When you read Isaiah 9:8-21; Jeremiah 23:1-2 Ezekiel 13:1-3; Zechariah 13, we see that God is gravely grieved by the shepherds who He put in place to lead His people and teach His truths to His people. These false prophets instead of teaching God’s Holy Word substitute it with their own opinions and misinterpretations. God promises to unleash His wrath on the false prophets.

What was it that these men said that caused God to pronounce punishment and destruction of His people, the country of Israel, and even the Temple? According to one Commentator,

The leaders of this people cause them to err (comp. Isaiah 3:12). Both the peoples were led into idolatry by their rulers, but Israel especially. Jeroboam, the first king, introduced the calf-worship, and his successors from first to last persisted in his sin. Ahab added the still grossest idolatry of Baal. Those who held high position under the kings were equally bad examples to the people (see above, Isaiah 1:2:3). Are destroyed. First, morally corrupted and debased, then physically given over to destruction – slaughtered by Philistines, Syrians, and Assyrians.(Pulpit Commentary)

When Isaiah called the people to repent and turn back to God, and follow Him, they refused.

In the Jeremiah “The prophet denounces vengeance against the pastors of Israel who have scattered and destroyed the flock of the Lord, Jeremiah 23:1Jeremiah 23:2.”

We see two points to God’s message: (1) Wo be unto the pastors – There shall a curse fall on the kings, princes, priests, and prophets; who, by their vicious conduct and example, have brought desolation upon the people.

(2) Ye have scattered my flock – The bad government both in Church and State was a principal cause of the people’s profligacy. (Clarke’s Commentary)

God instructed Ezekiel’s to preach a message of doom and punishment as well. God’s accusation against the false prophets was

What they prophesied was what they and the people wished; the wish was father to the thought. The people wished to be deceived, and so were deceived. They were inexcusable, for they had among them true prophets (who spoke not their own thoughts, but as they were moved by the Holy Ghost, 2Pe 1:21), whom they might have known to be such, but they did not wish to know (John 3:19).

Zechariah was Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel called the religious leaders to repentance as the people.

Thus declares the LORD of hosts: Return to me, says the LORD of hosts, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts. 4Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets cried out, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, Return from your evil ways and from your evil deeds.’ But they did not hear or pay attention to me, declares the LORD. (Zechariah 13:3)

Zechariah calls the people to repentance. He was calling them to take an active part in rebuilding the temple, thus carrying on the exhortations of Haggai, but also with reference to their general indevotion and laxity which Ezra afterwards had to reprove (see Ezra 9:2)

Today we do not need God is not calling us to rebuild church buildings. He is calling us to rebuild, to get connected with Him on a holy level. Christians need to work on building their relationship with God our Father. We have become out of touch with him. We have left our first Love.

Today we are misinterpreting God’s Word and instead of teaching His people what God’s wants there are a few who are misleading the people with false teachings. You know who they are. Others are not teaching anything wrong, their error is they are not teaching the all that God has given us in His Word.

Revival will begin with first taking the entire Word of God and seeking to live it out. God’s mandate for the church today is to Win disciples with the Gospel and teach the new believers what God has said and to mentor them how to obey God’s Word. This is where we need to start. The church needs to repent, pray for the God’s power to be unleashed, pray for opportunities to reach lost people with the Gospel and not just acts of kindness. Acts of kindness without evangelism is not New Testament kindness. It is man’s version of God’s intended Acts of Kindness resulting in evangelistic conversations and presentations.


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