Mar. 20. Judgment Against False Prophets

Ezek. 11:1-25; 13:1-23

During Ezekiel’s vision, he was taken by the Spirit to the East Gate of the temple. There he saw twenty-five men among whom were two princes, Jaazaniah and Pelatiah. Those two princes represented the false prophets of the day. As the prophet was speaking, Pelatiah died. At that point, Ezekiel asked God if that meant the end of the remnant of Israel. Again, the Lord reassured the prophet that those who put the detestable things (idol gods) away from them, He would restore to the land of Israel. Ezekiel was then taken back to Babylon where his vision ended. He spoke those comforting and reassuring words of God to the captives who were already there.

False prophets claimed to be speaking for God, but had not really seen anything from Him. They had hoped that their words would be confirmed by actually coming to pass. The Lord used an analogy of a wall plastered with untempered plaster to refute them. They had falsely prophesied peace when there was no peace. Destruction would be soon, but they had denied God’s warnings. He would come as flooding rain, great hailstones and stormy wind to destroy their shoddy workmanship. Their prophecies would be exposed as the lies that they were. There were also women who were false prophets. Ezekiel was sent to pronounce God’s woe upon them. They would suffer the same fate as the men who had falsely spoken for Him.