False prophets are dangerous to the helpless and gullible. For centuries, they have fooled multitudes to follow their errors. No one can calculate the damage false prophets have inflicted upon not just Christians but also non-Christians.
The Bible records their presence and popularity even though it provides ample warnings against them. Jesus issued prominent warnings about false prophets. For example, “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”
When Jesus warned his followers of false prophets. He used the phrase, “Take heed.” This phrase gives the warning, “Beware, look out for” It also means “Discern”. His caution took two forms: the usual warning as well as counsel to discern the appearance of false prophets.
Jesus did not say that false prophets might come. He said they “shall come”. He described their coming as a certainty. Jesus reiterated their sure coming in Matthew 24.11 and 23-25. He warned that false Christs, false prophets, would arise. Biblical and Church history confirmed this statement. God’s people have always faced false leaders, centuries before Christ and after him as well. They still exist today.