How to Spot a False Prophet
“If a prophet or dreamer of dreams arises among you and proclaims a sign or wonder to you, 2 and if the sign or wonder he has spoken to you comes about, but he says, “Let us follow other gods (which you have not known) and let us worship them,” 3 you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. For the LORD (YHVH) your God is testing you to find out whether you love Him with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 You are to follow the LORD (YHVH) your God and fear Him. Keep His commandments and listen to His voice; serve Him and hold Him fast.”Deuteronomy 13:1
The Deuteronomy 13 test reveals both the deceiver and the deceived. Many will be deceived by the dreamer when what they proclaim comes about:
So the deceiver is convincing, even to the faithful. But the second they lead us away from YHVH and His Commandments we can be sure it’s a test.
“They suppose the dreams that they tell one another will make My people forget My Name, just as their fathers forgot My Name through the worship of Baal.” Jeremiah 23:27
We Are Tested
The False prophet is one who leads us away from YHVH and His Commandments and instead of making His Name known, they will cause us to forget His Name.
The Hebrew word Prophet is Navi, #5030, an English equivalent would be, a Speaker or a Spokesman.
The Hebrew word Torah, #8451, means Instruction in the Way of Truth and Life.
YHVH’s Word Was, Is and Always Will Be, Truth. A False speaker can be detected as soon as they Add, Subtract, or lead people away from His eternal Word.
If the words of a prophet match Torah, (the first five books of the Bible) they are also referred to as Scripture. The TaNaK is an acronym for Torah, Navi, Ketuvim/Writings.
At the time of Jesus, 1 Century A.D., portions of the TaNaK were read each Sabbath in the Synagogues, Acts 15:21. These were the Scriptures the Bereans searched to see if what Paul and Silas were saying was True, Acts 17:11.
If any of the New Testament writings would have claimed the Torah was abolished or corrupt they would have been recognized immediately as false.
God’s Word warns us ahead of time not to add to or subtract, Deuteronomy 4:2.
“even if an angel from heaven should preach good news contrary to the message we preached to you, let him be under a curse.” Galatians 1:8
“The grass withers, the flower fades, But the Word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8
YHVH and His Word are Everlasting
My first understanding of the Bible was that Jesus gave us a New Testament making the first Testament, Old. Until one day it dawned on me that the New Testament didn’t exist.
Their letters/writings were not compiled into a book called the New Testament until the 4th Century A.D.
So when noble people, like the Berean’s, hear Speakers testifying about Y’shua, they searched the Scriptures, what we call the “old Testament,” to see if their words were True.
“Now the Bereans were more noble-minded than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if these teachings were true.” Acts 17:11 NIV
If a Teaching Doesn’t Match up It’s False
With the New Testament in perspective, I began testing everything I believed to the plumb-line of God’s Word. I humbled every religious opinion I had when I realized there are no perfect translations. Our cultural bias and indoctrinated theologians have created countless religious divisions out of One God, One Spirit, One Truth and One Assembly of faithful believers.
Jesus did not add, subtract, abolish or change the Perfect, Complete, Eternal Torah. If our translations make it appear that He did we need to test the words to the original Hebrew.
Jesus Is the Word/Torah of God, The Way, The Truth and The Life.
He did not speak His own words, John 14:24.
The Way to Life and the way to death have been clearly defined, Deuteronomy 30:15.
“In the Way of Righteousness is Life, And in its pathway there is no death.” Proverbs 12:28