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The abundance of religions that exist today makes it difficult to discern the truth. Adding to this problem is the fact people have an inherent desire to believe and worship a god who fits into their own personal understandings. Unfortunately, worshiping a god that fits into our own personal belief system can lead us to worship false gods. To avoid falling into this trap, a person must be willing to admit that he or she does not fully understand God's desires and motives. Putting aside personal beliefs is the only way to begin to see the true nature of HaShem. However, when we put aside personal beliefs we must fill the void with a new understanding. The only new understanding that is acceptable to HaShem is an understanding founded on the Torah. This is because the Torah is the only stead fast truth that exists. In fact, Tehillim 119:142 in the Complete Jewish Bible translated by David Stern states this "Your righteousness is eternal righteousness, and your Torah is truth." Clearly the Torah is the truth. Therefore, the Torah should be the primary standard we use to discern the true nature of HaShem.
Yeshua uses this analogy to explain to His Talmudim the importance of understanding the truth. Mathew 7:13-21 states "Go ye in through the strait gate, because wide is the gate, and broad the way that is leading to the destruction, and many are those going in through it; how strait is the gate, and compressed the way that is leading to the life, and few are those finding it! But, take heed of the false prophets, who come unto you in sheep's clothing, and inwardly are ravening wolves." Yeshua makes it clear these deceivers come in sheep's clothing, therefore understanding the true nature of HaShem is critical if we want to avoid being decieved by false prophets useing our ignorance of the Torah to lead us astray. In fact, a false prophet's most powerful weapon is the ability to tell individuals what they want to hear and present the teaching in the name of HaShem. Unfortunately, believers are often afraid to confront false prophets, because false prophets come appearing to have authority. In Re'eh HaShem makes it clear that false prophets are to be confronted, and if they are operating outside the bounds of Torah they have no authority.
Devarim 13:1-4 states "If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and gives you a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spoke unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shall not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him." A prophet's use of signs and wonders is not sufficient proof that the prophet is a prophet of HaShem. According to the passage, the only way to determine a false prophet is if the prophet leads individuals away from serving HaShem. When false prophets arise in the future the Torah is going to be the most important tool believers have. Revelations 13:11-14, states: "another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live." Signs and wonders will not guarantee that an individual isn't a false prophet. In fact signs and wonders will deceive many into believing the anti-Christ is a prophet of HaShem. Relying on signs and wonder does not replace the spiritual discernment of the Torah.
Mathew 7:15-20 states "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. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth-good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth-evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." Yeshua makes it clear that it is by his or her fruit a false prophet can be recognized. In Devarim 13:1-4 it is clear that the good fruit is fruit that leads individuals back to obedience. Therefore, the desirable fruit of a true prophet is not based on signs and wonders. The good fruit of one of HaShem's prophets, it is founded on the Torah. In other words, a true prophet of HaShem produces fruit that is acceptable by the standard of Torah.
The anti-messiah and other false prophets feed on the innate human desire to experience the miraculous. Therefore, false prophets rely on signs and wonders to convince believers they are HaShem's prophets. As a result, many individuals have been deceived into following false gods. Yeshua warns us of this danger in Mathew 24:24 when He states "There shall arise false Messiahs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." The reason the elect are not deceived is because of the fruit of Torah. As we can see in Devarim 13:1-4 which states "If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and gives you a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spoke unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shall not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him." In fact, in Revelations 12:17, it is this ability to discern false prophets that causes the dragon to turn against the women's offspring who keep the commandments and have the testimony of Yeshua. Signs and wonders can be produced by lies. However, the Torah is the truth. Therefore, as followers of Yeshua we should cling to the Torah and not hastily follow signs and wonders.