Dear friends, stop believing every spirit. Instead, test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Now there were false prophets among the people, just as there also will be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction on themselves.
Little children, it is the last hour. Just as you heard that an antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. This is how we know it is the last hour.
These people were more receptive than those in Thessalonica. They were very willing to receive the message, and every day they carefully examined the Scriptures to see if those things were so.
to another miraculous results; to another prophecy; to another the ability to distinguish between spirits; to another various kinds of languages; and to another the interpretation of languages.
Two or three prophets should speak, and others should weigh carefully what is said.
Now the Spirit says clearly that in the last times some people will abandon the faith by following deceitful spirits, the teachings of demons,
For many deceivers have gone out into the world. They refuse to acknowledge Jesus the Messiah as having become human. Any such person is a deceiver and an antichrist.
"I know what you've been doing, your toil, and your endurance. I also know that you cannot tolerate evil people. You have tested those who call themselves apostles, but are not, and have found them to be false.
"A prophet or a diviner of dreams may arise among you, give you an omen or a miracle
The prophets prophesy falsely, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?"
For this is what the LORD of the Heavenly Armies, the God of Israel, says: "Don't let the prophets and diviners who are among you deceive you, and don't listen to them when they tell you their dreams.
"Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are savage wolves.
Jesus answered them, "See to it that no one deceives you,
"At that time, if anyone says to you, "Look! Here's the Messiah!' or "There he is!', don't believe it,
"At that time, if anyone says to you, "Look! Here is the Messiah!', or, "Look! There he is!' don't believe it,
He said, "Be careful that you are not deceived, because many will come in my name and say, "I AM' and, "The time has come.' Don't follow them.
I know that when I'm gone, savage wolves will come among you and not spare the flock.
because such people are not serving the Messiah our Lord, but their own desires. By their smooth talk and flattering words they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
But evil people and impostors will go from bad to worse as they deceive others and are themselves deceived.