Woe! Woe! Woe!
by George Kirkpatrick
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There are at least 98 woes pronounced in God's Word upon fallen man. The word woe means "a passionate cry of grief and despair." The Lord puts it another way - - - that is of weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth. Let's begin to search and seek for the woes in Scripture, that we might know with certainty those things we must repent of so that we do not come short of the glory of God.
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" Isaiah 5:20
God pronounced woe, grief, and despair on those who call evil, good - - - and good, evil. We hear this everyday on the news when the announcers justify the Moslems and call them holy! To them, the Moslem religion is just another religion like Christianity. These have put darkness for light and light for darkness. God says woe unto them. They will stand before His judgment seat without excuse.
"Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!" Isaiah 5:21
The word wise means "skillful in technical work, administration, shrewd, craft, cunning, wily." This reminds us of man today who has become so smart, so self-sufficient He does not need, nor want God fooling with his life.
The word prudent means "to understand with the mind." Many will say I don't believe what I can not understand. If man cannot figure it out, then he does not want anything to do with it.
"Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed;" Isaiah 10:1
A decree is a law. I think of the executive orders given by the Presidents which are unrighteous decrees because they break the law to make a law. The Supreme Court, who is supposed to interpret the Constitution, make laws outside the Constitution. The Abortion Law is an example. I would hate to be a Supreme Court justice who has legalized the murder of millions of unborn children.
They declared life does not begin until the child is born. Yet Scott Peterson is facing murder charges for killing his wife and their unborn son.
God's judgment fell upon Judah because of the sins of Manassah, the King of Judah:
"Surely at the commandment of the Lord came this upon Judah, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he did; and also for the innocent blood that he shed for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the Lord would not pardon." II Kings 24:3-4
God will not forgive the shedding of innocent blood. There is no more innocent blood, then the blood of the unborn.
Isaiah stated, "Woe to them who write grievousness they have prescribed." When the lawmakers make laws that become grievous to the people, then woe unto them. Laws that prohibit the use of man's natural abilities and the use of his natural resources are grievous laws. Many such laws have been passed and those who gave their "yea" to these laws will suffer God's wrath unless they repent.
"Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin:" Isaiah 30:1
Isaiah is speaking to the rebellious children. We are told in God's Word to seek wise counsel. Wise counsel comes from the Lord and His righteous people, yet the rebellious children seek counsel from the world.
"Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience." Ephesians 5:6
Those who seek counsel of the world are children of disobedience, and they can expect the wrath of God. These have a covering, but it is not God's Spirit that is covering them. What covering do they have? It is the spirit of religion.
Isaiah declares these children of disobedience add sin to sin - - - or their sin continues to build up in the sight of God. To these also, God declares woe, grief, and despair.
"Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope." Isaiah 5:18
Woe to them who draw iniquity with cords of vanity. This includes, not only those who drag their sins behind them, but also those who will not forgive themselves for the wrong they have done.
The word iniquity in this Scripture means "fault, guilt, depravity." When one pulls his guilt and faults around after themselves, they never grow in the Lord.
Isaiah also speaks of cords of vanity which means "to attach yourself to things that have no profit in your life." Things that should be left behind are towed along, so when one wants to feel sorry for themselves or have a pity party, then they have brought the means with them. They pull their old sin around as if they had a rope on a cart or wagon so it is always with them. You can do nothing about your past or your past mistakes, so cut them away and forget them. God has. God declares:
"I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins." Isaiah 43:25
"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Isaiah 1:18
The Lord no longer remembers your sin, and He has made them white as snow - - - or, He has completely forgiven and forgotten our sin. So why don't we?
"The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! For they have rewarded evil unto themselves." Isaiah 3:9
Today there is no shame. The sins of Sodom or Sodomites are an abomination to God. Yet there are Sodomites (homosexual) churches. Their countenance doth witness against them. You can tell a homosexual by looking at them. They declare their sin. They flaunt their sin. They are proud to be an abomination to God. Isaiah declares, "Woe to their souls". They have rewarded evil to themselves. Their judgment is sure.
The prophet Jeremiah declared:
"Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture! saith the Lord." Jeremiah 23:1
Who are the pastors that destroy and scatter God's sheep? It is the denominational church systems. They declare they are the only church. All other churches are not of God, and one shouldn't fellowship with another denomination. Jeremiah states, "Woe unto them, 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." Jeremiah 23:2
God's judgment hand is set against their evil doing. These pastors and teachers have robbed God's people of their inheritance. As Isaiah declared:
"But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore." Isaiah 42:22
God's people are trapped in their prison houses of the denominational systems. They have been robbed and spoiled. The message of restoration is not heard in the church. But Jeremiah gives us hope:
"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 23:3-4
God is going to gather those who have a heart toward Him and set teachers over them to teach His ways. God's people will be fruitful and increase in the knowledge of God. They will no more be dismayed (scared, broken, and terrified).
One of the big problems Jesus had was the organized religious systems with the Sadducees, Pharisees, and Herodians.
"But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the Kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in." Matthew 23:13
Jesus pronounced woe on the scribes and Pharisees because they shut up the Kingdom of God against (or before) men. The Kingdom of God is not taught in the church system - - - only dying and going to heaven. There are no overcoming, victorious messages at all. These pastors will not be part of the Kingdom, and they will keep the people from entering in because of their man made doctrines and teachings.
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation." Matthew 23:14
They devour widows' houses. A widow is one without a husband. The Catholics charge large sums of money for praying for the dead. They only care to have their needs met. They care nothing for the people. Jesus said they will receive greater damnation. Denomination and damnation sound a lot alike.
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves." Matthew 23:15
All the religious systems proselyte, trying to convert people to think the way they think. When they send out missionaries they are only allowed to teach their man-made doctrines. Baptists beget Baptists, Methodists beget Methodists, Pentecostals beget Pentecostals, etc, etc, etc. Jesus stated they make the people twofold the child of hell that they are themselves.
"Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!" Matthew 23:16
Blind guides who say those who sware by the temple is nothing, but who sware by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor. This speaks of the prosperity messages that teach all who believe will become wealthy. The more wealth you have, the more blessed you are of God. The only problem with this teaching is I have never seen a happy or content millionaire. Nor have I ever met a rich person who has enough. And yet the prosperity message continues in the church.
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone." Matthew 23:23
Many today tithe because when they do they know they invoke God's blessings. But they have omitted the law of God in their lives. God's law is His whole Bible. They may follow the commandment to tithe, but they forget other parts of His Word. Judgment, mercy, and faith - - - these are the more weightier part of the law.
The churches do not teach God's judgment. If they did the people would leave the church. They also leave out mercy. They may teach the mercy of God, but what about showing mercy to each other?
And faith - - - who do you have your faith in? Your job, your paycheck, the government, friends, family - - - Where is your faith?
Are we like the scribes and Pharisees who have their faith in their religious orders? Jesus called those who follow their religious orders, hypocrites.
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess." Matthew 23:25
Jesus stated the scribes and Pharisees clean up the outside, but what is on the inside? People may look good, act good, and talk good, but what is on the inside? I know a man who always wears a suit. When I asked him about this, he says he wants to look his best before God. Yet this man is full of anger and has a rebellious spirit. God does not look at our outside, He looks upon the heart.
We have this example when Samuel came to Jesse's house to choose a king.
"And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord's anointed is before him. But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." I Samuel 16:6-7
The Lord told Samuel not to look upon Eliab's countenance, his looks, his appearance, or his height. Samuel had anointed Saul, who stood head and shoulders above all Israel, yet he was a rotten king. Samuel was about to make the same mistake with Eliab as he had with Saul, but God told Samuel He did not look on the outward appearance, He looked upon the heart of man. Jesus also said He looked on the inside, not the long robes of the Sadducees and Pharisees. Jesus continues with the same thought:
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness." Matthew 23:27
Jesus told them they were like a white-washed tomb. They looked good on the outside, but were full of dead bones and uncleanness on the inside. They were spiritually dead and unclean throughout. How does God view the religious system today?
"Woe unto the world because of offences! For it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man whom the offence cometh!" Matthew 18:7
Woe unto the world because of offences or stumbling blocks. Today there are many stumbling blocks put in our way by the world. Jesus said, Woe to the man who puts stumbling blocks in the paths of His people.
Jesus revealed to John on the Isle of Patmos of the time directly ahead:
"Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhibitors of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time." Revelation 12:12
Woe to those who inhabit the earth because of the devil's wrath. I believe God is going to turn satan loose to bring about His wrath.
"And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and lo, a roll of a book was therein; And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe." Ezekiel 2:9-10
Moreover He said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. And He said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness." Ezekiel 3:1-3
The little book Ezekiel was to eat was full of lamentations, mournings, and woe. It was sweet in his mouth like honey. John was also shown an angel with this small book in his hand:
"And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings." Revelation 10:9-11
The little book is the book of Revelation. I believe John is still prophesying before many nations, tongues, and people through what Jesus gave him to write in the little book.
But God's people are not being taught what is in the little book. They are only taught the precepts and doctrines of men. Isaiah spoke of the people who sit in church pews today:
"Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:" Isaiah 30:10
God gave Ezekiel an order to go to the house of Israel:
"And he said unto me, Son of man, go get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak My words unto them. But the house of Israel will not hearken unto me: for they will not hearken unto me for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted. As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house." Ezekiel 3:4 & 7 & 9
The prophet has no place in the church system today, unless they prophesy good things to the people. The church has truly become impudent (self-willed) and hard-hearted. As Isaiah said, they would rather hear a lie, then believe the truth.
It takes a hard headed people to teach the little book and not give up because of the harassment they must take. It would be easy to quit and give up, but it would be woe unto us if we did.
"Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks?" Ezekiel 34:2
We have fed the flock, and are still feeding the flock through our books. The people have been warned and if they or we do not heed the warning, woe to them and us. What can they or us expect? Grief and despair.
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