False prophets have predicted that Jesus would come and the world would end at a certain date. Those prophesies have confused and excited untold masses of people and caused them in many cases to even sell their possessions in preparation for that day. Needless to say, that did not and has not happened yet. That day is coming, BUT no one knows when, according to the teaching of the One who is coming (Mt. 24:36-44).
Hananiah was one who falsely prophesied that within two years, instead of seventy, Babylon would fall and that all of the vessels and captives that had been previously taken would be brought back to Jerusalem. In Jeremiah’s mind, he wished that those words would have been true. They were not! Hananiah took the symbolic yoke that Jeremiah had been wearing and broke it. He stated that the Lord would break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar from the neck of all nations within two years. The Lord’s response to Hananiah was that he had broken a yoke of wood, but He would place a yoke of iron on the neck of those nations and that they would serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. Furthermore, Hananiah would be cast from the earth. About two months later, the false prophet, Hananiah was dead.