If we combine all of the information from both the Word of God and our own dictionary, we can safely conclude that a presumptuous prophet is a person who boldly speaks a “word from God” that does not come to pass. This lack-of-fulfillment nullifies the validity of their claims of hearing from God accurately, and places them in the category of “the rebellious.” Unfortunately, what the Bible and our own common sense will tell us often takes a back seat to man-made reasoning and absurd rationalization.
False prophets and their followers love to convince those watching that the Holy Spirit is moving upon them by putting on an outward show of jerks, quakes, nonsensical phrases and other odd “spiritual manifestations.”
Sometimes, the show is an outright lie – they are completely faking it. At other times, an actual spirit is pulling the strings. And sometimes it’s a little of both. Trying to discern just what is going on can be pretty difficult.
This article will attempt to lend some clarity to this phenomenon.
Have you ever sat and listened silently to a prophet or prophetess expound upon what seemed to be the latest of an endless series of dreams or visions? Were you tempted to question the veracity of their encounter(s), only to be silenced by echoes of “touch not God’s anointed” coursing through your mind? Believe me, I have. Let me tell you what God’s Word has to say about false prophets and their dreams and visions.
How can we tell if a dream or vision is from God? Are there any scriptures in the Word that we can go to for verification? In this post, we will apply scriptural criteria to real life examples and test if the dreams and visions are really from God or are the result of “another spirit.”
Taking on the nature of their father, the false prophets will arrogantly claim to be enlightened ministers of the Gospel. They want you to think that they are people who have tapped into the spiritual resources of the heavenly realm, but no matter how hard they try, authentic prophecy always seems elude them.
The bible says that miracles, signs and wonders follow the believer, but are also part of the end time deception. How can we tell the difference?
Why does God allow miracles, signs and wonders to be performed by false prophets in the “Word of Faith” and “Prophetic” camps? Is it all an elaborate ruse, or is something else afoot?
Yeshua said that you will be able to discern between true and false prophets by looking at their fruit. Discerning good fruit in a prophet is simple when you understand the relationship of the grape and the fig to the nation of Israel.
Yeshua likened the fruit of a false prophet to thorns and thistles. Contrary to what you may think, this addresses a much deeper dynamic than what you see with the surface-level idolatry, sexual immorality and greed that you see in today’s charismatic circles.
Let us use our logic for a moment. If you base an entire “movement” on errant definitions of core terms, can you ever hope to walk in truth? Can you ever hope to walk in a true prophetic gifting?
People have done hours of research and written books about the differences between Old Testament and New Testament prophets. Well, I’m sorry to burst their bubble, but in their efforts to appear educated, they have contradicted the Word of our Unchangeable God.
False prophets at the End of the Age are people who probably have the best intentions. They may genuinely believe that they are doing God’s will and have the signs and wonders to back up their claims! But when it’s all said and done, the miraculous signs and wonders are not God’s “Seal of Approval” on their lives and ministries.
1 Corinthians 14 is the “go to” chapter of the bible that dispensationalists use to explain the differences in prophecy between the Old and New Testament. This errant theology flies in the face of our Unchangeable God and plays right into the ethos of the false prophet. Let’s take a closer look at this overused, and much abused, chapter.