FYI: BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS I’m noticing an increase of so-called PROPHETS and PROPHETESS online on various sites. According to the Lord Jesus, there are “many” false prophets and false teachers in our present day that will “deceive MANY people” (Mt. 24:11).Though these false prophets/prophetess might claim to know and communicate God’s truth, they are spreading lies (Jer. 14:14). According to the loving Lord Jesus, false prophets are really hungry, dangerous, ferocious wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing (Mt. 7:15). Hence, they can be as spiritually deadly and dangerous to Christians (sheep — Jn. 10:27) as a concealed, savage wolf is among a flock of sheep!

False prophets can be known by their “fruit” (Mt. 7:16), not their personal claims or “gifts.” Many are very popular, good speakers and friendly. In fact, some false prophets can even produce miraculous signs (Mk. 13:22; Rev. 19:20) and accurately predict an event (Deut. 13:1-4). Other false prophets can be identified by their false prophecies made in the name of the LORD (Deut. 18:21,22). In Jezebel’s day, the false prophets feasted at the king’s table (1 Ki. 18:19), while the true prophets were hid out in a cave and secretly fed there (1 Ki. 18:4). Popularity and affluence, therefore, must not be a criteria either when trying to identify a false prophet, since they sometimes have large followings. False prophets speak with conviction, since they expect their lying words to be fulfilled (Ezek. 13:6). False teachers can also sound authoritative in their teachings (1 Tim. 1:7).