Predicting that something will happen in the future can be impressive but is not a predictor of a Godly prophet. God has given us a way to test a prophet, whether we know the prophecy comes true or not. After all, most of the prophecies of God would not come true until after hundreds and even thousands of years later. How could those who heard the prophecy know if the prophet was from God. God told us there would be many false prophets coming to fool us and he told us we would have to be the ones to decide if what they said was from him. We each have to test what a person says against what God has told us in his word. The word of God is true and is the only source for Godly wisdom. Do you fact check things that are told to you to see if they are true to what God says? Does the Bible contradict itself? If you find an apparent contradiction, is the Bible wrong, or is your understanding wrong?

1 John 4:1-3 The Message
4 My dear friends, don’t believe everything you hear. Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you. Not everyone who talks about God comes from God. There are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world. 2-3 Here’s how you test for the genuine Spirit of God. Everyone who confesses openly his faith in Jesus Christ—the Son of God, who came as an actual flesh-and-blood person—comes from God and belongs to God. And everyone who refuses to confess faith in Jesus has nothing in common with God. This is the spirit of antichrist that you heard was coming. Well, here it is, sooner than we thought!

Matthew 7:15 Living Bible
15 “Beware of false teachers who come disguised as harmless sheep, but are wolves and will tear you apart.

Deuteronomy 13:1-4 The Message
13 1-4 When a prophet or visionary gets up in your community and gives out a miracle-sign or wonder, and the miracle-sign or wonder that he gave out happens and he says, “Let’s follow other gods” (these are gods you know nothing about), “let’s worship them,” don’t pay any attention to what that prophet or visionary says. God, your God, is testing you to find out if you totally love him with everything you have in you. You are to follow only God, your God, hold him in deep reverence, keep his commandments, listen obediently to what he says, serve him—hold on to him for dear life!

Colossians 2:8 International Children’s Bible
8 Be sure that no one leads you away with false ideas and words that mean nothing. Those ideas come from men. They are the worthless ideas of this world. They are not from Christ.

2 Timothy 4:3 Easy-to-Read Version
3 The time will come when people will not listen to the true teaching. But people will find more and more teachers who please them. They will find teachers who say what they want to hear.

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