God’s Warnings—Proving The Prophets Of God
Our Text: Deuteronomy 13-26
Our Focus: Chapter 13:1-5; 18:9-15, 18-22
Many writers always try to give the key verse in a Bible passage and we should always look for the key message God has for us when we study the Bible. It is true that the Holy Spirit will guide us if we pray and listen to Him.
We will learn how to distinguish a true prophet of God in this lesson and we certainly need to know this but there is another lesson we need to know in this passage.
Deu 13:3 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].
God is going to test us from time to time to see if we are sincere in our love for Him! We might not like these test but they are going to happen.
We must accept this part of God’s Word as the truth also and in most of these cases God will test us in full view of others. God wants witnesses not cowards!
If you call yourself Christian, the world will be watching. If the world is watching God wants to show the world what it is to be one of His children.
God does not test us to make us fail but we will fail sometimes. Many times the test is to see if we will humble ourselves and come back to Our Savior. There are other reason God test us so we need to see how He does this.
In our lesson today God says He will test us with false prophets and He tells us how we can tell the difference in the false prophet and the true prophet of God.
God raised up prophets in Israel during those times when the people needed to be called back to the faithful worship of the Lord. A faithful prophet spoke only in God’s name and gave only God’s message for God’s glory and for the good of God’s people.
If we would only listen and learn the Word of God we would see that everything God does is for the good of His Creation and His children.
Israel would have no problem in detecting the false prophets because they had a Biblical, God-given test that works in every case. This same test of false prophets, preachers and pastors still works today!
*****Deu 13:1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
Deu 13:2 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;
Deu 13:3 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.
Deu 13:4 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.
What we must realize is that false prophets or in our case false preachers and pastors, are going to have enough of God’s truth in them to get you hooked. Not many would go the way of the false prophet if they totally preached against the Word of God.
Even Satan used scripture when he was tempting the Lord Jesus!
Jesus Himself warns us of this very thing:
Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Mat 7:16 [Ye shall know them by their fruits]. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
It may be hard to explain how some people are healed in some meetings but any true healer would spend their time at the hospitals healing the sick and not in tents and buildings preaching a false gospel and under the power of Satan. Then we could see the truth in their healing. The world could stand some relief of medical costs.
We must not forget God has warned us of false prophets! God says that when a false prophet comes along and performs signs which come to pass, we are not to believe them if they deny the Christian faith.
The Christian faith will show someone to be like Jesus. They would give God all the glory in any action they have taken.
This a very important principle that we must understand. [To deny any part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to be a false prophet]!
Moses told these people that even if a prophet predicted an event that came true and then turned around and invited or told them to worship false gods or in false ways that go against the Word of God, they were not sent from God.
A miracle is not proof of God. A prophecy that comes true is not proof of God.
Only obedience to the unchangeable Word of God is His truth!
As the Body of Christ, we also have a test for our men of God to meet:
1Jn 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
1Jn 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
1Jn 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
Most of the world we live in deny Jesus Christ is the Messiah and God says they are teaching a false doctrine!
God also says:
2Jn 1:10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
2Jn 1:11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
We should remember this when someone comes calling at our doors. We certainly need to remember this of those that stand in the pulpits in our places of God!
The truth is that there will be among those rejected by Christ in the last days, many preachers, so-called soul winners and good moral men, simply because they are devoid of true faith in Christ who alone is the foundation of salvation. Beware of mere lip-devotion which signifies nothing, either here or hereafter.
To be a follower of these of false doctrine will not be an excuse at the judgment!
Even if a child of God is led astray, they will not loose their salvation but they will be useless as a weapon in God’s army and this is the reason behind these workings of Satan.
Many orthodox religious leaders in the Church have abandoned their calling and have gotten involved in the cults of this world or have organized their own cults.
Most have a desire to have their own following or they desire to have authority or for many them are in it for the money.
These are the ways of the day we live in.
The Apostle Paul said:
Gal 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Gal 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
Gal 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Gal 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
There is only one Gospel and it is the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
*****Deu 13:5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.
God has only one answer for these false prophets. They should be put to death!
Does this sound extreme or to severe?
As I am a cancer surviver, I know that there is no cure of this disease. A cancer must be removed or destroyed for some one to be a surviver.
Well a false prophet is like the worst cancer known and it will grow to destroy the Church if it is not destroyed itself.
God is the Great Physician and if He says these men, or in some cases women, should be destroyed then, that is the truth I must believe.
Our places of worship are open to all that come in the doors. We cannot allow any one to preach or teach until we are sure that they know and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
They have already removed prayer from our schools and just about stopped any reading of God’s Word by our kids.
They are now trying to eliminate the blood from our song books and trying to convince us we need to get a another Bible that is suited for their needs.
God laid down these rules to the children of Israel and we need to heed this warning today in our day!
History has revealed to us that Israel did not obey this command of God and if we do not study God’s Word we will not know or realize when these false men or women are in our pulpits.
It’s ridiculous how we allow history to repeat itself and America is headed down this road of destruction now!
Remember God allows these things to happen to test His people. How are we doing in our test? If our church fails somewhere down the road we should accept that we are part of the problem if we allow these things to happen.
Jud 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you [that ye should earnestly contend for the faith] which was once delivered unto the saints.
We cannot forget that we are in a war and we must defend the truth of God on every front!
God says we must put away the evil from our midst. We may not be able to take these false men out and stone them but we can surely show them the exit door in our places of worship and broadcast to all what they truly are to warn other places of worship. They cannot be allowed in our fellowship!
1Co 5:13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
We must remove this cancer from the Body of Christ!
*****Deu 18:9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.
Deu 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
Deu 18:11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
Deu 18:12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
God cannot make it any more simple than this. We are not to be like the world we live in. We are not to learn from the sinful ways of this world.
God forbids His people to have anything to do with non-believers. Yes, we are to witness to them! Yes, we are to be a testimony of Jesus to them! Yes, we are to love them! Yes, we are to be friendly!
But we are not to take part in their sinful ways! A Christian “that does not hate evil”, not the evil doer, is not obeying God’s Word!
We are also not to have any part with the occults! These are just snares of the Devil and it is to easy to get caught in these traps.
God explains this to the church also:
Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Gal 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Gal 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, [that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God].
God is serious about what He says. In fact God says that these practises will be more prevalent the closer we get to the end:
Rev 9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
Rev 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
Rev 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
This is the enemy that must be destroyed and God will destroy this enemy!
Jesus says this enemy has a future home in the “Burning Lake of Fire”!
Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
God says there will be some in the church that do not pay any attention to these warnings.
1Ti 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
1Ti 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
This is the unseen satanic world that is alive and around us every day of our lives. When you have to get up in the morning and check your horoscope before you check with God you are already trapped in these foolish things.
Demons are real! There are real “Fallen Angels”! There is an actual evil unseen spirit world!
The Bible says these things are real!
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
It is to easy to say that we do not sacrifice children in our modern world but abortion happens daily in all nations and brings real shame to America but, every time we place this world before Our God we are sacrificing our children to the Devil. When you worship Satan you will pay the price and that price is most of the time your family.
Satan will give you what you want long enough to get you hooked! If you give him what he wants, Satan does not give back.
If Satan could offer Jesus this world he does not own to Jesus, then he will offer you anything to gain control over you. You cannot bargain with the Devil!
The diviner says he can tell you your future. This a lie.
The sorcerer wants to control people with magic, witchcraft and spells.
By being in league with demons and casting spells, witches and magicians will try to influence people.
The great minds of this world laugh at these things, laugh at these things where there is actual proof, yet they believe in evolution which has no facts at all to back it up.
Just go to some foreign countries where the occult rules and it can be easily seen the control these things have on people. The land of Canaan was full of this stuff and Moses was telling Israel this before they crossed Jordan.
***Deu 18:13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.
Deu 18:14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.
God was using the nation of Israel as His weapon to bring judgment to the land of Canaan because of all these things. Israel was called to be a witness of the true and “Living God”!
Israel did not need to experiment with new religions because the Lord had already revealed Himself and His Word to them through Moses and His miracles.
Once you have seen the real thing, it is sinful to seek a substitute!
Jesus told the woman at the well:
Joh 4:22 [Ye worship ye know not what]: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
Jesus told her she could not even tell what she was worshipping and that the truth of Salvation was brought forth by the Jewish Nation. Jesus Christ was in the flesh as a Jew and it does not matter what the world says.
Jesus rejected all other religions except the teachings of the Old Testament Judaism(faith) and the New Testament Christianity(faith)!
To be “Blameless” does not mean to live in sinless perfection. A heart that belongs to the Lord will walk in the ways of Jesus and obey the Word of God.
Psa 101:2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
Psa 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.
Psa 101:4 A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.
Deu 18:18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
Deu 18:19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.
Moses promised Israel that God would raise up other prophets as they were needed so they would always know what God intended. Israel was to always listen and be obedient to them.
Not all prophets of God have their words written for us as their words were intended for Israel only. God did make a record of all His Word that pertains to the Church age, which is the 66 Books of the King James Bible we have now.
Every prophet rebuked Israel for their sin but also encouraged them to follow the truth of God above all else.
Israel was told of the Messiah. Sadly they missed Him the first time He came.
When Our Lord Jesus resurrected He taught those on the Emmaus Road, He began at these words of Moses:
Luk 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
Christ Jesus did not reject any part of the Bible and taught it a complete truth and it is!
Joh 5:20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
Joh 5:21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.
If God spoke down from Heaven today He would not have a new message but He would speak these same words:
Mat 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; [hear ye him].
We have the message we are to listen to and obey and that is the teaching of Jesus and what he gave to the Apostles, including the Apostle Paul.
These are the Words of Salvation!
This message will not change till all has ended and Jesus will say:
Rev 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
Rev 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
Deu 18:20 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.
We have the completed Word of God!
That is the reason we have no business trying to seek the future through things like Astrology. This only shows a lack of faith which is a grievous sin.
It is “faith” that got us saved!
We have no need to pry into what some call mysteries because we have no mystery of God to solve! We have God’s complete truth!
We can explore our world but we should be looking into God’s creation in amazement and not trying to figure out how God did what He did. He has already told us all we need to know!
There will not be anymore prophets during the Church Age!
When mankind craves knowledge of the future they open the doors for spiritualists, necromancers, and diviners, and witches and warlocks and all kind of false prophets.
Then come the sorcerers with their mind altering drugs for those that want to be a different plane in their minds.
Can some of these people do what they say?
They are equipped by Satan to do certain things. Hitler used a fortune teller on a regular basis and we know the results of that.
If you look, you can see that fortune telling is big business in Washington DC!
A true Christian knows that God owns the future and He has told us all we need to know to have a joyful and peaceful life until He calls us home.
One fourth of the Bible is prophecy and we can see where the fulfillment that has already taken place and we can know what the future holds.
God has a test that all prophets must meet to know whether they are true or not.
Jer 14:14 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.
Here is what God says:
Deu 18:21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?
Deu 18:22 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.
Isaiah prophesied the Virgin birth and guess what it is recorded in the Bible. This may can be done by artificial methods in our day but not in the time of Jesus.
Isaiah also told about the life of Jesus and His death these things are also recorded for us. Isaiah told of these things 700 years before they happened.
God’s prophets have to be 100 % completely accurate. They cannot miss one little detail. Any inaccuracy at all would have disqualified them!
How could Isaiah be acknowledged as a prophet in his day. When Israel was surrounded by the Assyrian army in the day of Hezekiah, Isaiah said not one arrow would be shot into the city of Jerusalem. The Assyrians had conquered every nation they had faced up until this time at Jerusalem. Isaiah was right and they failed.
God told Isaiah:
Isa 37:33 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shields, nor cast a bank against it.
Isa 37:34 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD.
This proved that Isaiah was a true prophet of God. Isaiah’s prophecies have not failed up to our day!
There is not one so called prophet in our day that has been 100 % correct on anything they have said. They have guessed right a couple of times but that’s the best they can do.
Look at how many times the end of the world has been predicted. This shows their falsehood as God said no one would ever know the exact day this would happen. We all can see the signs and know it will not be very long till the end of the church age but it will be at least another 1007 years after that time.
We do not have to have prophets in our day because we already have all the prophecy from the Word of God!
We do not have a warning of false prophets but we do have God’s “Warning” about false teachers:
2Pe 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, [even as there shall be false teachers among you], who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2Pe 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
This is our task for today and the best way to know if a teacher is false is by knowing what the Word of God says by our own study of it!