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How do you recognize a true prophet?

Submitted: 3/2/2011
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Question: How do you know if someone who says they are a prophet really is one? Are their signs to help you know if their message is really from God?

Answer: We believe that if a person prophesies over a protracted period of time and is consistently on target, that this person may be a prophet in the biblical sense. In other words, a prophet proves his ministry by his consistency. Also, Jesus said, 'Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.... Not everyone who says to Me,'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name...?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'' (Matthew 7:15-23). This indicates that even if a person appears to be a prophet, if he is not committed to the will of God and subject to the rule of God, then we must conclude that he is a false prophet. We will know them by their fruits.