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Beware of False Prophets

The Bible provides a number of ways in which false prophets can be detected.

By Colin Standish

In the reign of wicked King Ahab of Israel, good King Jehoshaphat of Judah visited him. Ahab treated Jehoshaphat and his retinue with great pomp and ceremony and then extracted a promise from Jehoshaphat to bring the army of Judah to help Israel fight against the Syrians.

Jehoshaphat seems to have agreed impulsively without first consulting the Lord. But he must have had some sudden second thoughts because immediately afterwards he requested of Ahab, “Inquire, I pray thee, at the word of the Lord today.” 2 Chron. 18:4.

The wily Ahab quickly gathered 400 “prophets,” whose response to the king was enthusiastically positive. “Go up; for God will deliver it into the king’s hand.” V. 5. Instinctively Jehoshaphat knew that these “prophets” were not of God. On his insistence, the reluctant Ahab called for Micaiah, a true prophet of God. His message was altogether different. Micaiah, despite being treated cruelly by Ahab, foretold

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About the author

Colin Standish (1933-2018) was an educator, administrator, and the founding president of Hartland Institute. He, along with his twin brother, Russell, coauthored 76 books.