Beware of False Prophets Who Say “The Lord Spoke To Me”

Beware of False Prophets Who Say “The Lord Spoke To Me”

In Jeremiah 23:5-6 we see Jeremiah prophesying about the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ who is called, here, 'the Righteous or Just Branch' and 'The Lord our Righteous or Just one.'

This title refers to the Lord as the One Who justifies us by imputing righteousness to us. It is a new-covenant title - and Jeremiah prophesied quite a bit about the new covenant.

This chapter is also a wonderful chapter for all preachers of the Word to read, because there are many warnings given here for them to take heed of. False prophets are exposed and denounced here. They were false prophets because they did not take time to listen to what God was saying (Jeremiah 23:18). They were too lazy to stand before God and wait for His Word.

There are many false prophets moving around in the Church today, who seek honour and money for themselves. They prophesy falsely about imaginary dreams they claim to have dreamt.

Catholic theology views revelations in dreams and visions in two distinct ways: public revelation and private revelation. The Lord teaches through His Church that all public revelation from the scriptures and tradition is binding to Christians throughout all the ages. The Catholic Church also states that all public revelation ended after the death of the last Apostle, John, and is closed until the Second Coming of Christ.

Private revelation, according to Church teachings, continues to this day, but is only binding to the person who experienced it. It must also be consistent with what has already been revealed in scripture, tradition and the teaching body of the church

Jeremiah warned the people not to listen to these false prophets. They invented their own messages and spoke to the people, saying "Thus says the Lord". But the Lord had not spoken to them. There are numerous people carelessly using that phrase even today. It is very dangerous to get up and say, "Thus says the Lord", or they say, “The Lord told me...” when you are not sure whether God has really spoken. People who have no fear of God whatsoever use that phrase today and say whatever comes into their mind. This is dangerous and evil.

All such people should read this chapter and learn to fear God. God does speak, but he speaks through humble people like Paul who said, "I think I have the Spirit of God" (1 Corinthians 7:40) - and not through people who arrogantly say, "Thus says the Lord" or “The Lord told me or spoke to me”. Beware of such false prophets - for there are thousands of them, not only in the Church, but amongst those of the Charismatic and Pentecostal persuasion today as well.

God says that His word is like fire and a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces (Jeremiah 23:29). Why are the words of so many unable to break the hard hearts of people? It is because their words did not come from the Lord. Or because they have the right words but they themselves have a heart that is not pleasing to God.