As part of our duty to keep our readers informed, we present to you the most disturbing issue of our time concerning religion. That is, on who false prophets are, their mission and how to even identify them. It must be noted that, we are not attacking any individual or denomination.
This is what the founder of the Christian religion said:
" And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you"
This means, that, a lot of led astray because of lack of knowledge. This is what the Bible says:
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your Elohim, I also will forget your children"
Who then is a Prophet?
Anyone who claims to speak God's words or teach in his name and is not a prophet the Bible terms a false prophet. One test given in the Old Testament in Deuteronomy contains a warning of those who prophecy events which do not come to pass and said they should be put to death.
A true prophet of God will be committed to speaking God’s truth. He or she will never contradict God’s revealed Word. A true prophet will say, with the prophet Micaiah just before his fateful confrontation with Ahab, “As surely as the Lord lives, I can tell him only what my God says” (2 Chronicles 18:13).
How Then Do We Identify a Fake Prophet?
Its easy to identify a Fake man of God. Study the following carefully:
1. A false prophet can do miracles
A true prophet can do miracles, but so can a false prophet. This is an important sign, but not the only one needed to distinguish between a true and a false prophet. However, most people stop here. People are generally persuaded by what they see. You will often hear the words: “It is true; I have seen it with my own eyes!” Is something always real if you have seen it with your own eyes? Then again, it might be, but not of God! It is written that the false messiahs and prophets will do great signs and wonders and if people are persuaded by what they have seen only, they will be deceived. That is why it is important to look further than the signs and wonders!
“For false messiahs and false prophets shall arise, and they shall show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones.
For false messiahs and false prophets will arise, and will show signs and wonders, in order to lead astray, if possible, the elect.
2. His prophecies don’t come true
Would you say a prophet is a true prophet of God if he has predicted the second coming of Jesus and was wrong? According to Scripture, that is a very clear indication of a false prophet. He will most probably set another date and another, and yet people will still follow him…. How sad! There are many teachers like that, who set dates, are wrong every time, but people still faithfully follow after them.
“You may say in your heart, ‘How will we know the word which God has not spoken?’. “When a prophet speaks in the name of God, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which God has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.
3. A false prophet will lead you away from God
The third sign to look out for is probably the most important. Does this prophet love God?
“If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for God your Elohim is testing you to find out if you love God your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul. “You shall follow God your Elohim and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.
4. “You shall know them by their fruit.” What fruit do they produce?
The fruits you produce are your works and the way you conduct yourself. What you think, say and do reflect who your Father is. A disobedient, unruly child is a poor reflection on his parents; how much more is disobedience to God’s Word a poor representation of our heavenly Father. It takes His name in vain.
Does the teacher, who teaches you, conduct himself in such a way that it portrays the likeness of Jesus? Is he obedient to God or does he teach and live lawlessness? Does he bear the fruit of the Spirit or the fruit of the Adversary?
“But beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are savage wolves. “By their fruits you shall know them. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? “So every good tree yields good fruit, but a rotten tree yields wicked fruit. “A good tree is unable to yield wicked fruit, and a rotten tree to yield good fruit.
But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of Elohim, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
5. Many follow after them
The majority is not always right. How many people were in the ark at the time of the flood? Noah was a prophet of God. He told people what was about to happen, but they did not listen to him. The end-times will be as in the time of Noah (Luk 17:26), but the popular teachers will have the followers, not the true prophets.
“Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.2 Timothy 4:3–4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
6. A false prophet is “in for the money”
What does the Scripture teach in this regard? Prophets prophesying for money were already a problem at the time of Jeremiah and Ezekiel ((Jeremiah 6:13, Ezekiel 22:25). Y’shua instructed the apostles against asking for money. He said to them, ““freely you have received, freely you are to give.” and in the next verse:
Here is a quote from the Didache regarding the taking of money by a prophet:
"And when the apostle leaves, he is to take nothing except bread until he finds his next night’s lodging. But if he asks for money, he is a false prophet.”
“Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts,
I hope the above tips will help you identify these hungry prophets. Do comment below and have your say.