“Now hear this, heads of the house of Jacob
And rulers of the house of Israel,
Who abhor justice
And twist everything that is straight,
Who build Zion with bloodshed
And Jerusalem with violent injustice.
Her leaders pronounce judgment for a bribe,
Her priests instruct for a price
And her prophets divine for money.
Yet they lean on the LORD saying,
“Is not the LORD in our midst?
Calamity will not come upon us.”
Therefore, on account of you
Zion will be plowed as a field,
Jerusalem will become a heap of ruins,
And the mountain of the temple will become high places of a forest.” – God Speaks and Judges Zion first (in Micah 3:9 – 12, NASB)
The Verses above reveal a reason why God allows even the enemies of Israel (and Christians too, ‘collectively as Zion’) to be “crushed by their enemies first” (including via the antichrist or lawless one later) —> before He Returns and CRUSHES the ANTICHRIST as well. Can you see it (1 Peter 4:17)?
Lord Jesus Christ gave an Identification of a ‘false prophet’ as follows (Verse in Image).
False prophets do that so that they ‘speak well of evil men’ (Luke 6:24 -25, Amos 6:1, Matthew 6:2, Isaiah 32:9, Amos 4:1, Amos 8:6, Luke 16:25, James 5:1) and ‘ignore the plight of those oppressed by such wicked’ (Amos 3:9, Proverbs 31:8 – 9, Isaiah 1:17, Isaiah 10:1, Micah 6:8) in order to ‘keep their popularity’ and ‘make money (prosperity, blessings) in the Name of God’ (2 Corinthians 2:17, 1 Thessalonians 2:4, 2 Peter 2:3, 2 Corinthians 4:2).
They also do ‘charity works’ (just like their enemies or even ‘gangsters’ too) as 2 Corinthians 11:13 – 15 reveals. Please don’t be deceived by ‘charity works’ as ‘almost everyone else does it as well’ (even you and I). Remember,
‘Pretense of good is the Greatest Evil (2 Corinthians 11:13 – 15)’ – Anonymous
Please notice this carefully:
Almost all false prophets NEVER speak up AGAINST RICH oppressors because ‘they love money and wish to be friends with the rich’.
Who is the wolf in sheep’s clothing?
A Verse for this Identification:
“I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;” (Acts 20:29, NASB)
“not sparing the flock” = means many things, for example ‘false prophets’ or WOLVES will DEVOUR the SHEEP, i.e. they ‘live luxuriously from the sheep’s money by collecting that money in the name of God’ and ‘make long prayers’ just like the Pharisees of the past (Verse below). Can you see it?
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 23:14, NASB)
Or this Verse too:
“There is a conspiracy of her prophets in her midst like a roaring lion tearing the prey. They have devoured lives; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in the midst of her.” (Ezekiel 22:25, NASB)
P/S: Scripture is fulfilled regardless
“MANY false prophets will arise and will mislead MANY.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:11, NASB)
These are ‘such rulers’:
“Your rulers are rebels And companions of thieves; Everyone loves a bribe And chases after rewards. They do not defend the orphan, Nor does the widow’s plea come before them.” (Isaiah 1:23, NASB)
“Woe to the rebellious children,” declares the LORD, “Who execute a plan, but not Mine, And make an alliance, but not of My Spirit, In order to add sin to sin;” (Isaiah 30:1, NASB)
“I have spread out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, Who walk in the way which is not good, following their own thoughts,” (Isaiah 65:2, NASB)
“They are fat, they are sleek, They also excel in deeds of wickedness; They do not plead the cause, The cause of the orphan, that they may prosper; And they do not defend the rights of the poor.” (Jeremiah 5:28, NASB)
“Son of man, you live in the midst of the rebellious house, who have eyes to see but do not see, ears to hear but do not hear; for they are a rebellious house.” (Ezekiel 12:2, NASB)
Such ‘rulers’ and ‘believers’ will be under this ‘ancient CURSED state’ (easy identification):
“O My people! Their oppressors are children, And women rule over them. O My people! Those who guide you lead you astray And confuse the direction of your paths.” (Isaiah 3:12, NASB)
Please don’t be deceived with ‘their claims’ with NO Verses saying that. Isn’t it obvious?
‘If these Verses do not describe you, then good for you’ – Anonymous
Remember this Prophecy when He Returns:
“It will come about at that time That I will search Jerusalem with lamps, And I will punish the men Who are stagnant in spirit, Who say in their hearts, ‘The LORD will not do good or evil!” (Zephaniah 1:12, NASB)
Here’s a Deep Truth:
“Listen, O heavens, and hear, O earth; For the LORD speaks, “Sons I have reared and brought up, But they have revolted against Me.” (Isaiah 1:2, NASB)
Our role includes this (the real spiritual warfare has NOTHING to do with ‘fighting in the flesh’ against other men, as Ephesians 6:12 reveals that our struggle is NOT against ‘flesh and blood’ [other humans] but toward ‘false teachings’ – Can you see it too?):
“We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,” – apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 10:5, NASB)
‘Being kind toward evil is being unkind toward good; we only need to speak up against evil, not kill them’ – Anonymous
How does a Proper Doctrine Sound with regards to the RESURRECTION to LIFE —> HOPE toward both the WICKED and RIGHTEOUS —> Preaching according to the LAW and PROPHETS too? Example Verses (It’s really DEEP if you ‘understand’ the words found in these Consecutive Verses – Context, in regards to this aspect):
“But this I admit to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect I do serve the God of our fathers, believing everything that is in accordance with the LAW and that is WRITTEN in the PROPHETS; having a HOPE in God, which these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a RESURRECTION of BOTH the RIGHTEOUS and the WICKED. “In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a BLAMELESS CONSCIENCE both before GOD and before MEN. ” – apostle Paul (Acts 24:14 – 16, NASB)
So, the above Verses clearly reveal that only by preaching a Resurrection HOPE toward both the WICKED and GOOD, we have a CLEAR CONSCIENCE – Isn’t it Amazingly Irrefutable with Holy Scripture above? Preaching anything else amounts to their CONSCIENCE being SEARED as it is Written that:
“by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron,” (1 Timothy 4:2, NASB)
If you wish to prove that ‘preaching eternal Hell’ keeps a clear conscience, here’s the challenge: Can you quote a Verse (like the above) where the HOPE for a Resurrection of Life is ONLY toward believers or a Verse where the phrase’eternal Hell’ or ‘Hope only toward believers’ is Written in the same Sentence with the word ‘Conscience’? You can’t, can you?
By the way, the Immediate Context of 1 Timothy 4:2, and not out of context) —> links the ‘conscience’ to believing God as Savior of both ALL MEN and BELIEVERS (1 Timothy 4:10, written just a few Verses later) —> in that God WILL HAVE ALL MEN to be SAVED (1 Timothy 2:4 – KJV, post afterlife Judgments too, implied in James 2:13, Romans 11:32) —> and as Priests of God, believers are supposed to GIVE THANKS to God on behalf of ALL MEN for SAVING ALL MEN EVENTUALLY (implied in Consecutive Verses from the Same Inspired Letter, Irrefutable Context in 1 Timothy 2:1 with 1 Timothy 2:4 – KJV, 1 Timothy 2:6 and 1 Timothy 4:10 – isn’t it obvious?) —-> in its OWN TIMES (1 Timothy 2:6, Acts 3:21, Ephesians 1:9 – 10) at the ENDS of the AGES when His Ransom Applies to them to ‘put away sin’ (Hebrews 9:26) till ‘sin ceases to exist’ (John 1:29) from ALL CREATION (Romans 8:22) in the WHOLE WORLD too eventually (1 John 2:2, Romans 8:20 – 21) as the GOSPEL means this toward the END (Mark 16:15, Revelation 21:5, 1 Corinthians 15:24 – 28) even Reconciliation toward the thirsty ones from the Lake of Fire too eventually (implied in Revelation 22:17, Colossians 1:16 with Colossians 1:20).
Truly, God Alone is Good if you understand it because He Still Chooses to SAVE the WORLD when He Can just Choose to torture us eternally or annihilate us to non-existence (1 John 4:14, John 3:17). Please let that sink in.
Example of a post discussing this Resurrection Hope toward the wicked too – part, please consider the following posts for edification (with VERSES for ‘each claim made’):
1) Saviour of the World – God Will Save ALL Men eventually First
2) Angry Forever? Who?
3) HOPE – means Raised to LIFE and not some to an eternal Hell
4) Sound Doctrine – Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour of All Men – Savior KING
5) Salvation of All Men post Afterlife Judgments? – Must be Saved
6) Hell is Real
7) Atheism is Hopelessness
8) ALL are eventually SAVED
9) Bread of Life – toward Believers only or the World also, Eventually?
10) Christmas Mystery – Magi of the East
11) Gehenna – Is Salvation possible from Gehenna?
12) Swedenborg vs Sadhu Sundar Singh – Visions of Hell and Heaven
13) Saviour of the World – God Will Save ALL Men eventually First
14) Antinomianism – Christian Liberals
15) Earth Problems – Who are the illegal immigrants?
16) LOVE – Discovering Love – What is the Width and Depth of LOVE?
17) Faith of Jesus Christ vs our faith in Jesus Christ. Which is it?
18) Souls – Lost Souls?
19) Heaven and Hell – Visions & Real Visits – Knowing in PARTS
20) Ransom for Many or All?
21) Jokes in Theology – Was Paul a Universalist?
22) Sheep ONLY?
23) Son of God
24) Afterlife Judgment – to the Final Great White Throne of Judgment
25) Friend of His Enemies — Best Friend = Lord Jesus Christ
26) Agape Unfailing and Unending – True and Relentless LOVE of God – toward ALL MEN in Holy Scripture
27) Age to Come – Life
28) Ages of the Ages or Forever and Ever – Authority in Greek?
29) Secrets of the Gospel being Preached to the Dead
30) All things Beautiful in the Ends of the Ages
Much more in Website, please click on the ‘tags’ —> ‘theology’ and ‘reason’ to see more if interested, thank you.
A Bonus: Trinity – Is Trinity True?
Thank you for reading and Peace to you!