False Prophets and the Deceiving Spirits

Richard Mayhue | August 25, 2009

First Kings 22:19-23 occasions the herculean challenge of identifying “the spirit” in a way that best accounts for the reality of false prophecy in 1 Kgs 22:6. From six suggested possibilities, a personified spirit of prophecy, a demon, and Satan are initially deemed the most reasonable identifications and thus merit further inquiry. Considering the philological, hermeneutical, and theological factors of the three interpretations, Satan best fits “the spirit” in 1 Kgs 22:21. Demonic activity, initiated and superintended by Satan, is the most probable and immediate dynamic responsible for the false prophecy in 1 Kgs 22:6 and explained by 1 Kgs 22:19-23. Finally, God did not ordain this event; however, He did permit it.

Vol. 4, no. 2 (Fall 1993)

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Mayhue, Richard. "False Prophets and the Deceiving Spirits." The Master's Seminary Journal 4, no. 2 (Fall 1993): 135-64.