What’s a False Prophet?

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Never Call People Names
Know Your Scripture

In some cases it is likely we have been trained by people who have not taken the time to study their scripture or who do not understand the love of Jesus we are commanded to employ under the “New Testament”.  There are gentle nuances in the meaning of words, both in Hebrew and Greek, that require a little work to acquire the full understanding.

James 4:11
Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law.
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Praise God for the technological tools available to the Berean of today.  The final word on this confusion is illustrated here below.  Never mind we are commanded not to speak evil of any one for any reason.  Never mind Romans 12, and 1 Corinthians 13 command us to do EVERYTHING out of love for one another, and never mind that Jesus said the number one (and two) commandments were to love our Father in Heaven and our neighbors as ourselves.

Matt 22:37-40
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
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It is not possible to LOVE someone while you are publicly demeaning them and calling them names.  This means the second you accuse someone of being a false prophet you are already in the wrong.  If  you are doing it publicly you are doubly in the wrong because even gentle loving correction (admonishment) is to be done in private.

Matt 18:15
“Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.
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Analyzing the Word of God

Deuteronomy 18:20-22 may have an apparent contradiction in it.  This is because it is not possible to properly translate Hebrew (or Greek) directly into English without losing meaning.  What’s worse is there are other factors that can gently shift the intended meaning as well.

Here below you see the Lord giving instruction about prophets.  In verse 20 you see the Lord explaining when a prophet “presumes” to speak a word in His name (…) that prophet “shall die”.

Deut 18:20-21
But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’
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HOWEVER,

Immediately after this you see verse 22 where the Lord uses what appears to be almost the same language but ends the instruction by telling us that we “shall not be afraid of him”.

Deut 18:22
– when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.
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So here we seem to have an “apparent” contradiction in meaning.  In both cases it appears the prophet “presumed” or “presumptuously” spoke on behalf of the Lord, BUT in verse 20 the prophet “shall die” and in verse 22 we “shall not be afraid of him”.  This does not make sense.

UNLESS

… unless the two words have slightly different meanings.

 

A Possible Nuance

Deut 18:20-22

But the prophet who presumes [ST OT2102] to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’ 21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?’ —

 vs.

22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously  [ST OT2087] ; you shall not be afraid of him.

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Verse 20: This form of “Presume” (zadown) = Put to Death

OT:2102

OT:2102 zuwd (zood); or (by permutation) ziyd (zeed); a primitive root; to see the; figuratively, to be insolent:

KJV – be proud, deal proudly, presume, (come) presumptuously, sod.

(Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

 

in·so·lent

[in-suh-luhnt]  

adjective

1. boldly rude or disrespectful; contemptuously impertinent;
insulting: an insolent reply.

 

CONTEMPT

VS.
Verse 21: This form of “Presume” (zadown) = Do not be afraid of him

OT:2087

OT:2087  zadown (zaw-done’); from OT:2102; arrogance:

KJV – presumptuously, pride, proud (man).

(Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

 

Summary in Jesus Name

While not fully conclusive, it appears the first references mentioned in Deut. 18:20 were those of insolence and contemptuous to the throne of God.  In other words he did it on purpose.  It was not a mistake.  Therefore the Lord gave him the ultimate end.

The second reference in Deut. 18:22 may be evident of one who mistakenly thought he heard the Lord say certain things and did his best to communicate them.

Regardless, under the New Testament and the blood of Jesus and His love, clearly there is never a reason to call a person a false prophet EVER.  When Jesus established the “New Covenant” (the new “contract”) in His blood, the bar was raised and ALL things must be done out of love, no matter what.  It is our guiding foundational principle for all our behaviors.

And, we all see through the mirror dimly.  This includes people with the gift of prophecy and those who dream dreams and receive visions from the Lord.

1 Cor 13:12
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
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We must humble our hearts and be careful to be loving, longsuffering, and kindly to everyone we meet.  We must never ever judge another person.  If you are not comfortable listening to them or what they are sharing then just step back quietly and say nothing.  Put them on your prayer list.

Col 3:12-13
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.
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And try to learn not to “throw the baby out with the bath water” if you ever wish to hear the Lord speak through His saints.

Amos 3:7
Surely the Lord God does nothing,
Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.
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Make a list of things that person saw in their vision or dream etc. and look for the key events to happen.  Cross reference the claims against what other prophets are saying.  They should match relatively close.  Take notes.  Don’t disregard the entire message because some of the information is not correct OR deviated from your current understanding of the scripture.

Today, under the new coventant and the blood of Jesus, everything we do, everything we think, comes from the love of God, Jesus and our fellow man.

 

 

GOD BLESS YOU

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6 Responses to What’s a False Prophet?

  1. bill says:

    I am not a Prophet, and don’t claim to be one, but I know that the Lord has given me words to share with those who will listen. I put on my youtube sight a message called “A WARNING FOR AMERICA”.I believe that the Lord gave me that message a few years ago but I did nothing with it until I learned how to put things on youtube. I believe that the Lord uses people sometimes as a watchman on the wall to warn people to get right with the Lord before it’s to late. I used to be reserved and afraid of speaking to people about the Lord, but I believe the Lord has givin me a Spirit of Boldness and am no longer afraid of speaking to anyone about anything dealing about what the Lord I believe tells me what to say.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for all your hard work!

  3. williamgoodnight says:

    Paul says we should always test the spirits one thing we should do is check scripture to see if what they say can be verified.
    I admit new revelations do come in time but if there is anything which causes scandal I would avoid the person(until this issue is rectified). some people are very clever deceivers, some people are deceived by lucifer and have false visions and some people lets be honest are mentally unstable.

    we must sift through one of the main ways is to see how a person lives their life.

    yes people do have visions , but we should always test the spirits
    1 Thessalonians 5:21
    do not despise prophetic utterances. 21But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; 22abstain from every form of evil.

  4. Craig says:

    Do we then not discern the spirits whether they are of God. Do we allow ourselves and others to be deceived? There are many wolves in sheep clothing. False teachers etc. Must they not be exposed to prevent many being deceived by a false gospel? I do not say, judge condemn criticise. Christians say do not judge me because they are comfortable with and in their sin.

    • John Baptist says:

      Anything you do MUST come out of deep love and said with a loving tone. This love must be ALSO for the person who you feel is not correct which means you must NOT disparage them publicly. Many people are incorrect. Most Christian pastors and theologians are NOT correct in their teachings. We must NEVER publicly humiliate (even on Facebook) or judge a brother or sister in a negative way that it hurts them or other people. Who are WE to judge another person. God judges. Period. All admonishment is done lovingly and in private. Until we understand the Love of Christ we need to spend time HUMBLY on our knees before God praying for our own salvation instead of trying to hurt others. I would submit that most people who believe they are Christians that speak out publicly about other Christians (brothers and sisters) will not make it into the Narrow Gate because they do not know the Father or the Son’s love (ref. John 16:2, 1 Cor 12,13).

  5. Wiseman Milota kelvin says:

    God bles u somuch

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