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4 “And it shall be in that day that every prophet will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies; they will not wear a robe of coarse hair to deceive. 5 But he will say, ‘I am no prophet, I am a farmer; for a man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.’ 6 And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between your arms?’ Then he will answer, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.’ 

 

Verses 4 and following continue to demonstrate the genuineness of Israel’s future conversion to the Messiah.

13:4

“And it shall be in that day that every prophet will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies; they will not wear a robe of coarse hair to deceive.

False prophets’ shame will become apparent when they refuse to wear their prophet’s uniform. When justice prevails, false teachers will disavow what they had taught. They will not wear the “robe of coarse hair” of a true prophet. They will carry shame for proclaiming a false “vision”; that is, what they alleged to have seen in a vision. They will carry guilt for misleading and misdirecting people. They deceive by wearing sheep’s clothing. They are not what they appear to be.

13:5

But he will say, ‘I am no prophet, I am a farmer; for a man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.’

False teachers of the future will deny that they are prophets, declaring that they are farmers. They will do this because a new national cleansing will rule the nation of Israel. Thus, they will seek to disassociate themselves from what is false. The idea of their claim will be that they never were false prophets because they were farmers from their “youth.”

13:6

And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between your arms?’

False prophets cut themselves during their idolatry worship in an attempt to appease their gods. To them, it was proof of their devotion to their gods. However, they will deny that their self-inflicted wounds were from idol practices. The person asking this question will get behind the deception of false prophets by interrogation.

Then he will answer, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.’

This “answer” refers to those who wound the prophets in their pagan temples. False prophets will claim that they received their injuries by accident in their friend’s house.

PRINCIPLE:

False teaching always attempts to deceive.

APPLICATION:

When the Messiah comes in His Second Advent, false teachers will be seen for the deceivers they are. Our Lord’s coming will bring disgrace and shame upon them. Shame causes people to hide. One day false teachers will attempt to conceal their heresy, but it will not work. They will hate their former days of prophetic glory. They will exchange their robes of ministry for another garb. Everything about them is deception. They deceived others during their ministry, and they deceived when exposed for what they are.

I have encountered false teaching among evangelicals. They always attempt to hide their teaching so that an unsuspecting public will not know what they teach. I have found this especially in the inerrancy of Scripture debate. They claim that the Bible is without error by giving misleading statements that make them appear to be orthodox.

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