One of the most common question when it comes to Prophets and prophecy is,
“How do you know the difference between a false prophet and a true prophet?”
4) God does not speak through the Occult
9 When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.
10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.
11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
9 “When you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations.
10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer,
11 or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.
12 For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord; and because of these detestable things the Lord your God will drive them out before you.
31 Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.
31 Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.
5) False prophets have surface religion, but are only there to consume you
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
15 Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
6) False prophets ALWAYS deny the Lord, and pull you away from Christ
2 Peter 2:1
1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves.
The Word of God is our standard in every case, regardless of person, circumstance or situation. So if you suspect that someone is a false prophet, test them using the above scriptures.