“If a prophet or someone who has dreams arises among you and proclaims a sign or wonder to you, and that sign or wonder he has promised you comes about, but he says, ‘Let us follow other gods,’ which you have not known, ‘and let us worship them,’ do not listen to that prophet’s words or to that dreamer. For the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul. You must follow the Lord your God and fear Him. You must keep His commands and listen to His voice; you must worship Him and remain faithful to Him.That prophet or dreamer must be put to death, because he has urged rebellion against the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the place of slavery, to turn you from the way the Lord your God has commanded you to walk. You must purge the evil from you.” – Deuteronomy 13
The scripture above clearly defines for us what a false prophet is and does. It is someone who dreams or speaks things and they come to pass. It is someone who performs signs and wonders in the eyes of the people. This person usually uses the name of Jesus, which makes people believe that they are doing works of Jesus, The Lord. The only difference with this person is that, s(he) influences his followers to worship other gods. This done so subtly that one may not even know they are being guided down the worship of false gods. This person would draw people away from Christ rather than bringing them closer, usually by depriving them of the word of God. They promote idolatry, be it through self or money reliance. A lot of these prophets are rising up in Africa, even more so in South Africa. Prophets that have been operating for a long time, but now are clearly revealing their true colours.
What do we do now as the children of God? I am sure I speak for a lot of others when I say it angers me to see the false prophets prosper in their shenanigans using the name of our Lord to service their evil agenda. A name pure and Holy being tainted for the benefit of evil.
Behold, I am sending you out as sheep amongst wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. – Matthew 10:16
For decades the five fold ministry has been equipping willing Christians with the word of God, to bring them to the knowledge of Christ. Perhaps, now time has come that we proclaim what Jesus our Lord is not, in order to get people to understand what He is. We have been preaching who He is and still people fail to believe because of the corrupted mindsets. However, these very mindsets encourage them to seek other spiritual avenues for help concerning their needs. It is very clear that, when an individual chooses to go to a church to get help, they are ready for Christ. They are the harvest that is plenty but they end up being victims. Therefore, awareness of what Christ is not has to be brought to the people, such that they may understand where not to go for help if they truly want a Christ’s kind of church. Things they have to lookout for at the church they find themselves attending. We have seen that it is easy to sell people a lie than truth. Donald Trump has been trying to get Americans to see truth, but they seem to be more enticed by the lies they have been and continue to be fed. What can we expect then with Truth.
But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die. – Deuteronomy 18:20
Unfortunately, in the world, people don’t consider that there are different gods and then there is God. We know that God is separated by Jesus Christ while all the other gods use whatever they use as a forefront, but most people don’t know that. However, when a wolf in a sheep’s skin preaches whatever god to people and here and there include the name of Jesus, they are tainting the name of our Lord. A name so Holy being used to serve evil agendas? Yet as the children of Abba we rest and are quiet through it all.
Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. – Matthew 9:37
Sometimes the ears have to be cleaned for one to hear well. The eternal gospel of the kingdom is coming. The wine set to move the chosen to the arms of Christ. There are others who are chosen who have not even come to the knowledge of Christ yet, while time is running out. If the labourers are few, harvest plentiful, the few labourers have to be wise enough to cover the magnitude of the harvest. The Samaritan woman brought many to Christ, calling them to come and see a man who told her of the things she had done, and many knew what she had done but none dared speak about it to her face. Yet her weakness was the same element that drew people to Christ. Which means there has to be some sort of adaptation that needs to happen in our method of preaching Christ.
I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. – Romans 16:17-18