Abba Father, I pray that all whom Ha’Satan has deceived will repent and become the leaders you would have them be. In Yeshua’s name I pray. Amen.
Last week I looked at some individuals that have become leaders within the church whom I labeled useless teats (UT). Today I will look at those UT individuals that Yeshua labels snakes, vipers, hypocrites, and whitewashed tombs, among other such uncomplimentary epitaphs.
The UT Snakes and Vipers
Mathew 23:24 – “I send you prophets and sages and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town.”
Today these individuals no longer crucify nor kill, nor flog unwanted teachers, but they still chase people from town to town. The difference is now they do it through the internet instead of walking or riding a beast of burden, all in the name of discernment. Does anyone remember how a certain “discernment ministry” vilified Jonathan Cahn a few years back? Are you aware of the recent debate between an evolutionist and science guy, Brian Nye and a creationist, Ken Ham, in which the evolutionist resorted to personal attacks against the creationist, rather than debating the differences between the two views? Even worse, afterwards Pat Robertson criticized Ham. Bad enough that Ha’Satan asked, “Did God really say?”, but now we have well know “Christian” commentators saying the same thing. Yeshua’s response: “You will be held accountable for the words you have spoken.”
Mathew 3:7 – “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.”
These individuals assume that works will save them, rather than repentance, and then place heavy burdens on their congregational members to do as many works as possible. The works based sermons are endless – observe special days, don’t smoke, don’t drink, don’t date bad girls/bad boys – all these are fodder for blistering condemnation styled sermons. Yeshua’s response: “Humbleness, mercy, justice, and repentance are the desired fruits – not works.”
The UT Whitewashed Tombs and Hypocrites
Matthew 23:23 – “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your sales of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”
These individuals are those who take works to the maximum – tithing must be at least ten percent or better, make sure the cup and plate are sparking clean before using, wash your hands for at least thirty seconds before eating. Yeshua’s response: “Ya’all look great on the outside, but your insides are filthy, rotten, and stinking.”
The UT Miracle Seekers
Matthew 16:2-3 – “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in the morning, sailor’s warning.” (Paraphrased!)
These individuals are those who do not recognize the signs of the times. These are those who must see a miracle and refuse to walk by faith alone, or who do not pay attention to the prophecies and are thus unaware of the time or season in which they live.
When Yeshua rode into Jerusalem on a colt, he said: “If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace . . but you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God” (Luke 19:41-44). The word time, καιρotς kairos [G2540], means: an occasion, a set or proper time, opportunity, or season. It always designates a fixed or special occasion, and we are to be aware of such set times. Because the people did not recognize the time, forty years later the Temple was destroyed and the Jews scattered to the ends of the earth.
Matthew 24:32-33 says: “Learn a lesson from the fig tree: When its branches become green and soft and new leaves appear, you know summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things happening, you will know that the time is near, ready to come.” The word know, γιvωtσκω ginoðskoð [G1097], a prolonged form of a primary verb; to know (absolutely) means to: allow, be aware (of), feel, (have) known (-ledge), perceive, be resolved, can speak, be sure, understand. The word translated time, ε’γγυς eggus [G1451], means literally or figuratively, of place or time which is at hand, near, nigh (at hand, unto), ready. Today the signs that Yeshua is about to appear are burgeoning forth.
Numerous scriptures warn us to be awake, to be alert, to take heed. The word translated keep awake, be alert, take heed, is γρηγoρεtω, greðgoreoð[G1127]. It is an active verb meaning to be awake, to watch, to be alert, to keep watch, to keep watching, to be keeping alert, to stay on the alert, and to stay awake. It expects active and concentrated behavior, to be continuously seeking.
Yeshua’s response to those who fail to be observant: he weeps over them and admonishes them that their enemies will surround them and destroy them.
Destruction is coming to those useless teat individuals whom Yeshua labels snakes, vipers, hypocrites, white-washed tombs, and/or miracle seekers. Prophecy and knowing the season and time one lives in is very important to our Lord: 1 Thessalonians 5:20 says: Do not treat prophecy as if it were unimportant. 2 Peter 1:19 says: You do well to be attentive to the prophetic messages. Additional warnings to listen can be found in: Numbers 12:6, Deuteronomy 18:15 & 19, 2 Chronicles 20:20, John 6:45, and Acts 3:22. Warnings for not listening can be found in: 2 Chronicles 24:19 & 25:16 & 36:16, Jeremiah 25 3-6, Jeremiah 29:19-23, Jeremiah 35:15, Jeremiah 37:2, Zechariah 1:4, Zechariah 7:12, Acts 3:23.
I pray that you are not part of a congregation being lead by UT individuals who fail to heed the scriptural warnings. If you are one of those UT individuals, then be warned, while you are saying “ ‘Peace and safety!,’ then destruction will come upon you suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and you will not escape” (1Thessalonians 5:3).
Prophecy continues to unfold as foretold by the Hebrew prophets. The stage is being set. History is moving extremely quickly towards the prophesied one world government, the one world financial system, and the rise of both the Antichrist and the False Prophet. The birth pangs are just over the horizon. Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.
Abba Father, today’s church leadership is very similar to the leadership that Yeshua encountered two thousand years ago. I pray that these individuals will repent and become the leaders you would have them be. In Yeshua’s name I pray. Amen.
Commentary on Pat Roberson