Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Matthew 7:15-16
The Bible records the accounts of many prophets of God. It reveals that God sets leaders in the church known as prophets, and explains the spiritual gift of the Holy Spirit known as prophecy:
The Bible says prophecy will cease, but the Word of God abides forever.
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. (I Corinthians 13:8)
But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. (I Peter 1:25)
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. Matthew 24:11
For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. Mark 13:22
Because of this, God has provided ways to identify true prophecies. The Bible states:
* False prophets lead people away from obedience to God's Word: Deuteronomy 13:1-5
One of the best ways to distinguish false prophets from true prophets is to observe their lives. The Bible says that by their "fruits" you will know them. False prophets do not have evidence of spiritual fruit in their lives
Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Galatians 5:20
The works of the flesh are various sinful conducts which are not pleasing to God.
Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. (I Corinthians 12:4,11)
But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. (I Corinthians 12:31)
and to "desire spiritual gifts"
Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. (I Corinthians 14:1)
it does not mean we are to imitate others who have significant ministries. When Peter was concerned about John’s ministry, Jesus said:
What is that to thee? Follow thou me. (John 21:22)