(1) God orders you to get
them away from you! Deuteronomy 18: 20-22
prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have
not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name
of other gods, must be put to death." You may say to yourselves,
"How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?" If
what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or
come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be
afraid of him. (Deut 18:20-22) NIV
(2) False Prophets can
lead you directly away from God! Deuteronomy 13:1-5
- The use of the word "or" means that the first
part (" who presumes to speak
in my name anything I have not commanded him to say") is all that is necessary for the person to be known
as a False Prophet.
- The Hebrew translated as "presumptuously"
comes from the "pride" notion, which is a grevious sin.
- "Do not be afraid of him" means "Take him away and
do what I say." in this context.
- (The Bible does not require death sentences
to be carried out any more).
1: If there arise among you a
prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
2: And the sign or the wonder come
to pass, whereof he spake unto
thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known,
and let us serve them;
3: Thou shalt not hearken unto the
words of that prophet, or that
dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know
whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your
4: Ye shall walk after the LORD
your God, and fear him, and keep his
commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave
5: And that prophet, or that dreamer
of dreams, shall be put to death;
because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which
brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house
of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God
commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou
put the evil away from the
midst of thee.
If someone who is a False Prophet
(but who still got at least one prophecy correct) happened to be
you toward a "different,
supposedly better" kind of
- This could mean idolatry
(as is presented
in the Deuteronomy 13) because....
- A False Prophet is NOT A MAN OF GOD (proof on next
is therefore NOT ABLE
to lead you in a new spiritual direction that follows the geniune God.
- A False Prophet might be extremely convincing,
however! (Mark 13:22).
- The Bible requires you
to put False
Prophets who do this
away from you - - ALL THE WAY
AWAY - - IE: So shalt thou put the evil away
midst of thee. (the
Bible does not require death sentences to be carried out any more).
(3) King Jehoshaphat's advice in 2
Cronicles 20:20 is to believe
"Hear me, O Judah, and ye
inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be
established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper."
This does not say to believe False
Prophets, it says to believe Real
ones! Good advice.
(4) False Prophets are associated with spirits which are not of God! 1
Beloved, believe not every
spirit, but try the spirits whether
they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out
into the world.
(5) False Teachers bring about damnable heresies, and the
word damnable means
destructive! 2 Peter 2:1
there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be
teachers among you, who
privily shall bring in damnable
even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift
Choosing to stick with a False Teacher
means that you, or parts of your life, could be destroyed by your
cooperation with his heresies. The end result may be that you end up in