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Back to Jerusalem

The Coming King

The Rebellious Prince

The Supreme Sacrifice

The Law of the King

Bricks Without Straw

The Glorious Kingdom

Witch of Endor

Cities of Ash

A River of Life

Resting the Land

Bowing to Baylon

A Heavenly Model

Cleansing the Temple

A Tale of Two Women

Windows of Heaven

The Daughter's Dance

Ten Times Wiser

Voice in the Wilderness

Proving the Prophets

A Jar of Oil

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Proving the Prophets

Ahab, the wicked king of Israel, wanted to recapture the town of Ramoth-gilead from the Syrians. But he needed help, so he asked good King Jehoshaphat of Judah to join his campaign against their common enemy. Jehoshaphat said he was willing to join forces with Ahab, but that they should first seek God's counsel.

Ahab had forsaken the Lord years earlier to worship the pagan god Baal, so he called in 400 hired prophets to come before the two monarchs. With dramatic display, these false prophets said, "Go and fight the Syrians, and you will be victorious!" But King Jehoshaphat requested to hear from a true prophet of the Lord. Ahab said that there was one prophet of Jehovah left whose name was Micaiah, but he added, "I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil." Verse 8.

At Jehoshaphat's insistence, Ahab reluctantly sent a servant to fetch Micaiah. The brave prophet came and made a very unpopular prediction. He told Ahab that he would die in the battle with Syria. Now Ahab faced a tough decision. Should he believe 400 prophets who say nice things, or one lone prophet of the Lord?

Stubborn King Ahab persuaded Jehoshaphat to disregard the warnings of the prophet Micaiah and join him in the war. He thought he could outsmart the Lord by dressing in full armor and avoiding the front lines of battle. But Ahab learned too late that you can never escape the Word of God. During the battle, a stray arrow flying through the air struck Ahab in the joints of his armor, and he bled to death in his chariot.

Jesus warned that there will be many false prophets in the last days (Matthew 24:11). That is why we must know how to distinguish the true from the counterfeit. It may be a matter of life or death!
1.   To whom does the Lord reveal His final plans?
Amos 3:7 .   Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the _______.

Answer: ___________________________

2.   Will there be both true and false prophets in the last days?
Matthew 24:11 .   And many _______ prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy.

Answer: ___________________________

Note:   Yes, there will be both true and false prophets in the end time. The Scriptures also teach that prophets can be either men or women.

3.   What types of false prophets are specifically condemned in the Bible?
Deuteronomy 18:10 .   "One ... that useth ________ [fortune teller]." Deuteronomy 18:10.

"An observer of times [astrologer]." Deuteronomy 18:10.

"An enchanter [magician]." Deuteronomy 18:10.

"A witch [female psychic]." Deuteronomy 18:10.

"A charmer [person who casts spells or charms]." Deuteronomy 18:11.

"A consulter with familiar spirits [spirit medium]." Deuteronomy 18:11.

"A wizard [male psychic]." Deuteronomy 18:11.

"A necromancer [person who claims to consult with the dead]." Deuteronomy 18:11.

Answer: ___________________________

Note:   Deuteronomy 18:9-12 says that all who do these things are an "abomination" to the Lord. For this reason, Christians should have nothing to do with them.

4.   Will God's end-time church have the gift of prophecy?
Revelation 12:17 .   And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the ______________ of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 19:10 I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Answer: ___________________________

Note:   As we learned in Lesson 17, God's end-time remnant church has "the testimony of Jesus," which is "the spirit of prophecy." By comparing Revelation 19:10 and 22:9, we see that the angel defines John's "brethren" that have the spirit of prophecy as "the prophets" and "them which keep the sayings of this book." In 1 Corinthians 1:5-8, Paul writes that the church will have "the testimony of Christ" and will "come behind in no gift" until Jesus' second coming. So God's last-day church will indeed still have the gift of prophecy.

5.   In what ways does God speak to a true prophet?
Numbers 12:6, 8 .   If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a _______, and will speak unto him in a dream. ... With him will I speak mouth to mouth.

Zechariah 4:1 And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep.

Answer: ___________________________

Note:   The Lord speaks to His prophets by visions, in dreams, face to face, and through angels. Crystal balls, palm readings, tea leaf deciphering, star gazing, and claiming to talk with the dead are not God's methods of communicating with a prophet.

6.   Are miracles definite evidence of a true prophet?
Revelation 16:14 .   For they are the spirits of _______, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world.

Answer: ___________________________

Note:   No, miracles are not proof that someone is a true prophet. They prove only one thing--supernatural power. But supernatural power may come either from God or from Satan. That is why the Lord tells us: "Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world." 1 John 4:1.

7.   What is the most important test of a prophet?
Isaiah 8:20 .   To the ______ and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Answer: ___________________________

Note:   The "law and the testimony" was an Old Testament expression for "Bible." In other words, a message from someone who claims to have a prophetic utterance from God must be compared with the Bible. We must test the prophet by the Bible, and not the Bible by the prophet. Any true prophet of God will always agree 100 percent with Scripture. This is the true test.

8.   What is the second test of a prophet?
1 John 4:2 .   Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that _______ Christ is come in the flesh is of God.

Answer: ___________________________

Note:   A prophet of God must acknowledge and teach the truth about Jesus Christ--that He was God in human form. True prophets must also exalt Jesus, not themselves. Most false prophets seek to draw attention away from God's Word and to their own ideas.

9.   What is the third test of a prophet?
Matthew 7:16 .   Ye shall know them by their _________.

Answer: ___________________________

Note:   This does not mean that the prophet will be perfect. God's prophets have always had faults. However, there must be consistency between what true prophets teach and the lives they live.

10.   What is the fourth test of a prophet?
Jeremiah 28:9 .   When the word of the prophet shall come to _____, then shall the prophet be known, that the Lord hath truly sent him.

Answer: ___________________________

Note:   A true prophet will not make false predictions. If a prophet is of God, the things he or she says will come to pass. However, accuracy alone does not automatically qualify a person as a true prophet. Deuteronomy 13:1-3 warns that false prophets can give signs that will come to pass and then use their influence to lead people to follow other gods. A true prophet must lead people to worship God according to the Bible.

11.   What three things does Paul command regarding prophecy?
1 Thessalonians 5:20, 21 .   Despise not prophesyings. _______ all things; hold fast that which is good.

Answer: ___________________________

Note:   Paul says that we are not to despise, or reject, the gift of prophecy. Rather, we must test a prophet's messages by Scripture and follow what is good and true.

12.   Whose counsel do we reject when we reject the words of a true prophet?
Luke 7:28-30 .   There is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: ... And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God. ... But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of ___ against themselves.

Answer: ___________________________

Note:   When we reject the words of a true prophet, we reject the counsel of God. A solemn thought! The Bible tells us to listen to God's prophets and promises that all who follow the counsel of a true prophet will prosper.
2 Chronicles 20:20 Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

13.   Since God still speaks through prophets, and since a true prophet's words are the personal "testimony of Jesus" to you, are you willing to test modern prophets by the Bible and follow the counsel of those who agree with Scripture?

Answer: ___________________________


Time is short.  Let us get ready for the soon return of our Lord.