So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.
The story of Hananiah is a sad one.
He was the son of a prophet and everyone believed he spoke the truth. He prophesied the end of the Babylonian rule, the return of the Temple vessels, and release of the Jewish prisoners.
Jeremiah wore a yoke around his neck as a symbol of the captivity to come but Hananiah took it off him and broke it. He proclaimed the Lord had broken the yoke of Babylon.
Even Jeremiah got caught up in this and said he hoped the words were true.
However, God revealed the truth to Jeremiah.
Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, “Hear now, Hananiah, the Lord has not sent you, but you make this people trust in a lie.” Jeremiah 28:15
Hananiah died two months later.
God tells us the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23) as Hananiah found out.
It was difficult for a prophet back then. He was out on a limb with anything he said. Today, we have the complete word of God as a guide. Anything outside the boundaries of the Bible is false prophecy.
Today, “thus says the Lord” better line up with what the Lord has already said in His word.