Duane Vander Klok
“For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” Matthew 24:24 NKJV
As the Holy Spirit is being poured out in these last days, you can expect to see more and more legitimate signs and wonders. But the devil knows his time is short, and he is doing all he can to keep as many as he can from the Truth.
Many people are being led astray because of their eagerness for supernatural experiences. Even some Christians think that just because an occurrence is supernatural, it must be from God. They couldn’t be more wrong! The Apostle John wrote, “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, to see if they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)
We are told not to blindly believe everything we see or hear, but to test the spirits and discern the source of supernatural occurrences. In other words, don’t accept everything that seems supernatural as being from God.
In the 2nd chapter of Acts, as the Holy Spirit was being poured out something very real and tangible occurred. In fact, the devout Jews criticized what was taking place and tried to explain it away as drunkenness. Peter gave us some great criteria for judging supernatural manifestations when he wrote,” This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; and it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams” (Acts 2:15-18).
“This is that” is our litmus test. You can rely on God’s Word to show you which supernatural manifestations are from Him and which are not.
Don’t be deceived! Stay in the Word and lead others to do the same.