John Chapter 10 Speaks to us today!
a doubt we as the people of God find ourselves in the Laodicean era of His Church. The
EVIDENCE is there all around us! There are now some 400 offshoots or splinter groups of what was once the Worldwide Church
of God. Each of these groups are teaching and preaching something different than the others, yet ALL believe they are right!
HOW can this be!?
THOUSANDS of members of the once united WCG are now going all directions with their different ideas and beliefs. There are
almost as many ideas and beliefs now (or gods ?) as there are people in God’s scattered Church!
very many believe now days that Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong was God’s end time apostle who restored truths and established
doctrines into God’s Church, which believe it or not are STILL BINDING TODAY. But someone has to say- THAT MOST CERTAINLY
DID HAPPEN! And he was much more than God’s apostle as is shown throughout this website.
time goes on, we can now see more clearly that SINCE the death of Mr. Armstrong and the beginning of the Laodicean era, that
there are NO truly loyal ministers of God. Oh yes, there are ministers, and they
are ministers of Jesus Christ (that’s the shame of it). And most all will “say” that they are loyal. They may have all been loyal at one time.
But God in His Word says that now they are not. This is to their shame, ESPECIALLY since they are ministers! This is a bold
statement I realize, but it is based on the Word of God! I have already covered for example on this website, Ezek. 34 and
Jer. 23, and there is much more.
we have to do is go to the Word of God and look into this era and the prophesies that are coming alive today, and let the
Bible speak for itself. Much of this has already been covered in this website, but the purpose of this article is to show
what Christ is saying to us ALL today in this era, and specifically in John chapter 10.
let’s look at a brief statement that Christ makes to us in this era, in Revelation 3:20.
I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens
the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”
I put emphasis on the words “door” and “My voice” above. This is for a reason as we will see going
into John 10. So please remember this verse in Rev. 3:20 as we proceed. I also
touched on this verse in another place on this website.
notice John 10 verses 1-5, which state:
assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is
a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of
the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice;
and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings
out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”
you compare this with Rev. 3:20 a picture should begin to emerge. Notice verse 7 which clears it up even more. It says:
Jesus said to them again, Most assuredly, I say to you , I am the door of the sheep.”
Christ says here that HE is the door. And He says in verses 3 and 4 that His sheep hear HIS “voice”. So WHAT is
that voice? It is of course the Word of God, Christ IS that Word. But He has
also spoken to His people throughout the centuries through prophets, who were His voice (or spokesmen) and He has spoken to
us in the Church age through His apostles who were also His voice (or spokesmen). The
apostles of the Bible AND the end time apostle- Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong. He was a VOICE of God, crying out in the spiritual
wilderness of this world. That we should all know by now.
now there are NO loyal ministers, and Christ begins to address this here if we have “eyes to see”. Obviously there have been loyal ministers or servants down through the ages and even in the 20th
century, as is proven by the works God accomplished through Mr. Armstrong and the ministry under him at that time.
now we are in the time of the prophesied great falling away from truth, and a spiritual abomination of desolation (a type
of the physical one to come). So spiritually speaking, this is a very dark and
gloomy time for God’s Church! We don’t have to look very far around us today to see that.
the Bible STILL speaks to us today! It is more alive and relevant today than ever. So Christ here begins to address THIS time
period we are in right now, as is made evident.
now verse 8 concerning this time period:
who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.”
we proceed here, we will see that it is SHEPHERDS or ministers that Christ is talking about! This has to be the Laodicean
era He is talking about because it is obvious that there HAVE BEEN loyal servants in the past, at least UNTIL the end of the
Philadelphia era when Mr.
Armstrong died. So this is referring to a time when Christ says there are NO shepherds (Ezek. 34 & Jer. 23), a time when
ALL have slumbered and slept or gone off track again (Matt. 25:5). So it is about the Laodicean time period. These scriptures
are for us now!
let’s continue reading these verses. Verses 9-11:
am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and
out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.
I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the
first, Christ’s reference to “the door”. Sounds again like
Rev. 3:20 right? But in these verses (8-11) Christ keeps referring to “THIEVES”, and we will clearly see that
it is the shepherds or MINISTRY He is talking about! If we look at the “spiritual” meaning of verses 8 through
11 it should already be clear. But read on. Notice verse 12 now and we will see why Christ calls them thieves. He gets even
more specific. Notice verse 12:
a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and
flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them.
Christ calls “all these who have come before Him” in this Laodicean era HIRELINGS! They are only there
for the money, the “job security” aspect. They are not really caring for the sheep because they simply do not
care for them. Notice verse 13:
hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.”
we take the time now and go back and read Ezekiel 34, this picture becomes crystal clear! God says in that chapter that because
these ministers have NOT fed the flock but rather fed themSELVES, that He (God) will do it HIMSELF! And HE will
gather His flock together. And He is addressing ALL the ministry, because He says that they have ALL fallen away after their
own lusts. He says there is NO shepherd.
promise God gives His loyal sheep in Ezekiel 34 and Jeremiah 23 to FEED us and GATHER us together is basically repeated here
in John 10.
am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As
the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and
there will be one flock and one shepherd.”
encouraging words indeed! Someday soon Christ will gather together His elect and there will be one flock and one shepherd.
You can read on through the rest of this chapter, especially verses 25-30 for even more encouragement!
back in verse 3 of John 10, Christ says concerning His sheep that He “LEADS THEM OUT”. Out of what? Out of the
Laodicean condition if we simply repent! Again Rev. 3:20 makes this clear. This is already happening to some, not many, but
it is beginning to happen! In verse 4 He says when He “BRINGS OUT His own sheep”. Brings out from what?
Laodicea of course! Then He says He “GOES BEFORE THEM” and the sheep “FOLLOW HIM”, and why? Because
they KNOW HIS VOICE!
mentioned in other places on this website, that VOICE is Jesus Christ in His written form – the Bible. But it is also
the VOICE of His loyal servant of the past era- Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong! That voice STILL speaks to us today through his
writings and audio files which have been preserved.
what was Christ’s point in these verses mentioned above? It should be clearly evident when compared with other scriptures
and discerning the “times” we live in.
says He and HE ONLY, is the GOOD SHEPHERD. He is the only shepherd who has remained loyal in this era. Why else would He say
that ‘ALL” who have come before Him are thiefs and robbers? That certainly did NOT apply to the Philadelphia era
of God’s Church. Christ had nothing but good to say about that era in Revelation 3. And as well it could not have applied
to the first century apostles whose writings are preserved for us today in the Bible. So it can only apply to our time now.
This “should” be a WAKE UP CALL to God’s ministry today! Will they listen? Of course not, or at least not
yet. They would have too much to lose “physically” speaking.
what Christ says in verses 25-26 of John 10. This should be a warning to all
of us - the ministry as well as members.
25 says: “I told you, and
you do not believe...”
And verse 26 states: “But
you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you.”
the GOOD NEWS in all of this is that we can SEE these prophesies being fulfilled before our very eyes. And the GOOD NEWS is
that Jesus Christ is still our High Priest. He is the good shepherd. He is loyal and will never give up on us. Let’s
not give up on Him! We simply have to be LOYAL SHEEP that recognize and HEAR His voice. Then we respond by following His commands,
which can be summarized by saying: “ALL THAT WAS RESTORED TO US DURING THE PHILADELPHIA ERA!” LISTEN to the last
command Christ gave to us for the Philadelphian era (Rev. 3:11), and LISTEN to the commands He gives us for this Laodicean
time period (Rev. 3:14-22).
these words of encouragement in verses 27-29:
hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life,
and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My
Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.”