“And the LORD said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd.” (Zech. 11:15)
What could probably be the “instruments” God wanted the prophet Zechariah to carry with him? The word “instruments” comes from the Hebrew word “kelı̂y” (ke-lee’) which according to Strong’s Concordance could also pertain to a pot, or a weapon (see Ezekiel 40:42, where the same Hebrew word for “instruments” was used to kill or slaughter a sacrifice).
Now for a moment, just imagine a shepherd holding a pot or a weapon (knife) – indeed it must be so absurd and so foolish seeing such a shepherd – that instead of holding a staff, he holds a pot and a knife in his hands of all things! For proof, let us read verses 4 and 5: “Thus saith the Lord my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter (signifying the use of weapon or knife); Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they that sell (connotes the pot or money) them say, Blessed be the Lord; for I am rich: and their own shepherds pity them not.”
To better understand verse 15, let’s consider what the Geneva Commentary has to say:
Signifying that they should have a certain type of regiment and outward show of government: but in effect it would be nothing, for they would be wolves, and devouring beasts instead of shepherds.
The word “regiment” in the dictionary means: governmental rule; to force discipline or order on; to put into systematic order; systematize;
Again, as the commentary noted that those foolish shepherds will tend to show to God’s people a CERTAIN TYPE OF GOVERNMENTAL RULE that forces discipline or systematic order and an OUTWARD SHOW OF GOVERNMENT which makes God’s sheep even more vulnerable to an attack from the shepherds themselves who turns out to be wolves and devouring beasts! It seems like these foolish shepherds always say, GOVERNMENT, GOVERNMENT, GOVERNMENT, as they slaughter and devour God’s sheep! It is very evident that they are abusing GOD’S GOVERNMENT. And they are comparable to wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matt. 7:15)
“For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces.” (v. 16)
Again, why does the foolish shepherd holds a pot and a knife? TO “EAT THE FLESH OF THE FAT AND TEAR THEIR CLAWS IN PIECES!”
Instead of taking care of God’s sheep and protecting them from the wolves and the other wild beasts of the field, it was the shepherds who slaughter and eat up those sheep for food!
This is the same prophecy written in Ezekiel chapter 34 wherein God’s sheep became meat to all the beasts of the field and meat for the shepherds (vv. 5, 8, 10). Instead of protecting the sheep, the shepherds drove the sheep away. Notice that even today, this is already happening – some PCG members have been driven away by their shepherds, some were not brought back into the flock nor were they visited, and those who were sick were not healed, instead these shepherds feed themselves with “the flesh of the fat” – the choicest part, and ripped altogether the sheep into pieces to become meat to all the beasts in the field. And take note that they are using God’s government in fulfilling all of this.
But notice in verse 13, God describes them as a “potter in the house of the Lord,” which means, the instrument that they are holding is a pot instead of a staff. Just imagine their foolishness – a shepherd carrying a pot? They only think of the sheep as a means of filling their own belly for their own satisfaction! Remember that they have an outward show of government, so they cannot be easily detected from the other shepherds.
A pot implies something being cooked for food to be eaten. And at times a pot connotes money. This clearly indicates that these shepherds truly love themselves – they are full of VANITY and they speak only VANITY (Zech. 10:2, Jude 1:12)
This foolish shepherd could also be referring to the last end Diotrephes who has no problem with doctrine, but only lusts for more power to himself! And according to several commentaries, this foolish shepherd also refers to the ANTICHRIST. Now here is the question: Will this foolish shepherd be the one who shall betray Christ coming in the flesh through Mr. Flurry? It seems the purchase of the Bricket Wood campus is just the first stage of this betrayal!
Again why is it that the foolish shepherd does not hold a STAFF? Because it looks like that God’s staff, BANDS at this point in time has already been broken. So does this mean that after Mr. Flurry dies, a foolish shepherd will take his place? Yes, and he would act as though he has God’s government:
Signifying that they should have a certain type of regiment and outward show of government: but in effect it would be nothing, for they would be wolves, and devouring beasts instead of shepherds. (op. cit.)
We must remember that this all happens after the staff BANDS (Mr. Flurry) was “cut asunder” (v. 14). This foolish shepherd does seem to have “certain type of regiment and outward show of government,” so we must all BEWARE – He will use it to his advantage when Mr. Flurry is gone. But in actual fact, it is NOT God’s government, because he do not have the staff, what he only has is a pot and a knife! Yet he has a “certain type of regiment” – which means that he is not alone; he has a group of his own. Could this group of shepherds also be referring to the 25 men of Ezekiel chapter 8? (vv. 16-17). Most certainly! They are one and the same group! But for now, they are still under God’s government because Mr. Flurry is still alive. But we all ought to carefully WATCH how they will turn to become ANTICHRISTS at the end of this LAST HOUR!
“Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.” (v. 17)
Here is what the JFB Commentary wrote regarding the “idol shepherd”:
the idol–The Hebrew expresses both vanity and an idol. Compare …2 Thessalonians 2:4 …as to the idolatrous and blasphemous claims of Antichrist. The “idol shepherd that leaveth the flock” cannot apply to Rome, but to some ruler among the Jews themselves, at first cajoling, then “leaving” them, nay, destroying them.
This looks like a duality of the fulfillment of the 2 Thessalonians 2:4 prophecy all over again! That’s why we need to remember and digest the little book, Malachi’s Message even more!
Is this a remote possibility to happen? – A duality of the great falling away in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2? Well, we can argue on this subject for as long as we like but God’s word shall be fulfilled no matter what. It does look like that what has happened after Mr. Armstrong died was just a precursor to this final last end prophecy.
The “idol shepherds” being mentioned are the same “idols” who have spoken vanity: “For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because there was no shepherd. (Zech. 10:2)
There will really come a time when the shepherd (Mr. Flurry) will “be taken out of the way” (2 Thes. 2:7) and be “cut asunder” (Zech. 11:14) just like Mr. Armstrong so we ought to be ever more vigilant because the impostors in God’s own Church are already speaking vanity and they want their voice to be heard in Ireland and they also want to publish vanity and wickedness in Britain. (Jer. 4:15)
Remember that the counterpart of Bricket Wood in this last end is the field in Anathoth which was a city of God’s own priests who betrayed God by plotting to kill the prophet Jeremiah. Notice also that Jeremiah’s evidence of the purchase of that field was placed in a pottery: “Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Take these evidences, this evidence of the purchase, both which is sealed, and this evidence which is open; and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may continue many days.” (Jer. 32:14)
The word “vessel” here is the same Hebrew word used in Zechariah 11:15 for the word “instruments.” This only means that those foolish shepherds who hold the instrument or the vessel are the same leading PCG ministers who have betrayed Christ through a purchase of a land in this last end. Bricket Wood is prophesied to become a field of blood (Matt. 27:6-8). The purchase of that land is equivalent to the price of a JUDAS-LIKE BETRAYAL!
For now, the idol shepherds speak vanity, have seen a lie and told false dreams. (Zech. 10:2) This is the main reason we all need to ask God for the rain in the time of the latter rain even today: “Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field. (v. 1)
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