Testing The Spirits - 1 Jn. 4:1-3
Testing The Spirits
I just returned form vacation and was getting caught up on all the mail that came during my absence when I came across an envelope with a return address from a church in Missouri. I did not recognize the church and to add to the mystery was that the mailing address was not typed but hand written. Upon opening the letter, I found two colorful sheets in which an unnamed “prophet” shared what he claimed to be the message of God for the present age.
Being the curious individual that I am, I read what he had to say and I even checked out his website blog to learn more about this anonymous “prophet.” Having finished reading some of the many pages that he had written, I was reminded of what the Scripture tells us about those who claim to be prophets from God.
In 1 Cor. 14:29, Paul taught that no more than 2 or 3 prophets could speak during a church service and always a prophecy was to be followed up by judgment. But what is it about prophecies that need to be judged? The answer is simply put by John when he declares, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). The need for judgment comes from the fact that a prophecy may be true or it may be false. The only way one will know whether it can be trusted is to determine its spiritual source. If it has its source from a fallen angel or the spirit of a man, the prophecy is unreliable and untrustworthy. If instead it is from God, as this anonymous “prophet” claimed, then it can be trusted and should be followed.
Now anyone can get up and say he is prophesying for God. What is the test that we should use to determine whether he is representing God or himself or a fallen angel. The Bible is full of tests that can be used to determine the source of a prophecy. Lets use these tests to see if our anonymous “prophet” really does speak from God.
Test #1: The prophet’s view of Christ. John and Peter are very clear on this matter.
1 John 4:2-3, “By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.”
2 Peter 2:1-3, “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them,2 John 7-8, “For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
If the prophet denies that Jesus was God who came in the flesh to die as a sinless sacrifice for the sin of all men, then he does not speak for God. Or if he denies that Jesus was the Christ (Messiah) or he denies that he ever existed, then he does not speak for God. Lets see what our “prophet” has to say about Christ.
“Reality is reality. . . Jesus can not fly. . . Jesus' life was a lie from the start.” “Jesus was a phony preacher that GOD ALMIGHTY used to fulfill his own purpose.”
”Jesus told them fairy tales and lies. And at this point it looks like the Christians are stuck with the Jesus fantasy, and the like, until they individually decide to look to OUR HEAVENLY PARENTS for themselves.”
“When the war is over, and no Jesus appears, like a fairy with a magic wand. They need to prayerfully repent.”
“Also stuff like: "I am in the similitude of my father in heaven . In me he is well pleased." And: "Everyone alive on the earth will see me when I come back." And: "I am gods only begotten." And: "I am the bread of life, I am the way and the light and those that believe in me will have eternal life." And "I am the lord of lords, the king of kings." Etc.” “Jesus thinks that he is better than everyone. No wonder where Jesus got his vain, I am king of kings stuff from. He just kinda rewrote it so that he was the top dog.”
“GOD gave us the Jesus fairy tale because of our extreme foolishness.”
In light of what the Bible says about Jesus, I believe all would be in agreement that this “prophet” denies the Jesus spoken of in the Scriptures. Therefore he represents not the Word of God but rather the spirit of Antichrist which has its source clearly in the “doctrines of demons” (1 Tim. 4:1)
Test #2: The prophets view of the Word of God. Does it agree with the teaching of God’s Word or is contradictory to the teaching of God’s Word. Paul writes:
1 Tim 4:1-5, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; 5 for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. “
In essence Paul says that false prophets will depart from the faith giving heed to those false doctrines that demons teach. I believe many of them actually hear audible voices from these demons and they mistakenly take it to be the voice of God. Paul says they speak lies in hypocrisy or in other words they do not tell the truth of God’s Word even though they know what it says and instead lie about what it says and twist it to say what they want it to say. Paul goes one to say:
2 Tim 3:13-15, “But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.“
Paul warns them that these false prophets will try to pull them away from the things they had learned from the Holy Scriptures which are the only path to salvation. Peter adds to this when he says that false prophets will bring destructive heresies and blaspheme (speak lies) about the Word, the “way of truth.”
2 Peter 2:1-3, “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does* not slumber.”
With this test in mind, lets apply it to our “prophet” to see how his prophecies line up with the Scriptures. I will attach a Scripture verse to each statement to show that he contradicts the Scriptures.
1) Reincarnation: “Everyone on the planet earth has lived several lifetimes in the flesh.” “And OUR HEAVENLY PARENTS only want apx. six billion alive, in the flesh, at any given time. For the rest of our apx. 200,000 lifetimes each, on this planet Earth” – the Bible declares we die once and then there is the judgment (Heb. 9:27)
2) Holy Ghosts are spirit beings (Plural): “Some Holy Ghosts are infants like ourselves. And some are from OUR HEAVENLY PARENTS previous family groups, on other planets, like unto Earth. Most Holy Ghosts are not allowed around the Earth Some Holy Ghosts are infants like ourselves. And some are from OUR HEAVENLY PARENTS previous family groups, on other planets, like unto Earth. Most Holy Ghosts are not allowed around the Earth.” – the Bibles state that the Holy Ghost is One Person of the Triune God (Matt. 28:19)
3) The image of God is male and female: “GOD needs to sort us out. He is going to keep those that he likes, and get rid of those that he does not like. Then OUR HEAVENLY MOTHER will sort out the infant girl spirits, in the same way. With OUR HEAVENLY FATHERS help. So we have an equal number of infant boy spirits, and infant girl spirits left.” - the Bible states God is neither male or female and we are created in His image therefore our sex only pertains to our physical existence (John 4:24)
4) The doctrine of the Lord and the Apostles is untrue: “OUR HEAVENLY PARENTS commissioned the churches, to preach GOD given fairy tales, to the people, for several thousand years, to fulfill OUR HEAVENLY PARENTS purpose. How can the churches continue to preach the same fairy tales now that OUR HEAVENLY PARENTS have given them new doctrine?” – the Bible tells us not to forsake its doctrine (1 Tim. 4:6-7, 13, 16; 2 Tim. 3:16; Titus 1:9; 2 John 9-10) and that its doctrine will endure until the end of time (Matt. 5 18)
Test #3: The prophet’s view of salvation: a false prophet pushes another way of salvation: Paul writes that even if an angel were to give another way of salvation other than that preached in the Scriptures concerning Christ, they are not to accept it.
Gal 1:8-9, “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.”
The gospel of this false prophet is that of good deeds done over a period of 200,000 lifetimes. Hear his own words.
“After Jesus was crucified on the cross he was not resurrected into his same old dead flesh and blood body. He was reborn as a baby.”
Not one single person has ever had his sins forgiven on the blood of Jesus. There is a total removal of any and all spiritual beings that will not grow up. There is no everlasting hell, but there is a total removal of their spiritual existence. If you do not want to be raised up, you do not have to be raised up. Your spirit can fall asleep and fade away into non-existence. Those are the only two choices that anyone is ever given.”
“Every single individual has to take on the responsibility to see for their own individual selves. And in time the righteous will be shown OUR HEAVENLY PARENTS, in spirit, just as clear as clear can be. And each individual will be responsible to look and see everything concerning theirselves, by and for theirselves. Without any prophets, seers, or revelators seeing anything for anyone, except for their own individual selves In heaven, In-between lifetimes in the flesh. And also, while we are in the flesh, even at this time. We all have choices. Choices about who we want to live with while we are in the flesh, not only at this current time but also in our future lifetimes. And choices about everything that we do while we are in the flesh in this lifetime, and in our future lifetimes in the flesh. If we are deserving.”
Test #4: The prophets tract record: Moses laid down a way to prove whether a prophet is really from God. A simple but effective tool. See if what the man foretells comes to pass. If it does not come to pass then the man is not speaking God’s Words.
Deut 18:21-22, “And if you say in your heart, 'How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?' — when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.”
This prophet has predicted that the year when the world will go through a great world war is 2009 however in later writings he says that God has now told him that it could be a year or two one way or another. When 2009 passes and we are well into 2010 we will have absolute proof that he does not speak for God but rather is a representative of the demons of Satan. Note his own words:
”A book that we published in 1998 with the title: "THE THIRD TESTAMENT OF THE HOLY BIBLE." Which book had 10 chapters. The chapters names/titles were in the following order:
The Ninth Thunder
The Eighth Thunder
The Seventh Thunder
The Sixth Thunder
The Fifth Thunder
The Fourth Thunder
The Third Thunder
The Second Thunder
The First Thunder
O Yes We Did Thunder
If we were to do a traditional count down from the year that the first edition was published, it would look like this:
Test #5: The prophet’s life: the character of man’s own life is often a testament in and of itself of the validity of the prophet. In this false prophet’s own writings we see a man who calls upon all to live good lives that they find themselves approved unto God but we see in his own writings that just the opposite is true. For example, for a man who desires to set the right example twice he uses the swear word “damn”. The prophet also seems fixated on having sex, this particularly in light of the fact that he speaks earlier of having always been single in this life and the lives of the past.
“And from lifetime to lifetime, till the end of our lifetimes here on this earth. Sex will be one of the most important items in our lives, and in our conversations with OUR HEAVENLY PARENTS.
In every lifetime, all the time. Everyone needs to communicate with OUR HEAVENLY PARENTS. About who they are dating, and who they are seeing, and everything. Everything about everyone that they meet.
You have several hundred lifetimes in the flesh to decide which type of boy/girl friend you would like to spend eternity with.
Then you can prayerfully ask OUR HEAVENLY PARENTS to start lining you up with the ones that you are the most compatible with. For future lifetimes in the flesh.
Meeting the person that is the most compatible with us, individually. And falling in love with that person. And planning to spend eternity with that person. And even having worlds of our own with that person. Is the most important item on everyone's list. Of what we need to do while we are alive on this planet earth, during our lifetimes in the flesh.
If you really want to enjoy yourself, in this lifetime, and in every single future lifetime, you really need to prayerfully communicate with OUR HEAVENLY PARENTS, for yourself individually.”
As Jude writes, “Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries. . . . But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah” (Jude 8-11).
One might say that this prophet is way off base, who would follow him? However the Apostles warned believers that the day would come when even believers would follow after fables (1 Tim. 1:4; 4:7; Tit. 1:14; 2 Pet. 1:16). As Paul writes:
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables . But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (2 Tim 4:3-5).
Remember that the ramblings of this false prophet include many of the same fables that have been perpetuated by the Mormon Church. However, there is a real danger of those who are in main line denominations who are false prophets as well but are not as easily noticed. Thus Paul writes:
2 Cor 11:13-15, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.”
Many of these false prophets hold to many of the cardinal truths of the faith but preach another path of salvation. Let us be on guard lest we too may fall.
Col 2:18-19, "Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God."