“But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?
22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.“
False prophets are people who profess to speak for God, but speak false messages in His name.
There are several heresies which identify false prophets, (like preachers who teach a false gospel). But another identifier of a false prophet is when someone speaks peace from God unto people in general, without regard to whether or not the recipient of the message is born again in the risen Lord Jesus Christ.
(Social media is literally saturated with these wicked people who profess to speak for God to accumulate admiration from man).
Here’s the proof in scripture that false prophets communicate God’s peace to unsaved people:
16 “Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.
17 They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.”
Here’s scripture which proves to us that people who are not born again Christians do not have the peace of God, (but God’s wrath abides on them).
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
Another test of a false prophet is someone who teaches that there is a way to heaven other than it being exclusively through the risen Lord Jesus Christ by grace through faith by the obedience of one:
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
8 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.“
17 “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.“
False prophets believe in probationary life in His Son, where your salvation is based in what you do, (rather than what Jesus has done).
False prophets don’t believe the record that God gave of His Son, (eternal life).
10 “He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
And in addition to what I’ve presented here, you can add to that list of false prophets all of the “celebrity” preachers, and everyone else who’s into financial wealth and/or seekers of followers of themselves, and those who covet religious titles. (See Matthew chapter 23).
Listen to me please, I care enough to tell you the truth. Don’t follow any man; only follow the risen Lord Jesus Christ, (man will fail you every time).
If you aren’t actually born again in the risen Lord Jesus Christ, God’s wrath is upon you, you don’t have God’s favor or peace. In fact, you are justly condemned to hell in your sin. And none of your goodness or religious activities count one bit toward you going to heaven when you die, (which may occur today).
So please call out to the risen Lord Jesus Christ to save you my friend, do it right now while you still have the opportunity to do so.
All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ!
And no glory to us whatsoever!
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