This is a message to you little sheep (humble followers of Christ) who think you are safe in the sheepfold
(your church). Christ warned us about false leaders. "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in
sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." (Matt. 7:15).
Paul warned us about false ministers. "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming
themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of
light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness;
whose end shall be according to their works." (2 Cor. 11:13-15).
Paul even warned us of Satan in the church. "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day (of
Christ's return) shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed,
the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped;
so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God." (2 Thess. 2:3,4).
So, little sheep, how safe are you? How do you, not knowing your Bible, evaluate your minister? You must
do so! "Thus sayeth the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and
whose heart departeth from the Lord." (Jer. 17:5).
To make flesh your arm is to give up your hope of eternal life, to change the hope of an incorruptible
body for certain mortality. "So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and when this mortal
shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed
up in victory." (1Cor. 15:54).
You cannot hope to withstand the judgment of God if you follow a false leader. "For by fire and by the
sword will the Lord plead with all flesh: and the slain of the Lord shall be many. They that sanctify
themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and
the abomination and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the Lord." (Is. 66:16,17).
Obviously this requires explanation. First, purification and sanctification should take place in a holy place
like the house of God, or a river for baptism, not in a garden. Second, eating the flesh of unclean beasts
is forbidden by God's dietary laws and thus symbolizes having unclean habits. Beware ministers with
Third, the abomination is clearly defined in the scriptures. Homosexuality (Deut. 18:22), graven and
molten images (Deut. 7:25), false balances (Prov. 11:1), lying lips (Prov. 12:29), and the sacrifices of the
wicked in God's house (Prov. 16:8) are examples of abomination. Beware ministers who don't make the
wicked squirm in their pews.
The mouse is a beast that steals his food, tears up possessions and befouls his own nest. Beware
ministers who misuse the tithe, commit acts of vandalism, and commit lewd acts with low persons. Such
ministers affect your salvation.
Remember, "the people purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst..." (Is. 66:17). That
tree is your minister. Trees are used to symbolize people in a number of places in the Bible. (Ez. 31:3, Is.
61:3, Is. 2:12,13). Note particularly that the congregations of ministers that God despises are hidden from
God; they are concealed behind the tree, their minister. If God judges your minister to be a priest of
Satan, you are also condemned. If you doubt me, read on.
"Therefore My people are gone into captivity (of Satan's ministry), because they have no knowledge (of
God's Word): their honorable men are famished (have neither milk nor meat), and their multitude are
dried up with thirst (for living water). Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth
without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp (generally the false churches are
the most successful and glorious), and he that rejoiceth (Satan, who leads the false churches, rejoices in
the number of the damned), shall descend into it (hell)." (Is. 5:13,14).
I think that is fairly straight forward except for the milk and the meat. "For every one that useth milk is
unskilled in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of
full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil."
(Heb. 5:13,14). That the ministry is famished means that they are not prepared to teach you the good news
that Christ gave his life for your salvation and that He expects you to go and sin no more (that is the milk).
Further they are totally unprepared to give you meat, prepare you to stand for righteousness in the end
time when you face the judgment of God. They can't save you if they are famished themselves.
If you do nothing else as a result of this sermon, get yourself a King James Version Bible and prayerfully
read every word of Christ. (I say King James Version because newer versions of the Bible have watered
down and distorted many key passages.) Ponder the way Christ lived and how He walked with God.
Then read the Ten Commandments, Exodus 20:1-17. Note that when you stand before the Judgment
Throne of God, if you have repented your wickedness through the blood of Christ, and thereafter kept
the Commandments, you have a claim on the mercy of God. "I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting
the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me
(this is a curse on the offspring of the wicked): and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me
and keep My Commandments." (Ex. 20:5).
When you look at your calendar, you will see that Saturday is the seventh day of the week. As you look at
the Commandments, you will see the Sabbath Commandment; "Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.
Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it
thou shalt do no work..." (Ex. 20:8-10).
Finally, read Lev. 23 and Num. 10:10. Note that each of God's feast days is identified as "a statute for
ever" and the New Moons are "a memorial before your God." There are some Christians who will tell you
that Christ nailed the feast days to the cross. The Apostle Paul was not among them. He advised
Christians to stand as an example to their brethren. "Let no man therefore judge you in meat (because
you eat food God considers unclean), or in drink (because you misuse alcohol), or in respect of a holyday
(Feast), or of the New Moon, or of the Sabbath days." (Col 2:16). Our church is vegetarian and keeps the
Feasts, the Sabbaths and the New Moons. We have respect for God and we are descendants of Israel.
We know that the lost ten tribes migrated westward because of the Assyrian invasion of their homeland
Samaria. They finally settling in Europe. The tribe of Dan named the places they sojourned for their father,
Dn in Hebrew. So the Danube and Don rivers, Sweden, Denmark, and Scandinavia all are indications of
the presence of the lost tribes.
Recent history marks Danish and Norman (Scandinavian) conquests of England and France, and the
immigration of hundreds of thousands of descendants of the lost tribes to America. Additionally,
thousands of the original Christian church (of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin) fled Israel before
Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 A.D. Their descendants brought the message of Christ west to what now
are Christian countries in Europe and the Americas. The abomination of slavery caused racial
intermingling of black and white, so it is probable that most native-born Americans are sons and
daughters of Israel.
Here is what God requires of Israel. "Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto Me in the year. Thou shalt
keep the feast of unleavened bread (Passover)... and the feast of harvest, the first fruits of thy labors,
which thou hast sown in the field (Pentecost): and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the
year, when thou hast gathered in thy labors out of the field (Tabernacles). Three times in the year all thy
males shall appear before the Lord God." (Ex. 23:14-17).
Because of Christ, women are also required to worship before God on these three great feast days.
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye
are all one in Christ Jesus." (Gal. 3:28).
We keep God's Law because we know we are Israel and we claim the promise God made to Israel of a
home in the Holy Land. "So shall ye divide this land (Israel) unto you according to the tribes of Israel. And
it shall come to pass, that ye shall divide it by lot for an inheritance unto you, and to the strangers that
sojourn among you (the meek Christians who keep God's Law), which shall beget children among you:
and they shall be unto you as born in the country among the children of Israel; they shall have
inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel." (Ez. 27:21,22). Israel has consecrated itself unto God by
keeping His Sabbath and Feasts as a national policy. So have we also, as a church policy.
Finally, in evaluating your minister, consider this. There are people in many parts of the earth risking
their lives daily to testify for Christ. Is your minister imparting that kind of spiritual strength to you?
Amo Paul Bishop Roden
|A WARNING TO THE LITTLE SHEEP