«When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him» (Deuteronomy 18:22).
A few years ago, due to the coming change in the millennium, many «prophets» and prophecies about the end of the world arouse. Today’s text shows us that there is a great difference between a true prophet and a false one. Deuteronomy 18 points out three things: 1) God would choose the prophet, 2) The people would listen to him and obey him, but 3) they would need to discern between a true prophet and a false one.
Canaan was a nation that practiced witchcraft, divining, magic, spells, polytheism, and communication with the dead. That is why God warned the Israelites that they should not have any kind of relationship with these beliefs and practices. This is an appropriate warning for us today, when as Christians we are bombarded by and surrounded by Spiritism and New Age beliefs.
The penalty was serious: whoever claimed to be a prophet, but whose prophecy was not fulfilled, was considered to be guilty of high treason against God and was condemned to death (see Deuteronomy 18:20).
Anything that opposes the Bible is not spoken by the Lord. Anything that is contrary to charity and piety does not come from God, because He does not contradict Himself. What’s more, any philosophy that teaches or practices communication with the dead or with beings from other worlds is forbidden by God. They are the spirits of demons, according to Revelation 16:14, 1 Corinthians 10:20, and Psalm 106:28, 29.
You can rest easy and without fear because the Bible is a sure guide to give you discernment between what is pure and what is profane, between what is true and what is false. The archenemy of God, thirsty to be worshiped, has invented practices to entrap the unwary, and some of these seem so innocent, such as the horoscope, oriental meditation, or New Age literature. May God keep you respectful and obedient only to Him who deserves all worship and glory from eternity to eternity: our Creator and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.