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Many False Prophets

23 Sep

by Henry Morris III, D.Min.

 

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)

There is an unusual emphasis in the New Testament about false prophets. The Greek word pseudoprophetes appears 11 times and has no corresponding word in the Old Testament.

Of the 298 usages of “prophet” in the Hebrew Scriptures, eight of them are connected to “false” prophets, and only in relation to visions and dreams. In the New Testament, the pseudoprophetes are workers of “miracles” and “signs and wonders.”

John gives the warning to “try the spirits” because many false prophets are now here. Prior to Christ’s coming, the false “dreamer” (Deuteronomy 13:1-5) would readily be exposed when his prophecy did not come about. Such a false prophet was to be executed!

But the prophets of the “last time” (1 John 2:18) will perform great wonders (Matthew 24:24) and can “seduce . . . even the elect” (Mark 13:22).

Here’s the problem; they come from among Christians! Peter warns us in 2 Peter 2:1-3 in five ways:

  • They come from a “Christian” background.
  • They deny the biblical Lord Jesus in some way.
  • They will become very popular, especially with emotionally motivated people.
  • They will degrade doctrines of the Bible.
  • They will stimulate greed to attract followers.

We are warned to test every one of them, and when they do not abide in the doctrine of Christ, we are to reject their teaching and not have any fellowship with them (2 John 9-11). They are dangerous (Matthew 7:15)! HMM III

This article was originally published September, 2008. Many False Prophets”, Institute for Creation Research, http://www.icr.org/article/4016/ (accessed September 23, 2008).

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2 Comments

Posted by on September 23, 2008 in Religion

 

2 responses to “Many False Prophets

  1. Chap. Trishia

    September 24, 2008 at 2:05 am

    “All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.”
    — Edmund Burke
    Maybe the blame is upon Christians who have become too “lukewarm” to believe God’s Word, contend for the faith and to take a stand against what is not of Him. Worse yet we are not compelled to PRAY for the Body of Chrsit esp. for those in leadership positions.
    Remember …..Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

     
  2. Rev. Tommy Davis, DDCS

    September 24, 2008 at 5:30 am

    Amen!!!!

     

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