Shepherds are mentioned many times in God's Word. From Abel early on to Amos the prophet and figuratively, Christ Himself. Sheep are one of the more helpless creations in the world. A flock needs a shepherd to guide, protect, and take care of them. Special tenderness was need for the young ones.
The shepherd's equipment usually consists of a robe of sheepskin, pouch for food and naturally a staff with a crook that served as a weapon and a tool to manage the sheep. Let's turn to God's word and find out who protects the sheep and who does not.John 10:1-2
A shepherd always watches over the flock at the door when he brings in the flock at the end of the day. The thief would have to find another way to the flock to steal sheep.
A flock know their shepherds voice because he is always talking to the sheep and guiding them to pasture. Never get ahead of Christ in doing His will or youre going to fail. He understands what we go through in this world doing His will.
Gods elect are very familiar with His voice and know a strangers voice immediately and will not follow. For instance the strange voice or saying of the "fly away" doctrine. Satan will appear as antichrist and speak similarly.
The disciples didnt quite catch on that Jesus spoke of Himself as the shepherd here.
If you are one of the ten virgins that run out of truth or oil this same door will be closed to you.
False christs came before and they will come afterwards. Many came claiming to be men of God and still do today.
Have you found green pasture in His word? Its the only place you will be fed.
Who is the Destroyer? Satan of course. We receive blessings and life abundantly in Christ.
Theres only one chief or good shepherd. Jesus gave His life upon the cross for the sheep, us. That being accomplished that He might destroy death, that is the devil (Heb. 2:14).
A hireling does something for money only. A pastor shoud teach for the love of the Word.
The hireling cares for himself and not the sheepfold.
Many shall come into the fold when salvation is opened for all after the crucifixion. It being only available for Israel at this before the crucifixion.
Shepherds are also called pastors and prophets in Gods Word. The word "pastor" come from the word "pasture". A pastor should feed the sheep meat not milk. Lets go to Jeremiah and find out what God says about the pastors who dont do what they should.
The so-called pastors don't feed the people with God's word, but rather the traditions of man. The flock leave because they are not fed the meat and become lost. Driven away by beggars to keep their "church" going. This won't be tolerated when God gets a hold of these false pastors. Judgment begins at the house of God (1 Pet 4:17).
God will again bring those lost sheep of Israel back to their proper tribes and people and they will prosper. You don't have to wait until His return you can be prosperous today if you absorb the wisdom in His word.
Who are these shepherds? They are God's elect and they will teach His people in the millennium (Ezek. 44:23).
There is a shepherd coming that is even worse than all the false ones put together. The "idol shepherd", antichrist. Just like he tried to tempt Christ with scripture.
This shepherd will take advantage of and consume in deception the spiritually dead. Those who do not know God's word or the first one that appears is claiming to be Jesus is the false shepherd.
This idol shepherd will leave the innocent flock desolate, for he is the Desolator spoken of by Daniel the prophet. Your arms are your strength. Antichrist's strength dried up and his eye darkened means his one world system will be destroyed at Christ's second coming. Your eyes are the mirror to the soul and his eye is dark because their is no light in him.
As there are two morning stars, so there are two shepherds. There is the fake and the true or good. Can you distinguish between their voices? Satan knows the scriptures and he will use it to deceive the world just as he tried with Jesus. He will look and sound like Jesus, look like the lamb slain but speak as a dragon (Rev. 13). Study God's word and be familiar with it. Don't allow some pre-trib rapture to cloud your spiritual eyes. It is a lie of Satan and he will use it to the fullest.
Never forget the LORD is your shepherd and no other. Do not be deceived by the idol shepherd.
Written by Phil Najera
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