Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

My Encounter with a False Prophet

on September 4, 2013

“But the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the Lord only if his prediction comes true” (Jer. 28:9).

“When all this comes true – and it surely will – then they will know that a prophet has been among them.” (Ezek. 33:33).

“The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the Lord” (1 Sam 3:19).

Straying from my usual theme of being a keeper of the home, I had an experience recently that I wanted to share with you about. As many of you know, I struggle with some health issues and had made an appointment to go to Santa Barbara to the beloved Sansum Clinic to get some help from the experts there. I was to go on September 3rd. I live about 3 hours drive from the coast, which is important to the plot of this story.

So a few weeks before my appointment, I received a message from a friend who was concerned. She warned that she had been reading about people having prophecies that California would be struck with a tsunami and megaquake that would bring mass destruction and change the coastline. I’ve heard of these prophecies before and have always thought they may occur at some point anyways. Of course, we live so far from the coast that I never give it much thought. Then my friend said something that caused me to stop and pray. She said this one man had prophesied that the tsunami would hit the west coast on September 3rd… Being that she had no idea I was going to the coast on that very day, I felt a chill run down my spine. So there would be a tsunami the same day I happened to be going to the coast? Oh boy!

While I felt like disregarding the issue, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. I wrote to my pastor about it and he gave some great insights from God’s Word and advised me to contact this “prophet” and to inquire as to whether this word was from God. I got in contact with him (his name is Isaac Castro). I emailed him and commented on the Youtube video in which he clearly says that he is bringing the Word of God and that a tsunami will hit the West Coast on September 3rd as a judgement from God. He didn’t answer me for weeks. When he did, he was kind and answered well. The problem is, he was wrong. Today is September 4th and there was no tsunami.

Now I’m not writing this to embarrass the man or hurt him, but rather to point out a few very important truths from God’s Word regarding prophecy and prophets. The truth is there will be  a lot of false prophets popping up here and there. God’s Word says that if a prophet says a word that does not come to pass he is a false prophet. He is not receiving the message from God. We are not to take heed to his words. It’s important as believers we do not believe everything we hear or read. I’m sure this man had great intentions. He seemed genuine. I believe that he believed what he was saying, but he was wrong. He was in error. He did not test the spirits that brought him that message.

1. Test every spirit. Do not believe everything you hear. Test every spirit against the Word of God. 1 John 4:1 “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

2. Warning the People. When God judged a nation with a catastrophic event, He sent prophets to warn the people (Jonah, Nahum, Obadiah, Isaiah). These prophets went to warn the people of the danger and need for repentance. I asked this man if he would go to the coast and warn people. He said he would only do it through the internet and fliers. With millions of people along the coastline, and less than 700 people watching his video (most of whom probably don’t even live on the west coast), this man wasn’t fulfilling the calling of a prophet. This is a red flag. Look what God said to Ezekiel in Ezekiel 33:6 “But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.”

3. Thus Says the Lord. A prophet is speaking the word of the Lord. A true prophecy from God that is supposed to be shared needs to be declared the word of God. If the person is sharing a message as prophecy, but is not willing to proclaim it as the word of the Lord, then we need not take heed. It is important that a person not claim to be speaking the word of God if he is not absolutely certain of it. When asked, this man did claim to be speaking God’s very word.  Ezekiel 22:28 “And her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the LordGod,’ when the Lord has not spoken.” Jeremiah 23:21 ““I did not send the prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied.”

4. Prophecy Does Not Come to Pass. If a prophecy does not come to pass, it is not from the God of the Bible. A prophet who has one inaccurate prophecy is false and cannot be trusted. “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. Do not be afraid of him” (Deut. 18:22).

So the tsunami did not come. This man is a false prophet, whether by purpose or by ignorance. Praying for him and praying that we would all be wise as to what we speak, hear and believe. Above all, we must stand upon the Bible and what we know to be true. We must test every spirit. We must be wise and not easily-led in various directions. If nothing else, I did learn a lot about prophecy according to God’s Word through this little adventure. While I still think there may be disaster on the west coast at some point in the future, I put my trust in the Lord. We know we are in the end times. We need to be urgent to share the gospel whether a big wave is coming or not.

One response to “My Encounter with a False Prophet

  1. […] My Encounter with a False Prophet It’s important as believers we do not believe everything we hear or read. I’m sure this man had great intentions. He seemed genuine. I believe that he believed what he was saying, but he was wrong. He was in error. He did not test the spirits that brought him that message. […]

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