One prominent feature of this list is its organization in chronological order. By presenting the prophets in the order they appeared in the Bible, readers are able to follow the progression of prophecy from the earliest times to the latest. This enables individuals to gain a deeper understanding of the development and evolution of prophecy as a fundamental aspect
In Christianity, the figures widely recognised as prophets are those mentioned as such in the Old Testament and the New Testament. It is believed that prophets are chosen and called by God.
The first list below only includes those people who have been identified as prophets by clear definition—either through an explicit declaration or a strong contextual implication—such as the supposed authors of the books designated as the major and minor prophets, along with the biblical allusion to their position. The people on the second list are those who are known to have had a visionary or prophetic experience but who have not previously demonstrated a strong or ongoing prophetic calling. Prophets without names are included in the third list. The names of those who are identified as prophets in the Bible but who are either shown to be false or to be abusing their gift are included in the fourth section.. The final list consists of post-biblical individuals regarded as prophets and of post-biblical individuals who are claimed to have had visionary or prophetic experience.
List Of Prophets In The Bible In Order
You probably know most of the prophets in the Bible like Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and many others but there were a lot more prophets than you might first think but first of all, what does the word prophet mean? It doesn’t actually specifically mean predicting the future but it comes from the Hebrew word “nabiy’” and means “spokesman” or “speaker.” In the Greek the word for prophet is “prophētēs” and means several things; it is a “forth” (pro) “telling” or teaching (phētēs) and an interpreter of the oracles of God and when God’s Spirit solemnly declares to men what he has received by inspiration, especially concerning future events and he either speaks them or writes them down. There are Major Prophets and Minor Prophets but they are not major and minor due to their significance but this refers only to the size of each book.
Abel may have been the very first prophet and that’s how Jesus refers to him by saying “from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation” (Luke 11:51) thereby classifying Abel as a prophet. The context clearly shows that Jesus was talking about the religious leaders (Luke 11:42-50).
When Abimelech nearly took Abraham’s wife for himself, the Lord warned him that this woman is the wife of a prophet (Gen 20:3-4) but knew it was not Abimelech’s fault (Gen 20:6) but God still told him “return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, so that he will pray for you, and you shall live. But if you do not return her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours” (Gen 20:7).
Amos is one of the twelve Minor Prophets and preached against the Northern Kingdom, Israel, and wrote during a time of relative peace and prosperity but neglect of religion, similar to what it is in America, Europe, Australia, and Canada.
Luke informs us that “there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher” (Luke 2:36) and she had been “waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38b) and like Simeon (Luke 2:34-35) saw the redemption come in the Redeemer.
Another of the Minor Prophets but there’s nothing minor about the Book of Daniel. Taken into captivity as a very young teen, he stood on his biblical foundation and never deviated from God’s Law, even at the threat and attempts of death.
If you only read Psalm twenty-one, twenty-two, and twenty-three, you’ll be convinced that David was a prophet which is part of the reason he ends up in the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11:32 where the author writes, “And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets.”
During the times of the Judges, when once again Israel cried out for deliverance, “Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time” and this courageous woman of God led Israel to victory by prophesying to and encouraging Barak, “Up! For this is the day in which the Lord has given Sisera into your hand. Does not the Lord go out before you” (Judges 4:14) and “not a man was left” (Judges 4:16).
Elijah is one of the best known prophets to the Jews because they were expecting Elijah to return someday (Malachi 4:5-6) as Elijah was taken up to heaven and apparently, never tasted death (2nd Kings 2:11-12).
Elisha took up the mantle of Elijah’s ministry and asked for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit (2nd Kings 2:9) and Elisha ends up doing twice as many miracles as did Elijah.
Most people might not be aware that Enoch, who was said to have walked with God, (Gen 5:24), was also a prophet as Jude writes “Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him” (Jude 1:14-15) apparently from the Jewish “Frist Book of Enoch.”
Ezekiel revealed prophecies regarding the destruction of Jerusalem but also the restoration of Israel in his “Temple Visions” while in exile in Babylon.
Habakkuk the Prophet is the eighth of the twelve Minor Prophets and we don’t know he original name and nearly nothing is known of his background or life.
Haggai is yet another of the Minor Prophets and like Habakkuk, precious little is known about him and even his name may not be his actual name because Haggai means “my holiday” referring to God.
Hosea’s name means “salvation” but is often seen as the “prophet of doom” but the Jews but actually under all of the “doomsday” prophecies, he gives the reader a hint of the coming restoration of Israel.
Huldah was also a prophetess of God and the king, the priest, and other important men went to her to inquire of God.