The False Prophets

Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.

Matthew 24:11

In recent years there has arisen an appreciable number of so-called prophets who announce the terrible things that, according to them, God has spoken to them that will happen. Even some are so daring that they give the day, time, and place in which earthquakes, tsunamis, and crashes of comets or asteroids against the earth will occur. The dates of such events have passed without pain or glory. You do not have to be a space scientist to realize the falsity of such prophecies, which confirms Matthew 24:11.

Already from the Old Testament it speaks of false prophets. The text of Jeremiah 23:9-40 is one of denunciation of false prophets, while Ezekiel 13:1-23 speaks of the condemnation of false prophets. In the New Testament, both the Lord Jesus, Peter and John spoke of them. In addition to Matthew 24:11, the Lord Jesus prophesies about the appearance of false prophets in Matthew 24:24 and Mark 13:22. Without a doubt, the enemy tries to imitate everything of God in order to confuse and deceive the unwary.

What characteristics does a false prophet have? In Matthew 7:15-16 says the Lord, Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? A false prophet might look on the outside very much like a real one. So his manner of speaking or his physical appearance would not betray him. That way they can deceive many. But its fruits make it known, if his prophecy is not fulfilled, obviously it is a false prophet.

Another characteristic of a false prophet is seen in Luke 6:26, Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for so did their fathers to the false prophets. The great ability to deceive a false prophet allows him to have a good reputation among the people. No doubt a false prophet will tell each one the words they want to hear, which will win the acceptance of many. What these many ignore is that they are deceived.

In 2 Peter 2:1 we see a third characteristic of a false prophet, But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. False prophecy is accompanied by the preaching of false teachings, which Peter calls destructive heresies.

In order not to fall into the trap of false prophets, we must take into account what we are told 1 John 4:1, Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. The spirit of true prophecy will bear witness to Jesus Christ, as Revelation 19:10 says, if the prophet does not bear testimony of the Lord, but drifts elsewhere, no doubt is a false. All prophecy must coincide one hundred percent with what is already written.

In Revelation 22:18-19 it says, For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. There is nothing to remove or add. God bless you.

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