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Ephesians 4:11-12 (NKJV) 11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
Dear friends, I do want to share a little bit about false ministers during this dangerous time we live in. This warning is directed against false ministers whose messages are not from God, but lies intended to win popularity by saying whatever made the people happy. Their messages comforted people into a false sense of security, making not only Ezekiel [in the OT] but today’s true ministers of God’s work more difficult.
Beware of leaders who are willing to bend the truth in their quest for popularity, power, and pleasure.
Please read carefully. Do not rush through.
The false representatives of God during Ezekiel’s time exhibited at least ten negative characteristics.
First, they spoke out of their own will, not God’s will.
Ezekiel 13:1-3 (NKJV) And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy out of their own heart, ‘Hear the word of the Lord!’ ” 3 Thus says the Lord God: “Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!
Ezekiel 13:17 (NKJV) 17 “Likewise, son of man, set your face against the daughters of your people, who prophesy out of their own heart; prophesy against them,
Second, they made the people a victim instead of performing a ministry for them. They scavenged among ruined lives for personal gain and self-indulgence.
Ezekiel 13:4 (NKJV) 4 O Israel, your prophets are like foxes in the deserts.
Third, they had no crisis ministry. They could not strengthen the breaks in the walls (i.e., people or nations) or fortify broken lives.
Ezekiel 13:5 (NKJV) 5 You have not gone up into the gaps to build a wall for the house of Israel to stand in battle on the day of the Lord.
Fourth, they claimed their revelations were divine to deceive their followers and easily deceived others because they were deceived themselves.
Ezekiel 13:6-7 (NKJV) 6 They have envisioned futility and false divination, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord!’ But the Lord has not sent them; yet they hope that the word may be confirmed. 7 Have you not seen a futile vision, and have you not spoken false divination? You say, ‘The Lord says,’ but I have not spoken.”
Fifth, they failed to stand against sin and declared an empty message without truth.
Ezekiel 13:6-9 (NKJV) 6 They have envisioned futility and false divination, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord!’ But the Lord has not sent them; yet they hope that the word may be confirmed. 7 Have you not seen a futile vision, and have you not spoken false divination? You say, ‘The Lord says,’ but I have not spoken.” 8 Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Because you have spoken nonsense and envisioned lies, therefore I am indeed against you,” says the Lord God. 9 “My hand will be against the prophets who envision futility and who divine lies; they shall not be in the assembly of My people, nor be written in the record of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord God.
Sixth, they preached a message of peace, prosperity, and safety in the face of imminent judgment because they failed to relate the consequences of sin.
Ezekiel 13:10-12 (NKJV) 10 “Because, indeed, because they have seduced My people, saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace—and one builds a wall, and they plaster it with untempered mortar— 11 say to those who plaster it with untempered mortar, that it will fall. There will be flooding rain, and you, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall tear it down. 12 Surely, when the wall has fallen, will it not be said to you, ‘Where is the mortar with which you plastered it?’ ”
Seventh, their ministry provoked the wrath of God and invited his judgment.
Ezekiel 13:13-16 (NKJV) 13 Therefore thus says the Lord God: “I will cause a stormy wind to break forth in My fury; and there shall be a flooding rain in My anger, and great hailstones in fury to consume it. 14 So I will break down the wall you have plastered with untempered mortar, and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation will be uncovered; it will fall, and you shall be consumed in the midst of it. Then you shall know that I am the Lord. 15 “Thus will I accomplish My wrath on the wall and on those who have plastered it with untempered mortar; and I will say to you, ‘The wall is no more, nor those who plastered it, 16 that is, the prophets of Israel who prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and who see visions of peace for her when there is no peace,’ ” says the Lord God.
Eighth, they often used false methods and occult practices to legitimize their work and control their victims.
Ezekiel 13:17-21 (NKJV) 17 “Likewise, son of man, set your face against the daughters of your people, who prophesy out of their own heart; prophesy against them, 18 and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Woe to the women who sew magic charms on their sleeves and make veils for the heads of people of every height to hunt souls! Will you hunt the souls of My people, and keep yourselves alive? 19 And will you profane Me among My people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, killing people who should not die, and keeping people alive who should not live, by your lying to My people who listen to lies?” 20 ‘Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against your magic charms by which you hunt souls there like birds. I will tear them from your arms, and let the souls go, the souls you hunt like birds. 21 I will also tear off your veils and deliver My people out of your hand, and they shall no longer be as prey in your hand. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.
Ninth, they encouraged iniquity by word and personal example.
Ezekiel 13:22-23 (NKJV) 22 “Because with lies you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and you have strengthened the hands of the wicked, so that he does not turn from his wicked way to save his life. 23 Therefore you shall no longer envision futility nor practice divination; for I will deliver My people out of your hand, and you shall know that I am the Lord.” ’ ”
Tenth, they set up the worst idols, their own self-will (14:1–7).
Ezekiel 14:1-7 (NKJV) Now some of the elders of Israel came to me and sat before me. 2 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 3 “Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts, and put before them that which causes them to stumble into iniquity. Should I let Myself be inquired of at all by them? 4 “Therefore speak to them, and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Everyone of the house of Israel who sets up his idols in his heart, and puts before him what causes him to stumble into iniquity, and then comes to the prophet, I the Lord will answer him who comes, according to the multitude of his idols, 5 that I may seize the house of Israel by their heart, because they are all estranged from Me by their idols.” ’ 6 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Repent, turn away from your idols, and turn your faces away from all your abominations. 7 For anyone of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell in Israel, who separates himself from Me and sets up his idols in his heart and puts before him what causes him to stumble into iniquity, then comes to a prophet to inquire of him concerning Me, I the Lord will answer him by Myself.
Please pray for Vijaya and me, that we will continue to stay close with the one who called us and chose us and fulfill HIS PURPOSE. That we will be HIS Mouth Piece and speak forth His Truth boldly and with His Love.
Ephesians 6:18-19 (NKJV) 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,
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