Key Verse: “Send to all them of the captivity, saying, Thus saith the LORD concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite; Because that Shemaiah hath prophesied unto you, and I sent him not, and he caused you to trust in a lie” (Jeremiah 29:31).
From the time of Adam, Satan, the devil, has been deceiving the whole world. His goal has been to twist and falsify the truth of God and to discourage humanity from following the path to godliness, true happiness and eternal life.
To assist him in this effort, he influences people to become counterfeit prophets. Jeremiah, the prophet had been instructed by God to send a message to the residue of the elders who had been carried away captives to Babylon, that they should build houses to dwell in, plant gardens and eat the fruit, get married and have children so that they may increase and not diminish in exile.
Also they should seek the peace of the city where they were captives, so that they would have peace.
The message was necessary because the captivity was to last 70 years. But Shemaiah sent a counter letter to the exiles, without hearing from the Lord, prophesying lies to the people and leading them to rebellion against God. Today, there are many false prophets in the world. Apostle Peter forewarned when he stated that “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them…” The main purpose of false prophets and teachers is to lead people to rebel against God by disobedience to His word, just as Satan deceived Adam and Eve to do in the Garden of Eden.
Today, some Christians are led by false prophets and teachers to put their faith in holy water, anointing oil, unscriptural prayers and dramatic display of spiritual powers. Others are focused on prophesying events and teaching eternal security (once saved, forever saved). Do not be a victim of false prophecies and false prophets. Christ our Saviour has made us victors over all the circumstances of life.
Thought for the day: No excuse, if you are deceived by false prophets.
Bible Reading in one Year: Genesis 45-47