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false prophets

In religion, a false prophet[1], according to some is one who falsely claims the gift of prophecy or divine inspiration, or who uses that gift for evil ends.


Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets <5578>, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Teachers and minister who eek to get something from the congregations of the people rather than give something may be ravening wolves. They may not merely be desiring money and financial security but emotional justification and even what could be called adoration.

Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets <5578> shall rise, and shall deceive many.

These false teachers and prophets may not be the exception but the rule, especially in a time of a strong delusion where people become entangled in a yoke of bondage. When people m=become merchandise because of their covetous practices that curse children and make them a surety for debt you know the false prophets are many.

Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets <5578>, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

They may do many good works and fool people by their righteousness but they will not preach the gospel of the kingdom but justify biting one another through praying or applying to men who call themselves benefactors but are workers of iniquity because they exercise authority one over the other.

Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets <5578> shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

Their religion will be full of great swelling words offered in soft tones but they will actually be deceiving the whole world who will follow after the Corban of the Pharisees making the word of God to none effect.

Luke 6:26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets <5578>.

Men will seem good and do good thinks. They will say the Apostles were righteous men and Christ was God but they will find reasons to not do what he said to do and keep you from doing what the early Church did by their vain teachings.

Acts 13:6 And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer[2], a false prophet <5578>, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus:


2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets <5578> also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets <5578> are gone out into the world.
Revelation 16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet <5578>.
Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet <5578> that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet <5578> are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.


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Footnotes

  1. 5578 ~ψευδοπροφήτης~ pseudoprophetes \@psyoo-dop-rof-ay’-tace\@ from 5571 pseudo meaning false or lie and 4396 prophetes in Greek writings, an interpreter of oracles or of other hidden things; TDNT-6:781,952; {See TDNT 673} n m AV-false prophet 11; 11
    1) one who, acting the part of a divinely inspired prophet, utters falsehoods under the name of divine prophecies
    2) a false prophet
  2. 3097 ~μάγος~ magos \@mag’-os\@ of foreign origin [[גמ־בר^, [[07248^; TDNT-4:356,547; {See TDNT 457} n m AV-wise man 4, sorcerer 2; 6
    1) a magus
    1a) the name given by the Babylonians (Chaldeans), Medes, Persians, and others, to the wise men, teachers, priests, physicians, astrologers, seers, interpreters of dreams, augers, soothsayers, sorcerers etc.
    1b) the oriental wise men (astrologers) who, having discovered by the rising of a remarkable star that the Messiah had just been born, came to Jerusalem to worship him
    1c) a false prophet and sorcerer