The Bible says that false prophets are dangerous and cause many problems. God is not pleased with false prophets, because they speak lies in His name ( Jeremiah 23:32 ). We must avoid false prophets.
A prophet is a person who receives and transmits a revelation from God. A false prophet does not receive a revelation from God but says that he did. The false prophet deceives people with false messages, which do not come from God.
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The Bible tells about some false prophets. They were well received by the people because they said what people wanted to hear but their message was made up. False prophets were opposed to true prophets, who revealed their sin and confronted them with the truth. False prophets caused many problems because they led the people to disobey God.
Jesus warned that in recent times many false prophets would arise to deceive even believers ( Matthew 24: 24-25 ). Therefore, when someone says he is a prophet, it is very important to analyze the prophecy in the light of the Bible to see if it is true or false ( 1 Corinthians 14:29 ). The teaching of the false prophet must be rejected. God will punish false prophets.
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How to recognize a false prophet?
The Bible teaches us how to recognize a false prophet. We must not despise all prophecies but we must analyze carefully before accepting it as a revelation from God ( 1 Thessalonians 5: 20-22 ).
Some characteristics of false prophets are:
- His prophecies are not fulfilled– if the prophecy is not fulfilled, it does not come from God; blaming listeners’ lack of faith is not worth it! – Deuteronomy 18: 21-22
- Contradict the Bible– teach wrong things, which are not in accordance with what the Bible says; many false prophets distort the words of the Bible – 2 Peter 2: 1-3
- They cause problems– they cause divisions, controversies and strife among the brothers of the church – 1 Timothy 6: 3-5
- They are manipulative– false prophets seek to satisfy selfish desires, such as having power, money or influence; use deception, emotional blackmail, fear, flattery … to get what they want – Romans 16: 17-18
- They do not hear the truth– when faced with the truth, they do not repent or accept any doubts; many false prophets come out of churches to create new movements because they cannot stand to hear the truth – 2 Timothy 4: 3-4