Ezekiel 13:3 Woe To False Visions

This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing! Ezekiel 13:3

There were many prophets during the time of Ezekiel that were going around and prophesying. They were saying that God was saying there would be peace and that God was on  their side. While this was happening, God was having His prophets stating that there would be no peace and that there would be destruction. God was watching this and promised that there would be problems and punishment for this to occur.

Although there are not very many people who claim to be prophets today, there are many who claim to have visions from God and know what God wants. The claims are usually mixed with truth and falsehood. There is truth that God does love people and accepts all who come to Him. The falsehood is seen in stating that God accepts people purposely living in sin and refusing to follow His ways.

Visions of God honoring nations that claim to know God are common, however, many in those nations are not really choosing to know God. Cities are not truly following God. They are accepting sin to be openly practiced and promoted.

In the world, these things are to be expected, but not in the church. People in the church turn a blind eye to the sins inside the church. Inside the church are people who are living outside of wedlock and yet are leaders in the church. There are people who are living in alternate lifestyles in the church and it is accepted by the church. There are people who live to gossip and spread rumors in the church, and yet are not confronted about the sin.

Living like this does not show a person who is really seeing or hearing from God. They are living to themselves, following their own ways of thinking.

As you go through your days consider what you are hearing and seeing from God. Where is God leading you? What is He showing you to do?

Do not be like the foolish prophets and claim things that God has never stated. God will have His day of judgment upon those people. Seek to know and claim God and His Word.

I pray today that you will know God’s word in your heart; that God will show you visions of what He wants; that you will only speak the truth of God’s word; and that you will follow all of God’s ways.

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Jeremiah 14:14 False Visions And Delusions

Then the LORD said to me, “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds.” Jeremiah 14:14

As the people of Israel were being cast into captivity, there were many prophets who were proclaiming that God would come in and rescue them. They would say that God would bring them peace and give them back their land. Many were telling the people that they needed to fight against the invading nations and that God was on their side. All these things were being said because they believed that they were the nation of God.

God did not tell any of these prophets any of those words. The only prophet God was speaking to was Jeremiah and the words given him were much different.

Words like this are still spoken to this day. Speakers, preachers, teachers, and prophets all proclaim many things. There may be peace in America, or whatever nation you live in, but that is not the problem with a lot of the teachings that are occurring.

Many of the current prophesies or teachings are saying that God is accepting of sin. “Christian” leaders are now saying that various sins are acceptable in God’s sight and that God will not punish anyone for these sins. Words are said that if a believer accepts people in these sins, then God will love them and help them prosper.

God does not, now, nor ever has He, accepted sin or a sinful lifestyle as acceptable behavior. God is against all sin, regardless of political correctness or popularity.

These are the false visions and delusions that many people have. As a believer in Jesus, you must keep yourself focused on what God’s Word said from beginning to end. Do not allow yourself to deluded into believing that sin is acceptable.

God does love everyone who is living in sin, but He hates the sin. If one does not repent of the sin, there will be destruction in the end. If a nation lives in sin as a whole, there will be destruction in the end.

Who are you believing today?

God’s word?

Or the false prophets of today?

I pray today that you will know what God’s word says; that you will speak the true words of God; that you will walk in the truth of God; and that God will reveal the truth in the words people speak. 

Revelation 2:20 Tolerating False Teaching

“Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.” Revelation 2:20

On the surface the church in Thyatira must have appeared to be a very good church. They were very active in ministry. They did a lot of service works showing their love and faith, and they hung in there through the tough times. Jesus even states they were doing more now, then when they started. That was the outside show of who they were.

Inside, however, He had a different report. They were reported as having tolerated and followed Jezebel. She was a person who called herself a prophet of God, yet was teaching wrong things. She was leading the believers into sexual immorality and working with idols. She may not have been a literal person named Jezebel, but it was people who worked in that same spirit or ways.

There are people in the world today who call themselves believers and are leaders in various ways. Some call themselves prophets, or evangelists, or pastors, or some other title. No matter what title they call themselves, the idea is that they believe they are doing a work for God.

Their teaching may have some of God’s Word in it, but often it contains false teachings also. It will promote the idea of certain sexual practices are acceptable to God, even though God spoke against it in the Bible. They will also promote supporting other false beliefs. There are “churches” around now that believe you can believe in anything you want and still get into heaven.

As they promote these wrong beliefs, many will do many good works. They will help people out and show a lot of love. They appear to be of God, yet they are not.

Do not allow yourself to be one of these people. Keep your eyes focused on all of God’s Word. Do not allow yourself to be deceived by these types of people. God will give you wisdom to know when someone is true to Him or not. If you are grounded in God’s Word and prayer, He will help you to know His truth in every situation.

I pray today that you will not be led wrong by any false prophets; that God will give you wisdom in knowing His truth; that God will open your eyes to false teachings; and that you will speak His truth at all times.

1 John 4:1 Testing Every Spirit

“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1

Everywhere you look there are people who claim to be following God. They state that they are Christians and know God. Many will even be in the church every time the doors are open. Yet, while they claim and look good, they teach or believe something that goes directly against God’s Word.

Often their teachings are very subtle. Unless you are paying close attention, the false teaching may not be seen. It is usually mixed with a lot of truth.

People like to think that it is not such a problem, yet being off even a little can bring a person way off later.

In the short distance being off just one inch does not seem like much. However, staying that one inch off for a thousand miles will put you many miles off of your target.

Allowing yourself to be off target a little will also open the door for you to be even more off in something else. It is an open door to the schemes of the devil to deceive you and get you away from Jesus.

John says that you are to test every spirit. This testing is holding what is being said up against God’s Word. Does it line up with God’s Word?

Every person you hear should be tested against God’s Word. This even includes your pastor in your church. Do not allow any wrong teaching to be done.

In addition to testing others, test yourself. What are you teaching? Everyone teaches by what they say and do in life. They are teaching others how they feel Jesus would act and speak.

Are you living by God’s Word? Or are you slightly off and being a false prophet?

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you and keep you on track with Him. Do not lead astray or be allowed be led astray.

I pray that God will open your eyes to any false teachings; that you will seek God’s Holy Spirit to guide you; that you will not be led astray in your beliefs of God; and that you will test every spirit and know the truth.

2 Peter 2:1 False Prophets

“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves.” 2 Peter 2:1

Peter is talking about the false prophets in the Old Testament among the people of Israel. All the way throughout the Old Testament you can read about false prophets leading the people astray.

Some people try to state that there are not many false prophets today because you do not see people directly worshipping idols. Although it is not common in the USA for people to worship idols, they do worship many other things instead and in different ways.

Turn on the TV and you will see “Christian” preachers telling you that all you need to do is send some money to their ministry and pray and God will bless in financially making you wealthy. Others will preach that God accepts you living in sinful ways. Things that are directly called sin in the Bible is now often not called a sin.

Often the false teachers do not speak out with bold-faced heresies. They will speak some truth mixed with false statements. This makes them to appear as good and of God, but in reality they are false. Some have even gone so far as to state Jesus is not the only way to be saved, even though they claim to be Christian. Either way they speak, their false teachings will bring about destruction by God.

You need to be careful in what you are learning. Stay in God’s Word yourself. When you hear a teaching, double-check with the Bible if what is being said is true. Study all of God’s Word, not just a few verses or portions. Take the Word as a whole, not only in part. Ask God to guide you in correctly understanding His Word. Do not allow yourself to be led astray today.

I pray today that God will guide you in knowing His Word; that God will reveal the false prophets among you; that God will open your eyes to false teachings; that God will help you to teach His Word correctly; and that God will remove false prophets around you.