“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
He stood within three feet of Barack Obama at the funeral of Nelson Mandela. Waving his arms and hands frantically around in the air, this man supposedly provided sign language for millions of deaf people.
As it turns out, the man was a fake. He doesn’t know sign language. To make matters worse, he is a mental health patient. In interviews since the funeral, he claimed that he saw angels as he “signed” and heard voices speaking to him. Pretty scary stuff, especially since he shared the platform with dignitaries from all over the world.
There are many false interpreters in the world today. Many of them are standing in pulpits, with a Bible in their hand, claiming that they see angels, and that they hear the voice of God. They are fakes. Their messages are messed up. The spirit of “antichrist” is spreading false signs to a gullible and unsuspecting audience.
How was the false interpreter revealed to be a fake? Deaf people did not understand his language. They know their language, and he wasn’t speaking it. They tested him and he failed the test.
How do we know if prophets are false? We should know our “language”. We should be able to hear the voice of our Shepherd. We should test the spirits that are going forth. If they do not confess that Jesus is the Christ, then they fail the test.
Father, help me not to believe every spirit that speaks. Give me the ability to discern which spirit is of you and which ones are not. In the name of Jesus, Amen.