The Rev

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When I was in high school I had an interesting teacher. We called him Rev. He was a black man slightly past middle age. He was a Reverend with one of the church denominations AME or AME Zion, I can’t remember which. What I found interesting about him was his habit of getting off subject. He would sometimes tell us about something that happened and would spend ten or fifteen minutes just rambling on from subject to subject. Sometimes the subject was religious and we would end up with a sermonette. That was fifteen minutes that I didn’t have to spend studying; and besides sometimes he was actually interesting.

I remember one afternoon he told us about a lady that came to his church. The lady told the Rev after church, that Jesus had come to her in her bedroom and had told her some secret things, very important things that she would reveal to him so that he could reveal them to the church. The Rev looked around the classroom as though he was looking for a response from one of us students. The room was dead silent as he looked at each of us. I somehow expected him to give us some great revelation from God. Then he said “you know what I told her? I told her to get back on her blood pressure medicine” Then he laughed and laughed. I didn’t know it at the time but the Rev had Just laid some wisdom on us.

As a teenager I sometimes wondered what it was that the lady had to say. It took me a number of years to figure out that the old Reverend had made the right call and why ignoring that lady was the right thing to do.

Matthew 24:23 `Then if any one may say to you, Lo, here [is] the Christ! or here! ye may not believe;

24 for there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and they shall give great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, also the chosen.

25 Lo, I did tell you beforehand.

26 `If therefore they may say to you, Lo, in the wilderness he is, ye may not go forth; lo, in the inner chambers, ye may not believe;

27 for as the lightning doth come forth from the east, and doth appear unto the west, so shall be also the presence of the Son of Man; (All quotations Young’s Literal Translation)

After Jesus ascended to his father he sat down at his father’s right hand there to remain until all things are fulfilled. Then when he returns it will be obvious. It will be like a bolt of lightning, from the east unto the west. Every eye will see him. (Revelation 1:7). Jesus isn’t giving command performances for anyone and from the time he ascended will remain on his throne until he comes in his glory. Therefore if ANYONE comes to you saying that they met him in the wilderness or in their inner room don’t go out to meet them. In other words don’t believe them. This is a tidbit of wisdom that will keep you out of trouble. Jesus warned us that false prophets and false men of God will absolutely come and will absolutely lead many astray. If you apply this litmus test to every teacher whether still living, in the past, or those to come in the future who claim to have met Jesus after the ascension. You may safely disregard them. The real Jesus preached the gospel of the kingdom while he was here on this earth. It was complete and contains everything necessary for our salvation. There was no revelation lacking that anyone else needed to come along and clarify. Isaiah 28:16 Therefore, thus said the Lord Jehovah: `Lo, I am laying a foundation in Zion, A stone — a tried stone, a corner stone precious, a settled foundation, He who is believing doth not make haste. This passage points out that God established Jesus as the cornerstone of our salvation on which everything else is built in our lives. If we build on any thing (or anyone) else our building (our lives) will collapse and we will have to run out in haste. Matthew 7:24 `Therefore, every one who doth hear of me these words, and doth do them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house upon the rock;

25 and the rain did descend, and the streams came, and the winds blew, and they beat on that house, and it fell not, for it had been founded on the rock.

26 `And every one who is hearing of me these words, and is not doing them, shall be likened to a foolish man who built his house upon the sand;

27 and the rain did descend, and the streams came, and the winds blew, and they beat on that house, and it fell, and its fall was great.’

Remember, you can’t go wrong listening to Jesus.

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