“They have lied about the Lord and said, ‘He won’t bother us! No disasters will come upon us. There will be no war or famine. God’s prophets are all windbags who don’t really speak for him. Let their predictions of disaster fall on themselves!” Jeremiah 5:12-13
A false prophet is a person who spreads false teachings or messages while claiming to speak the Word of God. In the Bible, false prophets also spoke on behalf of false gods. False prophets functioned in their prophetic role illegitimately or for the purpose of deception. The Bible denounces false prophets for leading people astray. These false prophets were leading people to believe a lie. These prophets were doing just what the false prophets do today. They were not telling people the truth of God. They were just telling people what the people wanted to hear. Perhaps these false prophets meant well and hoped to encourage Judah and Jerusalem. Perhaps the false prophets actually believed their own message. Nevertheless, they lied about the Lord – which is a serious and grievous sin. In our own day, we say to false prophets, even those who mean well and believe their own lies: stop lying about the Lord.
They have lied about the Lord, and said, “It is not He”: When the false prophets assured the people of Judah and Jerusalem that their present problems were not warnings and corrections from the Lord, they lied about the Lord. When they promised, “Neither will evil come upon us,” they lied about the Lord. The false prophets were nothing more than wind – movement without substance. God’s word was not in them, and their so-called prophetic words were from them, not from the substance of God’s word.