The religious leaders of Israel did not repent when Jesus came and spoke to them face to face.
Today’s wayward religious leaders will not repent either.
What happened to the religious leaders of Israel that did not repent? They were made spiritually blind and God gave His Spirit to others in whom He could do what He wanted to do. That old Religious establishment persisted even though God left them.
What is happening to today’s religious leaders who do not repent?
They are made spiritually blind and God gives His Spirit to others in whom He can do what He wants to do. That old Religious establishment persists even though God leaves them.
How did the religious leaders of Israel treat the Church of Jesus Christ in that day? They marginalized and persecuted. They scorned and disapproved of them vehemently.
How do the religious leaders of today treat the Church of Jesus Christ who do not dance to their tune? They marginalize and persecute. They scorn and disapprove of them vehemently.
In the day Jesus came to Israel, the religious leaders did not recognize the time of their visitation and were lost.
In these last days, the religious leadership do not recognize the close and present proximity of the return of Jesus Christ and they too will be lost because they do not know the time of their visitation.
In Jesus day, He chose fishermen and tax collectors, men who were considered unlearned and humble. Lowly men compared to the learned and those of significant social and financial stature.
Today, – GOD HAS NOT CHANGED –
Two passages that speak to this issue are below. Few, if any will read them and understand. Bless those who do.
(1 Corinthians 1:1 [AKJV])
Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
(1 Corinthians 1:2 [AKJV])
To the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their’s and our’s:
(1 Corinthians 1:3 [AKJV])
Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Corinthians 1:4 [AKJV])
I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;
(1 Corinthians 1:5 [AKJV])
That in every thing you are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
(1 Corinthians 1:6 [AKJV])
Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:
(1 Corinthians 1:7 [AKJV])
So that you come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
(1 Corinthians 1:8 [AKJV])
Who shall also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Corinthians 1:9 [AKJV])
God is faithful, by whom you were called to the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
(1 Corinthians 1:10 [AKJV])
Now I beseech you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
(1 Corinthians 1:11 [AKJV])
For it has been declared to me of you, my brothers, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
(1 Corinthians 1:12 [AKJV])
Now this I say, that every one of you said, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
(1 Corinthians 1:13 [AKJV])
Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
(1 Corinthians 1:14 [AKJV])
I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
(1 Corinthians 1:15 [AKJV])
Lest any should say that I had baptized in my own name.
(1 Corinthians 1:16 [AKJV])
And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.
(1 Corinthians 1:17 [AKJV])
For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
(1 Corinthians 1:18 [AKJV])
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but to us which are saved it is the power of God.
(1 Corinthians 1:19 [AKJV])
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
(1 Corinthians 1:20 [AKJV])
Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
(1 Corinthians 1:21 [AKJV])
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
(1 Corinthians 1:22 [AKJV])
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
(1 Corinthians 1:23 [AKJV])
But we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block, and to the Greeks foolishness;
(1 Corinthians 1:24 [AKJV])
But to them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
(1 Corinthians 1:25 [AKJV])
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
(1 Corinthians 1:26 [AKJV])
For you see your calling, brothers, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
(1 Corinthians 1:27 [AKJV])
But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
(1 Corinthians 1:28 [AKJV])
And base things of the world, and things which are despised, has God chosen, yes, and things which are not, to bring to nothing things that are:
(1 Corinthians 1:29 [AKJV])
That no flesh should glory in his presence.
(1 Corinthians 1:30 [AKJV])
But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made to us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
(1 Corinthians 1:31 [AKJV])
That, according as it is written, He that glories, let him glory in the Lord.
(2 Corinthians 3:1 [AKJV])
Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, letters of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?
(2 Corinthians 3:2 [AKJV])
You are our letter written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
(2 Corinthians 3:3 [AKJV])
For as much as you are manifestly declared to be the letter of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
(2 Corinthians 3:4 [AKJV])
And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:
(2 Corinthians 3:5 [AKJV])
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
(2 Corinthians 3:6 [AKJV])
Who also has made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life.
(2 Corinthians 3:7 [AKJV])
But if the ministration of death, written and engraved in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:
(2 Corinthians 3:8 [AKJV])
How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
(2 Corinthians 3:9 [AKJV])
For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more does the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
(2 Corinthians 3:10 [AKJV])
For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excels.
(2 Corinthians 3:11 [AKJV])
For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remains is glorious.
(2 Corinthians 3:12 [AKJV])
Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
(2 Corinthians 3:13 [AKJV])
And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
(2 Corinthians 3:14 [AKJV])
But their minds were blinded: for until this day remains the same veil not taken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ.
(2 Corinthians 3:15 [AKJV])
But even to this day, when Moses is read, the veil is on their heart.
(2 Corinthians 3:16 [AKJV])
Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.
(2 Corinthians 3:17 [AKJV])
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
(2 Corinthians 3:18 [AKJV])
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the LORD.