Q: #234. How many false prophets are mentioned in the Bible?
By: Steve Shirley
A: Here is a list of 12 false prophets I found in my studies.
Ahab (Jer 29:21)
Elymas (Bar-Jesus) (Acts 13:6-12)
Pashhur (Jer 20:6)
Hananiah (Jer 28)
Zedekiah (Son Of Chenaanah) (1 Kin 22:11)
Zedekiah (Not Son Of Chenaanah) (Jer 28)
Shemaiah (Jer 29:24-32)
Balaam (2 Pet 2:15-16)(Jude 11)
The False Prophet Of Revelation (Rev 16:13)(Rev 19:20)(Rev 20:10)
450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah (1 Kin 18:19-20)
Ahab's prophets (1 Kin 22:10-12)
More prophets of Baal (Jer 2:8)(Jer 23:13)
The Bible also says several other things about false prophets.
We are to test all prophets to see if they are true or false: (1 Jn 4:1)(Isa 8:20).
False prophets are not sent by God: (Jer 14:14)(Jer 23:21)(Jer 29:31).
They are false prophets if:
If what they prophesy is not right 100% of the time (Deut 18:21-22).
If they don't speak the truth (1 Kin 22:28)(Jer 28:15).
If they are greedy and deal falsely (Jer 6:13).
If they teach you to follow after other gods (Deut 13:1-3).
If they prophesy for money (Mic 3:11).
If they prophesy peace (Jer 6:14)(Jer 23:17).
If all men speak well of them (Lk 6:26).
The punishment in the Bible for being a false prophet was death: (Deut 13:5)(Deut 18:20).
Jesus said that in the end times, (Mt 24:11) "Many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many" (Also see: Mt 24:24, Mk 13:22).
Jesus also gives us a warning about false prophets in (Mt 7:15-16) saying, "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. (16) Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Many of these who claim to prophesy from the Lord will stand before Him on Judgment Day, and the Lord will say to them, "I never knew you, depart from me, ye that work iniquity" (Mt 7:21-23).