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By definition a prophet is a mouth-piece of God. From that alone we must be able to establish that, whatever a prophet says, must be in line with God's word. God is a God of order, he will never contradict himself. Here are four verses which will be useful in testing a prophet:
1. Isaiah 8:20
Whatever a true prophet says, must be in agreement with prior revelation. As aforementioned, God will never contradict himself.
2. Matthew 7:20
The fruits of the prophet's life must testify that he is indeed a mouth-piece of God. One can't claim to be a 'prophet' of God yet he is an abusive husband, a hands-off father or is later accused of raping or killing someone. Whatever the prophet says I should do, they must lead by example.
3. Deuteronomy 18:22
Whatever the prophet says will happen must come to pass. We have heard news about how the world is coming to an end on this particular day, but we are still here and life is going on. The bible clearly says no one knows the day nor the hour, so whoever tells you that the world is ending on a particular day, is obviously a FALSE prophet (easy test, is it not?).
4. 1 John 4:2-3
The message of a true prophet must draw people to Christ. When we hear the message we must glorify God and not praise the prophet. The prophet is a messenger of God and not God himself. It doesn't make sense to go around saying 'my prophet this, my prophet that' when his/her job is simply to make known to us what God has revealed to him/her. It's like applauding the postman for delivering a letter as opposed to the person that actually wrote it - the postman is doing his job for crying out loud!
Moral of the story: "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" ~ 1 Peter 5:8.