Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.
Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour.
But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;
“And why do you not even on your own initiative judge what is right?
Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.
and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues.
Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others pass judgment.
But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,
For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.
‘ I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false;
“ If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder,
The naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps.
The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule on their own authority; And My people love it so! But what will you do at the end of it?
For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Do not let your prophets who are in your midst and your diviners deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams which they dream.
“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
And Jesus answered and said to them, “ See to it that no one misleads you.
Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘ There He is,’ do not believe him.
And then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ’; or, ‘Behold, He is there’; do not believe him;
And He said, “See to it that you are not misled; for many will come in My name, saying, ‘ I am He,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not go after them.
I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;
For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.