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Be On Guard Against Deception, Questions For Self-Proclaimed Prophets, Seriousness Of Causing Others To Lose The Faith, Understanding My Perspective, Wisdom And Discernment Gained Through Age And Experience, Humility In Our Understanding, Obligation To Protect Friends From Deception, I Am Of Christ, Every Wind Of Doctrine, Closing Remarks, Reading Resources
At this point, let me emphasize that the purpose of this series has not been to attack the individuals named herein. Rather, it is to expose the lies and subtle deceptions by which we can all be overcome, if we do not totally submit ourselves to the Lord, and prayerfully and carefully study His Word. None of us are immune to these temptations, myself included. We all have problems with our pride, and it can be our own downfall if we are not careful. While I am more than willing to embrace anyone who possesses a sincere burden for lost souls, given my current understanding of God's Word, I can't possibly accept any of the persons named herein as the Endtime Prophet that they claim to be.
For those of you who may possibly still be live, allow me to ask you a number of questions. Believe me; I do not ask them sarcastically or in a spirit of haughtiness. Rather, I ask them in a spirit of humility, and truly desire to understand how it is that you can possibly believe the things that you do. Why do you feel a need to place yourself above everyone else? What Bible-based, positive proof can you provide which validates your claim of being the Endtime Prophet of God, or even any kind of Prophet at all? While you insist that God has chosen you for such a lofty position, where are the signs and wonders which confirm your calling and ministry as His Prophet? If you are the greatest prophet or prophetess of all time, or at least of our current time, why don't you possess Spiritual Gifts like the Apostles of the First Century? After all, the Apostle Paul wrote:
"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever."
Hebrews 13:8, KJV
As I mentioned earlier, claiming to be a Prophet of God, and claiming to speak in His Name, is very serious business. I for one would never do it. In his Epistle to the Romans, the Apostle Paul wrote the following:
"For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself."
Romans 14:7, KJV
In modern English, this verse basically means that no man is an island. In other words, we all affect each other, whether we realize it or not. With that thought in mind, allow me to ask you another big question. What if your claim of being the Endtime Prophet of God is wrong? Do you honestly realize the serious consequences which can result from making such a false claim? Do you honestly realize what happens to those people who lead the Lord's sheep astray? Allow me to share with you Jesus' own words regarding this issue:
"But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea."
Matthew 18:6, KJV
As I explain in a few other articles, in the previous verse, the English word "offend" is actually derived from the Greek word "skandalizo". Pronounced skan-dal-id'-zo, it means to put a stumbling block or an impediment in the way of someone so that it causes them to trip and fall away. In particular, Jesus is talking about people who cause others to fall away and lose their faith. Clearly, this is a very serious matter with the Lord which He does not take lightly. Considering the gravity of making such boastful claims of being the Endtime Prophet of God, don't you think it is wise to reconsider your position? If someday God exposes you for the fraud that you no doubt are, just think about how many people are going to be negatively affected, because they have placed their faith in you. Even if you are not a so-called "prophet", just the fact that you are a deceived follower who tries to convince others to believe in your "prophet" as you do, may someday get you in serious trouble with the Lord. Please consider my words.
With these thoughts, it is time to bring this lengthy series to its conclusion. Now that you have read it, I hope that it has provided you with better insight regarding my personal perspective when it comes to modern false prophets and their misguided prophecies. I hope that you can better understand why I get tired of encountering so many false prophets and prophetesses, and self-proclaimed apostles who plague the web from one end to the other, including on social networks such as Facebook. Perhaps you can better understand the impatience that I sometimes display whenever well-meaning but obviously misguided friends post comments on my Facebook timeline in which they claim that "the Rapture is at hand", or that "Jesus is coming very soon!".
You see, while some of you may be new to our Christian faith, and young in your personal walk with the Lord, and may not yet possess a strong foundation in God's Word, and while you may possibly be hearing these predictions regarding Christ's Return for the very first time, as an older man who has been around for a while, and who has studied God's Word for a lot longer than you have, and who has watched over the years as one false prophet after the other has made predictions which have failed to come to pass, I have acquired something which many of you do not yet possess. I have gained experience, Spiritual Discernment and Wisdom. Please don't misunderstand me. I am most certainly not saying that I understand it all, or that I know it all. Quite to the contrary. In my article entitled "Humility in Our Understanding of God's Word", I say the exact opposite.
In other words, I don't know it all. However, I do believe that I know and understand more than the people who come to my timeline and claim that Jesus is coming back very soon and that the Rapture is at hand. I also know how to spot the many prideful false prophets and prophetesses who, quite frankly, are not only deceived themselves, but are busily engaged in deceiving others as well, whether they realize it or not. As I have mentioned before, insofar as my online public friends are concerned, I believe that I have an obligation to protect them from false utterances when they are made on my timeline. Thus, I endeavor to be the calm voice of reason in the midst of so much prophetic madness, even if some people do become offended when I choose to publicly question their remarks, or delete their comments if I feel that they are misguided and may lead others astray.
So what about you, dear reader? Do you say "I am of Paul", or "I am of Apollos", or "I am of Cephas"? How about "I am of Herbert W. Armstrong", or "I am of William M. Branham", or "I am of Moses David" or "I am of Ellen G. White", or "I am of Pope Francis", or "I am of Lord Maitreya Buddha", or "I am of Reverend Sun Myung Moon"? Do you see my point? No matter what name we insert there -- and there are many more which we can use -- they are all wrong. My hope is that like the Apostle Paul, the only thing that you are willing to say is "I am of Christ". Even better than that, I hope that you will say "I am IN Christ", as we see by the following verse:
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."
Romans 8:1, KJV
Rather than be tossed about by the crazy, misguided wind of every false doctrine that comes along -- such as those which claim that the Rapture is at hand, or that Jesus is coming very very soon -- I hope that you are firmly grounded and rooted in the truth of God's Word. I hope that you have not become mesmerized by the deceptive words of one of those modern, self-glorifying false prophets. My hope is that you now better understand that such personality cult worship and denominationalism are divisive and of the Devil. Please stay away from them. Keep your eyes on Jesus only, because He alone is the Author and the Finisher of our faith. Amen?
With these thoughts I will bring this series to a close. I trust that you have found it informative and enlightening, and I pray that it has been a blessing in your life. If you have an account with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, etc, I would really appreciate if you would take the time to click on the corresponding link that is found on this page. Thanks so much, and may God bless you abundantly!
For additional information, you may want to refer to the list of reading resources below which were also mentioned in this series, or which are related to this series, and which are likewise located on this very same Bill's Bible Basics website. The articles in this first list are most directly related to this current series, being as they also discuss misguided false prophets, false prophecies and dangerous cults:
Have You Read the New Scriptures Yet?
Heaven's Gate, Suicide and Other Death Cults
Modern False Prophets and Worldly Ecumenism
Sorry . . . Jesus is Not Coming at Any Moment!
The Misguided End of the World Predictions of Harold Camping
The Office of a Prophet
To Tell the Truth: Moshiach, Mahdi or the Messiah?
Women Shepherds: The Family Sex Cult Exposed Again!
The following articles also contain information which relates to some of the topics which were discussed in this series:
Age of Deception, Age of Delusion
Are Christians Obligated to Keep the Sabbath?
Are the Gifts of the Spirit for Today?
Are You Just a Baby Huey?
Backsliding, Divine Chastisement and the Divine Agreement
Faith and the Shroud of Turin
Free Will and Personal Choice
Humility in Our Understanding of God's Word
Is Jesus the Only Begotten Son of God?
Lying Wonders of the Endtime
Mary Worship, Christianity and Roman Catholicism
Money-Making Bible Hucksters and Mammon
MP3's, Commercialized Christianity and Christian Hypocrisy
Revelation's Babylon the Great
Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
Satan: King of Tyrus, King of Empires!
So You Really Think You Are So Humble?
The Blood Atonement: In Jesus' Own Words
The Children of God and Politics
The Earth is Under Seven Thousand Years Old!
The Fruits of Disobedience
The Kings of the North and the South
The Only Credentials You Need!
The Royal Law: Thou Shalt Love
The Two Sackcloth Witnesses of Revelation 11
The Wisdom of God vs the Philosophy of Men
What Is God's Will for My Life?
Where Are the First Century Churches?
Who Hindered the Antichrist?
Who is Who?: Defining Important Prophecy Terms