Posted: 11/08/2010 at 12:05pm
I never consider something to be "from the Lord" without confirmation. I first check 'everything' 1)against God's Word; 2) with Holy Spirit within; and, preferably 3) against other Words, etc from God.
The below has been confirmed multiple times in the past few weeks.
Ezekiel 34:2 - 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?
(from biblestudytools.com: http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/ezekiel/34-2.html)
the words : 'shepherds' and 'feed' are the SAME WORDS in the Hebrew language; it really says: woe to the shepherds who shepherd themselves; shouldn't the shepherds shepherd the flock?
God will no longer tolerate his 'Shepherds' fleecing the flock.
There are many pastors out there who are shepherding themselves and feeding off of the fat, wool, and meat of their flock.
There are many, MANY Pastors who have the true heart of a Pastor and who are TRUE shepherds of the "sheep".
God always looks upon the heart; so, He is NOT talking about those who are true shepherds.
But, to those shepherds that Ezekiel 34 are talking to - read the rest of the chapter.
God will take your flock from you. God will hold you accountable. God will make very certain that His sheep are cared for.
and yes - this IS a watchman's cry. whether or not you believe it is irrelevant to the watchman.
In closing, everyone please -please- pray for your Pastors! They have, in my opinion, the most difficult assignment of ALL of the five-fold ministries. The 'wolves' that are out there KNOW that if they can "take out" the shepherds, then the sheep will be easy prey. Please pray for your shepherds and help them take care of the flock! They can NOT do it all themselves! Come on, 'Army of God', the Shepherds need your help!