Our text of remembrance today says, "Beware of false prophets," for false prophets are not common today. They've been there. Instead, as we approach the second coming of Christ, the numbers will increase. Over time, the number of so-called non-magic prophets will increase. However, the Lord plainly stated that you would recognize them by their fruits, not by what they call miracles, signs, and wonders, but by their fruits. Jesus Christ goes on to say in Matthew 7: 16-18 that you cannot pick grapes from thorns. He said that a good tree could produce only good fruit. In other words, if they are His prophets, they only produce the best fruit. If they grow bad fruit, know that it does not come from Him. What are some of the evils that the false prophet should look for?
Greed is one of the most dangerous fruits that a false prophet can easily identify. Any prophet that tells you to bring money to prophesy for you is not from God. It is not from God if he tells you to give him money because of a prophecy he made about you. Because our God is not greedy, the prophet who produces the fruitage of greed is not from God. Some so-called prophets may advise you to give your car to them in exchange for spiritual blessings. Let them know that you are a child of God, but God has not spoken to you. The apostle Peter says in 2 Peter 2:3:
"And in covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not."
Fear is another fruit that they produce. He is always trying to instill fear in you. They seduce others by intimidating them. He knows that if you are warned of impending doom, you will be ready to do whatever it takes to avoid it. When you meet a prophet who always prophesies calamity, get away from him. Even when they see the danger looming, the true prophet prays that it might be spared. If they tell you about the prophecy, then you can pray with them. He is not trying to intimidate you, but he is urging you to pray against the impending doom. He prefers to be reduced to apocalypse and is known to be a false prophet beyond destruction to come and boasts of his accurate prophecy. God has not given us a spirit of fear, according to 2 Timothy 1:7. Fear is a spirit from the devil, and everyone who serves you with a spirit of fear comes from the devil.
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