Pastor Clayton Welch
Many Old Testament prophets correctly foretold God's wrath against disobedient kingdoms. Hannaniah proclaimed the popular message that God was going to restore peace. Jeremiah wished it could be so. But if Hannaniah's prophecy of peace did not materialize, he would be exposed as a false prophet.
Jeremiah 28:5-9 Passages:
5 Then the prophet Jeremiah replied to the prophet Hananiah before the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the Lord.6 He said, “Amen! May the Lord do so! May the Lord fulfill the words you have prophesied by bringing the articles of the Lord's house and all the exiles back to this place from Babylon.7 Nevertheless, listen to what I have to say in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people:8 From early times the prophets who preceded you and me have prophesied war, disaster and plague against many countries and great kingdoms.
9 But the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the Lord only if his prediction comes true.”