Peter warned that just as there were false prophets in Old Testament times, “there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies…” (2 Peter:2:1). The Apostle John declared that already in his day “many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John:4:1). How much more must we beware of false prophets, as the prophesied last-days apostasy reaches its climax in preparing the world and a false church for the Antichrist. Knowing, loving, and obeying God’s Word is the only sure way not to be led astray.
Any one of the Bible’s six marks of false prophets is sufficient identification: 1) through signs and wonders they lead astray after false gods (Deuteronomy:13:1-4); 2) their prophecies don’t come to pass (Deuteronomy:18:20-22); 3) they contradict God’s Word (Isaiah:8:20); 4) they bear bad fruit (Matthew:7:18-20); 5) all men speak well of them (Luke:6:26); 6) they deny that Jesus, the one and only Christ, has come once and for all in the flesh (1 John:4:3).
How tragic that God’s personal letter of love and guidance to His own is so neglected today by those who call themselves Christians!
Dave Hunt, The Berean Call, March 1997