Section 3G of Preface: Warning of False Teachers, False Prophets and False
This is the last question to the preface...and
then we will begin the study of the Book of
Revelation. The contents of this preface are
long...and have taken quite a bit of your time to
study. You are to be commended for having made
it this far...and for your attention to these
The closer that you review the instructions given
by Jesus and His disciples in the New Testament, the
more that you will understand of the Revelation. We
encourage you to read the New Testament...cover to
cover...and over and over...again and again.
Let's look at some final scriptures as we
conclude this preface:
Thessalonians 2:15 -- "So then, brethren, stand firm
and hold to the traditions which you were taught,
whether by word of mouth or by letter from us."
1 Corinthians 15:2 -- "...by
which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word
which I preached to you, unless you believed in
Ephesians 6:11-17 -- "Put on
the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand
firm against the schemes of the devil. For our
struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against
the rulers, against the powers, against the world
forces of this darkness, against the spiritual
forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you
may be able to resist in the evil day, and having
done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm
therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and
having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and
having shod your feet with the preparation of the
gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the
shield of faith with which you will be able to
extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of
the Spirit, which is the word of God." (NAS)
1 Peter 5:12 -- "Through
Silvanus, our faithful brother (for so I regard him), I have written to you briefly, exhorting and
testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand
firm in it!" (NAS)
Galatians 1:6-8 -- "I am amazed
that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you
by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;
which is really not another; only there are some who
are disturbing you, and want to distort the gospel
of Christ. But even though we, or an angel from
heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to
that which we have preached to you, let him be
John 8:31-32 -- "Jesus
therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed
Him, "If you abide in My word, then you are truly
disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and
the truth shall make you free." (NAS)
1 Timothy 1:3-5 -- "As I urged
you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at
Ephesus, in order that you may instruct certain men
not to teach strange doctrines, nor to pay attention
to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to
mere speculation rather than furthering the
administration of God which is by faith. But the
goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart
and a good conscience and a sincere faith." (NAS)
2 Timothy 2:16-18 -- "But avoid
worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to
further ungodliness, and their talk will spread like
gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who
have gone astray from the truth saying that the
resurrection has already taken place, and thus they
upset the faith of some." (NAS)
Titus 1:13-14 -- "This
testimony is true. For this cause reprove them
severely that they may be sound in the faith, not
paying attention to Jewish myths and commandments of
men who turn away from the truth." (NAS)
Matthew 15:9 -- "'But in vain
do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the
precepts of men.'" (NAS)
1 Timothy 4:7 -- "But have
nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old
women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for
the purpose of godliness..." (NAS)
According to the scriptures above (which were
written prior to the Book of Revelation), what did
the Lord tell His followers to do with respect to
false doctrine, false teachers, false prophets, etc?
- Stand firm.
- Hold to the traditions which they were taught by word of
mouth or letter by the apostles or other New Testament writers.
- To not let their belief be in vain...and hold fast the
word that was preached at that time.
- Stand firm against the devil...put on the full armor of
God...including the word of God (the sword of the Spirit).
- Stand firm in the writings (of Peter, the rest of the
- Do not desert or abandon Christ for a different gospel.
- Abide in the words of Jesus and know the
truth, so they
can be set free.
- Don't pay attention to myths and endless genealogies.
- Avoid worldly and empty chatter...and those who say the
resurrection has already taken place.
- Don't pay attention to myths and commandments of men.
- Have nothing to do with worldly fables.