And it will come about on that day,” declares the Lord, Yehovah of hosts, “that I will eliminate the names of the idols from the land, and they will no longer be remembered. And I will also remove the prophets and the unclean spirit from the land. And if anyone still prophesies, then his father and mother who gave birth to him will say to him, ‘You shall not live, because you have spoken falsely in the name of Yehovah, and his father and mother who gave birth to him shall pierce him through when he prophesies.
Also it will come about on that day that the prophets will each be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies, and they will not put on a hairy robe in order to deceive, but he will say, ‘I am not a prophet. I am a cultivator of the ground, because a man sold me as a slave/servant in my youth.’ And someone will say to him, ‘What are these wounds on your hands?’ Then he will say, ‘I was wounded at the house of my friends.’
Today’s spiritual Ephraim, Woe to your proud crown of the habitually drunk on the wine and new wine of the prophets and the apostles. Woe to the fading flower of your crown’s glorious beauty, which is at the head of the fertile valley.
Behold, the Lord has a strong and mighty one, which has a tempest of hail and a destroying storm of overflowing waters. The Lord has thrown down to earth the splendid crown of your habitually drunk and will trample it underfoot. And the fading flower of its glorious beauty, which is at the head of the fertile valley, will be like the early fig that ripened before summer and is devoured.
On that day, Yehovah of hosts will become a beautiful crown and a glorious wreath to the remnant of His People. He is a Spirit of justice for him who sits in judgment, and strength to those who repel the battle at the gate.
But as with the habitually drunk, the priest and prophet also reel with wine and err from their strong drink. They are confused with it. They reel while having visions. They stumble in judgment. For all the tables are full of filthy vomit, so there is no place clean.
To whom would the Lord teach knowledge, and to whom would He interpret the message? To those just weaned from milk? Those just taken from the breast?
His wisdom is built up, order on order, order on order, line on line, line on line, a little here, a little there. The infant cannot consume it whole, but shouldn’t the mature stomach it?
Indeed, the Lord will speak to this people through stammering lips and a foreign tongue, who said to them, “This is the place of quiet. Give rest to the weary,” and “This is the resting place,” but they would not listen.
But the word of Yehovah was not whole to them, but a disjointed, order on order, order on order, line on line, line on line, a little here, a little there, so they may go and stumble backward, be broken, snared, and taken captive.
Therefore, hear the word of Yehovah, you scoffers, who rule this people in Jerusalem, His kingdom. Because you said, “We are protected. We made a covenant with death, and with Hades we made a pact. The gushing flood will not reach us when it passes by, because we made falsehood our refuge and we concealed ourselves with deception.”
Therefore, this is what the Lord Yehovah says, “Behold, I am laying a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. The one who believes in it will not be shaken. I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the level. Then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters will overflow the secret place – the hidden place of your Baals.
Your covenant with death will be cancelled, and your pact with Hades will not stand. There will be no protection when the overwhelming scourge passes through. You will be trampled upon. As often as it passes through, it will seize you, for morning after morning it will pass through, day or night, and it will be only terror to understand what it means.”
The bed is too short on which to stretch out, the blanket too small to wrap oneself in. For Yehovah will rise up as at Mount Perazim against the Philistines; He will be stirred up as in the Valley of Gibeon against the Amorites; to do His task, His unusual task, and work His work, His extraordinary work.
And now do not mock, or your shackles will be made stronger, for I have heard from the Lord Yehovah of decisive destruction on all the earth.
Listen and hear my voice, pay attention and hear my words. Does the farmer plow continually every day? Does he continually break up his ground? Should the servant in God’s fields do the same?
Does he not level its surface and sow dill and scatter cumin, and plant wheat in rows, barley in its place and rye in its area? For his God instructs and teaches him properly, because dill is not threshed with a threshing sledge, nor is the cartwheel driven over cumin. But dill is beaten out with a rod, cumin with a club, and grain for bread is crushed. Indeed, he does not continue to thresh it forever, because the wheel of his cart and his horses will damage it.
This wisdom also comes from Yehovah of hosts, Who is wonderful in counsel and excellent in wisdom.(Isaiah 28:1-29)