12:30 p.m. Monday October 11, 2021. 75F/24C.
The air is not nearly as hot as the thermometer reads. It is cool and pleasant everywhere in the hollow. Windows are full wide open in the cabin. The wind makes a hushing noise somewhere above. Trees remain green in the forest, but some contain large spots of yellow and red. A few large birds circle overhead. Their wingtips seem brilliant white in the rays of the sun. The sky between clouds is blue. A walk is taken to the road. The stones underfoot are quite cool. At the road a single marigold bloom is found and eaten. The taste is comparable to a strong spice that could be eaten alone, without a dish for it to flavor. The marigold keeps eyes strong and is good medicine.
The book of Ezekiel, chapter thirteen
Abba Father, in accordance with your urgings, I read your word again. I humbly request your Holy Spirit’s guidance to understand the words of your Bible. It is through your beloved son Jesus that I pray. Amen.
In chapter thirteen, God addressed false prophets. This next type of prophet he spoke against was common in pagan cultures.
Likewise thou son of man, set thy face against the daughters of thy people, which prophesy out of their own heart; and prophesy thou against them.
The female false prophetesses in Jerusalem: They prophesied for what they wanted. Theirs were not warnings from God about repairing a wall or about obeying God. These prophetesses wanted comfort and ease. They seemed to fear the lifestyle of ancient women where they would be worthy only if married and bearing children.
Their attraction was comfort and ease. They prophesied lies to keep others comfortable and to lure men into agreements with them to bring about their own comfort.
My best guess about these women: Pagan temples of Ezekiel’s day featured prostitutes, but God’s temple did no such thing. There were still a number of people who expected to have temple prostitutes, and from that came the office of false prophetess.
What follows is my opinion and I have found no commentary to back me up.
And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to women that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you?
A prophetess needed a prophecy to deliver to her customers, otherwise, she was simply a prostitute. Her prophecy might have been something like, “The Lord told me that you will prosper.”
But… She sewed pillows to all armholes???
That may be a medieval English way of saying that she made or bought cushions for every need of comfort. Most certainly the cushions contained charms or talismans.
A prophetess’ house would have been comfortable, with pillows strewn about for every physical need. The prophetess and her customer might have worn veils during her seductions, according to their needs for privacy.
The prophetess kept a full range of “kerchiefs”, an old English word for full body veils, to match every height, “stature”, of customer.
Nobody hid their identity from God. He knew who was behind the veil.
God compared the veils or kerchiefs that she kept to hunting nets. He asked the prophetesses if they could keep alive any one man by delivering their prophecies? The answer was clearly “no”. Their prophecies were most likely the same for every customer. Prophecies were bait. Hunter’s nets were for capturing prey.
And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?
Those were NOT prophetesses of the most high God. But according to that verse, they spoke in God’s name. In payment, they received enough necessities for the day. Young men fell to their entrapments. And what happened to any children they bore? What happened to people who needed a word from the Lord and went to the prophetesses instead?
Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly.
The ancient Hebrew words are harsh. They generally depict women claiming to be prophetesses of God, who would lie in wait for living beings, and then “spread their wings”, translated as “fly”, among pillows. God promised to rip off their wings (arms and legs?) and let their captives go free. That’s an ugly picture.
Your kerchiefs also will I tear, and deliver my people out of your hand, and they shall be no more in your hand to be hunted; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
God promised to tear open the full body veils like hunting nets, and set captives free. The captives were those of his people who were enchanted by the promises, the prophecies and the sexual acts of the prophetesses.
Once that had been done, and when the prophetesses took their final breaths, they would know who was God.
Life in the hollow, Monday afternoon
I feel a great sense of urgency about reading the Bible. About getting it read and having a sense of understanding about it. Am I alone in this?
Some prophets will be and have been purely evil. There are many antichrists among us, but there is one that we call “The Antichrist” whom we hope to be able to recognize.
I realize there are those people who say: why should we recognize the antichrist, when we know the Christ?
Well, I imagine he’s not going to announce that he’s the antichrist! I also imagine that the mark of the beast will not be announced as such. It’ll be touted as a digital currency tattoo or an important health measure or maybe an inner body smart phone. He’ll make it all look so normal. He’ll quote scripture or at least portions of scripture. Without a solid Bible background, many of us will be deceived.
It’s important in our day to know that false prophets exist. False preachers exist. False systems of government exist.
Watch out for people who put our minds at ease. Watch for people who claim God’s power, but take away or add to God’s word. Watch out for people who pollute God’s prophecies.
God knows about them and will judge them all.