What does the Bible say about false prophets? That is going to be our main subject. Many people prophesy that God has told them something that is going to happen. For example the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, etc. They claim that Christ would come back. But never Happened! In spite of many people saying things would happen they are still false prophets. That’s what this study is about. Enjoy!
A Tree and Its Fruit
When Jesus was giving his Sermon on the Mount one of these was one of his subjects above. If you have your Bible turn with me to Matthew chapter 7, Verses 15 to 23. It reads: “”Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'” Jesus Here states, “WATCH OUT FOR FALSE PROPHETS!” Why would Jesus make a statement like this? Because he knew that they would “come to you in sheep’s clothing” and new that “they are ferocious wolves. Studying verse 15 we cross-reference we find Jeremiah 23:16 which reads: “This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.” I don’t mean that every prophet that prophesying comes from God but False Prophets we have to watch out for. “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” So we need to test these spirits! “Christians who are well acquainted with the Scriptures, may, in humble dependence on Divine teaching, discern those who set forth doctrines according to the apostles, and those who contradict them. The sum of revealed religion is in the doctrine concerning Christ, his person and office. The false teachers speak of the world according to its maxims and tastes, so as not to offend carnal men. The world approved them, they made rapid progress, and had many followers such as themselves; the world will love its own, and its own will love it. The true doctrine as to the Savior’s person, as leading men from the world to God, is a mark of the spirit of truth in opposition to the spirit of error. The more pure and holy any doctrine is, the more likely to be of God; nor can we by any other rules try the spirits whether they are of God or not. And what wonder is it, that people of a worldly spirit should cleave to those who are like themselves, and suit their schemes and discourses to their corrupt taste?”-Matthew Henry. One of the signs of the end of the age was to be as Jesus stated in Matthew 24:24: “For false Christ’s and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect…if that were possible.” Benny Hinn claims that God has revealed prophecies to him. But every time has so called given messages from God have proven to not of happened. One he made was about homosexuals. That they would all disappear. That it would be by fire. That it would happen in 1996. Well that has passed. Sign of a false Prophet! I’m not Judging, but Scripture is. “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them…bringing swift destruction on themselves.” “Though persecution was never pleasant and always feared, a greater antagonist was the false prophet or false teacher. Peter initiates an entire section of his second epistle with a warning about such teachers. Peter describes them as “denying the Lord who bought them.” These are not people who were once saved and then forfeited their salvation but individuals who had never experienced regeneration by faith in Christ. They are characterized by stealth and by destruction, as in the heresies which they engender. The term “heresy” means a faction. False doctrine inevitably breeds factions, disrupting the unity and peace of the churches”-The Believers Study Bible.
To be doers of the word,
not hearers only
|“Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it he will be blessed in what he does.”|
In closing Jesus stated that “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21) The Jewish people back in Old Testament times cried out to God saying: “Israel cries out to me, ‘O our God, we acknowledge you!’ But Israel has rejected what is good; an enemy will pursue him.”-Hosea 8:2_3. For the Apostle Paul writes: “For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.”-Romans 2:13 So “let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”_1 John 3:18. By the actions we do that will show that We love our God and Savior Jesus Christ. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.”-John 13:13. What is your decision today. Are you going to be one of those who call on Jesus name and do the will of the Father or be like the false prophets? It’s Your Choice!
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