Therefore thus says the LORD, ‘Behold, I am about to remove you from the face of the earth. This year you are going to die, because you have counseled rebellion against the LORD.'” Jeremiah 28:16
There was a false prophet named Hananiah, and he was telling everyone in Israel everything they wanted to hear. He was telling Israel there would be peace and prosperity. Even Jeremiah believed him at first saying , Amen! May The Lord do so! (Jeremiah 28:6)
Hananiah even broke the yoke off of Jeremiahs neck to symbolize that Israel would be set free from their burdens and captivity. Everything was sounding great, everyone was buying into this new prophet!
The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah after Hananiah the prophet had broken the yoke from off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, saying, “Go and speak to Hananiah, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD, “You have broken the yokes of wood, but you have made instead of them yokes of iron.” Jeremiah 28:12-13
God quickly spoke to Jeremiah and rebuked everything Hananiah has told everyone. God warned Jeremiah anyone who follows Hananiahs instructions and serves the King of Babylon will receive a “Yoke of Iron”, this is obviously a more severe punishment than the Yoke of Wood they were carrying before
Then Jeremiah the prophet said to Hananiah the prophet, “Listen now, Hananiah, the LORD has not sent you, and you have made this people trust in a lie. Jeremiah 28:15
Jeremiah then rebuked the False Prophet Hananiah and told him you are selling lies to the people and leading them astray. Doesn’t this sound familiar with Christianity today? How many false preachers do we see today selling “Snake Oil”? Selling Prosperity Gospel when there is no prosperity.
Be careful who you are following and listening to, God placed the Yoke of Iron on those who believed the False prophecy of Hananiah, Test the Spirits and make sure you are following True Doctrine!