FAKE MIRACLES: IDENTIFICATION OF FALSE & GENUINE PROPHETS (Part-2)
By PAUL IKECHUKWU NJOKU
I have clinically received a lot of commendations for the part-1 of this episode from many people of good conscience and hence this part-2.
I charged my relentless pen to writing these series to clear doubts of differences between genuine and false prophets based on the Biblical standard of exegetical teachings.
My adrenaline was in fact harmfully stimulated and provoked as I tearfully read and viewed the six (6) mischievous and fraudulent different video clips of a certain con miracle woman artist who was stage-managed few days ago in collaboration with some con “pastors” and “prophets” in so many locations and churches over the woman’s “stunted” but artistic right hand that has repeatedly and incurably received fake healings from those fake “pastors” and “prophets” caught in the documented viral video clips who treacherously prey on the gullibility of their followers otherwise the perfidy of “abrakatabra” and “bubuyaya”.
In the Bible, genuine prophets often had both teachings and revelatory roles declaring God’s truth on contemporary issues while also revealing details about the future. He preached boldly against the corruption of his day (Isaiah 1:4) and delivered grand visions of the future of Israel (Isaiah 25:8).
Biblically, genuine Prophets had the task of faithfully speaking God’s Word to the people. They were instrumental in guiding the nation of Israel and establishing the Church. God’s household is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets and with Jesus Christ as the Chief cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20).
Genuine and false prophets are differentiated by testing their messages, prophesies, livelihood, preachings, spirits and teachings via the ties of the Biblical standard of operations.
The key is your understanding of the Bible. Testing a prophet is like measuring how deep river waters are. You know the the depth of a river by taking a rod and dipping it until it touches the base floor of the river. You do not dip your legs or hands into the river waters because you may be drowned leading to death. The rod is your tester. Such methodology is also used to testing whether a prophet is a genuine one or a false type.
Testing the spirit of a prophet must be measured by what the Scripture teaches and not by using yourself as the tester because you may unknowingly be drown into satanic worships.
There are only two (2) spirits. They are: “The Holy Spirit” and the evil spirit”. A genuine prophet is powered by the Holy Spirit while a false prophet is powered by the evil spirit. Evil prophets or false prophets tell prophetic lies with reckless impunity whilst genuine prophets do not. False prophets commercialize prophecies due to their allegiances to the evil spirits whilst genuine prophets like Prophet TB Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations do not.
False prophets can never give an accurate or precision of prophecies to reality whilst genuine prophets do. False prophets do not mostly preach according to the tenets and provisions of the Bible whilst genuine prophets do.
A genuine prophet is called by God. God personally calls His prophets and the prophets present their calling to the church. They do not hide their calling.
The book of Numbers 12:6 is specific on this:
“And He said, hear now my words, if there be a prophet among you, I the Lord, will make myself known unto him in a vision and I will speak unto him in a dream”.
A genuine prophet accepts and advocates the building block of Christianity and Christ Jesus in truth and spirit. He preaches salvation and all the Biblical truths whilst a fake prophet does the contrary. A genuine prophet lifts and reveals Jesus Christ through his or her messages. All God’s prophecies must reveal Jesus Christ and if a person takes the attention from Jesus Christ to oneself; then, he is a false prophet.
A genuine prophet edifies, builds, comforts, exhorts and uplifts the Church by his or her testimony and messages contrary to a false prophet.
1 Cor 14:3, says: “but he that prophesies, speaks unto men to edification, exhortation and comfort”.
A genuine prophet speaks according to the Word of God (the Bible).
Isa 8:20, says: “to the law and to the testimony; if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them”.
A true prophet therefore obeys God and abides by the testimony of the Biblical prophets. If a prophet does not agree with the Biblical prophets; then, he or she is a false prophet.
A genuine prophet has good fruits and possesses great faith in Jesus Christ (not hypocrisy). He bears good fruits for abundant Biblical fruits.
The book of Matthew 7:15-17 says:
“beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep clothing but inwardly they are ravening wolves. You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns or figs of thistles? Even so, every good tree brings forth good fruit but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit”.
Matthew 7:18-20 also says:
“A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is thrown down and cast into the fire. Wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them”.
A genuine prophet preaches true Gospel. Paul, warned the Corinthians: “But, I fear lest by any means as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that comes, preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached or if you receive another spirit which you have not received or another gospel which you have not accepted, you might well bear with me”. (For.11: 3-4).
A genuine prophet will always point people to Jesus Christ and the absolute authority of the Word of God and not to a Church creed (written or unwritten) and also not to any ism, cult or god. False prophets will prevent people from following or to know God in higher heights and deeper depths and knowing His (God) Word. They (false prophets) will teach people to boldly or technically follow gods; gods of denominations, prosperity, pride, greed, envy, abomination, fake miracles, worldly riches, money etc..
More so, the Bible tells us not to despise genuine prophets (1 Thess 5:20-21) but also admonishes us to beware of false prophets (Matthew 7:15).
Fortunately, the Bible provides us with tests of a genuine prophet from a false prophet. It is essential that all tests be applied to anyone who claims to possess the gift of prophecy.
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