“Why won’t you hear this message on Sunday morning?” I asked the Seer. He had mentioned in passing the day before, that chapter 23 in Jeremiah would never serve as a text for a pastor.
The Seer looked at me as if needing to see a sufficient amount of sincerity in the question. And seeing it, he said, “It is not because the words are unintelligible. The word from the LORD (Yahweh) that the prophet Jeremiah wrote down is extremely clear, brought to us in a very simple unadorned style of English. When the Spirit says, ‘Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith Yahweh,’ the words are straightforward and plain.”
“But why won’t they preach it.”
“It’s because the message is not for God’s sheep in the pews but for the pastors, preachers, and priests themselves. It is a woe pronounced on them by the God they say they are serving!”
“No wonder they won’t go there.”
“They are not about to. Remember when our Master, the Anointed One Himself, said, ‘By your words you are justified and by your words you are condemned’”?
“If they preach this message, their words will fall like a sword of judgement upon their own necks.”
“Why? What is God’s beef with them?”
The Seer opened the front of the cast iron wood heater, exposing the bright orange coals that lay pulsating in the bottom. He stirred the coals with a rod of iron, picked up two four inch logs and threw them in. Shutting the door, he said, “In order to understand the message to the pastors, we need to know just who their congegrants are. For God’s controversy with them has to do with how they have done His people in the pews. For, you see, God has a chosen people. They are the descendants of the twelve sons of the patriarch Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel. He was the grandson of Abraham and the son of the patriarch Isaac. The offspring of his twelve sons grew into twelve tribes and became the great 12-tribed Kingdom of Israel under King David and Solomon.
“But they split into two different kingdoms around 975 B.C.–the Kingdom of Judah with two of the tribes–Judah and Benjamin–at Jerusalem and the Kingdom of Israel made up of the other ten tribes with Samaria as their capital. Later in c. 721 B.C. the Kingdom of Israel was carried away captive into Assyria and lost their identity as the children of Israel and God’s chosen people. These are the “Lost Sheep of the House of Israel” that Christ (Yahshua) said He was sent to, and that the apostles wrote to in James 1:1, Hebrews, and Acts 9: 15. The citizens of the Kingdom of Judah came to be called “Jews” over a hundred years later (II Kings). They were led captive into Babylon around 600 B.C. It is the way the religious leaders over the centuries have treated these people that God is angry about.”
“Are you talking about the Jews?”
“No, the Jews are not the ‘Lost Sheep of the House of Israel.’ Think about it for a minute. The Jews were never ‘lost.’ They have always been known and recognized wherever they have gone. And they came from only the two tribes and not the ten tribes of the Kingdom of Israel.”
Now the Seer really had me. “So who are these lost sheep of the House of Israel?” I asked.
“Studying the prophecies given over the 12 tribes by Jacob/Israel and Moses in Genesis and Deuteronomy, the only nations that can fulfill them are the countries of Western Europe, the British Isles and their ex-colonies, and the USA. No other countries can measure up to the overwhelming blessings given to them in scripture. The Master said, “You will know a tree by its fruit. And so it is with nations and prophecies.”
“So, God’s problem with the pastors concerns their relationship with the peoples you have just mentioned?”
“Exactly. Without the background and back story, the message to the pastors in Jeremiah 23 will not be understood by the unenlightened.”
“So, what does Yahweh have against the pastors of His people?”
“You have scattered my flock, driven them away, and not visited them” (v. 2). Yahweh holds them responsible for what has happened to His flock. How are they responsible? They have prophesied lies to the people. They have taught them after the imaginations of their own hearts and they have not heard from God. They have taught false doctrines [v. 16]. They tell the people that no evil will come upon them; they will be raptured out before the endtime bad things start to happen–the fall of the one world system. But that is a lie.
“In fact, when a scripture does not agree with what they have been taught in seminary, they try to explain it away. Like this very chapter. They will say, ‘Oh, this was written for Jeremiah’s day, 2,600 years ago. That is ancient history and not for our day.” But that very thought is one of the lies God warns us of in the chapter. And He goes on in verse 20 and tells us that this message against the pastors is for our very day! For ‘in the latter days you shall consider it perfectly.’ And we all know that the ‘latter days’ are the last of the “last days.” That should not need much explanation.
“So God has a huge beef, a vehement controversy with all pastors, priests, preachers, and so-called prophets, and all those who claim that they have heard from God and speak for Him. Better have the truth and no false doctrines. And God really let’s His thoughts against them be known in this chapter. This is why you won’t hear this preached anywhere. It is too convicting.” [To be continued]