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Friday, November 6 2015
Ezekiel 13: Tall Tales Of The Imaginary Prophets
"Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!"
The primary difference between a true prophet of the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) and false prophets is that a true prophet speaks the Word of God, as though the prophet doesn't exist, while a false prophet speaks their own word, as though the LORD doesn't exist. True prophets are humble servants, while false prophets are self-important, arrogant fools and con artists (see also What's The Bible Word For False Prophet?).
While there are many false prophets who mislead people into other religions, or no religion (see What Prophecy Do Atheists Fulfill For Themselves?), there are also many fake prophets who falsely claim to speak for the LORD. But what does the LORD say about those liars?
"14:14 Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart." (Jeremiah 14:14 KJV)
True prophecy is the Word of God, not the religionism or nationalism of man. As stated by the apostle Peter (see also 2 Peter: 'The Servants Of Corruption Promise Liberty' and 3 John: Follow Not That Which Is Evil, But That Which Is Good):
"1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes), and then Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah), fell because they lusted to hear the self-gratifying words of false prophets rather than the truly uplifting Word of God (see Truly Uplifting). As is always the result, unless repentance happens, the addiction becomes so powerful that deceived people demand to continue following the deception even when they can no longer deny that it is a deception. It's like a drug-addicted person saying that they don't care that it's killing them - they just want their poison so that they can continue the delusion that it makes them feel good.
"30:9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: 30:11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us." (Isaiah 30:9-11 KJV)
The true prophets of the LORD experienced hatred toward them because the prophets would not have been sent to repentant people. They were sent to warn people, by the Word of the LORD, to repent. Some people heeded the LORD's warning, while others chose to elect themselves for destruction by continuing to follow the words of liars.
"13:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 13:2 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; 13:3 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! 13:4 O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. 13:5 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. 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. 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?
Fact Finder: What will be the last confrontation between true and false prophets - before the LORD incinerates all false prophets into ashes?
This Day In History, November 6
355: Roman Emperor Constantius II promoted his cousin Julian to the title of Caesar, assigning him to rule the Prefecture of the Gauls (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
1429: Henry VI was crowned king of England, 7 years after succeeding to the throne at age 8 months.
1528: Shipwrecked Spanish conquistador Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca became the first known European to set foot in what is today known as Texas. Contrary to popular myth, the voyages of Christopher Columbus were limited to the Caribbean Sea area (see the map of the voyages of Columbus at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy). The continent of North America itself was discovered by Vikings who landed on what is today the east coast of Canada - over 5 centuries before Columbus discovered the Caribbean.
1572: A supernova (a newly-visible "star" caused by the explosion of an old star) was observed in the constellation Cassiopeia.
1632: King Gustavus II of Sweden was killed during the Battle of Lutzen in the Thirty Years War.
1813: Mexico was declared independent of Spain.
1861: During the U.S. Civil War, Jefferson Davis was elected president of the Confederate States of America.
1867: The first Parliament of Canada opened.
1889: The Eiffel Tower opened in Paris.
1913: Mohandas Ghandi was arrested in South Africa for leading an Indian miners march.
1917: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the 5-month third Battle of Ypres ended when Canadian and Australian troops took Passchendaele. The advance of 5 miles cost 240,000 men.
1917: The beginning of the "October Revolution" by the Bolsheviks (October 25 according to the then-used Russian calendar), led by Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky.
1918: The Republic of Poland was proclaimed.
1923: During the time of out of control inflation in Germany, a single loaf of bread sold for over 100 billion Marks. Much of the inflation was caused by the government printing vast amounts of (eventually worthless) paper money to pay its vast government debt in which it couldn't afford to even pay the interest any longer.
1932: In German elections, the Nazis lost 34 seats and 2,000,000 votes but still remained the largest party in the Reichstag with 196 seats. Adolf Hitler was eventually elected President of Germany (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1935: The first flight of the Hawker Hurricane. Over 14,000 Hurricanes were built during the Second World War, including 1,400 built in Canada for the Royal Canadian Air Force. Hawker Hurricanes and Supermarine Spitfires defeated Hitler's air forces in "the Battle of Britain."
1944: Walter Edward Guinness, first Lord Moyne, British Minister for Middle East Affairs, owner of the Guinness beverage company, was murdered by radical members of the Zionist "Stern Gang," named after its leader Avrahan Stern. With few exceptions, the "Zionists" were horror-stricken by the assassination. The 2 youths who committed the crime were placed on trial in Cairo in January 1945, and swiftly found guilty and hanged (see A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1962: The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning South Africa for its apartheid policies.
1991: A Canadian fire-fighting team extinguished the last of the 751 oil fires that had been started by Iraqi troops in Kuwait at the end of the Gulf War.
1996: Over 2,000 people were killed or lost at sea when a cyclone struck India's major crop-growing state of Andhra Pradesh.
1999: A referendum in Australia voted to retain the British monarch as head of state.