Christians, is there anything you've learned from the 'false prophets' of Israel that help you today?
As you think about the false prophets during the time of Israel, how they
went about their own 'work', and what they did, do you see anything that helps
you to avoid falling into traps today?
Why did so many fall for 'false prophets' back then? These are all capable,
smart, hard-working people, so what went wrong and how can you avoid
- RosalindaLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
blessings and light. They have a form of Godly devotion but prove false to its power, and from these turn away
2Tim 3:5 K eep your eyes open and watch out for the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees. (Mt 16:6) [Leaven is used in the Bible to denote sin or corruption]. “If your righteousness does not abound more than that of the Scribes and the Pharisees,” Jesus said, “You will by no means enter into the kingdom of the heavens.” (Mt 15:9; Joh 7:24) Can one truly say the righteousness of the churches of Christendom abound more that of the Scribes and Pharisees? The answer is emphatically, “No!” Their righteousness is far worse, for in addition to their own leaven they are thoroughly corrupted with the leaven of the Pharisees & Sadducees. They are modern day institutions of Satan. Jesus gave the key mark as to how one would be able to distinguish true Christians from false ones, saying: “By their fruits [works] you will know them.” (Mt 7:16, 20) In like manner, the true Christian religion a true prophet that speaks God’s word and false Christian religions, false prophets that do not speak God’s word can be distinguished by their fruits. Every tree that bears bad fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. (Mt 7:18,19) The following are some examples of bad fruits [ungodly actions and anti-Christ teachings] found in false Christian religions. The Antichrist is a composite man representing all who deny any or all of the scriptural teachings concerning Christ, as well as those who are against him in their actions and who teach a different doctrine contrary to what the bible teaches. Those to whom the term antichrist applies: (1) Persons who deny that Jesus is truly the Messiah and the unique Son of God (2)Those denying the Father and/or the Son. (3) Apostate Christians - "There have come to be many antichrists..they went forth from us, but they were not of our sort." (4 )Those who oppose and persecute Christ true followers (5) Any not truly on Christ side. (6) Individuals who falsely claim the messianic role or who oppose Christ as king. (7) The wild beast and its image [the kingdoms of the world] (8) False prophet -Babylon the Great [the world empire of false religions]. Woe to you Scribes and Pharisees , hypocrites!... you say, "If we were in the days of our forefathers, we would not be shearers with them in the blood the prophets. Therefore you are bearing witness against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. Well, then, fill up the measure of your forefathers." Mt 23:29-32; Jo 16:2. But I want you to know that the head of every man is the Christ; in turn the head of a woman is the man; in turn the head of the Christ is God." 1 Cor 11:3. Exert yourself vigorously [against sin’s law and false teachings] to get in through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will seek to get in but will not be able.” __ Lu 13:24; Matt 7:14; see Rom 7:15-25; Rom 8: 12,13; 1Pet 2:11; Jas 4:1, 2. If anyone worships the wild beast and its image, and receives a mark on his forehead or upon his hand, he will also drink of the wine of the anger of God that is poured out undiluted into the cup of his wrath.” (Rev 14:9-12) "And they worshiped the dragon [Satan] because it gave the authority to the wild beast, and they worshiped the wild beast with the words: “Who is like the wild beast, and who can do battle with it?”
The wild beast is a vicious monster, a brute. “The seven heads mean seven mountains…and there are seven kings...” (Rev 17:9, 10) “And the ten horns that you saw mean ten kings…these ones have one though …they will battle with the lamb but because …he is king of kings, the lamb [Jesus Christ], will conquer them.” The beast is a political wild beast, and is antichrist as can be seen with the horns [militaristic portion of the beast] doing battle with the lamb. True Christians are pro-Christ. They cannot and will not give their support nor lend a hand of assistance to the antichrist kings of the earth and their kingdoms. And he said to those selling the doves: Take these things away from here! Stop making the house of my Father a house of merchandise!". Jo 2:16, 17
Their houses of worship are not the House of God. They are a dwelling place for demons and a lurking place of every unclean exhalation. Imitation Christians at times use their house of worship as asylums for drug dealers and illegal aliens seeking refuge from the law, a place where criminals hide criminals. They are often used for: blood drives, political rallies, as polling places, burial grounds, gambling casinos, market places, army recruiting platforms, theatres, movie stage, dating services, and to conduct secular business.Source(s): They publicly declare they know God, but they dis own him by their works [conduct and teachings] because they are destestable and disobedient..." Titus 1:16
- TramManLv 69 years ago
Can I learn from The Old Testament concerning false prophets? Certainly.
Many prophets were probably paid either monetarily or in kind by Kings, especially before a big imminent battle with another nation. The same way of judging the words of a prophet in those ancient days is exactly the same today.
Firstly, if they speak boldly out with much confidence, and are popular with the hearer; a cautionary amber light appears so to speak. True prophets of God were seldom popular, because their words were so often corrective.
Secondly, If the prophecy is wishy washy in it's connotation, and it can be taken so many different ways - then amber light again.
Thirdly, although Jesus said MANY false prophets will arise in your midst, the Bible does say that we are not to despise prophecy.
Fourthly, the Bible does say that prophetic utterances will come forth, and that we should be orderly about the speaking forth of them in a gathering of the saints.
I personally have a great struggle with people who declare they are a 'Prophet' (having a prophet's mantle). Why do I struggle? Because almost every cult that I have studied is ruled over and lead by a prophet, whereas The New Testament boldly declares that in times of old God spoke through His Prophets, but now speaks through His Son.
The reason so many fell for a con-artist prophet in my personal opinion is that they have a silk tongue, and a drawing personality. The prophets of old didn't have a silk tongue, and certainly were placed in terrific danger before nations, and yet God proved His power through them in amazing ways, even kings were amazed!
I would just like to finnish off my views here with an honest question to all believers; "When was the last time anyone heard a corrective word come forth in a church gathering telling the leaders specifically to get their house in order, and that God was not pleased? The church is in one big mess, and no corrective charge? Why not?
Hope my perspective here causes believers to be not quite so naive.
- Anonymous9 years ago
The false prophets were always those who preached what was acceptable to the people, whether or not it pleased the Lord. This is a serious flaw.
The true prophets were straight out with the truth even though many times they put their own lives in danger especially from kings and priests who did not want the truth at any price many times.
One thing I noticed about what Jesus said concerning His second coming was that "Many false prophets shall rise up and shall deceive many" (Matthew 24:11) yet Jesus never did say that THERE WOULD BE ANY TRUE PROPHETS. Have you also noticed this?
There are people who prophesy, but I am very suspicious of self proclaimed 'so-called' prophets in this day and age because we all have God's Word and His Holy Spirit. Can we not hear from God ourselves? Do we really in this day and age of having Spirit and Word, still need a man to tell us what God is saying? I don't think so, do you folks?
There is no mention in the New Testament fo any Prophets of God going to people like they did in the Old Testament when people did not have the Spirit and the Word of God themselves.
I think this is one of the most obvious things we should look out for - people who are wolves coming to us in sheep's clothing, pretending to be 'prophets of God' and saying "God told me to tell you thus and thus"
- sugarbeeLv 79 years ago
We have to be diligent students of the Bible...it's a continuous learning process that will carry over into the Paradise Earth as well.
If we settle for some information and start to depend on man for the rest, we too could become led away by "false prophets". Many in Christendom follow a man, they neglect the study of God's word, thus relying on man's instead......bad choice!
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- FinalTrumpLv 69 years ago
We are studying the book of Ezekiel right now and one thing the false prophets were doing back then was "preaching smooth things" that is what they people wanted to hear. They railed on the true prophets and even persecuted them, but told the people, don't worry, in two years time we will all be back at our houses in Israel laughing about the whole thing.
So one thing to watch out for is an easy message. If you look at all of God's prophets, they told it like it is. They gave you a ray of hope, but were not shy about telling you your short comings and what needed to change. And also to watch out for railing against those who are trying to do God's service.
- dannerLv 43 years ago
Wow. Darwin replaced right into a scientist with an thought that opened many doorways interior the medical community. we are constantly getting to know new issues approximately our worldwide and universe. the priority is, that oftentimes those discoveries conflict with scripture. Believers have a puzzling time accepting the certainty, by way of fact it conflicts with techniques that they have been pronounced with. It transformations their "actuality". BTW, i'm specific organic disaster surpassed off decrease back then too. It in all probability did look like god replaced into offended while a primitive human beings had to handle flooding, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc. non secular radicals are lots greater probable to hold the "end cases", which extremely sucks for the rational human beings of the worldwide.
- CajunboyLv 79 years ago
Just that God is the same today as he was in the earlier times of Israel ...He does not waiver..He does not change...If God says today that we should all love one another, he doesn't mean that if today you , as a female, are in Israel , that you should expect to have to fear to be molested or raped or that a person how is a known homosexual should have to fear retaliation or abuse just because they choose to visit the Holy Land....we all sin and we all have been through to get to God and whether we believe or accept sin ....all sin...as equal in respect to God's commands...We still sin and this is the time when people should come together even more to help to show in their own experiences how to avoid those sins...
- ~~Birdy~~Lv 79 years ago
Who were the false prophets?
We can avoid this today because Jesus told us that the prophets were until John. Has that time not come now when the Lord puts His Spirit upon all His people and they walk and live by the Spirit --- if they take up their cross?
- CarlLv 79 years ago
They took their eyes off God, either they could not / would not agree with a particular doctrine or they wanted to fit in more with their neighbours.
The accounts of the depths of their sin is recorded for us in Scripture that we might not follow them, their failings are written for us to learn from however even in the depths of Israel's apostasy God still had seven thousand who hadn't bowed the knee to Baal.