HANANIAH: Who was he?
He was a contemporary of Jeremiah, the weeping prophet (Jer.28). The king, the leaders and the people loved Hananiah. He had a positive message that all was well, God was with them and Babylon would be crashed. When Jeremiah was told to hang a wooden yoke around his neck to demonstrate that a Babylonian captivity was inevitable, Hananiah broke the yoke and told the people that is how God would break Babylon. Jeremiah countered with an iron yoke and predicted that Hananiah would die within the year for lying about what God would do and not do. The Babylonians did take over and the false prophet Hananiah died.
We too have far too many Hananiahs and not enough Jeremiahs. So much comforting and positive stuff is being thrown at us. Even to suggest that things are not what they ought to be in the sight of God and His laws is a crime. How dare anyone say that this is no longer the biggest and best country in the world? Well, if we genuinely believe and follow Jesus then we no longer can make that claim. Whether we like it or not, we are on the chopping block of the Hananiahs. These false or pseudo-prophets do not just kill this nation but the Jesus-Christianity itself. How low have we fallen when we hide the image of our Lord Jesus before our national leaders? How can God be proud of us when we are ashamed of His Son (Lk.12: 8-9)? When did God authorize a leader that he could with the stroke of a pen terminate the life of the unborn or legalize immorality and perversion?
We already live in a time when Jesus’ message is being trampled on and those that proclaim it are in danger of being torn to pieces (Mt.7: 6). We do not want to hear about an angry God that can do to our sinful world what He did to Noah and his generation and to Lot and his cities (Lk.17: 26-37). According to Romans 1: 18-32, our conditions have been deliberately created by sinful humans to oppose the Creator and therefore our world is already sentenced to be judged. The world will face the wrath of the Lamb and not a merciful Savior (Rev.6: 15-17). Instead of repenting and pleading with God for mercy, mankind shall blame and curse God for their evil ways (Rev.16: 21; 22: 10-11). Jesus concluded, “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done” (Rev.22: 12).