How to tell the Difference between Old Testament and New Testament Prophets

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prophetic-prophetWhen I left my job working for a well-known prophetic ministry, my understanding of prophecy and prophets was, at best, skewed.  I knew that prophets and prophecy were real, and that the bible talked about prophets as one of the “5-fold ministries.”  Still, I knew that the fruits of our modern day “prophets” were NOT the fruits of righteousness and holiness, but greed, lust and licentiousness.

One day, I asked in desperation, “God! Then how do I know a True Prophet and True Prophecy??”

He replied, “Kevin … READ THE PROPHETS!!”

The End of Confusion

Could it really be that simple?  How is it that, in our quest for understanding prophets and prophecy, we overlook about 1/3 (give or take) of the bible?  Did God know in advance that, in the latter days, false prophecy would be so prevalent that His children would need a clear guide to discern false prophecy and true prophecy?

I know this will upset those of you with dispensationalist training who believe that there is a difference between Old Testament prophecy and New Testament prophecy, but the bottom line is … THERE ISN’T ANY DIFFERENCE!

You will not find anywhere in the bible where God says … “OK, now you prophets who were before Jesus, this is how you should prophesy. And you 5-fold ministry prophets … you prophesy this other way.”

It’s simply not there …. not even in 1 Corinthians 14 (do the research).

Exposing sin is a prophet’s forte

God, speaking through the prophet Jeremiah, tells us a key characteristic of a True Prophet:

Lamentations 2:14 AMP
“Your prophets have predicted for you falsehood and delusion and foolish things; and they have not exposed your iniquity and guilt to avert your captivity [by causing you to repent].  But they have divined and declared to you false and deceptive prophecies, worthless and misleading.”

discern-false-prophetsTrue Prophecy will expose sin for what it is … an abomination in the Eyes of God.  True Prophecy will not play with sin.  Sin separates God from His Beloved Children and He hates it … yes, He HATES sin.  But it is because of God’s Love that He sends true prophets to His people … to bring them to a place of repentance so that the Divine relationship can be restored!

What is sin?

1 John 3:4
Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.

They Would Have Turned

Are you still not convinced? Let’s try another verse:

Jeremiah 23:21-22 AMP
“I did not send these [false] prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied.  But if they had stood in My council, then they would have caused My people to hear My words, then they would have turned them [My people] from their evil way and from the evil of their doings.

Funny … where are the instructions on “soaking” or how to have a “third heaven visitation?”  Could it be that we’ve missed the mark?  I’m not saying certain supernatural events will not take place in the life of a prophet … but those times are usually a result of consecration, service and sacrifice, not following the latest “5 steps to a Heavenly Encounter.”

New Testament Conviction … by All

Am I coming across too legalistic?  Am I ignoring “grace?”  Doesn’t the sacrifice of Jesus cover all those “doom ‘n gloom” messages?  Let’s look at prophecy in the New Testament for a minute:

I Corinthians 14:23-25 NKJV
“Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in [those who are] uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind?  But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all.  And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on [his] face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.

flatteryWow! That almost sounds like the Old Testament!  Have the modern day prophets included this instruction in their user-friendly prophecy?

No they have not.

I challenge you to take your understanding of what a modern day prophet is supposed to be and compare it to the Word of God.  God’s Prophets paid a price … they didn’t charge a fee.

For further Study:

Understand True Prophecy and you will Understand the Testimony of Jesus,

For the Truth,

Kevin Kleint


  1. seventeen says

    read is. 6 – HE talks about those who have their ears stopped up – Our Master spoke about the Word not being heard through Matthew – Rev. has the letters to the seven churches – the line in it is “those who have ears to hear” – not everyone is going to hear the message – it is our call to deliver the message but not to be concerned for those who cannot hear. many cannot hear.

  2. seventeen says

    just began something re: stanley frodstam’s 1965 prophetic word. it did not glorify man nor did man profit by it. it was anything but pretty – no man gained $’s from it. and it is still very valid today – i printed it off and read it every so often – something most important, it does not leave the scripture – i have studied the prophets of old and their words line up with frodstam’s word. nothing overcomes the WORD of Elohim – it is the reigning word.
    it took me a long time to stop running after man and stand by FAITH on Our Father’s Word – i just read the gospels and followed Our Savior – it is all there – walk by faith – walk by the Spirit, not by the flesh – HE WILL DO WHAT HE SAYS – TEACH US HIMSELF AND PUT HIS LAWS IN OUR HEARTS – IT IS POSSIBLE – Our Father is not pleased with a fleshly walk –
    no, i have not arrived but i have stopped listening to man. kevin, please keep posting.

  3. says

    from that post:
    The missing minister of the prophet in the local church is tragic.
    He has been homogenized into the mainstream milk that calls itself Christian. Typically he sits in a pew or is molded into the job of a pastor, but inside there is a burning fire that wants to speak for the Lord.

    He is not seeker sensitive in the stagnant water of the typical church service.
    When mature, he rejects being hired for money, reputation, or popularity.
    He is non self-glorying, non self- promoting.
    Forget the “Prophet Appreciation Month” -he does not want it.

    If you have been around church very long, you have met prophets, pastors, teachers, and perhaps an apostle.
    Most of them became nameless, faceless followers conformed to the image of their fellowship.

    But God has them, oh yes, and the ones who come out from among them and follow the Lord “outside the camp” of modern Christianity will be as candles in the night

  4. says

    good word and true. They come across as fault-finders and discord sowers but mostly point out sin and error making them unpopular with pastors especially. There were prophets and teachers in Antioch. Acts 13. Paul was one, and it was there he was called to apostleship. But he was a prophet and teacher first.
    .. Ive written numerous times regarding prophets in the New Testament as the Lord has led…

  5. says

    Compare it to the Word of God?

    Turn to scripture to for answers?
    Accept what scripture actually says?

    Surely that’s far too simple Kevin.

    Simple but TRUE!
    We don’t need “prophets” or any other minister who insist on explaining to us what the bible “really” means. Interpreting scripture in a way that seems contrary to the plain meaning on the page is a good indication that a “ministry” is false

  6. Rich Kelley says

    Genesis 3:22 tells how the first sin happened in the scriptures. Man reached out his hand and committed the sin. The hand reached out and took from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

    Genesis 3:22 Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”– (NASB)

    A little later in Genesis the word sin is used for the first time in scripture by God. God also tells who is responsible for overcoming that sin as well.

    Genesis 4:7 “If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but YOU must master it.”

    So from the first accounts in scripture we find that man is responsible for doing the sin or not doing the sin. Despite all the warnings of God himself and all the Prophets he also sent with warnings man continues to chose sin.

  7. says

    I’m running out of places to attend a local fellowship of believers. I’ve made excuses that I was the one with the problem.
    I’ve missed a lot of services due to many things taking me out of state. So I’m not sure when the pastor started the ‘everyone pray the sinner’s prayer together so as not to make a real sinner feel uncomfortable.’
    I’m still not sure how I found you. But you have been an encourager to me to speak boldly as I should. I have tried to soften my delivery but I’m not sure how you snatch someone out of the fire nicely? (Jude)

    • J. W. says

      I’m in the same place as you, Rhonda. I’m running out of “churches” in which to fellowship! I’m not willing to compromise on what I know is true from and in scripture. I am not shy in pointing out error (with explanation and scriptural reference). And I am fed up with being entertained with “feel good” messages that seem to be taken wholesale from Psychology Today!

      So, where do we go from here? I’ve been in prayer for years for a place where worship is real and true, where the pastor doesn’t feel the need to make his congregants comfortable with cute little homilies, jokes, stories, where the Holy Spirit isn’t stifled and restricted. What is often called “a move of the Spirit” in most churches I’ve attended is nothing more than a well controlled manipulation of the congregation by a feisty, well groomed and good looking guy or gal who has a great motivational delivery! Then, out come the purses and wallets of the manipulated . Frauds are rampant in the church…

  8. Chris says

    It is refreshing to hear the true word of God. It grieves the soul to hear these preachers tell how people should not worry about their sin because it is covered under God’s grace. We have God’s grace to help us stop sinning. Worse yet to hear them say if they want what God just promised, to give to their ministry or the ministry they are preaching under. Doesn’t people realize that just eliminated the poor. When would God do that?

  9. PAMELA says


    • John the Baptist the 2nd says

      Young man, you are quite the drama queen and intend to deceive and have been deceived by yourself and others or both — that it is safe to do so.. Dangerous ground . While counterfeit , pretender and imposter Christians are free for you to play with, you delude yourself that sons and daughters of Yahweh will want to play WITH YOU.

    • Dasha says

      Whatever this is, whatever you are; You are loved and in the thoughts of many right now. Your Father knows what you need most and I ask that He provides it to you. Truth first and many Blessings to follow.

      In Jesus,

  10. Clare says

    The problem is that we see so few true prophets, so it is hard to discern. Imagine one has never see a true dollar bill, but only has an instruction of what a dollar bill is like, can he identify the fake ones well? Most likely not. The deception is great among us.

  11. Judith says

    Really good to hear the truth not sugar -coated with modern day additives, which we all should go back to, ” The Basics”

  12. Carol says

    Amen. David Wilkerson was truly a prophet of God. He did keep his eyes on Jesus. He was one of the great men of God. I agree with you throughout this entire article. There just are so few out there now who are willing to stick their necks out for God. It wood ruin their reputation. David Wilkerson even mentioned that as one of His own fears when He revealed the prophecy of 1973.

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