Jesus Warns Christian Leaders

Jesus warns Christian leaders and gives them end time instructions in a parable most have ignored.

Jesus Warns Christian Leaders

This is the third installment in the series “Why is the Rapture Debate Important?”

In the First Article, we examined whether one can take the Mark of the Beast and still be forgiven. We decided the answer was no.

In the Second Article, we discussed why the rapture debate is necessary and why Churchgoers with weak belief (as opposed to saving faith) are at risk of falling away. In that article we discussed the three parables Jesus told his disciples after delivering the Olivet Discourse, his teaching on the Tribulation and his return. These parables are Jesus’s primary instruction on how he wants his end time teaching applied.

This article concerns the first which is the Parable of the Head of the House, the Thief and the Master (Matt. 24:43-51), and it is primarily about Christian leaders who are represented by the character: the Head of the House.

Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? (Matt. 24:45)

As we can see the Head of the House is a faithful slave of his Master (Jesus) who put him in charge of the Master’s household while he is away. Who is the “head of the house” in modern Christianity? It would be the heads of ministries, churches, small groups and even families.

The Thief

The identity of the Master and the Head of the House are fairly easy to determine.  The identity of the thief is not. It is is either Jesus or Antichrist; and frankly, a good case could be made for either.

Jesus may claim to come “like a thief” or “as a thief, ” but Satan or the Antichrist is the thief.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. (John 10:10)

The claim that the thief is Jesus is based on his frequent statements that he will come like a thief or as a thief in the night. Also the passage about the thief is framed by two statements that we cannot determine the timing of Jesus’s return.

So either Jesus plays two roles in the parable (Master and Thief) or Satan is the thief. The meaning of the parable doesn’t change whichever identity we ascribe to the “thief” so I will continue with Antichrist as the thief. But I admit Jesus could have meant this character to represent himself, but it is more unlikely as we shall see shortly.

The Head of the House’s Neglect

Jesus’s primary point in the parable is  to show the importance of preparing for His return. It is important to also point out this this return CAN’T be a pretrib. rapture. After the return of Jesus on the clouds (Matt. 24:31), all the applications from that point on are referring to “THAT DAY” (Matt. 24:36) which is reference to that day Jesus comes on the clouds, not a pretrib. rapture that Jesus never mentioned.

But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.  For this reason you also must be ready. (Matt. 24:43-44)

Jesus teaches that IF the Head of the House (Christian leader) had known what time the thief (ANTICHRIST) was coming he would have been alert.  By being alert he would have prevented his house (MINISTRY) from being broken into.

How will the Antichrist break into ministries and what will he steal? He’ll steal the salvation of the those within the ministry, of course. The negligent Christian leader will not have prepared his flock and the Antichrist will take them by surprise. Those with “weak belief” as opposed to “saving faith” will fall away and worship the Antichrist rather than face persecution or starvation.

Jesus says it is for this very reason (avoiding apostasy) that our churches and ministries must be “ready.”  What does “ready” entail? Jesus explains in the next section.  But before He does, He mentions the uncertainty of his return again in the next passage.

For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will. (Matt. 24:44)

Jesus says he will return at a time that will surprise nearly everyone and those in apostasy won’t be able to repent.

Jesus’s Riddle

Jesus then demonstrates how to apply this teaching and be “ready.”  And he tells a riddle:

Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? (Matt. 24:45)

Jesus asks “who” this is. “Who is the faithful slave?” Here are the clues:

  1. He is a slave, and a faithful one
  2. He is put in charge of his master’s household
  3. He provides food for that household at the “appointed time”

Can you guess what Bible character fits these parameters? It’s JOSEPH! Potiphar put the slave, Joseph, in charge of his house and later Joseph fed all of Egypt with the grain that he stored away for the famine. So for Christian leaders to be “ready” for the 70th Week of Daniel, they need to be like Joseph. If you haven’t read any of my books, I’m sure this is a shock to you.

Being Joseph

Does this mean we are to store away food and be “preppers?” Actually, yes it does. In Matt. 24:7, Jesus specifically said there will be famines. The Antichrist will offer a solution to the famine in the form of the Mark of the Beast which is really no solution at all. As we saw in this article, taking the Mark of the Beast is an unforgivable sin.

Christian leaders whose ministries have a storehouse of food may be able to provide for their flock long enough for them to help the weak among them to avoid the Mark of the Beast. Will Jesus also miraculously provide for those who have have been faithful “Josephs?” I believe he may.

Jesus has a great promise for these faithful Christian leaders:

Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. (Matt. 24:46-47)

So Jesus’s promise to the faithful “Joseph” leaders is that in the Millennial Kingdom, they will be in charge of all of his possessions; much as Joseph was in charge of Pharaoh’s.

Of course, I believe the preparation needed goes way beyond simple physical food, it also relates to spiritual food as well. Preparing those in our flock to face the persecutions to come with a bright testimony.

How many of our leaders are following Jesus’s advice? Not many.

The Evil Slave

Jesus contrasts the faithful leader with an unfaithful one.  In fact, Jesus refers to him as “evil.” Here are the 3 reasons he is evil:

But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My master is not coming for a long time,’  and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards (Matt. 24:48-49)

First, he doubts that Jesus is “right at the door” and coming soon. This is similar to Peter’s comments about what “mockers” will say in the end times:

In the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? (2 Pet. 3:3-4)

Why is it a sin to think Jesus is not coming soon? Obviously in Peter’s day, he wasn’t, it’s been 2000 years. And Jesus had just warned us multiple times in this chapter that we can’t know when he is coming. Why the shift in focus?

First, after the rise of Antichrist (“when you see the Abomination of Desolation” [Matt. 24:15]), all Christians watching for Jesus’s return will know his coming on the clouds is 3.5 years away or less. Probably more like 2.5 years. So anyone asking, “where is the promise of his coming” at that point has ignored Jesus’s instructions to “watch” and “be alert.”

Second, it ignores Jesus’s command that “you also be ready” at all times!

Think about the Christian leaders you know. How will they fare on this point? How many will not even recognize the Antichrist when he arises!! If you are taught your entire life that you will not face the Antichrist, you may just think he is “another” world leader. This is a huge risk of the Pretrib. Rapture theory – not watching for the signs of Jesus’s return and thus not being able to recognize the Antichrist when he truly comes.

Beating his fellow slaves

How will evil Christian leaders “beat” their fellow slaves (Christians)? In Matt. 24:10, Jesus told us that many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And this a parable about falling away. It is a Christian leader (head of the house) who has fallen away. Will Christian leaders betray the faithful Christians in their care who don’t deny Jesus? I think it is a very likely (and frightening) possibility.

Eating and Drinking with Drunkards

We also see that his leader eats and drinks with drunkards. This  parable has a lot to do with food. How will sinners eat during the 70th Week? They will have taken the Mark of the Beast, so if this Christian leader is eating with them, he most likely will have taken the Mark as well!

Jesus punishes the evil Christian Leader

Jesus then returns and his punishment is swift:

The master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know,  and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matt. 24:50-51)

Notice he is put in the place of other hypocrites, those that act as if they are Christians, but are not. This place of hypocrites will be enduring the Wrath of God which follows immediately after the Rapture and Jesus coming on the clouds.

SUMMARY

So in conclusion, Jesus has given us a parable picture of what he expects from his leaders during the 70th Week. Do everything in your power to help the leaders in your life be a “Joseph” leader! Perhaps buy them a copy of Rapture: Case Closed? as a starting point.  BUY HERE

12 thoughts on “Jesus Warns Christian Leaders”

  1. For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will. (Matt. 24:44)

    Yes Nelson, the above verse clearly shows the uncertainty of time Jesus is coming back in clouds during the last 7 years, unfortunately majority of Christians believe that Jesus will arrive sooner than later in those 7 years.

    I wish these pre/mid tribulationists can take some clues from the 10 virgins parable, that clearly unlike the expectations of 10 virgins, Jesus is plainly saying that he will delay his expected arrival, rather than surprise everyone and show up earlier than expected.

    Yes we don’t know the day and hour, but we all should believe from the clues in the scriptures that it’s most likely later than pre or mid trib.

    Also most Christians don’t realize that pre/mid trib is just a new phenomenon/theory of less than 200 years, however majority of Christians for the first 1800 years of church age believed that Christ will arrive after all the Christians/Jews get persecuted. Why have we left the traditional beliefs, could only be described as an apostasy teaching that has infiltrated the church doctrine in these last days. But then again Paul, Peter, Jude warned us about this apostasy.

  2. for the pretribulationists remember
    what Jesus said in John 8: 21-47 where I am going, you can not come.
    only the one who comes from there can go there and the pre teach falsely that we can go there and return with Jesus the teacher is very clear in this

    1. Thanks for your comment IZA. Although I am not a pretribulationalist, we do enter heaven a brief time (about 1 year), so I’d like to respond to this comment. John 8:21 is addressed to unbelievers whom Jesus referred to as sons of the evil one. Certainly they cannot enter heaven. Yet when speaking to the children of God, he said he was preparing a place for us in his father’s house and would take us to be with him (John 14:1-3), In 2 Cor. 4:14, Jesus will present us before the father. This this the time Jesus confesses us before the Father in heaven (Matt. 10:32). Isa. 26:19-21 presents the order of events perfectly resurrection, then entering our rooms (same rooms Jesus is going to prepare in John 14), then wrath on earth.

      Finally, of course, the depiction of the vast multitude in heaven in resurrection bodies before the throne of God in Rev. 7:9-17 is indisputable proof we will stand in heaven. After the current series, I will post a video on this topic. Feel free to comment on it then.

  3. Poignant, insightful in the Spirit of Truth for the purpose of saving souls. Joseph asked Pharaoh to allow for grain storage during the 7 years of plenty, for survival of the people during the next 7 years of worldwide famine. Could 2017 be the first year of 7 years of plenty, leading to the 70th week of Daniel. You are gathering the wheat in preparation of the Blessed Hope.

    Of the subject but I have always thought that the 6 hours Jesus spent the cruel, barbaric persecution and suffering on the cross in reparation for our sinful nature, represented the 6,000 years of the history of man. Each hour of suffering for each 1k years of sin, or one day to God. Which means that He already suffered and took on the sins of our generations, the last 1k years if history, with the promise of redemption before we were even conceived. His last hour of suffering and death was for our 1k years of generations. The seventh hour, 7th day, 7th 1k years, is His millennial Kingdom. I find that extraordinary, and impossible to put into words.

  4. This particular blog post is highly instructive, relevant and necessary for all of your readers, Nelson. It is one of the most stern warnings I’ve ever read on your web site regarding the sheep, and particularly Christian leaders, the under shepherds. If only all of those in Christendom realized the seriousness that Jesus views how his people are to live and the cost they will undertake for their stand for Jesus. Dying physically for the sake of Jesus will not be the worst thing that could happen to you. But denying Jesus to the point of having no forgiveness by undergoing the wrath of God, and then being eternally separated from him eternally with no hope of escape is a far, far greater horror.

    The fallen angels who are now being held in the Abyss for utterly corrupting mankind in the antediluvian world understand the graveness of their great sin as they too have no hope of forgiveness by God. For they were very well aware of the graveness of their sin BEFORE committing it ignoring Holy God’s plans for mankind. If all Christian believers understood that God is to be taken seriously precisely because he has the power to, and will do exactly as he says, we would be far, far holier people.

    Thank you for such a powerful article, and it should be read over and over to remind me and others that faithfulness to the end will have eternal reward.

    Blessings

    1. Thanks Good4U. The time of separation is fast approaching. The loss of religious liberty in the USA might be the first step in that separation here in the states. The Middle East already experienced theirs.

  5. Another great article. Seems you have a follower at Zeto. He counters your articles. Curious to see his response. Keep up the good work

  6. The angel of death came at MIDNIGHT.Job. MIDNIGHT. Samson. MIDNIGHT. Prophets: MIDNIGHT/NOON. The Sun sets at Noon. The Sun was in darkness for 3 hours from Noon to 3 PM. Mat 25:6  And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
    Mat 25:13  Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. Time Zones: It may be MIDNIGHT for Israel but for you and me, it will be a different hour due to time zones.

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