deut 18:20-22; 1Kin 22; Ezek 13:6-10).
*May we never disappoint God in our time! God is looking for Prophets who will be true Prophets for Him and His Church today. If you are gifted as a Prophet, please remain true and refuse to falsify your gift and ministry.*
Moses said a false prophet may be right in *prediction and signs* and yet be wrong in *proclamation of God’s counsel* (Deu 13:1-5; Deu 18:20-22). So the true test of prophecy is compliance with the Scriptures not confirmation of predictions and signs. True and False prophets are persons who cogently (unlike lunatics) “SEE and SPEAK by another SPIRIT (Holy/Divine Spirit or evil/demonic spirits)”.
*Amongst those called Prophets, there are True Prophets/SEERS who PROBE/search by divine revelation usually given by the Holy Spirit, but there are also False Prophets/MEDIUMS who PROBE/search by occultist divination often claimed to be from the Holy Spirit.
*Both True and False Prophets could PROBE (or search) to PREDICT (fore-tell) or PROGNOSTICATE DATA-MESSAGES on things that happen about us, but only true Prophets give DIVINE-MESSAGES on what God is saying to us about His mind (purpose and pleasure, why and wither) for the hour.*
When a prophet tells (forth-tells or fore-tells) data-messages about someone or some other signs (which false prophets could also do), never get distracted by the unimportant fears and fads and fascination in such DATA-messages and SIGNS, but insist on finding out what is the DIVINE-message or WORD from the mind of God for the hour.
What is the most important test of prophecy is not the curious data, stunt signs or trivial stories they do or show, but the pure words from God about His will and mind.
1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and gives you a sign or a wonder,
2 And the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke unto you, and he says, Let us go after other gods, which you have not known, and let us serve them;
3 You shall not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God is testing you, to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Grace to you.