TEST OF A TRUE PROPHET
Prophecy Unveiled...The Last Days
Just what is a false prophet?  First, let’s look at the word ‘prophet.’  In the Old Testament
the word ‘prophet’ comes from the Hebrew word ‘nabi’ meaning a spokesman or
speaker.  So a prophet of the Old Testament was one who spoke for God; one who by
vision or otherwise, was given insight into the mind of God, and who declared what he had
“seen”  or heard as a message to God’s people.  Deuteronomy 18:18 says that these
prophets uttered the actual words that God gave them without any modification on their
part.  

But, what is interesting is the meaning of the word ‘prophet’ in the New Testament.  In the
New Testament, the Greek word for ‘prophet’ is prophetes;  an interpreter or forth-teller
of the divine will.  So the prophets of old and the prophets of the new covenant have
totally different purposes.  The prophets of old spoke for God.  They were given
commands from God to give to the people.  They were foretellers.  They predicted; they
told beforehand what was to come to past.  They declared God’s Word for the present
and for the future.  The prophets of the New Testament and of the End-times are
interpreters and forth-tellers of what has already been predicted and told beforehand.  You
see all of the predictions about the last days or the End-times have already been made.  
There are no new predictions to be made.  Prophets of today have one purpose and one
purpose alone and that is to interpret or bring understanding to, declare, and forth-tell what
has already been written.

The Greek word for false prophet is “pseudoprophetes.”   The prefix “pseudo” comes
from the word, “pseudes” meaning lying or liars.  So a false prophet is a lying prophet.  
The Bible is clear in its tests for determining whoa true prophet of God is.  In fact there
three tests.  

First, the theological test.  Deuteronomy 13:1-5 says:

“If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder,
and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, but then he
says, ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’ you
shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the Lord Your
God is testing you to find out if you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all
your soul.  It goes on to say that, “You shall follow the Lord your God and fear Him; and
you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.  But
that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has counseled
rebellion against the Lord your God…

Friends this is exactly what Jesus says will happen in these last days.  He said in Matthew
24:24 that false Christs and false prophets will arise showing great signs and wonders so
that if it were possible they would fool even the elect.  But, you must listen to their words,
carefully listen to what they are saying.  Although they are showing great signs and
wonders, if they are speaking words contrary to the Word of God, they are NOT
prophets of God and we must not follow them.

Secondly, the Bible speaks of a practical test.  Deuteronomy 18:22 says:

“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.  The prophet has spoken it
presumptuously ( Greek word ‘zadon’ meaning in arrogance and pride); you shall not be
afraid of him.

Thirdly, is a moral test.   Listen to what God says in Jeremiah 23:9-22:

“ As for the prophets: My heart is broken within me, All my bones tremble; I have become
like a drunken man, even like a man overcome with wine, because of the Lord and
because of His holy words.  For the land is full of adulterers; for the land mourns because
of the curse.  The pastures of the wilderness have dried up.  Their course is evil, and their
might is not right.  “For both the prophet and the priest are polluted; even in My house I
have found their wickedness, declares the Lord.  Therefore, their way will be like slippery
paths to them, they will be driven away into the gloom and fall down in it;  For I shall bring
calamity upon them, the year of their punishment”, declares the Lord.
God says in verse 13, I saw the prophets of Samaria doing wrong things.  They are
offensive because they prophesy by Baal and lead the people astray.  In verse 14 God
says I have seen the prophets of Jerusalem doing sinful things.  They are committing
adultery and living a life of lies.  They support their fellow prophets and never stop doing
evil.  God goes on to say that they are like Sodom and Gomorrah. (Meaning that many
have turned to homosexuality.)  God declares in verse 15 that He will make them suffer.  
Their food will be bitter and their water like poison.   God says, “I will punish them
because they started a spiritual sickness that spread through the whole country.”  God says
in verse 16, “don’t pay attention to what these prophets are saying to you.  They are trying
to fool you.  They talk about visions, but they did not get their visions from God.  Their
visions come from their own minds.  God goes on to say in verse 17 that “some of the
people hate the real messages from the Lord, (meaning people don’t want to hear the
truth), so the prophets give them a different message.  They say, ‘you will have peace.’  
(There are many today who don’t preach the consequences of walking in unrighteousness,
they won’t preach 1 Corinthians 6:9 that says that neither fornicators, idolaters, adulterers,
homosexuals , nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers,
shall inherit the kingdom of God, but would rather preach peace and prosperity). Some of
the people are very stubborn.  They do only what they want to do.  So the prophets say,
“nothing bad will happen to you!’  (They never address the sins of the people because
either it is their own sin or they have some other unholy motive.) In verse 18 God says,
‘But none of these prophets has stood in the heavenly council.  None of them has seen or
heard the message of the Lord.  None of them has paid close attention to his message.  
Verse19: Now the punishment from the Lord will come like a storm.  His anger will be like
a tornado, It will come crashing down on the heads of those wicked people.  Verse 20:
The Lord’s anger will not stop until he finishes what He plans to do.  And He goes on to
say in verse 20 that “in the last days you will clearly understand it.”

People, God is not only describing prophets in Jeremiah’s day but He is also describing
false prophets, false preachers, false pastors, and false teachers of today.  Hear what the
word of the Lord is saying.  

A true prophet of God meets all three tests.  He meets the theological test, the practical
test , and the moral test.    And if they do not, God is saying to you, don’t listen to them,
come out from among them.   Here what God is saying to the churches.

The stage is being set for the coming of the Antichrist.  The deception has already begun.  
If you are in tune to what is going on today, then you know that the devil has launched an
all out attempt to discredit who Jesus Christ is.  There are some who would have us to
believe that He was not God, but was a man with all the frailties of men; who married
Mary Magdalene and had children.  There are some who would have us to believe that
Jesus never died on the cross, that He survived it and if that were true there would be no
salvation for us. There are others who would have us to believe that Judas Iscariot and
Jesus were the best of friends and that Jesus put Judas up to betraying Him and told him
that he would be greatly exalted for doing so.

The false teachers have already launched their weapons and you must not be fooled.  Hear
the Words of the Lord.

God is calling the people of God to repent from those things that are not pleasing to Him
and He invites those of you who don’t know Him to get to know Him.