What the scriptures say about
people who credit untrue messages to the Lord God Almighty or as truth
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  Isaiah 44:24-26   The Lord God foils the signs of false prophets
  Jeremiah 14:14   prophets are prophesying lies in the Lord's name
  Jeremiah 23:16; 33   Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes.
  Jeremiah 28:1-3   example: Hananiah
  Ezekiel 13:1-3   those who prophesy out of their own imagination ... who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!
  Jeremiah 50:36   |   Lamentations 2:14   |   Ezekiel 13:9   |   Ezekiel 22:28   |   Micah 2:6  

Resist false prophecy:   Isaiah 8:11-20   Don't believe everything you hear!
More: Consult God's word, not dead spirits, mediums, or idols - see scriptures
  Matthew 7:15   don't discern by appearance
  Matthew 24:11   many false prophets will deceive many
  Matthew 24:24   Mark 13:22   false messiahs, false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect if that were possible
  Luke 26:26-27   do all men speak well of you? that is how their fathers treated the false prophets. Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you
  Acts 13:6   example: Bar-Jesus
  2Peter 2:1   false teachers will secretly introduce destructive heresies
  1John 4:1   do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God
  Revelation 16:13   the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet
  Revelation 19:20   But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.
  Revelation 20:10   And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown.

Also see "any other doctrine" -   2Corinthians 11:4   |   Galatians 1:6-9  

FALSE PROPHET [Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology]

False Prophet

PROPHESYINGS, FALSE [International Standard Bible Encyclopedia] (and more)

The distinction between the true and the false prophecy and prophets is very difficult to state.

Broadly speaking,

the false prophesying related itself to the national ideal independently of any spiritual quality,

while the true prophesying ever kept uppermost the spiritual conception of the national life.

Among those given to false prophesying were

the ones who spoke after "the deceit of their own heart" (Jeremiah 14:13-14);

those who without real prophetic gift borrowed a message and assumed the speech of prophecy (Jeremiah 23:28,31);

and those who sought the prophet's role in order to gain the material gifts which came from the people to their prophets (Micah 3:5).

These, when discovered, were counted worthy of punishment and even death.

There were, however, false prophesyings from men who honestly believed themselves to have a message from Yahweh. These prophecies from self-deceived prophets often led the people astray. The dream of national greatness was substituted for the voice of Yahweh. It was against such prophesying that the true prophets had to contend.

The only test here was the spiritual character of the utterance, and this test demanded a certain moral or spiritual sense which the people did not always possess.

Consequently, in times of moral darkness the false prophets, predicting smooth things for the nation, independent of

and the pursuit of spiritual ideals,
were honored above the true prophets who emphasized
the moral greatness of Yahweh
and the necessity of righteousness for the nation.

In New Testament times false prophesying did much injury in the church.


C. E. Schenk

BOAST [Thompson Chain Reference]
#False Prophets

    * Deuteronomy 13:5
    * Deuteronomy 18:22
    * Isaiah 9:15
    * Jeremiah 2:8
    * Jeremiah 5:31
    * Jeremiah 14:14
    * Jeremiah 23:16
    * Ezekiel 13:2
    * Ezekiel 22:28
    * Hosea 9:7
    * Micah 3:5
    * Zephaniah 3:4
    * Zechariah 13:3
    * Matthew 7:15
    * Matthew 24:11
    * Mark 13:22 

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