A reason to know God’s word

9:00 a.m. Monday October 11, 2021. 70F/21C.

Clouds move rapidly mostly toward the north. These do not travel eastward, as is the usual weather pattern in the hollow. A loud thunder storm in the night was responsible for watering all the plants and clearing the air. A little water, not much, stands in the storm trench. The storm was perhaps louder than it was active. Birds and crickets are silent this morning, but a walk toward the road stirs up dozens of jumping bugs. They rush to safety underfoot. Some water stands in depressions on the road, but not much. The odd white blooms of the sweet everlasting stand untouched by the wind. That’s how it is in the hollow. Winds howl. Large rain falls. Nothing much under the trees suffers from the storms.

The book of Ezekiel, chapter thirteen

Abba Father, I humbly request your assistance in reading your holy word, written in our Bible. Nothing is greater than you. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

God wrapped up his prophecies against the lying prophets of Jerusalem who lied to keep people pleased with themselves. He compared those false prophets to men who built a wall of safety, poorly, and expected it to be held up with good cement mortar. But instead, other false prophets finished the poorly built wall with plaster that was normally used indoors. In the first bad storm, the plaster dissolved and the poorly built wall crumbled. That was how it would be for the people who listened to false prophets. The prophets would be judged and the people would never be safe.

Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and upon them that have daubed it with untempered morter, and will say unto you, The wall is no more, neither they that daubed it.

God hated the lies and deception. The deception would be gone. The wall around Jerusalem would be gone as a reminder to the people. The deceivers would die and not be remembered. The people who followed the deceivers would never be safe.

To wit, the prophets of Israel which prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and which see visions of peace for her, and there is no peace, saith the Lord GOD.

I giggle hearing the phrase “to wit”. It’s remindful of a pastor who loved to use the phrase to wit, which means “let me make it clearer” or “namely” or “that is to say”. He was the first person I met who had a cushy job pastoring a small church and it changed him. When he found Jesus, his career job was no longer cushy, but it was full of Bible study and profound wisdom. The blood of Jesus does wonders in empty lives.

God was saying that his meaning was for the false prophets, not for random construction workers or anyone else we can imagine.

The deceivers, the false prophets, those who declare peace and safety when there is no peace and safety, would not be left alive, after God’s wrath passed over.

Life in the hollow, Monday

I rarely argue with modern prophets. But I will state my case here. There are four kinds of modern prophets and misunderstandings of modern prophets that garner my attention. These are: 1) whimsical prophecies, 2) cult church prophets, 3) fortune tellers and diviners in the church, and 4) evil demonic prophets in the church.

4. Evil prophets – how they get away with it

These are beyond my comprehension. They lead people straight to hell. I can only speak from the experience of having followed cult churches.

I’ve heard, “I feel so much better after church.”

I heard it because I said it when I was in a J.W. cult church and again in a cultish mega church. Pastors spoke. Prophets spoke. I met new people. I felt better for the next several hours, and then suddenly the ever present depression returned.

I loved to listen to them explain the Bible. They quoted snippets of scripture. They added meaning to scriptures. They had it all figured out… or so it seemed.

Evil uses the well-known prophecies, with some tweaking, to get followers.

Jesus in the book of Revelation (22:18-19) spoke a curse on those who would add or remove meanings from the revelation. The book of Deuteronomy (4:2) covers all the word of God like this:

Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.

Moses then concluded by reminding the people that those who added and took away from God’s word, did not obey and did not live.

Do you recognize this verse?: If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, then I will hear from heaven and I will heal their land.

What’s wrong with that? Have you ever read how Satan quoted God’s word to tempt Jesus. He left words out! (Check out what he said to tempt Eve too. Look for words left out and meanings added.) I freely quoted God’s word in the verse above, but left something out.

2 Chronicles 7:14 actually reads as follows:

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Can you see it? I left out seeking GOD’s face, repenting and being forgiven. Those are the most important three things needed for healing!

Evil knows God’s word and God’s warnings. Evil uses God’s word and God’s warnings. And evil desires followers. The only way a person can discern this kind of evil, is to have a firm foundation in the actual Bible.

This is the most difficult kind of spirit of divination that there is to discern. It catches us off guard. It is easy in our day because we as a Christian people, have become too busy and too troubled to immerse ourselves in God’s word, our Bibles.

Yes, prayer is needed to discern all kinds of lying divination. But this kind is more difficult to spot with just prayer alone. We need to know for ourselves what is in the Bible. We need to memorize scripture and use it to remind and to encourage and to stay safe.

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