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False prophets will be stabbed

False teachers and false prophets are a scourge. They always have been. Ever since the beginning, satan has been lying to humans, and as prince of the power of the air he has sent his demon horde to influence false teachers and make them prophesy falsely. (Deuteronomy 13:6–10; 18:20; Matthew 24:11). Gullible Christians and the lost have believed these false prophecies and untrue teachings ever since.

Probably today’s false teachers are aren’t more numerous than they were in the first century, though it feels like they are. Apologist James R. White said today

there are not more heretics today, there is just more availability of making your heresy known. 

However any Christian with a modicum of faith or any grain of loyalty to Jesus will be aggrieved when coming up against a false prophet or hearing about a heretical teaching. I am. I am a lot.

Like ants at a picnic, these false teachers are everywhere, and more are popping up every day. Jesus is in control and has ordained each and every one. As He does with everything, He has a purpose for false teaching.

What Is God’s Purpose With False Teaching? asks and answers John Piper.

Or this, from Dr. Paul M. Elliott, “Why Does God Permit False Teachers in the Church?

God uses the response to false teaching on the part of the members of the visible church, individually and corporately, to demonstrate who is true to Him and to His Word, and who is not. To put it another way, God is building a record that Christ will use at the Last Judgment, when many will come before Him and claim to have done many wonders in His name, but Jesus will say, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:23).

The main reasons God permits false teachers is that first, sin exists in the world. False teaching is sin. Secondly, it’s used to test His people. So though it’s a grief, a burden, and a scourge, God has His purposes for allowing it.

And then sweet relief will come! There will come a day when false prophets will not be allowed!

After the rapture, and after the conclusion of the Tribulation, in that order, a Kingdom on earth will be established. It will last for 1000 years. It is colloquially called the Millennium Kingdom. It will be an actual kingdom whereupon incarnated Jesus walks among His people, rules from Jerusalem, (Revelation 2:27) administers affairs of the nations, and receives worship (including sacrifices) in the Temple. (Isaiah 56:6-8; Zechariah 14:16; Jeremiah 33:15-18, Ezekiel 43:18-46:24)

Satan will be bound in the pit along with his demon horde. (Revelation 20:1-3). The people occupying the Kingdom will have relief from satan, finally! However, sin will still be present. Some of the people who survived the Tribulation will be mortal, and thy will enter the Kingdom along with us (glorified at the rapture) and the Old Testament saints (resurrected at the end of the Tribulation) and Tribulation martyrs (resurrected at the end of the Tribulation). These mortals will repopulate the earth through procreation, and their children will do the same and so on, for 1000 years. These mortals will still have a sin nature, which will express itself at the end of the 1000 year kingdom when satan is released from the pit and gathers the secretly sinful like sands upon the sea to rebel against Jesus. (Revelation 20:7-8).

But meanwhile during the blissful 1000 year Kingdom, there will be no false teaching, no false teachers, no false prophecies!

And if anyone again prophesies, his father and mother who bore him will say to him, ‘You shall not live, for you speak lies in the name of the LORD.’ And his father and mother who bore him shall pierce him through when he prophesies.” (Zechariah 13:3)

False prophets will be immediately stabbed. Even by his parents.

The form of phraseology here is drawn from De 13:6–10; 18:20. The substantial truth expressed is that false prophecy shall be utterly abolished. If it were possible for it again to start up, the very parents of the false prophet would not let parental affection interfere, but would be the first to thrust him through. Love to Christ must be paramount to the tenderest of natural ties (Mt 10:37). Much as the godly love their children, they love God and His honor more. (Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible) 

The dance between false prophets and demons will end. Matthew Henry:

False prophecy shall also be brought to an end: I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit, the prophets that are under the influence of the unclean spirit, to pass out of the land. The devil is an unclean spirit; sin and uncleanness are from him; he has his prophets, that serve his interests and receive their instructions from him. Take away the unclean spirit, and the prophets would not deceive as they do; take away the false prophets that produce sham commissions, and the unclean spirit could not do the mischief he does. When God designs the silencing of the false prophets he banishes the unclean spirit out of the land, that wrought in them, and was a rival with him for the throne in the heart. Henry, M. (1994). Matthew Henry’s commentary on the whole Bible

Of the Zechariah 13:3 verse, John MacArthur comments:

Because of the salvation of God that has cleansed God’s people and made them love Him and His truth, hatred of false prophecy will overrule normal human feelings, causing even a mother or father to put their apostate child to death. This is a stern reminder of hos God feels about and will eventually treat those preaches who misrepresent the truth.

Contrast the Zechariah verse of Millennium parents killing their own child because he speaks false prophecy, to the verse in Matthew 10:21 when in the last days parents will kill their offspring for speaking the Truth.

What a time that will be! When love for Jesus and His truth is the worldwide global attitude! For all my brethren who read this, it’s an essay about prophecy, obviously. It is also encouragement. Jesus IS in control. He has a plan, and that plan includes the [hopefully soon] day when He will rule and reign personally and false prophets will not be tolerated. What a day that will be.

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Soon there will be no fence-sitters

One thing this time of blasphemy and apostasy is doing is outing the hidden haters of Jesus to declare for satan. In the end, nothing will be hidden. (1 Cor 4:5). It seems that great numbers of people are being shifted, inched, nudged, or pushed into one side or another.

After the rapture, during the ensuing Tribulation period, there will be absolutely no hidden Christians and no hidden atheists. All will be forced to declare one way or another. (Rev 13:16). Meanwhile at the present time, we see more and more hared of Jesus on earth.

it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” Matthew 15:11

Matthew Henry: “Christ shows that the defilement they ought to fear, was not from what entered their mouths as food, but from what came out of their mouths, which showed the wickedness of their hearts.”

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There is a great gulf that is fixed. (Luke 16:26). In time past, in the present time, and in the end of the end, none will cross from one side to the other. One must declare for Jesus while living. (Romans 10:9). Failure to declare, (Matthew 10:32; 1 John 4:15) or deliberately proclaiming blasphemies against Jesus, (1 Cor 12:3) is the sin unto death. (1 John 5:17).

Nowadays to me, it feels like a parallel to the prophesied time as the Millennial Kingdom is about to come to a close. After the 7-year Tribulation ends, there is a period of 1000 years when Jesus physically rules on earth. (Revelation 20:4). This is known as the millennial kingdom when all the promises Jesus made to His people Israel are fulfilled spiritually and physically with the full lands being given to them and His personal attendance in a renewed Temple (Ezekiel 41). At the end of the 1000 years of Jesus’ kingdom rule on earth, where sin had been subdued and satan had been locked up, but where there still have been mortals born, satan will be let out of his abyss jail and he will deceive the nations. It takes satan but a moment to draw the wicked to himself, immediately exposing the wickedness in their hearts that had been there all along. (Revelation 20:7-9). It feels like that now, with satan accelerating his evil doings to draw more and more people to himself. The cup of heart-poison overflows in many and shows in their words and deeds.

The great shifting of peoples hearts is the movement toward Jesus or away from Jesus. When the rapture occurs, the believers from the beginning at the time from the beginning of the church age (Jesus’ ascension) the very rapturous trumpet call will be resurrected or those who are alive will be lifted up and all will meet in the air to be with Jesus. Those remaining on earth will be those who chose not to believe. There will still be time for some of them to come to faith afterward, but the Church Age ends at the rapture with the last believer filling God’s quota of His church coming to faith. (Romans 11:25).

Then the 1000-year Kingdom, then the new heaven and earth, and the eternal state with the final Judgment of all humans.

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At the end the gulf between those who believe and those who do not will be exposed and settled at the Great White Throne Judgment. (Revelation 20:11-15) when all who have ever lived will give an account and receive their final body and their punishment will begin.

Wicked hearts are surely being shown today in great numbers. The venom that is in them is spilling out of mouths that deliberately or unknowingly proclaim for satan. We see it in their hatred of Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue homosexual marriage licenses. We see it in their hypocrisy against Christian football player Tim Tebow but worldly acceptance and lauding of Bruce Jenner’s depraved gender switch. We see it in the new Deist/Atheist Declaration of Sinlessness, blasphemies against Jesus, mob anger, violence. All this is in the heart, and is now coming out in torrents. They are storing up their sin for themselves.

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We see it on blogs and comment sections, where hair-trigger anger and hatred is not even buried under a veneer of scoffing and sneering, but immediately boils over into anger and hate. There is no ‘ramping up’ anymore during a discussion. All discussions of Christian things seem to begin with a basis of anger, even among people who claim Christianity. We see venomous hearts exposed more and more and more and more.

Yet…there is One heart that is pure and undefiled, that is Jesus.

For our heart rejoices in Him, Because we trust in His holy name.” (Psalms 33:21)

Bless His holy name, He is coming soon.