Scripture tells us lots of things about the end times, but let’s focus on the false prophets within the church:
- “For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.” – Matthew 24:24 ESV
- And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. – Matthew 24:10-13 ESV
- “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” – 2 Peter 2:1-3 ESV
- “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” – 1 John 4:1 ESV
- “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” – 2 Timothy 4:3-4 ESV
QUESTIONS FOR YOU
- What sorts of behaviors and / or words do false teachers & prophets use to pander and mislead Christians today?
- What sorts of behaviors and / or words might false teachers & prophets use to pander and mislead Christians to get them to take part in the great falling away? List your examples in the comments.