Happy Monday Saints.
When He was asked about the sign of His coming and the end of the age, Jesus answered in Matthew 24:5 that “MANY” will come in His name and “DECEIVE MANY.”
And among other things in the list of signs that indicate His coming, He said in verse 11 that, “MANY FALSE PROPHETS WILL APPEAR, AND DECEIVE MANY PEOPLE.”
I think there are more “FALSE PROPHETS” today than in any other historical period.
2Corinthians 11:13 mentions people who are “FALSE APOSTLES, DECEITFUL WORKERS, MASQUERADING AS APOSTLES OF CHRIST.” And although this verse isn’t about the end of the age, I also think there are more “FALSE APOSTLES” today than in any other historical period.
Dear Saints, our Lord Jesus said they will deceive “MANY” people. Not a few, but “MANY.”
And He didn’t say there will be a handful of FALSE prophets but “MANY.” They are everywhere. They’re on TV, they’re on Social Media, and they have a massive following. They are on every continent and in every country, city, town, and village. Some have multi-million dollar platforms, and others have smaller, insignificant platforms. Some have Masters and Ph.D.s, and others are self-ordained and self-proclaimed. Their ministries come in all shapes and sizes, and their influence ranges from a handful of people to hundreds of thousands and possibly millions. They are everywhere.
1John 4:1 says, “DEAR FRIENDS, DO NOT BELIEVE EVERYONE WHO CLAIMS TO SPEAK BY THE SPIRIT. YOU MUST TEST THEM TO SEE IF THE SPIRIT THEY HAVE COMES FROM GOD. FOR THERE ARE MANY FALSE PROPHETS IN THE WORLD.”
Your protection from FALSE PROPHETS and FALSE APOSTLES is the written Word of God. No matter what they say or do, they are subject to the Holy Scriptures. It’s not unscriptural or disrespectful to “TEST THEM.” It is required and necessary that we do. We can’t afford to be lazy or careless with FALSE preachers and teachers. We “MUST TEST THEM.”
Read your Bible every day. TEST every apostle, prophet, evangelist, teacher and pastor – including me. If ministers speak more about their own revelations, visions, and beliefs than they do about the Bible – then do yourself a favour and stop listening to them.
Have a great week, and no matter what you read or hear, stick with the Bible.
God bless, and lots’a love,