MESSAGE FOR THE WEEK OF 01-19-20
YOU WILL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUITS
Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
This declaration is spoken by JESUS CHRIST in the book of Matthew chapter seven in The LORD GOD’S Word. He is not only addressing His disciples, but He is also addressing the multitudes that followed Him. The warning that LORD JESUS provides during this teaching is a timeless lesson and is certainly relevant for everyone today because this lesson concerns what we all should be aware of when testing the false prophets.
There is nothing new under the sun, including wickedness and deception. Sin began in heaven when Lucifer, now Satan, and one-third of the angels rebelled against The LORD GOD. This is why everyone will go to heaven for their judgment and then there will be a new heaven and a new earth, because of the existence of sin. Lucifer attempted to lift himself up so he would be equal with The LORD GOD. For this sin, the devil and one-third of the angels were cast out of heaven. Satan is considered the father of lies and can pose as an angel of light, so deception is certainly in his repertoire.
In John 8:44 JESUS CHRIST addresses those that did not believe in HIm: Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. 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.
In Isaiah 14:12-14 GOD’S Word states: How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Folks, from the time the devil was cast out of heaven to the earth he began his ministry of deception when the serpent allowed itself to be possessed by him and was used as a vessel to deceive the woman in the garden. In the book of Genesis chapter three the serpent, influenced by Satan, used his wickedness to place doubt into the woman’s mind and she chose to listen to what the deceiver said, rather than stand firm on the truth The LORD GOD, their Creator, had provided the woman and her husband, Adam.
In Genesis 3:4-5 GOD’S Word states: And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Eve used her free-will choice to listen to the deception of the devil because he scratched her itching ears. This is what is going on today with all of the false prophets and hirelings that are focused on power and prosperity, rather than feeding the flock like JESUS CHRIST, our GOOD SHEPHERD, did when He walked the earth during His ministry. The devil knows his time is short and will attempt to influence and pervert anyone that he can. He knows that he can never be forgiven and hates man, whom The LORD GOD lovingly created in His image. Through the grace of ALMIGHTY GOD, we have been blessed with JESUS CHRIST, The LORD’S only-begotten Son, who freely died on the cross for our sins and arose from the dead on the third day, sits at the right hand of GOD The FATHER, and will return someday for His Church. We who freely choose to repent of our sins and are baptized (fully immersed in the water as JESUS CHRIST did), and follow JESUS CHRIST have forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life. Those who reject JESUS CHRIST will be condemned to an eternity in the lake of fire with Satan and his angels.
Folks, there are many false prophets that have infiltrated themselves into our mainstream society and have allowed themselves to be influenced by the father of lies, and not The HOLY SPIRIT! They have formed mega-churches and provide elaborate entertainment with an empty and twisted message that has nothing to do with The LORD GOD’S Word. They are not feeding the flock, but deceiving the flock! They are using their popular influences and charms to entice many to follow them and their false doctrines. Some names that come to mind are Joel Osteen, Kanye West, Joseph Prince, the Pope, and Hillsong “church” to name just a few of the many false prophets. As LORD JESUS warns us in Matthew chapter seven, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them”.
These false prophets are focused on themselves and their own agenda. They are focused on prosperity and power. They are adding to and taking from The LORD GOD’S Word. They have perverted the very idea of the true church, which is The Body of Christ. JESUS CHRIST was not focused on Himself and His own agenda. He was totally obedient to The FATHER and His divine plan. He was not focused on power and worldly riches. He preached the complete Word of GOD and had no desire to scratch itching ears. He desired to share The GOOD NEWS with others and bring them to a place of repentance. He did not desire to entertain the multitudes, but save them. This seems like the complete opposite of the false prophets that have infected our society with their poison of deception and rotten fruits.
In Matthew 7:15 JESUS states: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
The LORD GOD has provided us with His precious Word, the Holy Bible, as our life manual. Every answer to every question you will ever have can be answered within the pages of this wonderful gift to us from The LORD GOD. JESUS CHRIST is called the Word Made Flesh, which means every word on every page of the bible is GOD-BREATHED and inspired by The HOLY SPIRIT. In the book of John 1:1 GOD’S Word states: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
In John 6:51 JESUS states: I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
JESUS CHRIST is speaking of a personal relationship with Him when we repent of our sins, turn away from them and are baptized as JESUS was baptized, and believe that JESUS CHRIST is our LORD and SAVIOR. Once we are saved we are declared a child of The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY and need to completely commit our lives to following JESUS CHRIST. This involves constant communion with The LORD in prayer and studying our bibles, The Living Bread. Just like in the natural we need food and water to sustain our physical bodies, we need JESUS CHRIST, our Living Bread, to sustain our souls. If we are void of this in our lives, we will die spiritually.
Matthew 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Matthew 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
Folks, these false prophets are posing as angels of light and many are deceived by their slick, polished, well-marketed campaigns of darkness. Just because they are attractive, successful, well-dressed, wealthy, and have a feel-good message does not mean this is the best thing for you. We are warned by JESUS CHRIST to try the spirits to see if they are of God. In 1 John 4:1 GOD’S Word states: Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 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.
We are warned about the falling away of the church which has become so perverted and divided it is a total disgrace! There is only one true church and that is The Body of Christ. It does not mean combining different faiths such as “Chrislam”. You cannot mix truth and lies together and expect it to work. You either believe in JESUS CHRIST or you believe in a false god, such as allah, or buddah. In the Old Testament, The LORD GOD corrected His people, the Israelites, many times because they went after false gods and attempted to mix heathenism with true worship of the ONE TRUE GOD. There are “religious” leaders attempting to form a one-world church right now. These are the wolves in sheep’s clothing that LORD JESUS CHRIST has warned us about. We all need to be diligent and stay in constant communion with The LORD GOD who is not the author of confusion like these false prophets have proven themselves to be!
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Sound familiar? Refer to the above-referenced Scripture of Isaiah chapter fourteen, verses twelve through fourteen. This is an example of bearing evil fruit that will not benefit anyone that desires to be saved. Folks, be diligent and train up your children in the knowledge of JESUS CHRIST. In Proverbs 22:6 GOD’S Word states: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Don’t fall prey to the false prophets who desire to deceive you and prosper themselves because they are worldly. Have ears to hear the only truth that exists and that truth is in the Holy Bible. In Matthew 11:15 JESUS states: He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Remember that JESUS CHRIST is the ONLY way to salvation and there is no other pathway to GOD The FATHER, no matter what Oprah says! In John 14:6 JESUS states: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Follow the leading and guiding of The HOLY SPIRIT who will teach you all things. In John 14:26 LORD JESUS states: But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Don’t rely on the false prophets, the latest fake “Christian” book, conference, or concert. These deceivers mix just enough of the truth with their twisted doctrine so people who are not fully grounded in The LORD GOD and His Word are easily deceived. This is what HIllsong “church” does and this is what Catholicism does as well, to name just two examples. Follow JESUS CHRIST and JESUS CHRIST alone and focus on totally committing your life to Him through your obedience to GOD The FATHER. You don’t want to be left behind and cast into eternal damnation as JESUS CHRIST warns us in the book of Matthew chapter seven, verses 21 through 23:
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.
I pray in the Name of JESUS CHRIST that anyone reading this message considers this a warning from The LORD GOD and takes heed. In the Name of JESUS CHRIST, I pray. Amen!