“See, I have told you beforehand. Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it.” - Matthew 24:25-26
History records deceivers who have led people astray, promising their followers signs and wonders and wealth and other material possessions. There was an Egyptian who many thought was the apostle Paul. This false prophet gathered a motley gang of thieves and murderers together, numbering almost 4 000.
They were chased down in the desert by Felix, the Roman general who killed most and took captive those who were not slaughtered by the Roman soldiers.
There was another false prophet who promised salvation to the people, if they would follow him into the desert. He and his followers all ended up being killed. Another self-appointed prophet by the name of Jonathan persuaded a number to follow him into the desert but he was captured and burned alive by Vespasian, a famous Roman general.
The famous Jewish historian Josephus, recounts stories of promises of deliverance from false religious leaders, who deceived many into following them. He documents an occasion when thousands died in a fire after following a false teacher.
We know from recent history of similar so-called prophets who have deceived people and taken them to tragic deaths, by suicide.
Be careful not to be misled. Make sure you are following Jesus and not some self-appointed prophet.
Dear heavenly Father, thank You for the Holy Spirit who indwells me. Thank you for leading me in truth and helping me always to stay on the right path, in the name of the Lord Jesus.