And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
In John’s vision, he sees a “flood” of false teaching proceeding from the mouth of Satan. This is done in an attempt to oppose the Lord’s people as they teach the truths of His Word and bring honor and glory to the Lord’s name.
The Word of the Lord has much to say about false teaching and the proper way to stand in opposition to it. Here a just a sampling…
- The origin of all false teaching is Satan…
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (Joh 8:44 KJV)
- False teachers are to be expected, they pose a danger to others, and the eternal results of their ministry that await them…
“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” (2Pe 2:1-3 KJV)
- Christians must put all teaching they receive to the test…
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1Jn 4:1 KJV)
- The need to examine the fruits of the false teachers…
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Mat 7:15-20 KJV)
(Note: Some of these Biblical fruits are:
- Living personal lives of holiness before the Lord;
- Presenting teachings that only present God’s Word;
- Their followers exhibit a changed life – turning from sin and bearing the fruits of the Spirit;
- The Lord receives all the glory for their ministry
- etc. etc.)
May the Lord give us wisdom to ALWAYS test the teachings that we receive and make certain that we are following those men who are presenting the truths of God’s Word for our edification. May we reject any other ministers and have no part in propagating their error.
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation: