KEY TO THE KINGDOM

This information is not only a key to the kingdom; it may very well be THE key to the kingdom for many. If we fail to recognize Elijah, we will miss salvation, since he is the only one who can “make ready a people prepared for the Lord,”

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Notice that Elijah is guaranteed to come.

Matthew 17:11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. 12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.

Notice that 11 and 12 are red letters.

Also, Malachi 4:4-6 add to this guarantee.

4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

God is talking to Malachi. Malachi in himself has no power to do these things since he is now dead and in his grave. The bride makes herself ready because of Elijah’s message, “Repent, repent, repent.”

Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

When God puts Elijah to work in the end-time, all ten of the virgins are asleep. This includes every last Christian. We are all asleep, or else the Bible is a lie. Regardless of what we think our spiritual condition is, we are all still asleep.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

In the midst of the tribulation, in the book of Revelation, a one-verse warning is injected.

Revelation 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

“Watcheth” is Strong’s #1127, meaning “to keep awake, i.e. watch (lit. or fig.): -be vigilant…”  Read on either side of verse 15 and you will see that this is just a one-verse warning interjected by God to the end-time Christians.

It is just amazing to me that half of these people can go back to sleep after being awakened by Elijah.

In Matthew 17:2-4, Peter, James and John had just seen a vision of what the kingdom would be like.

Mat 17:2  And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 3  And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elijah talking with him.

4  Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.

Matthew 17:10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? 11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. 12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. 13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

Notice verse 10—Elijah must come before the kingdom. In verse 11, Christ states clearly that Elijah must first come and restore all things, and in verse 12, that Elijah had already come in the form of John the Baptist. Verse 11 gives some of his job description. There is more of his job description in Luke 1:17.

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Malachi 4:4-6 shows more of his job description.

Malachi 4:4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

We are told that Christ is to remain in heaven until the restitution of all things.

Acts 3: 21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. 22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. 23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.

Elijah starts this restitution, (Matthew 17:11). He will be restoring things necessary for salvation—not rain in due season, or the balance of nature, etc. Notice verse 22, Moses says a “prophet like unto me” speaking of himself. This is a quote from Deuteronomy 18 that we will address shortly. Verse 23 says anyone who will not listen to this prophet will be destroyed. “Destroyed” is Strong’s #1842, meaning “to extirpate:-destroy.”  Webster’s Dictionary says of this word “to pull out by the roots; exterminate…” God will not be unfair in this. Notice He says, “which will not hear” meaning that we all have a choice.

Deuteronomy 30:19: I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

Now on to Deuteronomy 18:15-20.

15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; 16 According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.

17 And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. 18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. 20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.

Verse 15 is describing a man, and Moses is doing the talking. The prophet raised up will be like him, a sinning man. Remember, he sinned so grievously that he couldn’t enter the Promised Land.

Verse 16: They (Israel) rejected this type of Godly contact. Notice in verse 17, God is talking to Moses.

Verse 18: This God-to-Moses conversation continues. God says He will raise up a prophet “like you Moses,” a sinning man from among their brethren. So this end-time Elijah will come from among the brethren. Remember 1 Corinthians 10:11—the Bible is written for us. In verse 19 the conversation between God and Moses continues. To anyone who will not listen, “I will require of him.” What is required is Acts 3:23.

23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.

To say this is speaking of Christ in Acts 3:21-23 and Deuteronomy 18:15-20, you would have to totally reject Malachi 4:5 and Matthew 17:11-13.

Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.

Matthew 17:11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. 12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. 13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

We must recognize Elijah—God is forcing the true sheep to go one on one with Him. This will be a test for the true sheep. They will have to keep their noses in the Bible and keep looking at Elijah’s fruits, one of which will be “to restore all things.” Elijah will be restoring “things” necessary for salvation and will be causing people to repent. Notice what the Bible says about John the Baptist causing people to repent in Luke 3:8-9, and see how the people responded with a question in verse 10.

Luke 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 9 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

10 And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? 11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. 12 Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? 13 And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.

14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.

John the Baptist answers in verse 11. In verse 12, the publicans ask the question, “What shall we do?” He answers in verse 13. In verse 14 the question is asked and the answer given.

As our thinking is challenged by this end-time Elijah, we have to be very careful in how we handle this new situation. We must put human reasoning aside completely and use only righteous judgment.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

John 7: 24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

Judge him by God’s word regarding this end-time Elijah. Is he waking people up? Is he challenging your thinking? Are people repenting? Are you being forced to change as the Holy Spirit points out truths in your mind? Are any young adults repenting? Read Malachi 4:6.

6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

You can bet this man will be fiercely loyal to God and His word, and will possess a single-minded loyalty to his job. The very nature of his message will automatically take on Satan’s ministry. Notice how the original Elijah challenged Satan’s ministers.

1 Kings 18: 21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

John the Baptist did the same thing.

Matthew 3: 7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

We should watch this man’s trail also, “signs follow,” (Mark 16:20), as God turns up the heat on any given group of Worldwide Church of God splinter groups or of “sheep who are not of this fold.”

Mark 16:20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

Remember, God has sheep who “are not of this fold”.

John 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

This Elijah character will be touching people who are not in the Worldwide fold as God puts the pressure on through Elijah—attitudes will harden. People we thought were church members will do and say stupid things. We will see Elijah persecuted as well as the people who recognize him. We need to watch for all sorts of things to happen as God extracts the good seed—the true sheep—from the church of Satan. Some groups will no doubt be left in shambles. Also, some groups may be left intact, if they only consist of tares and good seed gone bad. End time Christians who have been confronted by Elijah and rejects the message, this person is done—he is finished.  Elijah is their only hope, because he is the only one that can “make ready a people prepared for the Lord”.

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Can we go by his looks? The first Elijah was a hairy man.

II Kings 1:8 And they answered him, He was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. And he said, It is Elijah the Tishbite.

He lived by a stream for a while, and the ravens fed him twice daily. You may wonder how often he took a bath—would he have had B.O.? What would his smile have been like, if it had been visible through his beard? John the Baptist was a Nazarite from birth. The definition of a Nazarite is found in Numbers 6:1-21.

Numbers 6:3 He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried. 4 All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing that is made of the vine tree, from the kernels even to the husk. 5 All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the LORD, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.

Can we judge this man by the way that he looks?  Absolutely not!  Read 1 Samuel 16. Jesse made all his sons pass before Samuel, except David. Jesse was using human reasoning. David wasn’t even considered by Jesse, yet he is the son God chose. God does not look on the outward appearance.

1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

Notice how Christ described John the Baptist in Matthew 11:7-11.

7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? 8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. 9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.

10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. 11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

John the Baptist was no wimp.  Read Matthew 3:7-8.

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

He took on the very power structure of his day—the people who would soon murder Christ. I wonder what the Pharisees and Sadducees thought on the way back from Jerusalem. Did they think they had seen a wild man? They probably said among themselves, “Did you notice how he was dressed?” Today’s equivalent would be: “Hey! This guy doesn’t have the Ambassador College look…He can’t be from God.”

Will this end time Elijah have great ability?  Probably not. The cry at midnight (Matthew 25:6) could indicate that he has a voice problem. “Cry” is Strong’s # 2906 from 2896 “to croak (as a raven) or scream…”  So don’t let looks and accents throw you a curve in recognizing Elijah.

Notice the characteristics of people used by God down through the years.

Amos was a cowboy.

Amos 7:14 Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit:

Herdman is Strong’s #951, meaning “a cattle tender:-herdman,” thus a cowboy of his day.

Hosea married a whore.

Hosea 1: 2 The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD.

Peter and Andrew were fishermen.

Matthew 4:18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.

Matthew worked for the IRS of his day.

Matthew 9:9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.

Christ was a carpenter and stone mason, and he was not handsome.

Isaiah 53: 2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Moses couldn’t speak well, and needed an interpreter.

Exodus 4:10 And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. 11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.

13 And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send. 14 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.

What if God chooses the end-time Elijah from the Australian Outback? What if he is a Maine or Washington state lumberjack? Or maybe a Cajun? Or a Nova Scotian or Alaskan fisherman? Or a south Texas cowboy? Or maybe even an Appalachian farmer.  Or and Irishman, Scotsman, someone from south London? What would our reactions be? We are used to the “Ambassador look” and fluency of speech. If God chooses one of the above, will we have the faith to heed him despite his appearance or lack of formal education?  Will we judge him by what he says, according to the Bible and not by the way he looks or talks.  The five wise virgins of Matthew 25 will judge correctly—righteous judgment.

John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

The five foolish virgins will not judge correctly, and this will probably be one of the reasons that they go back to sleep and miss salvation. If we follow a man who does not force our minds to be faced with change, the man is not Elijah. Remember, no matter how prepared or knowledgeable we may think we are, we are ALL asleep until we hear the cry at midnight.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

Elijah will incite us to make ourselves ready. A change must take place in order for events of Revelation 19:7 and Luke 1:17 to occur.

Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Elijah won’t have credentials. He may even be crude in manners or speech, by Emily Post standards. He may have many rough edges and could be very short on refinement. No doubt, he will come across as being abrasive. Won’t it take a certain amount of abrasiveness to wake us up and compel us to repent, so that we can be part of the Bride?

Elijah certainly won’t be politically correct. Notice II Kings 1:9-14.

2 Kings 1:9 Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him: and, behold, he sat on the top of an hill. And he spake unto him, Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down. 10 And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.

11 Again also he sent unto him another captain of fifty with his fifty. And he answered and said unto him, O man of God, thus hath the king said, Come down quickly. 12 And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.

13 And he sent again a captain of the third fifty with his fifty. And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto him, O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight. 14 Behold, there came fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two captains of the former fifties with their fifties: therefore let my life now be precious in thy sight.

Notice the attitude change as God takes this man’s part. Was Elijah politically correct? Did he read the soldiers their rights? Did he give them one phone call or allow their lawyers time to prepare their cases before he called fire down from heaven and killed them?  What would the American Civil Liberties Union think of this? The end time Elijah won’t care whether or not he’s politically correct.

Were God’s prophets abrasive? Was Amos politically correct in calling the women of Samaria “fat cows?”

Amos 4:1 Hear this word, ye kine of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, which oppress the poor, which crush the needy, which say to their masters, Bring, and let us drink.

Was Christ Mr. Nicey-nice? Read Matthew 15:22-28.

22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. 23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. 24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. 27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. 28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

He called this lady a dog.  What would the average church member of the 1990s think of this?  Notice what Christ said in Luke 13:32.  Was this some kind of an insult?

32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

Paul insulted the high priest in Acts 23:1-5.

1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day. 2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth. 3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law? 4 And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God’s high priest? 5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest:for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.

Can you show me the verse where Paul apologizes?

Regardless of what this man Elijah looks like, talks like, smells like, etc., we had better measure him by God’s Word and nothing else. We have to be willing to follow the instructions of the Bible to the best of our ability, regardless of who points them out to us.

Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

John 7:24. Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

How does God communicate with His prophets?  God communicated with His prophets Ezekiel and Obadiah through visions.

Ezekiel 1:1 Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.

Obadiah 1:1 The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle.

The Word of the Lord came to Micah and Zechariah. He may have sent the Word (Jesus) in person, but I doubt it.

Micah 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

Zechariah 1:1 In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying,

“Word” in Zechariah and Micah is Strong’s #1697 meaning “a word, by impl. a matter…”

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

“Word” is Strong’s #3056, Logos, meaning “something said, including the thought. By impl. a topic (subject of discourse)…”

Most likely, the end time Elijah will be forced to rely on faith. God’s form of communication with him will probably be through the written Word. We have a complete Bible, or at least complete enough to obtain salvation. God’s goal for all humans is complete faith in Him. We, and Elijah, are to apply Matthew 4:4, although God may choose to communicate with him through some other means as well.

4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Notice Matthew 10:27.

27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

“Darkness” is Strong’s #4653, meaning “dimness, obscurity…”  I fully expect God to communicate through the written word with the end time Elijah. But regardless of the form of communication God uses, Amos 3:7 stands. This man will know.

Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

The personality of Elijah will no doubt be a key to recognizing him. He will certainly be spiritually hard-nosed, and spiritually aggressive.  The original Elijah was unquestionably hard-nosed, and quite callused by 1990s standards of political correctness.

2 Kings 1:10 And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.

11 Again also he sent unto him another captain of fifty with his fifty. And he answered and said unto him, O man of God, thus hath the king said, Come down quickly.

12 And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.

1 Kings 19:1 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time. 3 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.

Elijah was fiercely loyal to God. He made no compromises to accommodate Satan’s perverted ways. In I Kings 18:27, Elijah mocked the prophets of Baal.

27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.

Amos 4:1 describes spiritual aggression with no hesitation in calling a spade a spade.

1 Hear this word, ye kine of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, which oppress the poor, which crush the needy, which say to their masters, Bring, and let us drink.

John the Baptist took on the power structure of his day—the very people who would murder Christ. He called them what they were—a brood of vipers.

Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

Vipers are poisonous and Satan is the chief viper. These were his kids (“brood,” if you will).  Satan is the epitome of spiritual poison. John the Baptist was telling these sons of Satan to repent. The end time Elijah will do the same thing. These Elijahs refused to co-exist with Satan’s ways, and were not concerned with people-pleasing or political correctness.

He will be fiercely loyal to God. John the Baptist was not afraid to take on King Herod, the political power of his day, and this led to John’s death. John the Baptist served the purpose that God had intended for him, and has been placed in storage under the altar.

Revelation 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

Was Christ politically correct? He adds more in his attack on the church of Satan

Matthew 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

Matthew 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

“Generation” is Strong’s #1081, and means “offspring; (lit or fig), fruit…” Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study Dictionary says of this same word “to give birth to, …beget, that which is born or produced…” Throughout the Bible, God’s prophets and apostles are very aggressive towards the church of Satan.

The end time Elijah probably won’t spend a lot of time trying to convince people to believe their Bibles. I suspect that his attitude will be, “Read, then accept or reject.” God gave the apostles specific instructions.

Matthew 10:11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. 12 And when ye come into an house, salute it. 13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

Mark 6:11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

“Testimony” is Strong’s #3142, meaning “something evidential, i.e. general evidence…”

Zodhiates says of the same word, “witness, proof, the decoration that confirms something or makes something known…” (CWSD)

Luke 9:5 And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.

Acts 13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. 49 And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region. 50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts. 51 But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium.

I suspect that the end-time Elijah will not be begging people to believe. Instead, he will go blazing off from each new encounter, shaking the mud, dust or snow off of his feet.

In any given group that is confronted with the cry at midnight (i.e. Elijah), God will do the convincing through the Holy Spirit. If there be any good seed, true sheep, who believe God’s Word, this group may be left in shambles as God extracts the good seed.  After all the cry at midnight causes a tumult.

Anyone who refuses to believe the Bible will never see Elijah. The true sheep hear the voice of the shepherd.

John 10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

Elijah will be speaking the words of the Shepherd.

Deuteronomy 18:18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

John 13:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

If we refuse to believe God’s messenger, we will miss salvation. We must judge this man using only the words of the Bible. We dare not reject the message because of the messenger. We could very easily do this if we allow the satanic attitudes of the 90’s, regarding political correctness, to influence our judgment. Let’s study 2 Corinthians 6:14-18.

14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Verse 17 is an absolute requirement. If we don’t come out and be separate, we can never be God’s sons or daughters. Ask yourself, “Why does God say come out, if we are not all mixed in?” We must do the three things mentioned in verse 17, Come out, be separate, and touch not the unclean thing. Verse 18 only applies after we have done these things.

I wonder if God has special blessings in store for the end time Christians who are willing to come out and be separate. No one up to this point in time has experienced the end time application of this scenario. Remember that the Bible is primarily written for us—the end time Christians (1 Corinthians 10:11). Our specific instructions are only beginning to be revealed. Also, consider Revelation 18:4.

4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

“Her” refers primarily to the Synagogue of Satan, which we have been unknowingly sitting in for all these years. As the cry at midnight gets underway and the ten virgins wake up, we will begin to recognize “her” and realize that we must come out.

Just as an aside, Revelation 18:20 shows us that this Synagogue of Satan goes at least as far back as the time of the prophets. The end-time Elijah is the only prophet that is recorded since Christ’s time. The prophets extended many hundreds of years before Christ, as any Bible student will know.

20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. 21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

Recognizing this Synagogue of Satan is an absolute requirement for salvation. If we refuse to come out and be separate, as instructed in 2 Corinthians 6:17, we can never accomplish Matthew 18:3, which is also an absolute requirement for salvation.

Matthew 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Only those who pick up on this key to the kingdom, Elijah, can make themselves ready. He is the only one who can prepare us for the Lord.

Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

A work must be done at the end-time—who does it? We need to take a look at this and be a part of the scenario as it unfolds.

Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; 8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

The Philadelphian church has works to do. They also have before them an open door which no one can shut. This is not a door in your mind that someone could shut if you let them; this is a door to do works. Christ claims He opens this door and no one can shut it.

Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; andthey that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Notice verse 3, “they” turn many to righteousness.

Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Elijah causes people to wake up as he makes the cry at midnight. “They” of Daniel 12:3 help by watering the seed Elijah has planted.

1 Corinthians 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

Revelation 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

The Philadelphian church has an open door to do works, but has little strength. Is not this “works” turning many to righteousness?

Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

God promises to keep the Philadelphians from tribulation. Notice Revelation 3:10.

10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

Daniel 12:3 is earmarked end-time also.

Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Verse 1 of Daniel 12 describes the great tribulation and verse 2 describes the first resurrection. They both awake at the same instant, many to be saved, and many to be burned, as shown in the parable of the tares.

Matthew 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Also notice Matthew 13:47-50, describing a group to be burned.

47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: 48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. 49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, 50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

It’s very clear to anyone who will believe God’s Word that there is an end-time work to be done by the Philadelphians turning many to righteousness. Satan counterfeited this work through the Worldwide Church of God, and possibly through other groups around the world, and is trying to counterfeit it through the splinter groups of Worldwide. However, he is running into problems as God shatters the power of the holy people.

Daniel 12:7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

“Scatter” is Strong’s #5310, meaning “to dash to pieces, or scatter, be beaten in sunder, break (in pieces), broken, dash (in pieces)…” Other translations for “scatter” include shattering, crushing, or broken.

The fact is Elijah is not a one-man show in all respects. He instigates the repentance process and the Philadelphians fine-tune it. Though they have but little strength, Elijah plants the seed.

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

“They” of Daniel 12:3, the true sheep, are doing the work.

3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Also, the people in Revelation 3:8 are doing the work.

Revelation 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Lots of watering is going on as they do their job.

I Corinthians 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

Let’s go to Revelation 3:11. At this point in the tribulation history, the people in verse 11 have virtually assured their salvation if they hold on.

11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

How will this watering take place as mentioned above in I Corinthians 3:6? One way is Malachi 4:4.

Malachi 4:4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

Why does Malachi say to remember if the law hasn’t been forgotten? As Elijah gets the cry at midnight under way, the good seed, the true sheep (the five wise virgins) pick up on what he says. They encourage people to remember the law and return to obedience. Through their love and concern for family, friends and acquaintances, they start spreading the shocking new truths around.

Go back to Luke 1:17—Elijah causes many to repent.

17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

“They” of Daniel 12:3 build on this repentant attitude.

Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

This will be an active effort on the part of the true Philadelphians as they walk through the door and do the work mentioned in Revelation 3:7-8.

Rev 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; 8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

See what happened in Acts 8 1, 3 and 4.

1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.

3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. 4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

Notice closely verse 4. Does “they” in this verse include women? It most certainly does. Preaching means to announce good news. The Bible teaches us that women can’t teach in a formal church meeting, but could they not teach by forwarding a tape or paper by Elijah? Or emailing an article? Doesn’t “they “ in Daniel 12:3 include women? The open door in Revelation 3:8 does not say “Men Only.” This will be a joint effort by both genders.

How will this announcement to the ten virgins be accomplished by both genders? Could it not be by forwarding information to people they love and are concerned about? Maybe forwarding a tape, sending an email, mailing a paper, making a phone call, or writing a letter? Is this not doing the work using “a little strength,” mentioned in Revelation 3:7-8?

The five wise virgins will be exhorting the five foolish to heed Elijah’s warnings as they start to nod off to sleep. No doubt, God will reveal many new points of truth to the five wise virgins as they try to salvage their friends and family members who are going back to sleep. Remember, the cry at midnight, Elijah’s work, is directed at the ten virgins.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

Now read Malachi 4:5.

5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

“You” in this verse is also the ten virgins. Remember 1 Corinthians 10:11.

11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Read Luke 1:17 again.

17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Isn’t this referring to the ten virgins that the cry at midnight wakes up? Look closely at verse 17—there are three kinds of virgins here when tied in with Matthew 25:6. You have the wise and the foolish, but the wise group is split into two groups, one obedient and the other disobedient. Notice in verse 17 that the disobedient are turned to the wisdom of the just. Part of the wise have let down to the point that one foot may be dangling in the lake of fire. But the “just” of Luke 1:17 have been holding tightly to their crowns for all these years—they are wise AND just. The disobedient repent and return to their wisdom, but the foolish go back to sleep.

How does this repentance take place? The “just” of Luke 1:17 have eyes to see and ears to hear as they pick up on what Elijah says. They, (Daniel 12:3) in turn, start working on the disobedient good seed through whatever means is available. Remember, they have but little strength (Revelation 3:8). The means available may be making copies of tapes, papers, emails, writing letters, making phone calls, face to face talks, etc., or whatever other means may be available, depending on the part of the world one lives in. Through their desperate concern for their fellow man, and their “little strength,” the disobedient of Luke 1:17 are returned to repentance.

If you are one of the true sheep of John 10:3-5, 16, and 27, should you have a guilt complex for using your first tithe for this purpose? ABSOLUTELY NOT! (See paper on End-Time Work as well as the papers on tithing.)

John 10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

You can rest assured that God does not want you using His money to finance the “no shepherds” of Ezekiel 34:5 and 8.

5 And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.

8 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock;

Or does He want us giving it to the synagogue of Satan mentioned in Revelation 3:9?

9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

The “no shepherds” are in charge of the synagogue of Satan. Notice that the synagogue of Satan is among the true Philadelphians.

Now a word of caution from the Holy Scriptures: never throw your pearls before swine.

Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Elijah will be revealing many pearls to us in the form of new understanding which causes us to repent.

2 Peter 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

Notice the sow that was washed. Weren’t we all washed at baptism? Notice in both of these passages that dogs are mentioned. Now read in Phil 3:2 and Rev 22:15.

Philippians 3:2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Vine’s Expository Dictionary says of the word “dogs” in these two passages, “Used metaphorically of those whose moral impurity will exclude them from the Kingdom…” Dogs are equated with evil works. Let’s study two passages in the Old Testament and get a clear idea of what God means by “dog”.

Psalms 22:16 For dogs have compassed me. the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me. they pierced my hands and my feet.

Isaiah 56:8 The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him. 9 All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest. 10 His watchmen are blind. they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. 11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

God’s defines “dog” in verse 11. They are “greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand.”

This word “shepherd” is Strong’s #7462, meaning ”to tend a flock, i.e. pasture it (lit. or fig. generally to rule)…” This same word is used in Ezekiel 34:5 and 8 in “no shepherds.”

Ezekiel 34:4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. 5 And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.

6 My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them. 7 Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD;

8 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock; 9 Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD;

10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.

Ezekiel 34:4, 6 and the last part of 10 make it clear that this is the end-time. What these verses make clear is that there are no end-time shepherds doing the job so Elijah has to do it. The end-time shepherds are greedy dogs and rule the flock brutally. In Ezekiel 34:8 God has some shepherds He will eventually claim, but not until they repent. Unger’s Bible Dictionary has three-fourths of a page on “shepherds.”  Unger gives Jeremiah 23:4 as an example of a good shepherd.

4 Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth?

He also gives Isaiah 56:11 and Ezekiel 34:2 and 10 as examples of foolish shepherds and bad ministers.

Isaiah 56:11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

Ezekiel 34:2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?

10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.

In conclusion, read Romans 9:28.

28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

Is this the work of Revelation 3:8 that God will make a short work of on the earth?

8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Published July 19, 1998

© Edgar Y. Bennett
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