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The Secret Chambers
by Wayne Blank
"Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not"
As an admonition against hypocrisy, Christ warned "that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops." God knows the truth about everything and the day will come when everyone will either be rewarded or condemned for all that has been done.
"In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
By the same principle of God knowing everything, "when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret."
"Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
The original Greek word is here appropriately translated as "storehouse." Although some have used these verses as a "Christian" excuse not to work, that is not what Christ was saying. The Fourth Commandment, along with resting on the Seventh Day, is "Six days shalt thou labour and do all thy work" (Exodus 20:9 KJV). The apostle Paul, who was taught by Christ Himself, said "this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat" (2 Thessalonians 3:10 KJV). Christ was plainly referring to obeying God as the first priority in life (including the two verses just quoted) and everything else will then be taken care of in the process. "Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them" in its proper context means that a raven that did nothing but sit on his tail all day would starve amidst the abundance that God provided in nature to feed it.
"And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?" (Luke 12:22-24 KJV)
In the time just prior to Christ's return, there are going to be many false prophets and false Christs, some of whom will claim that Christ's spectacular return (see the Fact Finder question below) will somehow be secret, that "he is in the secret chambers." But what does Christ warn? "Believe it not."
"Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise False Christs, and False Prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together." (Matthew 24:23-28 KJV)
Fact Finder: The whole world will know of Christ's return when it happens. How?