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EDITION 41 : VOLUME 84 - Knowing Bible Prophecy and False Prophets.

Foreword: Did not you know that the Bible gives us complete instructions in determing who is a false prophet? Do you know the Bible tells us that there would be no more Prophets of God once the Old Covenant and the New Covenant ceased to exist together during the final days of the Last days? Yes; my friends; the Last days did have a final day culminating wiith the Destruction of Jerusalem. In previous editions of THE REDEEMER MAGAZINE the article titled "NO MORE PROPHETS" explains how the office of prophecy has been closed. In this article it will explain how to tell a false prophet. Here's to reason. If the Bible says the office of prophecy was closed with the end of the Old Covenant. Wouldn't that lable all who call themselves as being prophets today as beinig "False Prophets". Check the artcile below.

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Knowing Bible Prophecy and False Prophets.

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Knowing Bible Prophecy and False Prophets.

          Bible prophecy, falls into three main categories. The first was prophetic teachings of the past which require divine wisdom and revelation to know the truth of such happening. The creation of the world and mankind falls into this category. Only by divine revelation do we know God created the world because there were no human beings around to witness it. Although Archeologist records reveal evidence of the creation; still there is no clear records to prove when and how did it happen. Moses with divine revelation from God was able to record in the book of Genesis that which dialogue the creation/beginning of the world.
    The Bible gives us information pointing backwards to reveal such prophetic information that cannot be acknowledged nor was witnessed by man. The bible tells us that the “heavens declare the glory of God” Psalms 19:1. The creative work of God is revealed in the Bible, such chapters as Genesis, Exodus, and the Psalms.
        The second category of Bible prophecy was current history prophecy. This prophecy was uttered by the prophets who lived among the people. They spoke ecclesiastic prophecies about events which were at issue to the every day lives of the populate. These prophecies can be recognized when reading about the Exodus when Moses spoke to Pharaoh and Israel. The events were present-day and occurring in the present moment. Such prophets and prophecies were needed to maneuver the people in their walk with God without that of a  written disclosure. They were not focused on the future except in the immediate future. These prophets also served the kings of Israel to help them fight the battles against their enemies and to govern their kingdom. One example is that of Samuel’s work among Saul and David. So was Nathan. The full list of prophets named in the Bible were there to serve the existing generations in which they reside.

       The third category was Eschatological. These were bible prophecies yet to be fulfilled. These known today as end times bible prophecy. The prophets beginning with Moses wrote of events which would occur in what the Bible calls the last days. They involve the following categories:
*The coming of Christ (incarnation and parousia) *The end of the world
*The establishment of the eternal kingdom   *The resurrection of the dead
*The judgment in the last days. These are the prophecies that most of the church today considers to have not yet been fulfilled. However, with a proper biblical hermeneutic it becomes evident that these prophecies have been fulfilled and give to reason that there is no need of modern day prophets of God. All prophecy has been fulfilled and the office of prophecy has been closed by God Luke 21:22. ......all things which are written may be fulfilled. The above mentioned prophecies were future to the people that they were spoken to. They were for the people who lived in the days of the apostles and those that lived in the days of Jesus Christ. They are not future for us.
        A sub-category of prophecy is current events, this prophecy cannot be technically authentic or genuine. This is done by reading newspaper headlines and drawing a conjecture mixed with a few scriptures to make it sound authentic as coming from the Bible. This type prophecy is widely espoused today by false prophets. Everything they prophesy about never is true or comes true. All through the ages there have been many to predict the end times or the end of the world by reading news headlines. These prophecies have always failed. Yet those who make these false prophecies are still considered to be prophets of God. People such as Hal Lindsey, Edgar Whisenant, Harold Camping, Tim LaHaye, Thomas Ice and Jack Van Empe and many others predicated the end of the world would come within 40 years of the setting up of the Jewish immigrants in Palestine. If they had been true that prophecy would had occurred some twenty or so years ago. Yet the world continues to exist and yet these false prophets continue to sell millions of books.  
       The astute student knows the false prophet and know that any one calling themselves a prophet or prophetess is out of line with what the bible teaches. Therefore they are false prophets according to the one thing that they proclaim to gain wisdom from; that is the bible.

                

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         There is a biblical test that determines if one is a false prophet. That test is found in Deuteronomy chapters 13 and 18, it provides 2 tests for anyone claiming to be a prophet and speak for God. If the person fails either test given by God, then we can know for sure they are a false prophet and we are to reject their teaching. Let’s focus on the test found in Deuteronomy 18: 20-22 which reads as follows:

20 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.
21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken?
22 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.
  Here the God of Israel tells his people how they can keep from being deceived by someone claiming to be a prophet - if even one of the prophet’s prophecies do not come true he is a false prophet. What was the punishment if a prophet did speak a false prophecy? According to verse 20 the prophet was to die. Does God takes the area of false prophecy very seriously? Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 1 Thessalonians 5:21
        One of the major faults as Christians is that they tend to quote men on certain subjects instead of studying the Book God has given us. We acknowledge that God gave us the Bible to lead us into the truths of God, but the problem becomes when Christians lean toward men who are the false ones that Christ warned about in the new Testament. Most of the times Christians will evaluate men according to the size of their ministries, popularity, and their ability to captivate an audience. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7:15-23. .......................................To comment email preacherotis@juno.com

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