Prophelying Prophets
by Ronald W Robey

Jeremiah 23:16 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.
Jeremiah 23:17 They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.
Jeremiah 23:18 For who hath stood in the counsel of the LORD, and hath perceived and heard his word? who hath marked his word, and heard it?
Jeremiah 23:19 Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked.
Jeremiah 23:20 The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.
Jeremiah 23:21 I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
Jeremiah 23:22 But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.
Jeremiah 23:23 Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?
Jeremiah 23:24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.
Jeremiah 23:25 I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.
Jeremiah 23:26 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;

We have heard many times, and many of us have repeated an old proverb, “Those who do not learn from History are doomed to repeat it.”

Today, in many Churches around the world, History is repeating itself. Just as there were prophets who were not called of, nor sent by God in Jeremiah’s day, we have many who have taken the position of pastor, elder, bishop, apostle, and other titles and offices that God never appointed them to be in.

Notice the words of Jeremiah, “I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.

What were the prophets of Jeremiah’s day prophesying? They prophesied a vision of their own heart, and not that which the Lord had spoken. In other words, they spoke their opinions. They dismissed what God had decreed, and preached unto the people a way that seemed right unto them… and sadly, to the people they spoke to, the words seemed right as well.

This brought God’s wrath and judgment upon the nation of Israel. They had rejected God’s Word for the words of a lying prophet.

We see the same thing happening today. Men are standing behind, what is seen by many as a sacred desk,… the pulpit, and preach words that God never intended to be preached in the ears of the New Covenant Believer in Christ Jesus.

They were not sent by God to preach this word. Instead, they preach from opinion, … man’s opinion. And the congregation, the assembly, because they are not studying the Word, fall prey and victim to the lying lips of the prophet they have chosen to themselves.

Preach to us good things,” seems to be the cry of the congregation. We do not want to hear bad things.

2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

Many today would rather sit under the teaching of man’s opinion rather than under the Word of God. Why? Because the Word of God demands that the flesh be crucified. God wants man to submit to His will for man. But the man who can stand behind the pulpit and prophesy of good things, things that satisfy the flesh, he is acceptable in man’s sight. He has given them what they want to hear.

One doctrine that the lips of a preacher not sent by God will teach his congregation is the doctrine that God requires a monetary tithe. The preacher will quote Malachi 3:8-10, bringing the curse that was upon Israel and placing it upon the congregation. He will take the blessing out of Malachi and promise it to the assembled body. He will take the tithe that was required of the Priests of Israel in Malachi and demand that the people who hired him to be their spiritual leader give to him as their pastor.

But, as the prophets of Jeremiah 23 did, this preacher will preach his own opinion of what the passage says, instead of what God actually said.

They turn the blessing into job security, financial raise at place of employment, good health, a tight-knit family, vehicle that is protected from breaking down, etc. Anything but what God said the blessing was, i.e.; rain from the clouds to water the ground so that it could produce crops in such an abundance that other nations would take notice and admit that Israel was truly blessed of God.
They turn the curse of Malachi 3 into unemployment, financial ruin, medical emergencies, family fights and disappointments, mechanical problems with the family vehicle, etc.. Anything but what God declared the curse to be in His Holy Word, i.e.; draught to impede the growth of vegetation in the gardens and locusts to eat the crops.

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

The children of God rejected the Word of God. They had the Word of God delivered by true prophets who spoke according to the Word of God. Yet, they rejected the true Word spoken by prophets sent by God and chose to walk according to a vision in the heart of a man not sent by God.

Those who are sent by God will speak according to God’s decree.

Today, many assemblies are destroyed for lack of knowledge. They will not open their Bibles and study to see God’s will for their lives. Instead, they listen to the man behind the sacred desk as he reads God’s Word and then proceeds to tell them his opinion, which they are to accept as fact.

It is not.

So many today are in financial ruin because they have yielded to the lie that God requires us to tithe our money to the Church. Many would rather lose their homes to foreclosure than to incur the wrath of God for disobeying His command to tithe. And because they do not read His holy Word properly, by submitting to the preacher’s doctrine of a monetary tithe requirement, they follow after the doctrine of man instead of the decree of God.

Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

The pastor that teaches contrary to God’s Word, teaching his own opinion as if it were the commandment of God, is worshiping in vain. Those who follow after him are as blind as he is and both will fall in the ditch.

Wake up saints. God’s commanded tithe was not money. It was agricultural according to Leviticus 27:30-33 & Deuteronomy 14:22-29. It was not for the New Testament Church, it was for Israel according to Leviticus 27:34 & Psalms 147:19-20. It was to be observed only once God’s children crossed Jordan River and entered Canaan, according to Deuteronomy 6:1-3 & 12:10-11. It was not to be observed on Gentile soil.

Are you agreeing with God? are you agreeing with a lying and deceitful pastor?

Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

Jeremiah 23:25 I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.
Jeremiah 23:26 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;