False Prophets

The sixth sign of the end of the age is the increase of false prophets who will deceive many people. Jesus said, “And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray (Matt. 24:11). The words “false prophets” come from one Greek word, pseudoprophetes, from pseudes meaning “false,” and “prophetes,” meaning prophet. (Helps Word Studies) The word pseudo is where we get our English word “pseudonym” or false name; and the word “pseudopregnancy” or false pregnancy. Some men have big stomachs that they look like they are “pseudopregnant.”

How do we determine the true and false prophets? One, a true prophet must be a Jew (“I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers,” Deut. 18:18).

Two, a true prophet must speak in the name of the Lord the word he heard from the Lord (“he shall speak to them all that I command him,” Deut. 18:18).[1]

Three, his prophecy must happen. (“When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken,” Deut. 18:22).

Eraño Manalo prophesied that the children of his church will remain faithful to the end. Six years after his death, his wife, sons, and daughters were kicked out of the church his very own son, Eduardo Manalo. Yet millions in the Iglesia Ni Cristo follow him today.

Apollo C. Quiboloy, the appointed Son of God, prophesied that the Almighty Father has appointed Gilbert Teodoro the next president of the Philippines in 2010. It never happened. Gilbert Teodoro was defeated in the 2010 elections. But millions follow Quiboloy today.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses prophesied that the war of Armageddon will start in 1914. It didn’t happen. Yet hundreds of thousands follow them today.

Ellen G. White prophesied that the world would end in 1843, 1844, 1845, and 1851. But it didn’t happen. Yet millions in the SDA church today follow her.

Joseph Smith prophesied that that the New Jerusalem will be built on the state of Missouri, and the house of the Lord will rise there. But it never happened. Yet, millions in the Mormon church follow him today.

Even in charismatic churches, there are many prophecies that did not happen.

Four, his teaching must conform to and not contradict God’s Word (“if he says, ‘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” (Deut. 13:2-3; cf. 2 Pet. 1:19-21).[2]

Five, a false prophet denies that Jesus has come in the flesh (1 John 4:1-3).

Six, a false prophet preaches a false gospel (Gal. 1:6-9).

Seven, a false prophet teaches false unbiblical, anti-biblical, and extra-biblical teachings (Acts 2:28-30; 1 Tim. 4:3-4; Tit. 1:10-16).

Eight,a false prophet teaches from the viewpoint of the world and not the viewpoint of the apostles (1 John 4:5-6).

Nine, a false prophet will perform miracles so as to deceive people (Matt. 24:24).

Ten, a false prophet will do ministry out of greed (2 Pet. 2:3, 13).

Eleven, a false prophet will feed the desires of the sinful nature (2 Pet. 2:18; Jude 4; Rev. 2:20).

Twelve, a false prophet will live an immoral life (2 Pet. 2:10-13).

Still, millions follow false prophets today. Don’t be surprised about that. Jesus said that it will be so.

Do you follow the teachings of some questionable teachers? We must not allow any teaching of any false prophet to infect GGCF. We must verify every GGCF pastor’s doctrine and his lifestyle. We must get only pastors who teach the Bible and live godly lives.

[1] The LORD said, “But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak . . . that same prophet shall die’” (Deut. 18:20). It’s a good thing that we are in the Age of Grace and not in the Age of the Law; or many false prophets will die today!

[2] Walter C. Kaiser Jr., “False Prophet,” Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology (ed. Walter A. Elwell, Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996).



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