reply to post by Greatest I am
Dear Great I Am.
Those questions in the OP show that you have intellectual capacity and are using sound reasoning to think things out logically. Indeed you make very
good arguments and your question deserves a dignified answer. As no one has been able to do so please allow me to help you understand what the
scriptures really teach about Jesus and if he really has ever abandoned his flock.
(John 10:27, 28) . . .My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. And I give them everlasting life, and they will by no means
ever be destroyed, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
(John 18:9) . . .in order that the word might be fulfilled which he said: “Of those whom you have given me I have not lost a single one.”
(John 6:39) This is the will of him that sent me, that I should lose nothing out of all that he has given me but that I should resurrect it at the
Jesus himself teaches us that all of his sheep know his voice and listen to him and they follow him wherever he goes. He also teaches that not one of
them has been lost.
How is it that Jesus has not lost any from among his flock, yet the Bible teaches that the world of mankind in general is in spiritual darkness, and
has been deceived by Satan the Devil, as you correctly pointed out, and these are the scriptures to back up that teaching:
(2 Corinthians 4:4) among whom the god of this system of things has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, that the illumination of the glorious good
news about the Christ, who is the image of God, might not shine through...- Also see Revelation 12:9.
I think you have mankind in general confused with sheep, and Jesus' flock. When Jesus' was referring to his flock he was referring to those who
listen to his voice and follow him. The majority of mankind has not done so. In actuality he has two flocks. One is a small flock of 144,000
anointed Christians who will be resurrected to spirit life when him in heaven to rule as kings and priests over the earth and mankind. And another
flock of Christians who will live on earth forever. (See Revelation 14:1; John 10:16)
It is true that Jesus has allowed all of those among both these flocks to be sifted and tested by Satan. But it is not because he wants to. Rather
it is because Satan has asked Jehovah God to hand them over to him to be tested, just as he viciously demanded Jehovah the right to test Job, and did
many horrible things to that man to put his integrity to the test:
(Luke 22:31) . . .“Simon, Simon, look! Satan has demanded to have YOU men to sift YOU as wheat.
We are told that Satan the Devil has come down to earth waging war against the remaining seed of the woman of Genesis 3:15:
(Revelation 12:17) . . .And the dragon grew wrathful at the woman, and went off to wage war with the remaining ones of her seed, who observe the
commandments of God and have the work of bearing witness to Jesus.
The remnants of this seed, the remaining of the 144,000 called to heavenly life are the main target of Satan's viscous earthly attack. He uses at
his disposal his political governments, and religious governments in unrelenting assaults upon their integrity. Jehovah has allowed this testing to
prove Satan the liar that he is:
(Proverbs 27:11) . . .Be wise, my son, and make my heart rejoice, that I may make a reply to him that is taunting me.
Yet Jehovah has never allowed any of his servants to be tempted beyond what we can bear:
(2 Corinthians 4:7-9) . . .However, we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the power beyond what is normal may be God’s and not that out
of ourselves. 8 We are pressed in every way, but not cramped beyond movement; we are perplexed, but not absolutely with no way out; 9 we are
persecuted, but not left in the lurch; we are thrown down, but not destroyed.
Notice one of those scriptures I cited at the beginning of this answer. Jesus reveals that when the time comes all those who have died for his name
will be resurrected back to life. So really to him he has never lost any of his flock. All who die loyally to him will be raised to life. They are
the ones that WIN!!!
It is true that the majority of mankind right now, in general, is in spiritual darkness. Yet the Bible reveals that the time is near at hand when
Jesus will raise all mankind back from the dead in the new world of righteousness, and all those dead, brought back to life in paradise on earth will
be taught the truth.
If you would like further explanations of Biblical truth please feel free to u2u me or visit the link in my signature.