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God's Wrath as Protection From False Prophets

John Collins08/15/2012

2 Peter 2 tells us how God gives protection from a false prophet.  Swift destruction will follow their abomination and blasphemous words.

Peter warns that false prophets are were among the people in the days of old, just as there are false teachers among us now.  They secretly bring in destructive heresies.

These heresies, Peter says, deny even the Master who bought their Salvation.  By doing so, they bring swift destruction upon themselves.

Unfortunately, Peter warned that many will follow their sensuality, or indulgence of the emotions and senses of the people.  Because of them, the way of Truth will be blasphemed.

In their greed, these false teachers and prophets will exploit you, saying things that never happened.  Peter made it very clear that their destruction would not be at the day of the judgement, they were condemned from long ago, and their destruction does not rest until judgement day.

Peter said that if God knows how to rescue His own from hell.  Even the angels are not spared, but cast into the pit of fire.  The entire ancient world was not spared, so that Noah and his family could be preserved as a herald of righteousness.  Sodom and Gomorrah was annihilated to rescue Lot who was righteous.  Lot was greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked.

God knows how to rescue the godly from trials and punish the unrighteous until the day of judgement.  Especially those who lust after defiling passion, despising authority.

These false prophets and teachers are bold.  Even as the blaspheme the glorious ones, they do not tremble.  They are bolder even than the angels, who are greater in might and power.  Angels do not pronounce blasphemous judgement against the righteous of the Lord.

These were like irrational animals born to be caught and destroyed.  They blaspheme about things which they do not even know or understand, but will be destroyed in the blasphemous destruction they create.  They will suffer for their wrongdoing.

Peter held nothing back.  "Accursed children!" he wrote in shouting tones.  "Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray!  They have followed Balaam, but like Balaam would be rebuked for their wrongdoings.  Even the donkey rebuked Balaam in a human voice to restrain the prophet's madness.

He said that nothing good could come from these false prophets and teachers.  They are like waterless springs or mists driven by the storm.  These blasphemous liars have a placed reserved for them in utter darkness.

They speak loudly, boasting of folly.  They entice us with sensations and passion.  They attract the ones who are barely escaping from error.  They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption.  

He warned not to be fooled by their conversion.  Even if these false prophets and teachers have the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are entangled in defilement once more.  Their current state is worse than the first.  It would be better for them to never have known the way of righteousness than to turn back into defilement.

Peter said the proverb was true:  The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow after washing herself returns to wallow in the mire."

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Are we putting our teachers through the Word test?  Are we judging the prophets by their own prophecy?  As we watch teachers and prophets suffering horrific destruction, do we stop to ask ourselves if God was behind their demise?  As they yell and scream, raising our emotions, do we stop to listen to Peter's description of their loud boasting of folly?  Or are we enticed by sensations and passion just as Peter warned?  Are we the ones Peter described walking the edge of destruction, and falling prey to false teaching?