Ezekiel

 

Ezekiel Chapter 13

 

  • Ezekiel 13:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 
  • 2 Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the LORD; 

This is what concerns me even today, that we speak not from our own hearts but we speak the word of God. If God gives words of encouragement, we speak that. If God gives words of warning, we speak that. We must speak His words not words that we want to speak. 

Here is an example: We know there are those in the audience that believe a certain doctrine so we make our message so as not to offend those sitting in the pews. We can go the other way also.

Suppose someone did something that was told to us. We know that what they did was wrong and they do need correction. Instead of going to them privately, we use the bully pulpit method to preach to the one person. Now if God directed it specifically that is one thing but if it is something that is from our own heart, it is quite another. 

I remember one man used to get mad at his neighbor for some reason or another and that is what he would talk about. The neighbor didn't hear his reproof so what good did it do.

If God lays a certain message on our hearts and someone comes into the congregation that the message might offend and we water it down so as to be less offensive after we know for sure God gave us the original message with no water added, then we are preaching from our own heart and not God's word. 

God now is warning the false prophets who follow their own spirits and have seen nothing. 

  • Ezekiel 13:3 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! 
  • 4 O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. 
  • 5 Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD. 

This means that they did not warn people to repent when they sinned. They just let it go causing a large gap between Israel and God. Repentance from sin brings us back into fellowship with God. Sin separates us from God. The prophets did not warn but rather desired to make people feel good about themselves similar to what is going on today. It's a dangerous thing whether we speak comfort or correction to not say it is the word of the Lord, if it is just our opinion. When we speak for God we better make sure we received it from God and not just our own imagination.

When foxes made holes in the hedges the enemy can slip through a lot easier. Good sound doctrine and preaching from the word brings righteous living and bridges the gaps that separate us from God. 

This has not changed with the coming of Jesus. Jesus is the bridge that brings sinful man back to a holy God. His shed blood cleanses us from the sin that was causing the separation. He then gives us the Holy Spirit making it easier for us to continue in holiness but when we stop preaching truth and just preach good ear tickling messages, people tend to get comfortable and allow the old sin to creep back in. This causes the separation to return. 

On the other hand, we can get so negative and never give messages of comfort and healing that people feel, "What is the use." I can never please God. That is why seeking the Lord for a message is vital. He knows whether a group of people need comfort or correction. We in the flesh do not know. It may take praying and sometimes fasting but we need to get the mind of the Lord before speaking and make sure our motives are not selfish, seeking a bigger offering or vengeful, getting even with someone for some offense.

  • Ezekiel 13:6 They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD saith: and the LORD hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word. 

If we know a certain group of people are living loosely, ignoring the word of God, committing adultery, into image worship, taking divorce lightly etc., then I doubt God will give a "Your okay, you are in God's favor," type of message. 

For many years we had all negative messages then when it changed we went too far the other way with God loves you messages and failed to warn against sin. 

Yes, God loves us which is why we must warn against sin. That sin will destroy both soul and body. It is killing us and will kill a nation. How do I know? Read history. 

  • Ezekiel 13:7 Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The LORD saith it; albeit I have not spoken? 

Someone who really hears from God is not going to be a popular well liked preacher. He is going to be made fun of, hated, called names and ridiculed. How do I know? Read the bible. 

No true prophet of God is going to be living in two or three mansions, drive the latest car, fly jet planes and be rich and popular. He may have those things when Christ comes back and sets up His kingdom but not in this present world we live in. Right now, if we are rich and popular, something is wrong because we cannot please the world, be popular with the masses and please God too. The two do not mix. A real prophet is hated, scorned and mocked. He will earn respect and God will take care of him but the respect and care will come from those we least expect it to come from like the widow who helped feed Elijah. The world of that day. the prophets of Baal, Queen Jezebel and those in power, hated him. 

  • Ezekiel 13:8 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord GOD. 
  • 9 And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD. 
  • 10 Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered mortar: 

Like walls build in a way that they cannot withstand aging, bad weather and wear and tear, these prophets were telling people things that they wanted to hear and not warning them of their sin that would cause them to lose their land and nation. 

They were saying things like. We are God's chosen. He loves us. We are not so bad. God is going to bless, bless, bless and there is no judgment coming. We are blessed of God and He wants us to enjoy life and have plenty. We are going to have peace and not war. 

Even believers is Jesus are not promised the life of Riley. The bible says that the godly in Christ will suffer persecution. However, those that have turned from sin and live in holiness will not suffer any wrath or God. In the case of Israel in Ezekiel's day, they were suffering God's judgment because of sin. This was not persecution against a people because of their faith in God. It is quite different. All that happened to Israel in the days of captivity was solely because they sinned against God by turning to idols instead of the living God. Once they went into idolatry, the murder, immorality, perversion and evil went along with it. 

Even after they were sent prophets who continually warned them, they still would not repent. Many mock these kinds of prophets calling them prophets of doom. 

I realize that there are false prophets today that prophesy good things instead of God's word. There are also fake prophets of doom who prophecy warning but not to get people back to God, only to get people scared enough to follow them into some cult. That is different. A true prophet of doom will try to get people to repent of sin in order to get them into a right relationship with Jesus Christ which is the only path to God after Jesus died for sins and rose again from the dead. 

Faith in Christ is the only way to God now because the sacrifice for the sins of mankind has been paid by the death of Jesus Christ. He was innocent of any sin Himself and paid the penalty for sin. This is what all the animal sacrifices in the Old Testament pointed to. 

All who believe in Jesus (Yeshua) to the point of renouncing their sin and giving their lives to God are saved from the penalty of sin. We who are in Christ and have rejected sin, will not have to pay for our own sins unless we willingly return to sin without repenting. 

Usually a person so willing to return to sin after coming to Christ may not have been genuinely converted in the first place. Genuine conversions is a work of the Holy Spirit. We can't force this on anyone. 

  • Ezekiel 13:11 Say unto them which daub it with untempered mortar, that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it. 

This is a good example of what false prophecy, false doctrine and sin does. It destroys the listener and endangers his soul. 

  • Ezekiel 13:12 Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said unto you, Where is the daubing wherewith ye have daubed it? 
  • 13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it. 
  • 14 So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed with untempered mortar, and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof: and ye shall know that I am the LORD. 
  • 15 Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and upon them that have daubed it with untempered mortar, and will say unto you, The wall is no more, neither they that daubed it; 
  • 16 To wit, the prophets of Israel which prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and which see visions of peace for her, and there is no peace, saith the Lord GOD. 

There will one day be peace in Israel but not until the whole nations turns away from sin and believes the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

There is a latter day time of Jacob's trouble in which we call the tribulation in which Israel will face a final judgment of God and a call to repentance. When they recognize the savior that their ancestors rejected, then and only then will they have peace. Sin and God does not mix. Without the cleansing of sin by the blood of the lamb of God (Jesus Christ), we remain in sin and separate from a holy God. 

  • Ezekiel 13:17 Likewise, thou son of man, set thy face against the daughters of thy people, which prophesy out of their own heart; and prophesy thou against them, 
  • 18 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you? 

Fortune telling, witchcraft, soothsaying, divination, astrology, etc. is an abomination in the sight of God. They do not speak for God. This prophecy is against women who give advice and counsel to those that seek out their divination. 

This does not mean that God does not use women as true prophets but these types of methods to get advice is not of God. 

God uses His Holy Spirit in individuals who allow Him to use them. The Holy Spirit brings people to repentance, to holiness, to purity and to Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit does not prophecy for money, for show, to exalt the individual, to promote a program, a certain denomination, church or person. He is out to get people to God and do the will of God. 

  • Ezekiel 13:19 And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies? 
  • 20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly. 
  • 21 Your kerchiefs also will I tear, and deliver my people out of your hand, and they shall be no more in your hand to be hunted; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
  • 22 Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life: 

A true prophet will not make the righteous or those that have turned from sin and have chosen to live godly, sad because they have chosen God instead of living like the rest of the world. A true prophet also will not say peace to those who have allowed sin to separate them from a holy God. 

We have people today that call evil good and good evil. They call the ones that preach against sexual immorality and abortion, evil and those that preach a woman's right to choose and sex between consenting adults including pornography as a right, good. Those that warn about sin destroying a whole nation are considered right wing fundamentalist bible thumpers. Evil is called good and good is called evil. It has not changed since the days of Jeremiah, Isaiah, Daniel and Ezekiel. 

The only difference is that we have had more help than Israel had. We have had the gospel of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. If we reject God's correction, we are more guilty than Israel or even Sodom and Gomorrah. 

  • Ezekiel 13:23 Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and ye shall know that I am the LORD. 

This is a comforting message actually knowing that God has everything under control and those that do evil in His name will not get by with it. The truth will be preached and the truth will prevail in the end. You can count on it. Sometimes it seems like the enemy is winning but this is only temporary. Feel sorry for them for unless they repent, they will perish. 

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