"…for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit." — 2 Peter 1:21

Quiz on the Major Prophets

Cf., that is to say "confer with," Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4, and Luke 4:4 for motivation to take this quiz. Use your Bible while you work, or challenge yourself by refraining. Spelling counts on fill in the blank questions, which are usually passages from the New King James translation. Commentary on most answers is provided with your score.

1. Perhaps it is best to start with identifying the right "quartet" of major prophets, mighty men of God called to
P R O C L A I M  His word:

P.  Zoroaster, Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, and Jeanne Dixon. Choose this response for instant quiz failure.
R.  Zechariah, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Elijah
C.  Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah, and Hosea
L.  Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel
M.  Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John

2. They are called the "major" prophets because:

F.  Their words are more important than the words of the minor prophets.
O.  Jesus makes reference to them in the Gospels.
U.  They focus on essentials of doctrine, not secondary matters.
R.  The duration of their ministries and of the books that record their words are longer.

3. T or F: All of the major prophets are mentioned by name in the New Testament.


4. In ancient times, the book bearing the name of was recognized as inspired Scripture, but not categorized with the other books of the prophets.

5. When by God's word through Isaiah the prophet this sick man was told he was about to die, he prayed and wept. God sent Isaiah back to the man with an answer to his prayer, that he would be healed and his life extended by fifteen years. The man was:

F.   Isaiah's fellow prophet and contemporary, Micah of Moresheth.
O.   Hezekiah king of Judah
R.   Abiathar the high priest
T.   Sennacherib king of Assyria
E.   Jonadab the father of the Rechabites
L.   Judas Maccabeus I

6. Before God called him to be a prophet, Jeremiah was:

H.  A Levite of the Kohathite division
E.  A cup bearer to the king
R.  A shepherd from the town of Tekoa
A.  A priest from the town of Anathoth
L.  A scribe, home town unknown
D.  None of the above

7. God required Ezekiel to do four of the following things as prophetic signs to the Israelites. Choose the task Ezekiel did NOT have to do.

T.  Lie under restraint on his left side for over a year
O.  Live alone in a cave and be fed by ravens for seven months
U.  Model the city of Jerusalem under siege using a clay tablet and an iron plate
G.  Lie under restraint on his right side for forty days
H.  Make bread for himself out of wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and spelt

8. T or F: The early prophet Elisha (successor of Elijah) foretold the name and birthplace of Ezekiel.


9. Of course there is spiritual profit in the prophets! Which major prophet(s) are mentioned by name in the Hebrews 11 "hall of fame" on account of their powerful examples of the life of faith?

P.  Only Daniel
R.  Isaiah and Jeremiah
O.  Ezekiel and Isaiah
F.   Daniel and Jeremiah
I.   None of them
T.   Only Ezekiel

10. Complete the passage: "Then said to the king, 'O king, live forever! My God sent His and shut the lions' mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.' " (Each blank is one word.)

11. Complete the verse: "In the year that King died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple."

12. Complete the verse: "Then called Baruch the son of Neriah; and Baruch wrote on a scroll of a book, at the instruction of , all the words of the LORD which He had spoken to him." (Each blank is one word.)

13. T or F: Two Bible books were written by Jeremiah


14. When the form of human hand miraculously appeared and wrote on a wall in the palace of this king, the son of Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel interpreted the writing:

F.  Burger
I.  Adrammelech
N.  Sharezer
G.  Belshazzar
E.  Darius
R.  Abimelech
S.  Cyrus

15. Which feature did NOT appear in Ezekiel's vision of "the likeness of the glory of the LORD."

A.  A burning torch and a smoking oven
W.  Four living creatures with four faces and four wings each
E.  A firmament, like crystal in appearance
F.  Huge wheels with rims full of eyes
U.  A great sound like the "noise of many waters"
L.  A throne with the likeness of a fiery man on it

16. Please refer to question 11 above. Which New Testament writer tells us that the ancient prophet was seeing a vision of Jesus Christ, when he saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filling the temple?

S.  The apostle John, as he laments the unbelief of his generation
A.  Luke the physician, at the head of his geneology of Christ
I.  Jude, in his passage about the "faith once for all delivered to the saints"
T.  The apostle Matthew, whose gospel emphasizes Christ's kingship
H.  The apostle Peter, as he writes about the transfiguration of Jesus.

17. In the book of Isaiah we read: "Then Eliakim, Shebna, and Joah said to the Rabshakeh, 'Please speak to your servants in Aramaic, for we understand it; and do not speak to us in Hebrew in the hearing of the people who are on the wall.' " This plea is in reference to:

Q.  The desire on the part of Eliakim, Shebna, and Joah to show the Rabshakeh that they were in favor of two official national languages.
U.  The heavy accent with which the Rabshakeh spoke Hebrew, which made his speech very hard to understand.
E.  The plan of Eliakim, Shebna, and Joah to trick the Rabshakeh into saying the word "Shibboleth."
R.  The fear on the part of Eliakim, Shebna, and Joah that the people on the wall, eager to fight, would stone them for trying diplomacy when the king had declared war.
Y.  The plan of the king of Assyria to attack Jerusalem.

18. Which one word would you use to describe the role played by the accurate and sure prediction of future events in genuine divine prophecy?

A. Essential   B. Incidental   C. Superficial  
D. Peripheral   E. Fraudulent   F. Central

19. Here is one more "verse completer" for you: "Through the LORD's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your .

20. T or F: Both Daniel and Ezekiel lived during the Babylonian captivity.


21. Please refer to question (12) above. The scroll upon which Baruch wrote the words which the LORD had spoken was eventually:

S.  Cut into pieces by the king of Moab, who slowly threw the pieces into a fireplace in his winter palace
C.  Placed into the ark of the covenant, with the manna and Aaron's rod that budded, by Ezra the scribe
R.  Read to the princes of Edom by Baruch, who then stoned Baruch
L.  None of the above

22. Choose the Biblically best description of the basic gist or spirit of the ministry of the prophets:

G.  Being compilations of discourses given over years of ministry, the basic gist or spirit of even one major prophet's book is very broad and hard to nail down.
I.  To call the wandering people of God back to faith in His covenant promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and obedience to His Law given through Moses.
S.  The testimony of Jesus.
T.  To cryptically foretell events that would occur in their own distant future, so that people living when those events began to occur, and able to sleuth them out of the prophetic writings, could be amazed.

23. At Daniel 9:24 (NIV) we read: "Seventy 'sevens' are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy." This prophetic statement which came to Daniel by way of an holy angel, chiefly concerns:

D. Matters which, like those uttered by the seven thunders in Revelation 10:4, are sealed up and as yet impenetrable to inquiring minds
A. The end of the Babylonian captivity in the late 6th century B.C. – Daniel's future and our past 
N. A rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem which is still in the future 
L. The earthly ministry of Jesus, to be accomplished within 490 years of a coming command to restore and rebuild the city of Jerusalem

24. Which statement is NOT found in one of the books of the major prophets?

M.  …I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.
A.  …the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.
J.  In the LORD all the descendants of Israel shall be justified, and shall glory.
O.  Each gate chamber was one rod long and one rod wide; between the gate chambers was a space of five cubits; and the threshold of the gateway by the vestibule of the inside gate was one rod.
R.  The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor…

25. The verse sited as a caption for this quiz reads: "…for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit." Choose the most Biblically accurate explanation of this inspired claim.

W.  By way of a miraculous voice from heaven such as the one heard at Christ's baptism, God dictated to each prophet every word of the Biblical book bearing that prophet's name.
O.  The prophets entered into an ecstatic state or trance, and were not even aware of what God was causing them to say, write, or transcribe from other written sources.
R.  God inspired each prophet in such a way that when he wrote, the word of God was being infallibly expressed through the prophet's true humanity including his writing style, vocabulary, and personality.
D.  The basic impulse to prophesy never came by the will of man, but from the Holy Spirit. Each prophet took it from that point and wrote according to his own godly wisdom.