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The Deceit of the Judas Goat

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In the late 1800s and early 1900s, slaughterhouses had a very valuable asset: a goat that was trained to lead sheep to slaughter. This prized possession was called the Judas Goat because, as its name’s sake did, this animal was used as a tool of betrayal.

A hundred years ago, slaughterhouses were often designed as multi-level structures, some reaching as high as five or six stories, each level designed to perform a specific task. It was nearly impossible for a human to lead sheep up the ramp into the higher levels of the slaughterhouses, so a Judas goat was trained to do so. They would place a bell around the goat’s neck, and as it walked up the ramp, the sheep would apathetically follow the goat into the slaughterhouse, blindly walking directly into its demise. The goat would exit a side gate or step aside and leave the sheep to their destruction.

We live in a day where the world and, unfortunately, even the Church, has Judas goats leading people astray, marching them directly towards their own eternal demise. We have world leaders and some church leaders who are focused on deceiving the naïve and the innocent to gain personal wealth and privilege by leading the masses to slaughter.

In the Church, the Judas Goat is the one who places themself above the needs of the flock. Their focus is on themselves, as they desire to be the focus of attention so that they may gain the ability to lead others, often in a legalistic, self-serving way. This person has no desire to be a servant or to be led, rather, they wish to teach others. If they are not in an official leadership position, the Judas Goat will often choose to be in contention with the true shepherd by plotting behind the scenes to achieve influence over the flock to eventually lead some astray.

Scripture Warned of This

Jesus, through the Apostle Peter, warned us of such goats: “There will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies” (2 Peter 2:1). The Apostle Paul warned, “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

Why Do the Sheep Follow the Judas Goat?

Second Timothy 4:3-4 provides an answer to that question, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their desires and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.”

Unfortunately, churches today seem to be filled with cultural Christians who acknowledge Jesus as Savior but have not accepted Him as Lord. They are comfortable having one foot in the church and the other in the world. On Sunday, they lift their hands to God, but enjoy the carnal life during the week. They seek sermons not renouncing sin and calling for repentance but crave messages of health, wealth, and comfort.

I remember one churchgoer who kept two Facebook accounts, one for her church friends and one for her worldly friends. Everything was fine until the day she posted the wrong message and mixed up the two accounts. To her worldly friends, she posted how much she enjoyed listening to worship music as she dove into God’s Word. To her church Facebook friends, she posted how much she enjoyed the night before as she drank and danced the night away with her “partners of lust.” Neither group was pleased with her post as she outed herself.

The United Nations is a Judas Goat

The U.N. just recently announced it has created a way to safeguard people from destructive information as they oversee an “Internet of Trust” by targeting what it calls “misinformation,” “disinformation,” “hate speech,” and “conspiracy theories.” Their fifty-nine-page document published through UNESCO is entitled “Guidelines for the Governance of Digital Platforms,” which they claim is designed to “Safeguard freedom of expression and access to information through a multistakeholder approach.”

The United Nations’ website proclaims, “The Internet we want is whole and open, universal and inclusive, free-flowing and trustworthy, safe and secure, and rights-respecting.” They also say this new approach/oversight is “a crucial enabler of sustainable development.” The United Nations’ seventeen sustainable development goals are a Judas Goat designed to lead the world to slaughter.

The Appearance of Judas Goats Should Not Be Surprising

Jesus prophesied that “many will fall away” (Matthew 24:10), and the Apostle Paul said the Antichrist cannot be revealed until “the great apostasy” takes place (2 Thessalonians 2:3). In speaking to his spiritual son, Timothy, Paul shows the source of the apostasy prophesying, “Men will hold to a form of religion but will deny its power” (2 Timothy 3:5).

Worldliness is a Judas Goat

Sanctification is the understanding that one is set aside for the purposes of God. When the Church becomes like or tries to model itself after the world, it loses its saltiness (Matthew 5:13). The Apostle John clearly explains this situation when he describes the church in Laodicea: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth” (Revelation 3:15-16). Christian leaders who model and endorse worldly values and morals act like Judas Goats.

The Judas Goats of Jeremiah

The prophet Jeremiah faithfully warned those in Jerusalem that their service was not proper service — that their time spent with God was more of an abomination than worship. He warned of pending divine judgment, and as he did, the false prophets — the Judas Goats of his day — contradicted his message with the lies that everything would be fine and that God would not bring judgment upon Jerusalem and the Temple. Their words led the nation of Israel to slaughter.

Jeremiah’s ministry took place twenty-six hundred years ago, but his message is still relevant today. In the New Testament, Peter explained, “In the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation'” (2 Peter 3:3-4).

I am amazed and disheartened at how many believers and preachers have decided not to take the coming judgment and the pending Tribulation time seriously. Much like the false prophets of Jeremiah’s time and the scoffers Peter spoke of, we live in a time where the Evangelical Church seems to want to be blind to the fast-approaching hand of God in judgment.

The world is perfectly content with being a Judas Goat and leading the followers of Jesus to slaughter. It is the Church, meaning the people and not a building, that needs to be responsible for sounding the alarm. It must proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord and that all must repent and follow Him. Believers in Christ cannot be like sheep following the Judas Goat to slaughter.

Maranatha, Lord Jesus!

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Dr. David Bowen

Dr. David Bowen serves part-time at Lamb & Lion Ministries as the Teaching Evangelist. He pastors Standing Stones Community Church in Phoenix, Arizona.

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  • What is the favorite sin, seldom acknowledged by the lead Judas Goats: the divorced-remarried ministers. Their public position statements seldom mention their position on divorce and remarriage. The divorce rate in fundamental churches is the highest at 30%. In 1998, the USA was at 50.1% but now young singles fear divorce courts, so opt for one-night stands or co-habitation. As nations become prosperous, they too follow suit. In China, the marriage/divorce ratio is now 50.7%. The devastated “children of divorce” are the future of America, indeed, they are the product of fatherless home and confusing blended families. If you mention the favorite sin of the pastors and members, you will be banned by Judas Goats.

  • Goat: a symbol/object of all satanic and “earthdwellers” (sheep Vs 🐐)
    I take heart today in Dan 7, Daniel’s dream and (night) vision. It seems we are NOW seeing 3 beast already arising in vs. 4 (COP stuff), 5 (magog conflicts of bear with 3 ribs in mouth), 6 (the UN “beast” placed and quickly removed in 2022?), v. 7 the arising and trampling by globalist agenda, while an emerging ten horns confederacy sets up, (i.e. the “new and better” communist/marxist as iron curtain). AND then Daniel takes a pause … (in v. 8) as he considers the “sudden” convergence of all these things. I cannot help but ask: could we possibly be here, in this pause, by seeing these fore runner beast come alive before our eyes! (Then i take ❤️ heart, noticing in 7:7, Daniel is given night goggles for night visions. My heart leaps for we are not children of the night in the things that he is seeing! And my heart sings, ‘SOON and very SOON….. WE ARE GOING TO SEE OUR KING’) For the very next vison is the little horn who we know to be be the son of perdition, the beast of Rev. 13.

  • Jesus talks about the era of deception and tells us to Watch Out that no one deceives you in Matthew 24:4.
    2 Timothy 3:5 “Men will hold to a form of religion but deny its power,”
    2 Timothy 4:3 they will not endure sound doctrine, but want to have their ears tickled to suit their own desires, and turn aside to myths.
    The truth escapes them.
    In the July-August 2021 issue of Lamplighter we are analyzing if we are at the point of no return.
    2 Chronicles 36:15-16 says the Lord, the God of their fathers, sent word to them again and again by His messengers, but they continually mocked the messengers of God, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against them, until there was no remedy.
    The Lord is graciously raising up even more prophetic voices to sound a similar and increasing urgent alarm into the national consciousness. Will people heed the call?

  • Take Heart, and rejoice, and look up. The Savior and The New Jerusalem is coming.
    Revelation 21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, of the first heaven and earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the (Holy) City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
    He will wipe every tear from their eyes.” “There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
    He who was seated on the throne said, ” I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true. He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.

    This is the most eloquent culmination of the Immanuel theme and the intimate fellowship that God had promised to those in the covenant relationship with him. The Dwelling of God is with us.

  • Nathan and Tim Moore: We are hearing from more people about demonic apparitions, and more obvious that the UFOs could be demonic, or they may be disembodied spirits, who dwell in the air, and in the high places. The UFO talk may be preparing the world for the Antichrist to come as a deception for the Church’s disappearance in the Rapture. Matthew 24 has a full list of signs of the end of the age. More and more people are reporting about seeing these things.


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