Micaiah the prophet warns King Ahab of his death

Bible passage: 1 Kings 22:19-23
Prophet: Micaiah
Written: More than 2,500 years ago

The prophecy found in 1 Kings 22:19-23 has an interesting twist - the prophet is warning King Ahab not to listen to his own prophets because they have been filled with a deceiving spirit and their advice will lead Ahab to his death.

Ahab chooses to ignore Micaiah, and have him imprisoned. Ahab listens to his own (false) prophets. They advise him to invade Ramoth Gilead, which he does. He is later killed in Ramoth Gilead.

Some Bible scholars point this passage as an Old Testament example of an evil spirit possessing someone, in this case, the false prophets who advised King Ahab.

Here is 1 Kings 22:19-23 (NIV):

19 Micaiah continued, "Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with all the multitudes of heaven standing around him on his right and on his left. 20 And the Lord said, 'Who will entice Ahab into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?'

"One suggested this, and another that. 21 Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the Lord and said, 'I will entice him.'

22 "'By what means?' the Lord asked.

"'I will go out and be a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,' he said.

"'You will succeed in enticing him,' said the Lord. 'Go and do it.'

23 "So now the Lord has put a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all these prophets of yours. The Lord has decreed disaster for you."