If you have a gut feeling something is off at a prophetic gathering or with something prophetic on the internet, stop and consider what your gut is saying. If you have a twinge in your spirit, pay attention to it. Jesus warned, “Beware of false prophets. They come to you dressed like sheep, but in their hearts they’re greedy wolves” (Mt 7:15). These greedy wolves say much but deliver little. Yet, they come with a high price. The price may even include your salvation.
So, if you are spending a lot of time and money following the celebrity prophets of today, I recommend you read Prophetic Masquerade – Detecting a False Prophet Is Easy! In it, Kevin Kleint provides ten rock-solid witnesses from Scripture to help you measure an alleged true prophet. Is he or she one of us sheep, or a greedy wolf making merchandise of you (2 Peter 2)?
- Do they look like sheep?
- Do they draw a crowd?
- Do they speak presumptuously?
- Do they lead you away from God’s Commands?
- Do they mimic the Spirit of God?
- Do they have false dreams and visions?
- Do they always have an “encouraging word?”
- Do they never seem to have an original thought?
- Do they perform miracles, signs and wonders?
- Do they produce bad fruit? Page 180
I appreciate Kevin’s integrity with the Word of God, his wisdom and his prudence. Several of his explanations of God’s Word really caught my attention.
MANY WILL COME IN MY NAME, SAYING, “I AM HE”
And He said: “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them”
The conventional interpretation of this Scripture is that many will come claiming to be the Messiah and deceive many. Instead of blindly accepting the analysis, we should uses our God-given logic and apply it.
How many people exist on the earth today that claim to be Jesus, the Son of God? How many people have EVER existed who claimed to be Jesus? Aside from a few nut-jobs – not many.
Jesus said. “MANY will come in my name…..”
Did these few loons deceive MANY? In the grand scheme of things, the deceived were actually very few in number.
How many people are alive today who claim Jesus is the Messiah, but are deceiving multitudes, partially because of the signs and wonders that are being performed? They are to numerous to count.
This is not rocket science, folks. The Messiah forewarned us that the false prophets would rise within our own ranks and proclaim that Yeshua is the Son of God, doing miraculous signs and wonders, and MANY will be deceived.
Little children, it is the last hour: and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went our from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us. pages 112-113
THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS – THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY
“The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” is one of many tidbits of Scripture that has been tossed around by self-proclaimed prophets without the knowledge of what it really means. It leaves the unlearned with the inaccurate impression that, just as londg as Jesus is being preached, the spirit of prophecy is present. Let’s take a closer look at what the Scripture says about it.
And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “see that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
Usually when people read the above Scripture, they do not read it impartially; they read it through the lens they were taught to use. They don’t ask themselves. “What is the ‘Testimony of Jesus?’” In their minds, it is just a given that “The Testimony OF Jesus” is synonymous with “The Testimony ABOUT Jesus.” This is wrong.
“Testimony OF Jesus” IS Jesus’ testimony. It is what Jesus was saying while He testified on the earth. What did Jesus testify? The following Scripture gives us a good hint.
The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil.
Am I re-interpreting Scripture? No, I am not. I just refuse to spiritualize a verse when a much more practical explanation is available. The fact is that you and I can preach on Jesus all day long without the spirit of prophecy being present. Look at all the false prophets and the “Jesus” they preach. Pages 177-178
As you can see by the excerpts, Prophetic Masquerade is in accord with God’s Word. It is easy to read, understand and apply this important message.