Can you explain for us Matthew 7:18-20? Here’s the scripture: Matthew 7:18-20 Amplified Bible (AMP) 18 A good (healthy) tree cannot bear bad (worthless) fruit, nor can a bad (diseased) tree bear [a]excellent fruit [worthy of admiration]. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire. 20 [...]
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Anyone who can say that they can interpret prophesy to the “t” can’t be trusted. It is interpretation based on scripture–therefore cannot be understood in full until it is a past event.
These Asian Jews, who were hostile toward Paul, had been following him. The hostility had started up in Galatia, Philippi, Thessalonica, and Berea. Now they spotted Paul in the Temple and emotionally aroused the multitude against him with cries of “Men of Israel, HELP!” Imagine being one of the multitude and hearing this cry. The natural reaction was to assume the words were correct and to react emotionally without waiting to examine the matter dispassionately. Thus the multitude came to the assistance of the Asian Jews.
These Jews had seen Greeks in Paul’s presence the day or so before. Now, blinded with hatred and prejudice, they falsely assumed that the four bald-headed men going into the Temple with Paul were the same Greeks and that they were desecrating the holy place. The Asian Jews created a riot with their accusations, which were evil surmising, for Paul had done no such thing.
The false prophetesses made “the heart of the righteous sad” and strengthened “the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way.” Beware lest we should fall into that category! Watch, for those telling “lies” do not realize their condition. In their eyes they are right, yet they see black as white and vice versa. Proverbs 14:12 bears repeating: “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” When a person’s conscience is sensitive, when he is learning truth and trying to develop principles, he is aware of wrong. But some people stifle their tender conscience; they “quench” the Spirit. Every time they suppress a twinge of conscience, they harden that conscience. Those who do this repeatedly over a period of time correspondingly lose the discernment of right and wrong. Ezekiel 12:2 says they “have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not; for they are a rebellious house.” We must keep the conscience tender. It needs to be regulated and instructed by Scripture.