Discerning 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. Maybe it’s a woman in heavy make-up dressed in a slinky dress with a sign reading “I am Jezebel” hung around her neck.
This is the exact opposite of what a false prophet/prophetess will usually look like.
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
The truth is, false prophets are some of the nicest people you will ever meet!
When I worked for the Elijah List, I had the opportunity to meet several false prophets. With the exception of a few, they were all very warm and caring people. Even to this day, they do not realize that, according to the Word of God, they are false prophets. Their minds simply cannot fathom that their gentle demeanor and “many wonderful works” will not be considered when they are judged in that day.
This is both scary and sobering.
Today’s wolves have no clue that they are wolves! They each look down at the wool clothes that cover their bodies and they think within themselves “I’m a sheep!” – but inwardly, they are full of covetousness and excess. They only crave their next source of “nourishment.”
Jesus said that in that final day, many false prophets would say:
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?
We absolutely must comprehend this.
- Prophesying in Jesus’ name will not ensure you a place in the Kingdom.
- Casting out devils in Jesus’ name will not ensure you a place in the Kingdom.
- “Doing the stuff” (whether that be miracles or acts of kindness) in Jesus’ name will not ensure you a place in the Kingdom.
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.