Your Own Brother

Matthew 10:16-22 KJV  “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
[17] But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
[18] And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
[19] But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
[20] For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
[21] And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.
[22] And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”

We know, doctrinally, this refers to the tribulation time. How do we know? Take the chapter in context. Jesus is speaking to his 12 disciples and he is telling them,  Matthew 10:5-7 KJV

“These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
[6] But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
[7] And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

During the tribulation, the time of the Gentiles is gone and God is dealing with Israel again. We also know from scripture, the kingdom of heaven is the literal, earthly reign of Jesus from Jerusalem.

But my point in showing these verses is,  notice verse 21. Brother will deliver up brother, and the father will deliver up the child, to what? Death. It is hard to think of brothers delivering up their own brother to death. Who delivered Jesus to be crucified?  Judas, one of the 12.

We know however, that is exactly what happened with Joseph. Joseph’s own brothers sold him into slavery. Who was at fault for Joseph going into slavery? ( I am not talking about God’s divine plan either.) Who was at fault? Joseph’s own brothers. And Joseph never went back to his own country alive. He stayed in the country where he was sold as a slave. His life in that country, as a slave,  in the flesh, became better than his brother’s.

Today, we see Africans claim Confederate statues offend them and they want the Confederate flag, statues and all references to America’s Civil War removed because these symbols “offend” them.

In the grand scheme of things, believers know this is really spiritual warfare and the forces of evil are trying to eradicate God and American history. It started in the 1950’s by removing school prayer, removing God from taxpayer funded schools and the process has nibbled away at all references to God in our society. And this is the real reason why Africans and others are demanding the Confederate symbols be removed.

How do I know this? Joseph. Tearing down symbols of history because people over 100 years ago had African slaves is ludicrous. It is history. But the Africans have it wrong and here is why. Who sold Joseph into slavery? His own brothers. Who sold Africans into slavery? Their own brothers. Africans could have fought off, as a country, those wanting to buy slaves, but they didn’t. Their own countrymen, their own brothers sold them into slavery.

Merchants came to buy a product, people as slaves. Their own brothers sold them to the merchants for money, for profit. If the merchants could not buy them, they would have looked elsewhere. The same thing happens today. People, mothers and fathers sell their children into sex trafficking for money. Their own family is selling them as slaves.

When slavery was abolished in countries around the world, including America, Africans could have gone home. They chose not to return to their country. Just like Joseph, he stayed in Egypt and so did Joseph’s family. So why didn’t Joseph blame the Egyptians? Because the Egyptians were the merchants buying a product that was for sale. And who was selling the product? Joseph’s own brothers. Who sold the Africans? Their own brothers.
Who sells the children into sex trafficking? Their own mothers, fathers and brothers.

The late Supreme Court Justice Anton Scalia said of what is happening in America is social transformation without representation. People are tearing down symbols, flags, bibles, crosses, ten commandment plaques to transform America socially. And because our “elected” officials never asked the people to vote on these social issues, we have social transformation without representation

So if American history offends you, move out of our country. If God offends you and you do not want crosses, bibles and prayer, leave because our founding fathers established America on the Holy Scriptures, school prayer, teaching the Bible in schools and closing all business on Sundays so families went to church. And yes, we have made mistakes but don’t blame us for what your own brothers did to you. Blame those who sold you, not us.

Until next time.



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