Not To Mention We Have A Whole New Breed Of Apostles Too... (laugh out loud)
Fact number 1.
God Choses His Prophets And They Are Identified By The Word That God Brings To Past
They don't go around telling people who they are...
(example,) I am the Prophet Roger Benedict!
It will bring condemnation and judgment on myself from the Lord if God has not chosen me and called me to be a true prophet of God!
So in that case i will not say who i am, for it is the Lord who reveals all things and they are manifest in the Holy Spirit...
So anyone boldly professing to be such should be put to the test to see whether they are from God!
just as the scriptures declare...
In the latter times many false prophets shall arise performing many signs and wonders and will deceive many.
Now, Please Pay Close Attention To This...
I am speaking this by way of my encounters with these so called prophets of God,
whom in time i found they were deceivers and had not the truth in them nor, spoke on God's behalf.
They instead, proved to be false and mis-guided not receiving divine intervention from the LORD,
but instead producing the imaginations of their own hearts and might i even go as far to say they were influenced by the spirit of error which is that of the anti-Christ!
How many times did someone run into you and say, I am a prophet and God has a word for you?
which you might want to give ear to and not test it!
But It is God Who Does The Speaking And That Causes Things To Be Made Manifest.
A lot of this modern day prophet idea comes from the charismatic and pentecostal movement!
Beware of False Prophets +
In the verses alongside (and in many other Bible verses not quoted herein) God has stringently warned us that there are FALSE prophets.
1. And the Lord said to me, "The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart." Jer 14.14
(Jesus said...) "Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many." Mt 24.11
2. God has given the following guidelines to protect us from false prophets...
If someone purports to speak as a prophet from God, the church should assemble so as to judge the validity of that prophet's words...
(example,) Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge. 1 Cor 14.29
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. 1 John 4.1
A false prophet can be recognized by the fact that he or she yields bad fruit -- distrust, discord, confusion, wrangling, gossip, useless disputes, and divisions within the church
(Jesus said...) "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 thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit." Mt 7.15-17
A prophet's words are false if they are inconsistent with, or contradict, God's Bible. (This is the ACID TEST. God does not contradict His Bible.)
Thus says the Lord of hosts: "Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; they speak a vision of their own heart, not from the mouth of the Lord." Jer 23.16
To serve God's church in the PRESENT TIME, God imbues certain of His servants with the gift of being His prophets.
(example,) And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. 1 Cor 12.28
but do be careful... as the apostle Paul has stated not all have the same gifts!
and many are they that are false apostles, and false messiahs...
we have witnessed some of these in the television and evangelism arena through the media!
but there are even some that's right in your own mist in the church or your own community, home and sometimes family!
(yes, they can even be someone you know personally...)
They will be known by the fruit they produce, good or bad!
They speak of God but the truth is not often found on their lips or either,
you receive distorted explanations or excuses when they are questioned about the information, events, etc. they claim to have received from the LORD!
Does their actions and motives line up with the word of GOD?
Do you know how to discern the markings of a false prophet?
Do you think you might have ever been mis-lead and fallen prey to their deception?
As Christians We Are Commanded By Jesus Christ To Watch Out For Them...
For They Come Not From God And As He Says Will Deceive Many!
Even The Very Elect Of God If It Were Possible...
Utilize The Gifts That God Has Given Us Through The Holy Spirit!
And Test These prophets, ministers, churches, and people to see whether they are who they say they are...
Because your adversary the devil roams around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.
and false prophets are the tool of the one who is called the deceiver of the whole world!
and the spirit that comes from him is the spirit of error, not truth!
So be watchful as both the Lord Jesus, and The Apostle Has Instructed Us To Be.
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