In Jeremiah 29: 21 “Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel concerning Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, who prophesy a lie to you in my name; Behold, I will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he shall slay them before your eyes”. The God of Israel to the exiles in letter through His prophet Jeremiah addresses these 2 wicked false prophets who lied to the people of Israel about Nebuchanezzar’s weakness and the restoration of the Jews back to Judah. They were wrong about this prophecy and themselves which eventually led to their death by the hand of Nebuchanezzar, the king. They were unfaithful to their wives and their personal lives even though this was not public knowledge, the LORD of hosts was a witness to it thereby holding them accountable. We as the true believers of Christ through the help and power of the Holy Spirit must discern the false prophetic anointing of the spirit of Ahab and the spirit of Zedekiah, wicked kings of Israel and Judah in our midst, in the church. These spirits are prophesying from the pulpit and sitting in the pews, serving the sacred ordinance of Communion, all the while dressed as a sheep in wolves clothing.
Secondly, Jeremiah 14:14 “And the LORD said to me, “The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart. ” False prophets according to this revelation prophesy LIES through the spirit of deceit and error in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We know the father of lies, Jesus identifies him in John 8:44 “you are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him; when he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it”. False prophecy is grounded in lies. Out of the foundation of lies, false visions including divinations are told to the people of God under the pretense of “false truth” in the name of Christ. This is a very cunning trick of the enemy. Again, only through the Unadulterated word of the living GOD and the HOLY SPIRIT as our teacher of truth, the believer can immediately DISCERN A PROPHETIC LIE verses a PROPHETIC TRUTH!
Jeremiah 14:15 “Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who prophesy in My name, whom I did no send, and who say; ‘Sword and famine shall not be in this land’ – ‘By sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed”. The Creator of the Universe has selected individuals one such as Jeremiah chosen to be a prophetic oracle on behalf of the Kingdom of our GOD to His people and the world. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you, I ordained you a prophet to the nations” Jere 1:5. Prophets of the GOD OF ISRAEL in the Bible and current day are chosen, sanctified and ordained by HIS HAND therefore, It is at HIS Order that His prophetic servants OBEY HIS INSTRUCTIONS AND DIRECTIONS. It is HE that sends those whom HE has sanctified and ordained to deliver HIS WORD. Those who prophesy lies in His name will be consumed by the lies of their words and may even meet a worse fate such as death.
Additionally, in Lamentations 2:14 “Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not uncovered your iniquity to bring back your captives but have envisioned for your false prophecies and delusions”. All False prophets operate from the spirit of deceit while purposely ignoring the sins of the sheep instead of addressing the issue of sin in the heart. False prophets prophecy words of seductive delusions causing the sheep to fall as gullible prey to word of prophetic lies. Instead of building the people to be repentant victors in CHRIST while walking in the spirit; they bind them to stay sinful victims for the devil and their flesh.
In 2 Peter 2:1 – 3 “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the LORD who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber. The whole chapter of 2 Peter talks about the doom of false teachers, their depravity and deceptions, we are to take heed and be spiritually alert discerning through the power of the Holy Spirit. In reference to the above verses of 2 Peter, the apostle is highlighting to the believers that in your very midst, in the church standing behind the pulpit, you will see and hear false teachings out of the mouths of false teachers. Their methods are secretive and deceptive in nature. No one will every promote or advertise themselves as a false teacher or prophet. Destructive heresies mean that their teachings tell a lie about Jesus Christ and the work that He did for us and currently is doing through us. They appear to showcase a godly walk with Jesus Christ and so it is easy for them to lie as they hide behind their deceptive cunning godly fake character.
The LORD JESUS CHRIST promises swift destruction upon the false teachers and many will follow and fall for their ways. Many false teachers are popular and the bible tells us to discern the tree by the fruit that it bears. When false teachers are at work and when crowds are following them, the way of truth is blasphemed. God’s holy name and honor are disgraced. Covetousness is the fruit of lies and deception for these false anointed ones. The gospel that they teach is one of self gratification and deception. They seem to prosper in wealth, fame and fortune but the verse is clear they will be judged by Yeshua and their judgment is not idle. The wrath of our God will pour out on them even as they continue to lead the sheep astray in their deception. All false teachers and false leaders professing the name of YESHUA HAMASHIACH will not escape their fate with the Great I Am.
Have you been falsely deceived? Can you identify a false teacher of the Word of God from a true disciple of Christ?