False ProphetsWho They Are; How They're Called, Their Motivation, Along with Several Important Characteristics

There are two different types of false prophets: 1) those who have an authentic call to the office of a prophet; 2) wannabes.  

I have personally met many false prophets in the Body of Christ. One in particular stands out to me; he’s anointed, he has gifts, and faith at a higher level than most Christians[1][2]. One vital thing I’ve learned over the years is that the Holy Spirit must reveal what spirit is working behind the scenes. Every time I thought I knew what spirit was working, I was wrong, lol. I was shocked when the Spirit revealed to me the spirit working on him. It was the spirit of Lack. Not financial lack. No. This is a spirit more cunning and evil than just financial lack. Operating in the gift of discerning of spirits (1 Corinthian 12:10), I looked and saw lack in all areas of his life[3]

I saw his upbringing and there was nothing but lack; he lacked a good relationship with his natural father. He lacked finances, in his employment, his identity[4], and in all his relationships[5]…all areas of his life. 

This opened the door for all manner of evil in his life. James wrote, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work” (3:16). In other words, you have every type of demonic spirit there is! Now, I don’t know if this person is called to be a prophet, or if he’s just a wannabe. However, I do know that Jesus told the Pharisees in His day, "If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, 'We see,' your sin remains” (John 9:41). In other words, if a person claims to be a prophet, though they are not called to be one, he will be judged as if he was a prophet.

Covetousness & Greed: The Twin Evils of All False Prophets

All false prophets that I have encountered were motivated by greed and covetousness for financial gain. Both are the opposite of love. Now, I’m not against finances, or making money in ministry. However, He is my source! Not my partners, the economy, or the Babylonian system[6].

The word minister actually means “one who does menial duties”[7]. This is the opposite of one who is motivated for money.  The former, is one who is a shepherd caring and loving for his sheep. He’s in it for your gain. The latter is a picture of a Balaam.

A false prophet is simply someone who has been hurt, usually in his childhood, and didn’t know how to deal with it[8]. When we are young it’s our parents’ responsibility to protect and cover us. If they fail, this opens the door to the enemy. Remember what Jesus said, “he climbs in some other way…”[9](John 10:1).

However, in the eyes of the Father this is no excuse. When we become adults[10], we have to take responsibility of our inner hurt, turn to the Lord, and be healed (Matthew 13:15). If we don’t we will stand guilty before the Father. But you and I have an advocate (1 John 2:1). 

Other Traits in False Prophets

Schizophrenia—the three spirits found in most children are: Rejection, Schizophrenia, and Rebellion[11]. The level of schizophrenia found in most false prophets goes undetected. This is because the spirit working behind the scenes cannot take a chance of having this person being locked up in a mental institution. The assignment on their life isn’t isolation and loneliness. It’s destruction to this individual and others through him.

Spirit of Wisdom—this is when the person, the false prophet, believes God is giving this person special insight into the Kingdom. I’ve personally seen it go so far that the person believes they’ve been to heaven, and that the apostles shared with him special insight on how to interpret the Word.

Arrogance—Contrary to what many think, arrogance and pride are not the same thing. The word pride literally means to puff up. A person becomes prideful because of what he has (e.g. a gift, wealth). Arrogance is a defense mechanism that the false prophet will use to deal with past hurt. They decide in their heart: “No one will hurt me again”. At this point they turn to Arrogance to deal with past issues, and to keep them from being hurt again in the present.

Haughty Spirits—haughty spirit is only mentioned once in the King James Version. It’s the Hebrew word gobahh meaning height, exaltation, and grandeur[12]. A false prophet will have a sense of grandeur. That he’s better than others, and the rules don’t apply to him.

Self-Importance—This causes the false prophet to put himself before the sheep. Jesus said, “The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11, NIV). However, this spirit causes the sheep to lay down their life for the false prophet, the supposed shepherd.

Self-Deception—The Lord spoke to Jeremiah clearly, “ Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart[13], and not out of the mouth of the LORD” (23:16). Because the person has given themselves over to the above spirits, they enjoy self-deception. It causes them to have a sense of self-worth; like their a somebody and others should listen to them.

Rebellion—They always have a rebellious spirit about them. I have personally known one, but others who were called[14]. In each situation, God sent His governmental leaders (Ephesians 4:11) to speak correction and rebuke in their life. One hundred percent of the time they hardened their heart against God’s ordained leadership. They enjoy the sense of their high calling instead of repentance. I have personally watched destruction overtake each one of them.

False Sense of Holiness—Just like the hypocrites in Jesus day, they put on a false sense of holiness (Matthew 6:1-18). False prophets may give more money than anyone else in the church, or they may go on long periods of fasting. The deception lies on the heart, that’s why it must be revealed by the Spirit. Both fasting and giving are good things. But when one does it for show or for identity[15], that’s where it’s destructive.

Shake the Boat—a false prophet always wants to shake the boat. They neglect 1 Thessalonians 4:11, “and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you…” (NIV). Notice, this reads our ambition in life is to lead a quiet life. In other words, we should lead a life where others easily over look us.

A Few Pet Scriptures—they’ll stand on Scriptures like Matthew 21:12 where Jesus overthrew the table in the Temple and drove out the people. But again, they ignore Scriptures like 1 Thessalonians 4:11.

They’re Loners—something is wrong when you’re the only person who recognizes you as a prophet! Jesus didn’t even begin His public ministry until John the Baptist, preexisting ministry, recognized His ministry (John 1:29). Your gifts, anointing, and ministry must be validated from others who precede you. If not, you’re on dangerous ground.

These are just a few characteristics of false prophets. There are well over a thousand. Next week we’ll continue with false teachers. 

[1]The Word says, “Many are called but few are chosen”. This is true of false prophets just as well as true prophets. A true prophet must past many test in order to walk in his anointing. So also, a false prophet.

[2]Like Kris Vallotton once said, “You can have the right gift, but anointed with the wrong spirit”.

[3]This is the opposite of what the King David said; “For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield”. He called the favor of God a shield. Contrary of what people think, it’s when things go our way that act as as a shield round bout us. Many people think that trials are the will of God; that we should continually be going through something. That’s not what the Word teaches: “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven”.

[4]When a person does not know who they are in Christ this will open the door to spirits like Insecurity, Envy, Lust, Covetousness, among others.

[5]He’s been married to three different women. Divorce is a sexual spirit. 

[6]The Babylonian system is the system of this world. It’s when people try to meet their own needs, or we look to the government to meet our needs (e.g. disability, social security).

[7]Derived from https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?strongs=G1249&t=KJV

[8]Jim Jones and David Koresh are just two false prophets mentioned here.

[9] In this example, the thief got in because of the neglect from the parents.

[10] In the spirit a person becomes an adult at age 12. There is no such thing as a teenager in the Word; nor is there a youth group. Jewish tradition holds a male becomes an adult at age 13 and a female at age twelve. 

[11]When children undergo deliverance, these are the 3 spirits that usually have to be cast out; in that order. If these three spirits linger, the enemy then builds a foundation on these (Ecc 4:12).

[12]Derived from https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?strongs=H1363&t=KJV

[13]The vision dwells inside their own heart, their spirit, and springs forth.

[14]Remember, “for many are called, but few are chosen” (Mat 22:14). Very few people past all tests and trials to actually be labeled a false prophet.

[15]By identity I mean this person receives their identity from doing things, not from who they are in Christ.


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