Saturday, September 27, 2014

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets "

 Jesus lamented over Jerusalem and said: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! {38} See! Your house is left to you desolate." (Matthew 23:37-38 NKJV).

Jesus uttered with great emotion the words: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her!"

Let’s look at a few passages where it talks about persecuting and killing the prophets: "And the LORD God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy" (2 Chronicles 36:15-16 NKJV). God's wrath is the inevitable result of people's determined refusal to obey God.

"Nevertheless they were disobedient And rebelled against You, Cast Your law behind their backs And killed Your prophets, who testified against them To turn them to Yourself; And they worked great provocations" (Nehemiah 9:26 NKJV). When men hate the message, many times they kill the messengers. In the Old Testament the messengers of God were the prophets and the rebellious people killed the prophets. In the New Testament the greatest messenger was God’s only Son, Jesus Christ, and the rebellious religious leaders managed to have Him beaten, crucified an killed.

Jesus exclaimed: "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, 'If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers' guilt" (Matthew 23:29-32 NKJV).

The Jewish leaders were scrupulous about maintaining the traditions of their fathers. Jesus said they succeeded well in killing God's messengers, just as their ancestors persecuted and killed prophets, so they were about to bring the tradition to its ultimate fulfillment by rejecting and killing Jesus, the greatest Prophet, the anointed Messiah who came to fulfill prophecy and provide God's promised salvation.

Jesus loved Jerusalem. He wanted to be it’s protector, just like a mother hen which gathers her chicks under her wings but they were not willing! (Matthew 23:37-38). The religious hierarchy of Jerusalem claimed loyalty to Scripture yet had a history of killing the authors of Scripture. They hated Jesus and sought to take His life.

God has sent prophets to The Church (Jerusalem) in this eleventh hour to warn them from making money and position an Idol before them. They have cut them off and blacklisted them from among their pulpits. Only those who bear their 'mark' (licence & right hand of fellowship)  are allowed to 'buy or sell' among them. The prophets are destroyed by lies and false accusations that metaphorically beheads them for preaching the truth and not denying the Lord's message to the leaders to repent and turn from the love of mammon and come out of Mystery Babylon. 

The prophets must be like Nathan and fear not to preach to leadership to repent and humble themselves, turn from their wicked ways, that God would hear their prayers and heal the land!

 "Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem' See!... Your house is left to you desolate." (Abomination that makes desolate)

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