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  • 1. God’s Prophet Deuteronomy 18:15-22 Prophet of God
  • 2. Chinese proverb: “PREDICTION IS HARD, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT CONCERNS THE FUTURE.” Prophet of God
  • 3. In 1773, King George III said that the American  colonies had little stomach for revolution. Prophet of God
  • 4. In 1773, King George III said that the American  colonies had little stomach for revolution. The Titanic was “unsinkable.”  Prophet of God
  • 5. In 1773, King George III said that the American  colonies had little stomach for revolution. The Titanic was “unsinkable.”  Prophet of God
  • 6. In 1773, King George III said that the American  colonies had little stomach for revolution. The Titanic was “unsinkable.”  Prophet of God
  • 7. In 1773, King George III said that the American  colonies had little stomach for revolution. The Titanic was “unsinkable.”  In 1939, The New York Times said that people  would never sit & watch TV. Prophet of God
  • 8. In 1773, King George III said that the American  colonies had little stomach for revolution. The Titanic was “unsinkable.”  In 1939, The New York Times said that people  would never sit & watch TV. In the 19th century, an English astronomy professor  said that air travel would cause people to suffocate. Prophet of God
  • 9. When we think of prophets, we typically think of  predicting the future. Prophet of God
  • 10. When we think of prophets, we typically think of  predicting the future. ◦ At times, the biblical prophets did predict the future.  “Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings, to open doors before him that gates may not be closed” (Is 45:1, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 11. When we think of prophets, we typically think of  predicting the future. ◦ At times, the biblical prophets did predict the future.  “Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings, to open doors before him that gates may not be closed” (Is 45:1, ESV). Cyrus had not even been born, but Isaiah says that he is the one who would allow the Israelites to leave Babylon. Prophet of God
  • 12. When we think of prophets, we typically think of  predicting the future. ◦ At times, the biblical prophets did predict the future.  “Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings, to open doors before him that gates may not be closed” (Is 45:1, ESV). Cyrus had not even been born, but Isaiah says that he is the one who would allow the Israelites to leave Babylon.  “When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the LORD has not spoken” (v 22, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 13. But, the basic meaning of the word “prophet” is  spokesman. Prophet of God
  • 14. But, the basic meaning of the word “prophet” is  spokesman. ◦ “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you” (Jon 3:2, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 15. But, the basic meaning of the word “prophet” is  spokesman. ◦ “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you” (Jon 3:2, ESV). ◦ Over & over in the Old Testament, you find the prophets saying: “Thus says the Lord.” Prophet of God
  • 16. As God‟s spokesman, Moses was God‟s prophet &  he here tells the Israelites about a new prophet God would raise for them. Prophet of God
  • 17. As God‟s spokesman, Moses was God‟s prophet &  he here tells the Israelites about a new prophet God would raise for them. ◦ In context, Moses is speaking about the manner in which other nations tried to foretell the future. Prophet of God
  • 18. As God‟s spokesman, Moses was God‟s prophet &  he here tells the Israelites about a new prophet God would raise for them. ◦ In context, Moses is speaking about the manner in which other nations tried to foretell the future.  “There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you” (vv 10-12, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 19. As God‟s spokesman, Moses was God‟s prophet &  he here tells the Israelites about a new prophet God would raise for them. ◦ In context, Moses is speaking about the manner in which other nations tried to foretell the future. ◦ God wanted his people to listen to him, not sorcery. Prophet of God
  • 20. As God‟s spokesman, Moses was God‟s prophet &  he here tells the Israelites about a new prophet God would raise for them. ◦ In context, Moses is speaking about the manner in which other nations tried to foretell the future. ◦ God wanted his people to listen to him, not sorcery.  Thus, God here promises another prophet. Prophet of God
  • 21. As God‟s spokesman, Moses was God‟s prophet &  he here tells the Israelites about a new prophet God would raise for them. ◦ In context, Moses is speaking about the manner in which other nations tried to foretell the future. ◦ God wanted his people to listen to him, not sorcery.  Thus, God here promises another prophet.  That new prophet is:  A DOMESTIC PROPHET.  A DESIRED PROPHET.  A DIVINE PROPHET.  A DEMANDING PROPHET.  A DEAD PROPHET.  A DEMONSTRATED PROPHET. Prophet of God
  • 22. There is no doubt that this passage ultimately  refers to Jesus. Prophet of God
  • 23. There is no doubt that this passage ultimately  refers to Jesus. ◦ “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!” (Jn 6:14, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 24. There is no doubt that this passage ultimately  refers to Jesus. ◦ “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!” (Jn 6:14, ESV). ◦ “Moses said, „The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people‟” (Acts 3:22-23, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 25. There is no doubt that this passage ultimately  refers to Jesus. ◦ “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!” (Jn 6:14, ESV). ◦ “Moses said, „The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people‟” (Acts 3:22-23, ESV). But, this passage refers to other prophets.  Prophet of God
  • 26. There is no doubt that this passage ultimately  refers to Jesus. ◦ “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!” (Jn 6:14, ESV). ◦ “Moses said, „The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people‟” (Acts 3:22-23, ESV). But, this passage refers to other prophets.  ◦ Jesus is the Prophet whom God would raise up. Prophet of God
  • 27. There is no doubt that this passage ultimately  refers to Jesus. ◦ “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!” (Jn 6:14, ESV). ◦ “Moses said, „The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people‟” (Acts 3:22-23, ESV). But, this passage refers to other prophets.  ◦ Jesus is the Prophet whom God would raise up. ◦ But, the text speaks of false prophets, too. Prophet of God
  • 28. vv 15, 18 A DOMESTIC PROPHET Prophet of God
  • 29. Twice in this passage, God says that the coming  prophet would be an Israelite. Prophet of God
  • 30. Twice in this passage, God says that the coming  prophet would be an Israelite. ◦ “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers” (v 15, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 31. Twice in this passage, God says that the coming  prophet would be an Israelite. ◦ “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers” (v 15, ESV). ◦ “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers” (v 18, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 32. WHY WOULD GOD RAISE UP A PROPHET FROM THEIR BROTHERS? Prophet of God
  • 33. We can‟t forget the context.  Prophet of God
  • 34. We can‟t forget the context.  ◦ God has just condemned the way foreign nations attempt to get revelation from him (vv 10-12). Prophet of God
  • 35. We can‟t forget the context.  ◦ God has just condemned the way foreign nations attempt to get revelation from him (vv 10-12). ◦ God desired that his people be different from the pagans around them. Prophet of God
  • 36. We can‟t forget the context.  ◦ God has just condemned the way foreign nations attempt to get revelation from him (vv 10-12). ◦ God desired that his people be different from the pagans around them.  “You shall not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons, for they would turn away your sons from following me, to serve other gods” (Deut 7:3-4, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 37. We can‟t forget the context.  ◦ God has just condemned the way foreign nations attempt to get revelation from him (vv 10-12). ◦ God desired that his people be different from the pagans around them.  “You shall not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons, for they would turn away your sons from following me, to serve other gods” (Deut 7:3-4, ESV).  Solomon: “When Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father” (1 Ki 11:4, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 38. WHAT SHOULD WE LEARN? Prophet of God
  • 39. We must be careful to whom we listen! WHAT SHOULD WE LEARN? Prophet of God
  • 40. v 16 A DESIRED PROPHET Prophet of God
  • 41. “As you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on  the day of the assembly, when you said, „Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die‟” (v 16, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 42. “As you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on  the day of the assembly, when you said, „Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die‟” (v 16, ESV). The reference is to the time God gave the Law from  Horeb (aka Sinai). Prophet of God
  • 43. “As you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on  the day of the assembly, when you said, „Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die‟” (v 16, ESV). The reference is to the time God gave the Law from  Horeb (aka Sinai). ◦ “Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off and said to Moses, „You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die‟” (Ex 20:18-19, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 44. “As you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on  the day of the assembly, when you said, „Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die‟” (v 16, ESV). The reference is to the time God gave the Law from  Horeb (aka Sinai). ◦ Ex 20:18-19, ESV. ◦ Because the people were afraid of God, the people wanted Moses to be their intercessor. Prophet of God
  • 45. What would it be like to see God?  Prophet of God
  • 46. What would it be like to see God?  ◦ No man has ever seen God (Jn 1:18). Prophet of God
  • 47. What would it be like to see God?  ◦ No man has ever seen God (Jn 1:18). ◦ However, people were afraid when they saw representations of God. Prophet of God
  • 48. What would it be like to see God?  ◦ No man has ever seen God (Jn 1:18). ◦ However, people were afraid when they saw representations of God.  The Israelites at Sinai were terribly afraid. Prophet of God
  • 49. What would it be like to see God?  ◦ No man has ever seen God (Jn 1:18). ◦ However, people were afraid when they saw representations of God.  The Israelites at Sinai were terribly afraid.  Isaiah: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” (Is 6:5, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 50. What would it be like to see God?  ◦ No man has ever seen God (Jn 1:18). ◦ However, people were afraid when they saw representations of God.  The Israelites at Sinai were terribly afraid.  Isaiah: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” (Is 6:5, ESV).  “An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear” (Lk 2:9, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 51. What would it be like to see God?  ◦ No man has ever seen God (Jn 1:18). ◦ However, people were afraid when they saw representations of God.  The Israelites at Sinai were terribly afraid.  Isaiah: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” (Is 6:5, ESV).  “An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear” (Lk 2:9, ESV). Can you imagine how fearful they would have been if they had seen God? Prophet of God
  • 52. Because the representations of God are so  frightening, we have a Prophet from God to speak to us from him. Prophet of God
  • 53. v 18 A DIVINE PROPHET Prophet of God
  • 54. “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from  among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him” (v 18, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 55. The OT prophets often claimed to speak directly  from God. Prophet of God
  • 56. The OT prophets often claimed to speak directly  from God. ◦ “Thus says the Lord GOD of hosts: „O my people, who dwell in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrians‟” (Is 10:24, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 57. The OT prophets often claimed to speak directly  from God. ◦ “Thus says the Lord GOD of hosts: „O my people, who dwell in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrians‟” (Is 10:24, ESV). ◦ “Thus says the LORD: Behold, I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends” (Jer 20:4, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 58. The OT prophets often claimed to speak directly  from God. ◦ “Thus says the Lord GOD of hosts: „O my people, who dwell in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrians‟” (Is 10:24, ESV). ◦ “Thus says the LORD: Behold, I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends” (Jer 20:4, ESV). Likewise, the Prophet Jesus.  Prophet of God
  • 59. The OT prophets often claimed to speak directly  from God. ◦ “Thus says the Lord GOD of hosts: „O my people, who dwell in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrians‟” (Is 10:24, ESV). ◦ “Thus says the LORD: Behold, I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends” (Jer 20:4, ESV). Likewise, the Prophet Jesus.  ◦ “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me” (Jn 7:16, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 60. The OT prophets often claimed to speak directly  from God. ◦ “Thus says the Lord GOD of hosts: „O my people, who dwell in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrians‟” (Is 10:24, ESV). ◦ “Thus says the LORD: Behold, I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends” (Jer 20:4, ESV). Likewise, the Prophet Jesus.  ◦ Jn 7:16. ◦ “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me” (Jn 8:28, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 61. Therefore, the Father expects his people to listen to  the Son. Prophet of God
  • 62. Therefore, the Father expects his people to listen to  the Son: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him” (Mt 17:5, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 63. v 19 A DEMANDING PROPHET Prophet of God
  • 64. “Whoever will not listen to my words that he shall  speak in my name, I myself will require it of him” (v 19, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 65. “Whoever will not listen to my words that he shall  speak in my name, I myself will require it of him” (v 19, ESV). The coming Prophet is A DEMANDING PROPHET  in that the Father demands people to listen to him. Prophet of God
  • 66. People suffered greatly when they did not listen to  the OT prophets. Prophet of God
  • 67. People suffered greatly when they did not listen to  the OT prophets. ◦ “Your wife shall be a prostitute in the city, and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the word, and your land shall be divided up with a measuring line; you yourself shall die in an unclean land, and Israel shall surely go into exile away from its land” (Amos 7:17, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 68. People suffered greatly when they did not listen to  the OT prophets. ◦ Amos 7:17. ◦ “Thus says the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I am bringing upon Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the disaster that I have pronounced against them, because I have spoken to them and they have not listened, I have called to them and they have not answered” (Jer 35:17, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 69. The word of Christ must be kept.  Prophet of God
  • 70. The word of Christ must be kept.  ◦ “The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day” (Jn 12:48, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 71. The word of Christ must be kept.  ◦ “The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day” (Jn 12:48, ESV). ◦ The words of Jesus give life. Prophet of God
  • 72. The word of Christ must be kept.  ◦ “The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day” (Jn 12:48, ESV). ◦ The words of Jesus give life.  “Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death” (Jn 8:51, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 73. The word of Christ must be kept.  ◦ “The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day” (Jn 12:48, ESV). ◦ The words of Jesus give life.  “Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death” (Jn 8:51, ESV).  The reverse would also be true—the one who does not keep his word will not see life. Prophet of God
  • 74. SHALL WE LISTEN TO THE PROPHET OF GOD? Prophet of God
  • 75. v 20 A DEAD PROPHET Prophet of God
  • 76. “But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in  my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die” (v 20, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 77. God here commands his people to kill any prophet  who does not speak for him. Prophet of God
  • 78. God here commands his people to kill any prophet  who does not speak for him. ◦ Elijah did so. Prophet of God
  • 79. God here commands his people to kill any prophet  who does not speak for him. ◦ Elijah did so: “Elijah said to the [people], „Seize the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape.‟ And they seized them. And Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon and slaughtered them there” (1 Ki 18:40). Prophet of God
  • 80. God here commands his people to kill any prophet  who does not speak for him. ◦ Elijah did so: “Elijah said to the [people], „Seize the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape.‟ And they seized them. And Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon and slaughtered them there” (1 Ki 18:40). ◦ The purpose of this killing wasn‟t just punishment but also protection. Prophet of God
  • 81. God here commands his people to kill any prophet  who does not speak for him. ◦ Elijah did so: “Elijah said to the [people], „Seize the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape.‟ And they seized them. And Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon and slaughtered them there” (1 Ki 18:40). ◦ The purpose of this killing wasn‟t just punishment but also protection.  Concerning adultery: “If a man is found lying with the wife of another man, both of them shall die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman. So you shall purge the evil from your midst” (Deut 22:22, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 82. Why was it so important to purge the evil from their  midst? Prophet of God
  • 83. Why was it so important to purge the evil from their  midst? ◦ “Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?” (1 Cor 5:6, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 84. Why was it so important to purge the evil from their  midst? ◦ “Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?” (1 Cor 5:6, ESV). ◦ We all know the power of an example. Prophet of God
  • 85. Why was it so important to purge the evil from their  midst? ◦ “Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?” (1 Cor 5:6, ESV). ◦ We all know the power of an example.  “When he landed, in 1848, there were no Christians. When he left, in 1872, there were no heathen.” Prophet of God
  • 86. Why was it so important to purge the evil from their  midst? ◦ “Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?” (1 Cor 5:6, ESV). ◦ We all know the power of an example.  “When he landed, in 1848, there were no Christians. When he left, in 1872, there were no heathen.”  God was concerned that if the false prophets weren‟t killed, he would have no people left. Prophet of God
  • 87. We need to be so very careful about those whom  we allow to influence us. Prophet of God
  • 88. We need to be so very careful about those whom  we allow to influence us. ◦ “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer have with an unbeliever?” (2 Cor 6:14-15). Prophet of God
  • 89. We need to be so very careful about those whom  we allow to influence us. ◦ “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer have with an unbeliever?” (2 Cor 6:14-15). ◦ We must always be a positive influence on the world & not the other way around. Prophet of God
  • 90. This also speaks of the judgment God will exact  upon those who teach error. Prophet of God
  • 91. This also speaks of the judgment God will exact  upon those who teach error. ◦ Who among us would want to stand before God knowing that we have taught error to the masses? Prophet of God
  • 92. This also speaks of the judgment God will exact  upon those who teach error. ◦ Who among us would want to stand before God knowing that we have taught error to the masses? ◦ God judges those who preach quite severely. Prophet of God
  • 93. This also speaks of the judgment God will exact  upon those who teach error. ◦ Who among us would want to stand before God knowing that we have taught error to the masses? ◦ God judges those who preach quite severely.  “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness” (Js 3:1, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 94. This also speaks of the judgment God will exact  upon those who teach error. ◦ Who among us would want to stand before God knowing that we have taught error to the masses? ◦ God judges those who preach quite severely.  “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness” (Js 3:1, ESV).  “Even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preach to you, let him be accursed” (Gal 1:8, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 95. GOD DOES NOT TAKE ERROR LIGHTLY! Prophet of God
  • 96. vv 21-22 A DEMONSTRATED PROPHET Prophet of God
  • 97. The word of the prophet was to be demonstrated.  Prophet of God
  • 98. The word of the prophet was to be demonstrated:  “If you say in your heart, 'How may we know the word that the LORD has not spoke?'--when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him” (vv 21-22, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 99. God had just given his people instructions to kill  false prophets. Prophet of God
  • 100. God had just given his people instructions to kill  false prophets. Therefore, they needed to know who was & who  was not a false prophet. Prophet of God
  • 101. Likewise, in the church, God gave directions about  true & false prophets. Prophet of God
  • 102. Likewise, in the church, God gave directions about  true & false prophets. ◦ “I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says „Jesus is accursed!‟ and no one can say „Jesus is Lord‟ except in the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor 12:3, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 103. Likewise, in the church, God gave directions about  true & false prophets. ◦ “I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says „Jesus is accursed!‟ and no one can say „Jesus is Lord‟ except in the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor 12:3, ESV). ◦ “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are form God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus Christ is not from God” (1 Jn 4:1-3, ESV). Prophet of God
  • 104. We must continue to test the spirits.  Prophet of God
  • 105. We must continue to test the spirits.  ◦ While we don‟t have people speaking through spirits, there is much error in the modern world. Prophet of God
  • 106. We must continue to test the spirits.  ◦ While we don‟t have people speaking through spirits, there is much error in the modern world. ◦ “These Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so” (Acts 17:11). Prophet of God