“...you must not heed the words of those prophets...”
In the last times, said Jesus, there would be many so called “Christ’s” and false prophets. Well, that prediction has come true, for never in the history of humanity has there been as many religions, cults, sects and “Messiahs” as we have today.
The Word of God admonishes us, not to heed the words of these false teachers. They have not been sent by God, even though they may look like sheep or “angels of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14), they are in reality ravenous and malicious wolves, whose purpose is to destroy the church.
Among these “prophets” we find such groups as the Mormons, Rusellists, New Ager’s and many others. Astrology and Spiritualism also belong to this gang of false teachers, plus the many new cults that spring up everyday across the world.
The most dangerous individuals are the false brothers and ministers that infiltrate our congregations. Why are they so dangerous?
First of all, they are dangerous because of their outward appearance. They dress, walk, and talk like Christians. Some of them even “look” more like Christians than the real believers. Secondly, they know the Bible and how to use it for their malefic purposes. The problem is that many of the true followers of Christ don’t take the time to study the Word; consequently it becomes very difficult to separate the truth from the lies.
Do not listen to false prophets, and beware of false brethren. Study God’s Word to be prepared to defend your faith at all times. In other words; be deaf to the lies and always listen to the truth.
Power and Love
“…the earth opened its mouth...he will shut up the heavens,”
Did you know that our God has absolute power over the so called “mother” nature?
The stars and the sun; the planets and every other celestial body; bow down and obey every command of the Lord. Even the rebellious humanity will one day bend their knees and “...confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10, 11).
One day God spoke to the ground and commanded it to open up and swallow a group of rebellious Israelites. They spoke against Moses and God punished them with a one way trip to the center of the earth.
Another time God shut up the heavens for at least three years during the reign of the wicked king Ahab. God has that kind of power. He can flood the earth, or he can stop the rain forever... if he wishes.
Jesus demonstrated this absolute power on a daily basis. He calmed storms, walked on the water and brought dead people back to life. He also displayed his power as he lived without sin, and as he gave his own life and resurrected three days later.
God’s power, however, is intricately connected with his unending love. His power can shut up the heavens, but in his love he opens heaven to his children. The power that opened the earth to punish sinners, will also keep hell and eternal death away from believers. This power, united with God’s unending love will keep us through this life and lead us into glory.