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"THE MARK OF A FALSE PROPHET"
By H.R. Castillo
In the past years and all over the world, there have been many men from many different denominations who have declared themselves to be prophets of our creator. They claim that they have either spoken to our Creator or that they received a revelation from Him. They often give a time of which they declare to be "The end of the World" or they prophesy about a massive calamitous event that will befall the world.
Most recently on January 3, 2007, Pat Robertso, the popular host of the "700 Club" eluted to his followers that the "Lord" told him that sometime during the later part of this year (2007), there would be a "mass killing" possibly of millions of people by a terrorist event. We will not be surprised if this does not come to pass as Pat Robertson has already declared other prophecies that did not occur.
Similarly, last year, Bill Hawkins, aka Yisrael Hawkins, from the [House of Hawkins] said the following during one of his Prophetic Word videotaped programs.
"Don't forget, write down this date, September the 12th 2000 and 6, Nuclear war, yes! Prophecy shows that nuclear war will start September the 12th 2000 and 6. A third part of the people will be killed over a fourth part of the earth. You will see this if you live this long, you're going to see this take place, we're in the last 31/2 years of prophecy which shows that mankind will almost totally destroy himself before this thing is over... " July 23, 2006.
Well, September 12th 2006 came and went and nothing happened. This prophecy, like all of his past prophecies did not come true. And just like in the past, he added yet another prophecy to extend the failed one.
In fact on October 13, 2006 during an assembly with his congregation in which they came up with a false video explanation, he expounded to his deceived followers the following statement.
"When we turned them lose on the 12th day of September it's not like they are going to immediately send a bunch of bombs over there [Iran ]and destroy the world and bring about the end before the set time."
The so called "set time" which was originally on September 12th 2006 now became "the following 13 months." As far as we know nothing about a 13 month period had ever been mentioned before this date. But one thing we know for sure; the "Nuclear War" that he claimed Yahweh told him would occur did not. Nor did a "third part of the people" over a "fourth part of the world" die. So what does the bible say about how we are to handle these men that make prophecies, some of them using the very name of Yahweh, that do not come true?
Ephesians 5 tells us that they are darkness and that it is our duty to expose them.
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in Yahweh. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases Yahweh. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. Eph 5:8-11
Yahshua himself predicted and warned us that men like Hawkins, Robertson and even Herbert W. Armstrong who also made false prophecies, would come and would cause many to stumble.
22 For false Christs [Messiahs] and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect-if that were possible. 23 So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time. Mark 13:22-23
Furthermore Yahshua declared that these men would talk about the end times and He commanded that we are not to follow them. He mentioned that wars would be a part of life and that we need not to worry.
8 He replied: "Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and, 'The time is near.' Do not follow them. 9 When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away." Luke 21:8-9
Yahkhanan (John) describes these men as the various anti-christs that would pave the way for the Antichrist that is to come:
18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 1 John 2:18
Our brother Saul (Paul) tells us that these men are not serving our Savior but themselves. They put themselves above our Savior and they declare lies of terror to cause misguided people to follow them. They put obstacles in their way and they cause people to put all of their trust in them instead of Yahshua. Like Yahshua Saul also warns us against following these men and he declares to us that they will use flattery, smooth talk and lies to serve their own purpose:
17 I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18 For such people are not serving our Master Yahshua, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. Rom 16:17-18
The Fifth Book (Deut.) of Moshe (Moses) tells us that the Mark of a False Prophet is that he speaks lies and that he controls people through fear. Some false prophets will utilize the name of Yahweh and others will speak in the name of other gods. The end will be the same for both (death) and we are warned not to follow them.
20 But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death." 21 You may say to yourselves, "How can we know when a message has not been spoken by Yahweh?" 22 If what a prophet proclaims in the name of Yahweh does not take place or come true, that is a message Yahweh has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him. Deut 18:17-22
We are to treat these liars as if they were dead. We are to excommunicate them from our fellowship and have nothing to do with them. If we don't, the consequences for following them will be devastating. Consider the outcome of those that followed Jim Jones; the outcome was the "Jonestown Massacre". Or David Koresh and the Branch Davidians. David Koresh prophesied that when he died he would be resurrected in three days. That was many years ago; he is still dead!
Remember that Yahweh has declared that the punishment for those that prophecy falsehood either in his Name or the name of other gods will be the same, death!
The Book of YirmeYah (Jeremiah) tells us that these false prophets and their followers will have a terrible ending. Therefore we should be careful not to follow them.
15 Therefore, this is what Yahweh says about the prophets who are prophesying in my name: I did not send them, yet they are saying, 'No sword or famine will touch this land.' Those same prophets will perish by sword and famine. 16 And the people they are prophesying to will be thrown out into the streets of Yerusalem because of the famine and sword. There will be no one to bury them or their wives, their sons or their daughters. I will pour out on them the calamity they deserve. Jer 14:15-16
Read carefully the warnings from our brother Kepha (Peter) that confirms the condemnation upon these false teachers and their followers. We truly are without excuse!
2 Peter 2:1-3, 12-14, 17-19
2:1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Master who bought them. Bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping. 12 But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish. 13 They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you. 14 With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed-an accursed brood! 17 These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. 18 For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. 19 They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity-for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.
Brethren we should not give these men a voice! They are brood liars and deceivers. The very word of Yahweh declares that we should expose them and that we should warn people not to follow them. We cannot and must not support their false doctrines. We should separate ourselves from them and their followers that continue to believe their lies. Yisrael Hawkins and many of his deceived followers have fulfilled the words spoken above, in that they have turned our faith into mockery. They have ruined many lives and they have made it so the world laughs at the Names of Yahweh and Yahshua. They are guilty of blaspheming the very name that gives Salvation! In their ignorance they are prepping the way for the Anti-Messiah that will come and destroy many.
So what is the Mark of a False Prophet? Answer: They tell lies and they make up other lies to cover their failed ones. How many prophecies must fail before we can declare someone a false prophet? Answer: "One!" What must we do when we identify a false prophet? Answer: Do not be afraid of them, do not follow them but rather expose them. What will befall a false prophet and his followers? Answer: "Destruction!" What if something they say eventually happens? Answer: Do not be deceived, if you yell fire long enough, there will eventually be one. Do we need a prophet or anybody to tell us about the end of the world? Answer: "No!" In fact if anyone tries to preach a date by when the world will end, you may consider them false prophets, stay away from them and expose them. Read what our Savior said regarding who knows when the end will come.
36 "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Matt 24:36
The statement above cannot be any clearer, yet despite this, many people continue to believe and follow these false teachers. They do so at their own peril! All of the men who set 'end time' dates are in essence putting themselves above our Savior because they claim to have information that our Master did not. If he would have wanted us to know the exact time and date of the end, he would have told us. Nowhere in Scripture are we told that a man or prophet would be sent by our Father to reveal to us his set times for the end. However we are told that we should live our lives as if the end was near. Those of us that do so do not live by fear nor do we rely on men to reveal to us the clues clearly given in the Scriptures. The faithful ones keep watch and live moral, obedient and faithful lives and only seek Yahshua for salvation.
42 "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Master will come. Matt 24:42
44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. Matt 24:44
The fact is that we do not need a prophet to tell us about the end nor do we need anyone to teach us about what is going to happen. The Scriptures already give us all of the clues that we should be looking for.
2 Thess 2:3-123 Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called Mighty or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in Yahweh's temple, proclaiming himself to be The Mighty One. 5 Don't you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6 And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Master Yahshua will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, 10 and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason Yahweh sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
Brethren wake up!! We should not be seeking a man to tell us about when the end will come. Read your Bibles. In them you will find the clues necessary to know what is coming. A rule of thumb is this, if a man or woman declares a date or "set time" for when the end will come, like Hawkins and many others have done, declare them as false prophets and do not follow them. Instead expose them and warn others about them.
10:1 "I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. 3 The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice." John 10:1-5
If you or anybody you know has been contaminated by these false teachers and would like to speak to someone about this or if you need counseling from a brother and/or sister in the faith, contact us immediately! You will not lose your salvation if you walk away from these liars as they want you to think! On the contrary you will free yourself from their lies and deception! May our Father of truth and our Savior of Salvation bless you and open your mind to His truth!