Scribes and Pharisees
There are dozens if not hundreds of different denominations of Christianity based upon as many different interpretations.
It stands to reason that most of them are incorrect to some degree or another.
These denominations do have some things right
How would we know which parts are wrong?
I believe that all denominations of Christianity that I am aware of are misguided on one main issue.
I suggest that everyone disregard everything that we think that we know. Start all over in our understanding. We should read the words of Jesus Christ as if we have never read, or heard anything concerning then.
This is very difficult to do, but do the best that you can. If we are following Jesus, we should read first those things that it is written that JESUS said.
Begin with a fresh and new mindset.
There is no worth while reason to change the meanings of his words.
It doesn't matter one little bit what someone else says if that disagrees
with what Jesus said.
That my friends, is where all of the false interpretations have come from.
Believe FIRST those things that are written, that Jesus and Gabriel is said to have soken.
Return to basics ... and eliminate all interpretations.
Determine for yourself what the words are saying.
YOU WILL BE SURPRISED1
We will find ourselves reading things that we will not want to believe. We may not even know why we don’t want to believe it as written. This will indicate that we have just stumbled upon a false interpretation that someone else has planted in our head.
Christians all too often find ourselves following something that someone else teaches instead of these things that Jesus said so clearly.
Jesus didn’t come to the earth to present a puzzle that confused his followers. These are seen as puzzles for those that do not follow him.
So; if you are not following the teachings of Christ? Continue interpreting his words as if he didn’t know what he was saying.
If you want to follow Christ, Then believe what he said, exactly as he said it. When we interpret his message, we are changing the meaning of his message to suit ourselves. It really is that simple.
Jesus teaches many things concerning how to live life in the will of God. These may contain many personal interpretations that apply to the individual? He also teaches many prophetic messages. These have no private interpretation. Second Peter 1:20. Knowinf this first, that no prophesy of scripture is of any private interpretation.
Matthew 23 is one such prophetic message that Jesus delivered to the Pharisees in the temple just moments before he went to the top of the Mt. of Olivet. The disciples then ask Jesus, “When are these things going to be?”
Before we answer that question , let us review a couple of things described in the 23rd chapter.
Matt. 23:13 : “But woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites …”
Who are the modern day scribes and Pharisees ? We should ask ourselves, “could this be describing ME”? When we judge another and say that they can not enter the kingdom, are we not doing as the Pharisees were doing?”
Matt 23:13 “… for you shut up the kingdom against men, for you neither go in yourselves neither you suffer them that are entering to go in.”
If we are as modern day Pharisees, Jesus said woe unto you(us) eight times, and called you (us)a fool twice and said other not so nice things about you (us) in this chapter alone, though it was generally addressed to those that he was speaking, at that time and place
Jesus was speaking to those Pharisees and Scribes of that day when he said, Matt. 23:34 Wherefore I send (Do send, not did or will send, I do send) unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes, and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them ye shall scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city.
It is clear that those Pharisees did in fact fulfill this prophesy during the next forty years, until the Roman army destroyed Jerusalem and the temple in 70 AD.
Immediately after Jesus said these things concerning the Pharisees; Peter, James, John and Andrew followed Jesus to the Mt of Olivet to ask him, “When are these things going to be?”
Jesus then proceeded to answer their question. Take heed that no man deceive you.
V 24:9 they shall deliver YOU up to be afflicted, and shall kill YOU, and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name sake.” I can picture Jesus pointing to one and then another of his disciples as he said these things
Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains For then shall be the great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
These verses are saying that at least one of these four disciples are going to see the abomination spoken of by Daniel the prophet. And that our time on earth as they knew it is going to continue after this great tribulation but there will never be another tribulation as great as that one will be.
(24:34) Verily I say unto you (These four disciples to whom he was speaking to) This generation shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled. But no one knows the day or hour, but God only.
When we misinterpret these messages, given to the disciples as if they were spoken to someone else, other than who they were given to, all understand of scripture, is lost.
The great tribulation already came just as Jesus said that it would Jesus came again as he said that he would for the purposed that he said he would.
We may misunderstand the way in which he said that he was going to do it. But I believe that he did what he said he was going to do when he said he was going to do it. To do otherwise would not be believing Him.
It is better to believe that we were wrong than to believe that he didn’t do what he said he was going to do. He did it!
We just don’t want to believe it the way it was told Religion interpret that story in such a way that we can like it better We are now caught up in the necessity to do the same thing with all of the prophetic messages that we were given. We are drowning in misinterpretations. of our own making. If we can just believe the words of Jesus exactly as they were spoken, we will begin to see who he really was, and who we really are, and where we are really at.
To do otherwise, is to become like the Scribes and Pharisees that Jesus was talking about.
I do not want to be a Scribe or Pharisee!
In order to not be one, we must believe as little children. In order to not be a Pharisee we must believe what Jesus said (Matt 24:4) and take heed that no man deceive YOU!
And that includes me. Don't let me decieve you either. Read scripture for yourself, and don't change the meaning to suit yourself.
Read the words of Jesus, believe them first, then continue reading those things that are but the understanding of others. But never let them when they contrdict those things that Jesus taught.