TGIF-False Prophets, Signs & Wonders
by Wes Mason
Deuteronomy 13 Amplified Bible (AMP)
13 “If a prophet arises among you, or a dreamer of dreams, and gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or the wonder which he spoke (foretold) to you comes to pass, and if he says, ‘Let us follow after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve and worship them,’3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and mind and all your soul [your entire being]. 4 You shall walk after the Lord your God and you shall fear [and worship] Him [with awe-filled reverence and profound respect], and you shall keep His commandments and you shall listen to His voice, and you shall serve Him, and cling to Him. 5 But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has counseled rebellion against the Lord your God who brought you from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, to draw you away from the way in which the Lord your God has commanded you to walk. So you shall remove the evil from among you.
God gave Israel very strict commands regarding the dangers of false prophets. If someone says thus saith the Lord and it does not come to pass they are NOT a prophet. It’s easy to ignore this person and everything they say. Yet sadly there are still masses of people who follow after false prophets and teachers both then and now. Many today have a long history of such bogus claims. In spite of overwhelming evidence of their errors and lies, they still have followers. May the Lord open the eyes of their heart to know his truth.
A very real danger comes from people claiming supernatural powers and they speak a word that impacts the hearer often in a startling manner. Psychics, false prophets and teachers, diviners etc. can show people startling things. Things that can and do come true. Yet those events do not mark the individual or group as someone appointed by God to be his spokesman. “Signs and wonders” can be and are imitated by Satan for the purpose of misleading us away from the Lord and his eternal truth as Moses warned us in the previous verses.
If you remember the magicians of pharaohs court reproduced several of the miracles of Moses and Arron. Yet they clearly were not of God
There are many stories floating on the internet about so called miraculous events in people’s lives. Dreams, visions, angelic visitations, near death experiences and claims of visiting heaven and hell or out of body experiences all are shared often with a great deal of sincerity. What are we to make of them, how do we judge them?
First of all if you hear them or read such claims PRAY!! Pray that the Lord will open your understanding to discern the truth of what is being said.
Use the bible as the standard to compare the claims being made. If the one making a claim uses the bible its often a lone verse or passage taken out of context to support their position. The bible is the whole counsel of God revealed to humanity. If the person making the claim is speaking Gods truth, the Holy Spirit will guide you into that understanding as the spirit and the word are ALWAYS in harmony and never contradict each other. In order to let God’s word be a lamp unto your feet you have to read and study it to know his truth.
Who is getting the attention, praise and glory for the claims?
What are the fruits of that person’s life? Are they honest, moral, ethical, do they live a life that reflects the love, mercy, truth and grace of Christ to Gods glory? Are the fruits of the Holy Spirit evident in their lives? Do they love the Lord with their all?
Or are they being enriched by merchandizing those claims? Are they selling books, tapes, CD, DVDs special “anointed” objects that bring blessings? Do they have a huge house, private jet, boats, cars, motorcycles? Do they live large and use God to justify it? Be very wary of such people.
There is an old saying, if you want hear God speak, read the bible, if you want hear him speak out loud, read the bible out loud.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
May God keep us on his paths of truth and righteous forever.