“Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say” (Exodus 4:12)
The above scripture is what God told Moses, and by His spirit is what He speaks to His prophets of today! True prophets never speak on their own authority or share their personal opinions, but deliver the message God Himself gives them [Duet 18:18] [Jer 1:9] [Ezek 2:7] [Hos 1:2] [Joel 1:1] [Micah 1:1] [Zeph 1:1] [Jonah 1:1]. Amos claimed, “This is what the Lord says” [Amos 1:3]. God tells us that if a prophet says,” Let us follow other gods…and let us worship them” he is to be rejected (Deut 13:2-3). This worshipping of other gods includes money prophesy, materialistic/worldly prophesy without ANY mention of God or directing the person to repentance, and pursuing a life of holiness. Here’s an example, a person that receives a “you’re going to be rich” prophecy and they’re living in sin but the prophet doesn’t mention their sin or their need to repent (Jer 23:22)(Isaiah 30:9) , this will cause that person to wait anxiously for that money to come (following other gods) and enjoying the life that being rich can offer without repenting of their sins, seeking God, or pursuing a life of holiness (worshipping other gods). Following and worshipping other gods is not limited to calling the name of another god and sacrificing to it; worshipping and following other gods is ANYTHING that takes precedence in your life above God Almighty. God said for us to REJECT the prophet that prophesies in such manner; but most likely, [especially the people who say they love God] if a false prophet tells them that they will be a millionaire they probably would not reject him! (Mark 7:6-9) (Mathew 7:21) You MUST NOT LISTEN to the words of that false prophet, even if what he says is true! God is testing you to see whether or not you love Him with your whole heart and whole soul (Deut 13:3). If you love the Lord thy God then you MUST follow him and revere him. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him (Deut 13:5).
The primary role of the Old Testament prophets was to make known the holiness of God and the covenant obligations, to denounce injustice, idolatry and to call Gods covenant people to repentance and faithfulness. Being a prophet of God was a dangerous calling, they were frequently mocked, rejected, persecuted and killed (2 Chron 36:16) (Jer 11:21 18:18, 20:2, 7-10). The roles of modern day prophets of God haven’t changed, but false prophets of Satan aren’t concerned with repentance or holiness. (John 8:44). I personally know of some false prophets who have a lifestyle which includes lying, backbiting, gossiping, unforgiveness and hatred- NONE of the qualities line up with qualities of a true prophet of God. A true prophet of God doesn’t allow himself to become contaminated by watching worldly movies and television programs or by listening to unholy music. He will protect his anointing by not engaging himself in ungodly activities or conversations. A TRUE prophet of God isn’t attached to worldly things, he is not a FAME SEEKER, and doesn’t want your money! A true prophet of God doesn’t care what others say or think about him which allows him to BOLDLY speak what the spirit of the lord tells him to speak without ‘sugar coating’. The next time you encounter the “sew a seed” type prophet [“sew a seed so that your prophesy comes to pass”], remember that “the good seed are the children of the kingdom, which are sent (sowed) to bring in more children (harvest) through their testimony (their word-seed) Matthew 13.
THE BEST SEED TO SEW IS – YOURSELF into the Kingdom of God by repenting of your sins, and pursuing a life of holiness unto God! Not only will God speak directly to you without the need of a prophet, you will find yourself growing more spiritually! I’m not suggesting to avoid prophets, I happen to love the prophetic gifts but I love THE GIVER OF THE GIFTS (God) and pursing a lifestyle of holiness more than I do the gifts (Matthew 6:33). In closing, I can write a book on false prophets vs. true prophets of God but there are hundreds of such books that have already been written yet people are still being deceived by false prophets. One way to not become entangled in the snares of the false prophets is to seek God for yourself instead of seeking a prophet, spend quality time in prayer with God (at least 30 minutes to 1 hour every day of uninterrupted prayer), READ THE BIBLE, know what it says, and do what it says! Develop a lifestyle of fasting, and pursue holiness, you can’t delight yourself in sin and expect not to be entangled in the snares of the enemy! Have faith and BELIEVE that God hears you when you pray and that He will answer you. God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him (Heb 11:6) If you happen to have a true prophet of God in your life, one who lives up to GODS STANDARD (being in total and complete compliance to the word of God) be grateful for him/her because they are truly a GIFT from God, and they are rare!
May God bless every one who has read my series on False Prophets. I pray that God will open your eyes to be able to discern what is of Him and what is of Satan. God said that IF IT WERE POSSIBLE even the elect would be deceived, It is my prayer that you are among God’s elect and that you wont be deceived by the tricks of the evil one, I pray that you will pursue a life of holiness so that the spirit of God will make His abode in you, Amen.