Danger of False Prophecy

Background

Here are some of the dangers of false prophecy.

 

Outline

  1. God wants us to fear his words
  2. Capital Punishment
  3. Social Unrest
  4. Draws people away from God
  5. Critical Thinking
  6. Consumer-Driven
  7. It tells people what they want to hear
  8. Follow ME
  9. Spirit Thing
  10. Test the Spirits
  11. Warning
  12. World Judges The Church

 

Points

God wants us to fear his words

Scripture

Deuteronomy 18:22 reads

  1. 21 You may ask in your heart, “How can we recognize a message that the LORD has not spoken?”
  2. 22 When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD and the message does not come to pass or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.

Examination

Understandably, we have lost fear and awe of God.

Partly to blame for that are unfulfilled prophecies.

It is the age-old story of the Boy who cried wolf too many times.

After a while, people stopped listening.

If they stop listening they stop being afraid.

But, here God is saying.

Actually, he is insisting that false prophecies do not grant us an out.

It does not equate to us to stop listening and being fearful of Father God.

Substitute being afraid of God, with being afraid of that one false prophet.

Carefully, read the warning.

The warning is very clear.

The warning is that:-

 

The prophet has gone out into the public space.

He is publicly claiming he has a word from God.

And, he is sharing it.

Or has shared it.

Yet, God has fatherly, daringly, and divinely stepped in and said and actually shown that “No, this one prophet has not being sent by me to speak on what he says he is speaking on

 

You are no longer required to heed any of his warnings.

Not of that one false prophecy; but of him in whole.

 

 

Capital Punishment

Scripture

Deuteronomy 18:20 reads

  1. 19 And I will hold accountable anyone who does not listen to My words that the prophet speaks in My name.
  2. 20 But if any prophet dares to speak a message in My name that I have not commanded him to speak, or to speak in the name of other gods, that prophet must be put to death.”

Examination

  1. God is very plain here
    • He says if I give a word through my prophet and you do not listen to it, I will hold you accountable
  2. God furthers
    • If someone were to
      • Speak a message in his name
        • And, he has not commanded that word
      • Speak in the name of other gods
    • Punishment
      • Put that prophet to death

Social Unrest

Oscar Merlo

False Prophecy and Prophets
Misrepresenting Evangelical Pentecostals and Renewal Movements
Oscar Merlo — December 11, 2020
Link

Fourth, false prophets and their prophecies are apathetic about the peace of the city and its citizens (Jer. 29:7-9).

Jeremiah 29:7-9 – Jeremiah’s Letter to the Exiles ( Link )

7 Seek the prosperity of the city to which I have sent you as exiles. Pray to the LORD on its behalf, for if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
8 For this is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: “Do not be deceived by the prophets and diviners among you and do not listen to the dreams you elicit from them.
9 For they are falsely prophesying to you in My name; I have not sent them, declares the LORD.”…

Instead, their predictions agitate and foster social unrest.

Such agitating prophecies have been observed in recent political prophecies in the United States, Latin America, Africa, and other places in Europe.

I must clarify that such prophets do not represent all evangelical Pentecostal and Renewal communities.

False prophets represent their own ministry and personalities.

As they utter confusing predictions, they publicly tarnish the reputation of the Holy Spirit and make a mockery of sacred spiritual gifts that have renewed the church and advanced evangelism in the 21st century.

For many conservative Evangelical Pentecostals and others in Renewal movements like myself, these people appear to be what Jesus calls “false prophets and diviners,” that now have been put to shame by media and the Spirit of God.

( Matthew 7:13-20 )

 

Draws people away from God

At its heart, each false prophecy is a vehicle to draw people away from God.

Each false prophecy is a subtle attempt to draw God’s people towards Satan and False Gods.

Each false prophet is akin to sexual trafficking; if you will.

The objective is to draw people away from their loved ones and have them submit themselves for the sake of money, beauty, material things, and influence.

It is no wonder that on the other side, people see and know they have paid a heavy price for wantonness.

 

Critical Thinking

Always critical thinking is suppressed for fine words.

Prophetic gifting is one of Satan’s most cunning tools to counter other spiritual gifts.

Satan often arms his minions with Prophetic gifts to disarm humble believers’ gift of discernment.

Something about loud people having the first say.

I will advise that rather than jump in front of that truck or join a mob, wait a bit on God.

If it is God, you will know soon enough.

 

Consumer-Driven

Scripture
  1. 2nd Timothy 4:3 ( Preach the Word ) [ Link ]
    • 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and encourage with every form of patient instruction.
    • 3 For the time will come when men will not tolerate sound doctrine, but with itching ears, they will gather around themselves teachers to suit their own desires.
    • 4 So they will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.…
Examination
  1. Who
    • Teacher
      • Responsibility
        • Preach the word
      • Prepared
        • In Season
        • Out of Season
      • Actions
        • Reprove
        • Rebuke
        • Encourage
        • Patient Instruction
    • Men
      • Doctrine
        • Will not tolerate sound doctrine
      • Desire
        • develop and tune their itching ears
        • Teachers to suit their desires
      • Truth & Myths
        • Now, the scripture is truth
        • But, slowly people will turn to myths

Follow ME

Unfortunately, we live in a world of “follow me“.

Here are instances:-

  1. Subscribe
    • Blogging
    • YouTube Channel
  2. Facebooks
    • Facebook friend
  3.  Instagram
    • Instagram Models

The keyword is ME.

And, the sub-word is follow.

 

Spirit Thing

For those who have a background in prophetic ministry, we are aware of this, it is a spirit thing.

John The Revelator is also the beloved apostle.

Here is what he has to say:-

1st John 4:1 – Testing the Spirits ( Link )

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God.  For many false prophets have gone out into the world.

 

Beloved, I will like to tell you otherwise.

But, at its kernel, these people are not going out and prophesying on their own.

They are being sent by a Spirit.

I am telling you this so you do not be idle about those claiming to have a prophetic gifting.

If proven wrong, choose not to tolerate it.

When idle talk will be judged on.

How much more words spoken, not in the account of, but from God directly.

 

Test the Spirits

1st John 4:1 ( Link ) is very unequivocal.

There is no wiggle room.

It clearly states do not test the person.

Do not test the prophet.

Do not test the prophecy.

Test the spirit behind it all.

That is the only tool provided in scripture for discerning prophetic utterances.

You will find that the intent is often subversive.

 

Warning

Scripturally, many prophecies are naked warnings.

Scripture
  1. Proverbs 14:15 – The Wise Woman ( Link )
    • 14 The backslider in heart receives the fill of his own ways, but a good man is rewarded for his ways.
    • 15 The simple man believes every word, but the prudent man watches his steps.
    • 16 A wise man fears and turns from evil, but a fool is careless and reckless.…
Examination
  1. Proverbs 14:15
    • Clearly indicates this is a heart issue
      • Dude is a backslider
      • He is of the world
      • And, he presumes God is likewise
    • Why bring false prophecy?
      • Sin
      • Conduct
      • Covetousness
      • Pride
    • Listed above are some of the vehicles the Devil uses to hide false prophecies in people’s hearts; in some cases without even their own knowledge

 

World Judges The Church

Increasingly the World, the press, passers-by, have pointed out prophecies that do not come true.

And, we lack rejoinders.

We keep bringing the same prophets back to offer nuances.

At the very least find new guys.

Or dress them in new suits.

Camouflage them a bit.

Maybe they will get a new hearing.

The world seeing the old prophecies did not pan out is no longer afraid the world is actually headed to Hell.

On the other hand, if it is indeed going to Hell, the Church is not the ticket out of Jail.

Show me one Church that offers a get out of jail free?

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