Ezekiel 13 highlights the fact that there were many false prophets who affected Israel then negatively. The first two verses of Ezekiel 13 bring this out in vivid detail.
The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel, who are prophesying, and say to those who prophesy from their own hearts: ‘Hear the word of the Lord!’” (ESV)
Notice, God tells the prophet Ezekiel that he is to prophesy against the false prophets of Israel because they prophesied falsely, like Fake News today, even starting off their falsehoods with the pronouncement, “Here the word of the Lord!” Essentially, they were liars and God was calling them out, warning them what would happen if they continued.
Do we have false prophets today? If you’ve done any research regarding this subject, you know that there are a plethora of “apostles” and “prophets” who are busy telling people what God is saying to them. They believe they are compelled to share what they claim is God’s “spoken” Word to their hearts, with the rest of us. That’s pretty big of them, isn’t it? Stop to consider that like Fake News MSM (mainstream media), these groups excel at lying. It is what they do and because some people do not have or use critical thinking, they are overtaken by these lies.
The problem is often in what the false prophets say, which is normally against God’s revealed will for this age, the last days. Again, I recall when I was involved in the Charismatic Movement in the 1970’s, I constantly heard this phrase by one invited guest speaker after another: “God is getting ready to do something new!” This was then parroted by the average person in attendance, often with a spirit of anticipation.
Statements like these were meant to build excitement in the Body. It vividly portrayed God as moving among us now and He was ostensibly creating a new movement or wave of spiritual power that He wanted to invest in and work through His people. Looking back, I have to ask myself why God would need to promote those movements through other people? Why not simply do it?
Yes, I’m aware that Jesus told His apostles and followers to go to Jerusalem for the Passover and wait until they received what the Holy Spirit would provide (Acts 1-2). Of course, this was prior to the pouring out of the Holy Spirit in believers’ hearts. Since that day, the Holy Spirit is automatically given to each new believer at the moment salvation is received, though Charismatics and others disagree with that, claiming that a “second blessing” is needed for every Christian. While I used to blindly believe this, I’ve learned that Scripture teaches otherwise.
I’m also aware of the times that God used an authentic prophet in the Old Testament to provide foreknowledge of how He would act and these normally connected to Israel in some way. Moreover, I’m aware of the various situations in the book of Acts where God appeared to do something “new” that He had not appeared to do before (extend His grace and salvation to Gentiles, for instance). However, these things were all foretold in the Old Testament, whether people completely understood them then or not, going back to Genesis 12:1-3 with Abraham.
God made Himself as clear as He could and as things unfolded, people blessed with spiritual discernment would see those events and understand that they were fulfillments of what God had already promised. In fact, if we come right down to it, the entirety of God’s written Word lays out the path that God said would occur bringing us right up to the end of human history in the physical return of Jesus to this planet.
The false prophets of Israel that Ezekiel and other true prophets had to contend with were...