Because from the least of them even to the greatest of them, everyone is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even to the priest, everyone deals falsely. They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace!’ when there is no peace.Jeremiah 6:13-14
Reading the title of this post might lead one into thinking, oh boy, here we go again, unearthing the satanists, the demons and those who curse and deny the Name of the Lord in public spaces. Only those who openly reprimand God and His Son shall likely fall into this category called false prophets. And so they thought.
In Chapter 6 of the Book of Jeremiah, the Prophet gave an apocalyptic account of the impending destruction coming from the North to Jerusalem, which subsequently came to pass and settled in the dust. What’s interesting about Jeremiah’s prophecy are his words; likening the city Jerusalem to a lovely and delicate woman inhabited by shepherds and their flocks. However, the rest of Jeremiah’s words were as difficult to read as it is to swallow bitter pills.
In Jeremiah 6:6-7, the Lord said, “Cut down trees, and build a mound against Jerusalem. This is the city to be punished. She is full of oppression in her midst. As a fountain wells up with water, so she wells up with her wickedness. Violence and plundering are heard in her. Before Me continually are grief and wounds.
And in Jeremiah 6:10, “To whom shall I speak and give warning, that they may hear? Indeed, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot give heed. Behold, the word of the Lord is a reproach to them; they have no delight in it.”
Which then leads Jeremiah to say in Jeremiah 6:13-14, “Because from the least of them even to the greatest of them, everyone is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even to the priest, everyone deals falsely. They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace!’ when there is no peace.” And the rest is history.
True Prophecies Are Often Unpleasant Altercations
In the Bible, true prophecies usually start with the Almighty God, after having exercised immense patience over a certain nation, city or community for a period of time, decides to turn to His wrath, to put an end to wickedness and evil among His people. He then decisively surrenders them into the hands of their enemies, but before doing so, like a respectable General prior to declaring war; God sends messengers to warn them, to prophetically speak to them, and to make known to His people what is about to befall them before it happens.
Through His prophets, God will give minute details of how the destruction shall proceed, who will be affected by it; by categorically conveying through His Prophets – the trees that shall be cut down and naming the city that will be destroyed (Jeremiah 6:6-7). And in verse 8, God also made known His fury, by instructing His people of His impending departure from them, turning them desolate and making their land uninhabitable.
They were described as people who wells up with their wickedness, finds pleasure in oppressing others, having violence, plundering and continually being plagued with grief and wounds. God also rightly pointed out the root cause of their transgressions; that is coveting their neighbors.
Calling out to His disobedient people, He denounce them as those who will not heed warnings and who treated His teachings and words with reproach, and having no delight in His ways. Thus, because of this, the Lord clearly voiced His full fury and that He is becoming weary to hold on to His peaceful composure any longer. And so, the wrath begin.
But the Lord did not stop addressing His people. He also specifically called out the false prophets among them; that all of them, from prophets to priests, from the least to the greatest, they had given themselves to covetousness, falsehood and lies. They were also described as people without shame, without honor, and not knowing how to blush.
And what exactly have these false prophets done? This is what the Lord said through Jeremiah, “And from the prophet even to the priest, everyone deals falsely. They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace!’ when there is no peace. In other words, despite the warnings delivered by the true Prophets, the false prophets were teaching God’s people that nothing bad will happen to them, to a people who chose to remain completely blinded as to what is drawing God’s wrath over their heads.
History Will Repeat
Just as by observing history, we can foresee the future, likewise too, by analyzing what is happening today, we can more or less fill in the blanks of the past, over what was not specifically told according to history.
Occurring as we speak, we hear the cries and the callings from false prophets like in the days of old, that soon after they were warned and told, the subtle voices emanating from deep down inside them, pleading for truce and demanding to be respected. That’s all they really care about; their reputation.
However, they have also completely missed the point; that these messengers from God were not really concerned about what man thinks of them. History have also undeniably shown us, that the true prophets from God will not stop driving the nut against the bolt, calling out aloud to those who deliberately remained in sin that indeed they will perish. And the true Prophets shall continually do as they were told, until we either see the emergence of Nineveh, or body bags in the streets.