Today we’re taking note of Bible verses that warn us of false prophets. False prophets are judged by their words, and the accuracy of those words.
Their words must always be measured against and compared to the teachings of Jesus Christ as shown in the Bible, and to the teachings of true disciples of Jesus Christ.
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. (Mt 7:15-17) This passage from Scripture reminds us to be cautious with those who claim to be prophets, and reminds us to judge them by their words and the fruit of their words. Every good tree–the ones that are connected to the true Savior, Jesus Christ—produces GOOD fruit fit for the kingdom of God. Observe the fruit and works of those who desire to teach you “new” things. If they are not operating in the fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit, then it’s best to avoid them.
For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. (Mt 24:24) The goal of the false prophet, in spite of performing apparent miracles, is to deceive God’s chosen ones. Deception is a work of the devil.
The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (2 Thess 2:9-10) False prophets may receive power and ability to perform lying wonders from satan, so these things cannot be the determining factor in our judgment of a prophet. We must compare their words and their teachings, to the clear teachings of Jesus Christ, our Savior. If the so-called prophet’s teachings do not agree with and line up with those of Jesus (shown in the Bible), then we must not follow their words or their teachings.
Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. (Mt 10:16)
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (Jam 1:5)
Let us endeavor to have the wisdom that is spoken of in the Bible, and which is given to everyone who asks the Lord for it. Ask the Lord for wisdom, and He will surely give it to you. God bless you.