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Fugitives of the Truth
‘And judgment is turned away backward and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.’
- Isaiah 59: 14 - 15
The religious hypocrisies that blanket almost everybody made it difficult for equity to stand in Israel. The above scripture gave us a glimpse of the happenings as gross darkness covered their land: Judgment was turned backward, justice stood afar off. When love is on vacation, peace is always in the hideout. There was wickedness every where!
In such political and religious climate, those remnants that abhorred evil invariably became prey for the wicked! Thompson’s Translation put it this way, ‘They substituted opinion in the place of knowledge.’ Grotius renders it, ‘The innocent man lies open to injury from all.’ In the days of Elijah, this was the picture and the order of the day. The prophet of God was almost discouraged and he complained bitterly to God thus:
‘And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.’ – II Kings 19:14
Pathetic! Elijah the great was running for his dear life, away from a system that refused to acknowledge God and from Jezebel that represented the head of such evil system. If your cross is light and you can easily carry it around, then it is not from God, it is a self – made one. Elijah carried his cross into the cave and there he became a fugitive of the truth, waiting for God’s judgment on the apostasy of his days.
For the reason of a trivial jealousy, Saul determined to kill David and in the bid to accomplish this, 85 innocents priests of God died for it:
‘Then the king told Doeg, "You do it--massacre the priests!" Doeg the Edomite led the attack and slaughtered the priests, the eighty-five men who wore the sacred robes. He then carried the massacre into Nob, the city of priests, killing man and woman, child and baby, ox, donkey, and sheep--the works. Only one son of Ahimelech son of Ahitub escaped: Abiathar. He got away and joined up with David. Abiathar reported to David that Saul had murdered the priests of GOD. David said to Abiathar, "I knew it--that day I saw Doeg the Edomite there, I knew he'd tell Saul. I'm to blame for the death of everyone in your father's family. Stay here with me. Don't be afraid. The one out to kill you is out to kill me, too. Stick with me. I'll protect you."
- I Samuel 22:18 – 23 (MSG)
Abiathar and David would have to run from pole to post, away from an old system that God has abandoned and from Saul that represented the head of the evil system. From the cave of Adullam, David and Abiathar became fugitive of the truth, which would not touch the error called Saul until God’s judgment abolished the old system and its king.
The religious Jews in Jesus’ days could not bear with the truth that was in Jesus; on many occasions they were going to kill him. One of such is this:
‘But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.
Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.’ – John 8:40, 59
Once a fugitive of truth in Egypt, now and again for saying the truth, Jesus, our Lord and Savior hid himself, and went out of the temple! (See also Luke 4:29 – 30).
This speaks volumes to us his disciples. We are not called to fight the harlot church system, but to hide ourselves from her corrupt influence and from her evil leaderships.
The judgment of God is of two dimensions; the condemnation and the vindication. Elijah waited for God to judge Jezebel and baalism in Israel, David waited for God to Judge Saul and his kingdom, and Jesus waited for God to judge the old temple worship and its leadership. While they were waiting, they became fugitive of the truth in the land, until God condemned the evil system and vindicated His chosen servants/Son.
Until we take a deeper look at what Jesus had to endure even in the hands of his brothers, we might not appreciate what other fugitives of the truth are passing through even in our modern day church. Let’s look through one of the windows of persecution and see how our Lord and Savior handled the situation, as recorded in the gospel of John the beloved:
‘After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him. Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand. His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world. For neither did his brethren believe in him. Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready. The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil. Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come. When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee. But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. ‘– John 7:1 – 10
Until when God will dispense His righteous judgment, the Lamb has to be silence. The word of God is being presented to us in progressive truth. The Jews in Paul’s day fought him terribly for bringing the gospel to the gentiles. Paul became a fugitive of the truth then, but today everybody now know and accept what Paul knew and believed then.
Some churches are in opposition with some of their members for speaking in tongues; these ones suffer a lot of persecution from the hand of the organized church system – they are fugitives of the truth right in their church. I counsel them to act like Jesus and wait for God’s vindication.
Few people with revelation of the word are challenging the pastors that the tithes they receive from the congregation is equally meant for the widows, orphans and missionaries (called strangers) – Deuteronomy 26:12 and secondly it should be a freewill giving and it should not be taken by force or tricks - Hebrews 7:5 – 6. The Leviticus priesthood takes tithes from the congregation, but the Melchizedek priesthood, of which Jesus is our High Priest, receives tithes of the people. Those with this powerful revelation will still remain fugitives of the truth from the harlot church system, until God’s truth floods His people and their eyes opened completely!
In a well structured and organized church, those that dance like David danced before the Ark are seen as nuisance and they are discouraged by the system. Even when these one are happy for and excited by God, they can not express their joy in the presence of the Lord God. The status of the Cathedral and the caliber of people therein are of more importance than the Presence of God and the fullness of joy – Psalm 16:11. Those that want to express their joy, especially the youth in these churches will have to wait as fugitives in the cave of structured religion. One day the words of Psalm 149:3 & 150:4 will jump out from the bible and become REAL; bringing down the structure and status!
Some even say healings are not for today and that signs and miracles are gone with the early apostles. The truth is that God, the God of all flesh is still in charge and He rules in the affairs of men – doing miracles, signs and wonders. For these glorious truth, many are being persecuted and are
being treated as wayward in their mother church, which lacks the power of God. These fugitives of the truth must do as Jesus did; going about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devils – Acts 10:38.
Other fugitives are hiding for saying and defending the truth in various forms; ranging from church finance, corruption, fornication, occultism, slavery, hypocrisy, Nepotism, abuse, etc. While these fugitives of truth must wait for God’s own judgment, they should draw strength from these words and know that the truth will surely prevail:
‘For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.’
– II Corinthians 13:8
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