Where Are The Pharisees

“Ye shall be betrayed both by parents and brethren, and kinsfolk's, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death, and ye shall be hated of all men for my name’ s sake. Luke 21:16-17

that they will deliver them unto death. that they will deliver them unto death. But hasn’t it always been so? Cain slew Able, Esau hated Jacob, Ishmael slew Able, Esau hated Jacob, Ishmael wars with Isaac even until today! David fled at the persecution of an apostate Saul. Stephen was condemned by the religious counsel, and stoned by the offended mob. Jesus was put to death by God’s nominals, not the heathen. Rome had no grudge with Christ: Pilate sought to let him go perceiving that he was delivered to him by the Jews for “Envies sake”. The Holy Ghost tells us through Paul: tells us through Paul:“But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.” Galatians 4:29

Paul goes on to say his own life shows a pattern to all who will believe. “And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.” Philippians 1:28-30 To study the life of Paul, or any of the apostles for that matter, shows us great insight into the Spirit- filled Christian life: Peril!

In Perils Among False Brethren

“This know also , that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural
affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” II Timothy 3:1-5

One of the most amazing points of this scripture is the fifth verse. After this whole list of transgressions you would assume the Holy Ghost is talking about the church of satan, but he’s not (though he is), He’s telling us of the state of the last days church! “Having a form of godliness” but they don’t really know God or his Word. “For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts.” II Timothy 3:6

These will creep in: slither, sneak, disguised as Christians, but are only nominals. These will destroy whole assemblies as their sinful ways and views are fausted on whole congregations, leading them away from the Truth of God, into the error of the wicked and apostate. By these bold and arrogant accusers of God’s true people, many will be destroyed. You see, their lusts and affections were never crucified, but instead took over. Now masked by religious Christianeese, the devil gleefully uses them to destroy God’s people.

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” Romans 16:17-18

Jesus, our risen Lord, affectionately refers to these as “The synagogue of satan,” in Revelation 2:9 and 3:9, warning us of their works and promising us that their defeat is inevitable. The overcomer who will keep the faith of God without wavering, will someday rejoice in their overthrow.

God instructed me some time ago, very explicitly, that he wanted me to do three things without fail. These three I will pass on to you who have an ear to hear him. He said “I don’t want you to fear, I don’t want you to
compromise, and I don’t want you to conform.” God instructed me and I give them to you, in charge before God. In no way are we to be in fear of, compromise with, or conform to this false form of religion in any way! “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4

You see, the devil has a whole counterfeit church system: False prophets, false apostles, false Christ's, false teachers, false preachers, false doctrines, false traditions, false worship, false anointings, false revivals, false unity, false bibles, false gods, false gifts, false spirits and a demonic trinity complete with satan as the father, his antichrist and his unholy antichrist spirit. These are greatly at work in the world today and even prevailing! Though there is a show of religion these really don’t know Jesus at all and in the end their iniquity will take them to hell! “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7: 21-23

The Beginning Of Sorrows Perhaps one of the most telling and appropriate prophetic utterances for this generation of believers is Matthew chapter 24. In it we read the signs our Lord himself said would be those telltale of the end of the world and his return. These signs have been systematically fulfilled before our eyes. Deception is the greatest characteristic of our day. It runs so rampant through our world, our government and our churches that the truth has never seemed so elusive. Wars, ethnic wars, plagues, famines, pestilence, earth quakes, bizarre and destructive weather patterns, nations and economies in severe distress, while mockers and scoffers saying “It’s always been this way” lull the ignorant into perilous
sleep. But the truth is these signs, as common as the newspaper itself, tell us most urgently of our need to be ready to meet Jesus.

“All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you. And you shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many betray one another and shall hate one another”. Matthew 24: 8-10

God tells us not to retaliate, but to suffer being defrauded and defamed. We who know the judge and fear him do most solemnly know the seriousness of their sin before him. “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: For it is written, vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” Romans 12:19

The world may view this as weakness and so may much of the church. But in this the strength of God is made manifest. Your accuser my brother, my sister, doesn’t know God. Pity them and forgive them their blind wickedness, even as Jesus our Lord has done. For consider him [Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith] that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest you be wearied and faint in your minds.” Hebrews 12:2

The true Spirit-filled Christian life is fraught with opposition and tribulation. So Rejoice!

What Is A Pharisee?

The Pharisees were the strongest sect of religion in Jesus’ time and were essentially the ruling class priests of their day. According to Jesus, these are vipers whose religion and tradition make them blind to who God really is. So set in their form of godliness that they could not receive Jesus, they set about to persecute, trouble, trip up, and ultimately, kill Jesus and his followers. All the while thinking they were doing God a favor! The true children of God were interrogated, pursued, beaten, rejected, mocked, dragged before the courts of Rome and finally executed by these religious zealots. They stirred up mobs of unbelievers against God’s anointed by slandering God’s people to make themselves seem so right. Their well– woven stories convinced the simple and the ungodly to attack and hate the true Christians! “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” John 1:10-12 They had rejected Jesus and denied that power, that miracle wonder- working power of God, which transforms us into children of God! Instead, they remain un-repentant children of satan. They continue to this day in some form of religion completely outside of God, as do many others. The Sadducees, for example, were another religious sect at that time. These, like the Pharisees, a very strait sect, fierce in its tradition, but this group did not believe in angels or spirits or resurrection. “These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.” Jude 1:19 cannot be seen or carnally reasoned cannot be seen or carnally reasoned in their own scope of understanding. Armed with psychology and common sense, they reason away God himself, seeking for a ‘normal’ life and scoffing at the call of the cross: to deny ourselves and our lives to follow Jesus. These rejected Jesus because his kingdom was not seen. His promise is for a world to come to those who walk in fellowship with a Spirit they cannot see in hope of resurrection after death. Sadly, these will never “see” that resurrection either.

The Lawyers were those who handled the law and predominately made serving God impossible. These possess an endless stream of knowledge about God, with intent to separate man from God. Yet, sorely lack the knowledge of God which draws men closer to God. Hypocrites which make a doldrum and a chore of what should be the most liberating and joyful experience of a persons life. Yet they themselves neither have a relationship with God nor live by their own rigorous standard. “The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.” Jeremiah 2:8

The Scribes were the writers, the teachers and instructors of the various sects. These were a powerless breed of instructors who, like today, had such doctrinal indigestion from all the sectarian theology that they could put forth no definite instruction to the people. “And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.” Mark 1:22

Veritably poisoned by all the conflicting opinions and politics of the day, the authority of God’s Word faded, giving way to speculation, vain knowledge and pointless doctrinal arguing. Puffed up in knowledge, God’s character is lost to the senseless, powerless, drivel of this bunch.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…” John 1:1, 14a

Jesus! The embodiment of God’s Word. The image of God, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, was manifest to the world, and yet the Scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees and Lawyers who were supposedly waiting for his arrival rejected him! Those who supposedly handled God’s Word and were familiar with his oracles and prophets, couldn’t recognize God himself, even though he stood and spoke to them face to face! As a matter of fact, they hated him! They resented his instruction, envied his adoration by the people, dispelled his miracles, despised his correction, found fault with his followers, excommunicated those whose lives he touched and, finally, killed him. Then went on to stone, whip, persecute and murder his followers and those he sent to them.

“Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and “Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.” Matthew 22:29 You see, the reason for their error and persecution of God and his children was because they didn’t know God! Oh, they knew religion and tradition, but could not see God nor hear his words. To this day the “Pharisees” do not know the voice of God and when someone speaks for him, to bring reproof, correction, admonishment, exhortation, or liberation, their lips curl and their blood boils with rage, because their father satan does know the voice of God and he hates God! The true voice of God and his doctrine is totally alien to these people.“But if our Gospel be hid it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the God of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” II Corinthians 4:3- 4

Many millions of people today wear the name of Christ. Many denominations claim to be “Christian”. Many religions claim to have Christ at the helm. But sadly, very, very, very few really know him. Jesus didn’t come to give us a perfect order of service or a perfect creed to recite or a better way. But he came to give us what we truly need: God! A living, walking, talking, relationship with the Giver of Life himself, by his Spirit which he gladly gives to those who ask and keep his word. It’s been many years since I surrendered my life to him and fewer years since I sacrificed my religion, refusing to settle for anything short of a relationship with this God I read about. I entered into a glorious relationship with the real God and fellowship with Jesus his Son. And that, my friend, is God’s will, and eternal life, that we should know Him. The “Pharisees” are alive and well today in the congregations of the saints. They dress the same, talk the same, and act the same as other religious folk, but they don’t know God. The day is coming when these will be made manifest for what they are. “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth:” II Timothy 3:7-8a

Counterfeit Gospels! Jannes and Jambres were the sorcerers who (like Simon, in Acts 8: 9-11) had bewitched all of Egypt and held in captivity both Egyptian and Jew alike with their religious pomp and sorceries. But the key is: How did they resist Moses? When Moses cast his staff down and it became a serpent, so did they cast their staffs down. When Moses turned water to blood, so did they. With every display of God, these produced similar miracles to deceive and continue to resist the truth of God. So it is today in the church. The gospel of Jesus Christ is one of deliverance, but the church has psychology. The gospel is a gospel of healing, but the church goes to physicians. The gospel is one of binding up broken hearts, but the church has support groups and counseling. The gospel is good news of repentance and reconciliation, the church has liars who omit repentance and hold doctrines which numb our conviction over sin. The gospel is one of provision, but the church has money managers, prosperity seminars, and positive-confession speakers. The gospel is one of overcoming faith, but the church has retreats and pity parties. Jannes and Jambres are at the helm, until this day, of a bewitched and feeble nominal Christian system. Malnourished by covetous negligent pastors, the sheep now desperate, fall prey to every wind of doctrine and are tossed to and fro from false revival to false revival. Seeking some “anointing” they think will satisfy the emptiness in their soul, while heretics sell morsels of poison theology to the highest bidder. Oh dearly beloved, just turn to Jesus. He satisfies! If you can sit comfortably in agreement and at home in most of today's so–called christian assemblies, you need most desperately to get saved! If you can watch hours of so-called christian television without being outraged, then you most desperately need to be saved! If you can thumb through pages of so-called christian magazines and not lament the marketing and merchandising, then you need desperately to be saved! If you can stomach the worldliness of so-called christian music or the lust of so-called christian movies or see a need for unedifying so-called christian entertainment, then you, friend need to meet Jesus and forsake all that distraction. If you wish you could kill me now then you are a Pharisee to this day, full of your father, the devil. I tell you, because I love you. Many, many, many professing Christians today neither have the Holy Ghost nor the true gospel, but are deceived by satan the prince of false religions! Beloved, these days are evil and time is short and the church is asleep. I’ve tried being nice, I’ve tried being polite, I’ve tried being inoffensive, but God is looking for men, women and children who will not compromise him or his Word, and will speak out for him in these last days. Our state as the body of Christ stinks. We need to repent of our foolish ways and return to the God of our salvation. “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men” Matthew 5:13

God wants us to be that salt of the earth: preserving souls, seasoning with grace and giving men a true thirst for God. Take the time to ask him to truly make himself real to you and he will. God has so much more than a lukewarm, normal life for those of us who are willing and obedient to his Word and Holy call.


Truly he waits for us!


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