We are living in very troubling times, and there are many people in the religious world who come forth with sometimes spectacular prophecies. Many (probably most) of these types of prophecies come forth from the ‘Pentecostal circles’ and many (if not all) of these prophecies never come to pass as predicted. Here are two very simple guidelines to remember when trying to discern a false prophecy, and they are both biblically based of course.
NUMBER ONE: If a person (Preacher, Pastor or any other person) brings forth a prophecy which points you in the direction of other (false) ‘gods’ then it is not of the Lord.
If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, 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; 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 soul. 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 unto him. (Deuteronomy 13:1-4)
Beware of Ecumenical type pastors who say that ALL religions are good
They put their stamp of approval upon false religious systems that cannot save your soul
That type of teaching is rampant in the day we live in
NUMBER TWO: If a person (Preacher, Pastor or any other person) brings forth a prophecy and predicts an event of any sort, and it does not come to pass, then it is not of the Lord.
But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him. (Deuteronomy 18:20-22)
False prophecies are a dime a dozen in this modern day
Just think about all of the prophecies over the past 20-30 years that have been made by ‘famous’ Pastors, preachers and book authors!
They prophesy about an event or events, and they name a time period, sometimes the very year, but nothing happens!
The prophesied year comes and it goes, with NO FULFILLMENT of that prophecy
So what do the ‘anointed’ men (and women) of God do when their prophecies are NOT fulfilled as predicted?
They put an EXTENDER on their FALSE PROPHECIES sometime into the FUTURE to salvage their FALSE PROPHECY if they can
SAD thing, but the people still follow them, despite all of the FALSE PROPHECIES, instead of studying the WORD of GOD for themselves!
Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart. (Jeremiah 14:14)
I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; (Jeremiah 23:25-26)
Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD. (Jeremiah 23:32)