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False Prophet
(Revelation 16.14)
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"They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty." (Revelation 16.14)


ArmageddonThe false prophet was a figure whom "God's people were warned to expect" both in the Old and in the New Testament. In the Old Testament, people were forbidden from listening to a false prophet, however impressive their performing of miraculous signs may have been. It was laid down in Deuteronomy 13.1-5 that the punishment for listening to these people was to be death. "If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, 'Let us follow other gods' (gods you have not known) 'and let us worship them,' you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. That prophet or dreamer must be put to death for inciting rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. That prophet or dreamer tried to turn you from the way the Lord your God commanded you to follow. You must purge the evil from among you." The Sanhedrin's duty in the Jerusalem Temple was to deal with these false prophets and to punish them when they arose. The Christian Church was warned in Mark 13.22 that many a false Christ and false prophet would arise to seduce Christ's people, "For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect."

Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

Wolf in Sheep's ClothingH. B. Swete (1835-1917) the English Biblical scholar, said that false prophets cover a whole class of "magic vendors, religious impostors, fanatics, whether deceivers or deceived, regarded as persons who falsely interpret the mind of God. True religion has no worse enemies and Satan no better allies." The false prophets who came like wolves in sheep's clothing tried to introduce the worship of other gods, tried to make Christians compromise with the world, and tried to seduce others from the exclusive worship of the Almighty God. Such a person was always a false prophet, who falsely claimed the gift of divine inspiration.✞

"False Prophet"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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