A lot of people are preoccupied with finding out who the antechrist may be and when Yeshua will possibly return, yet they are missing out an important point regarding the end times.
One of the most characteristic sign of our endtimes is a consistent increase in pride, especially among people who claim to be believers or followers.
Our Lord has been warning me, during Shabbat, to pen down this article as an urgent warning, to all of you. I’ve been speaking with Yeshua and I can ensure you that prideful boasting will close the gates of Heaven to you when He returns.
Pride is of the devil
I usually avoid speaking much of the enemy. However, the aim of this article being to raise conscience of wicked ways that are invading many individuals and communities in our age, it is merely a duty to expose some behaviors that are an abomination to our Lord.
Beware: pride goes before it falls.
Lucifer’s downfall came because of the sin of pride-this sin can cause the downfall of many ( even good intentioned) individuals.
Why? Because pride comes clothed in many disguises. Let us just name a few here.
Self-praise and arrogant boasting about deeds
Making yourself appear as ” righteous” and boasting constantly about your own good deeds is abhorrent to our Lord.
False modesty will cause you to be discarded! You might find pleasure in it, because many individuals will praise you. The illusion of the sweet music of fellow admirers may soon turn into a hellish uproar. Frequently people are calling themselves ” righteous, holy or saint”. However this is not right!
The Book of Proverbs clearly states: ” Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips” ( Proverbs 27:5)
Calling yourselves holy is sinning. Yes, it is, whatever you may think.
Scripture says: ” You shall be holy, for I the Lord am holy” (Leviticus 20:26).
Please note that it is said : you shall be holy, not “you shall call yourself holy”- which means that you are to act in holiness, like your Father in Heaven.
We are all sinners, even when our heart is doing our best to please Hashem. Thus, we should always consider our sinful nature and be clothed with modesty, in front of the Lord and in front of others.
Pointing an accusatory finger at others and judgmental ways
Because we are ALL sinners ( no one is exempt of sin), we are not allowed to judge our neighbor by pointing our finger in an accusatory way ( public bashing in real life, public bashing on social media, gossiping is strictly prohibited). If you doubt it, may I gently remind you of the parable of the speck and the log?
Rejecting the counsel of the Lord
Rejecting the counsel of the Lord is also pride in disguise. When Yeshua is clearly showing you a direction, just TRUST Him, for He always knows better.
The invaluable teaching from the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector
Delitzsch Gospels Luke 18:9-14
“Once more He took up his parable, directing it to people who trust in themselves that they are righteous, but view others with contempt.
Two men went up to the Temple to pray. One was a Parush ( Pharisee) and the other a tax collector.
The Parush stood by himself and prayed, saying: “I thank you, God, that I am not like the rest of the people-thieves, exploiters and adulterers-and also that I am not like this tax collector. I fast twice a weel, I bring a ma’aser ( a tenth, a portion of a produce or income that is donated), of all I acquire.”
But the tax collector stood at a distance and was not willing to lift his eyes towards Heaven.
He pounded his heart and said: “God, forgive me! I am the sinner.”
I say to you that this one went back down to his house made more righteous than the other because ALL WHO LIFT THEMSELVES UP WILL BE BROUGHT LOW AND WHOEVER LOWERS HIMSELF WILL BE LIFTED UP.”
Yeshua’s parable is spoken in a very clear manner. It leaves no space for ambiguity. We are meant to walk in humbleness. Should we correct someone, it should be ourselves.
Should we use our judgment, it should be done in order to discern between good and evil.
Should we consider that a brother or a sister is wrong, we should instruct this person in loving kindness and never blame her. And should this person refuse to listen, we should recommend her in our prayers.
Yeshua is showing me my limits; that’s daily. I am very much conscious of my sinful nature. May He help me perfect myself. May He help us all! Praised be His wonderful Name!
Copyright© by Isabelle Esling