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False Prophets Have A Lying Tongue

What do false prophets have in common with each other according to the Bible? Well, if you were to read in 1 Kings 22, it says that these people who call themselves prophets but are not, really have a lying spirit inside of them. Even many of the really believe this to be true, unknowingly being deceived instead. These people go about as workers of Satan and not God. The end goal is to deceive people into believing their own man-made teachings. This is sad since they always outnumber the real prophets, who are filled with the gift of prophecy, also. However, there is always a way to know if a prophet is of God or not. For the true prophets would never say follow me, but follow Jesus instead. And do you know of any churches who would rather point you to follow their prophets instead of God? I do! The Mormon Church. They even have a song called “Follow The Prophet“, which the lyrics say, “Follow the prophet, follow the prophet, follow the prophet; don’t go astray. Follow the prophet, follow the prophet, follow the prophet; he knows the way.” Now, does this sound like they are pointing people to follow Jesus or their prophets? There prophets, of course. Therefore, we can count them out as a true church right away. For if they were built up with this mindset of pointing people to follow their prophets, then it was also built from a lie from the beginning. In 1 Kings 22, it reads, 1“and there came forth a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will persuade him. And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.” (1 Kings 22:21,22) This was speaking of the 400 prophets that came forth from the King of Israel, who was Ahab. They are reminiscent of what they did and said, much like the Mormon prophets today. They appear good in what the say and do but are really evil on the inside.

In regards to true prophets, there were few of them at this time, one being named Micaiah. The king of Israel did not like him at all. For he said that 1“he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil.” (1 Kings 22:8) You see, he didn’t say things to tickle people’s feathers, but was willing to speak from the word of the Lord instead. And how did he talk? Of his own self or of God? This is what he said, “as the Lord liveth, what the Lord saith unto me, that will I speak.” (1 Kings 22:14) This is exactly the type of man that Jehoshaphat was looking for, not just people who say they are prophets. And before meeting up with this man of God, Jehoshaphat said something very important. He 1“said, Is there not here a prophet of the Lord besides, that we might enquire of him?” (1 Kings 22:7) How many people think this way anymore? Instead, people are ok with every wind of doctrine they hear from people and think it is of God, where a lot of the teachings are not even based on the Bible. Therefore, they are not of God. Now, in regards to Jehoshaphat, who trusted in God above men. He allowed Micaiah to speak and he said, 1“I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd: and the Lord said, These have no master: let them return every man to his house in peace.” (1 Kings 22:17) 1“Hear thou therefore the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left.” (1 Kings 22:19) And that Jehoshaphat would be safe in the war, but Ahab would be killed. Ahab didn’t believe this, but it came to pass just as he spoke. And another thing that we know is true about prophets is that their prophesies always come to pass since they speak for God. This is very important to know and understand in this day that we live. There are many false prophets among us, so keep reading the Bible and praying often, that you may know who is genuine and who is not.

Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people in this world will learn to understand the difference between a man of God and a wolf in sheep’s clothing. So often do both of these types of people appear genuine on the outside, but only one of them is genuine in the inside. What is sad is that these false prophets outnumber those people who really have the gift of prophecy in our day. So, Lord, I pray that people’s minds and ears are open to learning what You have said in the Bible, for it pertains to our day. That they may start seeking You out often in prayer as well. This way they will see who is really a charlatan and who is legit. Their eyes will be opened, much like mine have, and finally see the truth and no longer be led astray. Oh, how I love You and wish that more people would be pointing people to follow You, instead of seeking followers for themselves. It is really sad to know that even churches are now teaching people to follow their prophets, namely the Mormon Church. These people cannot even see the deceits they are under. Their eyes are blinded, so they continue to follow their prophets and are led astray. They may think that they are on the path which leads to heaven, but really they are on a path that leads to hell. Surely, we cannot follow men and be saved, but only believe in and follow You, Jesus for salvation. There is no other Name under heaven that we can be saved, but through You, Lord Jesus. I trust in what Your Word says and will never again follow prophets, but only hear them out if they are truly a man of God. I know that You will make this known to me and others. The gift of prophecy is for this day also, but the real purpose of our journey now is to trust in You, Jesus. We follow You and nobody else. I love You. Amen.

Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.

1 Kings 22
11 Kings 22 (KJV)
1 And they continued three years without war between Syria and Israel.
2 And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.
3 And the king of Israel said unto his servants, Know ye that Ramoth in Gilead is ours, and we be still, and take it not out of the hand of the king of Syria?
4 And he said unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt thou go with me to battle to Ramothgilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I am as thou art, my people as thy people, my horses as thy horses.
5 And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee, at the word of the Lord to day.
6 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
7 And Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the Lord besides, that we might enquire of him?
8 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the Lord: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.
9 Then the king of Israel called an officer, and said, Hasten hither Micaiah the son of Imlah.
10 And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah sat each on his throne, having put on their robes, in a void place in the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them.
11 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron: and he said, Thus saith the Lord, With these shalt thou push the Syrians, until thou have consumed them.
12 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramothgilead, and prosper: for the Lord shall deliver it into the king’s hand.
13 And the messenger that was gone to call Micaiah spake unto him, saying, Behold now, the words of the prophets declare good unto the king with one mouth: let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one of them, and speak that which is good.
14 And Micaiah said, As the Lord liveth, what the Lord saith unto me, that will I speak.
15 So he came to the king. And the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall we forbear? And he answered him, Go, and prosper: for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
16 And the king said unto him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the Lord?
17 And he said, I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd: and the Lord said, These have no master: let them return every man to his house in peace.
18 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil?
19 And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left.
20 And the Lord said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner.
21 And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will persuade him.
22 And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.
23 Now therefore, behold, the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the Lord hath spoken evil concerning thee.
24 But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah on the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the Lord from me to speak unto thee?
25 And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see in that day, when thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself.
26 And the king of Israel said, Take Micaiah, and carry him back unto Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king’s son;
27 And say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I come in peace.
28 And Micaiah said, If thou return at all in peace, the Lord hath not spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, O people, every one of you.
29 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramothgilead.
30 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and enter into the battle; but put thou on thy robes. And the king of Israel disguised himself, and went into the battle.
31 But the king of Syria commanded his thirty and two captains that had rule over his chariots, saying, Fight neither with small nor great, save only with the king of Israel.
32 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, Surely it is the king of Israel. And they turned aside to fight against him: and Jehoshaphat cried out.
33 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots perceived that it was not the king of Israel, that they turned back from pursuing him.
34 And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness: wherefore he said unto the driver of his chariot, Turn thine hand, and carry me out of the host; for I am wounded.
35 And the battle increased that day: and the king was stayed up in his chariot against the Syrians, and died at even: and the blood ran out of the wound into the midst of the chariot.
36 And there went a proclamation throughout the host about the going down of the sun, saying, Every man to his city, and every man to his own country.
37 So the king died, and was brought to Samaria; and they buried the king in Samaria.
38 And one washed the chariot in the pool of Samaria; and the dogs licked up his blood; and they washed his armour; according unto the word of the Lord which he spake.
39 Now the rest of the acts of Ahab, and all that he did, and the ivory house which he made, and all the cities that he built, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
40 So Ahab slept with his fathers; and Ahaziah his son reigned in his stead.
41 And Jehoshaphat the son of Asa began to reign over Judah in the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel.
42 Jehoshaphat was thirty and five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.
43 And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father; he turned not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of the Lord: nevertheless the high places were not taken away; for the people offered and burnt incense yet in the high places.
44 And Jehoshaphat made peace with the king of Israel.
45 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, and his might that he shewed, and how he warred, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
46 And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land.
47 There was then no king in Edom: a deputy was king.
48 Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold: but they went not; for the ships were broken at Eziongeber.
49 Then said Ahaziah the son of Ahab unto Jehoshaphat, Let my servants go with thy servants in the ships. But Jehoshaphat would not.
50 And Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father: and Jehoram his son reigned in his stead.
51 Ahaziah the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned two years over Israel.
52 And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the way of his father, and in the way of his mother, and in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin:
53 For he served Baal, and worshipped him, and provoked to anger the Lord God of Israel, according to all that his father had done.

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