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Trusting In Man/Today's Sanhedrin
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I have engaged in some recent discussions with my friends regarding the "Apostolic Association
Of Prophetic Elders". The name alone sticks in my craw. I've been thinking about it for the
last two days and talking with the Lord about it.
We find one council in the New Testament: called a council of Apostles and Elders in
Jerusalem. It was convened to resolve a dispute. We don't read of another such gathering
for Godly purposes
in New Testament times. We are certain that prophets were there, so that is not so much
the problem. No, we see today that rather than calling a council to solve a dispute, this
current council is organized to bring people together and to organize them into manageable
groups. The council reaches "alignment". The rountables reach agreement. And so, they
reason, they have heard from the Lord.
Could it be that they have formed another Sanhedrin?
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia says, of the Sanhedrin, that "the members
were arranged in a semicircle, so that they could see each other." Hence, very similar to the
roundtable type of approach that is being used today in some areas. "The Great Sanhedrin
in Jerusalem was formed of high priests (i.e. the acting high priest, those who had been high
priests, and members of the privileged families from which the high priests were taken), elders
(tribal and family heads of the people and priesthood), and scribes (i.e. legal assessors),
Pharisees and Sadduccees alike." "During the Roman period the influence of the Sanhedrin
was most powerful." After the destruction of Jerusalem, the beth-din, or courts of judgement
met in various cities and were "merely an assembly of scribes, whose decisions had only a
Interesting quotes these! Currently, our present day "Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders"
has no authority beyond the theoretical either, but that may change over time. "The thing
that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done:
and there is no new thing under the sun." Ecclesiastes 1:9.
As I pondered these things, my mind turned to numbers. God has a way of speaking to me
in numerical ways because I am so aware of the numerical language of the Lord. For
some reason, the Lord was reminding me that of the 66 bible books, only three have the
same positional order in the bible as they have when alphabetized: Ezra (15th), Jeremiah (24th)
and Mark (41'st). Why would the Lord be prompting me on these points and toward these
books? I began to investigate and seek the word of the Lord.
First of all, the Sanhedrin came into full view during the time of Ezra. The encyclopedia
says that it was "constituted by Moses and was reorganized by Ezra immediately after the return
from exile. So, that explains why the Lord is leading me to look at Ezra.
I inquired of the Lord about Mark. Why that book? My eyes fell on Mark 15:1-"And straightway
in the morning the chief priests held a consultation of the elders and scribes and the whole
council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate." There we
have the word council, used with elders, priests and scribes: quite a collection, and quite
comparable to what we see today. It would be good to remember that a council of religious
men ordered the death of our Lord.
Finally, why Jeremiah? The 24th book, both positionally among the 66 books, and alphabetically
when those books are placed in alphabetical order. The number 24 is the number of our
Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Omega: the 24th letter. He is the 24th king of Judah and Israel.
The name Jesus, in the Greek, occupies the 2424th place of alphabetical order in New Testament
words as evidenced by the Strongs Concordance Greek Dictionary. There are many, many
As I was pondering numbers, I thought about the judgement number: 17. The flood of Noah
began on the 17th day. As I looked at Jeremiah 17, the Lord began to speak to me from
verse 5: "Thus
saith the Lord, Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose
heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see
when the good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land
and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD
There is a growing tendency appearing in the new councils. We see prophecy being shared
until "alignment" is reached with the prophetic roundtables. Is this agreement, or is this
trusting in man? As the word of the Lord becomes scarce, and it already has, these council's
will ratify the prophesy of other men and God's stamp will be placed on it, but God will have
nothing to do with it.
Note first that trusting in man brings a curse. The curse has the effect of causing one to not
be able to see when the good cometh, so this curse affects spiritual sight. In a time when
there was no vision: for 400 years
prior to the birth of Jesus Christ, the Sanhedrin became strong and powerful. Now, as we
enter a time when the vision of the seer will be darkened, for a season, we are seeing the
emergence of these councils. They will assure one another that they have the word of the
Lord when they see nothing and hear nothing. Already, there is a famine of hearing the
word of the Lord that has fallen upon those who trust in man.
Will they now go the whole way and make flesh their arm and depart from the Lord? I pray,
Lord Jesus, that the seers who have no current vision will humble themselves before the Lord
and claim no revelation when they have none. I pray that they will turn to you, Oh Lord,
and not prophesy from their reservoir of revelation of bygone days. Lord, I know that some
will not turn to you. Father, I pray that you protect the flock from those, in Jesus name. Amen.
Stephen L. Bening
a servant and prophet of our Lord Jesus Christ
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