After reading the last two posts something strange hit me. Looking at Ezekiel 34 from the last two posts it almost seems as if God is saying that He is going to take His people away from His Shepherds.
(Eze 34:10) Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.
That is a scary thought brethren especially when you see so many of us not really affiliated with any particular Shepherd/Pastor. Is God removing many of His people from the corporate organizations? Is this prophecied?
But the strangest part is what follows;
Eze 34:11 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.
Eze 34:12 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.
Now I realize that is speaking of national Israel during the early part of the Millennium after Christ has returned but we have all seen how prophecy is dual applying to both the physical and the Spiritual in different ways.
Notice several of things about this;
- It seems to be talking about a single day
- He is searching for His sheep that have been scattered.
- If He delivers them out of where they have been scattered doesn’t that mean that He is “gathering” them?
What seems strange to me is how this seems to relate to Luke 17: 20-37.
Those scriptures are also talking about a single day when Christ will be revealed.
(Luk 17:22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.
(Luk 17:29) But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
(Luk 17:30) Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
(Luk 17:31) In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.
The day talked about here in Luke 17 cannot be the resurrection. Because that happens in a split second, there will be no asking to get stuff from the house etc. If you continue reading you will see that people are being taken somewhere, being gathered together if you will.
Luk 17:32 Remember Lot’s wife.
Luk 17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
Luk 17:34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
Luk 17:35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Luk 17:36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Luk 17:37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.
So we see here that in a single day Christ is revealing himself to His people and gathering them together. Is that not what He said He would do? Taking His people away from the shepherds/ministers that have been mistreating them and scattering them on all the hills, and He will seek them out.
The is God and Christ taking His people from the various corporate groups and those who have already been scattered about and bring them to a place of safety.
In this scenario, the groups are not pertinent to what is happening. Christ is working with the individuals wherever they happen to be to wake them up, “Knocking on the door of their minds (Rev.3:20)” if you will to get them alert and ready for what is about to happen. He really is going to come knocking on your door one day and you will need to be ready to leave with Him to a place of safety or get left behind,
If we are not thinking about these things and readying our selves for it we will be looking back at our lives like Lot’s wife and lose out on our safety or like the virgin on Song of Solomon so asleep and making excuses so that by the time we answer He has already gone.
Son 5:2 I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.
Son 5:3 I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?
Son 5:4 My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.
Son 5:5 I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock.
Son 5:6 I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.
We have to ready to go without looking back at all. We have to be ready to open that door immediately otherwise we might well miss Him and have to go through the tribulation necessarily.
The bible does not lie. God is unhappy with how some of the ministry/shepherds have and are acting toward His sheep and because of that, He is going to take them away from the shepherds. This may well be what that scripture in Ezekiel 34 is pointing toward.