What does God say about false prophets

The Bible's warnings about the false prophets of the end times

We noted in the previous article that fundamental teachings of the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movement are based on a corruption of Scripture and are ultimately seductions. But we have to go further.

The teachings and prophecies of the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movement largely omit an area of ​​the biblical statements about the end times that ultimately applies to this movement itself: the warnings about the end-time seduction in Christianity, which emerge so clearly in all biblical passages, which deal with the end times at all.

 

The appearance of false prophets

 

We have seen before that the Lord Jesus 'first answer to his disciples' question about the marks of the end times and His Second Coming was the warning: "Be careful that nobody seduces you!" (Mt 24,4).

Scripture clearly states that the last time before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ will be marked by an increasingly massive false prophetic seduction: “For false Christs and false prophets will appear and will perform signs and wonders to, if possible, also deceive the elect. But you watch out! See, I have foretold you everything " (Mk 13: 22-23).

False prophecy means that people appear in the name of Jesus Christ and claim that the Lord speaks through them in revelation, including in the first person: "I am the Christ!" (Mt 24,5). The Lord Jesus warns us about these false prophets in the remarkable statements of Mt 7: 15-23:

“15 But beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inside are ravening wolves! 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Do you gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? 17 So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 You shall therefore know them by their fruits.
21 Not everyone who says to me: Lord, Lord! will enter the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does the will of my Heavenly Father. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, cast out demons in your name, and perform many miracles in your name? 23 And then I will testify to them, I never knew you; depart from me, you outlaws! "

These warnings of the Lord are often confirmed and supplemented in the rest of the NT. 1 John 4: 1 warns that there are many false prophets at work. The letter of Jude warns against unscrupulous seducers who blaspheme demonic powers and cause divisions. 2 Peter warns of false teachers who introduce pernicious sects and who, out of greed, exploit the believers with deceitful words (2 Pt 2: 1-3).

In 1 Timothy 4: 1 we are warned about the work of seductive spirits and the teachings of demons that are spread by deceivers in the church. The 2nd Timothy warns us against false teachers and seducers who resist the truth with forged signs and wonders like the magicians at the court of Pharaoh, Jannes and Jambres (2Tim 3,6-9) and predicts: "But bad people and deceivers will do it worse and worse by being seduced and being seduced" (2 Timothy 3:13).

 

The appearance of false miracle signs

 

The occurrence of deceitful signs and wonders is explicitly predicted for the end times, which will have their terrible climax in the time of the Antichrist, but will appear before that and seduce many.

We have heard of such false miraculous signs in the statements of the Lord in Mk 13:22 and Mt 7:22. The Antichrist himself will make perfect use of this weapon: “(...) him, whose coming is due to the action of Satan, unfolding all deceitful powers, signs and wonders and all deception of injustice in those who perish because they did not accept the love of truth through which they would have saved can be. That is why God will send them an effective deceiving force, so that they believe the lie, so that all may be judged who did not believe the truth but were pleased with injustice " (2Th 2,9-12).

Also in Rev 13: 12-15 we find the seductive miraculous signs of the Antichrist, who uses a healing miracle to induce people to worship the beast (cf. also Rev 16:14; 19:20). The same means that God used in the apostles' time to confirm His inspired scriptural word (Mk 16:20; Hebrews 2,4), Satan uses in the end times to confirm his seduction.

This connection is also clear to us from the Old Testament example in Deut 13.1-6:

“All the word that I command you, you should keep it in order to do it; you should not add anything to it or take anything away from it! When in your midst a prophet or dreamer will stand up and give you a sign or wonder, and the sign or wonder of which he spoke to you occurs and he says [now]: "Let us follow other gods - those of you have not known - and let us serve them! ”then you should not obey the words of such a prophet or such a dreamer; for the Lord your God will test you to see whether you really love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall follow the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and serve and cling to him. But such a prophet or such a dreamer shall be killed because he taught apostasy from the LORD your God, (...) he wanted to turn you away from the path on which the LORD your God commanded you to go. So you should exterminate the evil from among you! "

The appearance of a false prophetic movement of seduction

 

We must therefore expect from the prophetic word of Scripture in the time before the second coming of Jesus Christ an influential false prophetic movement that shows astonishing miraculous signs (Mt 24:24). Their followers will prophesy in the name of Jesus Christ, cast out demons and perform many miracles (Mt 7:22). The false prophets of this movement will appear to be true believers, but in reality they will be instruments of Satan to seduce the sheep (Mt 7:15; 2 Cor 11: 13-15). They are characterized, among other things, by greed and the pursuit of enrichment and prosperity as well as by blasphemy against Satan and the powers of darkness (1 Timothy 6: 3-5; 2 Pt 2; Jude 4-19). Behind this movement are the work of seductive spirits and the teachings of demons (1 Timothy 4,1; 1Joh 4,1-3).

Where do we find such a movement today? There is only one possible answer: if the prophetic word of Scripture does not lie, then it can only be the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movement to which these characteristics fully apply! Or do we think these warnings were written in vain?

In the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movement we also find a fulfillment of the prophetic prophecy of the appearance of Jezebel, the false prophetess in Thyatira, who seduces the believers to spiritual fornication, i.e. to worship idols and fellowship with demons (Rev. 2: 20-23) . Your followers claim "To have known the depths of Satan" - which is terrifyingly true of many charismatic false teachers. Jezebel teaches as a woman (contrary to God's express command in 1 Timothy 2:12) and seduces true believers (“my servants”). In the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movement, contrary to the Word of God, there are a large number of “spirit anointed” leaders, teachers and prophets. This open violation of the instruction in Scripture alone proves the spirit of this movement to be fraudulent - at least for those to whom the commandments of Scripture still mean something.

 

This article is an abbreviated excerpt from the more detailed work by Rudolf EbertshäuserThe Charismatic Movement - End-Time Awakening or End-Time Seduction?

 

You can download the complete PDF document here

 

Good and clear information about the various false doctrines and practices of the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movement can be found in the book by the same author: The Pentecostal and Charismatic Movement. A biblical orientation (Steffisburg: Edition Nehemia 2012; 200 pages, paperback).

You can order this book from your Christian bookseller. You can get it for Switzerland from Edition Nehemiah, for Germany and Austria at the Mail order bookstore seed grain.