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Human Fallibility, Seriousness Of Being A Teacher, Scoffers, The Lord's Vessels, Jeremiah And Hananiah, Micaiah And False Prophets, Modern False Prophets, Accuser Of The Saints, His Word Endures, Moses And Other Examples Of Godly Humility
If there is one thing I would like to make clear to anyone who chooses to study my writings, it is that I recognize my own fallibility. I realize that I could be wrong about some things. This is particularly true regarding my personal understanding and interpretation of the Endtime prophecies. At this point in time, there are simply too many unknowns which prevent all of us from being overly adamant in some of our views concerning the final events which will soon bring this current age of man to a close. As much as we each would like to be right, and even now believe that we are right, we must humbly admit that until these things actually happen, we do not know with one hundred per cent certainty. Lord help me if I should ever boast that I know it all. To make such a preposterous claim would undoubtedly be the epitome of self-righteous pride. To teach the Word of God is a very serious responsibility which should not to be taken lightly by anyone; for as the Apostles Paul and James wrote in their Epistles:
". . . we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know."
1 Corinthians 8:1b-2, KJV
"My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation."
James 3:1, KJV
In the above verse, the word "masters" is derived from the Greek word "didaskalos", pronounced did-as'-kal-os, which actually means a teacher of God's Word. Due to some of the controversial and passionate topics which I have chosen to write about, my humility may not always be apparent in some of my articles; however, you should realize that to expose the lies and hypocrisy of the modern-day political, economic and religious systems of man requires a certain amount of personal conviction; and it does not indicate that one has denied or forgotten his own weaknesses and sinful condition. Let me assure you that I am most certainly fully aware of my status before the Lord. I am reminded of the following words spoken by King David and the Apostle James:
"Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me."
Psalms 51:2-3, KJV
"For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was."
James 1:23-24, KJV
Being a bearer of the Word of God is a two-edged sword; and sometimes the enemies of Christ try to soften the conviction they feel in their own hearts by using the one edge of that sword to try to invalidate what one of God's children is saying to them. The way they normally do this is by accusing the Lord's emissary of being proud, or self-righteous, or boastful, arrogant, hypocritical, judgmental, irrational, etc. These hard-hearted people feel that if they can make the messenger look bad enough, or silly enough, or perhaps uneducated and not in agreement with scientific "fact"; if they can simply ridicule him enough; it will neutralize the word of the Lord which the messenger is sharing with them. Tragically, they fail to realize that the person who is speaking to them is only serving as the Lord's vehicle. He is simply a vessel in the Hand of the Potter to be used as the Lord sees fit. Consider what the Apostle Paul wrote in several of his Epistles:
"Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?"
Romans 9:20-21, KJV
"Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God."
2 Corinthians 5:20, KJV
God can use whosoever He sees fit; and as I point out in "The Only Credentials You Need!", He usually chooses those who are least likely to meet with success in the eyes of the world. Throughout the Bible we find examples of God's chosen man of the hour being harassed and questioned by those who refuse to heed the warnings of the Lord. The basic attitude of these gainsayers always seems to be "By what right to you say these things to us? What makes you think that God sent you? God hasn't spoken to you!". Consider, for example, the Prophet Jeremiah, who for forty years faithfully warned the ancient Israelites to humbly submit themselves to the forces of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon. On one particular occasion, Satan raised up a false prophet by the name of Hananiah in order to contradict Jeremiah, and look what happened to him:
"Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke from off the prophet Jeremiah's neck, and brake it. And Hananiah spake in the presence of all the people, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Even so will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all nations within the space of two full years. And the prophet Jeremiah went his way . . . Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The LORD hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie. Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the LORD. So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month."
Jeremiah 28:10-11, 15-17, KJV
Shortly after the above event, the Lord further exposed the lies of the false prophets of Israel who dared to mock the true messenger of the Lord, when He again spoke through the mouth of the Prophet Jeremiah saying:
"For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the LORD."
Jeremiah 29:8-9, KJV
Later, when Jeremiah tried to warn the remaining Jews not to flee down into Egypt in order to escape the judgments of the Lord via the hand of the invading Babylonian forces, he was again accused of being a liar and a false prophet:
"And it came to pass, that when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking unto all the people all the words of the LORD their God, for which the LORD their God had sent him to them, even all these words, Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely: the LORD our God hath not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there:"
Jeremiah 43:1-2, KJV
As both the Bible and secular history indicate, the forces of King Nebuchadnezzar did indeed go into northern Africa in order to subdue Egypt and her allies. Another good example of God's true Prophet being maligned by the false prophets can be found in the story of King Ahab of Israel, and King Jehoshaphat of Judah. Evil King Ahab had determined to fight against Ben-hadad, the king of Syria whom he had defeated in battle on several previous occasions. Being a righteous king who feared the Lord, Jehoshaphat suggested that they inquire of the Lord first regarding the matter. Upon seeking counsel from about four hundred of Ahab's politically-correct false prophets, notice what they say to king:
"Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king."
1 Kings 22:6, KJV
Not being satisfied with their response, King Jehoshaphat made further inquiry. Ahab then informed Jehoshaphat that there was another Prophet by the name of Micaiah whom he didn't particularly care for, the reason being that he never prophesied anything good for the king:
"And Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might enquire of him? And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so."
1 Kings 22:7-8, KJV
The fact that Micaiah was a true Prophet of God was not the least bit important to King Ahab. He preferred to be lied to by his politically-correct false prophets. He had absolutely no interest in the truth because his mind was already made up. Regardless of what the Lord may have thought concerning the matter, Ahab was determined to go up and fight against Ben-hadad. At first, Micaiah was somewhat hesitant to reveal the truth, and thus he lied to the two kings; however, after being prodded by King Jehoshaphat, he finally told them that Ahab would be defeated and killed. King Ahab's response to this un nerving prophecy was the following:
"And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil?"
1 Kings 22:18, KJV
King Ahab's reaction is typical of some people today who likewise hate God's true messengers, and who accuse them of being false prophets of doom and destruction. These people also prefer to be lied to by their phony psychics and New Age false prophets and gurus who continue to promote the lies of peace and safety and human enhancement to a "feel good" materialistic society. Because they dare to speak the truth, God's messengers of today also face persecution and ridicule, just like Jeremiah, Micaiah and many other true Prophets of old. However, notice what the Apostle Paul wrote regarding the false prophets of the Endtime who prefer to lull everyone to sleep with their words of comfort and well-being:
"For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape."
1 Thessalonians 5:3, KJV
In fact, if we make another comparison to ancient Israel before Jerusalem was destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar, we discover that the people purposely wanted to be deceived by their political and religious leaders. Is it possible that a similar situation exists in the world today in a country which claims to be God's people? Notice the similarities between the words of the Prophet Jeremiah and the Apostle Paul:
"The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?"
Jeremiah 5:31, KJV
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."
2 Timothy 4:3-4, KJV
In the case of King Ahab, Micaiah then went on to reveal how the Lord had purposely sent a lying spirit to speak through the mouths of the four hundred false prophets. Why would the Lord do such a thing? Well, as the old saying goes, a man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still. The Lord knew that it was useless to try to change Ahab's mind. I am sure He could have if He had really wanted to, but that would have interfered with King Ahab's freedom of personal choice. Thus, just as the Lord had spoken through the mouth of the Prophet Isaiah many years before, He chose Ahab's delusion for him:
"I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not."
Isaiah 66:4, KJV
After being further abused for daring to speak the truth, just like the Prophet Jeremiah, Micaiah was also thrown into prison. In fulfillment of the words of the Lord's messenger, the story ends with King Ahab being slain in battle, thus verifying the status of Micaiah as a true Prophet of God. Not only was Ahab's blood lapped up by the dogs as it was washed from his chariot, but his evil wife, Queen Jezebel, was also eaten up by dogs a short time later. As I have pointed out before, the criteria for determining who is a true Prophet of God can be found in the following words spoken by Moses in the Book of Deuteronomy, as well as in those spoken by the Prophet Ezekiel some nine hundred years later:
"And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him."
Deuteronomy 18:21-22, KJV
"And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them."
Ezekiel 33:33, KJV
The stories of Jeremiah and Micaiah are just two examples of how God's true Prophets and Messengers have always been questioned, scoffed at, and vilified by those to whom they have been sent to warn. You might also be interested in reading the story of the Prophet Elijah and the four hundred and fifty false prophets of Baal, which is found just before the story of Micaiah. By the time of the New Testament, the self-righteous leaders of Israel had become so haughty and lifted up in their pride, that they thought it a small thing to question and accuse the very Son of God time and time again. Consider this classic example where Jesus left them totally speechless due to His quick thinking and Wisdom of the Spirit:
"And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority? And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet. And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things."
Matthew 21:23-27, KJV
In these Last Days in which we are now living, the situation has not changed. If anything, the devil has become much more bold and vicious in his accusations against the true Saints and Messengers of the Most High God; after all, as we are told by both Jesus and John, he is the Father of Lies and the Accuser of the Saints:
". . . He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."
John 8:44b, KJV
"And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night."
Revelation 12:10, KJV
Those who reject the vehicles whom the Lord has chosen to use in order to warn this final perverse generation, need to remember that they should not be looking at the messengers themselves, but rather they should be listening to the message that the messengers bear. These enemies of Christ can howl and scream and yell all they want. They can scoff at and ridicule the messenger, and debase and humiliate him in the company of their anti-God friends; but in the end, the Truth of the Word of God will indeed prevail; for as we are told in His Word:
"For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven . . . Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever."
Psalms 119:89, 160, KJV
"I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name."
Psalms 138:2, KJV
"God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?"
Numbers 23:19, KJV
"Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:"
Isaiah 46:9-10, KJV
I daresay that despite the way that some of them have been glorified and glamorized by modern organized religion, as well as by the cinematographic industry, all of the true Messengers of God since ancient times, were aware of their lowly condition. They were all conscious of the fact that it was only the anointing of God upon them which made them who and what they were. While we are told that Moses originally relied upon his own strength and wisdom in order to liberate the Hebrew captives from Egyptian bondage, after forty years of being molded in the Hands of God, we are told that he became the meekest man upon the face of the Earth. When the Lord called him through the burning bush, Moses did not want the job. In fact, he questioned how the Lord could possibly use him; and argued that the people would never believe him. He even argued that he was too slow of speech, which some people have interpreted as meaning that Moses stuttered. In short, Moses told the Lord to go and use someone else. All of this is clearly evident by the following verses:
"And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds. And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel. And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian: For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not."
Acts 7:22-25, KJV
"And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?"
Exodus 3:11, KJV
"And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee."
Exodus 4:1, KJV
"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."
Exodus 4:10, KJV
"And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send."
Exodus 4:13, KJV
"(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)"
Numbers 12:3, KJV
Despite Moses' pleadings, the Lord placed His anointing upon him, and used Moses to deliver the nation of Israel out of Egyptian bondage. In another example, we are told that the fiery Prophet Elijah fled from evil Queen Jezebel; despite the fact that he had just slain four hundred and fifty false prophets of Baal with the sword. In the First Book of the Kings, we find the following verses:
"And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. 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. 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." 1 Kings 19:1-3, KJV
John the Baptist, the Lord's flaming evangelist of the New Testament, also recognized that by himself he was nothing; and humbly bowed himself in submission once Jesus Christ had revealed Himself to the nation of Israel. Consider some of the things that he said regarding himself:
"I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:"
Matthew 3:11, KJV
"He must increase, but I must decrease."
John 3:30, KJV
Looking at another example, the Apostle Paul was clearly one of the most influential and powerful leaders of the First Century Church. Despite the important position which he occupied, Paul was quick to admit his human weaknesses and shortcomings. He readily recognized that without God's Divine Anointing upon him, he was absolutely nothing :
"For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God."
1 Corinthians 15:9, KJV
"For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible."
2 Corinthians 10:10, KJV
"O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?"
Romans 7:24, KJV
Despite their elevated position over humanity, we are told that even the Angels of God refuse to accept recognition, or to be worshipped by we humans. The following sets of verses are particularly useful for sharing with those of the Roman Catholic faith who have erroneously elevated Mary, the mother of Jesus, to the supposed status of "co-redemptress" or "mediatrix", thus making her almost equal to Jesus Christ Himself. I encourage you to read the article "Mary Worship, Christianity and Roman Catholicism":
"And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour? And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?"
Judges 13:17-18, KJV
"And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God."
Revelation 22:8-9, KJV
Finally, we look to our primary example of humility; that is, to Jesus Christ Himself; who also took upon Himself the lowly form of a servant, and who humbly admitted that He was nothing without the Power of His Father:
"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."
Matthew 11:29, KJV
"For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."
Mark 10:45, KJV
"I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me."
John 5:30, KJV
"So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them."
John 13:12-17, KJV
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:"
Philippians 2:5-7, KJV
In the second half of this article, I will continue this discussion by contrasting the differences between the humility of the Prophets and Messengers of the past and modern man worship, as well as by delving into such topics as the various sins of the Roman Catholic church, doctrinal dogmatism, flexibility and unity, the corruption of the Gospel, spoon-fed Christians, spiritual growth through faith in the Word, the faith of our children, and the faith of gold. I trust that you will join me.
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