Thus far in this series, we have explored the dynamics that are in play when the soft core false prophets teach deceptive doctrines to their listeners. Whether the deception is intentional or not, the end results are always the same… a false image of our Creator, a twisting of His words and a warped view of His character.
Regardless of intent, Scripture says that this is inexcusable. (John 9:39-41)
My original plan for this entry was to give you more examples of how a false prophet will misinterpret and twist the words of the Most High. While this would definitely be a beneficial thing to do, each example would take a lot of digging and paragraphs of explanation to bring it out, and I have to keep this series moving without getting lost in the minutiae. So, I will leave it up to you to take a good, hard look at these other doctrines.
I will, however, provide for you a few examples to look up on your own. At the end of this post are a few memes that I’ve grabbed off of the Facebook pages of false prophets I have mentioned in this series. See if you can detect where things could easily get twisted.
As you are trying to find the error, follow this analytical process.
- Does the alleged prophet violate the Deuteronomy 13 test?
- Are the Scripture snippets they use (or allude to) part of a larger (and different) concept?
- Does the doctrine they preach fit contextually (scripturally/culturally/historically) within the setting in which the passage was written?
- Do the words in the verses even match their translation (as we saw in the last post)?
- Does their teaching promote one facet of our Creator to the exclusion of His other character traits?
- Does their teaching promote a doctrine that – in any way – makes our unchangeable God… change?
If any of these logical boundaries are exceeded, you have a problem.
Am I just trying to micromanage the prophets?
In the last post, we discussed Graham Cooke’s misunderstanding of “the Comforter,” but this is only one tiny cog of error in a giant machine of deception that extends far beyond Graham’s influence.
On the surface, the machine may look beautiful, miraculous, Holy Spirit led and God-inspired, but if you look under the hood, you will find that the motor of this machine is diabolical in nature. Its function is to propel this “beast” forward as it satiates its voracious appetite by consuming the naive and impressionable.
I sincerely cannot tell you whether or not the axles (the individual prophets) upon which the cogs turn have a clue that they are batting for the other team. They are just performing the same functions and regurgitating the same errors that they were taught, and teaching their own eager pupils – misguided zealots who are more than willing to see “great signs and wonders” (Matthew 24:24) as Yahweh’s stamp of approval.
But it all serves to further the ambition of the machine.
They all love the machine.
The machine pays them.
The machine gives them followers who adore them and their messages.
At any time, they could step back out of their comfort zone and observe the machine from a scriptural bird’s-eye view, but they are hooked on the experience like heroin addicts. So they continue to spin the cog rather than consider that they could be in error.
“Debased minds,” indeed.
Soft core false prophets fit the New Testament description of false prophets perfectly.
The truth is that Johnson, Joyner and the others fit the description of a New Testament prophet perfectly.
And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus: which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation ) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.
Let’s break this down, here.
First of all, verse 6 equates a false prophet (“pseudoprophētēs”) [G5578] with a sorcerer (“magos”) [G3097]; they are basically synonymous. According to the Strong’s entry, a “pseudoprophētēs” is one who is acting in the role of being divinely inspired (albeit falsely) and a “magos” is someone of importance who operates supernaturally.
Barjesus (bar – son of, Jesus – Yehushuwa) is a Jew named “the son of Yehushuwa,” so already, he’s sensing some competition with the Jesus (Yehushuwa) that Paul and Barnabas are preaching. Desiring to retain the favor of the deputy, who was ready to hear the Word of God, he seeks “to turn away the deputy from the faith.”
What character traits would drive Barjesus to “to turn away the deputy from the faith?”
“O full of all subtlety”
The Greek word for “subtlety” is “dolos” [G1388] which means “craft, trickery” and what I thought was interesting… a “decoy.” What does a duck hunter use to lure the real ducks in? He uses a fake duck that looks like the real thing to attract the prey so that he can kill them.
“And (full of) all mischief”
When I think of mischief, I usually think of a little kid trying to go around starting fires and stealing candy bars, but this is not the correct picture, here.
The Greek word for “mischief” is “rhadiourgia” [G4468] which means “ease in working, laziness” as well as “levity or easiness in thinking or acting.”  In other words, BarJesus was laid back and probably lazy. He loved his position next to the deputy because that meant that he didn’t have to go out and work with the average Joe.
“Rhadiourgia” can also mean “love of a lazy effeminate life.”
A large percentage of the men in the prophetic movement are feminine to their core. Check out some of the young men featured lately on the Elijah List.
I know that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but there comes a time when you have to call things for what they are, and if these kids are not already dealing with homosexual or sexually deviant behavior, they are definitely leaning in that direction.
“Child of the devil”
Paul refers to BarJesus as a “child of the devil.” This term should sound familiar.
In John 8:37-41, the Messiah called the Pharisees the “child of the devil.” because they did not speak the Father’s words (which He spoke from the beginning) and they did not do the deeds of Abraham. What were the deeds of Abraham?
For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice (actually this is “righteousness” [H6666]) and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
And we can tie this in with John’s epistle:
In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
So what is “righteousness?” This leads me to my next point.
“Enemy of all righteousness”
What exactly does this mean? When you study the word “righteous” or “righteousness” in both the Old and New Testaments, you will find a direct connection between righteousness and obedience to the laws of God.
God is always righteous, because He is always sinless, always good and always right. And we, as His people, are called to emulate that. And contrary to what you have been taught, it IS possible!
…or the Bible is lying when it says:
Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
…and Luke was giving a false account of John the Baptist’s parents (Zechariah and Elizabeth) when he wrote:
And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
Yeshua was obviously dangling a carrot in front of our faces when He said:
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
…and David, the man after God’s own heart, didn’t have enough knowledge of the Most High when he penned:
Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law (Torah) is the truth.
…and God wanted to pull a fast one on all of us when He spoke through the prophet:
The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law (Torah), and make it honourable.
…or we have been taught a false doctrine about His righteousness and how it applies to us.
Given the number of verses available, I tend to believe that we’ve been taught bad doctrine about righteousness. There are plenty more Scriptures that link righteousness with obedience to God’s commands.
Elymas, as well as our present day false prophets, are/were enemies of this righteousness. As long as they can keep you distracted pursuing signs and wonders and third heaven encounters, they’ve done their job… “perverting the right ways of YHWH.”
So, as a quick recap, a New Testament false prophet:
- Works in subtlety – as a decoy;
- Has a levity or easiness in thinking or acting – possibly lazy/effeminate;
- Does not promote or act according to God’s righteousness (he/she is the “enemy” or “child of the devil”), but rather avoids or omits it altogether;
- Perverts the right ways of YHWH.
Though they would never fess up to it – and I am even willing to cede that they may not be aware of it – this is exactly what today’s calm, cool and collected false prophets are doing. They have even developed their own little prophetic “Jesus Culture” that, ironically, stands opposed to His message and everything He stood for.
The Prophetic Movement is laying the groundwork for the AntiChrist.
What we’re seeing in these last days is an attempt to promote Lucifer’s kingdom and way of living ABOVE the Kingdom and ways of Yahweh. Lucifer has wanted this from the beginning, so it should be no surprise that the antiChrist (and the spirit behind him) will operate the same way.
Unfortunately, the majority of Christians will not even see it coming because they are under the illusion that the devil is going to come up out of the pit with his horns, tail and pitchfork, deceive the nations and somehow convince everyone to join him in his fight against the Most High.
What a ridiculous joke.
Meanwhile, the kingdom of the antiChrist is getting built up within the very body of people who claim to be looking out for him!
This blindness is caused, in large part, by the term “antiChrist.”
“Anti” has always meant “against” to the Western church (anti-abortion, antithesis, antifreeze). But this is not necessarily what it means in the Bible. The Greek prefix “anti” not only means “against” but it also means “in place of” or “substitute.”
Because of this error, the church has spent all of its time looking at forces without, who are overtly against Yeshua (Satan worshippers, homosexuals, Hollywood), all the while refusing to look at the forces within that are replacing the image of Yeshua with a man-made, gentile substitute.
As a result, the church becomes a habitation for the spirit of the antiChrist and will one day openly accept the antiChrist “man” because he fits the image that they created.
This is the image that the false prophets serve and support.
This is how the devil attempts to deceive the whole world.
The following verse really shows the desires of Lucifer.
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
In this passage, we don’t see an overt desire to kill Yahweh and rid the universe of Him. We get a glimpse of what Lucifer wanted to accomplish. He wanted his Kingdom to be above Yahweh’s. He wanted his ways to be above Yahweh’s. He wanted to “be like” the Most High.
The antiChrist will not be an overtly evil man, nor will his followers. They will be a people who will want to “be like” the Most High, but they will exalt their ways above His. This will be figurative of them exalting their thrones and their kingdoms above His throne and His Kingdom.
And all the while, they will be deceived into thinking that they are following the true messiah – because the church (especially the mother church and the “prophetic” church) has already laid the groundwork.
This subtlety that the devil uses to “deceive the whole world” (Revelation 12:9) is the exact same tactic he used with Eve in the garden.
If he can get the woman (church) to doubt – or misunderstand – the Word of the Most High, he can get a foothold.
Then, after the seeds of doubt and error are planted, he gets the woman to look at the fruit. She sees that this fruit is consumable, pleasing to the eye, and promises wisdom.
In the same way, Satan’s representatives here on earth, the false prophets, present spiritual fruit that the world is absolutely starving for.
- It looks consumable. – There are miracles, signs and wonders and an endless supply of grace to cover your sin.
- It’s pleasing to the eye. – The people appear to be “walking in love” and there is a drive to do “many wonderful works.”
- It promises wisdom – Just look at the knowledge coming out of the prophets who have tasted this fruit!
But the end result of partaking of this fruit is the same (barring a miracle from God) – a cold, cold heart (Matthew 24:12), a curse (Genesis 3:17) and expulsion from His presence (Genesis 3:24).
And the sad thing is, the false prophets likely have no idea that they are doing this. They misconstrue all the success at prophecy, casting out devils and “many wonderful works” as a sign of Yahweh’s favor. (Matthew 7:22)
They believe that they will be able to get into the Kingdom because they had good intentions.
The false prophets of Elijah’s day also had good intentions.
They sincerely believed what they were saying when they said “Go up! For God shall deliver the city into your hand!” (1 Kings 22:6, 12) This is the reason they were in king’s courts; they believed that they were hearing from the God of Israel, they told people what they wanted to hear, and they were good at it!
But the Father told His true prophet, Michaiah, that this was a lying spirit. (1 Kings 22:19-23)
This same spirit is at work in the false prophets today. It is a spirit that gives a good report, and denies the judgment of Yahweh, as well as the sin of those spoken to.
The lying spirit can be found in the great halls and arenas – maybe someday it will be found in king’s palaces (heck, Trump has a whole bunch of false prophets and teachers lined up to advise him), but the only time you will find it in the courts of heaven is to receive an assignment from God Himself to go and deceive those who refuse to hear the Word. (1 Kings 22:22, 2 Thessalonians 2:11)
This is the spirit by which the false prophets operate. It paints the Messiah with a lawless, gentile veneer; its ultimate goal is to deceive the “many” (Matthew 7:14) and usher in the reign of the antichrist.
And it doesn’t care which vessel is used to convey its message. It can be a wild, hippy Jesus freak with tattoos and piercings or it can be a gentle fatherly figure standing behind the pulpit speaking to his “children.”
If the false image is supported… they are not His prophets, they are an antichrist. Count on it.