| Characteristics of true and false Prophets, Teachers and Priests
Characteristics of true and false Prophets, Teachers and Priests
Great and extraordinary things will be falsified
Jacob Lorber, Great Gospel of John, Vol. 6, Chapter 235:1-6:
235,1. Said Lazarus: “But Lord, one cannot believe and assume that this Your teaching will ever become falsified! Since as we have received it from You, we will pass it on to our descendants, and nothing will be added and nothing will be taken away; we also can write and record word for word, what we have heard and seen from You, and all our descendants will hear all this from point to point and act accordingly. I then do not understand how the rise of false prophets is possible!”
235,2. Said I: “Just like you speak now, also the main followers of Moses have spoken, when also I on Sinai gave them the laws. The legislation, as you will know, lasted for seven full years and a little time and afterwards continued more in secret for another thirty-three years, but not for everyone apparent, – and already during the first seven years the golden calf was poured and worshipped! See, this is how the people are!
235,3. That My teaching will be kept pure with you and also with a few descendants of you for quite a long period of time, I admit; but in general it will look quite differently!
235,4. Wherever something great and extraordinary happens, it is exploited by lazy people and their sense for profit-hungriness and greediness and transformed into their earthly source of income, – which is so true as the truth itself. To prevent such machinations, I had to allow only angels of death to come into this world, who would kill in advance all those people, what however, according to the free will of man, would not be appropriate, just as it is not appropriate to destroy all the weed on a wheat field with one blow, which would also not be good for the wheat field itself, because finally the weed will become a fertilizer for the wheat field.
235,5. Just as the weed is allowed on the wheat field, also this will be allowed, however not without a subsequent punishment following sooner or later. See, it cannot be prevented fully!
235,6. I therefore only say this, that all those, who now have the pure teaching from Me and later from you (disciples), should always be on guard, to not fall into temptation; since the evil spirit moves around in the world like a roaring and hungry lion and tries to devour all noble and pure spirits. Therefore be aware of false prophets! That is all I can say and do for you against it.
First false Prophets in Christianity
Jacob Lorber, Great Gospel of John, Vol. 6, Chapter 235:7-15:
235,7. Asked Peter: “Lord, when somehow appearing still in our time, how will we recognize them?”
235,8. Said I: “At their fruit! On thorn hedges no figs are ripening and on thistles no grapes! I, with My teaching, am the only door to the sheepfold; who breaks into the stable from anywhere else, is a thief and a robber. I am the only right door, the way, the light, the truth and the life. Who wants to come to Me, must through Me and in Me walk My way, in My light, which is the everlasting, convertible truth in God.
235,9. Every right worker is worth his remuneration; however the hireling, who allows himself to be hired for someone else, whose work it is, is seldom worth the hireling’s wage. For he pretends to work for the sake of the hire wage only; but the employer is served badly by this. And thus and even worse shall be all false teachers and prophets. For their motive – like now with the Pharisees – will be Mammon; for his sake they will teach, prophesies stupid and wrong things, deceive the people physically and even more spiritually, will devour the goods of the widows and orphans and in return will assure them of heaven and will finally pursue those remained loyal to the truth as the greatest heretics with sword and fire and say with great pomp: ‘We are the true followers of Christ, the sun of God!’ I say this to you in advance, so that you and your true followers know this, how to behave, if it happens – and partly already happened!”
235,10. Said Peter: “Lord, how possibly could this already happen?”
235,11. Said I: “Very easily; for how many times already have I taught before a large crowd, and there were not only people among them, who accepted the matter for the salvation of their soul, but for the salvation of their money bag. Some of the things they experienced themselves, some they were told by others, and most of it they made up themselves, thus heaping up lies over lies, thereupon undertook trips to all areas, presented themselves as My envoys and yielded quite a lot of money that way. – What are you saying about it?”
235,12. Said Peter and John: “Lord, don’t You have lightening and thunderbolts for such sinners anymore?”
235,13. Said I: “O, o, are you children of thunder or the children of God? Lightening destroys where it hits; but the children of God have another weapon and it is called: patience, gentleness and love.
235,14. These people at the same time are still of the opinion that they doing God a pleasing favour. You will meet with such people quite often, and many will convert. If we now destroy them with lightening from the clouds, could you still convert them? Therefore do not immediately take shelter behind lightening strikes.
235,15. The truth is the best lightening strike against such false teachers and prophets! You rather be able to dry up all the seas of the world, than dam the stream of truth. With Me you will be able to achieve anything, however, without Me nobody can do anything; since I am the truth, the light and life! – Do you comprehend this well?”
Jacob Lorber, Great Gospel of John, Vol. 6, Chapter 76:19:
76,19. Truly, those who will not look for Me there where I am, are not going to find Me and also will not find Me. In time many will look for Me and are not going to find Me! There will be times in which many false prophets and Messiahs will rise and say to you: ‘See, here is the Anointed!’ or ‘There he is!’ However, all those do not believe, for where they say I could be found, I will be found in the least and actually will never be found. Who will look for Me in anything which just in the slightest manner smells worldly, will not find Me, but only he, who searches for Me in true love, humility and self-abnegation, will surly always and everywhere find Me.
The awakening of true prophets takes place in silence
Jacob Lorber, Great Gospel of John, Vol. 5, Chapter 83:12+13:
83,12. The Lord will wake the true prophets of truth always in complete silence and they will never make a noise or any perceptible sound like quite still water in the world; but those who make a sounds and a noise, the spirit of the truth and the word will not be in them.
83,13. The genuine prophets waked by God will also be in a position in all silence to perform miracles; but the world will not notice anything of that, instead sometimes the true friends of God for their own tranquil comfort only.
Modesty, humility, and unselfishness
Jakob Lorber, The Earth, Chapter 70:23+24:
70,23. Everyone should reject the follies of worldly people; you should believe the word of a truly born-again being, since such a person will not speak of anything other than what he receives. The others, however, will speak only of what they themselves believe they know.
70,24. When such a person tells you that he speaks in the Name of the Lord, do not believe him; he speaks only in the interest of his own honor, and for his own advantage. But whoso may say, without self-interest and ambition, “That is what the Lord said!” – believe him, especially when he pays no attention to the reputation of a particular person, because only a born-again human being knows the reputation of the Lord.
Jacob Lorber, Great Gospel of John, Vol. 3, Chapter 204:10-16:
204,10. But how can one nevertheless tell a false prophet from a genuine one? Quite easily: in their fruit!
204,11. For one cannot gather grapes and figs from thorns and thistles!
204,12. The genuine prophet will never and impossibly be selfish, and any arrogance will be foreign to him. He will probably gratefully accept whatever good and noble hearts give him; but he will never demand fees of anyone because he knows that this is an abomination to God, and because God can keep His servants very well!
204,13. But the false prophet will allow himself to be paid for every step and deed and for every so-called divine act for the simulated and lied good of humanity. The false prophet will thunder on about the judgment of God and even judge in the name of God with fire and sword; but the genuine prophet will judge no-one, but only advise the sinner to repent and will make no difference between large and small and between respected and non-respected people. For only God means anything to him and God’s word – everything else is a vain madness for him.
204,14. There will never be a contradiction in the true prophet’s speech; but bring speech of the false prophet into the light and it will be crawling with contradictions. No-one can ever offend the true prophet, he will bear everything like a lamb, whatever the world may do to him; he will only rise up in fiery anger against lies and arrogance and beat them down.
204,15. The false prophet is constantly a deadly enemy of every truth and every better progress in thought and in deed; no-one but he should know anything or have any experience so that everyone is always and in all things forced to seek expensive advice from him for money.
204,16. The false prophet thinks only about himself; God and His order are annoying and laughable things in which he has not even the smallest spark of faith, therefore he can make a god out of wood and stone with the lightest conscience in the world, however he likes. That then such a god can easily work wonders for the thoroughly blind people through the hands of the false prophet will be very easily understood!”
The Objective of the Zeal – Jesus Christ
Jacob Lorber, Gifts of Heaven, Volume 2, Chapter 112, Verses 1-12:
112,1. (Jesus:) If you work yourself attentively through that, which was said here and the answer, that was given by the greatest of all prophets of Israel (Elijah), then it cannot slip by you, whereby a true prophet is clearly distinguished from a false prophet, who at all times is a servant of Baal and a blind pharisee in the most true sense of the word.
112,2. But that you and everyone else should know exactly, how things are standing between a true and a false prophet, I just want to bring the following to your attention from the Statements of the Prophet Elijah. Therefore listen…
112,3. For Whom alone did the true Prophet Elijah fight? Did he fight for worldly rights, worldly power and worldly income, consisting of Gold and Silver? – He says… ‘I was very ardent for the Lord of Hosts.’ (1 King 19:10)
112,4. You see, if someone is fighting without reward for the only true God and does it, as the Prophet Elijah has done it, tell Me, is that a false prophet? – So the Zeal is the most secure and infallible sign for discerning true prophets from false ones.
112,5. If one is fighting for worldly esteem of his church and its leader, which is buried in gold, silver and all precious stones, and another one fights for Me alone – which of these two prophets is obviously the only true one? – I mean, to answer that, no one must consult mathematics.
112,6. But since Elijah was an entirely true prophet, how did he recognize Me, when I passed by at the entrance of the cave at mount Horeb, since he was laying hidden within the cave? – Did he recognize me in the great and strong wind? (1 King 19:11) – Look, in the same way I am also not in those, who are causing a lot of wind and sensation. For that is the way of the true and most blind pharisees.
112,7. Or did Elijah recognize Me in the following fire? (1 King 19:12) – Look, in the same way I am also not in those fiery zealots, whose mouths only sparkle one judgment after another und one condemnation after another, because they want to recognize God only in the judging fire, but never only in the Love.
112,8. But the true Prophet Elijah has recognized Me only in the quiet and peaceful breeze or whisper (1 King 19:12), meaning… in other words nothing else than Elijah has truly recognized Me only in the Love alone!
112,9. When you (Jacob Lorber) recognize Me also only in the gentle breeze of Love alone, in the same way as Elijah did, how are you then a false prophet? – Therefore, let the worldly prophets speak and come against us! In the end it will be obvious, who will be bringing home the bride!
112,10. But Elijah was called to be a Judge over Israel in the Love, therefore he had to go to Damascus and to anoint Hazael and Jehu as kings and Elisha as a prophet, so that they may preserve those, who have not bowed down before Baal, and with the sword of faithfulness separate the chaff of Baal from My pure wheat. What has happened there as a strong example, look, this indeed also happens now in the Spirit. Therefore, the Love will in the end have the victory over everything and it shall destroy and put to shame all the ‘winds’, ‘earthquakes’ and all ‘fire’!
112,11. Now, judge for yourself and spot the true prophet from the great crowd of false ones, which are servants of the world.
112,12. Elijah is a true Prophet. But also each one, who does find Me, as Elijah has found Me – namely in the Love…
Lust for power as indicator of false Prophets
Jacob Lorber, Great Gospel of John, Vol. 9, Chapter 185:7-9:
185,7. And he who wants to distinguish with little effort a false prophet from a true prophet and teacher who was called by Me, should look at his works.
185,8. What man can hide least of all from the eyes of his fellowmen are his selfishness and pursuit of profit. To satisfy that, he all too soon and visibly will leave nothing untried to reach the goal for which his heart has an indestructible love.
185,9. Therefore, let the false prophets never receive might or outer reputation. For once they have reached that, it soon will look extremely dark again among the people, and you will have a hard battle to fight against them.”
Selflessness and service to God
Jacob Lorber, The Childhood of Jesus, Chapter 228:11-15:
228,11. Yes, that is how we can always accurately distinguish the true from the false servants of God:
228,12. The true servants are unselfish to a high degree, and the false ones are exactly the opposite;
228,13. for the true servants serve God in their hearts and also receive the supreme and eternal reward, –
228,14. the false ones, however, serve a God in the world who is modelled after their wicked nature – for the sake of the world;
228,15. therefore, they also seek the reward of the world and see to it that they are excessively paid at every turn.
Self-promotion, pseudo-humility and pseudo-spirituality
Jacob Lorber, Paul’s Letter to Laodicea, Chapter 2:9-14:
2,9. I ask you, and even implore you: Do not allow anyone to decide for you what your goal should be, especially by one who on his own initiative, wanders around in all humility and total spirituality of the angels of the heavens, but he himself has never seen nor heard anything about it; because of this, he is conceited about his own importance, but only in his carnal sense,
2,10. And he does not abide by the head from whence comes the energy for the whole body through the members and joints, which maintain each other, contain and grow to divine greatness,
2,11. But only according to his taste, which is within itself full of dirt and filth, full of self-interest, full of deceit and lies, full of lust for power, full of miserliness and envy.
2,12. This is how it is with the one who poses as if he was called upon by the Lord and from me, and then afterwards elected by you.
2,13. I point out now to all of you: This one has the spirit of the devil in him, and walks among you like a wolf in sheep’s clothing and like a hungry, roaring lion endeavoring in a diligent manner to devour you.
2,14. That is why you should drive him away as fast as possible…
Self-imposed purity and dietary laws
Jacob Lorber, Paul’s Letter to Laodicea, Chapter 2:19-30:
2,19. And do not listen to those, who say with a hypocritical, pious mien: “Do not touch that, and do not try that, and do not hold onto that, and do this, but do not do that.” All this consumes itself under their hands, and is nothing more than empty man-made laws;
2,20. But listen to what I have to say out of the Spirit of Christ, which is within me, so that you may become free again, and become truthful co-heirs of Jesus Christ in God’s Kingdom which is alive within you.
2,21. Oh brothers, think of what benefit will it be to those who have the appearance of wisdom, and through themselves self-chosen, hypocritical and feigned spirituality and humility,
2,22. And those who say: “When you look at a woman, you already have sinned; and if you eat unclean food forbidden by Moses, then you are unclean for a whole day, and when you touch a heathen and you speak more than three words to him, then you must tell the priest of the temple, so that he cleanses you before God.”
2,23. In reality, they are full of filth, miserliness, and whoredom, and carry on business in secret with all the heathens, and do everything within their abilities that does not spoil their secret friendship with them?.
2,24. I, however, say: “The body requires what is his, just like the Spirit; he has his want and his need. This is why you should give to him in the proper measure, whatever God has intended for him, and he should enjoy what is available; because the physical body requires its care, just as the Spirit requires his freedom. Therefore, be free, and be not slaves to the fools of this world.”
2,25. How praise-worthy can someone be of himself, even though he fasted with his stomach, but he filled his heart with evil thoughts, wishes, and desires?.
2,26. Would it not have been much wiser to fast in the heart, than in the stomach? How can you be such great fools that someone can make you believe that it would be even pleasing unto the Lord if you would eat fish marinated in oil, than to eat another meat from a warm-blooded animal, and in fat instead of the oil?.
2,27. But I say to you: Eat at all time within reason, whatever you relish, and eat whatever is good for your body’s health, and drink wine with water, as I do, whenever it is available, and do not let your conscience trouble you; then you act properly even in this instance.
2,28. The Lord derives no joy from fasting of the stomach; He does, however, favor fasting of the heart. In the heart, however, fast day and night, then you will fast in the Spirit and in Truth.
2,29. But how can you fast in accordance with the hypocritical teachings of the one who pretends to be only with one foot on the earth, but everything else is already in heaven. In accordance with that, all heathens fast as well; they eat on their days of feast all kinds of delicacies, and are more lustful for those delicacies than on the common days, when they eat their daily food.
2,30. Since you are now resurrected in Christ, why do you heed what happens below on the world, and why do you seek to satisfy the world’s statutes which are the work of human beings?
Mark of false prophets in ecclesiastical disguise
Jacob Lorber, Great Gospel of John, Vol. 6, Chapter 22:6:
22,6. (Jesus:) The signs, by which you will very easily recognize them, are empty boasts, great and crude pretentiousness of divine powers which they never had and will never have in this world, then great shine, great splendor, a mystical pomp as among the gentiles and the greatest possible thirst for power, like a never-saturated greed for the greatest treasures and blessings of this world. Hopefully they will not be too difficult to recognize from these very nicely palpable characteristics.”
Selfish vocation motives, seminary and ceremonial consecration
Jacob Lorber, Great Gospel of John, Vol. 6, Chapter 150:24+25:
150,24. (Jesus:) You will take care of such indeed; however, nonetheless countless will take your office, partially through outer compulsion and partly through the prospect to find a good and carefree life in your office. However, all these will be counted by Me to the regiment of the anti-Christ, and their works will cause a disgusting smell and look like a stinking cadaver before God.
150,25. Verily, I say to you: all your successors who are not prepared by Me, but trained only by people in certain world-schools to follow your office, will not be looked at by Me; since only the anti-Christ will qualify his disciples in this way.
… (Jacob Lorber, Great Gospel of John, Vol. 6, Chapter 179:3):
179,3. Therefore pay great attention to it that you only take from those who accept the gospel, what you require to live! For if the idlers see that the preaching and signs provide you with a lot money, they will do everything possible to oust you. Therefore you will earliest recognize the false prophets in their works. For the real prophets will always walk in My poverty and only accept from their congregations, what they need as basic life requirements; however the false will do like the Pharisees are doing now – and in many cases a lot worse – and for everything they do in My name for the congregations, they are going to insist to be paid highly and expensively, and all people will regard them as servants of God and by punishment they had to believe that God listens only to their prayers and looks at their sacrifices with great pleasure. Like now for all Jews this one temple is standing there, the anti-Christ will build countless many temples with great splendour and therein they will perform magic and sacrifices, and make bad, selfish speeches before the people. They will pray in foreign languages to make the people believe that such their speech is the most purest and therefore also to God most pleasing.
… (Jacob Lorber, Great Gospel of John, Vol. 8, Chapter 14:2,4-10):
14,2. Yes I know and can see how a great number of false teachers will arise after Me, saying to the people: ‘Look, here is Christ’ or ‘There He is’. But I am saying now to all of you, and tell it to your fellowmen and children, that one should not believe such false teachers, for they will easily be recognized by their works.
14,4. So when you will meet teachers who will spread the coming of the Kingdom of God among the people in this manner according to My will, you and everyone can consider them as real and complete true teachers. However, when teachers – although in My name – want to make money out of My teaching, and their purpose is money and other treasures, then consider them as false and as never being called by Me to be spreaders of My teaching. Because My true disciples and spreaders of My pure teaching will always be poor in earthly matters, just like Me, but therefore they will be more than rich from a spiritual point of view. For they will not need to acquire My teaching and My word through time consuming learning of a predecessor, but I will put My teaching and My will in their heart and in their mouth.
14,5. However, the false disciples will by the long studying of their also false doctrines have to acquire all kinds of texts, words and proverbs and will only then when they have learned everything tiredly from their puffed up and talkative teachers and leaders be ordained as disciples through all kinds of empty and blind ceremonies, as this is now also happening in the temple with the Pharisees, scribes and elders and also with you, gentiles, where the rank of priests is forming a real social class that continues from father to son and in which someone from the people is only accepted when one or the other priest has no children, and even then, only as a child that can only later on be educated as priest.
14,6. So, how a true teacher and spreader of My pure teaching can be distinguished from a false one, this I have now clearly explained to you all, and thus everyone will easily be able to guard himself against the false teachers and prophets. However, him who will follow and believe them, honor them and also help them in everything, he can only blame himself when later he will be devoured by them.
14,7. Yes, it even will happen that false prophets will exalt themselves on golden thrones and persecute as soon as possible the true ones that are chosen and called by Me. However, when this will happen, then also their judgment and their end will come over them, and My teaching will despite that continue to exist among the people on Earth. But it will only shine, radiate and comfort in quietness as a free possession among the people, but never as a ruler who is commanding entire nations on a ruler throne with crown, staff and scepter.
14,8. Where this will be the case in My name, it will be difficult to find Me, and instead of My love there will be greed, avarice, envy and persecution of all kind among the people, and one deceit will extend the hand to the other. When you will see such fruits among the people, you surely will perceive what kind of mentality those prophets have who are ruling on thrones and from whom their false teachings are originating.
14,9. If however, you always will be able to receive what is right and true – providing you have a desire for it – will you turn your heart to that which is false? And so, now you know that despite all false prophets and teachers who will arise later, My pure teaching will continue in quietness and without pompous display until the end of times among the people.
14,10. The fact that this teaching of Mine will only spread slowly among the people of the Earth, of that I already have clearly shown you the reasons more than once, because I surely know the best when a people is ripe to accept My teaching.
Imperiousness and arrogance of false prophets
Jacob Lorber, Great Gospel of John, Vol. 9, Chapter 166:9+10:
166,9. Although in later times there will be false, imperious prophets who will do the same thing in My name as now the Pharisees and their followers, and they will honor Me in the eyes of the people with all kinds of ceremonies and with gold, silver and noble stones, but through the mouth of those who are awakened by My Spirit I will say to them: ‘Look, this miserable people honors Me, the Lord of Life, with the dirt and with the death and the judgment of matter, but their heart is far away from Me.’ That is why I also will be far away from such people.
166,10. Therefore, you also should in future times not build any temples and altars for Me, for I will never live in the temples that are made by human hands, and I will not let Myself be honored on altars. He who loves Me and who will keep My simple commandments, is My living temple. And his heart, full of love and patience, is the true and living offering altar to My honor, which is the only thing that is pleasing to Me. All the rest is judgment, death and ruin.
Persecution of the true followers of Jesus
Jacob Lorber, Great Gospel of John, Vol. 9, Chapter 40:1:
40,1. During that time, true faith and pure love will extinguish completely. Instead of that, a faith of delusion will be forced upon the people with the most severe criminal laws, just like a malicious fever forces death upon the human body. And if one or the other congregation that is strengthened by My Spirit will come up against the false teachers and prophets who have an abundance of gold, silver, precious stones and other great earthly goods, and who haughtily, imperiously and selfishly as they are, will present themselves to the people as your only true successors and as My substitutes in order to be most honored, and if that congregation will show them that they are exactly the opposite of how they present themselves to the people with the most insolent and God-forsaken impertinence by forcing them to only search the salvation of their souls and the truth with them, then there will be battles and wars and persecutions, as did not take place yet since the beginning of men on this Earth.
… (Jacob Lorber, Great Gospel of John, Vol. 6, Chapter 235:9):
235,9. For their (all false teachers and prophets) motive – like now with the Pharisees – will be Mammon; for his sake they will teach, prophesies stupid and wrong things, deceive the people physically and even more spiritually, will devour the goods of the widows and orphans and in return will assure them of heaven and will finally pursue those remained loyal to the truth as the greatest heretics with sword and fire and say with great pomp: ‘We are the true followers of Christ, the sun of God!’ I say this to you in advance, so that you and your true followers know this, how to behave, if it happens – and partly already happened!”
… (Jacob Lorber, Great Gospel of John, Vol. 7, Chapter 184:6):
184,6. The first secondary sun which rose more to the north almost at the same time as the real sun – which in this likeness represents Myself – represents the counter-prophet or the counter-anointed who will arise and say: ‘Look, I am the true anointed of God. Listen to me if you want to be blessed’. But I am telling you that no one of you must let himself be seduced. Because he will be a messenger of Hell and by his deceitful arts he will perform all kinds of wondrous signs, and will show a very pious face and pray and make sacrifices, but his heart will be full of bitter hatred against all truth which he will persecute by fire and sword, and all who will not keep his teaching he will curse. This one will also invent the three gods and will let them be worshipped. I also will be counted to that as the Savior of the world but divided into three persons. They will still confess one God with their mouth, yet worship three persons, of whom each one will also be a complete god and will have to be worshipped separately.
Pomp churches, ceremonies, magical elements in worship, praying in foreign languages
… (Jacob Lorber, Great Gospel of John, Vol. 8, Chapter 39:14):
39,14. (Jesus:) “… you must not confuse the paganism of that time of which I was speaking with the paganism now in this time. The temples of idolatry of the present time will indeed have been destroyed a long time ago, but instead of them, numerous other ones will be build by the antichrist, and this even in My name. And their priests will let themselves be exceedingly honored as My replacements on Earth, and they will make effort to gather all worldly treasures. They will fatten themselves, but the people will be in great need spiritually and physically.
… (Jacob Lorber, Great Gospel of John, Vol. 6, Chapter 179:3+4):
179,3. …Like now for all Jews this one temple is standing there, the anti-Christ will build countless many temples with great splendour and therein they will perform magic and sacrifices, and make bad, selfish speeches before the people. They will pray in foreign languages (Latin) to make the people believe that such their speech is the most purest and therefore also to God most pleasing.
179,4. This is sufficient for everybody to recognize a false prophet and to distinguish him from a true one. They will of course make a lot of noise and shout to all the world: ‘All of you come to us since Christ is here and He is there where we are!’ However, do not believe it, irrespective when shouting even so much harder and perform even greater miracles; since they are never ever My disciples, but deceived disciples of Beelzebub, from whom they also will harvest their reward in the mud pool with howling and crunching of teeth!
Recommendations of Jesus against clerical abuses
Jacob Lorber, Great Gospel of John, Vol. 10, Chapter 28:9:
28,9. So let the clergy exploit the people. Let the still blind people make pilgrimages and pay expensive masses. Let them do their confessions, go to church, organize exaggerated expensive processions for their deceased ones, let those clergies chase inheritances and sell expensive exemptions and remissions of sin. Let those Babylonians do even worse things, then also the most blind one will soon come to his senses and say: ‘No, such religion can only be deceit, because those who are most convinced of the pure teaching of Christ and who should act accordingly, show by their deeds that they themselves attach no importance to that whole teaching, they do not believe in a God, and thus they are simply false prophets. They only care about their belly. They often take away the whole possession of the people by all kinds of deceit. And if this is not sufficient, they take it away by some kind of lawful coercion which is allowed to them by the state. And they do not even give one thirsty soul a sip of water of all the things they simply robbed away. Therefore, away with all those false prophets. Away with those devouring wolves in sheep’s clothing, and away with everything with which they tormented, deceived and robbed the poor, blind people. Away with the temples, altars, secret images, relics, clocks and all useless cleric utensils that do not have any spiritual value for life. From now on we will examine the whole teaching of Christ ourselves, and let it be explained to us by true teachers who are enlightened by God, and then we will live and act accordingly. And the true teacher will not be hungry or thirsty at our table, and he will also not have to walk around on bare feet.’
… (Jacob Lorber, Great Gospel of John, Vol. 8, Chapter 186:1):
186,1. (Jesus:) … I will awake already a few 100 years earlier ever clearer enlightened seers, prophets and helpers who will in My name, just as clear and truthful, teach the peoples everywhere about everything and will thus free them from all kinds of lies and deceit. They will clear the way for the downfall of false prophets and priests, even in My name.
| 33rd Sermon of Jesus… False Prophets… Matthew 7:15-23
33rd Sermon of Jesus… About False Prophets
(April 10, 1872)
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work inquity.”
All of this chapter deals with precepts based on My teaching that have to be observed so that people – and, especially at that time, My disciples and listeners – would know how to practise their own religious laws in practical life. As particularly in those times the interpretation of the Mosaic laws was not what I had in mind, I had to come Myself in order to save from rotting the spiritual tree of life of the religion given to the Jews, so that it could again bear fruit corresponding to the laws of My spirit-world.
So I taught, in this chapter, indulgence with the mistakes of others, the circumspection not to force my teaching on everybody without having prepared them, and also the practice of charity and love towards one’s fellowmen, following My example. You find the law of love of your neighbour explained in detail and your attention is drawn to the fact that these My demands are not so easy to fulfil because the sacrifices required by My commandments of love are countered by the temptations of the world and by self-love which easily gets the upper hand.
I did not preach anything new; I only explained to My disciples and adherents what was already familiar to them, but in its true sense, so that they would be able in future to tell their fellowmen about the true meaning of the commandments. In this connection I had to mention certain precautions and signs which would enable the teachers to recognize the true truth seekers and believers and help the latter to know their teachers and distinguish the false teachers or prophets from the genuine and true ones. Therefore, the signs are named in the parables, and it is pointed out in a few sentences that words are not enough to convince others, but deeds must prove that the teacher is absolutely convinced of the truth of his words.
This standard in distinguishing false from genuine leaders shall at all times serve the listeners as a guideline, otherwise they could be led astray by false teachers and get onto the wrong path.
In those times, I pointed this out to My listeners because I knew beforehand that after I had gone there would appear, in addition to My disciples, also others who would be seeking their own advantage under the pretence of My teaching of love. I also predicted the fate of these false teachers – and of those who would build their spiritual welfare upon such false doctrines – once spiritual and physical storms endangered their ship of life when only he who also practises My teaching will be able to face the future – whatever it may turn out to be – with equanimity. I compared them with people of whom one had built his house on rock, the other on sand.
That which I in those times gave My disciples and adherents as precepts for their thorny path, applies for all times, – today and also in the future. For My words are indeed words of eternity and for eternity. They can never cease to exist or go out of use because they, too, are built on the rock of My truth and are the temple of My heaven of the spirits.
As it did then, this warning call applies also today. It is to serve the leaders as a guiding principle and also those who have entrusted themselves to their guidance and will rely on them for comfort and help when they are in difficulties and in the worse times of distress that are still to come.
My teaching of love has already been greatly misused and many have fallen victim to false doctrines. However, the axe is ready to cut down the tree that for so long overshadowed the straying, thereby preventing the true, divine light from penetrating to them.
Prior to My coming all the shadows in a spiritual respect must be removed, for I am the light and tolerate no shadow. My teaching has been given to illuminate all the corners of material and spiritual creation. Your material life has bright and dark sides, just as your earth has day and night. However, this is necessary as you, like all the material world, must also have rest when your spent strength must be restored and your organism strengthened for further activity. But this is different in the spiritual world where there is no night, except the one spirits prepare for themselves, but only eternal light, eternal warmth, eternal love, eternal activity.
Look at your soul! This, too, although bound to a material body, never sleeps, but is working day and night on its spiritual body which it wants to take into the great beyond in as perfect a state as possible.
All spiritual creation has the same aspiration, and whatever tries to oppose it must perish, as this present time shows you only too clearly. Institutions, most cleverly planned and preserved for centuries, although they seem to do a lot of good, are still only houses built on sand that cannot resist the cloudbursts and storm of My divine light of truth.
Just as the limestone dissolves into a pulp when touched by the life substance or oxygen of your earth’s atmosphere, changes its compact form and, exposed to the winds, disperses as fine dust without leaving any trace of its former firmness – unless it has to contribute in another form as an agent for the firming of a building when mixed with sand -this will also happen to the earthly institutions. But since an institution of such long duration and its supporters will not easily give in to the pressure of circumstances, so I call to all of you: “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves!”
I am quite aware that many will initially deride and suspect My teaching which I have now given to you directly, and if in this way they do not succeed in achieving their end, they will decide to use this My teaching as a pretence to prolong their existence. However, here applies what I once said to My disciples: “You will know by their works whether they are zealous practicers of My teaching of love or only preachers of the Word!”
It is so particularly important to be on one’s guard and let these false prophets and false interpreters of My Word see that all their efforts fail and they must either mend their ways or perish. For they will use all means that could lead them back to their former distinction and their former power. Therefore, I have to warn you again: Be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves so that you may sense the cunning of your greatest opponents even from a distance and be able to divert all poisonous arrows from yourselves and your fellow-believers through the simplicity of your hearts. Should any of them strike you they would lead you to life instead of perdition.
As mainly the beginning of this chapter concerns you, the believers and reverers of My true word of love, advising you to practise patience and meekness, thus also the further contents are of benefit to you, urging you to draw the attention of your followers to the dangers threatening them in the confusion of the world, where falsehood ist boasting next to truth and pretence next to the true nature of things, so that they may not, led astray by false teachers and prophets, blame you with deception.
Therefore, be as cautious as serpents and do not blindly believe everyone who approaches you asking you for bread from the heavens or – as it says in the Gospel – saying “Lord, Lord” to Me! They do not at all intend to follow you but just want to find out through you what could serve their own purpose.
Read this Gospel often! It contains by far more deep spiritual truth than I can explain to you here. Do heed what you have been told that you, may build your house not on sand, but on the solid rock of trust. Otherwise you may fare as many do who, with the slightest spiritual or moral storm, lose their equlibrium and are perplexed and helpless.
I give you many messages and even more spiritual values in a thousand different ways. Now you are receiving in these Sunday sermons, so to speak, the key to My teachings which I once gave to My disciples and first followers.
Do you know why all this is happening? It is because I know only too well what a turn things will be taking and that strength, certainty and firm perseverance will become more and more necessary. Many a person will be tested, whether he has built his spiritual house on the rock of My teaching of faith and love, or whether he has contented himself with only reading and listening to My Word, which would correspond to the house built on sand. Just as the wind blows away the sand or the rain washes it away, time effaces from memory the words that were read or heard.
The solid building stones for My and your future spiritual dwelling are works – works performed on account of the love of God and your neighbour. They alone are lasting, give you calmness and peace, and shine as good examples for others who, from your good works, will recognize you as genuine and not as false prophets and teachers whose heart is not like that of a ravening wolf, but like that of a good-natured lamb and does not give forth hatred, anger, envy, jealousy or vengeful- ness, but only love, is spreading love and wants to reap also love.
Thus you are to become My chosen, who with My Word in their hands, will drive out all shadows and doubts and spread the light of a vast world of spirit ranking high above you, so that at the time of My Second Coming there shall be only one shepherd and one flock and your earth will be made once more into the paradise that once existed and was lost, not through Me, but through the human beings once created out of love.
Do remember these words and heed them as much and as often as possible! Only thus can you gain equanimity and peace and be able to give comfort also to others. Amen.
|Predica 33… Dei falsi profeti|
Predica n. 33 – Dei falsi profeti
Settima dopo Pentecoste
Matteo 7, 15-23: «“Guardatevi dai falsi profeti che vengono a voi in veste di pecore, ma dentro sono lupi rapaci. Dai loro frutti li dovete riconoscere. Si può raccogliere uva dai rovi, o fichi dai cardi? Quindi ogni albero buono porta frutti buoni; ma un albero marcio porta frutti cattivi. Un albero buono non può portare frutti cattivi, e un albero marcio non può portare frutti buoni. Ogni albero, che non produce frutti buoni, viene tagliato e gettato nel fuoco. Perciò, dai loro frutti dovete riconoscerli. Non chiunque Mi dirà: ‘Signore, Signore!’, entrerà nel regno dei Cieli, ma colui che fa la volontà del Padre Mio nel Cielo. Molti Mi diranno in quel giorno: ‘Signore, Signore, non abbiamo noi profetizzato nel Tuo Nome? Non abbiamo cacciato demoni nel Tuo Nome? Non abbiamo compiuto molte azioni nel Tuo Nome?’. Allora dichiarerò loro: ‘Io non vi ho mai conosciuto; allontanatevi da Me, voi malfattori’.»
(Il 10 aprile 1872)
1. Quest’intero capitolo tratta delle regole di vita fondate sulla Mia dottrina, su come devono essere osservate, affinché gli uomini – e specialmente in quel tempo i Miei discepoli e ascoltatori – le osservino, e sappiano come esercitare nella vita pratica le leggi della religione. Poiché specialmente in quei tempi l’interpretazione delle leggi mosaiche non era secondo il Mio senso, per questa ragione Io stesso dovetti venire per salvare dalla putrefazione l’albero della vita spirituale della religione affidata ai giudei, e far sì che esso portasse nuovamente frutti, corrispondenti alle leggi del Mio mondo dello spirito.
2. Quindi in questo capitolo Io insegnai l’indulgenza verso gli errori degli altri, così come la prudenza nel gettare al collo di chiunque, la Mia Dottrina senza preparazione; insegnai inoltre la carità e l’amore che gli uomini devono praticare gli uni verso gli altri, conformemente al Mio esempio. Qui vedete la legge dell’amore per il prossimo, spiegata nel senso più ampio, e viene anche fatto presente che queste Mie richieste non sono così facili, perché allo spirito di sacrificio per le Mie leggi d’Amore si oppongono le tentazioni del mondo e il facile crescente amor proprio.
3. Io non predicai nulla di nuovo, bensì spiegai ai Miei discepoli e seguaci, solo il già conosciuto nel suo vero significato, affinché anch’essi potessero in seguito comunicare al prossimo la verità contenuta nei comandamenti. Io dovetti oltre a ciò, dare dapprima ai maestri e poi agli allievi certe disposizioni, e segni di riconoscimento affinché i primi potessero individuare i loro veri credenti desiderosi di sapere, e gli ultimi, distinguere i loro veri, autentici maestri, dai falsi maestri o profeti. Perciò i segni di riconoscimento sono puntualizzati in parabole. In poche frasi è detto che non bastano le parole per convincere gli altri, bensì che le azioni dovevano manifestare e comprovare come il maestro sia compenetrato veramente dalla verità delle sue parole.
4. Questo metro per distinguere le false dalle vere guide, deve servire come direttiva nel giudizio degli ascoltatori in ogni occasione, altrimenti, sedotti da maestri eretici, essi potrebbero incappare su strade totalmente sbagliate.
5. Perciò in quel tempo Io portai l’attenzione dei Miei ascoltatori su questo, sapendo già in precedenza che dopo la Mia dipartita, oltre ai Miei discepoli, altri sarebbero apparsi sotto il manto della Mia dottrina d’Amore, i quali avrebbero cercato solo i propri vantaggi. Io dissi loro in anticipo quale sarebbe stato il destino di questi falsi maestri, così come, anche di quelli che avrebbero costruito il proprio bene spirituale su tali illusori insegnamenti, quando tempeste spirituali e fisiche avrebbero messo a repentaglio la loro nave della vita; mentre, solo chi pratica nei fatti la Mia Dottrina può attendere con tranquillità il futuro, in qualunque maniera esso possa prender forma. Io paragonai costoro con due uomini, di cui uno aveva costruito la propria casa sulla roccia, l’altro, sulla sabbia.
6. Ciò che Io ho impartito in quei tempi ai Miei discepoli e seguaci come regole di vita sul loro spinoso cammino, trova la sua applicazione in tutti i tempi, fino a quelli odierni e a quelli ancora venienti. Le Mie parole, infatti, sono parole dell’eternità e per l’eternità, e non possono mai passare, oppure cadere in disuso, poiché anch’esse, costruite sulla roccia della Mia Verità, formano il tempio del Mio Cielo spirituale.
7. Come allora, anche oggi vale questo grido ammonitore. Esso deve servire come regola, tanto alle guide, quanto anche a quelli che si affidano alle loro mani, e pretendono da loro conforto e aiuto nei tempi difficili, e in quelli venienti, ancora più difficili.
8. È già stato fatto molto abuso della Mia dottrina d’Amore, e molti sono caduti vittime di dottrine errate; ora, però, è messa la scure all’albero, il quale così a lungo ha ombreggiato gli smarriti e, con ciò, ha impedito alla vera e propria Luce divina di penetrare fino a loro.
9. Prima che Io venga, dovranno essere rimosse tutte le ombre, in senso spirituale; Io sono, infatti, la Luce, e non tollero nessun’ombra. La Mia Dottrina è data per illuminare tutti gli angoli della Creazione materiale e spirituale. La vostra vita apparente ha, sì, lati di luce e ombra – come la vostra Terra il giorno e la notte – ma ciò è necessario, perché voi, così come l’intero mondo materiale, oltre all’attività dovete avere anche il riposo, in cui sostituire il consumato e fortificare l’organismo per l’ulteriore attività. Non è così però nel mondo spirituale! Là non esiste notte, all’infuori di quella che gli spiriti si procurano da se stessi. Là vi è eterna Luce, eterno Calore, eterno Amore, eterna Attività!
10. Considerate solamente la vostra anima! Anch’essa, sebbene legata a un corpo terreno, non dorme, bensì lavora giorno e notte nel suo corpo spirituale, per portarlo il più possibile perfetto nel grande aldilà.
11. L’intera Creazione spirituale possiede la medesima tendenza, e ciò che vuole opporsi a questa, subisce il proprio decadimento, come ve lo dimostra fin troppo chiaramente il tempo attuale. Certe istituzioni, fondate e mantenute da secoli con tutta l’astuzia, per quanto ben costruite e dalle apparenze benefiche, sono tuttavia unicamente case edificate solo sulla sabbia, le quali non possono resistere agli acquazzoni e alle tempeste della Mia divina Luce di Verità.
12. Come la pietra calcarea a contatto con la sostanza vitale oppure con l’ossigeno della vostra atmosfera si scioglie in poltiglia, trasforma la propria forma compatta e, come fine polvere lasciata in balia del vento si disperde in tutte le regioni senza lasciare la minima traccia della sua precedente consistenza – sempre che essa, mescolata con la sabbia, non debba contribuire come intermediaria in un’altra forma alla stabilità di un edificio – così accadrà anche alle istituzioni terrene. E poiché un tal edificio esiste già da lungo tempo, e i suoi conservatori non si arrendono così facilmente alla stretta delle circostanze, allora Io faccio appello a tutti voi: “Guardatevi dai falsi profeti che vengono a voi in veste di pecora, ma all’interno sono lupi rapaci!”.
13. Io so molto bene che questa Mia Dottrina, datavi ora direttamente, all’inizio sarà schernita e sospettata, e che, se essi non riusciranno a raggiungere il loro scopo, si decideranno allora a utilizzarla come copertura per salvare la propria esistenza; però vale ciò che Io dissi un giorno ai Miei discepoli: «Nelle loro azioni riconoscerete se essi sono veri, zelanti praticanti della Mia dottrina d’Amore, oppure solo banditori di parole della stessa!».
14. In nessuna circostanza sarà così necessario stare all’erta, come proprio nel momento in cui questi falsi profeti e falsi interpreti della Mia parola, vedranno che tutti i loro sforzi falliscono, e dovranno convertirsi, o perire. Essi, infatti, ricorreranno a tutti i mezzi, pur di ritornare al loro precedente splendore e alla loro precedente potenza.
15. Perciò qui vale di nuovo la Mia massima ammonitrice: siate astuti come serpenti e semplici come colombe, affinché possiate fiutare da lontano l’astuzia dei vostri più grandi avversari e, mediante la semplicità del vostro cuore, allontanare da voi e dai vostri compagni di fede tutte le frecce avvelenate. Se alcune dovessero colpirvi, non vi condurranno alla vita, ma alla perdizione.
16. Come l’inizio di questo capitolo è rivolto principalmente a voi, credenti e adoratori della Mia vera parola d’Amore, per consigliarvi con pazienza e dolcezza d’animo, così anche il contenuto successivo è fatto per rendere attenti i vostri seguaci su tutti i pericoli che li minacciano nella confusione del mondo, dove, accanto al vero si fa largo il falso, accanto alla pura essenza, l’apparenza, affinché essi, traviati da falsi maestri e profeti, non incolpino voi d’inganno.
17. Siate perciò anche prudenti come i serpenti, e non credete ciecamente a chiunque si avvicini a voi e chieda il pane dei Cieli, oppure – com’è scritto nel Vangelo – dica a Me «Signore! Signore!». Essi hanno ben altre intenzioni che seguirvi, essi vogliono solo sapere attraverso di voi, cosa potrebbe essere utile al loro scopo.
18. Leggete spesso correttamente questo Vangelo! Vi si trova molta più spirituale, profonda Verità di quella che Io vi possa dare qui, e fate attenzione a quanto detto, affinché anche voi non costruiate la vostra casa sulla sabbia, bensì sulla salda roccia della fiducia! Altrimenti vi accadrà come a molti che perdono l’equilibrio al minimo temporale spirituale o morale, e non sanno come si può aiutarli e consigliarli.
19. Molte parole e ancor molto dello spirituale Io vi do sotto migliaia di forme, e ora voi, in queste prediche domenicali, ricevete quasi, Io direi, la chiave per comprendere le Mie parole che un giorno diedi ai Miei discepoli e primi seguaci.
20. E sapete voi perché accade tutto questo? Vedete, proprio perché Io so fin troppo bene come le situazioni del tempo si disporranno in futuro, quando forza, sicurezza e salda perseveranza saranno sempre più necessarie! Qualcuno sarà messo alla prova per verificare se la sua casa spirituale sia costruita sulla roccia della Mia dottrina di fede e d’Amore, oppure se egli si sia solamente accontentato di leggere e ascoltare le Mie parole, ciò che equivale alla casa costruita sulla sabbia. Così come il vento soffia via la sabbia, o la pioggia la spazza via, ugualmente il tempo cancella dalla memoria le parole ascoltate o lette.
21. Le solide pietre da costruzione per la Mia e per la vostra futura, spirituale abitazione, sono le azioni; azioni compiute in base all’amore per Dio e per il prossimo. Solo queste sono permanenti, vi daranno quiete e pace, e risplenderanno come stupendi esempi per gli altri che in tali buone opere vi riconosceranno come autentici, e non come falsi profeti e maestri, il cui cuore non è quello dei lupi rapaci, ma quello di mansueti agnelli che diffondono non odio, collera, invidia, gelosia o vendetta, bensì solamente amore, per raccogliere ancora e ancora amore.
22. Così voi diverrete Miei prescelti e, con le Mie parole nella mano, scaccerete tutte le ombre e i dubbi, e diffonderete la luce di un grande mondo spirituale, altamente elevato oltre di voi, affinché al Mio Ritorno vi siano un solo Pastore e un unico gregge, e la vostra dimora, il globo terrestre, sia di nuovo trasformata nel paradiso che è stato un giorno, e che è andato perduto non a causa Mia, bensì degli uomini creati per Amore.
23. Ricordatevi questo, e a questo attenetevi il più spesso possibile! Solo così prospereranno in voi quiete e pace, e solo così sarete capaci di dare conforto agli altri. – Amen!
Copia da http://www.legamedelcielo.it/mayerhofer/prediche/predica_21.htm
所有這一章都涉及基於我的教導的戒律，必須遵守，以便人們 – 特別是在那個時候，我的門徒和聽眾 – 會知道如何在實際生活中練習自己的宗教法律。特別是在那些時候，對摩西律法的解釋，不是我的思想，我不得不自己來教，以免腐蝕猶太人宗教靈性的生命樹，以便它能夠再次結出果實對應於我的靈魂世界的規律。
所以在本章教学中，放縱別人的錯誤，謹慎不要強迫我的教導在沒有準備好的個人，以我為榜樣，對同胞進行慈善和愛的實踐。你會發現鄰居的愛的律法有詳細的解釋，並且你的注意力被吸引到這些我的要求並不那麼容易實現的事實，因為我愛的誡命所要求的犧牲被世界和自我的愛的試探所抵制 – 容易占據上風。
在那些時候，我向我的聽眾指出這一點，因為我事先知道在我离开后，除了我的門徒之外，還會出現一些人，他們尋求自己的優勢會以我對愛的教導為藉口。我還預言了這些假教師的命運 – 以及那些在這樣的錯誤教義下建立他們屬靈福利的人的命運 – 一旦精神和身體的風暴摧毀了他們的生命之船，那時只有他同樣接受我教導的人才能面對未來 – 無論結果如何 – 平靜下來。我將他們與其中一個人在岩石上建造房屋的相比較，另一個人在沙灘上。
那些我在那些時候給了我的門徒和信徒作為他們棘手道路的戒律，在任何時候都適用 – 今天以及將來。因為我的話確實是永恆的話語和为永恆的。他們永遠不會停止存在，也不會停止使用，因為他們建立在我真理的磐石上，是我天堂靈魂的殿堂。
正如石灰石在被生命物質或地球大氣中的氧氣接觸時溶解成紙漿一樣，改變其緊湊形式並且暴露在風中會散發出細小的灰塵，而不會留下任何前所未有的堅定性 – 除非它必須貢獻在另一種形式作為與沙子混合固定建築物的代理 – 這也將發生在地上的機構。但是，由於這樣一個長期的機構及其支持者不會輕易屈服於環境的壓力，所以我呼籲大家：“小心那些穿著羊皮來到你身邊的假先知，其內心卻是掠奪狼！ “
因此，要像蛇一樣謹慎，不要盲目地相信每個接近你的人都要求你從天上拿走麵包，或者 – 正如福音中所說的 – 對我說的“主，主”！他們根本不打算跟隨你，而只是想通過你找到能夠達到他自己目的的東西。
我和你未來屬靈住宅的堅固建築石是工作的 – 对於上帝和你鄰居的愛而進行的工作。他們本身就是持久的，給你冷靜與平靜，並且為其他人提供了一個很好的例子，這些人從你的善行中認出你是真的，而不是那些虛假的先知和老師，內心不像狼，而是像那一隻善良的羊羔，並不會產生仇恨，憤怒，嫉妒，或報復，而只是愛，傳播愛，並希望收穫愛。