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August 21 - Morning

"The word of the Lord came to me:
‘Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who are now prophesying.
Say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination:
“Hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

"Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing! Your prophets, Israel, are like jackals among ruins. You have not gone up to the breaches in the wall to repair it for the people of Israel so that it will stand firm in the battle on the day of the Lord. Their visions are false and their divinations a lie. Even though the Lord has not sent them, they say,

‘The Lord declares,’

and expect him to fulfill their words. Have you not seen false visions and uttered lying divinations when you say,

'The Lord declares,’

though I have not spoken?...

...Because they lead my people astray, saying,


when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. " ' "

- Ezekiel 13:1-7, 10-11

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The Judgment of Prophets (Pastors, Teachers, etc.)


Ezekiel is speaking in 592 BC in Ezekiel 13. Israel’s hope of a soon return from Babylonian captivity came from “foolish” prophets who also spoke of any judgment coming in the distant future.

13:3-4 -  The foolish prophets are told to “Hear the word of the Lord” and not “Follow their own spirit.”

  • “Foolish” is Hebrew nabal and means more than “stupid”.
  • It includes spiritual and moral insensitivity contrary to the nature of a wise man.
  • A fool is
  • Here a fool relies on their own heart, and not on God’s revelation (13:3)

Ezekiel is presenting in Babylon in 592 BC, within about twelve months of Jeremiah having
received and preached the same tone of message against the deviant prophets around
593 BC in Jeremiah 23:16-17:

This is what the  Lord Almighty says:
‘Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you;
     they fill you with false hopes.
They speak visions from their own minds,
     not from the mouth of the  Lord.
They keep saying to those who despise me,
     ‘The  Lord says: You will have peace.’
And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts
     they say, ‘No harm will come to you
.’ ’ ” - Jeremiah 23:16-17 in 593 BC

  • The foolish prophet mistakes his own heart for the word of God.
  • These "prophets" had "visions" that were psychological creation of thier minds.
  • The things these false prophets saw were not revelations from the Spirit of God

13:4 – The prophets of Israel are compared to Jackals among ruins

  • Prophets are the jackals. Ruins are the people/society.
  • Jackals hunt through ruins to find a den for themselves.
  • The prophets (religious leaders) are among the people/society only to secure a den for themselves.
  • The prophets failed to help or prepare the people/society for the future, but instead used the people/society to provide for the prophets’ own immediate personal wellbeing.
  • The prophets abused their gifts and office which dulled the people’s ears to hear Ezekiel’s message and the true message of others.

13:5 - The “breaks in the wall” (“breaches”) were the people’s violation of the Law of Moses.

  • The prophets (religious leaders) should have identified the breaks in the law and repaired them by correcting the people’s understanding and behavior.
  • Psalms 106:23 - Moses stood in the breach to keep God's wrath away
  • Ezekiel 22:30 - The Lord was looking for a man to build up the wall and stand in the walls gap
  • Isaiah 58:12 - repairers of the breach, repairer of broken walls

13:8-16- The flimsy wall is a partition wall (interior, non-supporting) used in place of an exterior supporting wall.

  • The flimsy wall might have been an alliance with Egypt or a prophecy of peace and prosperity that led people to build houses and settle in for a time of false security.
  • The whitewash (or, plaster) was used to cover up structure.
  • The whitewash, like sheetrock, covers up the studs, headers, beams, etc. if they are there.
  • Their wall was flimsy. Their wall was “false hope.”
  • The white wash is the prophecies and teaching that encouraged people to trust it.
  • Those who did the work are the foolish prophets.
  Christian Quote from Church History

“The time of business…does not with me differ from the time of prayer; and in the noise and clutter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess GOD in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the Blessed Sacrament.”
– Brother Lawrence
(1614-1691) in
“The Practice of the Presence of God”
in France (read it here.)

Something to Ponder??

Throughout history most people believed the universe was eternal and unchanging. But, the Bible has taught that the universe was created and declining like an old garment (Hebrews 1:10-12). Modern science now rejects 1,000’s of years of previous scientific thought and embraces the biblical position with the Second Law of Thermodynamics (Entropy) which states that the universe and everything in it is running down, deteriorating and becoming less orderly. This is explained in
Psalm 102:25-26.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Nashi (Hb) - prince (Eng) - The Hebrew word nashi is used in many sematic languages
to refer to the leader of the people. The nashi is the ruler, leader or chief because
of their heritage and position within the clan or tribe.
Genesis 17:20
Exodus 16:22
Joshua 22:30

    The palace fortress of Susa described in Esther 1 was excavated in ancient Susa in 1852 and 1901. These things were discovered that match the biblical record of Esther:

    (1) Throne room floor made of red, blue, white (porphyry) and black marble (Diagram and Details)

    (2) The kings gate where Mordecai sat;

    (3) The inner court, the outer court and the palace garden described as being in the king’s house;

    (4) Also, dice were recovered that may be similar to the dice Haman used (Image and Details).

    (Details HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Today I will question what is said about the Lord and challenge the things people say about God.
I will test the accuracy of what people say God is doing and what they say he is thinking.
  "When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous
but terror to evildoers."

- Proverbs 21:15
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
2 Kings 5 Esther 1 (483 BC) Jeremiah 41-43
Prayer for Today
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Holy Spirit activity

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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
In the north end of the Western Wall Tunnels near the quarry, the Hasmonean aqueduct, the Strouthion Pool, and where the Western Wall foundation reaches the bedrock of Mount Moriah.

A Seventieth Week chart

A Seventieth Week chart



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In the north end of the Western Wall Tunnels near the quarry, the Hasmonean aqueduct, the Strouthion Pool, and where the Western Wall foundation reaches the bedrock of Mount Moriah.

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