It can be hard launching a new church, so when my wife and I were invited to a service with other local leaders in the area, we were happy to attend.   If anything I wanted to make connections and get insight on perfecting the destiny that God had for us. After we got to the service we found out it was hosted by a professed prophet.   At the end of the service the prophet called up all the leaders of churches to the front of the room. After he spoke for a little while, the prophet said that he didn’t have time to prophesy to everyone, but he had a word for one leader.  As the people listened intently, he pointed to me and my wife. I was a little taken back because I didn’t know what he was going to say. As he spoke he began to use an authoritative voice as if it was God speaking through him. He said that the reason my church was not growing was because there was a family there that was a cancer to the church.  He said that God would reveal who this family was and that if we removed it, the church would experience phenomenal growth. When he finished speaking the crowd began to shout and clap as if the Lord had declared a breakthrough. I was taken back by the error of what he said because we didn’t have any members yet in the church and it was obviously was a lie.  I prayed to God and asked him why would the devil prophesy something to me that I knew was a lie. God told me it wasn’t to deceive me, but to deceive the others in attendance…..As I was leaving the service a woman approached me to comfort me that God would reveal the cancerous family and that my church would grow. I wondered to myself how many other leaders did this prophet give a false prophecy to that didn’t know it was wrong ………Since that day I have seen devils working tirelessly to speak false prophecies, words, and revelations through people in an effort to deceive and utterly destroy destinies.

False prophets come in many forms. Through out history false prophets would raise up and lead many in directions away from God.  Scripture even references this in a warning from Jesus.  He said, in Matthew 7:15  “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”  I believe when most people think of the word false prophet they think of influential people and grand deceptions, but false prophets can be hiding out in ordinary people.

I remember years ago hearing preachers from the pulpit complaining about parking lot prophets.  These were people who always had a word from God.  No matter rain, sleet, or snow, they were always prophesying.  They often weren’t leaders in churches, and many times didn’t even have a verifiable ministry.  It was usually just them and the Lord with no form of accountability in their life.  Often times if you looked at their personal life, it was in complete shambles.  Today there is a trend that has added a power amp to the false and allowed anyone with a cellphone the ability to broadcast their prophecies for all to hear on the internet.  As I flipped through Facebook, it seemed like everyone had a prophecy for 2020.  Not that God didn’t release a prophetic word for the new year, but how many were true and how many were false?  The biggest question is how many people made life decisions off false prophecies they couldn’t discern the source of.   I have put together 8 signs of a false prophet to help untangle the deception of Satan.

  1. Bad fruit- I couldn’t decide whether to put this at the front or at the end.  No matter, it is ultimately the fruit that tells the story. Matthew 7:16  “Ye shall know them by their fruits.””
  2. Has a false spiritual Father-  Devils often refine their tactics in the spiritual offspring of their captives.  I remember a guy that used to be on TV all the time selling prophecies for thousands of dollars.  He called himself a Christian, but his beliefs and teachings were more in line with mysticism.  Most Christian leaders distanced themselves from him, but when his son grew up and was prophesying without all the outward defilement, he was readily accepted into mainstream Christianity.  It appeared that he was different, but soon he started to make appearances with his father merchandising prophecies. John 8:44  “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.”
  3.  Teaches a false or confused doctrine- If they don’t have a revelation for sound doctrine, they probably don’t have a revelation for the voice of God.  I am absolutely scared of people who teach crazy doctrines, then claim to have an accurate word from the Lord. I remember a woman prophet said in front of church that the lord told her she was apart of the Levite priesthood.  I almost couldn’t believe my ears, cause I knew she didn’t get that from God.  2 Peter 2:1  “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. “
  4.  Will only prophesy vain and carnal things- Many people want  a new car and house, but God has better things to do than focus on everybody’s new ride and house. Jeremiah 23:16  “Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.” 
  5.  Lives a sinful lifestyle- I know God can use a donkey to speak, but it is a very dangerous thing to trust a sinful person to get beyond their flesh and discern between the voice of God and the devil. Matthew 7:4  “Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? “
  6.  Prophecy always kind of off- I remember a lady I knew through a friend used to prophesy to people all the time.  It was what she did.  It was exciting to talk to her because she seemed to know what God had in store for the future.  It was always new things, we had never heard before.  As the dates that were promised started to roll by with nothing happening, I asked her what was going on, and she would assure me that God was going to do it.  Then she would say something random like, “I see something about some eggs”, then I would say, “well I ate some eggs yesterday”, then she would say, “see that’s a sign, God is going to do it.”  At first I was reassured, but after a while I knew something was wrong.  It was a false confirmation.
  7.  No Accountability- Scripture is clear that prophecies are to be judged. 1 Corinthians 14:29.  Most prophets that are false avoid accountability so that their lies go unchallenged.  There is  one very young false prophet on social media that has his thousands of followers calling him “Jesus” and “Lord”.  He makes vulgar statements and gives prophecies.  When people challenge him, he mocks them for being worried about him.
  8.  No Edification, Exhortation, or Comfort- 1 Corinthians 14:3  “But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.”   If they are not regularly encouraging, building up, or speaking peace into peoples liveskeep your spirit alert!

 

This list is by no means exhaustive and should be used as an assistant to the leading of the Holy Spirit in properly discerning prophecies and the prophet.  It is my prayer that God leads you to the fullness of your destiny.