The Fall of the False Prophet

The Fall of the False Prophet

By Steven Merten

Copyright 2010
All biblical quotes are from the New American Bible.
All bolding, color and underlining of scriptural quotes have been added.
Jesus' words are in red. Bible Abbreviations

NAB2 REV 16:13

I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come from the mouth of the dragon, from the mouth of the beast, and from the mouth of the false prophet. These were demonic spirits who performed signs. They went out to the kings of the whole world to assemble them for the battle on the great day of God the almighty. (Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who watches and keeps his clothes ready, so that he may not go naked and people see him exposed.) They then assembled the kings in the place that is named Armageddon in Hebrew. The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air. A loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying, 'It is done.'

NAB2 REV 19:19

Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered to fight against the one riding the horse and against his army. The beast was caught and with it the false prophet who had performed in its sight the signs by which he led astray those who had accepted the mark of the beast and those who had worshiped its image. The two were thrown alive into the fiery pool burning with sulfur. The rest were killed by the sword that came out of the mouth of the one riding the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.

NAB2 REV 11:15

Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet. There were loud voices in heaven, saying, 'The kingdom of the world now belongs to our Lord and to his Anointed, and he will reign forever and ever'.
Three 'demonic spirits' fall at the Battle of Armageddon. All three were leaders who 'led astray' mankind. The 'false prophet', the 'dragon' and the 'beast' all fall from power at Armageddon. The 'dragon' is Satan, which Satan is evil human pride. The 'beast' is world dominant secular power, starting with King Nebuchadnezzer of Babylon. Note: The 'harlot of Babylon', who generally rides the beast of world dominant secular power, was also given power by God. All three, the 'dragon', the 'beast', with the beast's rider, the 'harlot of Babylon', and 'false prophet' were all given power by God. All three, four if you count the 'harlot of Babylon' separately, fall from God given power, upon Armageddon, to make way for Messianic Reign. Messianic Reign begins when the seventh angel pours out his bowl and blows his trumpet. Morning Star, Jesus, will rule the world from Armageddon forward, forever.

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It is the three 'demonic spirits' who have been preparing the earth for battle with Jesus and His army. We know who the 'dragon', the 'beast', and even the beast's rider, 'the harlot of Babylon', are. Who is the third 'demonic spirit' to fall from power when Jesus takes up His seat of power and authority over Israel and the world, at Armageddon?

Is the 'false prophet' Protestantism? The 'false prophet' is not Protestantism because God never gave Protestantism any power.

God was King over Israel from the time He brought them out of Egypt till the fall of Israel to Assyria and Judah to Babylon. God led His people through the kings, priests and prophets of Israel and Judah. Israel and Judah's Church leaders led God's people astray. Israel's prophets, prophesied falsely. Because of all the sinfulness of Israel and Judah, God then handed them over to Satan to be ruled by Satan in 587 BC. Satan, the 'dragon', and secular power, which is the 'beast', with its rider the 'harlot of Babylon', and the 'false prophets' of Israel, all fall from power at the Battle of Armageddon. At Armageddon, Jesus takes over as Ruler of the world. Under Messianic Reign, Jesus is the One with all the Power.

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Ok! I only read what the scriptures tell me. I was not there. The Priests, Prophets and Kings of the House of Judah and the House of Israel really angered, and hurt God tremendously. All God given power and authority, given to the Jewish Church, will cease to exist upon Armageddon. Their power, given to them by God, will be handed over Christ's Apostolic Successors, the Catholic Church. Jesus will Rule over the New Jerusalem, Zion, the Restored Kingdom Israel, through His Church, the Catholic Church. There will be only one left kneeling before Jesus and the Father, in power over all others in the universe, upon Messianic Enthronement at Armageddon. Secular power (world dominant power stemming from king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon to Armageddon), Jewish power (Jacob's descendants through his son Judah), and the 'harlot of Babylon' Ephriam's power (Jacob's descendants through his grandson Ephriam, who Ephriam is son of Jacob's son Joseph), will all be triumphed over by our Lord Jesus Christ upon the Battle of Armageddon.

Jesus will Rule all the world, through His Church, the Catholic Church, from Armageddon forward, in the era of Messianic Reign. God puts anyone into power whom He wills. God wills His Son Jesus to be in power over all others in the world. Jesus wills and empowers His Apostolic Successors to shepherd His flock, and now Israel and the world, in His place. The twenty-four who worship before God's throne under Messianic Reign will all be Christ's Apostolic Successors.

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NAB 2KI 24:18

The LORD'S anger befell Jerusalem and Judah till he cast them out from his presence.

NAB2 EZE 10:1 God's Glory leaves Jerusalem

I saw there the glory of the God of Israel, like the vision I had seen in the plain. The cherubim were stationed to the right of the temple; these were the living creatures I had seen beneath the God of Israel by the river Chebar, whom I now recognized to be cherubim.//...

...//I looked and saw in the firmament above the cherubim what appeared to be sapphire stone; something like a throne could be seen upon it. He said to the man dressed in linen: Go within the wheelwork under the cherubim; fill both your hands with burning coals from among the cherubim, then scatter them over the city. As I looked on, he entered. The glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherubim, upon which it had been, to the threshold of the temple. As the man entered, the cloud filled the inner court, and the glory of the LORD rose from over the cherubim to the threshold of the temple; the temple was filled with the cloud, and all the court was bright with the glory of the LORD. The noise of the wings of the cherubim could be heard as far as the outer court; it was like the voice of God the Almighty when he speaks. When he had commanded the man dressed in linen to take fire from within the wheelwork, among the cherubim, the man entered and stood by one of the wheels. Thereupon its cherub stretched out his hand toward the fire that was among the cherubim. He took up some of it and put it in the hands of the one dressed in linen, who took it and came out. (Something like human hands could be seen under the wings of the cherubim.) Then the glory of the LORD left the threshold of the temple and rested upon the cherubim. These lifted their wings, and I saw them rise from the earth, the wheels rising along with them. They stood at the entrance of the eastern gate of the LORD'S house, and the glory of the God of Israel was up above them. Then the cherubim lifted their wings, and the wheels went along with them, while up above them was the glory of the God of Israel. And the glory of the LORD rose from the city and took a stand on the mountain which is to the east of the city.

Ezekiel Chapter 11

Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the east gate of the temple. At the entrance of the gate I saw twenty-five men, among whom were Jaazaniah, son of Azzur, and Pelatiah, son of Benaiah, princes of the people. The LORD said to me: Son of man, these are the men who are planning evil and giving wicked counsel in this city. 'Shall we not,' they say, 'be building houses soon? The city is the kettle, and we are the meat.' Therefore prophesy against them, son of man, prophesy! Then the spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and he told me to say: Thus says the LORD: This is the way you talk, house of Israel, and what you are plotting I well know. You have slain many in this city and have filled its streets with your slain. Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Your slain whom you have placed within it, they are the meat, and the city is the kettle; but you I will take out of it.

NAB2 MAT 23:12

Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted. 'Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You lock the kingdom of heaven before human beings. You do not enter yourselves, nor do you allow entrance to those trying to enter'.
EZE 11 Continued: You fear the sword, but the sword I will bring upon you, says the Lord GOD. I will bring you out of the city, and hand you over to foreigners, and inflict punishments upon you. By the sword you shall fall; at the boundaries of Israel I will judge you; thus you shall know that I am the LORD. The city shall not be a kettle for you, nor shall you be the meat within it. At the boundaries of Israel I will judge you, and you shall know that I am the LORD, by whose statutes you have not lived, and whose ordinances you have not kept; rather, you have acted according to the ordinances of the nations around you.
The 'meat', being talked about in Ezekiel, are the people of the tribes of Israel. The 'kettle' is the Church of Israel. The leaders of Israel have filled their 'cities', which is the Church of Israel, with dead people by prophsizing to them falsly. The false prophets of Israel will not be a part of the meat in the kettle in the Restored Kingdom of Israel. The false prophets of Israel will be 'cut off' 'in one day'. In other words, like Satan and the 'beast', who fall from power upon Armageddon, so will Israel's 'false prophets', fall from power upon Armageddon. Jesus will Rule the New Jerusalem through His Church. Christ's Church is the Catholic Church. Jesus, through His Authority in His Church, engaged over Israel and the whole world upon Armageddon, will be the 'new heart' of the 'new Jerusalem'.

EZE 11 Continued:While I was prophesying, Pelatiah, the son of Benaiah, died. I fell prone and cried out in a loud voice: 'Alas, Lord GOD! will you utterly wipe out what remains of Israel?' Thus the word of the LORD came to me: Son of man, it is about your kinsmen, your fellow exiles, and the whole house of Israel that the inhabitants of Jerusalem say, 'They are far away from the LORD; to us the land of Israel has been given as our possession.' Therefore say: Thus says the Lord GOD: Though I have removed them far among the nations and scattered them over foreign countries, and was for a while their only sanctuary in the countries to which they had gone,I will gather you from the nations and assemble you from the countries over which you have been scattered, and I will restore to you the land of Israel. They shall return to it and remove from it all its detestable abominations. I will give them a new heart and put a new spirit within them; I will remove the stony heart from their bodies, and replace it with a natural heart, so that they will live according to my statutes, and observe and carry out my ordinances; thus they shall be my people and I will be their God. But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their detestable abominations, I will bring down their conduct upon their heads, says the Lord GOD.

NAB2 ISA 9:13

So the LORD severs from Israel head and tail, palm branch and reed in one day. (The elder and the noble are the head, the prophet who teaches falsehood is the tail.) The leaders of this people mislead them and those to be led are engulfed.

NAB2 MAT 21:33

'Hear another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey. When vintage time drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce. But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat, another they killed, and a third they stoned. Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones, but they treated them in the same way. Finally, he sent his son to them, thinking, 'They will respect my son.' But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.' They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?' They answered him, 'He will put those wretched men to a wretched death and lease his vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the proper times.' Jesus said to them, 'Did you never read in the scriptures:

'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes'?

Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit. (The one who falls on this stone will be dashed to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.) When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they knew that he was speaking about them. And although they were attempting to arrest him, they feared the crowds, for they regarded him as a prophet.

NAB2 MAT 9:16

No one patches an old cloak with a piece of unshrunken cloth, for its fullness pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse. People do not put new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined. Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.

NAB2 ISA 22:20

On that day I will summon my servant Eliakim, son of Hilkiah; I will clothe him with your robe, and gird him with your sash, and give over to him your authority. He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah. I will place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; when he opens, no one shall shut, when he shuts, no one shall open. I will fix him like a peg in a sure spot, to be a place of honor for his family; On him shall hang all the glory of his family: descendants and offspring, all the little dishes, from bowls to jugs. On that day, says the LORD of hosts, the peg fixed in a sure spot shall give way, break off and fall, and the weight that hung on it shall be done away with; for the LORD has spoken.

NAB2 ISA 9:1

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone. You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing, As they rejoice before you as at the harvest, as men make merry when dividing spoils. For the yoke that burdened them, the pole on their shoulder, And the rod of their taskmaster you have smashed, as on the day of Midian. For every boot that tramped in battle, every cloak rolled in blood, will be burned as fuel for flames. For a child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace. His dominion is vast and forever peaceful, From David's throne, and over his kingdom, which he confirms and sustains By judgment and justice, both now and forever.The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this! The Lord has sent word against Jacob, it falls upon Israel; And all the people know it, Ephraim and those who dwell in Samaria, those who say in arrogance and pride of heart, 'Bricks have fallen, but we will build with cut stone; Sycamores are felled, but we will replace them with cedars.' But the LORD raises up their foes against them and stirs up their enemies to action: Aram on the east and the Philistines on the west devour Israel with open mouth. For all this, his wrath is not turned back, and his hand is still outstretched! The people do not turn to him who struck them, nor seek the LORD of hosts. So the LORD severs from Israel head and tail, palm branch and reed in one day.

NAB2 LUK 19:38

They proclaimed: 'Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.' Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, 'Teacher, rebuke your disciples.' He said in reply, 'I tell you, if they keep silent, the stones will cry out!'As he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, 'If this day you only knew what makes for peace, but now it is hidden from your eyes. For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade against you; they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides. They will smash you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another within you because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.'

Then Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, 'It is written, 'My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.'' And every day he was teaching in the temple area. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile, were seeking to put him to death, but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose because all the people were hanging on his words.

NAB2 JER 13:13

Thus says the LORD: Beware! I am filling with drunkenness all the inhabitants of this land, the kings who succeed to David�s throne, the priests and prophets, and all the citizens of Jerusalem. I will dash them against each other, fathers and sons together, says the LORD; I will show no compassion, I will not spare or pity, but will destroy them.

NAB2 JER 6:12

For I will stretch forth my hand against those who dwell in this land, says the LORD. Small and great alike, all are greedy for gain; prophet and priest, all practice fraud. They would repair, as though it were nought, the injury to my people: 'Peace, peace!' they say, though there is no peace. They are odious; they have done abominable things, yet they are not at all ashamed, they know not how to blush. Hence they shall be among those who fall; in their time of punishment they shall go down, says the LORD.

NAB2 JER 8:1

At that time, says the LORD, the bones of the kings and princes of Judah, the bones of the priests and the prophets, and the bones of the citizens of Jerusalem will be emptied out of their graves and spread out before the sun and the moon and the whole army of heaven, which they loved and served, which they followed, consulted, and worshiped. They will not be gathered up for burial, but will lie like dung upon the ground. Death will be preferred to life by all the survivors of this wicked race who remain in any of the places to which I banish them, says the LORD of hosts.

NAB2 REV 9:6

During that time these people will seek death but will not find it, and they will long to die but death will escape them.

NAB2 JER 5:11

For they have openly rebelled against me, both the house of Israel and the house of Judah, says the LORD. They denied the LORD, saying, 'Not he' No evil shall befall us, neither sword nor famine shall we see. The prophets have become wind, and the word is not in them. May their threats be carried out against themselves!

NAB2 JER 23:9

Concerning the prophets: My heart within me is broken, my bones all tremble; I am like a man who is drunk, overcome by wine, Because of the LORD, because of his holy words. With adulterers the land is filled; on their account the land mourns, the pasture ranges are seared. Theirs is an evil course, theirs is unjust power. Both prophet and priest are godless! In my very house I find their wickedness, says the LORD. Hence their way shall become for them slippery ground. In the darkness they shall lose their footing, and fall headlong; Evil I will bring upon them: the year of their punishment, says the LORD. Among Samaria's prophets I saw unseemly deeds: They prophesied by Baal and led my people Israel astray. But among Jerusalem's prophets I saw deeds still more shocking: Adultery, living in lies, siding with the wicked, so that no one turns from evil; To me they are all like Sodom, its citizens like Gomorrah. Therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts against the prophets: Behold, I will give them wormwood to eat, and poison to drink; For from Jerusalem's prophets ungodliness has gone forth into the whole land.

NAB2 REV 8:5

Then the angel took the censer, filled it with burning coals from the altar, and hurled it down to the earth. There were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake. The seven angels who were holding the seven trumpets prepared to blow them. When the first one blew his trumpet, there came hail and fire mixed with blood, which was hurled down to the earth. A third of the land was burned up, along with a third of the trees and all green grass. When the second angel blew his trumpet, something like a large burning mountain was hurled into the sea. A third of the sea turned to blood, a third of the creatures living in the sea died, and a third of the ships were wrecked. When the third angel blew his trumpet, a large star burning like a torch fell from the sky. It fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The star was called 'Wormwood,' and a third of all the water turned to wormwood. Many people died from this water, because it was made bitter.
JER 23 Continued:Thus says the LORD of hosts: Listen not to the words of your prophets, who fill you with emptiness; Visions of their own fancy they speak, not from the mouth of the LORD. They say to those who despise the word of the LORD, 'Peace shall be yours'; And to everyone who walks in hardness of heart, 'No evil shall overtake you.' Now, who has stood in the council of the LORD, to see him and to hear his word? Who has heeded his word, so as to announce it? See, the storm of the LORD! His wrath breaks forth In a whirling storm that bursts upon the heads of the wicked. The anger of the LORD shall not abate until he has done and fulfilled what he has determined in his heart. When the time comes, you shall fully understand. I did not send these prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied. Had they stood in my council, and did they but proclaim to my people my words, They would have brought them back from evil ways and from their wicked deeds. Am I a God near at hand only, says the LORD, and not a God far off? Can a man hide in secret without my seeing him? says the LORD. Do I not fill both heaven and earth? says the LORD. I have heard the prophets who prophesy lies in my name say, 'I had a dream! I had a dream!' How long will this continue? Is my name in the hearts of the prophets who prophesy lies and their own deceitful fancies? By their dreams which they recount to each other, they think to make my people forget my name, just as their fathers forgot my name for Baal. Let the prophet who has a dream recount his dream; let him who has my word speak my word truthfully! What has straw to do with the wheat? says the LORD. Is not my word like fire, says the LORD, like a hammer shattering rocks? Therefore I am against the prophets, says the LORD, who steal my words from each other. Yes, I am against the prophets, says the LORD, who borrow speeches to pronounce oracles. Yes, I am against the prophets who prophesy lying dreams, says the LORD, and who lead my people astray by recounting their lies and by their empty boasting. From me they have no mission or command, and they do this people no good at all, says the LORD. And when this people, or a prophet or a priest asks you, 'What is the burden of the LORD?' you shall answer, 'You are the burden, and I cast you off, says the LORD.' If a prophet or a priest or anyone else mentions 'the burden of the LORD,' I will punish that man and his house. Thus you shall ask, when speaking to one another, 'What answer did the LORD give?' or, 'What did the LORD say?' But the burden of the LORD you shall mention no more. For each man his own word becomes the burden so that you pervert the words of the living God, the LORD of hosts, our God. Thus shall you ask the prophet, 'What answer did the LORD give?' or, 'What did the LORD say?' But if you ask about 'the burden of the LORD,' then thus says the LORD: Because you use this phrase, 'the burden of the LORD,' though I forbade you to use it, therefore I will lift you on high and cast you from my presence, you and the city which I gave to you and your fathers. And I will bring upon you eternal reproach, eternal, unforgettable shame.

NAB2 MAT 23:29

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the memorials of the righteous, and you say, 'If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have joined them in shedding the prophets' blood.' Thus you bear witness against yourselves that you are the children of those who murdered the prophets; now fill up what your ancestors measured out! You serpents, you brood of vipers, how can you flee from the judgment of Gehenna? Therefore, behold, I send to you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and pursue from town to town, so that there may come upon you all the righteous blood shed upon earth, from the righteous blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. Amen, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation. 'Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her young under her wings, but you were unwilling! Behold, your house will be abandoned, desolate.

NAB2 LAM 4:13

Because of the sins of her prophets and the crimes of her priests, Who shed in her midst the blood of the just! They staggered blindly in the streets, soiled with blood, So that people could not touch even their garments: 'Away you unclean!' they cried to them, 'Away, away, do not draw near!' If they left and wandered among the nations, nowhere could they remain. The LORD himself has dispersed them, he regards them no more; He does not receive the priests with favor, nor show kindness to the elders.

NAB2 JER 27:14

Do not listen to the words of those prophets who say, 'You need not serve the king of Babylon,' for they prophesy lies to you. I did not send them, says the LORD, but they prophesy falsely in my name, with the result that I must banish you, and you will perish, you and the prophets who are prophesying to you. To the priests and to all the people I spoke as follows: Thus says the LORD: Do not listen to the words of your prophets who prophesy to you: 'The vessels of the house of the LORD will be brought back from Babylon soon now,' for they prophesy lies to you. Do not listen to them! Serve the king of Babylon that you may live; else this city will become a heap of ruins. If they were prophets, if the word of the LORD were with them, they would intercede with the LORD of hosts, that the vessels which remain in the house of the LORD and in the palace of the king of Judah and in Jerusalem might not be taken to Babylon. For thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the pillars, the bronze sea, the stands, and the rest of the vessels that remain in this city, which Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, did not take when he exiled Jeconiah, son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, from Jerusalem to Babylon, along with all the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem, yes, thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, concerning the vessels that remain in the house of the LORD, in the palace of the king of Judah, and in Jerusalem: To Babylon they shall be brought, and there they shall remain, until the day I look for them, says the LORD; then I will bring them back and restore them to this place.

NAB2 JER 14:13

Ah! Lord GOD, I replied, it is the prophets who say to them, 'You shall not see the sword; famine shall not befall you. Indeed, I will give you lasting peace in this place.' Lies these prophets utter in my name, the LORD said to me. I did not send them; I gave them no command nor did I speak to them. Lying visions, foolish divination, dreams of their own imagination, they prophesy to you. Therefore, thus says the LORD: Concerning the prophets who prophesy in my name, though I did not send them; who say, 'Sword and famine shall not befall this land': by the sword and famine shall these prophets meet their end The people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out into the streets of Jerusalem by famine and the sword. No one shall bury them, their wives, their sons, or their daughters, for I will pour out upon them their own wickedness.

NAB ISA 28:1

Woe to the majestic garland of the drunkard Ephraim, To the fading blooms of his glorious beauty, on the head of him who is stupefied with wine. Behold, the LORD has a strong one and a mighty, who, like a downpour of hail, a destructive storm, Like a flood of water, great and overflowing, levels to the ground with violence; With feet that will trample the majestic garland of the drunkard Ephraim. The fading blooms of his glorious beauty on the head of the fertile valley Will be like an early fig before summer: when a man sees it, he picks and swallows it at once. On that day the LORD of hosts will be a glorious crown And a brilliant diadem to the remnant of his people, A spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, And strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate. But these also stagger from wine and stumble from strong drink: Priest and prophet stagger from strong drink, overpowered by wine; Led astray by strong drink, staggering in their visions, tottering when giving judgment. Yes, all the tables are covered with filthy vomit, with no place left clean. To whom would he impart knowledge? To whom would he convey the message? To those just weaned from milk, those taken from the breast? For he says, 'Command on command, command on command, rule on rule, rule on rule, here a little, there a little!' Yes, with stammering lips and in a strange language he will speak to this people to whom he said: This is the resting place, give rest to the weary; Here is repose' but they would not listen. So for them the word of the LORD shall be: 'Command on command, command on command, Rule on rule, rule on rule, here a little, there a little!' So that when they walk, they stumble backward, broken, ensnared, and captured. Therefore, hear the word of the LORD, you arrogant, who rule this people in Jerusalem: Because you say, 'We have made a covenant with death, and with the nether world we have made a pact; When the overwhelming scourge passes, it will not reach us; For we have made lies our refuge, and in falsehood we have found a hiding place,' Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD: See, I am laying a stone in Zion, a stone that has been tested, A precious cornerstone as a sure foundation; he who puts his faith in it shall not be shaken.

NAB2 MAT 21:33

'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes'?

ISA 28 Continued: I will make of right a measuring line, of justice a level. Hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and waters shall flood the hiding place. Your covenant with death shall be canceled and your pact with the nether world shall not stand. When the overwhelming scourge passes, you shall be trampled down by it. Whenever it passes, it shall take you; morning after morning it shall pass, By day and by night; terror alone shall convey the message. For the bed shall be too short to stretch out in, and the cover too narrow to wrap in. For the LORD shall rise up as on Mount Perazim, bestir himself as in the Valley of Gibeon, To carry out his work, his singular work, to perform his deed, his strange deed. Now, be arrogant no more lest your bonds be tightened,, For I have heard from the Lord, the GOD of hosts, the destruction decreed for the whole earth. Give ear and hear my voice, pay attention and listen to what I say: Is the plowman forever plowing, always loosening and harrowing his land for planting? When he has leveled the surface, does he not scatter gith and sow cumin, Put in wheat and barley, with spelt as its border? He has learned this rule, instructed by his God. Gith is not threshed with a sledge, nor does a cartwheel roll over cumin. But gith is beaten out with a staff, and cumin crushed for food with a rod. No, he does not thresh it unendingly, nor does he crush it with his noisy cartwheels and horses. This too comes from the LORD of hosts; wonderful is his counsel and great his wisdom.

NAB2 ISA 56:5

I will give, in my house and within my walls, a monument and a name Better than sons and daughters; an eternal, imperishable name will I give them. And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, ministering to him, Loving the name of the LORD, and becoming his servants, All who keep the sabbath free from profanation and hold to my covenant, Them I will bring to my holy mountain and make joyful in my house of prayer; Their holocausts and sacrifices will be acceptable on my altar, For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. Thus says the Lord GOD, who gathers the dispersed of Israel: Others will I gather to him besides those already gathered. All you wild beasts of the field, come and eat, all you beasts in the forest! My watchmen are blind, all of them unaware; They are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; Dreaming as they lie there, loving their sleep. They are relentless dogs, they know not when they have enough. These are the shepherds who know no discretion; Each of them goes his own way, every one of them to his own gain: 'Come, I will fetch some wine; let us carouse with strong drink, And tomorrow will be like today, or even greater.'

NAB2 DEU 13:2

If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer who promises you a sign or wonder, urging you to follow other gods, whom you have not known, and to serve them: even though the sign or wonder he has foretold you comes to pass, pay no attention to the words of that prophet or that dreamer; for the LORD, your God, is testing you to learn whether you really love him with all your heart and with all your soul. The LORD, your God, shall you follow, and him shall you fear; his commandment shall you observe, and his voice shall you heed, serving him and holding fast to him alone. But that prophet or that dreamer shall be put to death, because, in order to lead you astray from the way which the LORD, your God, has directed you to take, he has preached apostasy from the LORD, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and ransomed you from that place of slavery. Thus shall you purge the evil from your midst.


That year, two elders of the people were appointed judges, of whom the Lord said, 'Wickedness has come out of Babylon: from the elders who were to govern the people as judges.'

NAB2 ZEP 3:1

Woe to the city, rebellious and polluted, to the tyrannical city! She hears no voice, accepts no correction; In the LORD she has not trusted, to her God she has not drawn near. Her princes in her midst are roaring lions; Her judges are wolves of the night that have had no bones to gnaw by morning. Her prophets are insolent, treacherous men; Her priests profane what is holy, and do violence to the law.

NAB2 LUK 11:43

Woe to you Pharisees! You love the seat of honor in synagogues and greetings in marketplaces. Woe to you! You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk.

Then one of the scholars of the law said to him in reply, 'Teacher, by saying this you are insulting us too.' And he said, 'Woe also to you scholars of the law! You impose on people burdens hard to carry, but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them. Woe to you! You build the memorials of the prophets whom your ancestors killed. Consequently, you bear witness and give consent to the deeds of your ancestors, for they killed them and you do the building. Therefore, the wisdom of God said, 'I will send to them prophets and apostles; some of them they will kill and persecute, in order that this generation might be charged with the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who died between the altar and the temple building. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood! Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.'

NAB3 LUK 13:34 The Lament over Jerusalem.

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were unwilling! Behold, your house will be abandoned. [But] I tell you, you will not see me until [the time comes when] you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'

ZEC 12:9

On that day I will seek the destruction of all nations that come against Jerusalem. I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and petition; and they shall look on him whom they have thrust through, and they shall mourn for him as one mourns for an only son, and they shall grieve over him as one grieves over a first-born.
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