Human Life Term Limit

Life’s Term Limit- Career sinners Set Term Limit- Death Is The Equalizer

When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”
Genesis 6:1-3 –

We all have heard people talk about term limits in a political sense for some forms of office. Yet truth is each of us have a term limit- our lives are not immortal as human beings- we all will die and give account to God for the term we served and what we did in the physical body.

When God says this in Genesis he decreased human life expectancy to only 120 years, and it got shorter after that. David in the Psalms says

Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. If only we knew the power of your anger! Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due.
Psalm 90:10-11 –

Human life generally does not exceed 70 or 80 years. As sad as death can be to ponder over we must realize death was not a natural thing God authored but sin brought. God after all cannot entrust immortality to evildoers or people who sin. Imagine how horrible it be if evil people were immortal? A greater horror then the fate of death itself I suppose you could say. Death is both bad and good at the same time considering if people lived forever and did evil and devoted themselves to doing wrong, imagine how much damage they could cause in thousands of years?

Some people can accomplish such evil and cause so much pain in even a decade but imagine if they could live forever? So many people are indeed only going to stop creating problems if they end up dying- we lock some up in prisons for life just to keep them from creating any more victims- because if they got out even after ten or twenty years they would not change a bit. Thats the sad reality- some people wont stop creating grief or sorrow or harm until they are buried. That is just reality.

Our souls were created immortal- but God took away physical immortality when sin became a problem. He cannot trust evil doers or sinners with such unlimited or unchecked privilege.

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned —
Romans 5:12 –

Yet the Bible is clear we all are guilty of sin so we all must die. However, the Gospel is God’s solution to death- if we repent of sin and turn to Jesus Christ- we can have eternal life. After our body dies we will go to the Lord. Eventually God will raise our dead bodies at the end and resurect them and we will be both immortal souls and physically immortal.
(1 Corinthians 6:14, 1 Corinthians 15:13,

For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
1 Corinthians 15:21-26 –

Yet how should we live here in our “Term” of life. We should live for Christ and do right and good, no longer living for sin- if we continue to live for sin and in sin then “For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.Romans 8:13 –

Does that mean Christians won’t physically die? No, our bodies eventually die but our soul will return to the Lord and in the last days he will raise the dead body and restore it to immortality- provided we truly belong to Christ and live His way

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
Romans 6:8-14 –

If we are truly saved/ if Christ truly owns us- Sin is no longer master- Jesus is Lord and master. Yet if we choose to live in sin we will share the fate of the “sinner”- and they will not be raised for eternal life but swallowed up in eternal death and shame

Since the human soul is immortal- both believers and unbelievers souls will not be destroyed- but in the believers case they go to heavenly places but the souls of those who live for sin will be banished eternally.

Yet the Gospel is offered to all- not all will receive it but as believers in our physical lives hear/ we should devote our time on earth to reaching as many as possible with this only message of hope

Growth And Freedom From Fear As We Seek The Lord

Written January 26, 2019

I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
Psalm 34:4-5 –

Seeking the Lord does not mean are problems get subtracted, but rather his strength is added. God may remove some challenges from our lives when we pray, but sometimes he gives us supernatural strength to persevere through them.

The true strength is in seeking Him! There are many times where in my overwhelmed emotional state, I went into prayer and came out feeling strengthened and inspired, and able to manage the load of those days.

We must seek Him though. Apart from Him we have nothing. Yet we should come before Him to seek His strength, enjoy His presence and renew our energies!

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are —yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16)

When God does not remove difficulty but lets it remain for a time, yet we continue to persevere in the strength He gives. What happens is this, like a muscle, that we keep excercising, it grows stronger and more toned.

Eventually, the work out that left you sore for somedays becomes seemingly easier. The weight may not be decreased. Your muscles just grow stronger.

In weightlifting I only started being able to bench press 150 lbs. A little over a year later I could bench press 230 lbs! Now not sure how much I can post highschool but the point is, faith and patient endurance are a lot like muscles! Pressing through makes hard work pay off!

John’s Wide Net

John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” “What should we do then?” the crowd asked. John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?” “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them. Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely —be content with your pay.” The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Luke 3:7-16 –

People from all over were coming to hear John the Baptists preaching and each group seemed to ask what they should do to meet the requirements of God (in regards to repentance).

Each group asked: first the tax collectors- who were basically the equivalent of IRS agents of the day. John said “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,”

John says “Don’t cheat people out of money just because your position allows you to- only collect what Rome requires and don’t squeeze more out of the people then your told too.”

Even some of the soldiers- who were in essence their to enforce Roman law asked “What shall we do?”

“Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely —be content with your pay.”

John warns them not to make false accusations or extort those they were over in their law enforcing power.

Some people John saw he called “Brood of vipers!” There were some who came to maybe just be entertained by John or spying- so John said “Brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’

John was basically saying “Just because your Israelites and descendants of Abraham does not mean you will get off the hook for your sin, your religious history and background does not exempt you from need to repent of your own sins!”

Too many today also rely too much on how they were raised and think just because they were raised Christian and religious means thet are “automatically in” but John told these Jews not to rely on their religious upbringing but personally choose to repent of sin and believe in Jesus who was coming!

Same is true today, you or I may have been raised going to church but choosing to repent and turn to Christ must be a personal decision only we can choose to make!

John does not stop there- he shortly later goes to king Herod and says

And with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them. But when John rebuked Herod the tetrarch because of his marriage to Herodias, his brother’s wife, and all the other evil things he had done, Herod added this to them all: He locked John up in prison.
Luke 3:18-20 –

Herod was a powerful political ruler who ends up imprisoning John but strange enough listens to John’s message on a frequent basis. Later though Herod is tricked by his niece who was told by her mother Herodias to ask for John’s head on a platter.

Strange love hate relationship Herod had for John.

because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him.
Mark 6:20 –

Herod was freaked at John’s preaching but deep down knew it was true and even enjoyed listening.

Jesus’s Ultimate Mission- Save The World

Jesus seemed careful in criticism of the Roman government, was he scared? No. I really do not think that.

Yet Jesus wanted to keep his mission going until his time had come. There were times some underhanded people tried to get him to say something that could be perceived as an instigation of insurrection or say something to anger Roman authority- in order to kill him

Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be sincere. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said, so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor. So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” He saw through their duplicity and said to them, 24 “Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. He said to them, “Then give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent.
Luke 20:20-26 –

They thought they trapped him with a perfect question, and probably thought Jesus would say “No, do not pay taxes to Rome for they are an ungodly institution” – but Jesus dis not say that. Jesus also did not deny what the Law prescribed either to give God His due tithes and offerings. Jesus said “Do both” and “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and God, what is God’s”

In this single statement Jesus both affirms submitting to human authority, even ungodly Rome- but also to The LORD’s authority. Jesus never promoted tax evasion.

They were stunned with his answer and “became silent.” They realized they could not trap him on that occasion but did not stop them from later trying. Jesus’s mission was to save sinners- that included the Jews who tried to trap him as well as the Roman’s that ruled over them. Jesus was careful not to jeopardize his ultimate mission.

We too as believers must have this mindset. We do indeed have flaws in our human government- many! Yet the truth is if we get to pre-occupied with politics we can lose sight of our true mission- to share the gospel!

It’s not that being involved at all political levels is wrong- yet we can never lose sight of the ultimate mission. We have privilege in our country to vote and let our voices be heard on matters but there comes a point where we have done our civic duty and cannot do much more.

Yet that does not mean we cannot still promote the work of God! We can always keep spreading the message and let the hearers make up their minds about what they choose to do with the Gospel.

Ultimately, the Gospel is God’s invitation to leave a life of sin and receive Jesus so we can be a part of His eternal kingdom later. This world is not our final home. We can try our best to make it a better place while we have to remain here on earth but we are truly looking forward to an even greater homeland- that will last forever!

For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
1 Peter 2:19-21

Exercise Faith In Spite Of Sight

From January 22, 2020

Exodus 14/Mathew 14 Sermon

Exercise Of Faith Inspite Of Sight

The Israelites went from “Marching out boldly” to being “terrified”. We must ask what happened in between them being so bold to them screaming in terror.

We see in vs 10 it says that Pharaoh and his army was spotted marching out after them.

There we have a classic case where sight overcomes weak faith. They saw danger coming, then all the sudden let that be their focus and let out of their minds what God had done to free them through the ten plagues.

Yet too easily the same came happen to us. We may through our walk of faith be marching boldly and have great confidence in God. Yet something may hit us suddenly and we begin to cry out in fear like these Israelites did.

Part of today’s New Testament Bible reading has a different story but similar theme. The disciples are sent out by Jesus and he plans to later rejoin them after he gets time praying to the Father. Yet as they follow his orders and go out on the lake with the boat, a storm comes out of no where!

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
Matthew 14:22-24 –

Can we spot the similarities in both stories? In the Old Testament reading we see the Lord sent Moses and the Israelites out of Pharaoh’s presence and suddenly the storming chariots and army catches up to them from behind and they scream in terror. The New Testament story Jesus sends the disciples ahead, and the storm on the lake overtakes them!

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
Matthew 14:25-27 –

Jesus suddenly reapears just when all hope seems lost.

Lets go back to Exodus 14 and examine how the Lord also does this

Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. He jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”
Exodus 14:19-25 –

We all know how the Lord eventually opens up the sea and the Israelites make it through, then God turns the waters back to cover Pharoah and his army!

Jesus here also shows his power and has Peter come to him on the water!

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Matthew 14:28-33 –

We can see how both stories the people of Israel and disciples let what they saw make them forget who they knew. They let their problems take their eyes of the Lord. And so too if the Lord wants to strengthen and develop our faith he may send us through strorms or through challenges that force us to not rely on what we see around us or how things appear. It is through choosing to trust and believe Him that we give our faith opportunity to truly grow. Otherwise it remains weak and undeveloped faith.

Absalom’s Sneaky Strategy

From July 31, 2019


Todays Sermon

Though Absalom the son of David the king was plotting evil and his intentions were full of guile, deceit and wickedness. We can take note that he went about this very shrewdly. Though he was evil, and acted merely in pretense. We can see how his method was very successful in winning the hearts of people.

“He got up early” to go about this. He was very ambitious and not lazy about doing this but worked very hard at this ploy.

He would say “What town are you from?”
Absalom showed interest in these common people who crossed paths with him and pretended to sympathize saying “Look, your claim is valid and proper,”

He did not trivialize or invalidate how people felt and pretended to identify with them. Then when people came to bow down and pay respects to him as the royal son, he would stoop down and “Reach out his hand, take hold of him and kiss him.”

To kiss someone in those days was not just a romantic gesture, in this context a kiss was a sign also of brotherly love and was not sensual at all.

When Absalom would do this he was appearing to be warm and benevolent and invested in the well being of other people who were probably not accustomed to royal prominent people showing such a condescending humble courtesy.

Most times people with influence or prestige would not stoop or lower themselves like that for common folk.

Yet this is the very way he was able to deceive these people. Absalom did not really care about anyone really but himself as we see throughout the story. Yet he was a great con artist. He knew what people desired and capitalized on it.

Absalom wanted the kingship of his father David and that was what drove him to do what he did. His motives were not pure and his heart was not right. Yet we can learn from what he did, not who he was.

First of all, as believers who are true to Christ Jesus, our hearts are weighed by the Lord and not just our outward behavior.

Yet Jesus taught how shrewd the children of the world are in dealing with their own kind, and often even more then children of the light

Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. 2 So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’ 3 “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— 4 I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’ 5 “So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 “‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied. “The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’ 7 “Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’ “‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied. “He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’ 8 “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. 9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. 10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? (Luke 16:1-12)

Absalom was a shrewd man but very dishonest. Yet how would Jesus have us to conduct ourselves if we belong to him? He said we should be “Shrewd as snakes but innocent as doves”

Yet what does this mean? We should be wise and deal well with others and do kind and right things- yet to be “innocent as doves” would suggest our motives are pure and not filled with crafty intent.

Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.
Proverbs 3:3-4 –

Kindness is a quality most everyone craves and nearly everyone loves a gentle benevolent soul. Yet to balance such virtues requires wisdom and discretion. For wisdom and discretion can spot a person who would want to take advantage of a person’s kindness.

This is why so many say “Nice people are weak people” and that is foolishness to say that, but the truth is that a wise kindhearted person is truly the stronger person by far then a cruel or capricious resentful fellow.

The Bible makes it clear that wisdom is good, the Bible commends also kindness, so it is best to grab hold of one and not neglect the other. Like a acrobatic gymnast who grabs on to two handles from different ropes to perform their maneuver.

Do not be blindly kind, do not be a foolish one and a naive simpleton. Yet by all means do not be cruel or wicked either, for that too will bring one calamity.

Don’t be gullible or simple:

The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it. (Proverbs 22:3)

Don’t be oblivious to what many people are like and too trusting

Yet Don’t be wicked or mean

Be cautious, but not overly judgmental or unfairly critical.

A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.
(Proverbs 11:17)

Balance is one of the keys to a successful life. Without balance you cannot steer the course well or stay centered.

7 Marks Of A False Teacher, Prophet and Preacher

In the fifth month of that same year, the fourth year, early in the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, the prophet Hananiah son of Azzur, who was from Gibeon, said to me in the house of the Lord in the presence of the priests and all the people: “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon. Within two years I will bring back to this place all the articles of the Lord’s house that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon removed from here and took to Babylon. I will also bring back to this place Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah and all the other exiles from Judah who went to Babylon,’ declares the Lord, ‘for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.’” Then the prophet Jeremiah replied to the prophet Hananiah before the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the Lord. He said, “Amen! May the Lord do so! May the Lord fulfill the words you have prophesied by bringing the articles of the Lord’s house and all the exiles back to this place from Babylon. Nevertheless, listen to what I have to say in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people: From early times the prophets who preceded you and me have prophesied war, disaster and plague against many countries and great kingdoms. But the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the Lord only if his prediction comes true. ” Then the prophet Hananiah took the yoke off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah and broke it, and he said before all the people, “This is what the Lord says: ‘In the same way I will break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon off the neck of all the nations within two years.’” At this, the prophet Jeremiah went on his way. After the prophet Hananiah had broken the yoke off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: “Go and tell Hananiah, ‘This is what the Lord says: You have broken a wooden yoke, but in its place you will get a yoke of iron. This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I will put an iron yoke on the necks of all these nations to make them serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and they will serve him. I will even give him control over the wild animals.’” Then the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, “Listen, Hananiah! The Lord has not sent you, yet you have persuaded this nation to trust in lies. Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I am about to remove you from the face of the earth. This very year you are going to die, because you have preached rebellion against the Lord.’” In the seventh month of that same year, Hananiah the prophet died.

Jeremiah 28:1-17 – 

What are the key marks of a false prophet?

•Contradictory Messages

First as we see in this story, false prophets like Hanani contradict what the true prophets said. Jeremiah’s words were not favorable for this people who had given themselves over to sin. Jeremiah’s words were not pleasant to the people, but they were true. Hanani contradicted them.

No true preacher of the word will say his opinion over what the Word already clearly spells out.

Examples in our time have included people who have predicted that Jesus would return on a date they claimed to figure out. Jesus said “No one knows the day or the hour,” and Jesus added only the Father knew.

No real preacher or teacher is going to teach in a way that conflicts with the Word of God- for example if the Bible calls this or that sin, then a false teacher or preacher may cast doubt whether God’s Word really meant this or that on some truth that is flat out obvious.

  • False Teachers ans Prophets appeal to sinful carnal desires

False teachers or people who claim to be “prophets” appeal to what sinners want to hear rather then Biblical truth

Peter says one characteristic is “These people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. 2 Peter 2:17-18 – 

  • “Appealing to lustful desires of the flesh”- Some false teachers in our time have promoted a false gospel that appeals to people’s desire for riches. They have promoted sensual things and preached more so greed then the actual gospel- the actual gospel teaches we should repent of sin and make Jesus Lord of our lives, not a genie to just grant us wishes and make us rich or always happy

Carnal desires- in essence anything sensual that just appeals to senses and desires humans naturally have. False teachers use fleshly bait to draw a crowd.

  • False preachers and teachers say merely what people want to hear just to get support

-For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 – 

Many are drawn to false versions of Christianity that “Suit their own desires” instead of submitting to God and asking “Lord what do you desire”

  • False prophets, preachers or teachers make false predictions

Hanani was no exception, he predicted that the people would return from Babylon in 2 years but they stayed there for actually seventy years. 

Early on in Deuteronomy God warned that only if a prophet’s prediction came to pass were they truly sent by Him. He also added another qualifier, even if a prediction did take place- the person was still considered a false prophet if they made a prediction and encouraged people to sin by turning to follow other gods

and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. That prophet or dreamer must be put to death for inciting rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. That prophet or dreamer tried to turn you from the way the Lord your God commanded you to follow. You must purge the evil from among you.

Deuteronomy 13:2-5 – 

In the Law false prophets were under a severe sentence for false prophesy. False prophesy is very serious.

  • False Prophets do not aim to turn people from sin

I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.

Jeremiah 23:21-22 – 

True preaching has a number one goal in mind, getting people to turn from sin and turn back to the Lord. False prophets really do not emphasize that. 

  • False prophets put more weight in visions and dreams over God’s Word

Granted God I believe can still use visions and dreams but none will contradict what is already written in the Living Word. You hear someone talk more about dreams and visions then Scripture, that is read flag

“I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies in my name. They say, ‘I had a dream! I had a dream!’ How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy the delusions of their own minds? They think the dreams they tell one another will make my people forget my name, just as their ancestors forgot my name through Baal worship. Let the prophet who has a dream recount the dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?” declares the Lord. “Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces? Jeremiah 23:25-29 – 

In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings. But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” Yet these people slander whatever they do not understand, and the very things they do understand by instinct—as irrational animals do—will destroy them. Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion. These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted —twice dead. They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever. Jude 1:8-13 – 

  • False Prophets and Teachers often contradict the faith by how they live

This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says about Ahab son of Kolaiah and Zedekiah son of Maaseiah, who are prophesying lies to you in my name: “I will deliver them into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he will put them to death before your very eyes. Because of them, all the exiles from Judah who are in Babylon will use this curse: ‘May the Lord treat you like Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the king of Babylon burned in the fire.’ For they have done outrageous things in Israel; they have committed adultery with their neighbors’ wives, and in my name they have uttered lies—which I did not authorize. I know it and am a witness to it,” declares the Lord.Jeremiah 29:21-23 – 

Two false prophets were mentioned here by Ahab and Zedekiah, they were sexually immoral men and liars. The lifestyle of a person claiming to speak in the Lord’s name is worth observation

The Letter of Titus in New Testament describes false believers in this way,

They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.

Titus 1:16 – 

It also says there is a type of person “Who has a form of godliness but denies it’s power” meaning they can act religious or say Christian things but their lifestyles say they truly do not belong to Christ.

Weep Now, Rejoice Later

This sinful world we live in, Jesus warned we would face troubles (John 16:33) and we see in the present life, “You will weep and mourn while the world rejoices” This life and world is not our permanent dwelling. The Lord will one day give his true followers an eternal kingdom that cannot be shaken or taken (Hebrews 12:28) a true and everlasting inheritance (Colossians 3:24, Colossians 1:12, Hebrews 9:15, Acts 20:32)

In this world the wicked seem to succeed and plot against the people of God, (Psalm 37:7, Psalm 37:12) Yet the day is coming God will deliver His people forever from sin in the world, the evil people in it, and throw the evil doer and Satan into eternal fire where they will never be seen again. Sadly some will choose Satan over God and share Satan’s doom (Revelations 20:10, Ephesians 5:5-7)

Only they who turn from sin and choose Christ now will be included in that day.

Peacemakers

Why would you sow strife, plant division, and stir up anger and expect to get a peaceful harvest? We cannot plant bad seeds and get good crops.

Blessed are the peace makers not the quarrel starters, or division causers or those who try to stir up animosity among people-

There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Proverbs 6:16-19 –

We see how close together the verse puts a “false witness who pours out lies” to “a person who stirs up conflict in the community”- and that is often the case, when people let sinful anger control their lives they at times let evil or untrue accusations and suspicions fly off the tongue- this can lead to further conflict in community.

Yet if we want to inherit good from God we will pay attention to what He wants us to do

Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth.
Psalm 34:12-16

The wicked will not inherit eternal life or the kingdom to come- unless they “turn from evil and do good” – so repentance and faith still are offered, yet if we live for sin and reject the truth we will face the eternal removal. Only those who do God’s will and live his way will inherit the Kingdom of Christ to come- He still invites people to forsake sin and join the cause.