“And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.” (Luke 22:2)
The Pharisee of the days of Jesus were, in many respects, as the so-called elites of our day are, they had assumed a form of power and were not about to give it up. Not all of them of course, but even those that believed that the Messiah had arrived in their midst feared being cast out of the temple, along with most of the people. In their minds that possibility meant being cast away from the presence of God. “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24)
The Pharisee’s held the greatest power and they were not about to give it up. They attempted first to defame Him in many ways, belittling Him in the eyes of the people, if at all possible, but when they found that was impossible, killing Him was the only recourse. But for some reason none of them, as far as we are told, attempted to do this themselves, they did not hire assassins to find Him while He was sleeping, or place poison subtly in His food or drink, even in their rage they found themselves bound by the law.
Breaking it of course, bending it to their own desires, using pretenses of the security of the people from the Roman rulers, but nevertheless, the intent of their heart was not changed, they had achieved power over the masses, and they were not about to lose it. Sound familiar?
What we call the elites today have attained powers unheard of before, nearly the entire planet is in the control of a few people, food distribution, energy, transportation, nearly all of what is required for the continuation of life is held in the hands of a few. Many in the world have been able to recognize this similarity, though not in the manner written in this short letter, but they can easily see that money brings power, and the greatest extent of that power is always over people.
The Pharisees wanted the obedience of the people, the elites are no different, power can only be obtained by willing obedience or force, and this type of power is always exerted by force.
If you are one of the elect of God, then nothing of what is occurring in our day is deceiving you, the diversions are easy to see, the deceptions that are beginning will be by the mercy of the Lord just as simple to comprehend, but you must recognize this, what is approaching cannot be stopped by any man, the end of the age of grace is before us, the Pharisees of our day will not relinquish their power. “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.” (Matt. 6:5)
You must feel pity for them, you must attempt to warn all that will listen, for they are deceived. “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” (2 Thess. 2:11)
When the Almighty parted the Red Sea, a strong wind blew all that night before that great event, before David and his men went into battle once, they were told to wait until they heard the rustling in the treetops, the coming of the Messiah had been foretold many times. The Lord always gives mankind ample warning before He begins to move. “So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.” (Luke 21:31)
We can see these things, and so can many of those that reside in the highest towers. The strong delusion will not appear instantaneously, it will arrive, and in my humble estimation has already begun, slowly, imperceptivity to those who have not been blessed with eyes to see or ears to hear. We who have been so blessed by the Lord of Glory can see quite clearly, we are not surprised by these days, nor have they taken us unaware.
I see quite often on many social media sites these words, “Jesus is coming back” in different ways, yet rarely do I see the way of escape offered. This does not really surprise me, but it does sadden me, for I wonder, those who place these words anonymously on the comment sections, are they repeating them to their neighbors, to those they love, to nearly all they meet? Or do they fear retribution?
Jesus stood face to face with those He knew were going to kill Him, and rarely in the manner that most would consider a loving way. Give the warning, be adamant about it, offer the means to escape the wrath of God to all who will listen. “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” (2 Tim. 4:2)
“And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” (Jude 1:23)