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Recognizing False Prophets

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Ezekiel 12:21-13:23

You may be seated, and let'sturn our attention to God's word in the book of Ezekiel, and will beginin chapter twelve. So Ezekiel, Chapter Twelve, Verse Twenty One, andthen I will read also chapter thirteen. Here in this passage, the Lordspeaks to us about false prophets, about and and points the way forward toJesus as the True Prophet, Speaker of truth, bringer of wisdom and salvation. So let's give our attention to God's word now. And Ezekiel, ChapterTwelve, beginning verse twenty one. And the word of the Lord came tome, son of man. What is this proverb that you have heard aboutthe land of Israel, saying the days grow long and every vision comes tonothing? Tell them, therefore, thus says the Lord God. I willput an end to this proverb and they shall new no more use it asa proverb in Israel, but say to them the days are near and thefulfillment of every vision, for there shall be no more any false vision orflattering divination within the House of Israel. For I am the Lord. Iwill speak the word that I will speak and it will be performed. Iwill no longer be delayed, but in your days, oh rebellious house,I will speak the word and perform it, declares the Lord God. And theword of the Lord came to me, son of man. Behold, theyof the House of Israel say, the vision that he sees is formany days from now, and he prophesies of times far off. Therefore sayto them, thus says the Lord God. None of my words will be delayedany longer, but the word that I speak will be performed, declaresthe Lord God. The word of the Lord came to me, son ofman. Prophesy against the false prophets of Israel who are prophesying, and sayto those who prophesy from their own hearts, here the word of the Lord.Thus says the Lord God. Woe to the foolish prophets who follow theirown spirit and have seen nothing. Your prophets have been like jackals among ruins, Oh Israel, you have not gone you have not gone up into thebreaches or built up a wall for the House of Israel that it might standin battle in the day of the Lord. They have seen false visions and lyingdivinations, they say, declares the Lord, when the Lord has notsent them, and yet they expect him to fulfill their word. Have younot seen a false vision and uttered a lying divination whenever you have said,declares the Lord although I have not spoken? Therefore, thus says the Lord God, because you have uttered falsehood and seen lying visions. Therefore, behold, I am against you, declares the Lord God. My hand will beagainst the prophets who see false visions and who give lying divinations. They shallnot be in the counsel of my people, nor be enrolled in the register ofthe House of Israel, nor shall they enter the land of Israel,and you shall know that I am the Lord God, precisely because they havemisled my people, saying peace when there is no peace, and because,when the people build a wall, these prophets, smeared with whitewash, sayto those who smear it with whitewash that it shall fall, there will bea deluge of rain and you, Oh, great hailstones will fall and a stormywind break out. And when the wall falls, will it not besaid to you, where is the coding...

...with which you smeared it? Therefore, thus says the Lord God, I will make a stormy wind to breakout in my wrath and there shall be a deluge of rain in my angerand great hailstones and wrath to make a full end, and I will breakdown the wall that you have smeared with whitewash and bring it down to theground so that its foundations, or so that its foundation will be laid barewhen it falls, you shall perish in the midst of it and you shallknow that I am the Lord. Thus will I spend my wrath upon thewall and upon those who have smeared it with whitewash, and I will sayto you the wall is no more, nor those who smeared it, theprophets of Israel who prophesied concerning Jerusalem and saw visions of peace for her whenthere was no peace, declares the Lord God. and You, son ofman, set your face against the daughters of your people, who prophesy outof their own hearts. Prophesy against them and say, thus says the LordGod, woe to the women who so magic bands upon all wrists and makeveils for the heads and persons of every stature. In the hunt for soulsouls. Will you hunt down souls belonging to my people and keep your ownsouls alive. You have profaned me among my people for handfuls of Barley,for pieces of bread, putting to death souls who should not die, inkeeping alive, souls who should not live, by your lying to my people.WHO LISTENS TO LIES? Therefore, thus, as the Lord, Godbehold, I am against your magic bands with which you hunt the souls likebirds, and I will tear them from your arms and I will let thesouls whom you hunt go free, the souls, like birds, your veilsalso, I will tear off and deliver my people out of your hand,and they shall no more be in your hand as pray, and you shallknow that I am the Lord, because you have disheartened the righteous falsely,although I have not grieved him, and you have encouraged the wicked that heshould not turn from his evil way to save his life. Therefore, youshall no more cease false, false divisions, nor practiced divination. I will delivermy people out of your hand and you shall know that I am theLord. May God bless his true word to us. Well, the problemthat is Ekiel is facing and that the Lord declares to this son of manis twofold, but the FROLKATE. Focus is on the second part. Youcan get the sense of it in Verse Nineteen, where he says by yourlying to my people who listen to lies. So there is a people, thebody as reel, who listens to lies. There are foolish people and, as we've seen in many ways, an unrighteous people and ungodly people,people who, because of their unrighteousness, are going to be sent out ofthe land, the Holy Land. But this passage focus is not particularly onthose who listen to lies, but on those who make the lies, prophetsand prophetesses, men and women, women who say thus says the Lord,when the Lord has not thus said. Ezekiel another words speaks, these powerfulmessages, these he tells us, these visions. He he does these signsin a midst of many other prophets. At the same time there are someother true prophets of the Lord, but as we learn here from Ezekiel Thirteenand twelve, there are also many false prophets. Like today, is helike there are? There are people in e Ekiel's time, including himself,who speak truly the word of God and...

...many others who speak falsely. Thisgenerates all kinds of questions for us when we think about the truth and andpotential falseness of a word that is said to come from the Lord. Questionslike how do you know what's true? Or will there be justice for theliars? Or what if I do the wrong thing? What if I headthe wrong way by listening to the wrong person? It also reminds us thatthere are many people among us who are constantly speaking on behalf of God,just as happened in the time of Israel. Who Don't speak on behalf of God. There are those who will talk from morning tonight about things, aboutthe morality of God, about the divinity of God, about his plans forthe world, about what is what isn't. All these voices, and many ofthem don't know what they're talking about, many of them are confused and somelie as well, and the people of Israel were facing similar problems.You can imagine the frustration of Ezekiel being called to declare these things in themidst of all these other prophets who are declaring other things. Ezekiel says,thus says the Lord as he digs through the wall, and meanwhile there's somebodydown the street saying thus says the Lord, Everything's fine. You can imagine howfrustrating that was be perhaps you felt that very same frustration and having conversationswith friends or family or neighbors, saying here's what the Bible says, here'swhat the Lord says, and to have voices come in all around you saying, Oh, don't worry about that. There's lots of different interpretations. Iread this great book I picked up at the airport. It's awesome and onand on. Well, good news for us is that God speaks into thatkind of situation, both for us and during Ezekiel's time. Now, ofcourse, God speaks in Ezekiel's time at a pre very particular moment in historywhere he's bringing the Covenant Curses upon his people for their breaking of it,as we spoke about last time. But I'd like to focus on the thingsthat Ezekiel brings our tension to. I'm first the confusion, just thinking alittle more carefully about that, and then these two classes of people, theProphets, the false prophets and the false prophetesses. And as we think aboutthese things, what we want to do is contrast them with our Lord,who is a true prophet, the True Prophet who speaks the word of theLord, who is the word of the Lord, and we can learn moreabout him by seeing what he is not. So we see the terrible situation inwhich the people found themselves, can be reminded of the very excellent situationin which we find ourselves as having the word of God to us in Christ. So let's focus on the confusion first, that is EEKIEL and the people ofIsrael. We're facing in verses twenty one through the end of chapter twelve. Accidentally, so to speak, Ezekiel does a similar thing that Paul didthis morning, right where he takes these proverbs and then critiques them. Thiswas not planned, but an interesting and and happy providence of the Lord forus to remember this and think about this. The first one comes in verse twentytwo. Ezekiels, the Lord says to is Ekiel, son of man, what is this proverb that you have about the land of Israel, sayingthe day grows long and every vision comes to nothing? There's a hopelessness inthis proverb, right, a sort of meaninglessness, a sense of like I'veheard it a million times right, everybody...

...saying this thing and that thing andthis vision and that vision. But what does it come to? This isthe time, this is how bad things got in Israel that the people inthe land of Israel had a proverb for how bad the prophets were. That'show bad things were that they're like, oh, yeah, right, weall know. Right, the days grow along and every vision comes to nothing. What's God's answer to this proverb? The answer is in Verse Twenty Three. He says. Tell them, therefore, thus says the Lord God, Iwill put an end to this proverb and they shall no more use itas a proverb in Israel. Okay, that's a big statement, right,to go from a place where this whole time and all these events can becharacterized by a proverb that we all just know, to a point where Godsays, nobody's going to say that anymore. What's going to be the difference?He tells us. He tells us in the the next verse, hesays, but say to them the days are near and the fulfillment of everyvision, for there shall no more be any false vision or flattering divination withinthe House of Israel. For I am the Lord. I will speak theword that I will speak and it will be performed. That's a great verse, by the way. To remember, I am the Lord, I willspeak the word that I will speak and it will be performed. This isour God. Now, why? where? Are these things going to be comingto an end? Why we're all these false visions and lying prophets?Are Lying prophecies going to be coming to an end? Because, as hetells us, he's going to bring an end to those who speak them.This whole exercise and culture and practice of false prophecy was going to end becauseGod was going to put them to death. God is not messing around, Godis not winking at these false things. He is done. The measure ofwrath has been built up. It is about to be poured out,oh rebellious house, he says it is coming. This tells us both ofthe power of God and the wisdom of God. It reminds us that hedoes not wink at lying falsehoods, especially those which are said to be inhis name. The second proverb comes to us in Verse Twenty Seven. Theword of the Lord came to me. That is is Equel, and andthen that's twenty six, and then twenty seven. We have the words,son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel Say the visionthat he sees is for many days from now and he prophesies of times faroff. If the first one expressed a kind of hopelessness, well, youcan't know anything. Everything comes to nothing. The second one has a sense ofbelief in it. Right. You can almost hear them hearing the wordsof his Equel, but instead of a disbelief about what he says, it'sit's sort of distraction and pushing it off to a future date. They don'thear the words as he says, this is coming, it's happening right now, in your time, and respond instead, their response to his word is maybelater. Well, at least hopefully later. At least I won't haveto feel the pain. Maybe it'll be my kids. It's that's sorry kids. It's not a very nice thought of parents to think, but sometimes wethink this right. We push things off. We think, well, maybe Iwon't have to deal with that a coming generation in times far off.Sure the Lord will come, sure judgment will come, but I don't reallyhave to worry about that, will I.

Well, here and is equel.God tells his people time is up. And he says in Verse Twenty Eight, the response to this pushing off proverb, this saying that they wouldsay. Therefore say to them. Thus, says the Lord God. None ofmy words will be delayed any longer, but the word that I speak willbe performed, declares the Lord. Now, notice the Lord still doesn'ttell them the exact minute that things are going to happen, even though theyare going to be performed, and performed soon. They are still required totrust him at his word. And that's always the case, isn't it?God doesn't tell us every detail, every aspect of his plans. He tellsus what he tells us, and he expects us to listen, to believeand to trust, to not say, well, there's a bunch of othervoices out there, I don't I who can really know, or to saywell, I suppose that's true, but that's for another day. No,we are to remember that the word that he speaks is the word that willbe done. So it's in the midst of this confusion, then, fromthe midst of these proverbs and these things happening, that God now speaks aboutand to these two, these prophets, male and female, he speaks tothese prophets and he explains to them what is coming to them in judgment,and he helps us and his people then to understand a little bit more aboutthe nature of false prophecy, what exactly it looks like, what it feelslike, how we ought to understand it, and this is important for us,that we might not play Nice with false prophecy, that we might sortof shrug our soldiers and think, well, you know, it's not a bigdeal. It is a big deal, especially when the false prophets have aplace among the people of God. So First Azekiel deals with the prophets, the male prophets. He says to Ezekiel, son of Man, andthis is chapter thirteen, verse to now prophesy against the Prophets of Israel whoare prophesying, and say to those who prophesy from their own hearts, hearthe word of Yahweh. That's where Lord is in those little capital letters therethat you I mean. They are speaking of God, they're speaking the Godof Abraham, Isaac Jacob. They are saying, here is what God hassaid. But remember the difference here between what is Zekiel experienced and what thesepeople are experiencing. When a Zekiel spoke the word of the Lord, hewas caught up into the heavens. He stood before the Lord himself, whocommanded him and said speak these words. What does the Lord say about theProphets, these false prophets? They are those who speak from their own hearts, their own imaginations. They simply say thus as the Lord, when Godhas not said Verse Seven. Have you not seen a false vision and uttereda lying divination whenever you have said Dick said, declares the Lord, althoughI have not spoken? This reminds us of the third commandment, shall nottake the Lord's name in vain. This doesn't mean simply mean or only mean. Our are sort of casual use of the name of God, but italso includes these various greet these very grievous sins, in which, then Godis said to have said something when he has not. In my home,if if I want something to be done and I want one child to commuteit to the other child, I will say, as I'm suspect many parentshere also do, Say Tell Your sister...

...that Dad said right and that givesa little extra oomph, a little extra oomph to what one sister says,the other one brother says whatever, right, because dad said it. They're communicatingthis message. Thus say if dad right now, if the one childhere's that message and does not listen right, big trouble. They've not listened towhat dad is said, even though it has come not directly through dadbut through his Messenger. But it's also true that if one of my kidsgoes to my other kids and says thus says Dad, when Dad Hath Notsaid, also a big trouble. And that's what these prophets were doing.They were going to the people of Israel with the Lord Seal, with theLord Stamp, with the that they the the authority of God and declaring thingsthat he had not said, what a terrible thing was going on there.He calls them foolish prophets, a little play on words where he calls themNibble noblem. It's a fun little thing with the words, these foolish prophets. They're just making stuff up. Verse Six. They have seen the falsevision, a visions and lying divinations, and then Ezekiel describes them. Theseare images which I want you to hold in your mind. The first imagethat he gives us of these lying prophets is that of jackals. Notice howhe he talks about this. He says they are like those who who scavenge. Right they they come and they this is verse. For your profits havebeen like jackals among the ruins of Israel. What did JACKALS DO? Or maybefoxes? They're scavengers right there. They're here like roaming around and theruins, sort of picking up, eating, taking whatever they can get. Isthat what profits are supposed to to be? Our prophet supposed to bethose who are eating and devouring the last few resources among the ruins of God'speople? Or they supposed to be declaring the word of the Lord to buildup the people, to strengthen the people, to enlighten the people, to warnthe people? These jackals, which is what false prophets are, they'reabout themselves. They come with all this authority and power, they come withmaybe fancy clothes, they come with all this and all that, and thatthey're just in it for themselves. We see that with the prophetesses as well. It says that they do these magic things for a bit of bread anda handful of barley. They're just after money resources. They're not serving God'speople. They're not serving God, they are serving themselves. They are notto be trusted and not to be depended upon. In Verse Five, hedescribes them as deserters. In a military, military imagery, you have not goneup into the breaches or built a wall for the House of Israel thatit might stand in battle on the day of the Lord. As I understandit, when one battle, when army would attack a city like Jerusalem orsome other place, they would build these works up against the wall and you'dget to the high point of the wall to because it was less strong there, right is. It goes up less strong there, and so you thegoal would be to kind of tear it down from the top and then eventually, you know, breach the wall and get into the city. Well,the defense of measure for this was to build works on the other side ofthe wall and attack right so as the enemy is trying to come in throughthe holes and make more holes through that...

...wall. Your job, if youare A in charge of protecting the people, is to go stand in the breach, to go stand in the gap, to fight those who are trying tocome in and be that wall, to be strong, to be courageous, to and in this case that the prophets is to speak the truth.They have not done that. The people the Prophets of God are, arelike are like mighty warriors are they ought to be empowering and strengthening the peoplewith the word of God, and instead of that they're out one or inthe city collecting people's money. They're leaving the people defenseless. Their cowards,their pretenders, and that pretending language comes up in this image, this lastimage of the false prophets. We have jackals and we have deserters and thenwe have these pretenders or whitewashers. The Wall needs to be built. Thisimage of protest action around the city. When the people build the wall,we read in Verse Heaven, the Prophets Smear it with whitewash. This wouldbe the equivalent of sort of realizing that you had termites and mold right inyour walls really bad, and then you say let's paint it, I willjust will paint it all up right, and when the wood is rotten,there's bugs everywhere and the things about to fall apart and you say, Oh, let's just let's just cover it up and we'll say it's good. Thatwe're doing good. That's what these prophets doing. They they had gone tothe place of protection, the though the wall, and they were saying you'resafe, we're safe, nothing can happen to us. And these equels hintedat some of the things they've said in other places, like we've got thetemple right, remember, the temple that's filled with their idols. We've gotthe temple. What could happen to us? We've got the Lord right there callingon Yall way. What could happen to us? And on and onand on. God's justice, whatever it'll come down the road. This isall whitewashing. It's whitewashing the wall. What does God say will happen?I'm going to destroy the wall hail stones and water. It's going to crushthe prop very prophets who have whitewashed it. And then you'll know the truth ofout the wall and you'll know the truth about the prophets. And notonly will you know the truth, but I will take care of the liesand there will be no more false visions. An amazing moment of God's justice willcome upon Israel, in which the truth is made known, justice isserved. It is a similar thing with the female prophets, the Prophet tests, or however we might call them. We read that they also were pretending. We're imagining things, we're speaking from their own heart, and they weredoing it in a slightly different way, as Echiel points out, using somesort of magical practice. Here in the ESV, it's translated like arm bandsor UN veils on these words are really difficult to translate and it's difficult toknow exactly what's going on here. We can't say with certainty exactly what thepractices were, but we can say with certainty what God says here, andthat's they were using these things to, as one commentator puts it, upsetthe moral and spiritual order. So they were cursing and causing souls to die. Then we're not doing anything wrong.

There were living righteous lie, andthen they were taking those who were unrighteous and not putting them to death forcausing them to live. Somehow this magic was being practice. It reminds usof the truth that sometimes in some places, people seem to be able to accessand use spiritual powers. Remember that the profits of or Pharaoh's magicians,it's translated various ways, were able to do some of the miracles of Moses, the first three, I think, if I remember right, they wereable to turn the Nile into blood. Right, these were not tricks.They did these things. And then it's that the scriptures say that God tookit away from them. He took away their ability to do these things insuch a way that those magicians said, this comes from the hand of theLord. Right, we're done, there's nothing else that we can do.They end up giving a confession to God. Now, how all this works exactly, I can't say, but what we do see here is that powers, magical spiritual powers, are being used by these people, but no longer. God will will remove these magic bands. He says it in this way,in verse twenty. I will tear them from your arms and I willlet the souls you hunt go for now. Why this inequity? Why were somepeople getting this treatment and others not? Well, it seems much like thefalse prophet on Balim who's hired to curse God's people. On these thesemagicians, these false prophets, the they were using this magic for money.They had a power. I had access to the power, and they wereusing it to make a profit. For Bread Barley. Well, not onlyis that despicable and terrible thing, not just the money aspect of it,but the abuse of the power that they had. We also see explicitly weare given another image and how we are to understand them. These women,these daughters of your people, verse seventeen. They are like hunters, laying snaresfor the souls of cuts people. Are The prophets of the Lord supposedto be hunting the souls of the people? Know, the profits of the Lordare called to protect, to build up, to strengthen, to bringlight, to bring life, not moo going around setting snares and traps forthe people like like birds. Verse Twenty One. God will have no moreof it. Your veils, I will tear off and deliver my people outof your hand and they shall no more be in your hand as pray,and you shall know that I am the Lord. You've encouraged the wicked thathe should not turn away from his evil way to save his life. Therefore, you shall know more see false visions or practice divination. I will delivermy people out of your hand and you shall know that I am the Lord. This phrase that keeps coming up both in the last passage that we read. In this one as well, you shall know that I'm the Lord remindsus of sort of the goal of all of these things. One way thatwe express it in our confessions is to say that our chief end is toglorify God and enjoy him forever. Another way to put it is to knowthe Lord. When we know the Lord,...

...that's when we know him as weare called to. We glorify him. Now those who come under his wrathand judgment do bend the knee. Jesus says this of himself. Everyneed will bow and confess his Lordship, his kingship. Every tongue will speakof this truth. But will we enjoy it or will we not? That'sa little bit of a different matter. That Joel Boy. That comes tous as a joy of protection, a joy of being kept the joy ofknowing that the evil in our hearts, be lying in our hearts, theare our proclivity to being deceived, that these things have been forgiven by theLord and that we know him not just as judge but his deliverer, asredeem or, is the one who has taken us out of the snare,out of the tomb through the truth of the word of God. In thebeginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word wasGod. That's how John Begins His Gospel. And speaking about our Lord Jesus,he was a light that shone shine in the darkness and the darkness darknessdid not overcome it. He was light to the world, he was alight to men. He did everything that these false prophets did not do.He was the opposite of them. And in seeing that contrast and seeing thedespicable, horrible things which these supposed servants of the Lord are doing, insome ways they magnify, by the wisdom of God, the glory and thegreatness of his son. When Jesus came into the world, did he speakfrom his own heart, his own imaginations, lying divinations and false visions, ordid he, as he said several times, I only say what hasbeen given to me. I only speak what the father has said, Ionly do what he has said, I only stay at do what he wascalling you to do. This work of the Messiah, this work of thisProphet Greater Than Moses, is true work because he, when he declares thus, Saith the Lord. We know it's true. Not only this, notonly did he speak from the very word of God, but he didn't doit for his own self, ingrandizement, his own self feeding, or hisown self interest. Why did Jesus come into the world? Why did Jesusspeak this, this word to us? Why did Jesus die for us?He didn't to feed himself. He did it to feed us, to bethat bread of Heaven, to be the manner that comes from above. Hecame not at the end, when the ruins were all there and judgment hadbeen had, was just going to go brown and pick up the pieces andsee what he could grab? He did it to save us from judgment,to save us from Ruin Ge. Jesus wasn't a jackal. He wasn't adeserter either. When the going got tough, when things got hard, when Jesuswas out in the desert with the devil for forty days, being temptedby the devil himself, to Jesus say that's enough. The salvation thing formy people. It was a good idea when it started, but I gotyou know, I gotta protect my own interest. No, of course not. He stood up against the lies of the evil one. He spoke thetruth of the word of God. When those in power said we're going tokill you, we're going to come after...

...you, we're going to come afteryour people, did he blink and eye? Did he say? Did he standdown when they threatened to crucify him? Did he back off? Did hetake the easy way out? The scriptures say that he went like alamb to the slaughter and he did it knowingly, he did it willingly,he did it on purpose, Jesus say, Jesus gave up his own life forus, to stand in that gap, to stand against the devil and hisevil ones, to stand against the wrath of God that was coming againstus, with all of the legal demands the God righteously was going to fulfilland did fulfill. Jesus stood in the gap and took on that wrath ofGod to protect us. He is our rock, he is our wall,he keeps US safe and he calls it like it is. Jesus doesn't whitewashthe situation. Jesus says things like I am the way, the truth andthe life, and no one comes to the father except through me, manand a man verily, verily, I say under you the Kingdom of Godis like. He says these things with boldness, when people around him aregoing, I don't know, that doesn't sound very good. How could yousay that sort of thing? How can you eat with tax collectors and prostitutes? How can you call people like this into your kingdom? Jesus doesn't blinkand eye. Jesus is not a people pleaser. He's not out to gainthe attention of the world in the kind of way that people often do.No, Jesus call sin for what it is, calls glory for what itis, he calls grace for what it is, and in all these things, he brings us into a situation that is the exact opposite of what theseprophets brought the people of Israel into. He brings us not into a cityof desolation, with the wall broken down and the judgment of God rolling inon his people. He brings us into a new city, that the newJerusalem it's called, with a temple built with living stones, of which theScripture says we are of a place that is eternal and secure, a placewhere he does not roam around as a jackal, but he he fills withhis light so that there isn't any in any need of a son. Heis our life, he is our treasure, he is our joy, not ourdestroyer. Jesus doesn't break down the order of all things, he buildsit up and instead of taking advantage of those who are weak and who arepoor, he strengthens them, he protects them. And so, when wethink, are about ourselves, a different situation in his than Israel in manyways, but similar also in many ways. You must look to the true wordof God, to Jesus Christ. He is who he says he is. He has brought all the prophecies and all the truths that come to usthrough God's word to pass. Jesus and the things that he says were notsome empty promises, and we know that for all kinds of reasons. Oneof the greatest is that he rose again...

...on the third day, exactly likehe said he would. He was put to death on a cross, hedied for our sins, exactly like he said he would, and then herose again from the dead and ascended into heaven. So when he says he'scoming again, you can guarantee it and you can look forward to that daybecause when he comes in judgment on the world, you can know that judgmentfor you is already passed, that your sins have already been forgiven, thatyou belong to him through his cross, and you look and look forward tothat day when the Lord, who is righteous, will set everything right.But if you do not know the Lord, if you are one who gives yourselfover to lying tongues and deceitful things, who understands the word of the Lordand Bends it and twists it and listens to false prophets, or ifyou are one who says those things, who declares false things, who saysthings that God has not said, beware, do not push off these things andsay well, some other day, some other time. The time torepent is now. The Kingdom is at hand. So let's pray our heavenlyfather, we ask that you would protect us. Indeed,.

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