Characteristics of False Prophets
by Joshua - Ashish Macwan
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Characteristics of False Prophets
Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one will deceive you.” Matthew 24:4
Greetings to all the saints in the Body of Christ in the name of our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end, the Lords of the Lords and Kings of Kings, the source of our eternal life and well of Living waters, to him be all the Glory, Honour and Praise. I thank Him and praise Him for the revelations He has made unto me regarding the Characteristics of False Prophets from His alive and active Living Word; I pray to Him that this article will help the body of Christ to recognize the False Prophets in these end times and thereby He be honored and praised into eternity.
Definition of Prophet: -
(Heb. nabi, from a root meaning "to bubble forth, as from a fountain," hence "to utter", comp. Ps. 45:1). This Hebrew word is the first and the most generally used for a prophet. In the time of Samuel another word, ro'eh, "seer", began to be used (1 Sam. 9:9). It occurs seven times in reference to Samuel. Afterwards another word, hozeh, "seer" (2 Sam. 24:11), was employed. In 1 Ch. 29:29 all these three words are used: "Samuel the seer (ro'eh), Nathan the prophet (nabi'), Gad the seer" (hozeh).
Duties of Prophet: -
The "prophet" proclaimed the message given to him, as the "seer" beheld the vision of God. (See Num. 12:6, 8.) Thus a prophet was a spokesman for God; he spake in God's name and by his authority (Ex. 7:1). He is the mouth by which God speaks to men (Jer. 1:9; Isa. 51:16), and hence what the prophet says is not of man but of God (2 Pet. 1:20, 21; comp. Heb. 3:7; Acts 4:25; 28:25). Prophets were the immediate organs of God for the communication of his mind and will to men (Deut. 18:18, 19). The whole Word of God may in this general sense be spoken of as prophetic, inasmuch as it was written by men who received the revelation they communicated from God, no matter what its nature might be. The foretelling of future events was not a necessary but only an incidental part of the prophetic office. The great task assigned to the prophets whom God raised up among the people was "to correct moral and religious abuses, to proclaim the great moral and religious truths which are connected with the character of God, and which lie at the foundation of his government."
Any one being a spokesman for God to man might thus be called a prophet. Thus Enoch, Abraham, and the patriarchs, as bearers of God's message (Gen. 20:7; Ex. 7:1; Ps. 105:15), as also Moses (Deut. 18:15; 34:10; Hos. 12:13), are ranked among the prophets. The seventy elders of Israel (Num. 11:16-29), "when the spirit rested upon them, prophesied;" Asaph and Jeduthun "prophesied with a harp" (1 Chr. 25:3). Miriam and Deborah were prophetesses (Ex. 15:20; Judg. 4:4). The title thus has a general application to all who have messages from God to men. In New Testament times the prophetical office was continued. Our Lord is frequently spoken of as a prophet (Luke 13:33; 24:19). He was and is the great Prophet of the Church. There was also in the Church a distinct order of prophets (1 Cor. 12:28; Eph. 2:20; 3:5), who made new revelations from God. They differed from the "teacher," whose office it was to impart truths already revealed.
Of the Old Testament prophets there are sixteen, whose prophecies form part of the inspired canon. These are divided into four groups: The prophets of the northern kingdom (Israel), viz., Hosea, Amos, Joel, Jonah. The prophets of Judah, viz., Isaiah, Jeremiah, Obadiah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah. The prophets of Captivity, viz., Ezekiel and Daniel. The prophets of the Restoration, viz., Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.
Saints it’s really necessary to understand in these last days the evil schemes of Satan who is the Father of disguise and a liar whom the Bible tells that he is murderer from the very beginning and deceiver and he wants the people to be deceived and leave the path of righteousness and walk after him; but bible says that Jesus Christ the son of the Living God has already eternally judged and condemned Satan on the cross of Calvary and He has given us the Holy Spirit the Counselor who leads us into every truth and righteousness; bible says in the past also False prophets appeared and in these last days also they will appear but you have defeated them because you belong to God and because of the Spirit who is in you is more powerful than the spirit in those who belong to the world. Saints I have hope that the under stated characteristics will help you to recognize the False prophets: -
False prophets preach Rebellion.(Deuteronomy13:2, 5)
In Det. 13 we find Lord Almighty speaking about how to recognize the false Prophet, In verse 1-5 Lord tells to people of Israel, “ If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place, and he says, “ Let us follow other Gods” (Gods you have not known.) And let us worship them, you must not listen to the words of that or dreamer.5 That prophet or dreamer must be put to death, because he preached rebellion against the Lord your God; he has tried to turn you from the way of the Lord your God commanded you to follow. This is a one of the major characteristics of the False Prophet he will not only appear among you with miraculous sing and wonder but also preach rebellion, by making you follow after other so called God of the world; so do not trust upon every spirit or run after miracle sign but test every spirit whether it comes from God or from the world.
False Prophets speak Presumptuously (Deuteronomy 18:22)
The speaking of presumptuously is yet another major characteristics of the false prophets what God has revealed unto us in the book of Deuteronomy in the 18th chapter, while He was sharing the revelation with the Israelites about how to recognize a false prophet; Lord Almighty revealed that, “ If a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.” So our Lord himself has revealed unto us that if the prophet who claims and brings message in the name of Lord Almighty and that revealed thing does take place or that prophecy does not get fulfilled then that prophet is a liar and has spoken presumptuously; remember saints bible says that Word of God is alive and active and sharper then two edged sword. It cuts all the way through, to where soul and spirit meet, to where joints and marrow comes together. It judges the desires and thoughts of man’s heart. And in these last days when prophets prophesy remember that God will give them revelation that’s based upon the Word of God in precise he will bring the message of God that’s not yet being fulfilled from the word of God. True prophet will never speak anything against bible or challenge the authority of the Word of God.
False prophets do not seek the Lord Almighty & they prophesy lies.(Jeremiah 2:8, 5:31, 14:14, 23:36)
Third major characteristics of the false prophet is that these prophets does not seek the Lord Almighty and does not counsel the Lord Almighty but as the Lord speaks in Jer. 2:8, “ The prophets prophesied by Baal following the worthless Idols.” The prophets that were prophesying to the people of Israel were not the prophets of Lord Almighty but they were prophesying through the Baal, Baal is a god of Phoenicia and the canannitish tribes, he is also know as alleged god of weather, who was often depicted carrying a thunderbolt and Israelites traded the living God for the idols of their neighbors and that’s when Lord Almighty gets grieved with there ways and tell to the people of Israel through Jeremiah His anointed prophet in Jer. 5:31, “ The prophets prophesy lies, the priest rule by their own authority and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end.” In those days the people of Israel due to there rebellion sin and back-sliding God was grieved with them and in His anger He decided to punish Israel with, drought, famine and plague and the false prophets were proclaiming to the Israelites that, “You will not see the sword or suffer famine. Indeed I will give you lasting peace in this place.”(Jer. 14:13) But Lord clearly confronts them and declares that, ‘”The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds …and they are saying, “No sword or famine will touch this land.” Those same prophets will perish by sword and famine and people to whom they are prophesying will be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and sword. There will be no one to bury them or their wives, their sons and daughters. I will pour out on them the calamity they deserve.”(Jer.14: 14-16). ……Saints remember the bible says that Heaven and earth belongs to the Lord Almighty; Jesus Christ has been given all the power and authority in the heaven, on the earth and below the earth. Satan and his angelic host has no power over atmosphere or the climatic conditions and so if anyone comes unto you sharing his vision as you read in these paragraph don’t believe him/her rather seek the face of the Lord and Worship and Praise Him that all the situations He holds you upright with the right-teous right hand, God knows how to rescue His people out of every situation. The best examples of these false prophets in these last days are the people who prophesy through astrology, numerology, witchcraft and different media in which Lord Almighty is not there but spirit of Lie and delusion is through what these people prophesy.
False Prophets speak opposites of the present time/ situation and proclaim false hope. (Jeremiah 14; 14,23: 16-17)
The fourth major characteristics of false prophet are that they always speak opposite of the present time or situation and proclaim false hope. In the period of Jeremiah when he was the prophet of the Lord Almighty appointed upon the Judah the people of Jerusalem was going through drought, famine, sword and all this they themselves brought upon themselves because they rebelled against the Most High and Living Lord Almighty who brought them out of slavery from Egypt, who provided and blessed them with manna and living water from the rock and showed them awesome miracles and gave them the covenanted land the land flowing of milk and honey the land of cannan. Yet they did not heed the commandments of the Lord Almighty and forsake him and his commandments and went after to serve the false gods and idols and inquired there prophets and this prophets they proclaimed lies and said unto them that the Israelites will not see the sword or famine but live peacefully in the same land; this divination was completely against the time they were facing because the drought and famine was decreed by the Lord Almighty as He remembered their wickedness, the unrestrainment of there feets and there act of wandering after other gods and so the Lord Almighty send the sword and famine and plagues. In context to this the false prophets gave them false hope and Lord Almighty tells them, “ Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with the false hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord. They keep on saying to those who despise me, “The Lord says: “You will have peace, and to all those who follow the stubbornness of their hearts they say, “No harm will come to you.” …………… Saints isn’t is the same situation in these last days where so many false prophets from different cultural and religious background along with some of the Christian sects are proclaiming to the church and the world that whether we leave a godly or ungodly life or if we keep on despising God we will be saved, friend beware of these for the word of God clearly declares in Titus 2:11-14, “ For God has revealed his grace for the salvation of all mankind. That grace instructs us to give up ungodly living and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this world as we hope for; when the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ will appear.” Remember that,” Salvation is to be found through Him alone, in all the world there is no one else, whom God has given who can save us.” Acts 4:12. So if anyone comes to you preaching different gospel which is different from the one in bible and has no Christ in it then don’t accept that because there is no other gospel.
False prophets lead people astray.(Ezekiel13:1011)
The fifth major and most important characteristics of false prophet is that lead people astray. In Ezekiel 13:10, Lord Almighty has given unto us yet another way to recognize false prophet; the Lord Almighty says that they lead my people astray, saying “Peace” when there is no peace. Further in the passage Lord uses word whitewash, the Hebrew word translated,”Whitewash” means, “ to plaster over”. The picture is of a poorly constructed wall that is carefully plastered so it looks well built. False prophets, wanting everyone to be happy, spoke cheerfully about the future. But they were only covering up the surface of fundamental problems. A storm God warns will strip off their coat of whitewash, and the flawed wall will collapse………..Saints isn’t it apparent that when Jesus Christ came and ministered the spiritual needs of the people and proclaimed the Good news first to the people of Israel and when they turn there backs upon them and disrespected the Salvation then the Gospel has reached to Gentiles and during the time of Jesus Christ also there were Pharisees and Sadducees whom Christ called as the White Washed tombs who were the teachers of the Law of Moses; but Jesus Christ told the people not to imitate their actions, because they don’t practice what they preach. They tie on to people’s back loads that are heavy &hard to carry, yet they aren’t willing to lift a finger to help them carry those loads. They do everything so that people can see them. And so we find today so many people within the church of God and in the world who are like these Pharisees and Sadducees who themselves does not do what they preach rather they preach false doctrines that may not even help a soul to get saved and the bible says that these false prophets obeys lying spirits and follow the teachings of the demons. Such teaching are spread by deceitful liars, whose consciences are dead, as if burnt with a hot iron. Such people teach that it is wrong to marry and to eat certain foods, they also preach and teach the principle that all GODS THAT ARE BEEN WORSHIPPED ON THE EARTH ARE ONE ONLY, they also do miracles but they are false miracles and actually demonic in nature because bible says that there is only one Lord and that Is Jehovah our Elohim the Creator, FATHER of the universe and our Lord Almighty is trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
False prophets are arrogant & Treachours men(Zephaniah 3:4)
The sixth major characteristic of false prophets is that they are arrogant and Treachours men as Lord has spoken unto us through His scripture in Zephaniah 3:4. In other word the false prophets will be proud, haughty, false, double-faced and dis-loyal. Bible says that in the end times there will be difficult time, people will be selfish, greedy, boastful, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful and irreligious; they will be unkind, merciless, slanderers, violent and fierce, they will hate the good; reckless and swollen with pride; they will love pleasure rather then God; they will hold outward form of religion but will deny its true power, they go into people’s houses and gain control over weak women who are burdened by there guilt of their sins and driven by all kinds of desires women who are always trying to learn truth but who can never come to know truth.( 2Timothy 3:1-7) We today in our churches and in the world find so many people like the one mentioned above ; the false prophets they when are in public they display that they are living a godly and pious life style and has came out of the world and they preach and teach the same but they are those people whom bible says that for them to satisfy there sinful appetite in broad day light is nothing new, these are those false prophets who proclaim the message of deliverance to the those who are perishing but they themselves are into the bondage of sin…………..Saints remember bible says not to believe all who claim to have spirit; but test them to find out if the spirit they have comes from God, for many false prophets have gone out everywhere and this how you will know whether it is God’s Spirit: anyone who acknowledges that Jesus Christ came as human being has the spirit who comes from God, but anyone who denies this about Jesus Christ does not have the Spirit from God. The spirit that he has is from the Enemy of Christ: you heard that it would come and now it is in the world already. (1Jhon 4:1-3)
False prophets are deceiver and are ferocious wolves. (Matthew 24:11, Mark 13:22, Matthew 7:15)
The last but not the least of the characteristics of false prophets is that they deceive the people. In Matthew 24: 11 Jesus Christ himself has told us that in the end times many false prophets will appear and deceive many. And in these days in which we are living we so many cultures and religions are budding out every day new with false doctrines and teachings that put stress more upon monoism of God and challenges the truth ness of the Word of God but they will not sustain because bible is not based upon any mythology or traditions or vague values but bible is inspired by God and no prophetic message ever came just from the will of man, but men were under the control of the Holy Spirit as they spoke the message that came from God.
Saints remember bible teaches us that: “ don’t let anyone deceive you in any way. For the day will not come until the final rebellion takes place and the wicked one appears, who is destined for hell. He will oppose every so-called god or object of worship and will put himself above them all. He will even go in and sit down in God’s temple and claim to be God. The Mysterious wickedness what bible talks about which is going to be revealed at the proper time it’s power is already at work, but what is going to happen will not happen until the one who holds its back is taken out the way. The wicked one will come with the power of Satan and perform all kinds of false miracles and wonders, and use every kind of wicked deceit on those who will perish. They will perish because they did not welcome and love truth so as to be saved. And so God sends the power of error to work in them so that they believe what is false. The result is that all who have not believed the truth, but have taken pleasure in sin, will be condemned.” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12)
Remember dear people of God that right from the Genesis to Revelations Lord Almighty has warned us about what’s coming ahead of us and thereby asked us to be prepared for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. At present the period of Grace for we Gentiles has been bestowed by the Lord Almighty but soon this period of Grace may come to an end and it shall happen because in Romans 11: 25 St. Paul tell us that,”There is a secret truth, my brothers which I want you to know, for it will keep your from thinking how wise you are. It is that the stubbornness of the people of Israel is not permanent, but will last only until the complete numbers of Gentiles comes to God.”
Dear readers if you think that in these end times you should be safe from the false prophets or want to recognize the false prophets, then for that you must be Born-Again in Christ Jesus, you have to repent of your sins and ask God to cleanse and forgive your sins through the blood of Jesus, because for our Salvation Christ died on the cross of Calvary, the prices of our transgression and iniquity and infirmities are been paid in full by our Passover sacrifice, Christ Jesus. Remember without Christ Jesus we cannot defeat the world and the Holy Spirit the counselor whom God has sent unto us leads us into the path the righteousness. If you haven’t repented of your sins then pls. Pray out loud these prayer of repentance: -
Prayer of Repentance: -
JESUS I believe that you died on the cross of Calvary for my sins and through your Blood I have the redemption of my sins and that I am a sinner and accept and repent for all my sins, cleanse me with your Sacreth Blood. JESUS I accept u as the saviour of my life and I give my body, Soul and Spirit in your hands, Come into my heart, be my Lord and my Saviour. Amen
I pray to God that this article will bless each and every member of the Body of Christ and will help us to equip our self against the evil plans and purposes of Satan and the false prophets. May God each one of us exceedingly abundantly in Christ Jesus –Amen.
Joshua -Ashish Macwan.
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