And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy out of their own heart, ‘Hear the word of the LORD!’ ”
Thus says the Lord GOD: “Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing! O Israel, your prophets are like foxes in the deserts. You have not gone up into the gaps to build a wall for the house of Israel to stand in battle on the day of the LORD. They have envisioned futility and false divination, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD!’ But the LORD has not sent them; yet they hope that the word may be confirmed. Have you not seen a futile vision, and have you not spoken false divination? You say, ‘The LORD says,’ but I have not spoken.”
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Because you have spoken nonsense and envisioned lies, therefore I am indeed against you,” says the Lord GOD. “My hand will be against the prophets who envision futility and who divine lies; they shall not be in the assembly of My people, nor be written in the record of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
“Because, indeed, because they have seduced My people, saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace—and one builds a wall, and they plaster it with untempered mortar— say to those who plaster it with untempered mortar, that it will fall. There will be flooding rain, and you, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall tear it down. Surely, when the wall has fallen, will it not be said to you, ‘Where is the mortar with which you plastered it?’ ”
therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “I will cause a stormy wind to break forth in My fury; and there shall be a flooding rain in My anger, and great hailstones in fury to consume it. So I will break down the wall you have plastered with untempered mortar, and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation will be uncovered; it will fall, and you shall be consumed in the midst of it. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.
“Thus will I accomplish My wrath on the wall and on those who have plastered it with untempered mortar; and I will say to you, ‘The wall is no more, nor those who plastered it, that is, the prophets of Israel who prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and who see visions of peace for her when there is no peace,’ ” says the Lord GOD.
Words out of our own heads building lies like poor mortar builds a wall that is not able to do what a wall is built to do because it is weak. The forces of nature come against that wall and it falls; the paint and cover up do not hide the weakness. The words are not able to do what they are intended to do because they do not come with the power of God. How do we know when the spoken word is not of God? We know because we know the Lord.
“…John 10:27 – My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:…”
We are immersed in his word, his voice is familiar to us, we have his Spirit to bring to remembrance and give understanding.
“…John 14:26 – But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you….”
His Spirit bears witness with our spirit and we connect when the word is from him.
“…Romans 8:16 – The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,…”
Words that are not of God but come from our own imaginations are like the inferior mortar and the ideas the words are building will fall apart, they cannot support what they intended to support. The wall of words falls down. The false prophets spoke peace when there was no peace. Does what we hear live up to the scrutiny of the whole word of God?
“…You say, ‘The LORD says,’ but I have not spoken.”…”
Therefore, all that is spoken of within the context of Christendom is not necessarily of the Lord. The warning is given and we can take heed. We can see to it that we know the Word of the Lord. It has been said that those who are trained to spot counterfeit dollars study the real dollar. We know what is false because we know what is true.