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Bible Commentaries
Ezekiel 13

Gaebelein's Annotated BibleGaebelein's Annotated

Verses 1-23

Ezekiel 13:1-23 . And now the Lord speaks through Ezekiel about the false prophets in the midst of His people. They prophesied out of their own hearts; or as it might be rendered, “Who prophesy from their own mind without having seen.” Such they were and such are the false teachers of this present age 2 Peter 2:1-22 . Of such our Lord warned: “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves” Matthew 7:15 . Every man who prophesies out of his own heart, who utters his own mind, whose preaching and teaching is not according to the oracles of God, is a false prophet, a blind leader of the blind. Like false prophets in Israel the false teachers in Christendom are the cause of the spiritual condition of the professing people of God. Of all such it is true what the Lord said through Ezekiel: “They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, “The Lord saith, and the Lord has not sent them.” They are self-called and self-sent. Behind them stands the father of lies 1 Kings 22:19-53 ; 1 Timothy 4:11 . Next we find in Ezekiel 13:8-16 their condemnation and punishment. But there were also false women prophets; they practised occultism.

All this is also done in the very midst of Christendom in the twentieth century. Women prophets, the most subtle instruments of Satan, are plentiful in these days. The fact has often been pointed out that the prominent leaders in the evil cults of the last days are women. There has been a strange modern-day revival of occult practices upon Christian ground. Spiritualism, Theosophy, and Christian Science belong to this class. All three started with women. Spiritualism with its mediums, fortune-tellers and necromancers is almost entirely in the hands of women, who claim to be religious leaders. The same is true of theosophy, with its Hindu philosophy, and occultism, surrounded with an air of unholy mysticism. Christian Science is closely related to these two cults. Its founder practiced for a time the calling of a medium.

Significant is the description of their evil testimony as given in Ezekiel 13:22 .

Bibliographical Information
Gaebelein, Arno Clemens. "Commentary on Ezekiel 13". "Gaebelein's Annotated Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gab/ezekiel-13.html. 1913-1922.
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