The Deuteronomy Test

[a]If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for YHWH your God is testing you to find out if you love YHWH your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall follow YHWH your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him. But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has [b]counseled [c]rebellion against YHWH your God who brought you from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of [d]slavery, to seduce you from the way in which YHWH your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from among you.”  Deuteronomy 13:1-5

How do you know whether someone of today, or even someone who has spoken (written) in the Bible is from God or not?

Here are some things that person can do (or say), but it doesn’t mean he (or she) is from God, YHWH:

  1. He’s a prophet and shares “Words of the Lord” with people, he seems to “hear from God”
  2. She dreams dreams “from God” to show people clarification on events/situations now or in the future
  3. He’s does amazing signs and wonders in the god’s name, so these are things that are not normally seen or done in this physical world
  4. She has “Words of the Lord” come true, verified by signs or wonders
  5. There seems to be physical, verifiable ‘proof’ that these people are true in the sharing of their god(s).  It totally seems legitimate to the natural eye.
  6. They can even profess faith in the one, true God of the Bible as their source and inspiration

That’s crazy to me.  This person WILL have miracles through them.  They WILL have prophecies spoken come true.  It WILL totally seem like the god they are working for (or pushing for us to believe in) is the one true God.

So, how do we know they are not truly from God?  How do we know their god is not THE GOD of the Bible?  They are not from the true God if:

  1. They pull you away from the true God of the Bible, changing his attributes and character, nature, and possibly even justice scales, values, and abilities.  God is unchanging, so if there is anything that seemed to have changed with this “new god” then it is not the true God.  Is He now more carefree and tolerant of sin?  Did He change His rules?  Does He seem to have had a ‘personality shift?’  Is He speaking differently or in new ways?  Is He now requiring different things?  Is He more absent or more present than in the past?
  2. This god(s) they want you to serve (or work for in his/her name) doesn’t seem to have the same ideals and systems as the God of the OT.
  3. This god(s) may be more ‘appealing’ to your physical senses in various ways
  4. This new god acts specifically different than the God who brought Israel out of slavery in Egypt, as this is the identifying character of God, as He wants us to note from Deut 30.
  5. This new god does things even ‘greater’ than the things listed in the Tanak.
  6. Possibly even meanings of God’s OT Scriptures seems to have been morphed into something else by this new god(s) or prophet.

Why would God allow such a person to be able to share ‘prophecies’ and do miracles in the name of this false god(s) and have them come true?

God tells us why He has given over such power to this false god (and the followers):

you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the Lord your God is testing you to find out if you love YHWH your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall follow YHW your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him. ”  Deut 13:3-4

What are God’s unchanging things about Him from these verses?

  • He wants to know if we will keep following God’s Ways, as defined in His Word, by keeping His commandments and serving Him, and not straying to other ways (gods)
  • Hint:  If this new god(s) draws us away from keeping the commandments of God, or the person telling us about this new god(s), then that god(s) is not the God who rescued Israel out of Egypt and gave them His instructions for life.

What shall be done to this new god(s) or person who teaches about this new god(s)?

But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has [b]counseled [c]rebellion against the Lord your God who brought you from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of [d]slavery, to seduce you from the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from among you.”  Deut 13:5

My guess is that if this person (or persons) is trying to push this new god(s) on the people of Israel, that if Israel doesn’t have the heart to purge them, that God, Himself, will eventually have no tolerance for His people being mislead any more, and He will take action Himself to purge that person (or persons) so that they cannot lead Israel astray anymore.

So, the question is… Does the God of old, the Ancient of Days, the Most High, match the agenda of this new god(s) being pushed?  Boy, you better be familiar with who gave Moses and the prophets the words to write, because that God better match up side by side.