Reflection. Prophets and politics. By Fabian Massa.

Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translator.

About Jeremiah 27.1 - 15 and Amos 4.1 - 5 (NIV version)

In the post "Christians and Politics [1 ]" is clearly seen that for the Latin American political Christianity is synonymous with " bad word." We supported the verse "We are not of this world " (John 17.16 ) understand that they must ignore all political. The problem is that trying to " Take the Land" and that can only be achieved politically . So is the Church in Latin America , pure statement of power , authority, while the narcos , corrupt , violent , and idolaters libertines are directing Nations.

But if we go to the scriptures , the prophets of the Lord took sides , exhorted the rulers , criticized its economic, external, internal bad policies , their private lives.
When God told Jeremiah prophesied that the Middle East would fall under the power of Nebuchadnezzar II (Jeremiah 27.1 ) , the Prophet sent the message to all nations :

2 And the Lord said to me : "Make a yoke and straps , and wear them on the neck . 3 then send to the kings of Edom , Moab , Ammon, Tyre and Sidon , a message through messengers who come to Jerusalem to Zedekiah king of Judah. 4 Give them this message for their masters : " So the LORD Almighty , the God of Israel says: ' Say unto their masters, 5 Yo, by my great power and my outstretched arm have made the earth , and men and animals * that are on it , and I can give them to whomever I please . 6 now handed over to my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and to the beasts of the field all these countries have put under his power. 7 All nations shall serve him , and his son and his grandson until his country was also the time comes and be submitted by many nations and great kings . 8 But if any nation or kingdom refuse to submit to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and not bend the neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, I will punish that nation with the sword, famine and pestilence , until Nebuchadnezzar destroyed completely - states the Lord.

Obviously each of these Kings had at his court official prophets whose oracles were always favorable to the government , it was announced on the Lord :

9 ' " ' So do not listen to them his prophets or their soothsayers , dream interpreters , astrologers and sorcerers who tell them not serve the king of Babylon. 10 Lies They prophesy that only serve to make you turn away from their own land, and for me to drive out and die. 11 Instead, the nation that bend the neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon and submit to him, says the Lord , I 'll let you in their own land to work and live in it. ' " '

Jeremiah was also ordered to prophesy this to their own King , who obviously did not receive the welcome message :

12 A Zedekiah king of Judah , I said the same: " Fold the neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, serve him and his people and continue with life. 13 What will you and your people die by the sword, famine and pestilence , as the Lord has promised to every nation that does not submit to the king of Babylon? 14

King also warned that not fie his false prophets , which always predicted you full success in your business :

Do not listen to the words of the prophets who tell them not serve the king of Babylon , because what they are prophesying lies. 15 "I did not send ! Declares the LORD. They prophesy lies in My Name , that will only serve for me to expel you, and die both you and his prophets. '"

We can also find exhortations against the ruling political class, when it assumes an oppressive position and abuse of the people :

Amos 4
4 Hear you this word , you cows of Bashan ,

    living in the mountain of Samaria ,
who oppress the helpless
    and abuse the needy
who say to their husbands :
    "Bring us a drink ! "
2 The LORD Almighty has sworn by his holiness :
    " The days will come when even the last of you
    will be herded with hooks and harpoons .
3 One after another come out through the breaches of the wall,
    and from Hermon will be expelled
Declares the LORD.

4 » Go to Bethel and sin;

    go to Gilgal and keep sinning .
Offer their sacrifices in the morning,
    and the third day their tithes .
5 Burn leavened bread as a thank offering
    and proclaim freewill offerings.
Make it known to all , Israel ;
    That's what we love to you !
Declares the Sovereign LORD .

The " cows of Bashan " ladies were " good " society of Israel , ladies " pious " fulfilling their religious duties , while his way of living sinned against God and man .

Prophets come into the picture when the priestly class fails to teach the Word to the people and their rulers.

The prophets were never well received nor powerful nor the crowds , for their messages were rough and exhortation. So those who do not attend " Prophets " and call themselves only give " good news " .

Week 70 is about to begin . In recent times false teachers and false prophets will arise . Let us be attentive !


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