The idea of the prophet that Jesus speaks of here is not really the kind of prophet we see in the old testament who goes around saying "thus saith the Lord". In my thinking those folks are pretty easy to spot - although I have been deceived by a few of those in my time. The idea of a prophet is someone who you allow to influence you and the decisions you make. It is interesting how Jesus describes false prophets to us. He says that:
- You cannot identify by how they look. They look the same as other Christians and often do the same religious things that many of us do.
- They are dangerous. Wolves kill sheep and feed off them. These people will do you spiritual harm. It is why Jesus warns us so plainly about them.
- You have to observe their non-religious behaviors. Often these folks will blend into religious settings and their behaviors, like fruit, may take a while to surface.
Lord, help me to not be blinded by spiritual gifts. Give me spiritual discernment.