Judgment on the False Prophets
Verse 1 – And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
Verse 2 – “Son of man, prophesy against he prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy out of their own heart, ‘Hear the word of the Lord!’ ”
The phrase, “Out of their own heart,” was neither spirit inspired, nor from God. Prophets, ministers, preachers, and clergy, which don’t have that calling or special anointing, have been doing this for thousands of years. They say God said it, but in truth it’s what comes out of their own head and heart.
Verse 3 – Thus says the Lord God: “Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!
Unless you know for sure, “Thus says the Lord”, I advise you to be very careful in prophesying. There’s nothing wrong with quoting what is written in His word, because He did say it, but don’t make things up to judge others and say God said it. There are already too many religions out there killing innocents, saying they are doing God’s work.
Verse 4 – “O Israel, your prophets are like foxes in the deserts.
Verse 5 – “You have not gone up into the gaps to build a wall for the house of Israel to stand in battle on the day of the Lord.
Verse 6 – “They have envisioned futility and false divination, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord!’ But the Lord has not sent them; yet they hope that the word may be confirmed.
These leaders believed their own lies and then hoped it would happen for real.
Verse 7 – “Have you not seen a futile vision, and have you not spoken false divination? You say, ‘The Lord says, ‘but I have not spoken.”
Verse 8 – Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Because you have spoken nonsense and envisioned lies, therefore I am indeed against you,” says the Lord God.
Verse 9 – “My hand will be against the prophets who envision futility and who divine lies; they shall not be in the assembly of My people, nor be written in the record of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord God.
Verse 10 – “Because, indeed, because they have seduced My people, saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace – and one builds a boundary wall, and they plaster it with untempered mortar –
Verse 11 – “say to those who plaster it with untempered mortar, that it will fall. There will be flooding rain, and you, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall tear it down.
Verse 12 – “Surely, when the wall has fallen, will it not be said to you, ‘Where is the mortar with which you plastered it?
Untempered mortar is a play on words. Just like a plaster that is made to patch dry wall, it has no real strength. The lies that these prophets had been telling the people would not hold up to the words from God – “Whitewashed.” They looked and sounded good on the outside.
Verse 13 – Therefore thus say st he Lord God: “I will cause a stormy wind to break forth in My fury; and there shall be a flooding rain in My anger, and great hailstones in fury to consume it.
Verse 14 – “So I will break down the wall you have plastered with untempered mortar, and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation will be uncovered; it will fall and you shall be consumed in the midst of it. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.
Those that deceived others, will in the end be found to have deceived themselves. No doom will be more fearful than that of unfaithful ministers.
Verse 15 – “Thus will I accomplish My wrath on the wall and on those who have plastered it with untempered mortar; and I will say to you, ‘the wall is no more, nor those who plastered it,
Verse 16 – ‘that is, the prophets of Israel who prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and who see visions of peace for her when there is no peace,’ ” says the Lord God.
Verse 17 – “Likewise, son of man, set your face against the daughters of your people, who prophesy out of their own heart; prophesy against them,
Verse 18 – “and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Woe to the women who sew magic charms on their sleeves and make veils for their heads of people of every height to hunt souls! Will you hunt the souls of My people, and keep yourselves alive?
These women claimed to be prophets, but they were actually witches like the one in 1 Samuel 28:7. They practiced magic spells and sold good luck charms to the people in Jerusalem. However, there were legitimate prophetess in the Bible, including Miriam, Deborah, Huldah, and Noadiah.
Verse 19 – “And will you profane Me among My people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, killing people who should not die, and keeping people alive who should not live, by your lying to My people who listen to lies?”
Verse 20 – ‘Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against your magic charms by which you hunt souls there like birds. I will tear them from your arms, and let the souls go, the souls you hunt like birds.
Verse 21 – “I will also tear off your veils and deliver My people out of your hand, and they shall no longer be as prey in your hand. Then you shall know that I am the Lord. ” ‘ ”
Verse 22 – “Because with lies you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and you have strengthened the hands of the wicked, so that he does not turn from his wicked way to save his life.
Verse 23 – “Therefore you shall no longer envision futility nor practice divination; for I will deliver My people out of your hand, and you shall know that I am the Lord.” ‘ ”
We, as Christians, are to test every spirit. 1 John 4:1 – Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. We are to examine everything in the light of scripture and you can’t do that unless you know what the Bible says. Search the scriptures daily to find out if what you are being taught is truth (Acts 17:11)!