"Woe unto this final generation!"
would not have been a second advent
IF the people
had received Messiah when he came to earth the first time.
Christ Himself said, John the Baptist would have been accounted as Elijah.
However, the kingdom of God was rejected by that generation
and so even though John came in the spirit and power of Elijah
as it was written of him in Luke 1:17, he was not Elijah.
even so stated that fact when he was directly asked the question,
"Are you Elijah?"
John 1:21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias?
And he saith, I am not.
Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.
fact, he came in the spirit and power of Elijah of whom it was written
"The voice of one crying in the wilderness,
Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight (Matthew 3:3)."
so it came to pass that Messiah did come following that great Elijah ministry,
exactly and according to all that was foretold of Him in the law and the prophets (Mat. 11:13),
which meant that the people now had the true Bridegroom,
the Living Word of God,
right in their very midst.
Yes, Emmanuel! Isaiah 7:14,
Matthew 1:23 "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring
and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."
alas, that wicked and adulterous (idolatrous) generation
who both "heard" Jesus Christ, the Living Word of God,
and "saw" the mighty works He performed among them,
refused to repentant and accept Him as Lord and Savior.
rejected the King and therefore His king-dom,
which is the dominion of the King!
see, it is one thing to believe not
when one has neither heard His voice nor seen His mighty works.
is quite another matter when people have Him in their very midst
and reject Him because their religious leaders have trained them to follow man's ways and traditions
while refusing to give ground to His Word of truth.
point is, we also have the Word of God
extant and in our very midst
in this final generation and yet most Christians,
even those who have gone to church for decades,
are Biblically illiterate and do not know that Word
for the very same reason stated in the previous paragraph.
their spiritual leaders have led them to follow a form of religion
which they call Christianity but in reality it is only Churchianity
composed of the vain traditional teachings and rituals of men
which make void the true Word of God!
is precisely how Jesus Christ is forsaken and rejected in these last days
and the false messiah accepted in His stead.
to the "wise" is sufficient!
Mark 7:7 "Howbeit in vain do they worship me,
teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."
take heed and pay close attention to Christ's words,
for they are written for our final generation
who has the written Word of God available
and accessible to literally everyone,
it is increasingly ignored and forsaken,
by both our religious and civil leaders!
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