OUR LORD WHO JUDGES FALSE PROPHETS
Ezekiel chapter 13 verse 9 is a stern rebuke to the prophets who trade in false visions and divinations. The scripture reads this way;
My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will not belong to the council of my people or be listed in the records of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.
This verse reveals surprising aspects of the spiritual structure by which those in the spirit realm and men interact.
Firstly, there are men who claim to speak on behalf of the Lord but of those, some are false prophets and speak of fake visions out of their own imaginations claiming to speak for God.
Second, the verse tells of what will happen to those who speak falsely while saying that they do so on God's behalf.
Because speaking false visions leads God's people astray, doing so brings three terrible spiritual consequences.
False prophets are excluded from the council of God's people which is an honoured position where some prophets of the Lord may speak into matters of administration of the Kingdom of God. An example of this is found in Zacharia chapter 3 verse 5 where prophet Zacharia speaks into the matter of a priest's reinstatement into service. A false prophet will never be permitted to do such things.
False prophets are also omitted from the listings of members of the kingdom of God and as such, are not recognized when they approach the throne of judgement. They may say, "‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’, but they will not be known.
Finally, false prophets are excluded from the promised land such that they remain in the wilderness outside the governance of God.
These judgements are warnings that practicing false prophecy brings dire consequences because it not only derails the lives of those who engage in it but also those who listen to it and heed it.
Let us seek the Lord that we would follow His counsel only and that we would be silent rather than speak for Him falsely.