Question 1: The pastors and elders in the religious world are all people who serve God in the churches. By rights, in the second coming of the Lord, they ought to be more alert and taking things seriously. But why is it that they don’t seek out and investigate Almighty God’s work in the last days, but make rumors, condemn, and judge instead, and keep their followers from investigating?
Answer: This question doesn’t strike as strange. When the Lord Jesus came to do His work, He faced wild opposition and condemnation even from the religious world, the Pharisees, chief priests and scribes. He was crucified by them in the end. That’s historically true. We should all think about this. Why was the Lord Jesus crucified by the religious world? If we can understand the reasoning for that, it’s easy to see why in the last days Almighty God is re-crucified by the religious world. Everything that Almighty God expresses is the truth, and what He does is the work of judgment in the last days. Yet He suffers wild condemnation and blasphemy from those religious pastors and elders. It’s quite thought provoking. Condemning Almighty God’s work is blaspheming the Holy Spirit. It’s almost like they’re re-crucifying Christ of the last days. The nature of this problem is very grave! Some people still don’t understand this. They say the religious pastors and elders are those who serve God in churches. But why don’t they investigate or seek out the true way but condemn it? The truth is, this has to do with these people’s nature. As we all know, the Jewish chief priests, the scribes and the Pharisees all served God in the temple. When the Lord Jesus did His work on earth, most of them admitted that His work and words had authority as well as power. Then why did they still nail the Lord Jesus to the cross? We know from the records in the Bible what the Lord Jesus did at that time shocked the entire Judean nation. He fed five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish. He made the lame walk, the blind see, the dead return, and so on. That shocked all of Judea. Many people spread the Lord Jesus’ name and the news of the work He did on earth. And the followers of the Lord Jesus grew great and many. But when those chief priests, scribes, and the Pharisees saw it all, hatred grew in their hearts. They all understood if the Lord Jesus continued His work, their Jewish followers would soon turn to follow Him, that all of Judaism would break down before very long and collapse. And so, to safeguard Judaism’s existence and the Bible’s dignity, as well as to hold on their lofty jobs and positions, they frantically condemned the Lord Jesus with false accusations. In the end, they colluded with the Roman government to crucify the Lord Jesus alive. Today the pastors and elders are the same way. They see Almighty God’s word is the truth, that it has authority and power. If this word is preached among the believers in the religious world who seek out and love the truth, they will all acknowledge this is God’s word, God’s voice, and that the Lord Jesus has already returned. So the pastors and elders extremely fear that believers will read Almighty God’s word and hear God’s voice. They fear losing followers to Almighty God even more, because they would lose their positions and jobs. That’s why they especially hate Almighty God. So they make up wild rumors, resist and condemn Him, and disrupt and hinder believers’ search for the true way. This is obvious to anyone with good sense. So, the pastors and elders today resist and condemn Almighty God for the very same reason the Jewish Pharisees resisted the Lord Jesus. Their satanic nature drives them to despise and hate the truth and to resist God. The facts are sufficient proof that the pastors and the elders in the religious world, those who resist and condemn Almighty God are not His true servants. It’s clear these men are hypocritical Pharisees. They’re all antichrists.
The Jewish Pharisees in Judea were antichrists who were exposed by the work of the Lord Jesus in the past. Today the religious pastors and elders are antichrists exposed by Almighty God’s work of the last days. Their substance as truth haters is no different. They’re antichrists who deny God incarnate. Just as the Bible says, “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist” (2 John 1:7). “Hereby know you the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof you have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world” (1 John 4:2-3). And so, we’re completely sure that people who deny God incarnate are antichrists, and those who refuse, condemn, and oppose God incarnate are antichrists too. True believers who know God will surely recognize and accept God incarnate’s work, while those who don’t truly believe in or know Him will condemn and resist the incarnate God. Through the work of Almighty God—Christ of the last days, every antichrist and unbeliever is revealed. The sheep and the goats, the good and the evil, are separated. Thus people are classed according to kind. And so, if God’s believers can’t discern the antichrists, they will easily be deceived and controlled and find it hard to return before God’s throne.
from the movie script of Break Through the Snare