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 False Prophecies Abound

It's not new.  As early as the first generation church, so-called prophets and prophetesses have been inflicting believers with false prophecies, secret revelation, and mysticism based private interpretations of obscure Old Testament passages.  Throughout history, especially in those apocalyptic times when the end the age was apparently near, whether knowingly or unknowingly, some have spread their prophetic misinformation to a Biblically and historically illiterate Christian population, as is the case today.     


Jesus foretold us of this in Matthew 24:11.


"... and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people."


The apostle Paul told us to judge prophets (1 Corinthians 14:29).


"Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully [judge] what is said."


The apostle Peter told us not to apply our own private interpretation to the Scripture.  2 Peter 1:20 in the KJV reads:


"Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation."


The average Christian today has no understanding of the Old Testament and how it applies to them as New Testament believers.  It was written in a language and in cultures few understand.  That alone should cause us to question what we hear from those who expound secret hidden meanings beneath the pages of the Old Testament that they claim come directly from God.


Here's my advice. 

Be a prophetic skeptic. 

Don't jump on the latest prophetic band-wagon.
Beware of prophets and prophetesses you don't personally know. 

Pay attention to the clear Word of Scripture. 

Ignore secret hidden meanings beneath the text. 

Be joined to a Christian community where prophecies are judged.  

Ignore those whose prophecies don't come true.

Above all, know that the clear Word of Scripture trumps every prophetic word.                                     



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