On the false prophets of modern times

29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? 30 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that steal my words everyone from his neighbour. 31 Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that use their tongues, and say, He saith. 32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the Lord, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the Lord.

Jeremiah 23:29-32

The experience of prophets speaking in the name of God, sent to individuals and/or communities with false messages, is not new. Their practice is widely referenced in all biblical writings. Moses warned that people would arise with messages as from God and stipulated the way to know if their messages were from God, or if the prophet was speaking by his own inspiration.

Jeremiah rebuked the conduct of the people and the kings of his time because many prophets whom they heard and heeded were false, and their messages were not from God.

The gravity of following and heeding the message of a false prophet is weighed in the advice of Moses in the following text:

If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Deuteronomy 13:1-3

False prophets are a spiritual reality not a social evil, or a sociological phenomenon, and are aimed at diverting the attention of the people and directing them to the observance of false gods. The appearance of a false prophet demonstrates the existence of a spiritual force of darkness that sustains them. The apostle Paul clearly states that these men and women respond to doctrines of demons.

This reality is clearly observed in the discussion between the kings Jehoshaphat and Ahab as to whether Jehovah favored the idea of going to war against Syria at Ramoth-gilead.  The scene highlights that Achâb seeks in Jehoshaphat an ally to enter into a war not endorsed by God. The intervention of spiritual beings who seek to influence Jehoshaphat to accede to Achab’s request is observed. In the end Achâb dies and Jehoshaphat receives a reprimand from God for having entered into an alliance with Achâb.

21 And he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the Lord said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail: go out, and do even so. 22 Now therefore, behold, the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of these thy prophets, and the Lord hath spoken evil against thee.

2 Chronicles 18:21-22

A deep study of the Scriptures reveals that false prophets are the result of satanic spiritual activity that envelops the person in a unique, esoteric, religious mysticism that gives the person the courage to believe that their message is real and true.

False prophets are not a necessary evil, and they do not come because of satanic spiritual activity, isolated from the sovereignty of God. False prophets come because of man’s disobedience and his attitude of not allowing God to intervene in his daily life.

They are not the theoretical result of a basic religious doctrine to identify those who do not want to submit to the norms of the community that marks them as such. They are people, men, and women, who naively and devoutly believe that the message they transmit is real and true.

False prophets are found surviving within the same communities of faith. They arise basically because of a competition within faith communities to present themselves to others as the bearers of the ultimate revelation that God has delivered.

The experience of false prophets goes back to the very beginnings of humanity. The beginning of their foundation rises from the experience of the temptation of Adam and Eve. Although not a person but an animal creature of those that God Jehovah had created, the serpent presents himself with a false message that leads both Adam and Eve to disobey God’s commandment, eventually to be expelled from Eden and to suffer the consequences of their rebellion. The message came from Luzbel who, in his eagerness to introduce rebellion among God’s creation, hired the serpent to force Adam and Eve to do the opposite of what God had arranged in the garden.  This is the basis for the existence of false prophets, to lead those who are sent to personal disgrace and spiritual alienation from God.

In order to understand the seriousness of the presence of a false prophet and the spiritual danger of his message, we must first understand the spiritual weight of a person in the spiritual position of prophet.

The weight of a false prophet is spiritual, it does not depend only on the message he carries, nor on his argument, nor even worse, on the ability to convince or manipulate the behavior of others, his true value is that his performance has the ability to establish an empire of darkness, oppression, slavery, blindness, spiritual numbness among the inhabitants of his region.

In the same way that a prophet of God establishes spiritual government and presence of the Almighty in the assigned places, a false prophet has the capacity to govern spiritually and regulate the life of those under his jurisdiction.

This is because the prophet is a person who has received spiritual authority and the ability to spiritually govern the regions where he is positioned. Of course, the government of a false prophet belongs to darkness and the agenda he sets is satanic.

This spiritual capacity and authority of a prophet is evident in the following texts:

Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine…   17 So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.

Genesis 20:7-17

It was not the spiritual capacity or divine support of Abraham alone; it was the capacity that a prophet has because of the position he occupies in the spiritual spheres. A prophet is not a prophet only by a human designation or ordination, he is a prophet by a spiritual designation and by the location within the spiritual ladder.

For that reason, when we read about Balaam’s person and performances, in the book of Numbers, it seems to us as if Balaam were a sorcerer proscribed to the margin of the Law of God. We will notice that Balaam knows who Jehovah God is, obeys him, enters dialogue with God’s angels, and even prophesied about what would happen in the future with Israel.

Balaam defined himself as a man with open eyes.  His ability and performance are evident in the rest of his self-definition: He who saw the vision of the Almighty; Fallen, but eyes opened.

Balaam was a prophet, but as the apostle Peter assures us, he left the right way, and went astray, who loved the reward of wickedness.  Balaam became a false prophet.

People do not become prophets, they are born prophets, although they themselves do not know it. This principle is observed in the statement Jeremiah receives from God about the purpose of his calling in Judah.

We have many warnings about the care we should observe over those who come to us with various doctrines. The Lord Jesus himself warned and recommended to take care of the doctrine of faith that we sustain, because in the end times they will seek to deceive and take them out of their positions of faith, we now understand that they are false prophets who seek to establish a government of darkness in our regions.

11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

Matthew 24:11

24 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.

Matthew 24:24

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Matthew 7:15

The apostle Paul also left warnings in all the communities of faith he visited about the intrusion of false prophets and their spiritual rule of wickedness.

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

1 Timothy 4:1-3

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

2 Timothy 3:1-5

At this point I must recognize that the vision we have had up to this moment regarding the false prophets is not only partial, but also deformed and has been used to feed the intrusion of false doctrines, atheistic and perverse, that take us away from the true God, and have brought us closer to a Baalic idolatry.

The vision that we have about the false prophets is careless, it has not awakened us to see the spiritual danger of the government of darkness that has been established over our communities of faith. We have seen the false prophets as preachers that come to our communities with doctrines without biblical support that we are able to identify, and we have said before such a vision, -I will know how to identify them when they appear.

The reality of the situation, as well established by the apostle Paul, the false prophets are already operating among us, it is a mystery of iniquity, and we have not identified them.

Even many true prophets have been affected, they have been subjected to them and are asleep, their discernment is disturbed, and they have not been able to properly exercise their ministries as the Almighty called them to perform.

Prophets have been established among us who have introduced doctrines such as fantasy, dreams, illusion, the magic of moments. Doctrines that have distorted the life of faith and contradict the value of the supernatural intervention of God. Doctrines that exalt sorcery, witchcraft, luck, and have even constituted them as resources of the believer to receive God’s blessing.

Doctrines that teach us to alienate ourselves from reality, believing and hoping that no matter how difficult what we are facing may be, what we need is a stroke of luck -a stroke of light- that will completely change our reality. Doctrines that inspire us to hope not in God but in the arrival of a “prince charming”, in the case of women, or in the opportunity to become the “hero”, in the case of men, who will allow us to make the opportune changes.

Unfortunately, we ourselves have exposed our children to such doctrines and allowed them to believe in them. We have acted naively and without spiritual responsibility about the seriousness of a satanic kingdom of darkness being established in our faith communities. We have consecrated our children to magic, to luck, to humanism, to atheism.

How can we preach of an Almighty God, who acts supernaturally, if on the other hand we have sponsored the doctrine that dreams come true?

How can we instill in our children the value of a life of faith, if we ourselves have exposed them to the world of Disney magic?

How can we teach about the supernatural ability of the Highest God, if we ourselves believe in the magic of the moment?

We have taken care to identify false prophets who come in the form of preachers, pastors, ministers in general terms, who come with deformed biblical doctrines, but we have not taken care of false prophets like Walter Elias Disney, Steven Spielberg, and J. K. Rowling who have introduced doctrines that oppose what is established in the Scriptures, and our children follow them, and “like” everything they publish and promote.

Disney, who taught us the value of illusion, who taught us to go after a dream. Who highlighted the value of magic, who taught us to dance to the sound of a hypnotic, alienating rhythm, waiting for things to change by themselves.

Spielberg led us to expose us to imaginary, imaginary realities, to atheistic, diabolical worlds, to believe that we can get ahead in the absence of God. Who distorted our faith as a way of life and instilled in us as a way of life that everything supernatural is fiction.

J. K. Rowling who led us to accept magic, sorcery, and witchcraft as good and tolerable. How can we preach about sorcery being outlawed in God’s Law if we ourselves sponsor that our children, and even we ourselves, watched the Harry Potter movie saga?

The serpent introduced a word of fantasy into the garden and continues to do so among us still. We do not want to hit him over the head because we have not seen the gravity of this established doctrine that although not preachers as we imagine, their doctrines are present in the communities of faith having deformed the spiritual discernment of those of us who profess faith in Jesus, Lord, and Savior. Many true prophets are bound by their exposure to these sites and by having participated in their delights.

The prophet Amos reveals to us our wrongdoing, and what we should repent of:

11 And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your young men for Nazarites. Is it not even thus, O ye children of Israel? saith the Lord. 12 But ye gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, saying, Prophesy not.

Amos 2:11-12

The prophet Micah reproaches us for having accepted false prophets who preach vain doctrines out of the imagination of their hearts:

11 If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.

Micah 2:11

The prophet Jeremiah exhorts us to repent and to abhor all this apostasy that has led us away from God:

25 I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. 26 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; 27 which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.

Jeremiah 23:25-27

To the question of the prophet Malachi, what shall we become, what would we be able to answer?

Forgive us our sin, O Lord, for we have walked according to the commandment of men, according to religious traditions mixed with idolatrous rituals of the nations that did not know you, and have brought them into the houses that we built for you….

Forgive us, because we have not lived according to your Word… because we have made your Covenant in vain, and built new doctrines based on atheistic philosophies… let us restore in our time as Hezekiah and Josiah did in ancient times… let us return to your Word and bring your kingdom to this earth.

I sent Moses also and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt, according to that which I did among them: and afterward I brought you out.

Joshua 24:5

All biblical quotations are taken from the King James Authorized Version.

Pastor Pedro Montoya

Everyone who is of the Truth hears my voice…

37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. 38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

John 18:37-38

Hearing the voice of the Lord is not only a matter of spiritual sensitivity, it is heard by those who act according to Truth. Although Truth is a quality of the spiritual-angelic environment, and also an attribute of Jehovah God, in one of the Psalms of David we discover that Truth is a teachable spiritual knowledge,

Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

Psalm 25:5

Truth definitely has nothing to do with ‘speaking’ according to verifiable facts and/or with information held to be valid by two or more witnesses; if David demands the intervention of Jehovah-God, and asks Him to lead him into His Truth, it is because Truth then enjoys the very essence of Jehovah-God’s nature, He does not teach about matters inferior to His divinity.

In terms of the righteousness of the Kingdom of Heaven, what is Truth? How is it defined? How is it obtained?

The Truth, אֶמֶת (e-meth) in Hebrew, and αληθεια (alithia) in Greek, is the consciousness that is awakened in a person about the existence of a knowledge-law that regulates the development of the natural order of things initiated by man’s intervention. The Truth does not exist outside of man, the Truth is spiritual support of validation to make the activity of man transcendent.

The best example to illustrate this process is found in the story of when the apostle Peter was sent by the Lord to the house of Cornelius,[2] a Roman centurion, a Gentile for the purposes of the Bible, and therefore a man unpleasant to the Jews; Peter admitted during the meeting with them, from the knowledge which Jehovah-God had communicated to him the day before, that God is no respecter of persons, a truth which to Peter was hitherto unknown; the admission of such knowledge-law opened the door for the Gentiles to become partakers of the Grace of Salvation.

Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

Acts 10:34

This conception is not a section attached to the Gospel as it may seem, there are evidences that the biblical writers had this knowledge, one of those cases is the one referred by the apostle Paul when in his epistle to the community of faith in Rome he discovers how those people who do not have access to the Law of Moses are evaluated by Jehovah-God,

14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves15 which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) 16 in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

Romans 2:14-16

Thus, we verify, that Truth is the recognition in the conscience of man that there is a natural order that regulates the development of all actions; each action has its own disposition, the observation of them leads the person to build a life of straightness and justice. By virtue of this, Truth is the ‘power’ of optimal functioning; actions performed with Truth are prospered,

hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord God.

Ezekiel 18:9

Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.

Habakkuk 1:4

Truth establishes a natural order of priority over all things that man/woman does under the sun,

I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.

Ecclesiastes 9:11

The Words of Jesus before Pilate, …To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth, are the key to understanding how to walk in the Truth; the first thing we must understand is that Truth is pre-existent to the material Creation, that is, Truth is not a part of this world, it is a quality of the spiritual-angelical environment introduced into this world to give support and validity to all human activity; and the second thing, Truth has life in itself, and gives life to him who walks in it.[3]

Let’s go to the Words of Jesus again. Note well, if Jesus came to ‘bear witness’ to it, that is, to validate the transcendence of Truth, it is because it has the very nature of the essence of Jehovah-God; otherwise, why should there be so much effort if its value were inconsequential and/or less than the very nature of Jesus? How can one ‘bear witness’ to Truth if it is an abstract concept? Can one claim something that does not exist?

Truth is not only the attribute of the Sovereignty and Omnipotence of Jehovah-God, it is above all, the very essence of the environment in which He moves. Jehovah-God is Truth,[4] and all that He does, He does with Truth, so Truth is the establishment of wisdom upon which the universe was built,

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;

Job 38:1-6

Operationally speaking, Truth is introduced and established in this world by/with the Word with which Jehovah-God certified that His work is true: the expression, “and God saw that it was good”,[5] the expression with which He concluded the work of each of the first six days of Creation, means not only that His work is Perfect and Adequate in itself, but above all, that it established the Truth of the reality of things for which He had created it, that is, that each of the elements of Creation would have a definite purpose and action, to break that purpose and that action would provoke an environment of lie.

He confirmed the knowledge that He Himself knew beforehand to be good, and He did so in every one of the days of His Creation until its conclusion, thereby showing that Truth is established upon the foundation that what Jehovah-God does is good, His work is not harmful to man, even though in human eyes it may be an inconvenience.

21 and said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. 22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

Job 1:21-22

The expression, “and God saw that it was good“, shows that everything that is not of the Truth is opposed to the principle of Creation established by the Lord. The work of darkness establishes ‘rebellion’ to what Jehovah-God does. Truth is absolute.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

Truth is associated with counsel, wisdom, intelligence, and the fear of the Lord.

He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged.

Job 12:20

Truth is discovered when a person moves according to the recommendation of Jehovah-God’s Word, Truth has life (Ζῶν) in itself, and it energizes (ἐνεργὴς) all that where it is established;

For the word of God is quick (Ζῶν: zon), and powerful (ἐνεργὴς: energis), and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

Faith is founded on the basis of Truth, hence for faith to prosper, it is not enough just to believe,[6] it is necessary for the person to move in Truth,

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

James 2:17 (20; 26)

Truth belongs to Jehovah-God, however, today’s civilizations are civilizations in crisis, in their quest to be progressive societies they have ‘manufactured’ fictional truths that far from turning them into societies of Truth, have led them to be pagan societies that simply feed the ego, greed, and covetousness; is the condition also of many Christian communities, the doctrinal deficiency of what the Truth of the Gospel means,[7] has led many to build a philosophical and scientific faith, where the value of the life of faith consists in what God can, and should, do for the believer, and not in what God demands from the believer to establish his faith as a bond of the proclamation of the Kingdom of Heaven; at first glance the problem is not really serious and does not risk anyone’s salvation, however, when we review the doctrine of the Gospel and compare it with what is preached as the Gospel, we will see that in reality it is about winds of apostasy that have already swept many communities of faith. So, the main task of anyone who is interested in knowing about the Truth of the Righteousness of the Kingdom of Heaven is to remove the obstacles that stand in its way.

The first stumbling block we must overcome is the stumbling block of philosophical definition; Truth is not an abstract concept, it is not a relative concept, much less, a concept subordinated to the circumstances and/or situations of the events, all of them attributes that have usually served to impact its definition, at least in the West.

The second stumbling block we must overcome is the stumbling block of moral definition; Truth is not synonymous with good, nor is lie synonymous with evil; Truth does not depend even on the intentions/motivations of people’s hearts; Truth is not a moral concept, does not originate from any of its basic postulates, nor does it receive any input from them.

As for the doctrine of the Gospel, how does one learn to know the Truth?

Truth is the essence of nature that constitutes a person: God is true, man is a liar

God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

Romans 3:4

Truth is the essence of the nature of Jehovah- God. Surely we have read how the apostle John defines Jehovah-God: “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love“;[8] in his definition, John recognizes that the ‘essence’ of the nature of God is love; in the same way, when Jesus expressed: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one comes to the Father except through me“,[9] He was affirming that the ‘essence’ of his nature is Truth; man was also formed with the attribution of being true, but disobedience to the Word of the Lord degraded him and made him a ‘lying’ being. The presence of Jesus on earth is so that man/woman may find the way to constitute themselves again in truth, and cease to live by the lie,

For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

Luke 6:43 (see also Matthew 7:16)

Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

Matthew 12:33

Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

Ephesians 4:25

Hence, when Jesus stated, “and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free“,[10]  His purpose was to show that Truth does not consist only in knowledge which is learned, but in Revelation of purpose so that by it we acquire the transformation of nature by faith in Jesus.

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of GodNicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of GodThat which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

John 3:3-6

The only way to acquire the Truth is by faith in Jesus, there is no other way; it is obtained by the transformation that the Spirit of Truth operates in the person when he or she submits to the Lordship of Jesus established in/by the teachings of the Gospel.

Man cannot change by himself, woman cannot change by herself; everyone is born in a state of sin and his/her nature is a lie, man/woman lies by nature, not by habit or manners; in order for there to be transformation man/woman has to subject his/her attitude, intention, motivation, thought and decision to the doctrine of the Gospel; transformation is achieved when the person disposes not to be double-hearted, nor to take personal advantage of situations,

for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee;
but his heart is not with thee.

Proverbs 23:7

But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

1 Samuel 16:7

The different situations to which both men and women are exposed daily are intended to bring out the essence of their nature;

21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22 but I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Matthew 5:21-22

27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery28 but I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Matthew 5:27-28

It is not a matter of ethics, as presented by religious philosophy, but of understanding that man is a liar by nature, and that the only way to be true is to allow the Spirit of Truth to transform his nature.

Truth is not a matter of verification of facts: a person is true not because he ‘speaks’ Truth, but because he ‘acts’ Truth

A situation is not Truth just because the references fit the reality of how the events unfolded, Truth is the ability to stand in the original line of the Lord’s work. The teaching is established by the case when Samuel goes up to Bethlehem to anoint David as the chosen one of Jehovah-God to substitute Saul; Samuel says that he went up to “offer sacrifice”, which was not necessarily true, he went up to anoint David as Saul’s successor,

And Samuel did that which the Lord spake, and came to Beth-lehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably? And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto the Lord: sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice.

1 Samuel 16:4-5

Verse one of the same chapter clearly states that Samuel’s purpose was to anoint David;

And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Beth-lehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.

1 Samuel 16:1

The teaching here states that a person is true not because he speaks Truth but because he acts Truth; to act Truth means to stand in continuity with the original work of Jehovah-God according to the operation that the Spirit has initiated in a place, and/or with a person. Samuel saw Saul grow and develop as a king, and it grieved him deeply when Jehovah-God repented of making him king, and he cast him off, yet his appreciation of Saul did not prevent him from continuing with the work which the Lord had entrusted to him of anointing David as Saul’s successor. Truth is established not with/by words, but by actions consistent with the line toward which the Lord’s work is conducted.

Another example that illustrates this is the case of the apostle Peter when he expresses that Jesus is the Christ.[11] Notice how Jesus recognizes that Peter has received from the Father the Revelation that He is the Christ, however, a few verses later in the same story we find Jesus rebuking Peter’s behavior, and treating him as Satan, Why? Peter lost continuity of the Spirit’s operation; Peter was not true to his relationship with Jesus, his duality leading him to deny Him on three consecutive occasions the night he was taken prisoner in Gethsemane. A person exposes the ‘lie’ in which he lives when he acts in double-minded behavior and is inconstant in the actions he initiates.

A person is true not because his words conform to the truthfulness of the information, or of the facts, but because he stands firm acting according to the disposition of Jehovah-God has determined for that fact.

and thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

Deuteronomy 28:14

Truth is the understanding that Jehovah-God continues to operate even above the ‘falls’ of man;

In David’s experience when he fled from Saul, David expresses a fact that is not true, yet his words do not detract from the work that Jehovah-God was establishing upon him.

Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest: and Ahimelech was afraid at the meeting of David, and said unto him, Why art thou alone, and no man with thee? And David said unto Ahimelech the priest, The king hath commanded me a business, and hath said unto me, Let no man know anything of the business whereabout I send thee, and what I have commanded thee: and I have appointed my servants to such and such a place.

1 Samuel 21:1-2

The other case of David that runs parallel with this one, is the case when David incurs in the act of giving orders over Uriah the Hittite, to expose him to death; his act according to the Mosaic Law is considered a sin of death,[12] however, David’s sin was remitted without the mediation of a lamb sacrifice,[13] and eventually, from the union with Bethzabé, Solomon was born,[14]  and Nathan,[15] the latter, from whom the genealogy of Jesus comes.[16]

The knowledge of Truth makes us understand how Jehovah-God judges all things, and how He establishes His Truth among the peoples.

Truth is not measured by how societies define it, it is measured by the Righteousness of the Kingdom of Heaven; the Righteousness of the Kingdom is established by the ‘spirit’ of the Law,

A person may have eliminated lying from his/her vocabulary, however this is not necessarily evidence that the person is true; Truth is measured according to the ‘spirit’ of the Law that promotes the Righteousness of the Kingdom of Heaven. Joseph’s decision not to infame Mary when he knew she was pregnant is a case that contradicts the way Jewish society had established as correct; although this traditional way of acting was based on the Law of Moses, the biblical text in reference says that Joseph was ‘just man’, how can a man who acts contrary to the Law of Moses continue to be ‘just man’?

Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

Matthew 1:19

The Law of Moses required that the bridegroom with her denounce her and stone her,

20 But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel: 21 then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father’s house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.

Deuteronomy 22:20-21

How to understand this situation? The ‘spirit’ of the Law stated that the purpose of the Law was not only to punish the offender, but to remove the evil from their midst.[17]

Let’s look at another case. The Bible itself establishes the support of Jehovah God over the civil laws of the peoples, even exhorting to observe and respect them;[18]  yet the apostle Paul denounces that it is not right to bring the cause of the saints before the unbelievers;[19] thus establishing that human laws cannot be imposed upon the Truth of the Gospel, nor upon any operation that the Holy Spirit Has initiated within the Kingdom.  In another section of his writings, Paul states that if a brother has an ‘unbelieving wife’ and she consents to dwell with him, he should not put her away;[20] ‘put her away’ here is synonymous with divorce; the apostle Paul establishes with this instruction that divorce is permitted in the Gospel because one of them is not compatible with faith in Christ Jesus, yet no civil law has it considered as a permissible ground for divorce.

The laws of men, nor their customs, cannot impose actions upon the decisions of the Kingdom, nor impose upon any man of faith labels of offender just because he does not act according to them; everything that the man of faith does in obedience to civil laws, but which contradicts the guidance of the Spirit, is considered a ‘lie’, and the man of faith is a ‘liar’.

He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.

Luke 11:23

Truth is a subject of Revelation, only he who lives by it is a man/woman of Truth. The lie consists in living by the discretion dictated by religious formation.

Falsehood should not be tolerated because it establishes a lie. If you realize that something is not right, that is to say, that something is not walking in accordance with the stipulation, and you do nothing to correct it, then you constitute yourself as tolerant of falsehood, and thereby establish falsehood. He who establishes falsehood, or gets used to tolerating it, is a liar.

Why so much falsehood? Why so many lies? There are many people who live in an environment of lies, and they allow it, and in doing so they themselves are turned into lies. To each one comes just what he sowed, or what he tolerated.

who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

Romans 1:25

Truth is a daily exercise, only he or she who exercises himself or herself in his or her deeds can reach it; remember, it is not true who ‘speaks’ Truth, but he or she who ‘acts’ Truth. Each of us writes a new lesson of Truth every day, as we discover within ourselves the nature of lie in which we have lived, and eradicate it.

that which I see not teach thou me:
if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.

Job 34:32

Truth does not rely on the feelings or emotions a person may feel about something, or even the thoughts he may have; in fact, the best way to identify the ‘degree’ of Truth a person has attained is to evaluate the levels of ‘reaction’ to attacks on him; the liar takes things personally, and reacts with vengeance; the true one does not react at all.

All biblical quotations are taken from the King James Version.

Pastor Pedro Montoya

Twitter: @pastormontoya

[1] Deuteronomy 13:4 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. Deuteronomy 15:5 only if thou carefully hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all these commandments which I command thee this day. Psalm 85:8 I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will  speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly. Jeremiah 6:17  Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken. Ezekiel 2:5 And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them. Amos 5:23  Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.

[2] Acts 10:19-20

[3] 1st. John 5:20: And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

[4] Deuteronomy 32:4: He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. Compare this with the words of Jesus in John 14:6: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

[5] Genesis 1:10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31

[6] James 2:19: Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

[7] Galatians 2:5; 14; Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5

[8] 1st. John 4:8, 16

[9] John 14:6

[10] Ditto 8:32

[11] Ditto 16:17

[12] Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 21:22; 1st. John 5:16

[13] 2 Samuel 12:13: And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.

[14] Ditto 12:24: And David comforted Bath-sheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the Lord loved him.

[15] Ditto 5:14: And these be the names of those that were born unto him in Jerusalem; Shammua, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon,

[16] Luke 3:31: which was the son of Melea, which was the son of Menan, which was the son of Mattatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David,

[17] Deuteronomy 13:5; 17:7; 21:21; 22:21-24

[18] Romans 13:1-7

[19] 1st. Corinthians 6:1-6

[20] Ditto 7:12-14