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Friday, July 8 2011

What's The Bible Word For False Prophet?

In the Hebrew Scriptures (commonly known as the "Old Testament," whereas in reality it's the Older Testament, filled with God's Eternal Law and many prophecies that haven't happened yet, including the return of Jesus Christ; see Moriah: Separating The Wheat From The Chaff and Hell Fire Of The Past And Future), the Hebrew word that is translated into English as "prophet" is pronounced naw-bee. It means inspired (i.e. in-spirit-ed) with the Holy Spirit. It's the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, that makes a true prophet.

"11:25 And the LORD [see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'] came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease." (Numbers 11:24-25 KJV)

"10:6 And the spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man." (1 Samuel 10:6 KJV)

But what about the English word "prophet" itself? Is it merely a non-Biblical word that has been used to translate Biblical words? As it happens, no. "Prophet" originated from the Greek word of the New Testament, pronounced prof-ay-tace, which means the same as the Hebrew word explained above - an inspired (by the Holy Spirit) speaker. The principle actually applies to all spiritual gifts.

"12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 12:5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 12:6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 12:9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ." (1 Corinthians 12:4-12 KJV)

"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ"

What about false prophets? What word does the Holy Bible use for them? Since the English word "prophet" is based on the Biblical Greek word prof-ay-tace (as explained above), it's reasonable to assume that they are called a "prophet" too - and they are. But unlike true prophets of God who are inspired by the Holy Spirit, false prophets are inspired (i.e. in-spirit-ed) by a spirit of evil. The Biblical Greek word for "false prophet" is pronounced pseudo-prof-ay-tace. It's the same word for "prophet," but uses the prefix pseudo, a prefix also known in English with the same meaning - false, or counterfeit. And what spirit "inspires" false prophets?

The Holy Scriptures

"11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." (2 Corinthians 11:13-15 KJV)

What did Jesus Christ say, and warn, about those (the Greek word is found 11 times in the New Testament) false prophets?

"7:13 Enter ye in at The Strait Gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing [see also Hireling Shepherds], but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them [see Flowers And Fruit].

7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven [see Friends Of Jesus]. 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? [see Is Your Religion Your Religion?] 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matthew 7:13-23 KJV)

The Messiah's famous Olivet Prophecy (named after the Mount of Olives; see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin) warned of the end-time when lies, political and religious, will corrupt the world.

"24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, whoso readeth, let him understand [see How Long Will 'The End Time' Last?]: 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. 24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 24:25 Behold, I have told you before." (Matthew 24:11-25 KJV)

The "world" as it is now, and as it will remain until Christ's return, loves false prophets and hates true prophets because the "world" as it exists now was built on lies and corruption (see What And Where Is Babylon Today?).

"6:26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets." (Mark 6:26 KJV)

Even within the Church of God will be found false prophets, but they, like all others, will "bring upon themselves swift destruction" in due time.

"2:1 But there were false prophets 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. 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not." (2 Peter 2:1-3 KJV)

Fact Finder: How and why is it that the world, as it is now, seems so willing and eager to be deceived? Why is it so easy to be a false prophet?
See Do You Want A Servant Or A Serpent?

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This Day In History, July 8

1249: Alexander II, king of Scotland 1214-1249, died at age 51. He maintained peace with England and greatly strengthened the Scottish monarchy.

1497: Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama departed on the first direct European voyage to India.

1608: The first French settlement at Quebec was established by Samuel de Champlain.

1652: The First Anglo-Dutch War (1652-1654) began.

1663: King Charles II of England granted a charter guaranteeing freedom of worship to Rhode Island.

1709: Peter the Great defeated Charles XII at Poltava, in the Ukraine, effectively ending the Swedish empire.

1714: The government of Queen Anne offered a 20,000 pound reward for anyone who produced a chronometer that was capable of determining longitude at sea to within thirty miles after a 6 week voyage. A Yorkshireman, John Harrison, produced a highly accurate device in 1759, which was tested and proven 2 years later.

1755: Britain broke off diplomatic relations with France over their dispute about territorial claims in the New World.

1815: King Louis XVIII returned to Paris after the defeat of Napoleon.

1835: The Liberty Bell cracked (again, as it repeatedly did, despite efforts at repair and recasting over decades). The first crack occurred in March 1753 when the brand-new bell was tested in Philadelphia upon delivery from its manufacturer in London. The bell was ordered for use in the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly (now known as Independence Hall) before the revolution of the British-established colonies of New England. The British named it the "Liberty" bell because of the partial quote of Leviticus 25:10 on the bell, "proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." The full Scripture, that is, what is actually written and intended in the Word of God, refers to the regular jubilee year in the united kingdom of Israel:

"25:10 And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family."

1889: The Wall Street Journal began publishing.

1896: Sir Wilfred Laurier became the first French-Canadian Prime Minister.

1974: U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ordered President Nixon to hand over the tapes to Watergate investigators.

1975: An earthquake damaged over 2,000 temples in Pagan, Burma. A 20-foot-high seated Buddha was decapitated.

1997: In Madrid, NATO leaders agreed to allow Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic - 3 former "Warsaw Pact" nations - into membership.

1999: Charles "Pete" Conrad died at age 69 from a motorcycle accident in California. The Apollo 12 astronaut was the third man to walk on the moon.


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