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Tests of a True Prophet

jeremiahBeloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1John 4:1 NKJ)

Test #1: Fulfillment of Prophecy
“And if you say in your heart,`How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’–when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.” (Deu 18:21-22 NKJ)

Test #2: Right Theology – The one that teaches fear of the Lord
“If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder,”and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying,`Let us go after other gods’– which you have not known–`and let us serve them, “you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the LORD your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice, and you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him. (Deu 13:1-4 NKJ)

“By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” (1Jo 4:2-3 NKJ)

“But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.” (2Pe 2:1 NKJ)

Test #3: Fruits, Actions
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.’ (Mat 7:15-20 NKJ)

WHAT ARE NOT TESTS OF PROPHET

1. Prophesying in God’s Name
“And the LORD said to me, “The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart. (Jer 14:14 NKJ)

“Many will say to Me in that day,`Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them,`I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Mat 7:22-23 NKJ)

Not everyone who claims to be a Christian theologian/minister/teacher is a Christian.

2. Signs and Wonders
“For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. (Mat 24:24 NKJ)

3. Show of Spirituality & Meekness
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. (Mat 7:15 NKJ)

“And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.” (2Co 11:14-15 NKJ)

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