The 5-pronged GOLD TEST for Prophets & Spirits
Newly Updated as of Tuesday, 06 October 2009 - ***In Memory Of: Jesus of Nazareth (Eternity past - 2 BC) ; (2 BC - AD 31) ; (AD 31 - Present) ; (Present - Time-unending)
- Our only perfect example (John 13:15), by Whom we too can participate with good, great, and greater works (John 14:12) -
*** “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1st John 4:1, KJV,
King James Version: Public Domain)
QUESTION #1: If you’re visited by an angel, a vision, or a dream, how can you tell if it’s from God? ANSWERS: With help of the research of author, Johanna Michaelson we now have five (5) Biblical methods to "try the spirits" to see if an angel
(or even a so-called human "prophet") really is from God. (The Beautiful Side of Evil, Paperback, 222 pages, © Harvest House Publishers, July 1, 1982,
QUESTION #1: If you’re visited by an angel, a vision, or a dream, how can you tell if it’s from God?
ANSWERS: With help of the research of author, Johanna Michaelson we now have five (5) Biblical methods to "try the spirits" to see if an angel (or even a so-called human "prophet") really is from God. (The Beautiful Side of Evil, Paperback, 222 pages, © Harvest House Publishers, July 1, 1982, ISBN: 0890813221)However, I expound on her initial hypothesis:
1. SPECIFIC TEST OF RIGHTEOUSNESS: Angel or “Prophet” must be righteous, specifically regarding not denying Jesus.
2. GENERAL TEST OF RIGHTEOUSNESS: The general lifestyle of the prophet must be righteous.
3. SPECIFIC TEST OF ACCURACY: The specific “prophecy” or “revelation” must be accurate - 100%.
4. GENERAL TEST OF ACCURACY: The “general” method of contact with the spirit world must be accurate, not prohibited.
5. HOLY SPIRIT TEST: There must be a witness of the spirit in the believer, who listens for the check in the spirit.
1. SPECIFIC TEST OF RIGHTEOUSNESS: Does the angel or prophet “specifically” acknowledge Jesus as Lord? While humans are capable of sometimes lying about this (giving lip service), this test works on angels and demons:
“2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” (1st John 4:2-3, NKJV, New King James Version: © Thomas Nelson, Inc.)
Apparently, the demons are so evil that they are sensitive and vulnerable to the name of Jesus and thus incapable of admitting that Jesus is Lord. For them, according to this verse, it is impossible to admit Jesus is Lord (and Savior and very God, worthy of worship) without going crazy. A good example of this phenomenon is found Acts 16:16-18, where a woman possessed by a demon of divination acted crazy when her demon felt the presence of JESUS in Paul the Apostle. A better example of demons freaking out in the presence of Jesus is found in Mark 5:1-5, which tells of a man living in the tombs and possessed with an unclean spirit -a demon. This man was CRAZY: He cut himself and acted so wild that no man could tame him. MARK 5:6 says that "...when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him," -yes, the spirit worshipped Jesus -and this might make it seem like the spirit in the man was the Holy Spirit, but it was a demon, and here is the clue to indicate that: Verse 7, immediately following shows that the man acted even crazier when Jesus came closer: The demon, speaking through the man, "cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not." So, we can see that the demon was indeed VERY sensitive to the spirit realms, and his reaction here is proof that angelic beings (such as demons and angels) ARE indeed MUCH more sensitive to the spirit realms than are humans. Thus, we can conclude that demons will act crazy in the presence of Jesus, and Holy Angels will NOT.So, if you don’t know, you need to ask the angel who might appear to you in a dream, vision, or in person. Likewise, Holy Angels are incapable, more or less, of denying Christ. For both holy AND fallen (demonic) angels, it is as if the cement dried, and there is little (if any) ability for them to change character, that is, for them to become demons to honest or holy angels to become dishonest. For humans, apparently, the cement is wet and flexible and able to change. Humans’ character, while alive, is apparently malleable, that is, capable of being changed or shaped, as by pressure, bending, or hammering, but if we stay in God, His keeping grace keeps us.
For humans, a “false” prophet might be able to lie and try to trick you, but a “true” prophet will almost certainly never deny Jesus, so any “prophet” that denies the lordship and deity of Jesus is a false prophet. Period. This test is “specific” to Jesus’ Lordship & Deity.
2. GENERAL TEST OF RIGHTEOUSNESS: This test apparently only applies to people (not angels!), and it doesn’t even work well unless you get to know the person -or at least know about their lifestyle, but oh, does it work when you know how to use it: A “true” prophet does not lead a sinful lifestyle.* (Note: If you are a lawyer, who is also a Christian, you will recognize Jesus' words -quoted below -as "The Law" and/or "Constitutional Construction.")
Here is what JESUS says about testing the spirits for false prophets, using the "general" test for righteousness:** 15 "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."
** 16 "Ye shall know them by their fruits..." (Matthew 7:15-16a, KJV) WHAT ARE THEIR FRUITS, you wonder?
** "Being filled with the fruits of righteousness..." (Philippians 1:11, KJV; Cf: Hebrews 12:11)
Now, since we can trust Philippians 1:11 to be TRUTHFUL, we can TRUTHFULLY rewrite JESUS' statement to read: "Ye shall know them [the false prophets] by their fruits of righteousness -which are missing and lacking if they are indeed false prophets." Since we are using one scripture to substitute for another equivalent scripture, we are not violating Revelation 22:18-19 about adding to or taking away from these words of scripture. (That passage actually referred only to the Revelation of John in that context, but Bible scholars generally accept it to apply to the WHOLE Bible, and we did not violate it this time.)* (Note: If you are a lawyer, who is also a Christian, you will recognize the example of King Saul -listed below -as "Case Law" to illustrate an application of "Statutory or Constitutional Authority," shown above.)
Good example: King Saul, the predecessor to King David, was able to prophecy as a prophet of God when he was righteous: 1st Samuel 10:11; However, when his lifestyle became unrighteous and sinful (such as his sin in 1st Samuel 15:24), he was not able to hear from the Lord, and he got desperate and tried visiting a medium, that is, a witch (see 1st Samuel, chapter 28 re the witch of Endor), and of course, this stopped him from being able to “prophecy” or speak on the Lord’s behalf -at least in a normal manner. (I admit that Saul later did "prophecy," as shown in 1st Samuel 19:21-24, but this time it was because God struck him down with The Spirit and had him strip naked all that day and night, unlike the first time up in 1st Samuel 10:11. The first time, Saul had a clean heart before the Lord, as shown in 1st Samuel 10:9, but the 2nd time, God was striking Saul down to protect David and Samuel from being killed: Big difference. So, we can conclude that Saul no longer prophecied in a "normal" manner after he sinned!)
ALSO: Any theology they preach and believe must generally be line up with the word of God for them to be considered “righteous” by this test: Deut. 13:1-5 says even if the prophet can do miracles or correctly predict something that comes to pass, he or she must still not go against the word of God or ask others to worship other Gods. Also, here is "Statutory or Constitutional Authority," as told by Paul, speaking for JESUS: “If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.” (1st Cor 14:37, NKJV) See also: 1st Timothy 6:3-4. Even angels must meet this high standard:
“8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8-9, NKJV)
Here is more "case law" (a term for "here's an example to set a standard" for all you non-lawyers out there) -this time from the New Testament:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
-- Matthew 7:21-23, KJV
Notice, please, that these people quite obviously DID perform miracles and prophecies which came to pass (or else they would not have made this defense when confronting Jesus), but even though this was true, nonetheless, these unholy and evil prophets fall into the category shown by Deut. 13:1-5, cited above.
Does the “general” lifestyle and theology of the “prophet” line up to pass the “general” test of righteousness, as required by all the scriptures above?
3. SPECIFIC TEST OF ACCURACY: This is the “classic” test or the “gold test” of a “true prophet”: Does the prophecy or prediction come true? (Deuteronomy 18:22) If the “prophet” or “angel” or dream or vision says anything false about things past, present, or future, you can scratch it. The New Testament version of the “Gold Test” from Deuteronomy 18:22 is found in James 1:17, which reads: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” in the KJV, but it is more clear in the NKJV (New King James Version) and reads as follows: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” I have provided both the NKJV and the KJV, so please don’t think I’m pushing one version or using a Bible that translates wrong! I used both to be safe. OK, I’ll translate: If the prophecy is both good (helpful) and perfect (mature or correct and complete), then it is from God. It must be not just correct but also helpful, and that is why any prophet whose prediction or revelation comes true must ALSO not ask you to worship other “gods” or commit sin. “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.” (Deuteronomy 18:22, NIV, New International Version: © Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society) “When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.” (Deut. 18:22, KJV)
4. GENERAL TEST OF ACCURACY: Is the general prophecy a method permitted by God, that is, did the "prophet" use a forbidden witchcraft method to call up the spirit, or did it appear in one of the permitted ways, such as a vision or an angelic visitation? (Deuteronomy 18:10-12) Don’t cheat. Cheating, like taking drugs, may seem good for a while, but in the end, it is deadly.Deuteronomy 18:10-12, KJV
10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.
11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
Huh? What’s a “necromancer?” Think “Necrosis, tissue death.” Let’s look at this passage in another version to get clarity:Deuteronomy 18:10-12, NKJV
10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer,
11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.
12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you.
If you ask God for an answer via, say, calling up and “speaking with” the dead -or the Ouija board -or even astrologers and horoscopes, then any answer you get may be -and probably will be from a demon, not God or His Holy angels.
5. HOLY SPIRIT TEST: Is there the testimony of the Holy Spirit, a gut feeling, so to speak? (Psalms 95:7-11; Proverbs 1:20; John, chapter 10; Hebrews 3:7; Hebrews 4:7) His sheep (us) hear his voice (the Holy Spirit), so we must chill out and listen carefully, however, we many be tricked, so we must use all five tests in order to get a good handle and “fine-tune” our intuition, our gut feeling, our ability to hear and understand the Holy Spirit.
Johanna Michaelson rightly says you can't always trust your feelings, as she herself was fooled, so you must use _all five_ Biblical methods to be sure. (The Beautiful Side of Evil, © Harvest House Publishers, ISBN: 0890813221)
You know, the Lord GOD has done, is doing, and will do miracles, signs, and wonders:“And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.” (Numbers 12:6, KJV) See also: Joel 2:28 & Acts 2:17 for examples of dreams and visions coming to prophets in our time, the last days. The passages in Joel and Acts make sense in light of Malachi 3:6 and Hebrews 13:8:
“For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” (Mal. 3:6, KJV)
Various demonic miracles -devils and demons jumping all in your face!! COLOR CODE: Words of our LORD in red. Selected Divine miracles used for comparison/contrast below in Royal Purple. Past demonic miracles in black. Future demonic miracles in blue. (Mess with a demon, and you might end up BLACK and BLUE.)
Necromancy / Conjuring: (Note: Most times, a demon is conjured and he impersonates the dearly departed, which explains why the medium/witch was
that the real Samuel, not her familiar spirit, appeared)
Make people ill or crazy:
Make animals ill or crazy:
Make people ill or crazy:
Make animals ill or crazy:
Telekinesis: (Movement of objects or persons)
Supernatural Demonic Deception:
Telekinesis: (Movement of objects or persons)
Supernatural Demonic Deception:
'All' kinds of miracles, signs, and wonders for the 'whole' world:
Fortune-telling (predictions of future, revelation of hidden knowledge, visions)
Signs/Wonders in the earth and sky; Fire:
END FATE of demonic miracles: (Note: ‘Future’ items below are not listed in blue below -since ALL ‘end fate’ is future)