“Beware Of Sheep’s Clothing” (Deuteronomy 18: 15, ESV) by Carley Evans


God warns us not to speak “presumptuously.” We are not to presume that we speak “a word” from the Lord. “When a prophet speaks in the Name of the Lord, if the Word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken.” (Deuteronomy 18: 22)

God tells us we “need not be afraid of him,” of the one who has presumed to speak for God. (Deuteronomy 18: 22)

God forbids certain practices in the prediction of the future, including divination, fortune-telling, interpretation of omens, sorcery, necromancy, seances. Whereas God at one time spoke to us directly, the Lord says He will provide a prophet who is like Him. He says, “I will put My Words in his mouth, and he shall speak.” (Deuteronomy 18: 18) We are to listen to the Words of a true prophet. We are to test the prophecy and the prophet, however.

Jesus says, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7: 15 – 16) Further He warns, “On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and do many mighty works in Your Name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.’ ” (Matthew 7: 22 – 23)

False prophets may very well do “mighty works,” but remain inwardly “ravenous wolves.” The mighty work may emerge from a practice which God forbids, or from motives not at all related to heaven’s calling.

God says, “That same prophet shall die.” (Deuteronomy 18: 20)

“Avoid Worthless Counsel” (Isaiah 47: 12 – 14, ESV) by Carley Evans


Avoid the horoscope, the Tarot, the palm reader, witchcraft — these are not only abominations, they are worthless. These will not counsel you, save you; “behold, they are like stubble; the fire consumes them; they cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame. No coal for warming oneself [are these]; no fire to sit before!”

You can not receive or find comfort in “your enchantments and your many sorceries, with which you have labored from your youth; perhaps you may be able to succeed; perhaps you may inspire terror.”

Yet, these will not save you. “Evil will come upon you, which you will not know how to charm away; disaster shall fall upon you, or which you will not be able to atone; and ruin shall come upon you suddenly; of which you know nothing.” (Isaiah 47: 11)

You will not see disaster coming because Tarot cards and palm readings are blind —
You will not find atonement because witchcraft and sorcery are opposed to the Holy One who died for us —

God says, “For My Name’s sake, I defer My anger; for the sake of My praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off. Behold, I refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. For My own sake, for My own sake, I do it, for how should My Name be profaned? My Glory I will not give to another.” (Isaiah 48: 9 – 11)

“Draw near to Me,” says God, your Redeemer. “Hear this: from the beginning I have not spoken in secret, from the time it came to be I have been there.” (Isaiah 48: 16) “I Am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go.” (Isaiah 48: 17)

Therefore, there is no need for divination.