Scriptural Witness #2 – False Prophets Always Draw a Crowd

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False prophets surround themselves with admirers

prophecy crowdIf I see a potential prophet with a large following, red flags go off in my head right away. Usually, when a prophet is surrounded by many people, it is because the people like what they hear.

For the most part, true prophets in the bible were NOT well-liked by those in authority or the masses. They pointed out sin and tried to steer the listener back to obedience to God’s simple commands … such a message is not well accepted by a carnal society … or the church, for that matter.

Jesus warned us, saying:

Luke 6:26
Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

This is a “New Testament Warning” straight from our Messiah’s mouth, exhorting his disciples (and us) to resist the urge to pander to the crowd. The masses will go blindly after ANYONE who will tell them what they want to hear, lavishing upon them their esteem and adoration.

But a prophet of the Most High does not need this form of acceptance.

Does that mean everyone who draws a crowd is a false prophet?

Not at all! John the Baptist, Jesus and Moses … they all had quite a following!

So, how do you discern the difference?

Jesus said:

Matthew 7:15-16a
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.

So, what is the fruit of a false prophet?

Well, I touched on this in my teaching “False Prophets, Fruit and the Unwitting Wolf,” which you can read here, but we will explore a false prophet’s fruit in more detail in the following posts.

Meanwhile, remember: We are looking for “two or three witnesses” from scripture!

If you see someone who claims to be a prophet, surrounded by a bunch of adoring fans, displaying any of the other fruits that we will touch on in this series, don’t listen to them.

Don’t be fearful of speaking out either … you will have your “two or three witnesses” from scripture.

False prophets have an insatiable desire for status

While studying this principle, I came across something interesting that bears mentioning.

We’re all familiar with the verse that says “Satan transforms himself into an angel of light.” Paul wrote this while addressing the issue of false apostles who desired to be regarded and honored in the same way he (Paul) was.

2 Corinthians 11:12-14
But what I do, I will also continue to do, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.

joel-osteen-statusGranted, this is talking about false “apostles,” but the dynamic is the same for a false prophet (both then and now).

False prophets desire to be regarded as equal to the prophets of the bible … all the while preaching “another Jesus” (read all of 2 Corinthians 11 for context.)

This willingness to teach something other than what the Word really says [preaching “another Jesus”] …. combined with a desire for “regard” (honor) is part of what makes them a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

They are “transformed” into something false … a deceitful worker. Selah.

False prophets revel in the favor of the people who promote them

As I mentioned in the last post, false prophets are likeable people, and the multitudes eagerly flock to hear them give the latest “encouraging word” because they have itching ears.

2 Timothy 4:3-4
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

Did you notice how it was the PEOPLE who heaped up false teachers?

benny-hinn-false-teacherOn Judgement Day, the deceived will find themselves complicit in their own deception. They will not be able to justly accuse the false prophet and say “You deceived us!” because THEY were the ones who promoted, fawned over and … well … “worshiped” the ones who deceived them.

I’ve found out (the hard way) that a false prophet’s disciples will defend their idolatry with a vengeance, because the “idol” gives them a false sense of security that justifies them in their sin, or at least gives them license to ignore it.

The true prophet, Isaiah, spoke of these people when he said:

Isaiah 30:8-11
Now go, write it before them on a tablet, and note it on a scroll, that it may be for time to come, forever and ever:

That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children who will not hear the law of the LORD;
Who say to the seers, “Do not see,” and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us right things; speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits.
Get out of the way, turn aside from the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.

False prophets speak smooth things

broad-narrow-wayMost modern day prophets preach a “Jesus” that you can reach “the easy way” … and thousands of hungry people, many of them youth, are flocking to them, eager for ANYTHING to draw them closer the God.

This should be a MAJOR red flag to anyone who is watching.

I will write more about “positive and encouraging words” in a later post. Just know, for now, that the crowds flock to a false prophet because of the “smooth things” that they say.

When you see the multitudes being gathered together to listen to the “newest teaching” or “latest revelation,” remember Jesus said that it would be the FEW who find the NARROW gate into the NARROW way that leads to LIFE.

Matthew 7:13-14
Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are MANY who go in by it. Because NARROW is the gate and DIFFICULT is the way which leads to LIFE, and there are FEW who find it.

Do you see the “MANY?”

Remember … Jesus said there would be “FEW!”

For the Truth,

Kevin Kleint
Email: kevinkleint@outlook.com

Scriptural Witness #1 – False Prophets Look Like Sheep

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False prophets are really nice people!

sheepDiscerning false prophets can be really difficult for most people, because they are always looking for the bad guy.

They have a mental picture of some perverse, wicked man with glowing slits for eyes and a cruel grin … or a woman in heavy make-up dressed in a slinky dress with an “I am Jezebel” sign hung around her neck.

This is the exact opposite of what a false prophet/prophetess will usually look like.

Matthew 7:15
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.

There are lots of nice people in hell

joel_osteen-false_prophet-150x150The Truth is, false prophets are some of the nicest people you will ever meet!

I’ve met several of the Elijah List false prophets, and in terms of friendliness, most of them are very warm and caring people.

To this day, they don’t even realize that they are false prophets.

What they don’t understand is that scripture never takes into account how nice you are when judging you as a true or false prophet.

Yes, Even the wolves can be deceived!

lord-lordThis is both scary and sobering.

Today’s wolves have no clue that they are wolves! They look down at the wool clothes that cover their body and they think within themselves “I’m a sheep!” – but inwardly they are full of covetousness and excess … desiring only to find their next source of “nourishment.”

Jesus said that, in the Last Days, many false prophets would say:

Matthew 7:22b
Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

At the End of the Age, false prophets will be a group of people who are clueless to the fact that they walked contrary to His Word and His Will.

They will think: “I did the works! I healed the sick, cleansed the leper and did many wonderful works – IN JESUS NAME! Surely I’m guaranteed a spot in His Kingdom! He used me to heal!”

But, according to scripture, they have a rude awakening coming to them.

For the Truth,

Kevin Kleint
Email: kevinkleint@outlook.com

Ten Distinguishing Marks of a False Prophet

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False prophets can be easily detected

false-prophetPeople often ask me why I am so convinced that the modern day prophetic movement is a false and/or deceptive movement.

My answer is that there is an overwhelming amount of scripture to support this viewpoint.

If I were to willfully ignore the abundance of scriptural evidence supplied in God’s Word (as many often do), then I would be committing a grievous sin.

Usually, people think that discerning a prophet has to be complicated, but I don’t see it that way. If you compare the words and actions of a “prophet” to the Word of God, the matter becomes quite simple.

You just have to be willing to accept what the Word says as the truth … and that’s not always easy to do in today’s politically correct society. This is even more difficult if you happen to identify with, or like, a particular prophetic person.

The Word has MUCH to say about true and false prophets!

prophetic-prophetApproximately 30% of the Word of God is comprised of real prophecies written by men who were true prophets of the Most High. When you add in the multitude of scriptures scattered throughout the rest of the Bible referencing prophets, prophecies and false prophets, the percentage gets much, much higher.

I believe that God did this intentionally, to assist us in discerning between true and false prophets/prophecy in these Last Days.

God does not want you to be deceived

The Messiah told us:

Mark 13:22-23
For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if [it were] possible, even the elect. But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things. (also see Matthew 24:24)

Believe me friends, it is not God’s Will for you to be among those deceived by these false prophets and the clever words they say.

prophecy-wolf-sheepOver the next few weeks, I’m going to be releasing a series of posts that YOU can use as a reference to help you discern those who call themselves prophets/prophetesses but are actually deceived … or outright liars.

I didn’t compose this list with ill-will towards anyone in the modern day prophetic movement.

Many people who are caught up in this false movement are genuine, sincere people, who do “many wonderful works.” Nevertheless, when you compare them to what the Word of God says, they match the description of false prophets …. PERFECTLY.

If it looks like a duck, acts like a duck and smells like a duck … it’s a duck, and I’m gonna call it a “duck.”

The image of a false prophet

As you read through these posts, seriously consider the scriptures that I will be highlighting and create an image of a false prophet with your renewed mind.

Most important … let your man-made doctrines, personal biases and human reasoning submit to the authority of the Word.

** Suddenly ** the wolves among the sheep will become evident.

REMEMBER: The scripture says that “by 2 or 3 witnesses, let every matter be established.”

By the time this series is over, you will have at least 10 witnesses from scripture to help you test the potential prophet. You will also have ironclad proof that 99% of the modern day prophets are not who they claim to be.

Pay close attention as you read these posts!

post-it-pay-attentionI want to stress that it is not the Will of God for us to be deceived …. at the same time, it is up to us to do our due diligence and “study to show ourselves approved.”

We are going to dig into scripture and study the characteristics of a false prophet. After you read these posts, you’ll find yourself asking:

Are the “prophets” I listen to True? Or are they False?

Remember, this is a True/False answer. Contrary to what you may have heard, there is no “gray area” with God’s Word.

Give others this information

Finally, I want to encourage you to forward this information to your friends.

This series will greatly benefit the following groups of people:

  • Those who question the modern day prophetic movement
  • Those who call themselves prophets and/or are involved in the prophetic movement
  • Those who are drawn to the “show” of the prophetic movement
  • Those who want to stay aligned with the Word and not be deceived in these Final Days

If you know anyone that falls into any of these groups, give them the link to this page!

HERE IS THE LINK: http://www.honorofkings.org/false-prophets/

As we approach the End, it is VITAL that we remain on the Path laid out for us in His Word.

One mistake can have Eternal consequences.

For the Truth,

Kevin Kleint
Email: kevinkleint@outlook.com

Hot Lips Sink Ships (Pretty Speech Cannot Hide an Evil Heart)

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Proverbs gives us a great analogy (and implied warning) for these Last Days.

Proverbs 26:23
Fervent lips with a wicked heart are like earthenware covered with silver dross.

The Hebrew words for “fervent lips” is dalaq [H1814] saphah [H8193].

Taken together, they mean “persuasive speech.”

Persuasive Speech as an Art Form

clay-man-drossWe have many, many teachers and prophets that excel in the art of persuasive speech. There are college courses focused on this very topic, enabling the students to deceive thousands, if not millions of listeners.

But this art form only creates feeble vessels with lips like earthenware covered in silver dross, destined to be purged by fire in the coming days.

As we read this verse, it is important for us to avoid becoming prideful, for it is not just reserved for the false prophet and huckster … it’s meant for us as well, “church.”

The Father’s View of the Disobedient

During the time of the prophet Isaiah, the Father said concerning Jerusalem:

Isaiah 1:21-26
How the faithful city has become a harlot! It was full of justice; righteousness lodged in it, but now murderers. Your silver has become dross, your wine mixed with water. Your princes are rebellious and companions of thieves; everyone loves bribes and follows after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless, nor does the cause of the widow come before them.”

Therefore the Lord says, the LORD of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel,
“Ah, I will rid Myself of My adversaries, and take vengeance on My enemies. I will turn My hand against you, and thoroughly purge away your dross, and take away all your alloy. I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city.

When Serving God is a Hobby

lies-deceptionDuring the time that the Lord was issuing forth this judgment, the children of Israel still professed to serve Him. They were doing their duty by coming to the temple and going through the motions (celebrating His Feasts and honoring His Sabbath), but then they would turn right around and live like the surrounding nations.

Earlier in the chapter, God labeled them:

Isaiah 1:4
Alas, sinful nation,
A people laden with iniquity,
A brood of evildoers,
Children who are corrupters!
They have forsaken the LORD,
They have provoked to anger
The Holy One of Israel,
They have turned away backward.

The terms used here, like “corrupters” and “forsaken” and “turned away backward” imply that they had, at some point, served the Father and obeyed Him according to the Way that He instructed them. But their true hearts surfaced in their longing to be like everyone else.

The Consequence of Turning Away from the Almighty

God went on to say:

Isaiah 1:6-7
From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but wounds and bruises and putrefying sores; they have not been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment.

Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire; strangers devour your land in your presence and it is desolate as overthrown by strangers.

This is fast becoming an exact replica of the “church” in the United States, as well as the country itself. The self-proclaimed church has refused the correction of the righteous and is reaping the consequences of this decision.

Psalm 141:5
Let the righteous strike me; it shall be a kindness. And let him rebuke me; it shall be as excellent oil; let my head not refuse it.

Our country claims to be a “christian” nation with “christian” roots, but any sort of honest research will reveal many arguments to the contrary. Unfortunately, none of us were alive in the 1700’s, so we can’t know the absolute truth, but we owe it to our selves to consider all the evidence.

Link: “The Hidden Faith of Our Founding Fathers”

I don’t know everything, but I DO know that you can judge the tree by it’s fruit, and what I am seeing is not good. We profess to believe in “Jesus,” but we are as pagan as they come.

The Reward of Repentance

But take heart … the Father DOES offer us the solution! The question is … “Will you obey?”

Isaiah 1:16-20
Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.”

“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword;” For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Take the time to digest what the previous passage is saying!

  • Wash yourselves
  • Make yourselves clean
  • Put away the evil from before your eyes.

All of these things require actual, tangible effort. Wash yourselves …. make yourselves clean.

We have this expectation that, because of Jesus’ sacrifice, that God will reach down and magically whisk away our sins, and the desires that accompany them.

This is a complete deception and a lie.

There is a “wrestling” that we must endure, at least for a season (1 Peter 5:8-10). How long that season lasts is up to the Father.

God did not magically empower Jesus to die on the cross. It required actual, physical human suffering and agony. If we are to truly follow Him, we will have to endure a measure suffering.

If the worst suffering that you have to endure is denying your flesh the fleeting pleasures of sin, then count yourself extremely blessed. There are many in the Mideast and China who have a weightier testimony in the Eyes of the Father.

Isaiah 1:24-26
Therefore the Lord says, the LORD of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel, “Ah, I will rid Myself of My adversaries, and take vengeance on My enemies. I will turn My hand against you, and thoroughly purge away your dross, and take away all your alloy.”

“I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city.

The Purging will happen

hot-lips-tribulationPlease understand, this dross that will be purged away, this lip service that we use in vain to mask the utter vanity in our heart … the seeker friendly speech that makes us “bosom buddies” with the world, but an enemy of the Most High, will be purged by tribulation.

And our hearts will be laid bare before the eyes of all.

Then the world will know who we really serve … and not all of us will be on the same team.

Isaiah 1:27
Zion shall be redeemed with justice, and her penitents with righteousness.

“Righteousness” and “Justice” … where have I heard those terms before?

Psalm 89:14
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face.

They are the foundation of His Throne.

The Most High will redeem those who are His, because He is just and those who truly repent (penitents) will learn righteousness (obedience to His commands). This dynamic is the very basis of the Coming Kingdom.

Do you see how it all fits together?

In the End, when He sets up His Kingdom on this earth, we will see who it was who could “walk the talk” and who it was who just …. talked.

Isaiah 1:28
The destruction of transgressors and of sinners shall be together, and those who forsake the LORD shall be consumed.

Joshua 24:20
“If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done you good.”
1 John 3:4
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

Connect the dots, my friends. It’s time to be brutally honest about our walks with Him.

Where do you stand?

For the Truth,

Kevin Kleint
Email: kevinkleint@outlook.com

Prophets and Prophecy Post Collection

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father-son-handsOver the last 4 years or so, I have written many different posts on prophecy and false prophets.

This teaching and commentary comes from first-hand experience, ladies and gentleman.

I was involved in the prophetic movement, as well as an employee of the Elijah List for 7 years. Being in this position allowed me to interface with many of the popular prophetic celebrities that are still making waves today.

I was also able to obtain a behind-the-scenes perspective as I observed, and sometimes participated in, the activities and drama of a “prophetic ministry.”

The many posts that you see below are a result of God healing my spirit and renewing my mind according to His Word.

Seven years of regret is sometimes hard to fathom for me, but more and more I am able to see the Master’s Hand at work, as others are healed (and warned) by the result.

I pray that these posts will be a blessing.

For the Truth,

Kevin Kleint
Email: kevin@honorofkings.org

Ten Distinguishing Marks of a False Prophet

  1. Introduction
  2. Scriptural Witness #1 – False Prophets Look Like Sheep
  3. Scriptural Witness #2 – False Prophets Always Draw a Crowd
  4. Scriptural Witness #3 – False Prophets Speak Presumptuously
  5. Scriptural Witness #4 – False Prophets Lead You Away from God’s Commands
  6. Scriptural Witness #5 – False Prophets Mimic the Spirit of God
  7. Scriptural Witness #6 – False Prophets have False Dreams and Visions (part 1)
  8. Scriptural Witness #6 – False Prophets have False Dreams and Visions (part 2)
  9. Scriptural Witness #7 – False Prophets Always Have an Encouraging Word
  10. Scriptural Witness #8 – False Prophets Won’t Have an Original Thought
  11. Scriptural Witness #9 – False Prophets Perform Miracles, Signs and Wonders (part 1)
  12. Scriptural Witness #9 – False Prophets Perform Miracles, Signs and Wonders (part 2)
  13. Scriptural Witness #10 – False prophets produce bad fruit (part 1)
  14. Scriptural Witness #10 – False prophets produce bad fruit (part 2)
  15. Closing Thoughts

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