Going by the bible teachings, the situation today mirrors what is described as the end of times. But today let’s take a look at who a Prophet is. A prophet is one who receives and then offers the Word of God.
However, a false prophet is one who receives a word by other means, such as divination, fortune-telling, or sorcery, whether a word from their own minds or from other, false gods. These corrupt, dishonest messages are not of God and therefore cannot be trusted.
Rwandans being a highly Christian society, it can be evidenced by the growth and influence of Christianity in the daily lives. The biggest demands made to relax the Covid-19 measures came from Christians; they badly wanted churches to re-open. Many people across the country were arrested for renegading on the measures.
The search for God and growth in faith has attracted too many fraudsters in the name of pastors some of whom claim to prophesy. Many Rwandans seemingly get attracted to churches where prophesy is a major ingredient- but how can one tell that the prophesies are not fraudulent?
Sometimes, people pose as true prophets to mislead, such as in Nehemiah 6:10-15, when a false prophet attempted to convince Nehemiah to hide in the temple, but Nehemiah realized it was a trap. Other times, false prophets offered signs and wonders as a way to entice people to follow other gods instead of the Lord (Deuteronomy 13:1-3).
God speaks harshly against false prophets, occult practices, and other means of sorcery. God describes a false prophet as one who “presumes to speak in My name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods” (Deuteronomy 18:20). In Jeremiah 14:14, God says these evildoers prophesy lies, offering “false visions, divinations, idolatries, and the delusions of their own minds.”
In Deuteronomy 18:9-20, God warns His people not to engage in divination, cast spells, or consult mediums, nor listen to anyone who speaks in the name of other gods. These false prophets should be put to death, He says.
God expresses His displeasure even more fiercely in Jeremiah — both about the false prophets and those who listen to them.
“Therefore this is what the Lord says about the prophets who are prophesying in My name: I did not send them, yet they are saying, ‘No sword or famine will touch this land.’ Those same prophets will perish by sword and famine. And the people they are prophesying to will be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and sword. There will be no one to bury them, their wives, their sons and their daughters. I will pour out on them the calamity they deserve” (Jeremiah 14:15-16).
God notes in Jeremiah 23:30-32 that He is “against” false prophets, and in Zechariah 13:3 says they must be stabbed to death by their own parents.