Ezekiel 13 has the prophet dealing with the false prophets who were creating havoc among God’s people. “Woe to the foolish prophets who are following their own spirit and have seen nothing”. These people were bad guides, spiritually and morally, because they proclaimed only what they themselves wanted. They had no knowledge of the mind of God. “They see falsehood and lying divination who are saying, ‘The Lord declares,’ when the Lord has not sent them; yet they hope for the fulfillment of their word”.
Judah was falling into ruins, but the false prophets, instead of helping to repair and strengthen the nation, they exploited the situation for their own benefit. They were like foxes digging holes around the city wall helping its ruin. “Because you have spoken falsehood and seen a lie, therefore behold, I am against you….My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations”. God is not sitting back and idly watching these false prophets destroy His people. He is going to punish them and they were going to lose their place in society and their right to live in God’s land.
If these preachers had been true prophets, they would have destroyed the people’s mistaken hopes of peace and security. Instead they encouraged them. Ezekiel gives an illustration of how these false prophets would white wash a broken wall to cover the cracks – deceiving the people to believe it would stand. God announced that he would send a storm of rain, hail and wind, and the wall would collapse, burying the false prophets beneath it. “So I will tear down the wall which you plastered over with whitewash and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation is laid bare; and when it falls, you will be consumed in its midst. And you will know that I am the Lord”.
Among the false prophets were a number of women who caused the nation to slide due to their practice of witchcraft and their creation of ‘magic bands’. They used magic wristbands and veils in their weird rituals, casting deadly spells over their innocent victims, while protecting the evil people who consulted them. “I am against your magic bands by which you hunt lives there as birds and I will tear them from your arms; and I will let them go, even those lives whom you hunt as birds”. God declared that he would now destroy their powers and release those whom they kept in bondage. Ezekiel has a tough crowd to attempt to reach. But He speaks God’s truth, which always wins in the end.