The Bible is clear on who a fake Prophet is: the one who claims to speak for God and what he or she says does not come to pass. This is what the Bible says in Deuteronomy 18:20 But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death.” So, who is a Prophet? How do you detect a fake prophet? Let us find out.
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Who Is A Prophet?
A Prophet speaks for God. This is what God says in Deuteronomy 18:18-19 “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him. I myself will call to account anyone who does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name.” Prophets are appointed or called. The following below are some of the signs of a true Prophet.
Signs of A True Prophet
The following are some of the signs of a true Prophet. Sometimes, fake prophets can copy these qualities but later give up since it is not their real trait. Check the list below.
- True Prophets are very humble. Philippians 2:1-18: Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.
- Prophets are filled with the Holy Spirit: The presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christian is the mark of the power of God in their life. Prophets who do not have the spirit of God are not from him. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 2:14 that “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned”.
- True Prophets Fear no man: True Prophets do not fear men. They speak with boldness. Jeremiah 1:17 “Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or will terrify you before them.
- They Speak the Truth: At the beginning of our article, I revealed from Deuteronomy 18:18-19, that God speaks only through his Prophet and that those who claim to speak from him and it does not come to pass are not of God.
Signs of A Fake Prophet
The Bible has warned Christians several times that in the end days, there will be a lot of false or fake Prophets. Such Prophets look almost true but as I said earlier, such Prophets cannot keep that trait for long. The following are some of the signs of a fake Prophet.
- False Prophets can also perform miracles just like the magicians in Egypt challenged Moses.
- Their teachings can move you away from the right path.
- False Prophets live worldly lifestyles and mostly follow after worldly possession.
- Most of their prophecies are not true.
- False Prophets can claim to be Christ.