For today, read Zechariah  11:14-17. The historical lesson brings forward the present-truth application. The FALSE “shepherd in the land” (v16) has spoken 3 times most recently through his last 2 encyclical–Laodato si and Fraternity Tutti. God through the prophet Zechariah has warned us of what his true ‘mission is. Now the “idol shepherd that leaveth the flock are the ‘apostate elders’… It is true that the biblical hx of v16 here references Cyrus (Isa 44:28) and God’s progressive judgment through him on His people for breaking the covenant (v14-17;  539BC). Also, v17 more specifically tells us about the judgment on the idol shepherd in 1798 (Rev 13:3, 10) AND what is to happen to the idol shepherd at the end of the LTT (Rev 17:16; 18:19-23). BUT DON’T MISS THE THIRD APPLICATION: It also applies (see Exe 9) to the “idol shepherds” in spiritual Israel, as “…the false watchmen are the first to fall. There are none to pity or to spare. Men, women, maidens, and little children perish together” GC656. Be a Berean: study for yourselves and you’ll find even more “hidden treasures”. Tomorrow we’ll look at the beautiful hx and present-truth application of the first 13 verses: Zech 11:1-13. Next we’ll look at the chaps 11 in the 4 major prophets (Isa-Jer-Eze-Dan) and 9T111-40, 259-273–amazing present truths for today. May God grant us another blessed day. Let’s pray now for unity of the believers through the Holy Spirit so that we may live and give the Early Rain message.  Maranatha. 

Written by, Dr. Samuel Walters