How shall you know whether you have encountered a false prophet?

Matthew Bible Background

01.08.2017 – New Testament: Matt 7.16–20

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 7 on January 8, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Jesus warned of false prophets who come to us in sheep’s clothing, but in truth they are dangerous wolves. If such prophets will look and act as sheep, how then can we distinguish the false ones from the true ones?

“You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them” (Matthew 7.16–20). 

The true sheep will make themselves known, and the false sheep will also make themselves known. It will become obvious, but you have to know the Scriptures as well, because some false prophets can disguise themselves very well.


  • Have you encountered a false prophet before?
  • If you did, what did you do?

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