False Prophets

The English word prophet is used to translate the Hebrew word pronounced naw-bee, and the Greek word prof-ay-tace. Both original words mean an inspired speaker. While there were many true prophets of God in Bible History (e.g. Elijah and Elisha), there were also many false prophets who were "inspired" either of themselves, or by Satan. The same holds true for our time, as it will increasingly in the days to come.

False Prophets Of The Past

"And The Lord said to me: "The prophets are prophesying lies in My Name; I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds." (Jeremiah 14:14 RSV)

"Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not exposed your iniquity to restore your fortunes, but have seen for you oracles false and misleading" (Lamentations 2:14 RSV)

"And her prophets have daubed for them with whitewash, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, 'Thus says the Lord God,' when The Lord has not spoken." (Ezekiel 22:28 RSV)

Christ's Warning

"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit. A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits. Not every one who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven. On that day many will say to Me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and do many mighty works in Your Name?' And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you evildoers.'" (Matthew 7:15-23 RSV)

"For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect." (Matthew 24:24 RSV)

Protect Yourself

It would be very convenient if all false prophets appeared as ranting, wild-eyed weirdos such as the one portrayed in the illustration (see also Jerusalem Syndrome), but unfortunately, as the Scriptures make plain, many appear (see What Does Satan Look Like?), and sound (see Sweet Nuthins'), perfectly good and righteous:

"For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is not strange if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness." (2 Corinthians 11:13-15 RSV)

So, how do we protect ourselves?

Fact Finder: What will be the fate of The Great False Prophet, and all of the lesser false prophets, at The Return Of Jesus Christ?
Great false prophet - Revelation 19:20
The rest of the false prophets - Revelation 19:21

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