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Jeremiah 14:14 Then the LORD said to me, “The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name. I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own minds. 15 “Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who are prophesying in My name, although it was not I who sent them– yet they keep saying, ‘There will be no sword or famine in this land ‘– by sword and famine those prophets shall meet their end! 16 “The people also to whom they are prophesying will be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and there will be no one to bury them– neither them, nor their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters– for I will pour out their own wickedness on them. 17 “You will say this word to them, ‘Let my eyes flow down with tears night and day, And let them not cease; For the virgin daughter of my people has been crushed with a mighty blow, With a sorely infected wound. 18 ‘If I go out to the country, Behold, those slain with the sword! Or if I enter the city, Behold, diseases of famine! For both prophet and priest Have gone roving about in the land that they do not know.'” 19 Have You completely rejected Judah? Or have You loathed Zion? Why have You stricken us so that we are beyond healing? We waited for peace, but nothing good came; And for a time of healing, but behold, terror! 20 We know our wickedness, O LORD, The iniquity of our fathers, for we have sinned against You. 21 Do not despise us, for Your own name’s sake; Do not disgrace the throne of Your glory; Remember and do not annul Your covenant with us. 22 Are there any among the idols of the nations who give rain? Or can the heavens grant showers? Is it not You, O LORD our God? Therefore we hope in You, For You are the one who has done all these things.

This passage seems to speak to modern America and perhaps the whole world. There are many false prophets and ministers who are using the name of the Lord to speak and they are speaking things that they did not obtain from the Scriptures not by the teaching of the Lord. Instead, they are speaking those things that flow from the futility and deception of their own minds. Over and over again God warned people that prophets and ministers are to speak according to the Scriptures and it is there that they can be checked. These ministers and/or prophets keep telling the people smooth messages rather than the truth of the mind of God. The people are greatly deceived, though indeed they wanted to be deceived.

While the prophets of old tried to tell the people that God would not judge them and send upon them diseases and famine. But this was what God intended to do and yet the prophets and ministers of that day said the exact opposite. The same is true in our day. Minister after minister wants to say smooth things to the people and deny that God will judge them and deny that there is a hell. Those who hear those things from the pulpits in our land must be awakened and told that the Lord did not send the teachers who teach those things. If one listens to those who speak in the name of the Lord it seems that many disqualify themselves by what they refuse to teach.

It is not until the Lord awakens people and shows them how deceptive their teachers are will they be awakened to what is really going on. The very thing that these deceptive teachers ignore or clearly deny is actually the thing that they should be warning people about. God judges sin each and every day and will judge it for eternity as well. It is so odd that there are so many warnings about these things in the Scriptures and yet these deceptive teachers refuse to accept those things and then teach the exact opposite of those things. Deceptive teachers, in terms of what is at the deepest part of their hearts, are children of the devil and we must always remember that the devil wants to be like God. He wants to deceive people as to who the real God is and distort the truth. This worked with Eve and continues to be a real issue of the day.

Our only hope is the same God who has judged us and is judging us. Our only hope is that He would by His great and marvelous grace give us hearts to seek His face for Himself and to seek Him on the basis of His own glory. We should learn to plead to the Lord to give us hearts that love Him and His glory so that we can really and truly seek Him. We should seek Him to show us how blind we are and how self-centered and prideful we are so that He would show us these things and drive us to the cross which alone can give light by Christ and His Spirit. We should seek Him asking Him to protect us against deception and grant us truth. We should seek Him to deliver us from the desire to have our ears tickled to the practice of our ears of hearing the truth with love.

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