Yokes of Iron
Jeremiah 28:17 -
So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.
In today's message we read of how Hananiah was punished for falsely prophesizing in the name of the Lord. There is something very important to understand from this message.
If you notice Hananiah was not the only prophet in the court. There were many others and all of them were doing the same mistake like Hananiah. They all were falsely prophesizing since long, so then why did God take so much serious action this time against Hananiah?
We should realize Jeremiah was a true Prophet of God and Hananiah had not done the usual mistake of falsely prophesizing in the name of the Lord, he had indirectly challenged directly the authority of Jeremiah and indirectly the Lord by taking the yoke around Jeremiah's neck and breaking it. It was the Lord who had asked Jeremiah to make the yoke and put it round his neck symbolizing the bondage He would put His people and the others under King of Babylon - King Nebuchadnezzar.
If one studies about Babylon and King Nebuchadnezzar in particular one will understand the events concerning the Whore or Babylon the Great of Revelation. This Church was selected by the Lord to be a bondage on His people because the love of God had died from the hearts of the people after the era of the first Apostles. This church ruled over the people of God and kept them under bondage. It has made them spiritually blind. They read scriptures, even confess them and still do not understand them. They say prayers and do not realize what they are professing. They think they are Christians but do not realize that they actually rebelling against God with their traditions, their prayers and their beliefs.
The yoke was first made of wood which symbolizes flesh and later the Lord made it of iron which symbolizes a spiritual.
Initially this church had the fear of that one man. The person who was heading this church and who literally called himself god on earth, ruler of heaven and earth, having authority to excommunicate even an Angel in Heaven. What he said was above the Word of God and no one could question it or go against it, whoever did were killed or socially excommunicated.
Later around the second millennium this yoke was turned from a yoke of wood to a yoke of iron. Today these people are not looking at that one person so much but at the traditions and beliefs of this church and it are these that hold them down as a yoke much stronger than before. You cannot speak to them any Truth unless this yoke of iron is broken.
When I came to the Lord and surrendered myself to the Lord the first things He did was to attend to this yoke of iron which I had around me. He showed me how all that I did in His name was not only far from Him but actually against Him. Jesus said who are not with Him are against Him. So if we are not following the Word of God then surely whatever we are doing is against the Word of God.
Think who would tell you that the Word of God is not everything'? It has to be someone who is against God and that is surely is from Satan. The Beast operates in anyone or everyone who is not in the Lord or in the Light of His Word.
This yoke was not only on Israel but also on others kingdoms, similarly all in this church are not children of God.
Surely the iron yoke is not forever on the people of God like it was not forever on Israel. The time will come very soon when Men and Women of God will expose and bring down this Babylon and stop all its business in the name of religion, and like King Nebuchadnezzar was made to live on grass in the wilderness so also would this church be. But unfortunately like the time King Nebuchadnezzar repented was too late so also when this church repents would be too late.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord we pray for the yoke of iron which is around your people. It was You who put it around these people because of their harden hearts, the curse of their parents which has passed on to them. Lord, we claim the curse be broken in the lives of these children. No man can break this yoke only You can. We know Lord You hear our prayer this moment and You are opening their eyes, shaking their world and bring them into Light of the Truth...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
Jeremiah 28:1-4, 11-14
1 And it came to pass the same year, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fourth year, and in the fifth month, that Hananiah the son of Azur the prophet, which was of Gibeon, spake unto me in the house of the LORD, in the presence of the priests and of all the people, saying,
2 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon.
3 Within two full years will I bring again into this place all the vessels of the LORD'S house, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took away from this place, and carried them to Babylon:
4 And I will bring again to this place Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, with all the captives of Judah, that went into Babylon, saith the LORD: for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.
11 And Hananiah spake in the presence of all the people, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Even so will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all nations within the space of two full years. And the prophet Jeremiah went his way.
12 Then the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah the prophet, after that Hananiah the prophet had broken the yoke from off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, saying,
13 Go and tell Hananiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Thou hast broken the yokes of wood; but thou shalt make for them yokes of iron.
14 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; I have put a yoke of iron upon the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him: and I have given him the beasts of the field also.
1 In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah came this word unto Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
2 Thus saith the LORD to me; Make thee bonds and yokes, and put them upon thy neck,
3 And send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of Moab, and to the king of the Ammonites, and to the king of Tyrus, and to the king of Zidon, by the hand of the messengers which come to Jerusalem unto Zedekiah king of Judah;
4 And command them to say unto their masters, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say unto your masters;
5 I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.
6 And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.
7 And all nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son's son, until the very time of his land come: and then many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of him.
8 And it shall come to pass, that the nation and kingdom which will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation will I punish, saith the LORD, with the sword, and with the famine, and with the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand.
1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;
13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
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