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How to tell if someone is a false prophet or an apostate and how to view them

 

Some feel that because someone speaks something different than they believe that they are an apostate. Some feel that "independent" thinkers are apostates too. But just because someone believes or thinks differently does not mean that they are apostatizing against God. Jesus was certainly an "independent" thinker, when viewed from the crooked religious leader's viewpoint in the first century. He was even called a ruler of the Demons by some! But Jesus did not look to the religious leaders of his day for direction but he looked to his father, God. Jesus challenged the religious traditions of his day by showing that they were traditions of man - not God's. So it is good for us today to test our beliefs against scripture. Are they really from man or God? That is the difference between blind faith and true faith. Do we test what we hear and know?

Deuteronomy 18:20-22: Sayings of prophets - how to view - false prophets to die

Psalms 139:21,22 "Do I not hate those who are intensely hating you, O Jehovah, And do I not feel a loathing for those revolting against you? (vs.22) With a complete hatred I do hate them. They have become to me real enemies."

It is important to realize that Jesus stated that we are to love our enemy and his Father mentioned in Ezekiel that he doesn't want the wicked to die but to turn around. Ezekiel 33:11; Matthew 5:43-45

Isaiah 9:16-17 God's people as "all apostates" - showing need of correction. this does not mean that they started off that way

  1.  Compare Isaiah 14:1-7; Ezekiel 16:62,63 to see how Jehovah forgives his repentant people who have apostatized against him. This is ample proof to those who think that apostasy is an "unforgivable" sin - Good thing, because all of God's people are considered apostates, in this passage!

Jeremiah 9:24: Good to boast about insight of Jehovah - delightful to Jehovah

Jeremiah 17:13: ones leaving Jehovah as apostates

Jeremiah 23 : Jehovah against false prophets

Jeremiah 28:9b When the word of the prophet comes true the prophet whom Jehovah has sent in truth will become known

Jeremiah 28:11-17  Hananiah's false prophesy meant her death - she caused Jehovah's people to trust in a falsehood

Ezekiel 3:7 Israel (as an apostate) will not want to listen to Jehovah's prophets (in principle)

Ezekiel 3:18 Prophet blood-guilty if does not warn

Amos 3:7: Jehovah will not do anything until he reveals matters to his prophets

Amos 7:14: Amos warned of consequences if he did not prophesy: His wife would "become a prostitute", his children would die "by the sword", his land would be sold, and he would die "on unclean ground".

  1.  Amos was "commissioned" by Jehovah to do this work.
  2. This passage does not mean Jehovah would bring this calamity upon Amos, if he did not prophesy. It could be that Jehovah was protecting him and his family at that time - as long as Amos served Jehovah.

Luke 21:8 referring to Jesus speaking to his disciples; "He said: Look out that YOU are not misled; for many will come on the basis of my name, saying, 'I am he,' and, 'the due time has approached.' Do not go after them."

 The key here is to know what God's word supports and what it does not. God's word is 100% true and no false scriptural teaching can stand up to it. Remember what Daniel 11:32b says about those who prevail for our day: "But as regards the people who are knowing their God, they will prevail and act effectively."

Acts 17:11 "Now the later were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with the greatest eagerness of mind, carefully examining the Scriptures daily as to whether these things were so." // Only by carefully examining the sacred scriptures and using sound reason, can one tell if what they hear is actually based upon God's word or not.

Acts 20:29,30 "I know that after my going away oppressive wolves will enter in among YOU and will not treat the flock with tenderness, and from among YOU yourselves men will rise and speak twisted things to draw away the disciples after themselves." // Here is recorded what the apostle Paul mentioned to true worshippers of Jehovah in his day. He told them to watch out for these "oppressive wolves". How can one tell who these are today? - By checking what they say against the sacred scriptures. Even the apostle Paul had his teachings checked by the Boreans and their actions were considered "noble" (Acts 17:11)

Romans 16:17 "Now I exhort YOU, brothers, to keep your eye on those who cause divisions and occasions for stumbling contrary to the teaching that YOU have learned, and avoid them." // The key thought here is "contrary to the teaching" of what they had learned from the sacred scriptures. - See Acts 17:11; 20:29,30

2 John 9,10 "Everyone that pushes ahead and does not remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God. He that does remain in this teaching is the one that has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to YOU and does not bring this teaching, never receive him into YOUR homes or say a greeting to him."

 THE EMPHATIC DIAGLOTT translates verses 9 and 10 as : "EVERY ONE who GOES BEYOND, and does not abide in the DOCTRINE of the ANOINTED one, has not God. He who ABIDES in the DOCTRINE, has both the FATHER and the SON. If any one come to you and bring not this DOCTRINE, do not receive him into your House, nor wish Him success;"

 By examining these two renderings, one can see that John is talking about those who go beyond what the sacred scriptures state and also that they try to teach others their unscriptural teachings and that true worshippers need to avoid them. The key here is being able to tell what is scripturally based - see Acts 17:11

Jesus warned that there would be many false Christ's and he said to make sure that we would not be misled. (Matthew 24:4,5) Daniel shows us that “the people that are knowing their God they will prevail and act effectively.” (Daniel 11:32) And 2 Corinthians 13:5 admonishes Christians to keep testing whether they are in the faith so that they are not disapproved somehow. So, we can see that accurate knowledge is critical. And the source of this knowledge is the scriptures - not a man made organization or publication - Even this one. Everything needs to be tested.

Refuting some who will (or already do) claim to be Jesus:

Jesus stated himself that “the sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in lamentation, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” (Matthew 24:29,30) Everyone on earth will know.

Some “false Christs” may twist scripture and refer to when Jesus mentioned that the kingdom would not come with striking observableness and that is why everyone does not know of them yet. (Luke 17:20) This is true but what Jesus talks about here for our day is certain activity and his brothers being present just before he arrives in power to rule and judge. (Matthew 25:31-46) In both Revelation and Daniel, it talks about God’s people being “killed” or their “power” dashed to pieces - Just before Jesus stands up and all the nations are frightened and give glory to God in expectation of what may befall them. (Daniel 12:1,7; Revelation 11:9-18; Revelation 6:16,17)

 

 

 

   
  Copyright 2017; Dale Arthur Beckman, Jr.; All rights reserved. -  *Most scriptures quoted are from the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (Reference Edition 1984) unless otherwise noted and have been copied by hand and yet need proof-reading. See my channel on Youtube.com for some of the latest information and have a great day :)