Matt 7:15 Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
They come to us in sheep's clothing, meaning they will appear to be fellow sheep. But inwardly, they are ravening wolves (subsisting on prey, devouring). Their source of income is wrested from the sheep by coercion, false doctrine and any other means to separate the sheep from their money. They subsist totally on the sheep.
These false prophets are not ones who incorrectly foretell the future, although they might do that too. A prophet is one who speaks for the one who he represents. So these prophets who profess to speak for YHWH and preach or teach against Torah are the ones in view here.They say they represent Yahshua or the kingdom of heaven, but do it falsely with a false gospel. They not only add commandments, but many Christian denominations have taken away ALL of the Torah claiming it has been abolished.
Matt 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns or figs of thistles.
Matt 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
Matt 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Matt 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire.
Matt 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
The false prophet or teacher teaches that the law was abolished, that we are no longer obligated to follow it. Their fruit is false doctrine, lawlessness or Torah-less-ness. In Matt 3:10, Yahshua spoke of the Pharisees and Sadducees in this context. We know by other scriptures that they had added to the commandments of YHWH and developed their own traditions which they had elevated above Torah and often conflicted with it.
Malachi in Mal 3:5-7 said in the day of YHWH, he will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, adulterers, false swearers, those that oppress the widows and orphans, that cheat the hired hands of his wages using false weights and measures, the false prophet that turns those away from the truth, etc.
Matt 21 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.
This is a very sobering passage of scripture and not many understand it. They always think it is talking about someone else. What is the will of our Father in heaven? His will is that we KEEP His commandments, His statutes and judgments, His Law (Torah).
At the beginning of his sermon (Mat 5:17-20), Yahshua had given three examples to make a point about the Torah still being in effect.
He did not come to do away with the Torah (law).
This included the tiniest part (jot and tittle) of the Torah
Those who taught otherwise would be "least in the kingdom".
Matt 22 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?
Many is not a few. Immediately prior to these verses, he had just said to "enter in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction. and many go in thereat: Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life and few there be that find it."
On the day of judgment, they will tell him they had built crystal cathedrals and did all kinds of wonderful works in his name. They had even cast out devils in his name.
But for the bad news......
Matt 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Iniquity sounds pretty bad, doesn't it. What is iniquity as used here? The Greek word translated "iniquity" is anomia. Anomia is Strong's # 458 and means "without the law". Now what law is in sight here? The only law that matters is YHWH's law. It is the Torah. We can verify that the Greek word "nomos" means the Torah by comparing direct quotes from the Tanakh (Old Testament).
Heb 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith YHWH; I will put my LAWS (nomos) into their minds and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them an Elohim, and they shall be to me a people.
Jer 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days , saith YHWH, I will put my LAW (Torah) in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their Elohim and they shall be my people.
The words translated "law" in the above scriptures can be verified using a concordance. So what Yahshua is saying is that the workers of iniquity (Anomia - condition of without the Torah) are those that he never knew. These are Christian pastors, prophets and teachers that teach that the law (Torah) was nailed to the cross and we no longer are bound to obey it. How many of them keep the Sabbath or observe YHWH's Feasts that He said are to be observed forever? How many teach the clean food laws or that you can eat anything you want? Do they eat meat with the blood still in it? These are vital parts of the Torah which are completely ignored by most Christians today because their Pastors are teaching them lies?
These workers of iniquity are those who ignore and exclude Torah. They are the false shepherds that Yahshua warned against. Their fruits are false doctrine.
The word "Anomia" is used many more times in the writings of Paul and others. The Mystery of Iniquity is another place the word anomia is used. It is the mystery of Torahlessness.
These false prophets are called "chaff" in Jer 23:28. They are the ones:
Jer 23:27 Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbor, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Ba'al.
BDB Definition - Baal = "Lord".
Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in they name......?