Part of the End Time-Wisdom.
Jesus’ word must be taken with honor and must have full knowledge and understanding of why he said it. Christians have a strong belief that we are dealing with the end-time prophecy, but not the end of the world that many Christians are saying. We are more at the end of the ages or the end of a generation. Some regions felt it even before the pandemic was announced but has manifested in different forms. Food shortages, extrajudicial killings or persecutions, uncontrolled use of illegal drugs, floods, earthquakes, and many more. All considered being the destruction of human souls.
We are controlled by the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2) just by allowing lies, deception, and temptation to play in our minds. Many claim it is the end of the world if we see fires coming from the sky which is a great sign from heaven (Missiles), Kingdom would rise against kingdom (China’s aggression to occupy lands and islands), people against people (ideology), violent protest and senseless killings. A corrupted mind is unstoppable and that leads to less opportunity for people to enjoy peaceful living.
“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4
Fearful events like shootings of the innocents such as in churches, malls other business establishments, and shooting in tandem, and provocation if not handled properly will cause lives; using children as a shield for their wicked works, teaching fear in religious gatherings, taking advantage or abuse of the freedom of speech, press, and religion becomes the tool to achieve their agenda or self-interest.
We are on a Pandemic (plague) time and we need close attention to the government’s mandate and to stay focus on the ruling of the mind to never take away that God is still in control. If this pandemic is to reset the wicked lives of the people, and those who were infected and recovered, and other remnants of this pandemic must thank God for giving them a chance or second life to revisit their faith and strengthen their hope that God without a doubt exists.
God is using this Pandemic event before the worse thing could happen (judgment day). God is good and this event is good for our learning and disciplines and prepared us to live a better life. We must re-evaluate now our faith and submit with humbleness because it is the only way.
Remember the deluge during Noah’s generation when God reset human lives because humans continuously sinned. We are in the same situation regarding sin, but we are in a better position because we have the knowledge and understanding of how to live our life under the guidance of the Holy Spirit before we even give back our lives to God who owns it in exchange of the promised eternal life.
Jesus Christ was extremely sad seeing this group of Jews, the chosen people of God with no hope of accepting him as the Messiah. When he declared that he and the Father are one, they don’t believe him and when he said we can be gods, they charged him with blasphemy. The Jews need spiritual healing “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel” Jesus with sad feelings said these woes to the leaders of the Jewish faith (Scribes and Pharisees) that can lead the Jews to the truth but they chose not to.
The following woes serve to advise not only the Jews but to the Christian believers and non-believers as well. We also can be encouraged by remembering who Jesus is. Revelation 1:5 reminds us that He is the faithful witness, He will not lie because his words are true. According to John14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life…” He is now with the Father if what Jesus said about his grievances to the Jews and treat it as a guide for a righteous living then the link with the Jews about the salvation of non-Jews will be freely celebrated and the Son will be with them forever—1 Thessalonians 4:17.
13) “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.”
14) “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.”
15) “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.” 16) “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obliged to perform it.” 17) “Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifies the gold?” 18) “And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, he is obliged to perform it.”
19) “Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift?” 20 Therefore he who swears by the altar, swears by it and by all things on it. 21 He who swears by the temple, swears by it and by Him who dwells in it. 22 And he who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by Him who sits on it.
23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. 24 Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!”
25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and [l]self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.
27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and [m]adorn the monuments of the righteous, Matthew 23:13-29 NJKV
Many are still waiting for Jesus’ return but many also believe that he already came within our heart and the kingdom is in our soul. When we look forward to the goodness of Jesus’ words, waiting is only directed to the Jews for they still need to believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the Messiah.
Luke 13:35—“Look, your house is left to you desolate (deserted of people and in a state of bleak and dismal emptiness). I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”
God is all in all.