Updated: Apr 7, 2021
What an eye opener these last few years have been! Christ said there would be false prophets in the last days. (Matt. 24:24) People by the hundreds of thousands have flocked to false prophets on no other grounds than that they prophesied a win for their favorite political candidate. Accompanying their false predictions, these so-called prophets have made ridiculous claims about the current world pandemic.
One false prophet likened the pandemic to the Passover. Gullible Christians believed this nonsense because it seemed plausible, since it was spoken by a man claiming to be a believer. But think for just a moment. If the pandemic is to be likened to the Passover, only non-believers would contract the disease. Is this true? No! A thousand times, no! The absurdity of these kinds of pronouncements is tolerated because, evidently, all God's prophets are American Republican party adherents, and they are all supporters of the previous American president. Have Christians become this ignorant?
The shallowness of these so-called Christian prophets and their Biblically challenged followers became spring water clear when the predicted election results were not as expected. One such false prophet quoted in a New York Times article written by Ruth Graham, said he received death threats and nasty, vulgar language toward his family and his ministry. He probably should have expected as much from the people he deceived.
But the terribly sad part of all this is that Christians should know better. Jesus said if it were possible that even the very elect would be deceived. A prophet's authenticity is not dependent upon his political leanings nor in his choice of specific presidential candidates. "If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." This is the acid test of a prophet.
But if people do not know what the Bible says, how can they spot a false prophet? One may wonder what will become of some of these "prophets?" Will their followers continue to forgive and forget? Will it make a difference that these individuals have prophesied incorrectly? Perhaps, or perhaps not. Such is the nature of deceitfulness.
How could God be wrong in predicting the future? Answer: He cannot. He sees the future clearer than we see today. His prophets do not ever ask forgiveness for making a mistake in predicting the future, because they do not make mistakes. True prophets speaking God's truth are always right. If a person has been taken in by a slick speaking charlatan who has made nebulous predictions of the future that have multiple possible interpretations, I urge you to turn from these deluded people and to get back to the Bible.
This is a sign of the soon coming of Christ, and He has made it possible for us not to be deceived. False Christs and false prophets will arise. Only the Truth can protect us.