"Where There Is No Vision The People Perish." Proverbs 29:18.
Ezekiel Chapter 13.(KJV)
Once again with America as the custodian of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we will attempt in this study to
learn from the experiences of The Old Testament Israel the custodians of God’s revealed Word.
As it was in the days of the prophets of Israel, the prophecies given about the coming destruction has
been confirmed to the people by visions and illustrated signs. But nothing happened, and they assumed
that nothing would happen, or that if it did happen, it would be so far in the future that they did not need
to concern themselves about it. They would have peace in their time. Moreover, when nothing happened
they concluded that they could no longer trust the true prophets. God now tells them that what had
been prophesied so far in advance would indeed come to pass, and that it would be in their days.
Ezekiel sharply condemns false prophets and prophetesses, not because he is envious of them or
threatened by them. Their great sin is that they have challenged God and hurt the people.
Ezekiel is now told by God to prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesied and were false
prophets. False prophets did not arise in Israel until after the people had rejected and abused the true
prophets. So it was to be in the days of the Messiah. False messiahs did not arise until after the true
Messiah had been rejected. When the true preachers of the Word of God are rejected by the people in
our generation, then false prophets speaking smooth words and offering easy solutions will arise to
False prophets are foolish prophets, for they make fools of themselves. They claim to have been sent
from God, but when their prophecies fall to the ground, they are shown up as pretenders or
God’s hand is against the false prophets. God will seize them and bring them before the bar of divine
justice, and no place will be found for them in the commonwealth of his people.
False prophets like to tell people the things they wish to hear, not the things God wants them to hear.
They prophesy the peace and prosperity all hearts desire and fool their listeners, for there is no peace
and there is no prosperity when there is abundance of iniquity. They prophesy out of their own heart.
This condemnation is not pronounced on the prophetesses because they are women or because women
should not prophesy; rather, they are judged because they spoke what they had dreamed up in their
minds. God can speak and has spoken through prophetesses, but not through counterfeits.
Sew pillows to all armholes. “to signify that they might be easy and repose themselves and needed not
be disquieted with the apprehension of trouble approaching” (13:18)
“They made kerchiefs upon the head of every statue.” These kerchiefs were badges of liberty of
triumph, intimating that they should not only be delivered from Nebuchadnezzar's army, but be
victorious over them.”
The Lord Asks The False Preachers
Why do you 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
Will ye hunt the soul of my people? i.e., “Will you influence them to do what you want them to do and
thus tyrannize them for your own profit?"
Will ye save the souls alive that come unto you and believe in your lies? i.e., they made them think they
were saved while refusing to repent and mend their ways, thus they hardened their hearts.