False Prophets Perform Miracles, Signs and Wonders (part 1)

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False Prophet Miracles

I firmly believe in a supernatural God who works in the physical realm, performing signs and wonders through those who follow Him. Several people I have known (including my own wife) have had people lay hands on them and experienced healing.

God miraculously intervened in my life by saving me. Not just saving me from the pit, but actually reaching down and pulling me out of circumstances where my life was at risk. He has provided for me supernaturally and delivered me from countless attacks by my enemies (or The Enemy).

I have also experienced the healing power of God first hand, but instead of being on the receiving end of the miracle, I had the privilege of being the vessel He used to heal someone else. This wonderful experience happened when I traveled with Todd Bentley to Uganda.

I actually got to lay my hands on a blind person and watch as God opened his eyes.

Don’t mistake that last comment to be an endorsement of Bentley’s ministry, or even of my own status with God, for that matter. God will also perform miracles through whomever He chooses – even the disobedient and unfaithful; even outright, evil deceivers.

I know that is hard to fathom for most, but it is still true. Before you label me a heretic, read the rest of this chapter and try to understand where I’m coming from.

Supernatural Signs and Wonders Follow the Believer

The Word of God states very clearly that miracles, signs and wonders will follow those who follow the Master. Our Messiah said:

Mark 16:17-18
And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.

After the Messiah rose from the dead, we can see that His words came true.

Mark 16:20
And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.

Acts 6:8
And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.
Act 8:6
And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.

You can also see this truth in Acts 8:13, 15:12, 19:11. All of these verses testify to the reality of the supernatural in the lives of the believers. There should be no doubt about this; the Bible proves it time and time again.

Signs and Wonders are a Major Sign of Deception in the Last Days

Nonetheless, the same God who wrote all these verses supporting supernatural interaction in the life of the believer also said that miracles, signs and wonders would be a sign of deception in the Last Days!

Mark 13:22
For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. (Also see Matthew 24:24.)

Paul even speaks of the coming “lawless one,” who will use signs and lying wonders to deceive those destined for the pit.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-10
The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

thinking-questionSo on one side of the coin, we have miracles, signs and wonders following the believer, and on the other side of the coin, we have false prophets using miracles, signs and wonders to deceive. If God performs miracles through His servants, and yet the enemy’s servants are doing the exact same thing, we have run into a serious problem.

How can we discern whether or not these miracles come from the Father? Is it God or satan?

I’m going to break this topic up into two different chapters. This chapter is going to cover a solid answer based on Scripture. The next chapter will be supplemental information that is open for argument, but I have enough Scripture to back up what I’m going to share, so I believe that there is value in sharing it.

The scriptural evidence in this chapter, however, is indisputable.

When a Sign or a Wonder is Irrelevant

Strangely enough, while the following indisputable points can be found in Scripture, they are rarely considered. God gave us a litmus test for discerning false prophets in the book of Deuteronomy, that is still valid today. This test takes the supernatural phenomena that we are discussing into consideration.

Deuteronomy 13:1-4
If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, “Let us go after other gods” – which you have not known – “and let us serve them,” you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the LORD your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.

In essence, this scripture is saying that you are to ignore the alleged prophet (or dreamer) if their message causes you to stray from the commandments of God, even if signs and wonders occur. These signs and wonders are to have no bearing whatsoever on your discernment. It is all about the prophet’s message. Regardless of whether or not he/she is performing signs and wonders, if the prophet is not leading you back to the commandments of the Most High, he/she is to be considered a false prophet.

Supernatural Signs and an Adulterous Generation

We have been trained (especially in charismatic circles), to view supernatural activity as a seal of God’s approval on a ministry or a person. As a result, people will travel thousands of miles just to experience (or at least view) these signs. But the Master says that an “evil and adulterous” generation seeks after a sign.

Matthew 12:38-39
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign…”

When Miracles, Signs and Wonders Become a Test From God

Let’s go back again to Deuteronomy 13:1-4 and take a closer look at it.

Deuteronomy 13:1-4
If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, “Let us go after other gods” – which you have not known – “and let us serve them,” you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the LORD your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.

This verse specifies that, if any supernatural phenomenon occurs, it is a test from God. God Himself is allowing these other-worldly events to occur. It is even possible that God Himself is performing those deeds through the said prophet.

So that could answer the often asked question, “If I got healed by a false prophet, was it God or the devil?”

What About Demonic Signs and Wonders?

demonic signs and wondersIn saying this, I am not omitting the possibility that demonic signs and wonders can occur. They do!

Pharaoh’s magicians cast their spells and performed their incantations to mimic a Godly sign. Remember Moses’ staff and the rivers turning to blood? Obviously, they were not servants of the Most High, they served the demonic gods of Egypt and were drawing their power from them (Exodus 7:11, 22).

The prophets of baal attempted to invoke the power of their god, even to the point of shedding blood, but they were unsuccessful (1 Kings 18:26-29). But there is no reason to believe that they were not successful before that event.

Having said that, I believe it’s entirely possible that the same dynamic could happen today. But we still haven’t answered the question: “How can one be sure that it was God, and not the devil, that produced the signs and wonders?”

If There Arises Among You a Prophet…

There seems to be a delineation in Scripture between those who produce miracles through the influence of demonic powers and those who produce signs and wonders by the hand of God. It would seem that the deciding factor was whether or not they were part of Israel.

God told the children of Israel (and us, if we count ourselves among them) in Deuteronomy, “If there arises AMONG YOU a prophet or a dreamer of dreams.”

It appears that God’s testing occurs when a prophet arises from the ranks of the people who name the name of the Most High. This prophet performs signs and wonders, but then steers people away from His commandments.

This type of testing is still happening today in abundance!

Prophets Among Us – A Tragedy

Sadly, it is an all-too-familiar story for many of us.

People who are familiar (our leaders, fathers, mothers, and children) live and grow up among us, attending our churches, worshiping in our congregations and proclaiming the name of Jesus.

At some point, these people experience miracles, divine encounters and other unexplained phenomena. And because the sheeple in our congregations long for the supernatural, the miraculous, or anything outside of this reality, they quickly flock to those who have experienced these signs and wonders, eagerly listening to the wonderful tales of miracles, dreams and heavenly visitations.

Regardless of the spiritual maturity of, or the message preached by, the individual professing these experiences, what usually follows is typical – widespread notoriety, conference speaking engagements and the ever-so-necessary killer web site.

Because all of these wonders occur in the name of Jesus, people automatically assume “That’s God!” – and it just might be. But it is God testing us! Will we follow His commands? Or will we be sidetracked by the charismatic celebrity and sideshow phenomena?

Keep in mind Matthew 12:38-39 and understand that the Greek word for “seeks after” is the word epizēteō [G1934],[1] which means to “wish for, seek diligently for, demand and crave.” Let’s look at this verse again.

Matthew 12:38-39a
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”

But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after [G1934 – epizēteō] a sign…”

Does this not perfectly describe the modern day charismatic church?

Many Will Come in My Name, Saying, “I Am He”

Luke 21:8
And He said: “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them.”

The conventional interpretation of this Scripture is that many will come claiming to be the Messiah and deceive many. Instead of blindly accepting this analysis, we should use our God-given logic and apply it.

How many people exist on the earth today that claim to be Jesus, the Son of God? How many people have EVER existed who claimed to be Jesus? Aside from a few nut-jobs – not many.

Jesus said, “MANY will come in My name…”

prophetic puzzleDid these few loons deceive MANY? In the grand scheme of things, the deceived were actually very few in number.

How many people are alive today who claim Jesus is the Messiah, but are deceiving multitudes, partially because of the signs and wonders that are being performed? They are too numerous to count.

This is not rocket science, folks. The Messiah forewarned us that the false prophets would rise within our own ranks and proclaim that Yeshua is the Son of God, doing miraculous signs and wonders, and MANY will be deceived.

1 John 2:18-19
Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.

Miracles, Lawlessness and Love

Matthew 24:11-12
Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.

In these Last Days, we do not want to be among those who allow our love to grow cold. If we do so, we WILL relinquish our “elect” status.

Mark 13:22
For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

Friends, I want to exhort you – look at your life! Have you allowed your love to grow cold?

Before you answer that, it is important that you remember to use God’s definition of love, not our own definition. Our definition of love is a wishy-washy, everyone-join-hands-and-sing-kum-ba-ya, hippy-generation inspired kind of “love.” This is not true love… it’s a lie from hell.

What is the definition of love, according to Scripture?

1 John 5:2-3
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

hippy loveIt is impossible to separate the love of God from obeying His commandments, but that is exactly what the mainstream church has attempted to do. The vast majority of our churches preach a love that is not defined by Scripture, but defined by our culture, which was heavily influenced by the “flower-power” children of the 60’s.

This kind of “love” is straight out of the pit.

Now, in case you think I’m taking you down a rabbit trail, rest assured, I am not. All of this love-talk is directly tied in with false prophets, miracles, signs and wonders. A false prophet will preach a deceptive message, emphasizing a false love spawned by the god of this age.

  • This deceptive message will devalue holiness, righteousness and the commandments of God, to the point where the listener will be convinced that they might as well throw two-thirds of their Bible away.
  • This deceptive message equates obedience and zeal for righteousness with “legalism.” You will be told that everything was taken care of at the cross, so you don’t have to do a thing.
  • This deceptive message lulls you into spiritual dormancy with attractive, soothing words. (Isaiah 30:10)
  • This deceptive message is often backed up with miracles, signs and wonders and they are ALL performed in the name of Jesus Christ.

But the end result is lawlessness and a cold, cold heart.

When the churchgoer reaches this point, they have a false sense of salvation, and the supernatural signs and wonders will just reinforce their belief. They are absolutely convinced that these signs and wonders come from the Father, and they just might!

To the deceived, signs and wonders are the deciding factor in their analysis of a prophet, but our Messiah showed us the REAL deciding factor in Matthew 7.

Speaking of false prophets (and many others), Jesus said:

Matthew 7:21-23
Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, cast out demons in your name, and done many wonders in your name?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”

When that day comes, it’s not going to be whether or not a self-proclaimed prophet performed great heavenly signs and wonders that will determine if he/she makes it into the Kingdom. According to Matthew 7, these people apparently “did the stuff” with success! Jesus did not deny the validity of their claims. They actually performed signs and wonders, cast out demons and did many other miracles – all in the name of Jesus!

But apparently, Jesus doesn’t care about that.

According to this Scripture, the determining factor for the validity of a person’s “ministry” is whether or not they are lawless. It even determines their eternal destination. Think about it.

And if you think this applies ONLY to false prophets, dear reader, think again. Ask yourself – Am I staying true to the commandments of God, or am I sidetracked by the show?

Summing Up the Main Points

I understand that this a lot of information regarding miracles, healing, signs and wonders. You’re probably thinking, “What am I supposed to do with all this information? What are the take-aways from this commentary?”

Here are the main points in a nutshell.

  • The miraculous is to be a part of the life of the believer, and yet it is used by the enemy (and by God) as a part of the deception of the Last Days.
  • The miraculous may happen, but it is not what we should pursue. Our responsibility is to obey the Father’s commands. HE will decide if (and when) to manifest His power through miracles, signs and wonders.
  • Craving and seeking signs & wonders is a sign of an “evil and adulterous generation.”
  • Demonic signs and wonders occur when demonic forces are invoked.
  • It IS possible for God to heal someone in a meeting where His name is being glorified, regardless of who the prophet may be. This has NO BEARING on the validity of the prophet’s ministry or the certainty of his/her eternal destination.
  • Above all, realize that supernatural phenomena are not a “Seal of Approval” from God upon a person’s ministry. According to Matthew 7, the “Seal of Approval” is given if a person is faithful to keep the commandments of the Most High and teach others to do the same.

Also, I feel it very important to remind you of something that I discussed earlier in this series.

Remember that a matter is ESTABLISHED by 2 or 3 witnesses. Since miracles, signs and wonders can be a gray area for many, it is wise to determine whether or not a prophet is true or false by observing whether any of the other scriptural witnesses are present.

  • Do they perform miracles, signs and wonders and have a huge following?
  • Do they perform miracles, signs and wonders and lead you away from God’s commandments?
  • Do they perform miracles, signs and wonders and mimic the Holy Spirit?

If you can see 2 or 3 (or more) distinguishing marks discussed in this book (which were taken right out of the Word of God), then know that this person is indeed a false prophet.

Practical Advice Regarding False Prophets and Miracles

So let’s try to bring this full circle. I want to give some practical advice that, I believe, is firmly backed up by Scripture. We know that the miraculous is to be a part of the life of the believer, and yet it is used by the enemy (and God, as well – 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10) in the deception of the Last Days.

First (and this should be obvious), if someone is performing miracles in their own name or the name of a pagan god, or is using some pagan practice like crystals, voodoo or tarot cards – this isn’t God! God does not heal or perform signs and wonders in the name of another god, nor does He use the occult to accomplish His purposes.

Why? Because it glorifies the name of a false god, and not His name.

This should be a “no-brainer,” but I thought that I would throw it out there, just in case.

Second (and I have to be careful with this one), if someone is performing signs and wonders in the name of Jesus and His name is being glorified, I have no reason to believe that it’s the devil doing the work. Why would the enemy want to contribute to God’s glorification? Why would He want Jesus’ name lifted any higher?

If God can use an ass or a rock (Luke 19:40) to glorify His name, He can easily use a false prophet.

Third, just because someone may have gotten healed at these revival meetings does not mean that you should attend. In fact, if you know the so-called revivalist is a false prophet, I would highly advise you NOT to go.

God, in His mercy, can (and does) meet people in their ignorance and honors their faith by healing them. If you are NOT ignorant of the enemy’s deception and choose to go anyway, what does that say about your faith? Do you really think God will honor it?

Finally, if you have received a miracle in the name of Jesus by having hands laid on you, REJOICE! Give God the glory and receive your healing!

Even if that person was found later on to be a false prophet or a huckster, or even questionable… again I say – REJOICE! But don’t succumb to the urge to follow whoever it was who laid hands on you. There is no need to collect and absorb all their books, music and teaching.

Don’t follow the vessel (they’re usually tainted anyway), follow the Messiah, obey His commandments and thank Him for His healing power! Then you will have passed the test!

Footnotes:

[1] Blueletter Bible definition of the word “epizēteō” [G1934] (Source)
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8 Comments

  1. Thank you! Matt 24:5 was revealed to me several years ago,! I found it very profound but when I share people just don’t get it And keeping His commandments . It grieves my heart to hear so many say, the law is done away with. And quite Paul but ignore what Christ said and did. Such a massive deception in our churches right now, it grieves me so.
    Thanks for the word Kevin!

  2. Just want to say this section on False Prophets is well done! Blessed be the Name of Yahweh and Yahshua! You have hit the nail on the head, in your use of The Word and what it says about False Prophets and the Deceptions that will be coming in the Last Days. I have had to learn this the hard way just as you have. Botton line, a true Officer of The Kingdom, will always lead the people to the Word, so that they will learn to obey His commandments, which is truly Loving our Master and Savior, Jesus the MESSIAH! Thank YOU!

  3. very good . Just like a spy or undercover cop can fool governments and criminals Satan is more experienced than man

  4. what of those that still Call the name of Jesus Christ but still use vodoo power what I mean some use vodoo and call in the name if Jesus Christ be heal and delivered

      1. I have but still confused about this issue here in Nigeria so many God servant heal in the name of Christ Jesus but we still doubts the power the use to heal pls put me through

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