Shalom, everyone! For as long as we have been a people, The Almighty has sent among us true prophets but also allowed false prophets to operate. The Almighty sends the true prophet to encourage us to serve only Him, repent of our sins, return to Torah obedience, and warn us of danger ahead. The Almighty allows the false prophet around us to test us to see if we truly love Him with all our being. The following are some key differences between The Almighty‘s true prophets and His false prophets:
I. TRUE PROPHETS
- True prophets will only speak to the people whatever The Almighty commands them, and at the precise time He says to speak. All their predictions come true.
- True prophets will always encourage the people to serve The Almighty faithfully, repent and return to Torah obedience.
- True prophets are often despised by the very people to whom The Almighty has sent them. True prophets will speak the truth regardless of the consequences.
- The Almighty will vigorously defend His true prophets and avenge any injustice committed against them, and reward those who heed the instructions the true prophets have given.
- The Almighty speaks to his true prophets in visions, dreams and/or riddles. Only with Moses did He speak plainly, directly and face-to-face.
II. FALSE PROPHETS
- False prophets will presume to speak in the name of The Almighty but their predictions do not come true.
- False prophets may accurately predict the future BUT will encourage the people to worship a false deity and/or disobey The Almighty’s commandments. The Almighty uses false prophets to test us.
- False prophets are often motivated by material gain (money, position, fame, and prestige). They do not care about the welfare of the people, only what they can take from them.
- More people prefer to listen to false prophets than true prophets. False prophets will speak lies to preserve their own lives, income and/or position.
- The Almighty will bring false prophets to shame and utterly destroy them, along with all who listen to them.
I. TRUE PROPHETS
1. True prophets will only speak to the people whatever The Almighty commands them, and at the precise time He says to speak. All their predictions come true.
Exodus 7:1 ~ “The LORD replied to Moses, “See, I place you in the role of God to Pharaoh, with your brother Aaron as your prophet.”
Exodus 7:2 ~ “You shall repeat all that I command you, and your brother Aaron shall speak to Pharaoh to let the Israelites depart from his land.
Deuteronomy 18:18 ~ “I will raise up a prophet for them from among their own people, like yourself: I will put My words in his mouth and he will speak to them all that I command him;
I Samuel 3:19 ~ “Samuel grew up and the LORD was with him: He did not leave any of Samuel’s predictions unfulfilled.”
I Samuel 3:20 ~ “All Israel, from Dan to Beer-sheba, knew that Samuel was trustworthy as a prophet of the LORD.”
I Samuel 3:21 ~ “And the LORD continued to appear at Shiloh: the LORD revealed Himself to Samuel at Shiloh with the word of the LORD;”
I Samuel 9:9 ~ “Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, thus he said: ‘Come and let us go to the seer’; for he that is now called a prophet was beforetime called a seer.—”
Jeremiah 1:4 ~ “The word of the LORD came to me:”
Jeremiah 1:5 ~ “Before I created you in the womb, I selected you; Before you were born, I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet concerning the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:6 ~ “I replied: Ah, Lord GOD! I don’t know how to speak, For I am still a boy.”
Jeremiah 1:7 ~ “And the LORD said to me: Do not say, “I am still a boy,” But go wherever I send you And speak whatever I command you.”
Jeremiah 1:8 ~ “Have no fear of them, For I am with you to deliver you —declares the LORD.”
Jeremiah 1:9 ~ “The LORD put out His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me: Herewith I put My words into your mouth.”
Jeremiah 1:17 ~ “So you, gird up your loins, Arise and speak to them All that I command you. Do not break down before them, Lest I break you before them.”
Jeremiah 23:18 ~ “But he who has stood in the council of the LORD, And seen, and heard His word— He who has listened to His word must obey.”
Jeremiah 23:28 ~ “Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream; and let him who has received My word report My word faithfully! How can straw be compared to grain?—says the LORD.”
Habbakuk 2:1 ~ “I will stand on my watch, Take up my station at the post, And wait to see what He will say to me, What He will reply to my complaint.”
2. True prophets will always encourage the people to serve The Almighty faithfully, repent and return to Torah obedience.
II Kings 17:13 ~ “The LORD warned Israel and Judah by every prophet [and] every seer, saying: “Turn back from your wicked ways, and observe My commandments and My laws, according to all the Teaching that I commanded your fathers and that I transmitted to you through My servants the prophets.””
Jeremiah 23:21 ~ “I did not send those prophets, But they rushed in; I did not speak to them, Yet they prophesied.”
Jeremiah 23:22 ~ “If they have stood in My council, Let them announce My words to My people And make them turn back From their evil ways and wicked acts.”
Jeremiah 35:15 ~ “I persistently sent you all My servants, the prophets, to say: ‘Turn back, every one of you, from your wicked ways and mend your deeds; do not follow other gods or serve them. Then you may remain on the land that I gave to you and your fathers.’ But you did not give ear or listen to Me.”
Malachi 3:22 ~ “Remember ye the law of Moses My servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, even statutes and ordinances.”
Malachi 3:23 ~ “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming Of the great and terrible day of the LORD.”
Malachi 3:24 ~ “And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers; lest I come and smite the land with utter destruction. [Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD.]”
3. True prophets are often despised by the very people to whom The Almighty has sent them. True prophets will speak the truth regardless of the consequences.
Daniel 3:16 ~ “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego said in reply to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter,”
Daniel 3:17 ~ “for if so it must be, our God whom we serve is able to save us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will save us from your power, O king.”
Daniel 3:18 ~ “But even if He does not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your god or worship the statue of gold that you have set up.””
Jeremiah 26:4 ~ ““Say to them: Thus said the LORD: If you do not obey Me, abiding by the Teaching that I have set before you,”
Jeremiah 26:5 ~ “heeding the words of My servants the prophets whom I have been sending to you persistently—but you have not heeded—”
Jeremiah 26:6 ~ “then I will make this House like Shiloh, and I will make this city a curse for all the nations of earth.””
Jeremiah 26:7 ~ “The priests and prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the House of the LORD.”
Jeremiah 26:8 ~ “And when Jeremiah finished speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak to all the people, the priests and the prophets and all the people seized him, shouting, “You shall die!”
Jeremiah 26:9 ~ “How dare you prophesy in the name of the LORD that this House shall become like Shiloh and this city be made desolate, without inhabitants?” And all the people crowded about Jeremiah in the House of the LORD.”
Jeremiah 26:10 ~ “When the officials of Judah heard about this, they went up from the king’s palace to the House of the LORD and held a session at the entrance of the New Gate of the House of the LORD.”
Jeremiah 26:11 ~ “The priests and prophets said to the officials and to all the people, “This man deserves the death penalty, for he has prophesied against this city, as you yourselves have heard.””
Jeremiah 26:12 ~ “Jeremiah said to the officials and to all the people, “It was the LORD who sent me to prophesy against this House and this city all the words you heard.” Jeremiah 26:13 ~ “Therefore mend your ways and your acts, and heed the LORD your God, that the LORD may renounce the punishment He has decreed for you.”
Jeremiah 26:14 ~ “As for me, I am in your hands: do to me what seems good and right to you.”
4. The Almighty will vigorously defend His true prophets and avenge any injustice committed against them; and reward those who heed the instructions the true prophets have given.
Genesis 20:6 ~ “And God said to him in the dream, “I knew that you did this with a blameless heart, and so I kept you from sinning against Me. That was why I did not let you touch her.”
Genesis 20:7 ~ “Therefore, restore the man’s wife—since he is a prophet, he will intercede for you—to save your life. If you fail to restore her, know that you shall die, you and all that are yours.””
Deuteronomy 18:18 ~ “I will raise up a prophet for them from among their own people, like yourself: I will put My words in his mouth and he will speak to them all that I command him;
Deuteronomy 18:19 ~ “and if anybody fails to heed the words he speaks in My name, I Myself will call him to account.”
Jeremiah 26:15 ~ “But know that if you put me to death, you and this city and its inhabitants will be guilty of shedding the blood of an innocent man. For in truth the LORD has sent me to you, to speak all these words to you.””
Jeremiah 26:16 ~ “Then the officials and all the people said to the priests and prophets, “This man does not deserve the death penalty, for he spoke to us in the name of the LORD our God.””
II Kings 2:23 ~ “From there he went up to Bethel. As he was going up the road, some little boys came out of the town and jeered at him, saying, “Go away, baldhead! Go away, baldhead!””
II Kings 2:24 ~ “He turned around and looked at them and cursed them in the name of the LORD. Thereupon, two she-bears came out of the woods and mangled forty-two of the children.”
5. The Almighty speaks to his true prophets in visions, dreams and/or riddles. Only with Moses did He speak plainly, directly and face-to-face.
Numbers 12:4 ~ “Suddenly the LORD called to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, “Come out, you three, to the Tent of Meeting.” So the three of them went out.”
Numbers 12:5 ~ “The LORD came down in a pillar of cloud, stopped at the entrance of the Tent, and called out, “Aaron and Miriam!” The two of them came forward;”
Numbers 12:6 ~ “and He said, “Hear these My words: When a prophet of the LORD arises among you, I make Myself known to him in a vision, I speak with him in a dream.”
Numbers 12:7 ~ “Not so with My servant Moses; he is trusted throughout My household.”
Numbers 12:8 ~ “With him I speak mouth to mouth, plainly and not in riddles, and he beholds the likeness of the LORD. How then did you not shrink from speaking against My servant Moses!””
Deuteronomy 34:10 ~ “Never again did there arise in Israel a prophet like Moses—whom the LORD singled out, face to face,”
Deuteronomy 34:11 ~ “for the various signs and portents that the LORD sent him to display in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his courtiers and his whole country,”
Deuteronomy 34:12 ~ “and for all the great might and awesome power that Moses displayed before all Israel.”
II. FALSE PROPHETS
1. False prophets will presume to speak in the name of The Almighty but their predictions do not come true.
Deuteronomy 18:21 ~ “And should you ask yourselves, “How can we know that the oracle was not spoken by the LORD?”—”
Deuteronomy 18:22 ~ “if the prophet speaks in the name of the LORD and the oracle does not come true, that oracle was not spoken by the LORD; the prophet has uttered it presumptuously: do not stand in dread of him.
Jeremiah 14:13 ~ “Then said I: ‘Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say unto them: Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place.’”
Jeremiah 14:14 ~ “Then the LORD said unto me: ‘The prophets prophesy lies in My name; I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spoke I unto them; they prophesy unto you a lying vision, and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their own heart.”
Jeremiah 14:15 ~ “Therefore thus saith the LORD: As for the prophets that prophesy in My name, and I sent them not, yet they say: Sword and famine shall not be in this land, by sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed;”
Jeremiah 14:16 ~ “and the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and they shall have none to bury them, them, their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters; for I will pour their evil upon them.’”
Jeremiah 23:25 ~ “I have heard what the prophets say, who prophesy falsely in My name: “I had a dream, I had a dream.””
Jeremiah 23:26 ~ “How long will there be in the minds of the prophets who prophesy falsehood—the prophets of their own deceitful minds—”
Jeremiah 23:27 ~ “the plan to make My people forget My name, by means of the dreams which they tell each other, just as their fathers forgot My name because of Baal?”
Jeremiah 29:8 ~ “For thus said the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel: Let not the prophets and diviners in your midst deceive you, and pay no heed to the dreams they dream.”
Jeremiah 29:9 ~ “For they prophesy to you in My name falsely; I did not send them—declares the LORD.”
2. False prophets may accurately predict the future BUT will encourage the people to worship a false deity and/or disobey The Almighty’s commandments. YAH uses false prophets to test us.
Deuteronomy 13:1 ~ “Be careful to observe only that which I enjoin upon you: neither add to it nor take away from it.”
Deuteronomy 13:2 ~ “If there appears among you a prophet or a dream-diviner and he gives you a sign or a portent,
Deuteronomy 13:3 ~ “saying, “Let us follow and worship another god”—whom you have not experienced—even if the sign or portent that he named to you comes true,”
Deuteronomy 13:4 ~ “do not heed the words of that prophet or that dream-diviner. For the LORD your God is testing you to see whether you really love the LORD your God with all your heart and soul.“
Deuteronomy 13:5 ~ “Follow none but the LORD your God, and revere none but Him; observe His commandments alone, and heed only His orders; worship none but Him, and hold fast to Him.”
Deuteronomy 13:6 ~ “As for that prophet or dream-diviner, he shall be put to death; for he urged disloyalty to the LORD your God—who freed you from the land of Egypt and who redeemed you from the house of bondage—to make you stray from the path that the LORD your God commanded you to follow. Thus you will sweep out evil from your midst.”
Jeremiah 23:14 ~ “But what I see in the prophets of Jerusalem Is something horrifying: Adultery and false dealing. They encourage evildoers, So that no one turns back from his wickedness. To Me they are all like Sodom, And [all] its inhabitants like Gomorrah.”
3. False prophets are often motivated by material gain (money, position, fame and prestige). They do not care about the welfare of the people, only what they can take from them.
II Kings 5:21 ~ “So Gehazi hurried after Naaman. When Naaman saw someone running after him, he alighted from his chariot to meet him and said, “Is all well?””
II Kings 5:22 ~ ““All is well,” he replied. “My master has sent me to say: Two youths, disciples of the prophets, have just come to me from the hill country of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two changes of clothing.””
II Kings 5:23 ~ “Naaman said, “Please take two talents.” He urged him, and he wrapped the two talents of silver in two bags and gave them, along with two changes of clothes, to two of his servants, who carried them ahead of him.”
II Kings 5:24 ~ “When [Gehazi] arrived at the citadel, he took [the things] from them and deposited them in the house. Then he dismissed the men and they went their way.”
Jeremiah 6:13 ~ “For from the smallest to the greatest, They are all greedy for gain; Priest and prophet alike, They all act falsely.”
Jeremiah 6:14 ~ “They offer healing offhand For the wounds of My people, Saying, “All is well, all is well,” When nothing is well.”
Jeremiah 6:15 ~ “They have acted shamefully; They have done abhorrent things— Yet they do not feel shame, And they cannot be made to blush. Assuredly, they shall fall among the falling, They shall stumble at the time when I punish them —said the LORD.”
Ezekiel 22:25 ~ “Her gang of prophets are like roaring lions in her midst, rending prey. They devour human beings; they seize treasure and wealth; they have widowed many women in her midst.”
Ezekiel 22:26 ~ “Her priests have violated My Teaching: they have profaned what is sacred to Me, they have not distinguished between the sacred and the profane, they have not taught the difference between the unclean and the clean, and they have closed their eyes to My sabbaths. I am profaned in their midst.”
Ezekiel 22:27 ~ “Her officials are like wolves rending prey in her midst; they shed blood and destroy lives to win ill-gotten gain.”
Ezekiel 22:28 ~ “Her prophets, too, daub the wall for them with plaster: They prophesy falsely and divine deceitfully for them; they say, “Thus said the Lord GOD,” when the LORD has not spoken.”
Micah 3:9 ~ “Hear this, you rulers of the House of Jacob, You chiefs of the House of Israel, Who detest justice And make crooked all that is straight,”
Micah 3:10 ~”Who build Zion with crime, Jerusalem with iniquity!”
Micah 3:11 ~ “Her rulers judge for gifts, Her priests give rulings for a fee, And her prophets divine for pay; Yet they rely upon the LORD, saying, “The LORD is in our midst; No calamity shall overtake us.””
Micah 3:12 ~ “Assuredly, because of you Zion shall be plowed as a field, And Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins, And the Temple Mount A shrine in the woods.”
4. More people prefer to listen to false prophets than true prophets. False prophets will speak lies to preserve their own lives, income and/or position.
Isaiah 30:9 ~ “For it is a rebellious people, Faithless children, Children who refused to heed The instruction of the LORD;”
Isaiah 30:10 ~ “Who said to the seers, “Do not see,” To the prophets, “Do not prophesy truth to us; Speak to us falsehoods, Prophesy delusions.”
Isaiah 30:11 ~ “Leave the way! Get off the path! Let us hear no more About the Holy One of Israel!””
Isaiah 30:12 ~ “Assuredly, Thus said the Holy One of Israel: Because you have rejected this word, And have put your trust and reliance In that which is fraudulent and tortuous—”
Isaiah 30:13 ~ “Of a surety, This iniquity shall work on you Like a spreading breach that occurs in a lofty wall, Whose crash comes sudden and swift.”
Isaiah 30:14 ~ “It is smashed as one smashes an earthen jug, Ruthlessly shattered So that no shard is left in its breakage To scoop coals from a brazier, Or ladle water from a puddle.”
Jeremiah 5:30 ~ “An appalling, horrible thing Has happened in the land:”
Jeremiah 5:31 ~ “The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule accordingly; And My people like it so. But what will you do at the end of it?”
Jeremiah 23:16 ~ “Thus said the LORD of Hosts: Do not listen to the words of the prophets Who prophesy to you. They are deluding you, The prophecies they speak are from their own minds, Not from the mouth of the LORD.”
Jeremiah 23:17 ~ “They declare to men who despise Me: The LORD has said: “All shall be well with you”; And to all who follow their willful hearts they say: “No evil shall befall you.””
Amos 7:10 ~ “Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent this message to King Jeroboam of Israel: “Amos is conspiring against you within the House of Israel. The country cannot endure the things he is saying.”
Amos 7:11 ~ “For Amos has said, ‘Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall be exiled from its soil.’””
Amos 7:12 ~ “Amaziah also said to Amos, “Seer, off with you to the land of Judah! Earn your living there, and do your prophesying there.”
Amos 7:13 ~ “But don’t ever prophesy again at Bethel; for it is a king’s sanctuary and a royal palace.””
5. The Almighty will bring false prophets to shame and utterly destroy them, along with all who listen to them.
Deuteronomy 18:20 ~ “But any prophet who presumes to speak in My name an oracle that I did not command him to utter, or who speaks in the name of other gods—that prophet shall die.”
II Kings 5:25 ~ “He entered and stood before his master; and Elisha said to him, “Where have you been, Gehazi?” He replied, “Your servant has not gone anywhere.””
II Kings 5:26 ~ “Then [Elisha] said to him, “Did not my spirit go along when a man got down from his chariot to meet you? Is this a time to take money in order to buy clothing and olive groves and vineyards, sheep and oxen, and male and female slaves?”
II Kings 5:27 ~ “Surely, the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and to your descendants forever.” And as [Gehazi] left his presence, he was snow-white with leprosy.”
Jeremiah 14:14 ~ “The LORD replied: It is a lie that the prophets utter in My name. I have not sent them or commanded them. I have not spoken to them. A lying vision, an empty divination, the deceit of their own contriving—that is what they prophesy to you!”
Jeremiah 14:15 ~ “Assuredly, thus said the LORD concerning the prophets who prophesy in My name though I have not sent them, and who say, “Sword and famine shall not befall this land”; those very prophets shall perish by sword and famine.”
Jeremiah 14:16 ~ “And the people to whom they prophesy shall be left lying in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword, with none to bury them—they, their wives, their sons, and their daughters. I will pour out upon them [the requital of] their wickedness.”
Jeremiah 23:15 ~ “Assuredly, thus said the LORD of Hosts concerning the prophets: I am going to make them eat wormwood And drink a bitter draft; For from the prophets of Jerusalem Godlessness has gone forth to the whole land.”
Jeremiah 23:30 ~ “Assuredly, I am going to deal with the prophets—declares the LORD—who steal My words from one another.”
Jeremiah 23:31 ~ “I am going to deal with the prophets—declares the LORD—who wag their tongues and make oracular utterances.”
Jeremiah 23:32 ~ “I am going to deal with those who prophesy lying dreams—declares the LORD—who relate them to lead My people astray with their reckless lies, when I did not send them or command them. They do this people no good—declares the LORD.”
Jeremiah 23:33 ~ “And when this people—or a prophet or a priest—asks you, “What is the burden of the LORD?” you shall answer them, “What is the burden? I will cast you off”—declares the LORD.”
Jeremiah 23:34 ~ “As for the prophet or priest or layman who shall say “the burden of the LORD,” I will punish that person and his house.”
Jeremiah 23:35 ~ “Thus shall ye say every one to his neighbour, and every one to his brother: ‘What hath the LORD answered?’ and: ‘What hath the LORD spoken?’
Jeremiah 23:36 ~ “And the burden of the LORD shall ye mention no more; for every man’s own word shall be his burden; and would ye pervert the words of the living God, of the LORD of hosts our God?”
Jeremiah 23:37 ~ “Thus shalt thou say to the prophet: ‘What hath the LORD answered thee?’ and: ‘What hath the LORD spoken?’”
Jeremiah 23:38 ~ “But if ye say: ‘The burden of the LORD’; therefore thus saith the LORD: Because ye say this word: ‘The burden of the LORD’, and I have sent unto you, saying: ‘Ye shall not say: The burden of the LORD’;”
Jeremiah 23:39 ~ “therefore, behold, I will utterly tear you out, and I will cast you off, and the city that I gave unto you and to your fathers, away from My presence;”
Jeremiah 23:40 ~ “and I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten.”
Jeremiah 27:14 ~ “Give no heed to the words of the prophets who say to you, ‘Do not serve the king of Babylon,’ for they prophesy falsely to you.”
Jeremiah 27:15 ~ “I have not sent them—declares the LORD—and they prophesy falsely in My name, with the result that I will drive you out and you shall perish, together with the prophets who prophesy to you.””
Jeremiah 29:21 ~ “Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, concerning Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and concerning Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, who prophesy a lie unto you in My name: Behold, I will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall slay them before your eyes;”
Jeremiah 29:22 ~ “and of them shall be taken up a curse by all the captivity of Judah that are in Babylon, saying: ‘The LORD make thee like Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in the fire’;”
Jeremiah 29:23 ~ “because they have wrought vile deeds in Israel, and have committed adultery with their neighbours’ wives, and have spoken words in My name falsely, which I commanded them not; but I am He that knoweth, and am witness, saith the LORD.”
Ezekiel 13:1 ~ “The word of the LORD came to me:”
Ezekiel 13:2 ~ “O mortal, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy; say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination: Hear the word of the LORD!”
Ezekiel 13:3 ~ “Thus said the Lord GOD: Woe to the degenerate prophets, who follow their own fancy, without having had a vision!”
Ezekiel 13:4 ~ “Your prophets, O Israel, have been like jackals among ruins.”
Ezekiel 13:5 ~ “You did not enter the breaches and repair the walls for the House of Israel, that they might stand up in battle in the day of the LORD.”
Ezekiel 13:6 ~ “They prophesied falsehood and lying divination; they said, “Declares the LORD,” when the LORD did not send them, and then they waited for their word to be fulfilled.”
Ezekiel 13:7 ~ “It was false visions you prophesied and lying divination you uttered, saying, “Declares the LORD,” when I had not spoken.”
Ezekiel 13:8 ~ “Assuredly, thus said the Lord GOD: Because you speak falsehood and prophesy lies, assuredly, I will deal with you—declares the Lord GOD.”
Ezekiel 13:9 ~ “My hand will be against the prophets who prophesy falsehood and utter lying divination. They shall not remain in the assembly of My people, they shall not be inscribed in the lists of the House of Israel, and they shall not come back to the land of Israel. Thus shall you know that I am the Lord GOD.”
Zechariah 13:2 ~ “In that day, too—declares the LORD of Hosts—I will erase the very names of the idols from the land; they shall not be uttered any more. And I will also make the “prophets” and the unclean spirit vanish from the land.”
Zechariah 13:3 ~ “If anyone “prophesies” thereafter, his own father and mother, who brought him into the world, will say to him, “You shall die, for you have lied in the name of the LORD”; and his own father and mother, who brought him into the world, will put him to death when he “prophesies.””
Zechariah 13:4 ~ “In that day, every “prophet” will be ashamed of the “visions” [he had] when he “prophesied.” In order to deceive, he will not wear a hairy mantle,”
Zechariah 13:5 ~ “and he will declare, “I am not a ‘prophet’; I am a tiller of the soil; you see, I was plied with the red stuff from my youth on.””