WOES:  (1) Destroy the sheep; (2) Scatter the sheep; (3) Drive the sheep away; and (4) Do not visit them

According to Jeremiah 23 Chapter, “Woe unto the pastors  that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord…I will visit upon you the evil your doings…the land is full of adulterers…because of swearing the land mourneth, pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up,  their course is evil and their doings is not right…For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, IN MY HOUSE HAVE I FOUND THEIR WICKEDNESS (saith the Lord)…Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery ways in the darkness:  they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation (saith the Lord)…I have seen folly in the prophets…they prophesied in Baal (false gods) and caused my people Israel (including Gentiles) to err…I have seen in the prophets of Jerusalem (and all over the world including the U.S.) they commit adultery, walk in lies, strengthen the hands of evildoers that none doeth return from his wickedness, they are all  unto me as Sodom and the inhabitants thereof of Gomorrah…I HAVE NOT SENT THESE PROPHETS YET THEY RAN…I HAVE NOT SPOKEN TO THEM YET THEY PROPHESIED…I HAVE  HEARD WHAT THE PROPHETS SAID THAT PROPHESY LIES IN MY NAME SAYING I HAVE DREAMED, I HAVE DREAMED…How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? They are prophets of the deceit of their own heart…Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbor as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal (and other false gods)…”


“Is not my word like as a fire and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? (saith the Lord)  Therefore, behold I am against the prophets that steal my words everyone from his neighbor.  I am against the prophets that use their tongues, and say, HE SAITH… I am against them that prophesy false dreams and do tell them and cause my people to err by their lies and by their lightness; yet, I SENT THEM NOT  NOR COMMANDED THEM THEREFORE THEY SHALL NOT PROFIT THIS PEOPLE AT ALL (saith the Lord)…And when this people or the prophet, or the priest shall ask thee saying what is the burden of the Lord? Thou salt then say unto them, What burden? I will even forsake you saith the Lord…And as for the prophet, the priest, and the people that shall say, The burden of the Lord, I will even punish that man and his house…But since ye say, The burden of the Lord; therefore thus saith the Lord..Because ye say this word, THE BURDEN OF THE LORD…Therefore, behold, I, even I will utterly forget you and I will forsake you and the city that I gave you and your fathers, and cast you out of my presence…AND I WILL BRING AN EVERLASTING REPROACH UPON YOU,  AND A PERPETUAL SHAME, WHICH SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN.”   




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