Biblical Keys for Discerning True and False Prophets/Tests/Heavenly council

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Character of Teaching

Provides knowledge of the heavenly council

Of True Of False

Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret [sod] unto his servants the prophets.

But if they stood in my council [sod], and caused my people to hear my words, they should have turned them from their evil way and the evil of their doings.

Here “secret” is a translation of the Hebrew sod. Professor Daniel Peterson has explained that “an understanding of the Hebrew term sod is crucial for appreciating these passages. In the Old Testament, that word denotes confidential discussions or secrets (as at Proverbs 3:32 and 11:13). It also refers to the council setting in which such confidential discussions are conducted.”[1]


  1. Daniel C. Peterson, "'Ye Are Gods': Psalm 82 and John 10 as Witnesses to the Divine Nature of Human Kind," in The Disciple As Scholar: Essays on Scripture and the Ancient World in Honor of Richard Lloyd Anderson, edited by Richard Lloyd Anderson, Stephen D. Ricks, Donald W. Parry, and Andrew H. Hedges, (Provo, Utah: FARMS, 2000), 506-507.