False prophets do not know what the word 'truth' means. To believe that these supposed men or women of God are saved, redeemed, and born-again, is to carry delusion to the farthest limit. Although they all claim 'revelation' from the Lord they spew an endless torrent of grandiose and often pretentious mind numbing drivel that does nothing but give one a sense of Déjà Moo... The distinct feeling one has heard all this bull before.
As Ezekiel said
"They see falsehood and lying divination who are saying, 'The Lord declares,' when the Lord has not sent them; yet they hope for the fulfillment of their word. "Did you not see a false vision and speak a lying divination when you said, 'The Lord declares,' but it is not I who have spoken?"'" Therefore, thus says the Lord God, "Because you have spoken falsehood and seen a lie, therefore behold, I am against you," declares the Lord God. "So My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will have no place in the council of My people, nor will they be written down in the register of the house of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel, that you may know that I am the Lord God. (Ezekiel 13:6-9 NASB)
ON THIS PAGE
Two Kinds of Prophecy
The Gift Of Prophecy
Chosen By God Or 'Trained' by Men
False Prophets - Then and Now
Modern Day Prophets and Their Wildly Inaccurate Prophecies
What The Bible Actually Says About The End of Days
The Fate Of False Prophets And Those Who Listen To or Heed Them
Testing The Prophets
Was Jonah A False Prophet?
Two Kinds of Prophecy
Predictive Prophecy: To many people a prophet is someone who makes Divinely inspired predictions about the future - things they could not know apart from Divine revelation. This is called predictive prophecy. The men of old (in both Old and New Testaments) who prophesied future events are often said to fill the 'office of a prophet.
The Gift Of Prophecy: On the other hand, there is the 'gift of prophecy' seen in only in the New Testament. Any person who acts as a spokesperson for God and delivers a message that God decreed he (or she) should deliver has been given the gift of prophecy - It is simply prophecy of a different kind.
However, regardless of whether the person was foretelling the first or second advent of Christ, the rise of the Babylonians or the antichrist, or simply delivering a message designed to edify one or more believers there are however a couple of important factors common to both.
1.) He or she is a legitimate spokesperson for the Almighty entrusted with a gift of immense importance that is not to be taken lightly.
2.) A true prophet does not proclaim what tradition dictates, what he thought up himself, what he imagines, wishes, or even hopes were true. He or she is in in direct contact with God Himself in a way that most others are not thus his words cannot ever be in error or a 'mistake.
3.) No person, regardless of how inspiring their message nor how persuasive the manner in which they deliver it can be considered a prophet unless this message came directly from God. As Peter said
"for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God". (2 Peter 1:21 NASB)
The Bible is the only 'religious' book that speaks of future events with the same certainty that it speaks of past and present events. One of the primary reasons for predictive prophecy in the Old Testament was to establish God's credibility because only a Supreme Being can consistently and precisely predict the future in detail. In fact, He actually challenged the idol gods to
"Declare the things that are going to come afterward, that we may know that you are gods".
And since this was impossible for them, He went on to say
Behold, you are of no account, And your work amounts to nothing; He who chooses you is an abomination." (Isaiah 41:3-4. Emphasis Added) See God and His Bible
It is a tragedy that so many people are unaware of the truly mind blowing prophecies in the Bible.
For example, Daniel accurately described the succession of empires beginning with the Babylonians, winding down through the Medes and the Persians, the Greeks, and the Roman Empire which began to come into power around 241 B.C. Additionally Daniel 11 spans the centuries from Cyrus the Great to the reign of the antichrist and the end of the age. See The Rise And Fall Of The Empires
Even more amazingly Daniel Specified EXACTLY When The Messiah Would Appear HERE (Scroll Down Slightly). No other religious leader's birth or anything about their life has has ever been foretold
And that was far from all. Hundreds of years in advance the many, many, Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament foretold virtually all facets of Jesus' life including His birth, ministry, death, and His resurrection, all of which gave us a simple way to distinguish the true messenger of God from those who just claimed to be or were themselves vastly deluded.
See Comparing Jesus With Other Religious Leaders... Why Jesus Is Without Equal
The Gift Of Prophecy
This type of Divinely inspired revelation has nothing to do with doctrine, nor does it have any authority over the church in general. It communicates precise pertinent information or instruction to one or more specific individuals. Agabus' prophecy about Paul's imprisonment in Acts 21:10, and the Holy Spirit's instruction to send Paul and Barnabas to do the work He had called them to do in Acts 13:2-3, are examples of this type of revelation i.e. relevant to only those for whom the message was intended.
The New Testament lists the gifts that potentially would be be manifest when believers came together (Apostles were probably listed first in both lists probably because of the their church planting role)
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; (Ephesians 4:11-12 NASB)
And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:28 NASB)
Other verses make it clear that the purpose of these gifts, including the gift of prophecy, would contribute something that edified the entire body (the word "edify" simply means to 'build up' morally or spiritually). This was very important because of the instability of those days. Not only was Christianity a fledgling religion but it had enemies in high places. Revelation from God that communicated so much support for believers had to be vital thus it no wonder that Paul told the Corinthians to "desire earnestly to prophesy" (1Corinthians 14:39)
But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation. One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church. (1 Corinthians 14:3-4 NASB)
What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. (1 Corinthians 14:26 NASB) (Also see 1 Corinthians 12:7-10)
After Pentecost this function could be carried out by any willing Spirit-filled believer, chosen of God. At any gathering of believers, anyone could be chosen to deliver a message that was not a matter of global importance, but simply be any combination of inspired guidance, direction, exhortation, encouragement, correction, admonition etc. for an individual, or the community as a whole. The Bible tells us that two prophets - Judas and Silas. "encouraged and strengthened the brethren with a lengthy message". (Acts 15:32 ) It is more than likely that this is the role that the the four daughters of Philip also had (Acts 21:89).
Now that the canon of Scripture is complete, and we have been told as much as God wants us to know there is little reason for predictive prophecy. However, there are still those who need encouragement and support - who might be dealing with specific situations or difficulties, which is why the 'gift of prophecy' is still very relevant and very important. It certainly was to me during an exceedingly difficult time away from home when a man whom I didn't know from Adam, who was part of a prayer group I had only heard a couple of days earlier, came up to me and very quietly said "The Lord said to tell you... " what he said was short, to the point, very relevant and made me realize the situation I found myself in was not for nothing. There was a reason behind it.
Chosen By God Or 'Trained' by Men:
If one were to read every single instance in the Bible of how and when each prophet was called it becomes patently obvious that prophets were not chosen or elected by men, they did not inherit the title nor the ability, nor was it possible for anyone be 'trained' to be a prophet.
Yet, in our world schools to train people (for a fee of course) who are called "to the prophetic" abound (Even Joseph Smith started one). Apparently God "calls" them but leaves the training to someone else.
And, many claims to the contrary (one immediately below) there were NO "schools of prophets" in the Old Testament See Footnote I
Bethel School of The Prophets
Kris Vallotton, Senior Associate Leader of Bethel Church and cofounder of Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM). Kris travels internationally training and equipping people to successfully fulfill their divine purpose.
The School of the Prophets has deep roots in biblical history. In the Old Testament, the prophet Samuel started a school for the purpose of training young prophets. Elisha succeeded Samuel as the head of the school.
And adds that their
... "pre-event package" that includes a "foundational 12-session video course will prepare you to recognize a true prophet from a false prophet..." 
That's odd! I thought the Bible had already told us how to do that.
Christian International School of the Prophets: Tom Hamon and his wife Jane are senior leaders of Vision Church and help to lead Christian International Ministries founded by Tom Hamon's father Bill Hamon.
In 1979, about twelve years after Bill Hamon founded Christian International School of Theology God supposedly challenged him to add the "School of the Holy Spirit" to the Cl ministry. According to their website the 'school' served as a
"classroom ministry to teach, train, and activate individuals in the gifts of the Holy Spirit"... Three years later, in 1983, Dr. Bill Hamon received the revelation that God was going to raise up a great end-time company of prophets to restore the ministries of the prophet and the apostle. 
In May of 1992, Christian International Apostolic Network (CIAN) was formed that is said to offer (All Emphasis Added)
"... more than credentials and affiliation. It offers activation, training, accountability and relationship with like minded ministers who are moving in the apostolic and prophetic. Members are equipped to fulfill their God-given destiny and make ready a people to establish His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. 
Morningstar School of the Prophets
Rick Joyner who formerly headed up The School of the Prophets has been succeeded by Chris Reed, ex lead pastor of Apostolic Revival Center in Peru, Indiana. Described as a "young prophet" in an article in Charisma News, Chris Reed said that he is "going to be doing a school of the prophets" that will run for three days each month for nine months (September 2021-May 2022). (Emphasis Added)
"During this time each student will experience twenty-seven days of intense training and activation in the prophetic... 
Tuition for in class training for the nine months comes to $2950 plus meals or accommodation). The article further quotes Chris Reed as saying (All Emphasis Added)
"We're not trying to appeal to just anybody that's interested in prophecy. We are wanting to see God raise up a group of prophetic voices, not just one man standing out in a generation. We want a company of people with integrity, who know how to hear the voice of God and that can speak to social leaders, social media leaders and political leaders, just like in the Bible," Reed continues. "Daniel 5:12 spoke of how Daniel was learned in dreams and dream interpretation and knowledge and wisdom so much that Nebuchadnezzar listened to what he had to say in the same way Pharaoh did with Moses and Joseph. So, with this school of the prophets, I'm really excited. 
Regarding Reed's statement that they want to see "God raise up a group of prophetic voices, not just one man standing out in a generation" I can only say this - Why exactly is it being forgotten that that all the men named in the above quote were not members of prophetic groups but were lone individuals who did stand out in their generation and made history. Additionally, we can want till we are blue in the face but the fact remains that God will raise up as many people as He wants. And, as an aside, the Pharaoh didn't heed Moses and Aaron until he was forced to (Exodus 5:1-2. 6:1)
Besides which the number of prophets makes absolutely no difference. The Old Testament tells the story of how there once was a deceiving spirit in the mouth of prophets. In fact, on one occasion one sole prophet of the Lord, stood against and opposed 400 prophets who, like our modern day prophets prophesied good things for Jehoshaphat the king of Judah and Ahab king of Israel - in this case victory in War. Micaiah said they would be defeated. and they were. He was right because he was the only true prophet - there was a deceiving spirit in the mouth of all the other four hundred prophets. See Footnote II
Welcome to the 21st century
Was founded by Bishop E. Bernard Jordan and his wife Pastor Debra.
Noted primarily for his prophetic ministry and revelatory teaching, Bishop Jordan established the School of the Prophets in 1985.... A liberator in his own right, Bishop Jordan is charged with preparing the church for the New Millennium and stands with the heart of a father, acknowledging that he is but one of hundreds of thousands called by God to prophesy.
Incidentally, The Zoe Ministries website opens with an invitation to "SIGN UP AND GET A FREE PROPHECY" (As far as I know ALL the prophecies made in Scripture were free, or did I miss the part where Isaiah charged king Hezekiah?).  See More about Jordan on Lifestyles of Wealthy Celebrity Pastors And Their Self Serving Shallow Theology HERE
False Prophets - Then and Now
Unfortunately, the Lord's legitimate prophets often found themselves in the murky world of false prophets who, interestingly, usually predicted good things - the victories, the blessings etc. to come. I do not believe they ever mentioned sin, repentance , God's Wrath or judgment.
For example, false prophets told King Zedekiah that Nebuchadnezzar, the greatest and most powerful of the Babylonian kings, would not come against Judah. However Jeremiah's word to the king was that he would be "given into the hand of the king of Babylon!" (Jeremiah 37:17 NASB). As anyone familiar with the Old Testament is aware, Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem destroying the temple and most of the city in the process. He also deported most of the residents to Babylon. (See Jeremiah 39:1-2)
And NOTHING has changed from that day to this...
When was the last time you heard a modern prophet warning about the wrath and judgment of God? In fact, when was the last time you heard them actually use Scripture as their guideline except for verses wrenched from their context to in an effort to prove the legitimacy of what is being said.
Most of the bilge spewed out by modern day so called prophets consists of messages of hope - great "breakthroughs", "rivers of revival" flowing across the earth, and "major reconciliations between denominations, nations, and peoples". Also "longstanding breaches between siblings and between parents and their children" being healed and miracles seen "in hundreds of churches across the world".  This endless drivel does nothing but lull gullible and Biblically ignorant listeners into believing that virtually everything will be coming up roses - God is going to do great and wonderful things. He isn't! See End Time Revival Or End Time Apostasy?
When Paul warned the Corinthians that two or three prophets should speak and the others were to pass judgment he was making sure that all prophecies conformed to the Scriptures - the standard by which the accuracy of the words were to be tested against. If what the prophet said did not line up with God's word, he was to be considered a false prophet.
Unfortunately all the warning, all the numerous admonishments to be careful, to test, to not accept anything at face value, have all too often fallen on deaf ears. If anything, the situation has gotten worse - at least in terms of numbers.
Modern Day Prophets And Their Wildly Inaccurate Prophecies
In the modern church well-advertised and well-known self-proclaimed 'prophets' abound.
In churches around the country, on national television, or on one or another stage somewhere people like Cindy Jacobs, Bill Hamon, Bill Lackie, Patricia King Mike Bickle, Benny Hinn, Kim Clement, Kenneth Copeland, Pat Robertson and countless others have all, at one time or another, made statements - some of which were pretty outrageous, others just plain daft. Many are non-specific prophecies that cannot be tested objectively and could be made up by any imaginative Christian on the spot.
Even the specific prophecies are never tested although virtually all are made in public - even on national television. It is a sad reflection on the church when Christians have become so used to hearing these people's 'thus saith the Lord', that it seems by the time the next service rolls around everyone has totally forgotten what was said the week or even the day before.
"An appalling and horrible thing Has happened in the land: The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule on their own authority; And My people love it so! But what will you do at the end of it? (Jeremiah 5:30-31 NASB)
Yet, what they all had in common was that none of them came to pass.
There is even an organization titled the 'Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders' - Bill and Jane Hamon, Dutch Sheets, Bill Lackie, and Cindy Jacobs are all members. Although these people all claim 'revelation' from the Lord they spew an endless torrent of mind numbing drivel that does nothing but give one a sense of Déjà Moo... The distinct feeling one has heard all this bull before.
Here is a good example of pretentious hot air that means absolutely nothing made by from Bill Lackie - called 'an Apostle/ Prophet' to the local church body and to the nations whose "anointing as an "Equipper and Releaser imparts to people life-changing results in their walk with God," .
In the year 2021 we are being called from a place of revelation to demonstration. Declaring what God is speaking to you will release the revelation to a place of demonstration. This will shift the Church from the "church age" into the "Kingdom age." Old revelation about the mighty Church of Jesus Christ is still applicable, but the now word of God to the Ecclesia is to demonstrate and possess.
To possess in 2021, the Lord has revealed several keys for us to demonstrate the Kingdom, and to possess or rule what is brought from Heaven to Earth through our anointed Kingdom decrees. With this new positioning in 2021 we will enter into "Ruling and Reigning" with our actions to possess. 
Rick Joyner actually once said the general level of prophetic revelation in the church was not very high - probably the truest statement he ever made. (All Emphasis Added)
Bob Jones was told that the general level of prophetic revelation in the church was about 65% accurate at this time. Some are only about 10% accurate, a very few of the most mature prophets are approaching 85% to 95% accuracy. Prophecy is increasing in purity, but there is a still a long way to go for those who walk in this ministry. This is actually grace for the church now, because 100% accuracy in this ministry would bring a level of accountability to the church which she is too immature to bear at this time. It would result in too many Annaniases and Sapphiras" .
So, how in the world are we supposed to know which of God's supposed revelation or pronouncements is accurate? Come to think, of it how does the so called prophet himself know which are and which are not?. Or does it make more sense to believe that that these prophets/apostles are not 100% right because they are not speaking for God who is always 100% right?
So here is a sample of the wildly inaccurate prophecies floating around today
Here is one of the many false prophecies made by Benny Hinn some years ago.
"The Lord also tells me to tell you in the mid 90's, about '94-'95, no later than that, God will destroy the homosexual community of America.... He will destroy it with fire. And many will turn and be saved, and many will rebel and be destroyed." (Benny Hinn. Orlando Christian Center, Dec. 31st, 1989)
In 1999 He also said something about people being raised from the dead by watching TBN. Apparently their loved ones would bring their caskets close to the television set and pick up the dead person's hands to touch the screen which would bring them back to life. He also foretold Castro's death in the ’90s
The only problem is that none of this ever happened. Nothing has changed in the homosexual community, no one was raised watching TBN and Castro died in 2016.
But on to more recent days...
Cindy Jacobs - Prophetic Word: Expect Great Shakings and Breakthrough in 2017
who, along with her husband Mike, founded Generals International, is called "a respected prophet who travels the world ministering not only to crowds of people, but also to heads of nations. Perhaps her greatest ministry is to world influencers who seek her prophetic advice" 
When someone came up with the idea that the number 17 in Scripture symbolizes "overcoming the enemy" and "complete victory"  She and several other 'prophets' jumped on the bandwagon because 2017 was the supposed 'Breakthrough Year'. This one was made by Cindy Jacobs in January of that year...
The greatest harvest of souls the earth has known is upon us. Hundreds of thousands will be saved. The Middle East will experience a revival and this will extend into the evangelization of both the Arab and the non-Arabic-speaking Muslims. Look to Egypt to be a leader in this revival and awakening.
The glory of God is going to be poured out across the United States, and these areas were specifically given as revival centers:
Los Angeles, California; Silicon Valley, Redding, California; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Phoenix, Arizona; a new spring coming out of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Oklahoma; Austin, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; Madison, Wisconsin; Indianapolis, Indiana; Nashville, Tennessee; Orlando, Florida; Fort Mills, South Carolina; Virginia; Annapolis, Maryland; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; New York City; Boston, Massachusetts; as well as other cities and regions.
Whoops! I almost forgot...
"Vietnam is preparing to be the "Star of Asia" as far as the numbers of people being saved... Hanoi will become a beacon of light to the nations. 
Forgive me if I am wrong but for some reason I am under the impression that although 2017 is long gone Hanoi is still the same place it has been for a very long time. Oh yes, and I live not very far from Seattle but the 'revival' there seems to have escaped my attention (and everyone else's for that matter).
Patricia King - 17 Prophetic Words for 2017
Patricia King, called a respected apostolic minister of the gospel is founder of Patricia King Ministries and co-founder of XPmedia.com. wasn't far behind...
The use of social media will explode in 2017. Many will grow spiritually through input they receive through social media channels, and many will find Christ. ... Women will rise into positions of influence in 2017... Many women appointed by God will rise to the frontlines of the seven realms of influence in society. Women entrepreneurs will arise in particular... There will be an emphasis on children in 2017 in many areas of the world. I saw a vision of masses of children being visited by God. They will naturally move in the supernatural and will have heavenly encounters. 
Did I mention that XPmedia.com.advertises a course in "Prophetic Tattoo & Piercing Interpretation' that you can take for $79.00 . Taking the course will enable you to "discover how you can give powerful prophetic words to people through their tattoos and piercings". 
Here is a VERY small part of Bill Lackie's prophecy made in 2019 called More Doors Open Than Before.
Medical Discoveries for 3 Major Diseases in 2019
Doctors and Medical professionals will be astounded with radical turn arounds from dangerous diseases. Cures and recovery of the sick will reach a new high...
Revival Is Going To Explode In 2019
Revival will break out in England. Burton on Trent will be the epicenter of this move of God, and it will spread like a wild fire to cities throughout England. It will then spread to Scotland and Ireland. Revival will break out in North Dakota, and then move quickly to Canada. Let it Rain!...
Denominations Will Join Hands for The Exaltation Of Jesus "King of Kings"
Denominations will reach across their theological boundaries and connect heart to heart and hand to hand. A blending of the Body of Christ will release an unconditional love healing many in the Body of Christ....
A Revival in Hollywood in 2019
Hollywood will prepare to bow their knee to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Hearts will be healed, bodies will be healed and loneliness will be dispelled. This revival will be known as a replica of Azusa Street Revival. 
See The Azusa Street Revival on THIS PAGE
And, of course, Lackie also was quick to predict Trump's reelection. I am pretty sure if the Tasmanian devil showed up and ran for election he would get massive support from so called Christians. As long as he had an R after his name, it wouldn't matter how much he ran around with women of dubious character, paid less taxes than the janitor, spouted oodles of misinformation during a pandemic, stirred up an attack on the Capitol, and has fewer brains than God gave two fleas. Anyway here is what the "prophet" Lackie said
Threats in great number have been hurled at our President. I see a very large angel in place to protect him and his wife. The Lord says, "This is my man and the apple of my eye. I am using him and his wife to raise a new standard within the United States. Through them, I am purging the doctrine of evil that has permeated the United States. Pray continually for their safety and the hypervigilance needed to protect them. The heart of a group of people in the United States are angry, because he has confronted their evil.” 
They are too blind to realize he is the epitome of evil and a perfect example of what is wrong with this country, Anyway, Lackie was not the only one to predict Trump's reelection .See Footnote III
Joshua Fowler of Legacy Life Church Senior pastor.
These so called prophetic words were said at Todd Bentley's commissioning ceremony led by C. Peter Wagner.
Todd [Bentley] the Lord has made you to be a detonator. I see cables going around the world to different nations. I see Great Britain being set ablaze by the power of the God. I see even as you go into places that God says you will go you even with the glory, like William Branham. And the Lord says you will carry a portal anointing and whatever city you go over there will be a portal. There will be a portal that will be opened up, saith the Lord. The Lord says you will detonate, and BOOM BOOM BOOM there will be a release of glory through the nations says the Spirit of the Lord. (Fowler begins speaking around the 8:13 mark]