They are NOT THE PROBLEM . . .

 

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What is a false teacher-witness-prophet?

It is one of the things that Adonai HATES – that He DETESTS (notice #6 below):

Proverbs 6:16-19 (CJB)

16  There are six things Adonai hates,

seven which he detests:

  1. 17  a haughty look,
  2. a lying tongue,
  3. hands that shed innocent blood,
  4. 18  a heart that plots wicked schemes,
  5. feet swift in running to do evil,
  6. 19  a false witness who lies with every breath,
  7. and him who sows strife among brothers.

 

Some words in #6 that would be helpful to know:

 WITNESS: עֵד‎ ʿfidh ʿfidh, which means “witness,” is derived from the verb ʿûdh (HED #5967), “to surround,” “to testify.”

Thoralf Gilbrant, ed., “5915,” in The Complete Biblical Library Hebrew-English Dictionary – Nun-Ayin, (Springfield, IL: World Library Press, Inc., 1998), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “5915”.

FALSE:שֶׁקֶר‎ sheqer A masculine noun derived from shāqar (HED #8631), “to deal deceitfully,”

Thoralf Gilbrant, ed., “8632,” in The Complete Biblical Library Hebrew-English Dictionary – Sin-Taw, (Springfield, IL: World Library Press, Inc., 1998), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “8632”.

LIES:כָּזָב‎ kāzāv It is derived from the verb kāzav (HED #3694), “to lie.” The noun usually denotes a “lie.”

Thoralf Gilbrant, ed., “3695,” in The Complete Biblical Library Hebrew-English Dictionary – Kaph-Mem, (Springfield, IL: World Library Press, Inc., 1998), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “3695”.

EVERY BREATH:פּוּחַ‎ pûach The primary nuance of pûach is “to blow.”

Thoralf Gilbrant, ed., “6558,” in The Complete Biblical Library Hebrew-English Dictionary – Pe-Resh, (Springfield, IL: World Library Press, Inc., 1998), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “6558”.

 To summarize #6 in a way easy to remember:

 a blow-hard that doesn’t tell the truth when he testifies . . .

 It is one of the 10 Commandments:

 Exodus 20:16 (CJB)

16  ‏ט‎ (16) “Do not give false evidence against your neighbor.

What about TO your neighbor?

Yeshua (Jesus) himself warned us about this:

 Matthew 7:15 (CJB)

15  “Beware of the false prophets!

They come to you wearing sheep’s clothing,

but underneath they are hungry wolves!

A word in the above warning from Yeshua that would be helpful to know:

 BEWARE: προσέχω prosechō

Classical or “secular non-biblical Greek:

prosechō essentially means “hold to” something, i.e., “pay attention to.”

Septuagint Greek:

The cry to “pay attention!” came from the mouths of the prophets …

 In another sense prosechō means “guard against” or “watch out for.” It especially refers to something evil or detrimental to one’s relationship with God …

 New Testament Greek:

One of the most common uses of prosechō in the New Testament is as a warning: “Be careful, watch out.” Most often the warning occurs on the lips of Jesus and is directed to His disciples …

Thoralf Gilbrant, ed., “4196. προσέχω,” in The Complete Biblical Library Greek-English Dictionary – Pi-Rho, (Springfield, MO: Complete Biblical Library, 1991), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “4196. προσέχω”.

In fact, we are told that if a prophet is presumptuous (proud – insolent – rebellious) and speaks a word in Adonai’s name which he wasn’t ordered (by Adonai) to do, he must die.

 Deuteronomy 18:20 (CJB)

20  “‘But if a prophet presumptuously speaks

a word in my name

which I didn’t order him to say,

or if he speaks in the name of other gods,

then that prophet must die.’

In this sobering declaration from our Lord, is there any doubt how He views the false prophet?  But Adonai doesn’t stop there, He tells us HOW WE WILL KNOW they are false:

 Deuteronomy 18:21-22 (CJB)

21  You may be wondering,

‘How are we to know if a word has not been spoken by Adonai?’

22  When a prophet speaks in the name of Adonai,

and the prediction does not come true

that is, the word is not fulfilled

then Adonai did not speak that word.

The prophet who said it spoke presumptuously;

you have nothing to fear from him.

Kefa (Peter) expounded on this and included “teachers” as well when he stated:

 2 Peter 2:1-5 (CJB)

1  But among the people there were also false prophets,

just as there will be false teachers among you.

Under false pretenses

they will introduce destructive heresies,

even denying the Master who bought them,

and thus bring on themselves swift destruction.

2  Many will follow their debaucheries;

and because of them,

the true Way will be maligned.

3  In their greed

they will exploit you with fabricated stories.

Their punishment, decreed long ago, is not idle;

their destruction is not asleep!

4  For God did not spare the angels who sinned;

on the contrary,

he put them in gloomy dungeons lower than Sh’ol

to be held for judgment.

5  And he did not spare the ancient world;

on the contrary,

he preserved Noach, a herald of righteousness,

with seven others,

and brought the Flood upon a world of ungodly people.

 

The text shows us that the problem is deeper than false teachers-witnesses-prophets.  True, they will fool many people and do amazing things:

 Matthew 24:11 (CJB)

11  many false prophets will appear and fool many people;

Matthew 24:24 (CJB)

24  For there will appear

false Messiahs and false prophets

performing great miracles

  • amazing things!

  • so as to fool even the chosen, if possible.

But if we look at the context of both of these verses in the text, we see them for what they are: WARNINGS! Warnings with REASONS:

 Matthew 24:10-12 (CJB)

10  At that time

many will be trapped into betraying and hating each other,

11  many false prophets will appear and fool many people;

12  and many people’s love will grow cold

because of increased distance from Torah.

It is impossible to ignore Yeshua’s reason for this happening!  It is black and white – no wiggle room:

 “because of increased distance from Torah.”

 It doesn’t matter what you thought you knew – this is our Lord speaking!  HE is the final authority!!!  And in context:

 Matthew 24:24-27 (CJB)

24  For there will appear

false Messiahs and false prophets

performing great miracles

  • amazing things!

so as to fool even the chosen, if possible.

25  There! I have told you in advance!

26  So if people say to you,

‘Listen! He’s out in the desert!’

don’t go;

or, ‘Look! He’s hidden away in a secret room!’

don’t believe it.

27  For when the Son of Man does come,

it will be like lightning that flashes out of the east

and fills the sky to the western horizon.

 

Told in advance – don’t go – don’t believe it . . . could it be any clearer?

We are starting to get a glimpse of THE REAL PROBLEM . . . In fact, Sha’ul (Paul) gives us some sobering logic to help us see the difference between the true light and false light:

 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 (CJB)

13  The fact is that such men are pseudo-emissaries:

they tell lies about their work

and masquerade as emissaries of the Messiah.

14  There is nothing surprising in that,

for the Adversary himself

masquerades as an angel of light;

15  so it’s no great thing

if his workers masquerade as servants of righteousness.

They will meet the end their deeds deserve.

 

And yet, the real problem becomes evident in the following verses in the text.  The following verses are an indictment that can NOT be rationalized (attempt to make the unreasonable sound reasonable):

 2 Timothy 4:3-4 (CJB)

3  For the time is coming

when people

will not have patience for sound teaching,

but will cater to their passions

and gather around themselves

teachers who say whatever their ears itch to hear.

4  Yes,

they

will stop listening to the truth,

but will turn aside to follow myths.

People – their – themselves – their – they . . .

This does not lay the blame at the false teacher for teaching that we are “little gods,” or that believers can demons inside of them, or Holy Ghost laughter, or . . . you get the point.

This lays the blame squarely on the body of believers!!!

 A body of believers that will NOT have patience for sound teaching . . .

A body of believers that will STOP listening to the truth . . .

 Yeshua’s words are echoed in His statement:  because of increased distance from Torah.”

This is not a might happen – this is a will happen – this is happening now!

 

The problem is not the false teacher . . .

The problem is the PEOPLE that want what they offer!

 

It is the people that gather these teachers around themselves –

who gather people around them that tell them what they want to hear!

 

In wanting what they have to offer,

they are essentially repeating history –

 

Eve chose to believe the lie of the serpent (you will NOT die)

over

the truth of Adonai (you will die).

 

False teachers exist because people want what they teach

  • they prefer it over the truth
  • they prefer it over the Torah of God

 

They are not the problem, YOU are . . .

 

It is my prayer that you see the truth and consider what it is you are accepting from these teachers.  I show many believers their errors only to have these believers defend the teacher over the text from God that refutes their teacher’s teaching. Without a doubt, they would rather have their ears tickled than have patience for sound teaching.  The only defense you have is knowledge of the word of God because that is where the warnings are – where the promises are – where the truth is defined and where wisdom in birthed.  As it says in Mishlei:

 Proverbs 1:1-7 (CJB)

1  The proverbs of Shlomo the son of David,

king of Isra’el,
2  are for learning about

wisdom and discipline;

for understanding words expressing deep insight;

3  for gaining an intelligently disciplined life,

doing what is right, just and fair;

4  for endowing with caution those who don’t think

and the young person with knowledge and discretion.

5  Someone who is already wise

will hear and learn still more;

someone who already understands

will gain the ability to counsel well;

6  he will understand proverbs,

obscure expressions,

the sayings and riddles of the wise.

7  The fear of Adonai is the beginning of knowledge,

but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

 

The fools?:

  • will not have patience for sound teaching
  • will stop listening to the truth
  • will turn aside to follow myths.

 

  • gather around themselves teachers who say whatever their ears itch to hear.

 

Shalom!

 

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Dani'el 3:17-18 (CJB) 17 Your majesty, if our God, whom we serve, is able to save us, he will save us from the blazing hot furnace and from your power. 18 But even if he doesn’t, we want you to know, your majesty, that we will neither serve your gods nor worship the gold statue which you have set up.”
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