“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves”. Matthew 7:15 NASB
Many people put up “Beware of Dog” signs. Some truly are guard dogs who are quite protective and you wouldn’t want to get on their property. Others are more to protect the owners so you are properly warned if you get nipped on their land. A “Beware” sign gets your attention and you know to look out and be very cautious.
The bible is full of “Bewares”. In Matthew 7, Jesus is preaching and teaching his sermon on the mount. It lists instructions on what to do and what not to do. In verse 15, he tells us that false prophets come disguised as sheep but are truly wolves in sheep’s clothing. Jesus follows it up by telling us in verse 16 that we will know them by their fruits. Good trees bear good fruit and bad trees bear bad fruit. We should approach with caution until we see their actions. Jesus warns his followers in Matthew 10:16, “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves”.
Jesus tells us in the end times that false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect (Matthew 24:24). 2 Corinthians 11:14 states, “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light”.
Not everyone you meet will be transparent in their words and deeds. We are to do unto others as we would have them do unto us but we are to be wise in our relationships and dealings. Some are out to deceive and there will be no “Beware of the Dog” sign to warn you. We must fill up on the word of God and look to their fruit to know whether the tree is good or bad.
Don’t be deceived. Be wise. Be cautious. Proceed with care. You don’t want to get bitten when you least expect it.