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House of Prayer – TABLE-FLIPPING SAVIOR! [podcast]

As an eternal memorial for His holiness, and His requirement for His people to be holy, the LORD Jesus cleansed the temple twice and these are book ends with great significance …

Jesus says that God’s people are a praying people!

Jesus and His holy apostles often rebuked and exposed false leaders and false doctrine (Matthew 23; Acts 13:10; 20:29-31; Galatians 5:11-12; 2 Timothy 4:2-4; 2 Peter 2; 2 John 7-11; Revelation 2:6, 15, etc.). Therefore we know that part of following Jesus includes doing the same. In fact, the body of Christ is mandated to do just that (Romans 16:17-18; Philippians 1:17; Jude 3-4).

GOD never intended for the fellowship gatherings of His saints to become an entertainment hour – where greedy wolves exploit His people (Matthew 21:12-17; Acts 2:42-47; 2 Peter 2:1-3).

Fellowship was basic, simple, organic, and Christ-centered until all the wolves showed up and commercialized, monetized, and bureaucratized it.

The earliest followers of Jesus gathered daily in homes and “continued stedfastly” in 4 things and one of them was the Word of God – “the apostles’ doctrine.”

“And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” Acts 2:42

  • “the apostles’ doctrine”
  • “fellowship”
  • “breaking of bread”
  • “prayers”

God-fearing people have integrity. They love the truth and are like Jesus, the table-flipping Son of God – they fearlessly call out and expose hypocrisy and hypocrites (Matt. 10:26-28). Read Matthew 23.

Jesus and His holy apostles often warned the people of the “MANY false prophets” and mandated that we do the same! (See Matthew 7:15; 24:11; Jude 3-4, etc..)

Those who defend instead of marking, instead of flipping the tables of the vile wolves of our day prove they are children of the devil and not one with the Son of God (Romans 16:17-18; 2 John 10-11).

“He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” Matthew 12:30

The only reason today’s wolves are so popular is due to the unrepentant counterfeits who follow and fund them! Repent now sinner. Run to Jesus before it’s too late!

Beware of those vile counterfeits in our midst who support, who bid Godspeed to Jesus’ enemies – instead of exposing them! (2 John 10-11)


“If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” 2 John 10-11

Notice that the LORD promises to judge all those who condone, who “bid God speed” to His enemies!

You’d better get into God’s Word for yourself, for all it’s worth and beg God to help you discern who His enemies are – lest you commit spiritual adultery and perish irrevocably, consciously in the flames of eternal damnation!

Paul tells us that these false leaders are “enemies of the cross of Christ” and “accursed” (Galatians 3:18-19; Galatians 1:6-9). If you have a problem with that – you have a problem with the Almighty and are in need of repentance.

Beware of those who defend wolves instead of exposing them (Jude 3). Those who do this prove they are the enemies of Christ! Any man not warning the flock of Christ of false leaders and false doctrine, is himself a wolf!

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” Jude 3

EVER stop to ponder how we’ve commercialized, monetized, and grossly complicated what God ordained to be a time of rejoicing and blessing? Fellowship! Read Acts 2:42 and Colossians 3:16. Study the biblical model. Real fellowship with other saints is so simple, so organic – when we see it in God’s Word (Acts 2:42-47; Colossians 3:16, etc.). The bureaucracy of wolves has completely ruined such simplicity and that’s why so many no longer patronize their church busine$$e$ (2 Peter 2:1-3).

Jesus went Ape on the Wolves

Saints, it’s the hour to return to BEING Christ’s church, His holy (set apart) PEOPLE and to cease patronizing the wolves who are our LORD’s enemies!

Most pastors are simply conducting church “services” and not equipping the saints (Ephesians 4:11-12). They set up a building, and opened their doors for busine$$ in order to make merchandise to the gullible dupes they entertain (Jeremiah 5:31; 2 Timothy 4:2-4; 2 Peter 2:1-3).

Modern wolves have made the place and time of worship and ministry into a business (Matt 21:12-17). Was this not prophesied? (2 Peter 2:1-3)

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandi$e of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” 2 Peter 2:1-3

“The church is not a business. It’s a body. But when that body becomes a business, it’s prostitution.” unknown

Though never taught in the apostate modern church world, God cannot be separated from His Holiness. In fact, holiness is the divine nature and cited in triplicate – not only once but twice – once in the Old and also in the New Testament canon of Holy Scripture (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8).

Like Esau who sold his birthright for a bowl of soup, many a church leader today has traded his eternal soul for fleeting temporal trinkets.

As an eternal memorial of His righteous and holy judgment against greed-driven thieving, and deceitful monetary practices among those professing to know Him, the Son of God cleansed the temple at the very opening and closing of His ministry on earth (Matt. 21:12-17; Jn. 2:12-17). Jesus violently overthrew the deceitful practices of those in leadership who were making merchandise of those who came to seek the LORD (2 Peter 2:1-3). Such deceit, such evil is a sure way of coming under the condemnation of He who is “Holy, holy, holy” (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8).

“And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence (get them out of here); make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise. And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up (ignited His holy wrath)” John 2:16-17.

As soon as these things were removed, purity was restored along with divine power, praise and prosperity. Healing blessings were reinstated among His people (Matt. 21:12-17). Jesus stated:

“It is written, My house shall be called the HOUSE OF PRAYER; but ye have made it a den of thieves.” Matthew 21:13

“Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my HOUSE OF PRAYER: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an HOUSE OF PRAYER for all people.” Isaiah 56:7

WHICH member(s) of Christ’s body are you lifting to HIM in prayer today beloved? – “pray one for another, that ye may be healed” (James 5:16).

The unchanging God feels no different today than He did then concerning greed mongers and their deceitful practices in His name and among His people. Such deceivers are in the cross-hairs of His scope of holy judgment. As Christ cleansed the temple in His hour in the flesh, He desires to cleanse our hearts of all greed for fleeting gain, which has prevented in us the holy hunger for the true and eternal riches that only He can grant.

DID JESUS say that His church is a “house of preaching”? No. A “house of singing”? No…..  Powerful Praying

Stacy Strother writes:

“Jesus was so upset because something was stolen from His house! He was turning over those tables looking for it! What was stolen? He told them that they were a Den of thieves! So, what was stolen? Prayer! Prayer had been stolen from the house of God! My house, JESUS SAID, shall be called a house of prayer!”

Don’t have a life of prayer? It’s simply because you are refusing to fellowship with the LORD, you are pushing Him away and are in need of repenting and returning to Jesus as your “first love” (Revelation 2:4-5).

How God Works

Note the 4 DE-struct then 2 CON-struct words:

“See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.” Jeremiah 1:10

Purity, Prayer, Praise, and Power Among God’s People!

“And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, 13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. 14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. 15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, 16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? 17 And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.” Matthew 21:12-17

  • “overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves” – purity v12
  • “My house shall be called the house of prayer” – prayer v13
  • “the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them” – power v14
  • “Hosanna to the Son of David … thou hast perfected praise” – praise v15,16

When Jesus cleanses the hearts of His people, prayer, power, and praise are restored.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.” Psalms 51:10-13

David Rogers notes:

“The two things that made Jesus table-flipping mad:

1. Turning church into a money-making business to rip off the poor;

2. Turning the multi-ethnic house of prayer for all nations into a discriminatory social club for “our kind of people”

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