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The difference between True and False Prophet.

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 Prophet.

 Before we discuss this subject we have to find out who is prophet? Prophet is human beings like others. Prophet can be male or female. Sometimes God use this man or woman as His mouthpiece. God brings His future message or plan through the prophet. God tells us about his/her family, their community, their nation and sometimes the whole world. These prophets bring a heavenly solution for people. Prophet must hear the voice of God and whatever he prophesied have to be fulfilled by certain time.  

The sign of True Prophets

The Lord provided several biblical tests for validating the claims of a prophet. 

A)    The prophet spoke only in the name of God. This was the validation prophet Amos used in his book 3;8,“The lion has roared who will not fear? The Sovereign Lord has spoken who can but prophecy?”

B)    The prophet spoke only by revelation.

C)    The true prophet of God could be identified by his personal testimony. His moral character was such that his lifestyle marked him as a prophet of God.

D)    The true prophet was conscious of a definite call experience. We can see that prophet Amos recognized this in giving his personal testimony in 7; 14-15, “I was neither a prophet nor a prophet’s son, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees. But the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me; ‘Go, prophecy to my people Israel.’”

E)    His message was always in harmony with all previous revelation.

F)     Whatever the prophet prophesied eventually came to pass. There would be an event in subsequent history that would confirm and authenticate the fact that he spoke for God.

 

The sign of False Prophets.

 

The Lord provided us some biblical test to recognise the false prophet.

 

A)    If a prophet claimed to speak on behalf of God, but practised sorcery or divination, he was to be rejected as a false prophet.

B)    The false prophet was mercenary who prophesied for money. Micah 3;5-11, “This is what the Lord says; “As for the prophets who lead my people astray, if one feeds them, they proclaim ‘peace’; if he does not, they prepare to wage war against him. Therefore night will come over you, without visions, and darkness, without divination. The sun will set for the prophets, and the day will go dark for them. The seers will be ashamed and the diviners disgraced. They will all cover their faces because there is no answer from God.” But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin. Hear this, you leaders of the house of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel, who despise justice and distort all that is right; who build Zion with bloodshed, and Jerusalem with wickedness. Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they lean upon the Lord and say, “Is not the Lord among us? No disaster will come upon us.””

C)    The false prophet often a drunkard. Isaiah 28;7 says, “And these also stagger from wine and reel from beer; Priests and prophets stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine; they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing visions, they stumble when rendering decisions.”

D)    He could be profane and wicked. Jeremiah 23;10-11 recorded, “The prophets follow an evil course and use their power unjustly. Both prophet and priest are goodness; even in my temple I find their wickedness,” declared the Lord.”

E)    He sometimes conspired with others to deceive and defraud. Ezekiel 22;25 says, “There is a conspiracy of her princes within her like a roaring lion tearing its prey; they devour people. Take treasures and precious things and make many widows within her.”

F)     He often committed adultery, walked in lies and supported evil doers. Jeremiah 23;14 says, “And among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen something horrible; They commit adultery and live a lie. They strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that no-one turns from his wickedness, They are all like Sodom to me; the people of Jerusalem are like Gomorrah.”

G)    His over-all lifestyle was one of immorality and misconduct. Jeremiah 23;15 says, “Therefore, this is what the Lord Almighty says concerning the prophets; ‘I will make them eat bitter food and drink poisoned water, because from the prophets of Jerusalem ungodliness has spread throughout the land.”

 

In addition, more than all else, he was a religious opportunist. Not only those days but if we look around us then we will see there are many more religious opportunists among us. As Apostle Paul said on 2nd. Timothy 4;3, “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”