Biblical Tests of a Prophet
God's last day people will have the gift of prophecy.
Rev. 12:17 "And the dragon [Satan] was enraged with the woman [God's pure church], and he went to make war
with the rest [final] of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."
Rev. 19:10 "...For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
The National Enquirer said Jean Dixon has only a thirty percent accuracy rate.
That means seven out of ten things she predicts never happen. But the National Enquirer thinks that's great!
If they only knew! God's prophets have one hundred percent accuracy rate. The things they prophesy, always come
There are some senators, movie stars, and even presidents
who would never think about making a decision without consulting their horoscope, or astrologist, peering into a crystal ball,
or delving into some other type of false prophecy. But let's see what the Bible has to say about all this.
Well, to be quite honest, the Bible is very clear about the source of all these types
of things. In Revelation 16 verse 14 it warns, "For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth
unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world..." Then Jesus warned about these last days in Matthew 24:24
by saying, "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that,
if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect."
Believe me friend, God's people in these last days must be very careful not to be deceived
by Satan's deceptions, because those who are taken in by them will be destroyed along with these "works of darkness."
Look at God's warning in Isaiah 47:13 and 14: "Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels, Let now the
astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.
Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame:
there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it."
Knowing this, many Christians today are leery of all prophecy, and run to the
other extreme, resisting all forms of prophetic knowledge.
Now answer a question for me. Have you ever heard of someone making a counterfeit
three dollar bill? Of course not! Why? Because there is no genuine three dollar bill! There can only
be a counterfeit, if there's a genuine. Therefore, when we see all these counterfeit prophets at the end of time, it
just proves that God must have a genuine.
The Bible is most clear about distinguishing the counterfeit from the genuine.
Look at Paul's admonition in 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21; "Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove
all things; hold fast that which is good."
Did you understand that? God is simply saying, especially to us in these last
days: "Don't reject all prophecy, just test them, and try them, and make sure they are from Me. And when you find
a genuine prophet, hold fast, and don't let them go."
You see, we can't reject all prophecy in the past, or in the future, because not only
does the Bible tell us in 2 Peter 1:21 that "...holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost," in the
past, but He also told us in the last days, just before Jesus comes, God would send the gift of prophecy to His one true church.
Under the title of this web page we saw two identifying marks of God's last day church
outlined in Rev. 12:17. 1. They will be keeping the ten commandments. 2. They will have the gift of
prophecy. The good woman of Revelation 12 represents God's true church. And when we get to verse 17, the very
last verse in that chapter, God identifies His one true fold of John 10:16. Rev. 12:17 "....which keep the commandments
of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." And when we look over to Rev. 19:10 we find that the "testimony
of Jesus Christ" is the "spirit of prophecy." Now you know, there are quite a few Sabbath-keeping churches.
I know of at least five or six denominations that go to church on Saturday. So how do you know which one of them is God's
Well, God gives a second sign for His true church in the last days. Besides being
commandment-keepers, God said: I'm going to bestow upon them the true gift of prophecy to lead them, and that will be
my sign to everyone which one of these Sabbath-keeping churches is my true church.
God has bestowed upon the Seventh-day Adventist movement the Gift of Prophecy -- the
true Gift of Prophecy. I'm not talking about all this ridiculous hocus-pocus you see in the Christian world today.
I'm talking about the gift of Prophecy that stands up undeniably to the 12 biblical tests of a true prophet of God.
I know that's a bold statement, but that's what I want to show you now, and you can take it from there.
I realize this is a volatile topic we're talking about here, but the Bible is very
clear. If we are deceived by a false prophet, we are going to follow that false prophet to perdition. But on the
other hand, if we reject the true prophet of God, we are rejecting the manifestation of God's Holy Spirit, and that's the
unpardonable sin. That is why God's people in the last days must be wide awake, studying, and praying Christians who
"test the spirits." Amen? Amen!
Let's now put, to a "Biblical test" a little girl who was born in 1827 by the name
of Ellen Gould Harmon.
In 1844, at 17 years of age, Ellen Harmon was kneeling in a circle with a group of
other young people. They were praying to God for wisdom and guidance, and while they were praying, suddenly young Ellen
was taken in vision and was shown people walking along a narrow, winding pathway with a steep precipice on either side.
The people were walking along very carefully, and as long as they kept their eyes heavenward, light shown on their pathway.
As soon as they looked down, however, the light vanished, and they fell to the rocks below.
The spiritual significance of that is obvious, but this doesn't prove that Ellen Harmon
was God's prophet. Many people, I am sure, have envisioned scenes such as that, but her life, from that moment on, is
a different matter.
At the age of 18, she married James White and from then on was known as "Ellen White,"
or simply, Mrs. White.
From her first vision there in 1844, until her death in 1915, Ellen White received
over 2,000 visions, wrote over 50 volumes, 100,000 pages, and over 200 million words. She was God's prophet to the Seventh-day
Adventist movement, and her voluminous writings continue to lead the church to this day.
Now I want to show you why, and how, she fulfills the "12 biblical bests of a true
Friend, I have yet to find any of these prophets in other churches who can pass even
three or four of these tests, let alone all twelve.
Here are the twelve tests of a prophet.
Test Number One: Deuteronomy 18:21-22:
"And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord hath
not spoken? 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."
In other words, if a prediction a prophet makes does not come to pass, he is a false
prophet. That's pretty straightforward, isn't it? Not some predictions, but every prediction must come just as
prophesied. This one just blows all these other guys out of the water! No excuses!
Some may say, "But what about Jonah? He prophesied that Nineveh would be destroyed.
He was God's prophet, but it never happened. What about that?"
Yes, friend, God told Jonah that if Nineveh didn't repent, He would destroy it, but
they heeded Jonah's word and they repented, so God didn't destroy it.
If a person is God's prophet, that prophecy comes to pass according to the conditions
Test Number Two: Numbers 12:6
"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."
According to the Bible, a true prophet of God receives his communications from God
by two distinct methods: dreams and visions. That's what the Bible says and no further comment should really be
Test Number Three: Numbers 24:4 and 16
"He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty,
falling into a trance, but having his eyes open...He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the
most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:"
Therefore, test number three of these divine manifestations that God gives to identify
a true prophet while in vision, is that their eyes remain open.
Very interesting, because this perfectly describes what would happen to Ellen White
while she was in vision. People in her day would wave their hands in front of her face trying to make her blink.
On several occasions men would take their fists and act as if they were going to hit her, then would stop just a couple of
inches from her nose! Never once would she blink while in vision. She was oblivious to what was happening around
Test Number Four: Daniel 10:17
"For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? for as for
me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me."
Another test of a true prophet is that they have no breath while in vision. In
other words, they don't breathe. According to scripture, this is one of the miracles God performs to identify a genuine
prophet. While in vision, they don't breathe.
During some of Ellen White's first visions, people would hold a mirror in front of
her mouth to see if there was any condensation on it. Why, one man even came up and put his hand over her nose and mouth
to see if she was breathing.
In one instance, there was a spiritualist physician in Parkville, Maryland, who bragged,
"Ellen White just hypnotizes herself. If she ever 'went into vision' when I was around, I'd snap her out of it. She
wouldn't pull that kind of stuff around me."
You know, God vindicated His servant, because she went into vision one day when this
man was in the room. Now was his chance to "snap her out" of her "mesmerized" state. So he went up to her and
began doing the things he believed would bring her out of her hypnotized state. Suddenly, he turned and ran for the
door. Just as he got out the side door, the deacon grabbed him by the arm and said, "Where are you going, doctor?"
He turned around and in a strangled voice said, "My God! She doesn't breathe!"
Test Number Five: Daniel 10:18
"Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened
Before a vision, a prophet may be very weak in physical strength. But when
taken in vision, a true prophet will suddenly receive supernatural strength. On one occasion, Sister White lifted a
Bible that weighed approximately 18 pounds, and held it out at arm's length for over 30 minutes! You should know that
she was a frail woman who weighed less than 100 pounds. Here's a picture of that 18 pound Bible. That's a regular
Bible laying on top of it. Notice the difference. Also, while holding the Bible, Ellen also quoted the scripture
on the pages exposed at that moment, without looking at them.
I've had that very Bible in my hand. And with veins bulging on my neck, I held
it at arm's length for 53 seconds! (My arm was shaking for two minutes after that.) Why, the one-time "strongest
man in the world," Mr. Universe, held that Bible out at arm's length for four minutes. And friend, let me assure you,
all the things I'm telling you today are documented, I'm not just talking off the cuff here.
Test Number Six: Jeremiah 28:9
"The prophet which prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come
to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the Lord hath truly sent him."
A true prophet absolutely does not lie. His predictions will be one hundred percent
Test Number Seven: 2 Peter 1:20
"Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation."
A true prophet does not give his own interpretation of scripture. Every prophecy
he or she proclaims will agree with already established truth. If they receive new light, it must agree with the old
light God has already given.
Test Number Eight: 2 Peter 1:21
"For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of
God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
So, a true prophet prophesies in the name of the Lord, not in his own name. A
true prophet will manifest the fruits of that same spirit because he or she speaks through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Test Number Nine: 1 Corinthians 14:3
"But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and
In other words, a true prophet gives direction to God's true church. And a true
prophet's messages will cover all of these three areas: Edification -- to instruct morally; Exhortation -- this means
to strongly advise; and Comfort -- to soothe in distress or sorrow, to console. All of these three things will be exemplified
by a true prophet.
Test Number Ten: Isaiah 8:19-20
"And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and
unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."
God gives a clear distinction between false prophets and true prophets here -- between
the works of hellish darkness, and the works of heavenly light.
How could it be any plainer? God says, "To the law," what's the law? It
is the ten commandment law of God, " . . . and to the testimony . . ." What's the testimony? The "testimony" is
the rest of scripture. " . . . If they speak not according to this word [the 10 commandments and the Bible], it is because
they have no light in them." Friend, that's not what I say, it's what God says. That means a true messenger of
God will keep all of God's ten commandments. In other words, a true prophet of God is going to be a seventh-day Sabbath-keeper.
Was Ellen White a seventh-day Sabbath-keeper? You better believe she was.
God showed her in vision how this commandment was being desecrated, ignored, and forgotten by almost the entire world.
And through the prophetic gift of this little lady, God raised up a people who would honor all of His commandments.
Test Number Eleven: 1 John 4:1-3
"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they, are of God:
because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth
that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in
the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already
is in the world."
A true prophet believes in the incarnation of Jesus Christ, and will never question
the fact that Jesus came in man's fallen nature, in our fallen flesh. The Bible says any person, or church, claiming
that Jesus Christ came to this earth in any other way, than in the fallen flesh that you and I have, is the spirit of antichrist.
In other words, it's imperative that you and I understand correctly Christ's human
nature while on this earth. Ellen White believed and taught the correct biblical definition of Christ's human nature:
He came to this earth in our nature, in our fallen, human flesh. But in spite of that, He never yielded to temptation;
He was sinless, and you and I can be victorious over all sin in our life through the power, and the blood, and the strength
of our Lord, Jesus Christ, our perfect Example. Hebrews 4:15: "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched
with the feeling of our infirmities [not Adam's - the infirmities before he fell - he didn't have any - our infirmities];
but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin."
Don't you see, Jesus' perfect life on this earth was an example for us to follow.
1 Peter 2:21, "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that
ye [we] should follow his steps."
This test, Number 11 plainly states that God's true messengers on this earth will be
teaching victory over sin, and that Jesus' perfect life is not our substitute, but our example! Very important:
Christ was our substitute only on Calvary. His perfect life is our example!
Through the power and strength of Jesus Christ, can we stop sinning? Yes!
Jude 24: "Unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his
glory with exceeding joy."
There is not one sin in our life that Jesus cannot give us victory over, if we will
just let Him do so.
Test Number Twelve: Matthew 7:15-16
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they
are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. . ."
In other words, look at what their ministry produces. If all they produce is
a good time, with theme parks and water slides, and all they spend their time doing, is telling people to send them money,
on the authority of the Word of God, that person is a false prophet.
Answer one question: why do all these false prophets today, insist you send them
your money? If they're truly of God, they should be happy for it going anywhere in God's work. But no, they tell
you that you must send it to them before God will bless you. Well, "by their fruits ye shall know them" (Matthew
7:20). This is exactly what God showed Ellen White about false prophets in the last days.
Look at the fruits of a ministry, look at the fruits of a messenger. Are they
preaching the truth, or lining their own pockets? Very important!
Now friend, we just looked at the twelve biblical tests of a true prophet. You
can examine the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you can apply these twelve tests to any person who has ever lived since
the time of John the Revelator, which was around 100 A.D. You can take these twelve tests of Scripture and line them
up with anyone who has lived in the past 1800 years. As far as I know, they will only match up with one person -- a
little woman who lived from 1827 to 1915 by the name of Ellen G. White.
Look at these wonderful passages from scripture showing us the necessity of a prophet:
Amos 3:7 "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets."
Hosea 12:13: "And by a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved."
2 Chronicles 24:19: "Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the Lord; and they testified against
them: but they would not give ear." 2 Chronicles 20:20: ". . . Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye prosper."
But are you sure you understand the significance of this Gift of Prophecy?
You see, God manifested Himself to us in His Son. Jesus came and dwelt among
us, and after He left, He promised us something: it was the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit manifests Himself to
us through the gifts. When we reject the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we reject the Holy Spirit. When we reject the
Holy Spirit, we reject Jesus. When we reject Jesus, we reject salvation. Do you see that? When we
reject the gifts the Holy Spirit gives, we reject Jesus Christ, and the sin that God cannot forgive is the continual rejection
of His Holy Spirit!
Do you see the ramifications of this? Do you see the magnitude of rejecting the
gift of the Holy Spirit? What we've got to do is to "test the spirits." We must see if what we're seeing is of
God, because if we reject it, we are rejecting the Holy Spirit.
You know, I feel sorry for these people who say, "Just give me the Bible and the Bible
only -- no modern day prophet, just the Bible." Now doesn't that sound pious? There's only one problem with that:
you can't separate the two, because the Bible testifies of latter-day prophets; each testifies of the other. If you
truly take the Bible as the Word of God, then you must accept the true Gift of Prophecy because the Bible testifies to it.
Joel 2:28-29: "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my
spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall
see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit."
God has given the true Gift of Prophecy to His church in these last days for one reason:
we have a fearful, yet exciting job to do. We must warn a sensual, seduced world of a coming Savior. God has given the
Spirit of Prophecy, its admonitions and its counsels, to prepare His people to do that task. Will you join with God's
people? Will you accept this precious Gift of Prophecy? Will you realize its value? Will you let it prepare
you for eternity? If you do, your success is guaranteed. If not, nothing but doom can be prophesied concerning
Proverbs 1:24-26, 28 simply says: "Because I have called, and ye refused;
I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at naught all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
I will also laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; . . . Then shall they call upon me, but I will not
answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me."
Oh friend, God has given the true Gift of Prophecy to lead His children down
through the ages, and in these last days we need it now more than ever.
"How can we escape if we neglect so great a salvation. . . ?" (Hebrews
Will you pray with me?
Lord, I realize many people are reeling from the message they have just read.
They don't know who Ellen White was, they've never heard her name before, and if they have, it was probably negative.
Lord, help these dear folks reading this page right now to read and study this out
for themselves, and to not be swayed by the stigma Satan has tried to attach to your true prophet and your true church.
Please, dear Lord, help us to not be swayed from the truth by the opinions of others,
but to read, and study, and pray, and permit Your Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth, and to "hold fast to that which is
good," regardless of the consequences.
Thank you for the strength to stand for the truth in these trying times -- the strength
that only comes from you. In the name of Jesus we pray these things. Amen, and amen. (Unveiling the Apocalypse, pp