-Here in this chapter the false prophets and prophetesses are condemned for their false visions and lies, which disillusioned the populace of Israel. The LORD uses Ezekiel to prophesy against both genders in a scathing rebuke for their misconduct and malpractice. They have followed their own spirit (Ezekiel 13:3) and have made up their own stories about what the future holds for the wayward nation. There will be no peace, but the sword as God spends His wrath on injustice, rebellion, and idolatry in the nation (Ezekiel 13:10-16). They are whitewashed hypocrites and foxes that scavenge the ruins of a once Godly heritage (Ezekiel 13:4, Matthew 23:27). These false proclaimers have not been sent by God; therefore, the LORD is against them (Ezekiel 13:8-9). God will make it to where they will no longer have a place in the counsel of His people, and they will be taken from the register of the house of Israel with no land. Again, God commands His purpose throughout, “That you may KNOW that I am the LORD God (Ezekiel 13:9, 14, 21, 23).
-The daughters of the Hebrew people who are wrapped up in witchcraft and pagan practices are also called out by the LORD (Ezekiel 13:17-23). Their inspiration is of their own, and they are practicing the destruction of souls with their hunting mentality, which profanes the Law and the LORD in their depraved-spiritual manipulation (Ezekiel 13:18, Leviticus 19:26, 31, Deuteronomy 18:10-14). They have put to death the innocent and let the guilty go (Ezekiel 13:19). They have disheartened the righteous with falsehood and caused unwarranted grief that was not from the LORD. They blatantly encouraged the wicked not to turn from their evil ways, which could have preserved their lives and time in the Promised Land. Because of this, God will take their every ability away to see false visions and practice divination, and He personally will deliver His people out of their sinister and malicious hands. This will be done again for the reiterated purpose of helping people KNOW that the LORD is God.
-*Application* Be very careful when people say they have a word from the LORD. This may be real prophesy, but it could just as easily be a false prophet who is conjuring up their own interpretation of Scripture to benefit their own agenda. We know from Scripture that in the end times there will be many fakes and frauds who pose as the real deal, but are really as crooked as a snake (2 Timothy 3:1-7; 4:3-5, 2 Peter 2, Jude 1). Be discerning and filled with the Holy Spirit to avoid the imposters who create demonic chaos.
Verse to Memorize: Ezekiel 13:8