Some things never change
“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” (Matthew 7:15 NASB) That is a very good reason to be aware. They are not who they seem to be, so how can we “beware”? Become like an experienced bank cashier. They recognize the counterfeit, because they are very familiar with the real thing. Become familiar with the Biblical prophets, and Jesus’ testimony which is the spirit of prophecy. (Revelation 19:10)
When real prophets said, “Thus saithe the Lord” they were not making assumptions or presumptions. The prophets were constrained by the fear of the Lord. They spoke truth. God’s Son, Jesus, gave a way for all men to test His message. “If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself.” (John 7:17 NASB) Sadly, not many are willing, but will listen to false prophets who tell them what they want to hear.
“But, “Ah, Lord God!’ I said, ‘Look, the prophets are telling them, ‘You will not see the sword nor will you have famine, but I will give you lasting peace in this place.”’ Then the Lord said to me, ‘The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name. I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own minds. (Jeremiah 14:14-14 NASB)
Does that sound familiar? “It’s all good. Just receive it and say, ‘Amen'” Not a word about suffering and sacrifice or repentance and God’s will. What saddens me are all the souls that are deceived. “Beware of the false prophets.” God’s will for us in Christ Jesus is not always easy, but it is always for our good.