Matthew 24: 1-14 .
About the Destruction of the Temple
1 Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2 Do you see all these things? he asked. “I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”
The time to leave the temple comes, so our Lord Jesus Christ tells them this pronouncement before leaving. During that time, they are pursuing Him already due to the Divine truth from the Great God that He carries with Him. The Pharisees who were assuming power in collaboration with the Sadducees (linked to the Sanhedrin or government) were intending to kill Him. And because they consider themselves elite for they were leaders in the house of Israel. They think they were the ones who hold the right and key to the true worship (service) of the Lord God hence, they were objecting and disputing the sending of Christ. But it has been assured through Spritual revelation which was elucidated spiritually that they merely pose as solid or strong rock which can not be moved. The rocks were on top of one another, the stature or right that they hold was granted and created only by man. They hold on to their own understanding and rely on their powers to make others comply to their authority. Hence, because of this our Lord Jesus Christ assured that they will be shaken and overthrown. Yes, almost all of those in Jerusalem will be moved by an occurrence that will destroy, and despair everyone in Jerusalem.
We are now forewarning it, the way it happened in Jerusalem, similarly it will happen in CENTRAL of the present-day Church of Christ for it is manipulated by corrupt and negligent leader overwhelmed with avarice towards earthly materials and treasures.
The present inspiration to us from the Holy Spirit is the verdict of God. No one, however firmly placed or privileged in any position can avoid destruction, this forewarning should be clear, EVERYONE OF THEM! There will be no exception, from the highest leader that is the Administration, to the corrupt member of Sanggunian, to the respected District Ministers, or from the head of different departments, down to the smallest section of all those in CENTRAL. EVERYONE will collapse and suffer dejection when God carries out His Judgment to those who committed dishonor and abuse and destroyed the sacredness of the Temple and neglected the God’s chosen in the Church of Christ.
NOTIFICATION FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT OF THE LORD GOD. NOT MY OWN UNDERSTANDING AND WISDOM …
The Poverty and Persecution Coming
3 And as he sat on the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what `shall be’ the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? (ASV)
These questions are also silently uttered by our brethren now in their own prayers to our Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ indicating they truly long for his second coming that will herald the end of the world as well. But it is unlikely at this time, because some signs are still unfulfilled. And whenever brought up to discussion, the minister in question will firmly answer — it was never taught to them in their ministerial class. But now its revelation was granted to be understood and its bearing to the past outlined cautiously so that the relevance to the events taking place and the events that will take place in the future can be seen plainly at this point of our journey.
In connection to this, our brethren had not ceased praying especially, among those experiencing difficulty stemming from ill-treatment of this mean and neglectful leader. The brethren are also seeking for signs that will presage the end of corruption and wickedness from the abusive leaders in CENTRAL, they are supposed to take care of us but became oppressive instead and brought depression to the heart of the brethren. Hence, the brethren are enthusiastically hoping that there will be someone who will love and care for them just like the leadership, administration, and care of Brother Felix Y. Manalo and the Honorable beloved Brother Eraño G. Manalo. But under the administration of Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, we are truly in a very different time. So what is the instruction for us?
4 And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. 5 “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. (NASB)
Through this forewarning, we were admonished to be cautious! These are the very words of our Lord Jesus Christ so that we will not be misled by anyone. Because there will be pretenders who profess they knew what the Lord Jesus Christ wants us to understand. Why is it said that they pretend to be Christ because our Lord Jesus Christ as attested through Biblical verses is a prophet. Hence, many will claim to be prophets because they think they have the faculty to understand the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ, and they are illuminated to understand deep mysteries and parables. So you’ll notice in their teachings they are claiming something which is not intended for them nor commanded to them by the Lord God. But confusion instead will dawn upon them and they shall refuse to accept the truth that we proclaim, they will even make it appear that we are twisting the verses through our explanation which they are doing themselves by deviating from what we already received through the Holy Spirit. Hence they will entice others claiming to be the proponent of truth. But what will happen to the people they convince, as forewarned by our Lord Jesus Christ? MANY WILL BE DECEIVED! For through guile they have shifted the conviction of the believers! Being presumptuous brings great danger, assuming something not meant for you because you have to give an account to our Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. What else is at stake? They could have been saved, but unfortunately misled by their own perception when they assume that with their own interpretation they can set the truth aside and veer the attention to them.
If your humble servant was able to reveal and interpret these things, the knowledge and wisdom that I have is not mine, but from our Lord God through our Lord Jesus Christ, inspired by the Holy Spirit. Thus, I am only consented and hearten through their inspiration being guided by Their power that envelops and watch me as I explain these things. Your lowly servant admits that I don’t possess the knowledge and wisdom, for I am but an ordinary member and I don’t have the knowledge infused in the school of ministry or any evangelical school for that matter. But by virtue of being part of the sacred body of our Lord Jesus Christ being a bonafide member of the true Church of Christ, I was only fortunate to gain the mercy and love of our Lord God and the Lord Jesus Christ who bestow me this ability to proclaim these things like a preacher teaching the Words of God and the Lord Jesus Christ. I was only being utilized to proclaim these things to everyone, which is the true and pristine will of God that I uphold to serve. So anyone who stands up to question what I’m doing is in effect contesting the Lord God who sent the Holy Spirit and endowed your humble servant with wisdom. So I’m reiterating to make it clear to everyone that this commissioning is from our Lord God and not from any man. Thus, the Lord God is safeguarding me, so I can securely stay in this Temple of our Lord God. No one can drive me away as long as it is not the Divine Providence to leave this place. I will remain inside just around the center, inconspicuous where I can watch the vicinity of the Temple. I am just overlooking, but vigilant with everything as instructed, and abiding faithfully by HIM THAT IS GREATER THAN ME.
As directed by the Lord Jesus Christ, everyone needs to be cautious because many will be deceived. If I ever teach differently such that it does not agree any more with the doctrines we grew up within the Church of Christ, and if these are no longer written in the Holy Scriptures then, do not believe me. I am pleading to all of you, especially those who started recognizing my work. Forget that there is an Elias Arkanghel who enjoins you to read the columns on his Blog. But if your conviction and faith persuade you strongly because what I am telling you are truths and truly written in the Holy Scripture, I am appealing to you, read it diligently after asking in prayer that you be granted with understanding for your edification. But if you believe in another Elijah and he is the anointed one of our Lord God, I will also acknowledge him and will respectfully follow Him.
6 You are going to hear the noise of battles close by and the news of battles far away; but do not be troubled. Such things must happen, but they do not mean that the end has come. (TEV)
These conflicts are the results of sabotage, abuse, harassment, and intimidation of our brethren by the corrupt Sanggunian and their cohorts. Several brethren are valiantly standing for the love of the Church of Christ, they are the defenders using the social media. But, like his admonition do not be troubled with the corrupt Sanggunian because such things must happen but not yet the end that we are hoping for. What else would happen?
7 Countries will fight each other; kingdoms will attack one another. There will be famines and earthquakes everywhere. 8 All these things are like the first pains of childbirth. (TEV)
Like the preceding passages from the Scriptures. It is set to take place even among the brethren in the Church, like what happened to one Locale in California, U.S.A. when several members gathered and bring along their placards to air their resentments against the corrupt Sanggunian of the Church that runs the Central Office of the Church of Christ in Quezon City, Philippines. Included among the locales that reacted are those in Japan and Singapore after experiencing financial ravages perpetrated by the corrupt Sanggunian of the Church of Christ. But the appointed countries with their similar action against financial corruption in the Church will surely bother the minds of those working in CENTRAL. Consequently, they will be confused and confounded and will antagonize each other.
9 Then people will treat you badly. People will give you to the rulers to be persecuted (hurt) and killed. All people will hate you. All these things will happen to you because you believe in me. (ETRV)
Definitely riled up and almost gnashing their teeth. Because our Lord Jesus Christ explicitly warned that we will suffer persecution for choosing to follow His teachings and doctrines taught to us by brother Felix Y. Manalo and brother Eraño G. Manalo when they were with us. Truly our brother Lowell Menorca suffered from the cruel treatment they gave him. Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself forewarns this atrocity. Now they plan to collaborate again with the Sanhedrin or government to favor them, they can maneuver this due to the upcoming national election, at the outset even the PNP Chief appears to be meekly following their directives, for he is another puppy but inside his disguise is a ferocious wolf threatening to attack its prey. But there is no need to worry and fear them. They can maneuver the laws of man but never the wrath of God that is closely coming! If they are allowed to prevail temporarily it will not be for a long time. The handcuff that hurt and tormented brother Lowell Menorca will turn against the corrupt Sanggunian when the Lord’s wrath overtook them. This is the verdict of the Almighty God through the Holy Spirit. This is His will and He will bring it to pass! The Lord God has spoken it and certainly, He will do it.
10 At that time, many believers will lose their faith. They will turn against each other and hate each other. 11 Many false prophets will come. They will cause many people to believe wrong things. 12 There will be more and more evil in the world. So most believers will stop showing love. 13 But the person who continues strong to the end will be saved. 14 The Good News about God’s Kingdom will be preached in the whole world. It will be told to every nation. Then the end will come. (ETRV)
But before that happens, in the little time left for them to prevail with their evil deeds against the brethren, their villainy will intensify and their viciousness will be more pervasive. Hence the plethora of wickedness will cool the love of many and they will turn away from the faith as forewarned by our Lord Jesus Christ and some will betray each other. But my beloved brethren, may none of you be among those who will turn back. You will be in a more pitiful state if the Lord God turn away from you because you are overcome by anger that led to hatred, this is unbecoming of a true Church of Christ member. Hence I repeat, there is but a little time left especially if it will be equated to the past six years of their dominance in the Church of Christ.
We are expecting salvation may beloved brethren, let us hold on and do not waver in our faith that we have treasured for a long time. This is the time for loyalty in order to finish our race! It is improper to surrender and succumb to their aggressive, cruel and devilish cunning to take from us the light of faith that will save us on Judgment Day. Hence my beloved brethren, take heart and gather what remains! We have means to be strengthened. Come to Him! The Power of the Lord God is here! Eagerly reaching you to comfort your heart! Do you feel His power beside you? Don’t let go of this chance, my brother/sister! That’s the Holy Spirit I have requested in prayer earlier to be with you now, while you conduct even a short prayer for yourself, your loved ones, and for others. Seize this opportunity. Plead earnestly for your household, so that no one will be separated even if we encounter the most severe distress that may come to the lives of the faithful. Plead humbly to our Almighty God to have pity on your fate even if life is more burdensome but if He will be with us every day we will never be deficient. The blessings from Him through our dear Lord Jesus Christ will be enough for your needs! He has cleaved to your personality so keep your mind holy and do what is good. Always worship and praise our Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ, keep yourself meek, peaceful, and humble and their love will envelop you, to gently caress your back, and touch your heart with loving comfort. Yes, my dear brethren we will always feel that they are within us because they love us. – Elias Arkangel.