Can You Name the Biblical Prophet From Three Hints?


By: Tasha Moore

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

For this quiz, we bring into focus the prophets of the Bible. The Good Book is full of prophetic wisdom that we name so that you can choose the special foretellers responsible for communicating it. In fact, we provide three whole hints to get your brain working in the right direction.

It's an understatement that prophets were sensitive people. They were called and chose to accept the unpopular task of speaking truth to power and rebellious populations. Christian prophets carry the weight of truth and responsibility that most humans are not mentally equipped to sustain. So, these faithful workers of the faith deserve some shine time in this biblical test. 

Obedience propels an ordinary person, sensitive enough to receive visions, to prophet status. Discernment is also an important piece of the "what-makes-for-a-prophet" puzzle. There are people, even Christian followers, who experience spiritual signs daily, but only a few of them possess the discernment necessary to know what it is they are witnessing. And, last but not least, courage completes the makeup of a prophet. Without courage, Elijah could not have resisted 850 false prophets at once, and the vast majority of the seers we admire would not have been able to confront powerful rulers.

Now it's time for you to confront our highly-informative Bible feat. Have fun soaking up these prophet facts that might be new to you!

A raven fed this prophet. He summoned 850 false prophets. He was taken up in a whirlwind. Do you know the name of this prophet?

Prophet Elijah had prophesied a three-year drought, and God sent him to seek shelter at the brook Cherith. The book of 1 Kings 17:4 offers God's instructions to Elijah: "...thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there."


Before he was born, he was offered to God. Who anointed Israel's first king? His two sons were judges. Can you guess the prophet?

Because God gave Hannah, Samuel's mother, the child she had prayed for, she "lent him to the Lord" before he was born. First Samuel 1:27 offers Hannah's words which confirm the blessing: "For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him."


This prophet served under King David. He revealed truth to David concerning Bathsheba. Who anointed Solomon king in David's stead?

First Kings 1 explains Nathan and Bathsheba's plan to foil David's son Adonijah's plot to make himself king. Solomon, son of David and Bathsheba, was anointed to be king instead: "...Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him...[a]nd also Solomon sitteth on the throne."


Who was ordained a prophet before his birth? He was given a sign of the almond rod and seething pot. The sign of the linen girdle was also given to him. Who was this person?

Jeremiah 1 details the almond rod and seething pot signs, which God gave to Jeremiah as evidence of God's judgment against Judah. In verse 16, God says, "And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness..."


He asked for a double portion of Elijah's spirit. He witnessed Elijah's translation into heaven. This prophet smote the waters with Elijah's mantle. Who was he?

Second Kings 2 illustrates Elijah's translation into heaven, stating, "and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven." Thereafter, Elisha "took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him," and he used it to strike the waters of Jordan, which "parted hither and thither."


Amoz was his father. What prophet was active during the reigns of Uzziah, Jothan, Ahaz and Hezekiah? "Live coal" touched his lips. Is it a challenge for you to guess this prophet?

Uzziah, Jothan, Ahaz and Hezekiah were all kings of Judah. Isaiah's book includes visions concerning Judah and Jerusalem that the prophet experienced during all four reigns. A vision Isaiah saw during the year of Uzziah's death prompted Isaiah to declare himself "a man of unclean lips."


He is described as having heard the "still small voice" of the Lord. This prophet anointed Elisha to succeed him. Who rebuked Ahab for the murder of Naboth?

Ahab murdered Naboth because Ahab coveted his vineyard. God's words to Elijah for Ahab are recorded in 1 Kings 21: "And thoush shalt speak to him, saying...Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? [...] in the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick they blood, even thine."


He was the son of Buzi. Who saw the vision of the wheel in the middle of a wheel? Who witnessed the sign of the tile?

Ezekiel 4 indicates God's instructions to Ezekiel concerning the "iniquity of the house of Israel." In the chapter, God tells Ezekiel to take a tile and "lay siege against it" as a symbol of their transgressions.


Who refused to eat the king's provisions? This person revealed and interpreted Nebuchadnezzar's dream. He was thrown into the lion's den. Who was this prophet?

Daniel refused to cease praying three times a day and Daniel gave thanks to God in spite of the king's decree prohibiting both acts. In Daniel 6, after placing Daniel in the lion's den King Darius says to Daniel, "Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee."


Do you know the prophet that was Beeri's son? He was told to take a wife of whoredoms. Who fathered Jezreel, Lo-ruhamah and Lo-ammi?

In Hosea 1:2, God instructs Hosea: "Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the Lord." Hosea obeyed God's command and took Gomer, "daughter of Diblaim."


He fled to Tarshish. He was the son of Amittai. Whom did God commission to prophesy against Nineveh?

Jonah 1:2 confirms God's directive to Jonah: "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me." But instead of abiding by God's decree, "Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord."


A prophet told King Hezekiah that he would die. Who prophesied that Hezekiah's son would be taken into Babylon? He prophesied of Immanuel. What is this prophet's name?

In Isaiah 7, prophet Isaiah foretells the coming of Immanuel, the virgin's son. Isaiah expounds upon this prophesy saying of Immanuel that "[b]utter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good."


He identified himself as Morasthite. He prophesied of Bethlehem's greatness. Who prophesied "to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly"?

The book of Micah establishes how the people of Israel complained against God concerning His requirements of them. Through the prophet Micah, God gave simple instructions to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly before God.


He prophesied of the pouring of the Spirit upon all flesh. Who foretold the plague of insects against Judah? Who was Pethuel's son?

Joel admonished present and future generations in Joel 1: "Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation." The book establishes a hierarchical food chain among insects, the palmerworm, the locust, the cankerworm and the caterpillar.


This prophet saw the vision of the golden candlestick and two olive trees. He was the son of Berechiah. Who had two staffs named "Beauty" and "Bands"?

Zechariah 11 reveals the story behind prophet Zechariah's two staffs. "Beauty" was broken to symbolize the "covenant...made with all the people." "Bands" was broken as a sign of the broken "brotherhood between Judah and Israel."


He was the son of Zacharias and Elisabeth. The Bible says that this prophet ate locust and honey. Who baptized Jesus in the Jordan river?

The angel Gabriel commanded that Zacharias name his son "John." Zacharias and his wife Elisabeth were well-advanced in age when Gabriel manifested that they would bring forth a son. Luke 1 specifies Gabriel's news: "thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John."


His hometown rejected him. He made a triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Whom did the Bible describe as "the stone which the builder's rejected"?

When Jesus taught in the synagogue in his own country, Matthew 13 states that people "were offended in him." Jesus responded, "A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house."


He was a "herdman of Tekoa." Who saw the plumbline vision against Israel? This prophet saw the vision of summer fruit. Can you quickly guess his name?

The book of Amos begins with prophet Amos introducing himself as "among the herdman of Tekoa." Amos 8 is where the prophet recounts his "basket of summer fruit" vision. God tells Amos that Israel would soon perish as a basket of summer fruit.


Who healed the waters of Jericho? He cursed the disrespectful children and increased the widow's oil. Do you know this biblical prophet?

Second Kings illustrates how Elisha cast salt into the spring of the waters after the men of the city of Jericho reported that the water was not pleasant. Second Kings 2 states, "And he went forth unto the spring of waters, and cast salt there...So the waters were healed."


Who is the biblical prophet who walked naked and barefoot for three years? He prophesied the coming of John the Baptist. Who predicted the sufferings of Christ?

Isaiah 53 foretells of Christ's sufferings: "[H]e was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him." Isaiah 40 heralds the coming of John the Baptist and refers to John as a "voice...that crieth in the wilderness."


He interpreted King Nebuchadnezzar's tree vision. He interpreted the handwriting on the wall. What prophet saw world-empire visions?

Daniel 7 deals with prophet Daniel's world-empire visions concerning King Nebuchadnezzar, Media-Persia, Greece and the Roman Empire. Daniel spake of "four winds of heaven [that] strove upon the great sea" and "four great beasts...up from the sea, diverse one from another."


Who was son of Beor? Do you know the prophet who King Balak summoned to curse Israel? He had a conversation with his animal. Who was this biblical person?

The book of Numbers confirms King Balak's request of Balaam to curse Israel; Balak states, "for they are too mighty for me." When the prophet attempted to go with the king's men, an angel of God stood in the way.


Imlah was his father. King Ahab accused him of prophesying evil. Who spoke of the lying spirit of King Ahab's prophets?

Micaiah went against 400 lying prophets of King Ahab. The prophet reported seeing Israel scattered upon the mountains, and concerning this Ahab remarks to Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 18:17, "Did I not tell thee that he would not prophesy good unto me, but evil?"


He was Hanani's son. Who prophesied against Baasha King of Israel? Who rebuked Jehoshaphat King of Judah?

First Kings 16 confirms Jehu's prophesy against Baasha King of Israel because he made the people of Israel to sin, to provoke God "to anger with their sins." Through Jehu, God proclaims, "Behold, I will take away the posterity of Baasha, and the posterity of his house..."


Can you guess the prophet who was not permitted to marry or have children? Who experienced the Potter's house prophecy? This biblical prophet saw two baskets of figs. Who saw this vision?

God explicitly commands prophet Jeremiah, in Jeremiah 16: "Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt thou have sons or daughters in this place." God warns the prophet that the sons, daughters and "their mothers that bare them" and "their fathers that begat them...shall die grievous deaths."


He restored life to the son of the Shunammite woman. Which prophet healed the noxious pottage? Who miraculously fed a hundred men?

Second Kings 4:42 recounts how a "man of God" brought prophet Elisha "twenty loaves of barely, and full ears of corn in the husk thereof." Concerning the "an hundred men" in light of the paltry delivery, Elisha says, "[t]hey shall eat, and shall leave thereof."


Paul confronted this false prophet. His name was also "Elymas the sorcerer." Apostle Paul struck him blind. Who was this prophet impostor?

Bar-Jesus was a Jewish deputy of the country Sergius Paulus and attempted to prevent Paul and Barnabas from preaching there about the faith. Acts 13 tells how Paul "set his eyes on him," and Paul declared that Bar-Jesus not see "the sun for a season."


Are you able to name the prophet that was swallowed by "a great fish"? He prayed to God out of a fish's belly. Who sat under the shelter of a gourd?

The book of Jonah illustrates how the prophet resisted God's command that he prophecy unto Nineveh "for their wickedness." Because of Jonah's disobedience, God "prepared a great fish" to swallow him up. While in the fish's belly, Jonah prayed for three days and three nights.


He was the messenger sent before Jesus. Do you know the name of the prophet who was the "voice of one crying in the wilderness"? Whom did Herod the tetrarch behead?

The gospel of John recounts the prophet's admission when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask of John's identity. John 1:23 states John's words: "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias."


Shaphat fathered him. Who told Naaman what to do in order to be healed? Who recovered the lost axe?

First Kings confirms Elisha's progeny and it details how Elijah summoned him. First Kings 19:19 reads: "...Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah...cast his mantle upon him."


This prophet saw the sign of the wine cup. Who also saw the signs of the yokes? Can you identify the biblical figure who purchased the field of Hanameel?

Jeremiah 25 explains that God sent Jeremiah to "[t]ake the wine cup of...fury" and to cause all nations to drink it. The prophet's book establishes God's purpose, which was to make those who did drink "a desolation, an astonishment, an hissing and a curse..."


Who was given the sign of the sharp knife? He was used as a sign. He experienced a vision of dry bones. Do you know who this prophet is?

Ezekiel 37 illustrates the prophet's experience with the dry bones vision. He was set "down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones" that were very dry. God asks Ezekiel of the dry bones, "Son of man, can these bones live?" to which the prophet responds, "O Lord God, thou knowest."


He was considered "mighty in deed and word." The Samaritan woman perceived him as a prophet. Who was described as "that prophet that should come into the world"?

Luke 24 informs of two disciples who spoke of Jesus's crucifixion as they walked to a village called Emmaus. As they talked among themselves, Jesus approached and asked, "what manner of communications are these[?]" And they replied, "Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word."


Who prophesied to Paul against going to Jerusalem? He bound Paul with a girdle. Who predicted famine in Jerusalem?

In Acts 21, Agabus went to where Paul was and took Paul's girdle to bind Paul's hands and feet. Acts 21:11 reveals the prophet's reason for doing this; Agabus states: "Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle..."


He saw the vision of the burning vine. He also received the vision of the slaying of Jerusalem. Who was told to eat a scroll?

God called the children of Israel a "rebellious house." Ezekiel 2 promises "yet shall [they] know that there hath been a prophet among them." God commanded Ezekiel to open his mouth and eat "a roll of a book" that contained "lamentations, and mourning, and woe."


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