Deceived by False Prophets

1 Kings (NKJV) The Message of the Man of God

13 And behold, a man of God went from Judah to Bethel by the word of the Lord, and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense. Then he cried out against the altar by the word of the Lord, and said, “O altar, altar! Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, a child, Josiah by name, shall be born to the house of David; and on you he shall sacrifice the priests of the high places who burn incense on you, and men’s bones shall be burned on you.’” And he gave a sign the same day, saying, “This is the sign which the Lord has spoken: Surely the altar shall split apart, and the ashes on it shall be poured out.” So it came to pass when King Jeroboam heard the saying of the man of God, who cried out against the altar in Bethel that he stretched out his hand from the altar, saying, “Arrest him!” Then his hand, which he stretched out toward him, withered, so that he could not pull it back to himself. The altar also was split apart, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the Lord. Then the king answered and said to the man of God, “Please entreat the favor of the Lord your God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me.” So the man of God entreated the Lord, and the king’s hand was restored to him, and became as before. Then the king said to the man of God, “Come home with me and refresh yourself, and I will give you a reward.”But the man of God said to the king, “If you were to give me half your house, I would not go in with you; nor would I eat bread nor drink water in this place.For so it was commanded me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘You shall not eat bread, nor drink water, nor return by the same way you came.’” 10 So he went another way and did not return by the way he came to Bethel.

 Death of the Man of God

11 Now an old prophet dwelt in Bethel, and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel; they also told their father the words which he had spoken to the king. 12 And their father said to them, “Which way did he go?” For his sons had seen which way the man of God went who came from Judah. 13 Then he said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me.” So they saddled the donkey for him; and he rode on it, 14 and went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak. Then he said to him, “Are you the man of God who came from Judah?” And he said, “I am.” 15 Then he said to him, “Come home with me and eat bread.” 16 And he said, “I cannot return with you nor go in with you; neither can I eat bread nor drink water with you in this place. 17 For I have been told by the word of the Lord, ‘You shall not eat bread nor drink water there, nor return by going the way you came.’18 He said to him, “I too am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘Bring him back with you to your house, that he may eat bread and drink water.’” (He was lying to him.) 19 So he went back with him, and ate bread in his house, and drank water. 20 Now it happened, as they sat at the table, that the word of the Lord came to the prophet who had brought him back; 21 and he cried out to the man of God who came from Judah, saying, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Because you have disobeyed the word of the Lord, and have not kept the commandment which the Lord your God commanded you, 22 but you came back, ate bread, and drank water in the place of which the Lord said to you, “Eat no bread and drink no water,” your corpse shall not come to the tomb of your fathers.’”

What is the first mistake the young prophet makes?

There have always been those false prophets who speak and their words contradict the Word of God. Here the Word of God came to this young prophet, and he told him not to eat bread or drink water in that place. Now here comes this old man who says “I’m a prophet too, an angel came to me and told me to tell you to come back and eat and drink water at my place.” He was lying to him in the name of the Lord. Now he has a choice to make. To believe the Word of God spoken by God directly to him, or to believe what this old man is saying to him. God says one thing, and the old man says another. Who to believe?

Why do you think he chose what an older “prophet” said about God over what he knew God said to him?

We see the choice that has to be made many times by each one of us as to who to believe and what to believe. Do you believe what God says, or what man is saying? This problem has existed since the beginning. God told Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of good and evil, “and if you do you will surely die.”  Satan came to eve, and Eve knew that they were not supposed to eat from it, and Satan says “you will not surely die.” (He was lying) Does she believe what God said or what Satan is saying to her. Unfortunately she believed what Satan said and the results were disastrous.

Romans 5:12-21 (KJV) 12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

God’s Word says if you live after the flesh you will die. Satan says, you will not surely die. You can indulge in the lust of your flesh, just don’t go overboard. “All in moderation (including sin).” Satan lies to people all the time telling them it’s ok for them to do it when Gods Word clearly tells us not to be deceived that if we give ourselves over to the works of the flesh we are not going to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.

Galatians 5:19-21 (NKJV) 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

 What are some of the lies people say to themselves or others that may be contrary to the Word of God?

Many of us respect older “Godly” people and believe them over what God says. God’s Word is forever established. Jesus says heaven and earth will pass away but My word will remain forever (Matt 24:35).

Back in the time when Joseph was sold by his brothers a slave and went to Egypt. He interpreted pharaohs dream and told him that the reason he had the dream twice is because it was established by God and it will surely come to pass. It was a double dream, but God was telling him that the word was established.

When Moses was leading people through the wilderness and the people complained about the mana, Moses went to God and God told him he would provide meat for a whole month. Moses was surprised at this and God told him “Is the Lords hand waxed short? You shall see whether my Word will come to pass or not”. And he sent in quail and they ate meat for a month.

When Joshua was making his final speech, he said:

Joshua 23:14-15 (KJV) 14 And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof. 15 Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good things are come upon you, which the Lord your God promised you; so shall the Lord bring upon you all evil things, until he have destroyed you from off this good land which the Lord your God hath given you.

 Psalm 89:34 No, I will not break my covenant; I will not take back a single word I said.  (AMP) “My covenant I will not violate, Nor will I alter the utterance of My lips.

Deuteronomy 4:2 (AMP) You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, so that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I am commanding you.

The Lord warns those to add to his word or seek to take away from the Word. That’s always the case with false prophets. They are either adding to the Word of God or taking away from it. Telling you that God didn’t mean what he said, or didn’t say what he meant, and “let me tell what God really means when he said this”. God says you shall not add to the word not diminish it, that you may keep the commandment of the Word.

What are examples how false prophets add or take away from the Word?

Revelation 22 (AMP): 18 I testify and warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book [its predictions, consolations, and admonitions]: if anyone adds [anything] to them, God will add to him the plagues (afflictions, calamities) which are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from or distorts the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away [from that one] his share from the tree of life and from the holy city (new Jerusalem), which are written in this book.

 There are many things in Revelation that are hard to accept. In the 14 chapter (Rev 14:11) God speaks of the punishment of those who reject Jesus Christ. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

 This seems pretty harsh. Do you really believe this is what will happen to people who reject Jesus?

 Through the whole bible there are warnings to the false prophets. Those who teach contrary to the established Word of God and their punishment was very severe because it was a severe issue.

Deuteronomy 18:20   But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods—that prophet shall die.

 It’s a serious thing to misguide people in the realm of the things of the Word of God or the realm of the Scriptures. James 3:1 My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. Always a dangerous thing, not only the person who teaches but the those who follows teaching something other than what Gods Word has declared.

(1 Kings 22) Jehosephat went to the Northern kingdom to visit Ahab. Ahab was planning to go to war with Syria. He asked Jehosephat if he wanted to go with him, and Jehosephat said, I am with you. 5. Then Jehoshaphat added, “But first let’s find out what the Lord says.” So Ahab gathered about 400 prophets They all replied, “Yes, go right ahead! The Lord will give the king victory.” But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there not also a prophet of the Lord here? We should ask him the same question.” The king of Israel replied to Jehoshaphat, “There is one more man who could consult the Lord for us, but I hate him. He never prophesies anything but trouble for me! His name is Micaiah son of Imlah.”

In other words he didn’t want to hear what he had to say because it was never good for him. He never liked what he had to say. How do you see this attitude toward the Word of God today?

Jehoshaphat replied, “That’s not the way a king should talk! Let’s hear what he has to say.” 11 One of them, Zedekiah son of Kenaanah, made some iron horns and proclaimed, “This is what the Lord says: With these horns you will gore the Arameans to death!” 12 All the other prophets agreed. “Yes,” they said, “go up to Ramoth-gilead and be victorious, for the Lord will give the king victory!” 13 Meanwhile, the messenger who went to get Micaiah said to him, “Look, all the prophets are promising victory for the king. Be sure that you agree with them and promise success.” 14 But Micaiah replied, “As surely as the Lord lives, I will say only what the Lord tells me to say.” 15 When Micaiah arrived before the king, Ahab asked him, “Micaiah, should we go to war against Ramoth-gilead, or should we hold back?” Micaiah replied sarcastically, “Yes, go up and be victorious, for the Lord will give the king victory!” 16 But the king replied sharply, “How many times must I demand that you speak only the truth to me when you speak for the Lord?” 17 Then Micaiah told him, “In a vision I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, like sheep without a shepherd. And the Lord said, ‘Their master has been killed.[a] Send them home in peace.’”18 “Didn’t I tell you?” the king of Israel exclaimed to Jehoshaphat. “He never prophesies anything but trouble for me.”

Sure enough he died that very evening in battle. He was brought to Samaria and buried there. Listening to the false prophets cost him his life. Listening to false prophets today can cost you your eternal life. People today are going after false prophets who speak soothing words but not Gods Word. People are offended at the talk of the blood of Jesus Christ, so they don’t want to talk about the blood of Jesus or Sin. They say all roads lead to God, and Jesus is not the only way of salvation. The good Muslims will be saved, and good Buddhists and all roads lead to God and everyone who says Jesus is the only way is narrow minded. False prophets speak things that will comfort people. People love to hear these things. “I can indulge in the flesh, but still be saved” They want to hear comforting words. Jesus said beware of false prophets, and many will arise. How can you spot a false prophet? It’s not always by their appearance. It’s by the words that they speak.

Have you ever encountered a man of God who was preaching in error?

The pope says good Muslims will be saved because they worship the same god we do, but the God Allah is not the same God as God the Father of Jesus Christ. Do not ever let anyone deceive you into thinking that is so. The choice you have to make is, 1. Will I believe what God says? Or 2. Will I believe what man said that God says?

This is serious because it involves your eternal destiny. Your eternity is determined whether you believe what God says in his Word that is established and does not change or alter, or will you believe a man with a bunch of letters behind his name is telling you that it doesn’t matter, that you can just be good, sincere, kind and be saved? Your eternal destiny rests upon your receiving Jesus as Lord (ruler) of your life. There is only one name, and that is the name of Jesus Christ.

In order to build your relationship with Jesus, the bible must not be simply read but studied. It’s up to you how you rightfully divide the Word of God so that you will not be deceived and so that that Holy Spirit will give you revelation on what God is telling you personally today.

What has helped you in gaining more understanding of Scripture?