Prophet, navi in Hebrew has two meanings, one is a person who fore-tells future events, the other is a person who forth-tells God’s instruction. One who stands and read from the Bible in public is operating in the office of a prophet, they are imparting God’s instructions. So your average spiritual leader is a prophet.
Far too many are unaware that there are rules to being a prophet of God.
The Test of a Prophet
But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has taught rebellion against the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to make you leave the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from the midst of you. Deut. 13:5
But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ Deut. 18:20
. . . when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously, you need not be afraid of him. Deut. 18:22
Examples of False Teachings
Those that preached on the Blood Moons, which was nothing more than astrology posing as Christianity.
Then there are the name it and claim it people, It is only in fairy tales and mythology that words and wishes have transforming energy.
Then the tithers, who think giving will get them great riches. God cannot be bribed or bought off.
The dispensationalist yell at the top of their collective lungs, “the law has passed away,” as if they are quoting a Bible verse. The teaching that one can willfully break the Law of God is nowhere stated in the Bible. In fact it states the exact opposite.
Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. Rom. 3:31 KJV
It is a false teaching by false prophets that the law can be cast aside. Rather we are to cast aside such teachers.
Where there is no prophecy the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law. Prov. 29:18
We need to carefully examine the spiritual leaders that teach.
Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, for you know that we who teach shall be judged with greater strictness. James 3:1
All these should all be put out. However the people are more emotional attached to these men than they are to God. These spiritual leaders have become like little gods taking the love of the people, instead of leading them to love God above all others.
True faith seems to be rigid and inflexible to those on the outside. However truth is truth and can never have fellowship with error. One must never amalgamate truth with anything earthly or of man’s creativity. To often these false teacher adopt anything or everything to fascinate the people, and to bring more people into their churches they have turn their churches into nothing more than circuses. Just like the pagan temples of the ancient world.
If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth; 1John 1:6
False Plague is Constant
There is nothing new under the sun. God’s people have aways been plagued by corrupt spiritual leaders.
. . . the elder and honored man is the head, and the prophet who teaches lies is the tail; Is. 9:15 c.f. Rev. 9:10, 19; 12:4
These also reel with wine and stagger with strong drink; the priest and the prophet reel with strong drink, they are confused with wine, they stagger with strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in giving judgment. Is. 28:7
. . . the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes? Jer. 5:31
Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, says the LORD, who steal my words from one another. Jer. 23:30
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 2Cor. 11:13
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 2Pet. 2:1
In this last church age we have locked Messiah out of the churches. The only hope to achieve a personal authentic relationship with Him, is to not to rely on the congregation. Only ONE can open the door. It is not the congregation, not the group, just ONE, that can have an intimate relationship with our Lord. The congregation is quite happy with Him outside the door.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Rev. 3:20
For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matt. 22:14
Open the door by opening your Bible.