The Pharisees will go to Hell
Ezekiel 32:24, 25 -
There is Elam and all her multitude round about her grave, all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which are gone down uncircumcised into the nether parts of the earth, which caused their terror in the land of the living; yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to the pit. They have set her a bed in the midst of the slain with all her multitude: her graves are round about him: all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword: though their terror was caused in the land of the living, yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to the pit: he is put in the midst of them that be slain.
When David came in his city of Zion he had an issue with the blind and lame, so none of them were allowed in the city. We also see among the sacrifices the Lord clearly specifies the animals that are blind and lame were not allowed. Even people who were blind, lame or with a flat nose were considered with blemish.
These scriptures have nothing to do with the physically disabled, Jesus healed them but yet we read such scriptures. It is not that God changed, He never does; He is the same today what He was millions of years before and will be the same billions of year ahead.
There are 2 types of people who will surely not enter Heaven the spiritually blind and spiritually lame. The Old Testament scriptures have their understanding in their meaning or symbolism.
The word Elam although is translated as eternity it is an Assyrian word which mean 'high'. This place was the highlands east to Babylon. In spiritual symbolism they represent the Pharisees of our Babylon, which is the false church.
We see Jesus was very compassionate and merciful to almost all, these included sinners of the worst kind, criminals and especially those sick and suffering. But there was a kind of people which showed another face of Him and they were the Pharisees. When it came to the Pharisees we see Jesus in a different light of detest and anger. In today's message the Lord has the same attitude towards the Pharisees of the Babylon amongst us.
Amongst us are people who are deceived into calling themselves Christians but are not. Like Paul said a true Jew is one who is circumcised in the heart. These so called Christians are fooled with rituals into believing they are baptized in Jesus Christ and in the Holy Spirit. It is this reason most of them do not even know Jesus but identify Him as a historical figure Who was a good man.
The Pharisees are the leaders of this group. These people evoke the same feeling of me like they did with Jesus. When I came out of this religious group after coming to know Jesus Christ and being baptized in Him, I realized these Pharisees knew all along what they were doing and due to the hardness of their hearts they continue their work. Once upon a time they were victims but now they have become even worst perpetrators than their precursors. In the seminary what they are taught will shock any believer. Many have come out with their faith totally lost and almost an atheist.
To give you an example, some days back I went to meet the principal of my school after 25years and he is one of these Pharisees. He is having multiple sicknesses like almost all in his category. To give him hope for healing in Christ I shared with him a little of what I do and I was surprised when he told me not to waste my time studying the Bible. The words he told me were 'no one ever understood the Bible and no one ever will'. These were the words from a man who wore a dress that symbolized him to be a representative of Jesus Christ; it seems like God was crazy to give us instructions which no man will ever understand. That Pharisee was right in his way for anyone with a hard heart will never understand the Bible ever. One needs to be circumcised in one's heart to know the Word of God and to know Jesus Christ. Jesus therefore calls these hard hearted people as white washed tombs. I literately call their service as doing a graveyard shift.
In today's message the Lord exposes the heart of these Pharisees and warning the disaster that awaits these Pharisees.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, we pray for those who are yours and who are under the deceit of these Pharisees. Lord we pray their eyes be opened and they see the wolves among them. We rebuke their blindness and command their eyes be open in your Name. We speak into their lives and their surroundings and we speak Light to eliminate the darkness surrounding them. Lord, as per your message today what You are going to do to these Pharisees, we pray Lord they be quickened. Like You hardened the heart of Pharaoh and glorified yourself among your people, be glorified Lord and let the world know You truly are God and your Word is True...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
Matthew 5:20 - For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
John 3:3 - Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
1 Peter 1:23 - Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
Leviticus 21:18 - For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superfluous,
Deuteronomy 15:21 - And if there be any blemish therein, as if it be lame, or blind, or have any ill blemish, thou shalt not sacrifice it unto the LORD thy God.
2 Samuel 5:8 - And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind, that are hated of David's soul, he shall be chief and captain. Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.
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