What are False Prophets?
False prophets claim to be called by God to do a ministry. However, these prophets do not preach the truth according to the bible. Their doctrine may contained a combination of the bible teachings and their own own views. For example, they may try to replace some of God’s commandments with their own commandments. They will try to make themselves bigger than Jesus Christ so that they will be glorified.
False prophet will not believe in the trinity. They may reject Jesus Christ as god. 1 John 4:3 states that every spirit that does not acknolwedge Jesus is antichrist. There are already many antichrist prophets in the world. The antichrist will form a one world government after the rapture has occured in the second coming of Jesus Christ. For example, Mormon and Jehovah Witnesses do not believe in Jesus Christ.
Some false prophets can also perform miracles. There are a number of false prophets who act as if they are genuine pastors, by laying hands on people and making them fall as if they have the gift of filling people with the Holy Spirit. However, you must be cautious that anyone can do that with the help of the evil spirits too. A false prophets may try to do miracles to make people believe in them. You should not just simply put your faith in a pastor just because he or she can perform miracles.
False prophets will make prophesies that fail to come true. For example, they will try to prophesy the exact date of the second coming of Jesus Christ. The bible has said that no one will know the time of the second coming of Jesus Christ, not even Jesus Christ himself, except the Father God.
You can recognize a false prophet by their fruits. A false prophet do not abide in God’s commandments. They may try to show that their righteousness in the public that they are true followers of Christ but they will secretly carry out a lot of sins in the darkness.
A false prophet can also have many followers. A pastor that has many followers and supporters does not mean that he is called by God. You must assess the teachings of the pastor to see if he truly teaches according to the truth in the bible. False prophets often compromise God’s words with the world such as tradition, materialism, secular music, meditation and etc.
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. (1 John 4:1-6 KJV)
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. (2 Peter 2:1 KJV)
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. (Matthew 7:15 KJV)
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (Matthew 24:24 KJV)
He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. (Mark 7:6-9 KJV)
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (Revelation 20:10 KJV)
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. (1 Corinthians 14:33 KJV)
But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. (Deuteronomy 18:20 KJV)
How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart (Jeremiah 23:26 KJV)
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 7:21 KJV)
For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. (Romans 16:18 KJV)
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6 KJV)
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (Revelation 22:18-19 KJV)
I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars (Revelation 2:2 KJV)
And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. (Revelation 19:20 KJV)