Kinds of False Prophecies
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God for many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)
God has revealed His truth through His prophets and apostles who gave us the Bible. It is by that word we test all other words.
Here are four kinds of false prophecies to look out for:
The first is Bonkers – random, made-up nonsense like when Jennifer LeClair wrote about a squid spirit. There’s no such sneaky squid spirit stalking saints in Scripture.
“The sneaky squid spirit starts stalking you!” – Jennifer LeClaire
A second kind of false prophecy is the Blandishment – empty promises that stir up false hopes:
“While you were worshipping, God just changed your whole financial situation. I don’t know who that’s for, but I’m rejoicing that it’s one of those college students.” – John Gray
That’s the kind of stuff of psychics and fortunetellers do. It’s not of God.
These nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do this. (Deuteronomy 18:14)
A third false prophecy is Bleary – just vague predictions.
“This is something the Holy Spirit has spoken to us. And so the word of the Lord for 2017 is… The Breakthrough Year! Very exciting!” – Cindy Jacobs
That could mean literally anything!
The fourth false prophecy is Busted – very specific predictions that are total failures
“The Spirit tells me Fidel Castro will die in the 90’s” – Benny Hinn (December 31, 1989)
Then you combine all four, and you have a Prophecy Bomb:
“Now, I don’t know what’s going to happen on September 23, 2017. But whatever it is, it’s going to be something big for the nation of Israel.” (Robert Breaker)
In Deuteronomy, God says:
The prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, shall die. And if you say in your heart, “How may we know the word of the Lord has not spoken?” When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. (Deuteronomy 18:20-22)
And the penalty for false prophets is death.
…when we understand the text.