ProphetsBro. David Chancellor
1/20/2008 6:00 PM
2 Peter 2:1-2
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways: by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
It’s up to each of us to find the truth and make it through. We have a personal responsibility for our own souls. We need to get hold of God’s word for ourselves. False prophets don’t proclaim themselves as such, and just because there are false prophets doesn’t mean there are no true ones. A false prophet denies the one he claims to represent.
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
This is talking about prophets. On the outside, some can look pretty good, but what kind of fruit is there. Outward appearance can’t mask the fruit of the inward condition. What’s on the inside eventually comes out. God allows people to go through things so that the fruit can be produced and begin to show. People will have to decide whether the fruit shows God within or not. God has a way of revealing what is false. We want to have good fruit and be a good influence on others.
The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; According to all that thou desiredst of the Lord thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. And the Lord said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth: and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
God said he would raise up a prophet like Moses. He said he would do this because of their fear of Mt. Horeb. It foretells of Jesus and the other prophets that came before him. God sent his word through one like us. He told them how they could tell if the prophet was from God. If what he predicted or said happened, they could know it was from God; if it didn’t, he wasn’t.
God’s word endeavors to give us a certainty about where we stand and what lies ahead. A true man of God will let you know that you can’t do wrong and get by. Listen to the warnings and see what happens. If you ignore the warnings God gives, you do so at your own peril.
If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
If someone tells you something that happens, but it points you away from God, beware. God allows things to come along to see where your affections are at. Guard your heart. Be sure it’s settled on God.
I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem a horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.
It matters how people walk / live. A wicked man won’t be sent to tell you the word of God. If people aren’t walking right, they aren’t giving God’s word. They aren’t safe to follow. A true man of God will endeavor to live out the word of God. The words of God should weaken the hands of evildoers. We want people to be turned from their wickedness. God can help people to turn from the wrong to do the right. What direction are people trying to take us? God would make a difference in people’s lives. Silencing the voice of God won’t change the reality that’s there. Take responsibility for your soul. God has given us a way to know whether or not it came from him. Don’t let go of what is good and right. Look at what appeals to you and see what it strengthens.