My Sheep Hear My Voice
by George Kirkpatrick
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
The twenty-third Psalm begins, "The Lord is my Shepherd." If the Lord is our Shepherd, then we must be His sheep. Throughout God's Word, references are made which describe God's people as His flock. To understand why God uses sheep as the example of His flock, we must understand the nature of sheep.
Let's look at some of the characteristics of the sheep. There are many different colors of sheep, the same as there are many different colors of man - - - and all these different colors of man make up the Father's flock.
When God created the sheep, He gave them no defense mechanism, as He did many other of His creation. For example, the elephant, hippo, and rhinoceros, because of their size and bulk which makes it impossible for them to be attacked, have no natural enemies except man, who wish to destroy them purely for sport to fill their trophy rooms. In the big cat family, the lion, tiger, cheetah, and panther are fleet of foot. God gave them speed to escape their enemies. God gave the smaller animals burrows, where they can escape their enemies underground. To the birds, God gave flight. The eagle flies the highest, and has keen eyesight in which to hunt its food.
But sheep must totally depend upon their shepherd for their protection. How like God's flock. We must depend totally upon our Shepherd for our protection. Many who are called by His name, think they must arm themselves to defend themselves in the days ahead when chaos will reign. Peter warned all who will heed God's Word:
"But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters." I Peter 4:15
Those who arm themselves with the intention of defending themselves, already have murder in their heart. And they are not depending on their Shepherd, Christ Jesus for their protection. Those who arm themselves should ask themselves who they are going to depend on when they run out of ammunition, or who they are going to depend on when someone comes along who has a bigger gun, or whose weapon will shoot faster than their's.
Those who depend on their own strength and ability are not part of God's flock. They are like the wild beast kingdom who depend on their own abilities to defend themselves, instead of depending totally upon the Shepherd of the flock for their defense.
Jesus gives us an example of how God cares for His flock:
"How think ye? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth He not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the moutains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?" Matthew 18:12
God is speaking about His hundred fold flock. In order to understand this, we must look at the Parable of the Sower. Jesus explained this parable to His disciples:
"But he that received seed into the good ground is He that heareth the Word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty." Matthew 13:23
The Word of God that fell on good ground brought forth an hundred fold. In some, it brought forth sixty fold, and in others it only brought forth thirty fold. In order to make reference to these three realms, we must look at Moses' Tabernacle and Solomon's Temple. Both these structures display these three realms:
The thirty-fold realm is the Outer Court Realm. There is no covering (Holy Spirit) in this realm. This describes the organized church system who only depend on their form religion.
The sixty-fold realm is the Holy Place Realm. This describes the Pentecostal Realm. These have a covering, but are satisfied with their emotional worship and good feelings, and have no desire to go on into the hundred fold realm beyond the veil.
The hundred fold realm is the Holy of Holies Realm where the Ark of the Covenant and the Mercy Seat are. The Mercy Seat is where God meets with man. This is the overcoming realm of God. This is where the inheritors of God's Kingdom reside.
As Jesus explains, if one of these go astray, He will leave the ninety and nine to go after the one who was lead astray from the truth of God's Word.
All are looking for the return of Jesus, but He will not return until His hundred fold flock is complete. He will keep looking for the ones who have been lead astray by the organized church system until His hundred fold flock is complete.
"And if so be that He find it, verily I say unto you, He rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray." Matthew 18:13
When the Shepherd finds the one who went astray, He rejoices more for the one, than He does the ninety and nine, because when He finds the one who went astray, then He will have His hundred fold flock that He gave His life for. Jesus continues:
"Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish." Matthew 18:14
It is not the Father's will that one of the least in His Kingdom should perish. These make up His hundred fold flock. Paul revealed these in his letter to the church at Rome:
"For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Morevover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified." Romans 8:29-30
God has predestined His hundred fold flock to be conformed into the image of His Son. Those He predestined are His brothers. These He has called, justified, and glorified because they have passed through the veil, and have met Him face to face at the Mercy Seat. God is still looking for the one who will complete His hundred fold flock.
The Bible speaks of three different animals that have to do with the Lord's flock: the sheep, the goats, and the wolves. As we look at the different characteristics of the goat and the wolf, it becomes clear how each affect God's flock. Jesus went to great length to explain who His sheep are. John recorded Jesus' words:
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber." John 10:1
To understand what and where God's sheepfold is, we must look again at Moses' Tabernacle:
The gate is the entrance to the outer court.
The door is the entrance to the Holy Place,
and the veil is the entrance to the Holy of Holies.
Herein, you have the three divisions of God's people:
and the elect
The Outer court saints are God's called
The Holy Place saints are God's chosen
and the Holy of Holies saints are His elect
Those who enter the door (the holy place realm) are part of God's sheepfold. To enter the door, we must receive an anointing, and a change of garments. This anointing is the firstfruit anointing, and the garment we must change into is our robe of righteousness.
Those who try to enter in at the door into the Holy Place without this anointing and change of garments are thieves and robbers.
"But He that entereth in by the door is the Shepherd of the sheep. To Him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear His voice: and He calleth His own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when He putteth forth his own sheep, He goeth before them, and the sheep follow Him: for they know His voice." John 10:2-4
God calls His sheep by their names, and leads them out. What is God leading them out of? He is leading them out of their religious confusion, and the influences of the world. These become separated totally unto Him. And they follow Him because they know His voice."
"And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from Him: for they know not the voice of strangers." John 10:5
God's chosen will not follow a stranger, or one with a strange message - - - because by the anointing, God's sheep will recognize truth from error - - - and they will flee from those who are not teaching the truth. Jesus continues His explanation of who God's sheep are:
"Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before Me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, He shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. I am the Good Shepherd: the Good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep." John 10:7-10
Jesus is the only entrance into the Holy Place. All that ever came before Him were thieves and robbers. This includes all the religious systems that were in existence when Jesus came to earth, and all the religious systems since that time. Those who listen to their religious systems are being robbed by the thieves who have taken the place of their relationship with the True Shepherd.
The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but Jesus came to set man free, so He can live the abundant life. Those who live the abundant life, live the life of Christ. Jesus came to give us this way of life, and as Peter related:
" . . . Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps." I Peter 2:21
Only when we follow the steps of Jesus, our Good Shepherd, can we live the abundant life - - - because we will be pleasing in the Father's sight. The church system teaches the abundant life is when we desire all the things of the world. But Jesus told us to get all of these things out of our life, did He not? Our example did exactly that! At His death, all He owned was the robe He was buried in.
Jesus gave us His life as our example, and His sheep follow His example. Jesus continues:
"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me." John 10:27
It should be plain that those who do not know His voice are not His sheep. The only voice most who are called by His name recognize is the voice coming from the pulpit. Many of the pulpits in the organized church system are occupied by strangers; and because the people have no anointing, they remain there. But when one receives the anointing as the Father has promised, he will flee and no longer receive the false doctrine of the stranger, John 10:5. The prophet Jeremiah spoke of strangers coming into the Lord's sanctuaries:
"We are confounded, because we have heard reproach: shame hath covered our faces: for strangers are come into the sanctuaries of the LORD'S house." Jeremiah 51:51
The word confounded means "to be ashamed." Many who call themselves 'Christian' are ashamed of the Lord's name and His Word. Outside the church and on their job, it is hard to tell them from every other employee. Their speech is like the world's, they laugh at the dirty jokes, and their lifestyles are like the world. This is because when they use the name of Jesus, they suffer reproach (scorn), so they become ashamed of the name of Christ.
"Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels." Mark 8:38
When God comes with His angels in all His glory, He will be ashamed of those who are called by His name. Truly, strangers have come into the sanctuary of the Lord's house, both in the pulpits and in the pews.
The next animal we need to look at is the goat. To understand the goats in the flock, we need to look at some ancient facts. When it came time to slaughter the sheep, they used a goat to lead them to the slaughter. This goat was called the 'judas goat'. He would go before the flock, to lead them into the slaughter pens. The prophet Jeremiah explained this process:
"And I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams with he goats." Jeremiah 51:50
So who are the goats in the flock who lead the sheep to their spiritual death? As Jesus stated, the Good Shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But then He speaks of another kind of shepherd:
"But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep." John 10:12
The hireling are the goats in the flock. These are the seminary trained pastors who only look at the ministry as a way to make a living. Their only reason for ministry is to be lifted up, admired, and cared for. These do not care for the flock - - - and when they see trouble coming, or a better offer, then they flee the flock - - - not caring what happens to the sheep.
The denominational orders play musical chairs with their ordained goats. They send in a newly graduated goat into the small flock to see how he or she does. If he or she suits their program, and teaches their precepts and doctrines, they will transfer them to a bigger church, with a higher salary, and more benefits. This process continues year after year. These hirelings continue to leave the flocks, because as John explains:
"The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep." John 10:13
The hireling does not care for the flock. He only cares that his own needs are met, and that he has proper housing, a good salary, and a good retirement program with plenty of benefits. And as John explains, the wolf is allowed to come in, and scatter the flock. The prophet Ezekiel prophesied:
"My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, My flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them." Ezekiel 34:6
God's people have been left to wander through all the mountains and every high hill. These mountains and high hills consist of the multitude of opulent, grandious churches who advertise their bigness and greatness. God's people wander from one of these churches to another, looking for the true Word of God. But the goats continue to lead them down the road of spiritual slaughter. Ezekiel explains how these hireling goats have treated God's Word:
"And as for My flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet." Ezekiel 34:19
These hirelings give the flock what they have trodden under their feet to eat. In other words, they teach what they have been told to teach. Many of these hireling pastors get their messages in the mail, or from a Christian book store. Because they have no Spiritual insight in what they teach, their messages fall as crumbs to the floor, to be trodden under foot - - - and the flock goes their way, starving for the true Word of God.
These hireling pastors expect the flock to drink that which they have fouled with their feet. These have polluted the water of the Word. Ezekiel continues:
"Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the Word of the Lord; As I live, saith the Lord God, surely because My flock became a prey, and My flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did My shepherds search for My flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not My flock;" Ezekiel 34:7-8
God's flock has become a prey for these hireling pastors, and for every beast of the field. These hirelings who have not dealt with their beast nature feed themselves, and not the flock.
"Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the Word of the Lord; 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." Ezekiel 34:9-10
There is a day coming when God will deal with these churches and their hireling goats who lead God's flock to their spiritual slaughter house. Be assured of one thing, as Paul explained to Timothy in his second letter:
"Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." II Timothy 2:19
God knows them who are His, because they have departed (or fled) from iniquity. These are those who have wandered from the mountains and high hills of religious confusion, but have a heart for God. Ezekiel explains what God will do for His sheep:
"For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search My sheep, and seek them out. 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." Ezekiel 34:11-12
God is going to search out His sheep wherever they have been scattered. This is going to come about in a cloudy and dark day. When is this cloudly and dark day revealed to Ezekiel? The prophet Joel declares this cloudy and dark day to all who will hear:
"Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness, and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations." Joel 2:1-2
That day of darkness and gloominess is the beginning of God's soon coming wrath on an ungodly world, and upon the organized church system - - - because as Peter has informed us, God's judgment must begin at the house of God, I Peter 4:17.
This is when God will set free His sheep who have been held captive. And He will deal harshly with the goats (hirelings). This is the day Jesus is going to separate the sheep from the goats who have taken His sheep captive.
"And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left." Matthew 25:32-33
This is the day when He shall gather His sheep out of all nations. He will set His sheep on His right hand, and the goats on the left.
"Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:" Matthew 25:34
God speaks to His sheep who are to inherit the Kingdom which was prepared for them from the foundation of the world.
God did not inform us what will happen to the goats. All we know is they will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
Ezekiel continues His revelation of what God will do for His sheep:
"And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country." Ezekiel 34:13
God is going to gather His people, and give them their inheritance. Jesus spoke of this time of gathering to His disciples:
"And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." Matthew 24:31
This gathering will take place at the sounding of the last trumpet, Revelation 10:7. This is when God will gather His elect, His one hundred fold flock, from one end of heaven to the other. So when will this gathering take place?
"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:" Matthew 24:29
God is going to gather His flock immediately after the tribulation (the wrath, the judgment of God). Those who believe they will be whisked away before the tribulation have a rude awakening coming. Those who have not prepared their lives to be the Shepherd's elect sheep will totally miss the time of this great gathering.
Ezekiel continues to explain to those who will be part of this coming together of God's elect:
"I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel." Ezekiel 34:14
God will feed His sheep in good pasture. Everything they need will be provided. Ezekiel explains this will be on the high mountains of Israel. Ezekiel did not mean that small strip of land along the Mediterranean. The high mountains of Israel is Mount Zion. Any place God's people are gathered is Israel. The Psalmist Asaph explained this to all who would read and understand:
"Remember Thy congregation, which Thou hast purchased of old; the rod of Thine inheritance, which Thou hast redeemed; this Mount Zion, wherein Thou hast dwelt." Psalm 74:2
Asaph speaks of God's congregation, or His true church. He speaks of those who were purchased of old, or those who were predestined before the foundation of the world, Romans 8:29. These are God's inheritance, His redeemed. These are God's Mount Zion, where He will dwell. Joel also spoke of this Mount Zion:
"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of hte Lord shall be delivered: for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call." Joel 2:32
Deliverance is for God's remnant, whom the Lord shall call. This deliverance is for Mount Zion who dwell in Jerusalem (the true place of worship). As Ezekiel related, they shall lie in a good fold, and they shall be fed in a fat pasture upon the mountains of Israel." Ezekiel 34:14.
How could anyone read this, and not think of the twenty-third Psalm?
"The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters." Psalm 23:1 & 2
Ezekiel concludes with this revelation:
"I will feed My flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord. God. I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment." Ezekiel 34:15-16
God has promised to take care of the remnant of His people. He is going to seek out all those which the hireling goats have driven away, and all those who have been wounded by the church system with all their precepts and doctrines of men. He is going to bind up their wounded spirits. He is going to strengthen those who are sick at heart, who believe they have been forsaken by those who were supposed to love them..
But what will happen to the fat (those who live in luxury) and the strong (those who are lifted up in pride)? God has promised He will destroy these in His judgment. The prophet Zechariah also reveals what God will do with the goats that stand in the pulpits:
"Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for the Lord of hosts hath visited His flock, the house of Judah, and hath made them as His goodly horse in the battle." Zechariah 10:3
Zechariah informs us, God is against the goat shepherds who care nothing for the flock. Their only purpose is to maintain numbers, so they can be sure their needs are met, and so they can make a good show to the their denominational headquarters.
Zechariah speaks of the house of Judah. Judah are the people of praise, and God has visited this people who are a praise unto His name.
And as Zechariah revealed, God will make these as a goodly horse in the battle. A goodly horse displays strength to face the enemy without fear during the battle. Today the battle rages between good and evil. God is looking for a people who have the ability to face the evil without fear because they know God is their strength and their protection.
This is the mighty army spoken of by Joel, " . . . a strong people, set in battle array . . ." Joel 2:5. This is a strong people ready for the battle of the ages, with Christ as their head. This is God's shining army riding upon white horses of purity and innocence. These are those who have escaped the hireling church system headed by goats who care nothing for the sheep. What a great day of slaughter His elect will witness!
The next animal that affects the flock is the wolf. The wolf is the symbol of false ministries and divisiveness. Today the church is full of false ministries and divisiveness. These false ministries come up with all kinds of gimmicks and programs to get the people to give to their contrived causes, with promises of great return, if the sheep support these programs.
When Paul was ready to depart from Ephesus, he called the elders together whom he had ordained. Listen to Paul's words of wisdom to these elders:
"Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock." Acts 20:28-29
Paul related, it was the overseers (elders) job to feed the sheep which God had purchased with His own blood. God's Word speaks this same message to the leaders of the church today. The shepherds are to feed or take care of the flock, but many who have been set over the sheep today believe it is alright to fleece the flock to make sure their own needs are met. What was God's warning to the elders of the church?
"For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock." Acts 20:29
These wolves come in among the elders, and the flock is not spared. These wolves in leadership devour the flock. But Paul's warning does not stop there:
"Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them." Acts 20:30
Those in leadership rise up, speaking perverse things to draw disciples unto themselves - - - or, to split the church. `Lord knows we have seen enough of this'! These wolves who split the church go down the street and start another false ministry with the disciples they have drawn away, but they do not realize the spirit of division goes right along with them. And other wolves will rise up and split their ill-conceived works.
Paul revealed these wolves speak perverse things. The word perverse means "to distort, to oppose, to plot against, to turn aside from the right path, and to corrupt." These wolves have their own agenda, and that is to get a following so they can, again, fleece the flock so that their own needs are met.
Jesus also warns us about the wolves that enter into the flock:
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." Matthew 7:15
False prophets! What are false prophets? False prophets are "ones who act the part of a divinely inspired prophet, but utter falsehoods under the name of divine prophecies." These false prophets come in sheep's clothing. They look, act, and talk like the sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves there to devour the flock. They speak as divinely, inspired prophets, but their words are false.
Ezekiel warns the church of today about these false prophets who come in sheep's clothing:
"Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the Word of the Lord;
Thus saith the Lord God; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!" Ezekiel 13:2-3
These false prophets prophesy out of their own hearts (or minds). Ezekiel tells us these foolish prophets follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing.
How can we recognize these false prophets? The only way these false prophets can be recognized is by God's Word and the Spirit of discernment. If we do not know the Word, and do not have the Spirit of discernment, then the ravening wolves will devour the flock of God.
Jesus gives us a clue so we can recognize false prophets. Mark records Jesus' warning:
"For false christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the very elect. But take heed: behold, I have foretold you all things." Mark 13:22-23
Jesus knew these false christs and false prophets would arise in the last days, and show mighty signs and wonders, to seduce even the very elect.
Then Jesus continues. He informs us that He has foretold us all things. Where did He foretell us all things? He has foretold us all things in the Old Testament, and by His own words in the New Testament. So any prophet who does not speak what is contained in God's Word is a false prophet.
But as Jesus declared, these false prophets will not be able to deceive the elect. Why? It is because the elect know God's Word, and have the Spirit of discernment.
The all-wise Solomon gives us insight concerning the wolves who enter into the flock in sheep's clothing:
"These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him:" Proverbs 6:16
Solomon explains there are six things the Lord hates, and the seventh is an abomination unto Him. Let's look at these seven things the Lord hates:
"A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood." Proverbs 6:17
1 A proud look
This is someone who is high and lifted up in self, thinking themselves better than the rest.
2 A lying tongue
God hates liars. God explained to John on the Isle of Patmos that all liars will find their place in the lake of fire.
3 Those who shed innocent blood
This does not mean they have killed someone. What it does mean, is they agree with abortion. The unborn is the most innocent blood. In the days of King Manassah, God made the proclamation that He would not forgive the shedding of innocent blood, II Kings 24:4.
Solomon continues his explanation of the things God hates:
"A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief." Proverbs 6:18
4 An heart that devises wicked imaginations
God hates the heart (mind) that devises wicked imaginations. Those who desire to draw disciples after themselves, steal the sheep from another pastor. Others cause strife and contention to bring disorder.
5 Feet that are swift to run to mischief
The word mischief is the Hebrew word RAH and means "to be disagreeable, vicious in disposition, one who is evil in thought and deed." These are those who are always on the opposite side of an issue, and their temper is shown whenever their words are questioned.
Solomon continues to show us the things God hates:
"A false witness that speaketh lies, and He that soweth discord among brethren." Proverbs 6:19
6 A false witness that speaketh lies
God hates false witnesses who speak lies to demean someone's character. These are deceitful, and generally justify self, trying to lift up self by running down others.
7 Sowing discord among the brethren
As Solomon relates, the seventh thing is an abomination unto the Lord. And this detestable thing is sowing discord among the brethren.
These are those who speak against, and demean those God has set to be overseers of the flock of God. These are not above lying to achieve their goals of divisiveness. God, Himself, will deal with those who are an abomination to Him.
These are the wolves who come in to divide the flock. These wolves display the things God hates. They are proud, have a lying tongue, agree with those who shed innocent blood, devise wicked imaginations, feet swift to cause mischief, false witnesses who speak lies - - - and through all of these they add to their sins by sowing discard among the brethren. Solomon explains what will become of these wolves in sheep's clothing:
"Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy." Proverbs 6:15
Calamity is going to come suddenly on these wolves in sheep's clothing, and they will be broken without remedy - - - or, their destruction will come, and nothing will save them. They will have made their choices.
But God has a people, as Paul revealed to the church at Rome:
"For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren." Romans 8:29
These are God's flock, and these sheep know His voice, and they will not follow another.
God's flock has been ravaged, divided, and devoured by wolves and goats who have stolen the flock's Spiritual inheritance. The prophet Jeremiah speaks of the day in which we live, and gives us a promise of God's plan for His sheep:
"Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture! saith the Lord. Therefore, thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed My people; Ye have scattered My flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord.
And I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord." Jeremiah 23:1-4
What a day God has promised for His people who hear His voice and do His will. What is God's promise to those who hear His voice and do His will? John, the beloved, makes it plain, so no one can misunderstand what God is going to do for those who have separated themselves from the goats and the wolves:
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are My friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you." John 15:13-14
Jesus laid down His life for His sheep, and the only way we can become His friends is by being obedient to whatever His voice commands us. What a wonderful promise He makes to His friends:
"Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what His Lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of My Father I have made known unto you." John 15:15
Whatever the Father speaks, He will make known to His friends. We can know tomorrow, if we know His voice, and come into total obedience to His voice.
"Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it you." John 15:16
We have been chosen and predestined from the foundation of the world to bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. And God has promised, whatsoever His friends ask of Him in the name of Jesus, He will give it to them.
All these wonderful promises are made to those who know His voice and are obedient to His Word. Praise the Lord!
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