One of the most common question when it comes to Prophets and prophecy is,
“How do you know the difference between a false prophet and a true prophet?” The way we are to discern between a false prophet and a true prophet is found in these six principles.
1) Prophecy must be judged
1 Corinthians 14:29
29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.
So first and foremost, we are never to accept prophecy without judging it. Without weighing carefully what is being said. We are not to just receive it because a prophet says it, but to analyze it and see if it is relevant and accurate to our lives. If someone is trying to force you to accept their word, that’s a sign of a bad spirit. If someone makes you feel like you have no choice, that’s another bad sign. God always gives us a choice. And God Himself does not force His love or His grace on us.
2) Prophesying is not an out of control experience, nor a confusing one
1 Corinthians 14:32-33
32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.
33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.
3) A prophet’s word must come to pass, or it’s not from God
21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken?
22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
21 You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?”
22 If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.
The Word of God is our standard in every case, regardless of person, circumstance or situation. So if you suspect that someone is a false prophet, test them using the above scriptures.