A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Below are tests of a true prophet. Have him come here and comment and speak a prophecy so that we may believe in him that he speaks for God. Christ taught us much more than that. Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever….. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Like I said often led by non Christians. The Bible needs to be the basis for all of our understanding through the spirit. He does lead us into God’s truth and direct us into God’s will for our lives. Old Testament, He spoke for Himself! . I feel that is something satan has been trying to do from the beginning. It just seems that the councils that were convened were not divine authoritative in nature. Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. All Rights Reserved. What has changed is that the truth of God today has already been fully revealed in His Word, while, in the early church, it had not yet been fully revealed. We have not because we ask not. One can read their personal belief into that scripture, but I do not see that thought soundly derived from the text. 31 God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. Such passages as Gal 1:23 (“He who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith”) and 1 Tim 4:1 (“In latter times some will fall away from the faith”) indicate this objective use of the expression “the faith” was common in apostolic times. God bless you all. 1 John 4:1-3, "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. I struggle with this because I know for a fact that the Holy Spirit is real and guides me and others through prompting, etc… Therefore, God does speak to man (although perhaps not in an audible voice). Jesus did not recognize anyone else. In both instances God’s Word is being proclaimed. Why did he leave his Christian friend sick? “The prophets prophesy lies in My name. Please respond with scripture (I fully understand that we must pray and compare scripture with scripture to fully understand any biblical text). Where do you mean to be a speaker at Lydia? They promise financial blessings for anyone that sends in their “seeds of faith.” They even claim to know how many viewers or listeners there will be and that they will have their mortgage paid off or see their business prosper if they send in their offerings today. If we are to test any ‘new’ revelation with the Bible, why isn’t the Bible enough? Answer: The false prophet of the end times is described in Revelation 13:11-15. And you may say in your heart, “How shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?” When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken. Your concluding paragraph was spot on sir. Farrell, I will answer you questions with a couple of questions. Hello Mr. Miller. I pray everyday that the Holy Spirit apply the bible to my life and that I am receptive to His will and receive increased understanding of the bible. About 400 A.D. the great Christian scholar Jerome, whose translation of the Latin Vulgate remains the basis of the official Roman Catholic Bible, strongly maintained that these books were “apocryphal” and were not to be included in the canon of Scripture. Blunt I know but true. I believe you can speak for Him as long as you are using the Word of God for in it there is no error but what is “laid on your heart” should naturally agree to what the Bible says. These books, as far as the evidence goes, were never accepted as canonical by Jesus and His apostles. We can be confident that what God wanted included in the Bible is in the Bible. This is undoubtedly TRUE. Some people feel that this prophecy refers to the prophet Jesus, on whom be peace. Christ taught us much more than that. Revelation 11:1-19 ESV / 15 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful. It seems a basic question. Jesus told the Apostles that in Matthew 18 but He did not tell this to the church. To use phrases such as “God spoke to me,” or “This wasn’t my idea; the Lord gave it to me,” or “These aren’t my words, but a message I received from the Lord” confuses the issue of the Spirit’s direction in believers’ lives today. 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. for as for me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me.” Daniel 10:17, 12) A true prophet receives supernatural strength while in vision. A Biblical Study. They strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that not one of them turns from their wickedness. That verse says, “And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” My question is: In your article about true prophets today I did not see your answer to that question. Jesus says frequently said “Have you not read…. Question: "What does the Bible say about false prophets?" Even though they could have been wrong them selves. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them . This is a good discussion we’ve got here. Jude 3 is a crucial passage on the completeness of our Bibles. Where will we go after this life? However they were debates over doctrine with no mention of divine intervention. You have a fixation on things (like prophets) that God never intended for us to have. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from [a]any tree of the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; 3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” 4 The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! As far as the last “prophet from God” that the Bible mentions, there are actually two of them and we read of them in Revelation 11:3. “…the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Revelation 19:10 As for the outcomes of those councils, I do not think God’s sovereign will can ever be thwarted by men and Robert Driskell answered very well (thank you Robert). Concerning the other Gifts of the Spirit, are they active or inactive, too? Some day everyone will realize that Jesus is the Lord of all. It would be appreciated. That would be blasphemes. -Joseph-. He is also referred to as the “second beast” (Revelation 16:13, 19:20, 20:10). The Minor Prophets are not minor because they are unimportant. There is no evidence of your claims and your heart has grown practised and void of seeking the clarity and truth that the word of our most high God brings to each mans spirit. In Deuteronomy 18:18, there was a prophecy from Moses about a prophet that would come in the latter days and what He would say and do: “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. Prophets in our day then do not receive new revelation from God. To obtain a thorough understanding of what the Bible says—and does not say—about "antichrist," please read "What Does the Bible Say and Not Say About Antichrist?" God has conclusively spoken to His people through the testimony of His Son recorded on the pages of Scripture. (Councils like…Laodicea, Constantinople, Carthage, Ephesus, nicean, clermont, Lateran, Pisa.) Very little is known about Malachi the man except what can be inferred from his public messages, recorded in his book. As long as He is glorified, as you seem to be saying, I believe God would be pleased. I, too, agree that the land is full of many false profits declaring ‘a word from God’, purely for the purpose of personal profit. These books were not accepted as Scripture by such Jewish writers of the first century as Philo and Josephus; the Jewish council at Jamnia (c. 90 A.D.); and by such eminent Christian writers as Origen and Jerome. Very often we only recognize false prophets after they did something to reveal themselves as a false prophet. Very I would say. The point I was trying to make was that we in the Christian community often find ourselves putting up barriers that prevent our ability of finding truth. No, because we have the complete Word of God. As a pastor, I like what pastors say in that they be lead by God in what to say and that is what I pray before giving each and every sermon. However it appears to me that many of our absolute understandings of things, might not be so absolute and case closed after all and deserves some more of our thought and prayers. God created us in His own image. To refer to the Holy Spirit’s leading and empowering ministry as inspiration or revelation is a mistake. Acts 20: 29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, NOT SPARING THE FLOCK. It gives us the same warning not to “take away” from his word as well, so by us not including some of these other books that contain Gods revealed word, we are effectively taking away from the word of God. My fire will come down upon you and remove the coverings of your eyes. It is not for parts of the body who do not see to hold down and lay bare the ones who can hear my voice in the wilderness. God bless you. God is the power behind the prophets, the prophets can’t do anything on their own accord. Just a lot of questions about the origins. Thank you for your kind words. To all that seek prophesy and The Truth, love is the key to unlocking His secrets. Very interesting stuff!!! 6:8), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:4), and Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:3). Those that say Christ does not minister to men in our day and age, that He does not speak to men today, give them visions, dreams, healings, etc… I didn’t know about Joshua 10:13 so I have learned something. I beseech thee to urge your people to seek out the wicked and the false teachers and Pharisees of our time and to look to the refreshing dew that comes to show them their wicked ways. Thanks Zechariah for your question. God does not need to give private revelation to help us in our walk with Him. As they add–however unwittingly–to God’s final revelation, they undermine the uniqueness and authority of the Bible. How does this make sense to anyone? But I don’t see how we arrive at a conclusion that the verse says “while there were false prophets in days of old, there are no longer prophets but only teachers.” The point of this is certainly not to argue, but to perhaps consider that there were false prophets, there are false teachers, and there could be false prophets. We are told to be Objections to them cannot be overruled by dictatorial authority. It is his/her responsibility to accurately explain the meaning of the Bible. Prophets like Jeremiah, Elijah, Ezekiel, Joel, and many others had historical events prove that they were sent from God and that they spoke the words that God gave them to speak, but there were also dozens of false prophets. Christ was the Last Prophet so there are No Prophets Today Notice it says "in the past" God spoke thru the prophets but NOW he speaks thru the Son and He does this through the Word in the Holy Bible. Hold fast that which is g_____.” 7. On the other hand, those who refuse to speak His Word besmirch the power of the Word, and fail to lead His people. I can’t see one verse that shows this to be true but we see many verses where it was said that the faith once delivered…and God has spoken (past tense)…and such. The Bible says "the Lord remembered her," and she became pregnant. What we don’t know and what has not been revealed is likely not any of our business for God said that the secret things belong to God but those things He does reveal belong to us and our children (Duet 29:29). Bible verses about False Prophets. The types of prophecy that may occur today – easily to be distinguished from healing on demand – it is not for us to demand that God prove who His prophets are WHEN it is demanded of Him by mere mortal men – as it is not up to us to demand Him to heal us for our own satisfaction. What more do you need than, Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, lived a sin free life, fullfilled the law, died on a tree for our(yours and mine) SIN, was buried, rose again and ascended to be with the Father. I have one question though. “The prophet which prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the Lord hath truly sent him.” Jeremiah 28:9, 3) A true prophet keeps God’s law and abides by the testimony of the prophets in God’s Word. He also revealed that we can detect lying prophets by their fruits, meaning by what they teach compared to Scripture (Matthew 7:16). Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping” (2 Pet 2:1-3). If they have gifts of miracle healings, please come and visit us at the Shriner’s Hospital to heal these poor children who are dying daily and before you say it takes faith by the person being healed…even the shadows passing over the sick in Acts caused them to be healed…While Paul was in Ephesus, you remember God performed extraordinary miracles through him, according to Acts 19, it says, “Handkerchiefs or aprons were carried from his body to the sick and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.” As we have been seeing in the series, however, Paul and the other apostles had been given unique power, and we talked about apostolic power as unique power; certainly nothing in the New Testament suggests that anybody could send out handkerchiefs and they are going to produce miracles. God didn’t give you an HMO in your salvation, a sort of supernatural HMO that works automatically. Where did we come from? Hold fast to the spirit I gave you and let my will be done. What is very disturbing is that in recent times, many ministers have gone around calling themselves prophets. Does the pastor have the responsibility to visit and help the sick? Duet 4:2, Prov 30:6, and Rev 22:18-19 give stern and deadly warnings and dire consequences for those who do and every time a prophet spoke of old it was recorded and considered as Scripture and as the very Word of God. Notice it says "in the past" God spoke thru the prophets but NOW he speaks thru the Son and He does this through the Word in the Holy Bible. Thank you again Zechariah for your question. We have seen from Scripture that false prophets are in it for the money, they want to seduce people to follow them, they want to deceive others, they strengthen the hands of the evil doers, they do not turn people away from their sins, they introduce heresies, they are motivated by greed, and they crave self-glorification. He is also the greatest prophet that has ever existed and He is our faithful and merciful High Priest. You are likely leading others into error too by your teaching…and againa, please capitalize the Lord’s name, the Father’s name, and even Jesus Christ’s which you did none but you made sure to do your own. That rules out all prophecies, seers, and other forms of new revelation until God speaks again at the return of Christ (cf. 3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. Nothing needs to be added to the faith that has been delivered “once for all.”. While knowing something about the future may sometimes have been an aspect of the gift of prophecy, it was primarily a gift of proclamation “forth-telling,” not prediction “fore-telling.” As for 2 Peter 2:1:he wrote that “There were false prophets among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you.” Peter clear uses “even as” in the comparative context that there were false prophets even as (just as) there shall be (will be, future tense) false teachers among you.” He is saying that just as there were false prophets there will be false teachers. He only interprets what the Lord reveals to him. Most of this lesson will focus on what the Bible tells us about the Beast and the False Prophet. We have been warned to not believe them, stay away from them, and most importantly, don’t be one! Are these your comments. 15:45). Corinthians “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us"- Augustine, Copyright © 2010-2021 Telling Ministries LLC. Scripture says to "test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world." Hello Fred. What does the Bible say about ? Translations in Hebrew, Aramaic, as well as Greek, in order to establish your line of reasoning. Could some of those men have been the “grievous men who would not spare the flock” as spoken of in the Bible? 6. The penalty is the same for both. 2 Timothy 4:20, Paul mentioned that he left Trophimus sick at Miletus; why leave a good friend sick? He is not concerned about glorifying himself, only the name of the Lord. . Notify me of followup comments via e-mail, Previous post: Top 22 Oswald Chambers Quotes, Next post: What Does the Bible Say About Forgiveness? Jesus did not recognize anyone else. Nothing is further from the truth. May God richly bless you brother. The Bible is clear…we are to glorify God but I guess that’s not good enough for you. As the first six articles in this series have shown, history proves that the Bible is indeed a book of unerring prophecy. Paul asked three times to be healed and he wasn’t…so was it his lack of faith? There are the Major Prophets and the Minor Prophets. Now note carefully the actual facts that are set forth in this passage. Was Christ the last prophet to come to earth? False, All rights reserved worldwide, Tagged as: Thanks The day I stop learning from God and fellow believers like yourself, God will start resisting me because God opposes the proud but only gives grace to the humble like you and you have blessed me sir and I have learned something from you. His books are include: “Teaching Children The Gospel/How to Raise Godly Children,“ “Do Babies Go To Heaven?/Why Does God Allow Suffering?,“ "The Great Omission; Reaching the Lost for Christ," and “Blind Chance or Intelligent Design?, Empirical Methodologies & the Bible.". Yes. 7. Same with Old Testament books like the Book of Enoch. After examining the evidence, millions have concluded that the Bible’s sign of the last days is now being fulfilled. 16:30-31, Rom 10:9-13, etc) or to eternal damnation if you reject Christ as Lord and Savior. Out of curiosity I actually read a good bit of that book a few years ago. 2. This is a complete sentence and complete thought. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. Truly God does not work this way. (1 Thessalonians 5:19-21) Are you willing to live by the Bible’s command and teaching? 30Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. “For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? In this, I could not agree more, Jack. The thing about the God ordained prophets in the bible is that they did not control the declaration of prophecy, in that they did not determine when prophecy from God would occur, and what the prophecy would say. Mr. Ramos. Your journey is not complete – your hands are still tied to earthly perceptions of your heart and mind. It doesn’t say He continues to or will again. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Your young men shall have visions, He preached boldly against the corruption of his day (Isaiah 1:4) and delivered grand visions of the future of Israel (Isaiah 25:8). Centuries ago those man made councils closed the cannon of God. I too seek to gain understanding of the Scriptures and to rightly divide the Word of God. Part of it I read what is evidenced in the church leaders and so through the Scriptures God has us... 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