Sonny Satterfield - 04/20/2009
I had a very short but vivid dream this morning. In it, I was installing and wiring two red warning beacons, or lights, on some ceiling (not sure where). There were others around but I don't remember who. After I was finished with the installation of the lights, I asked, "What are these lights for?" I don't know whom for sureI was asking in my dream; I believe I was asking the Lord, but I do know who answered. The Lord answered and said, "These warning lights are for the two sons of Eli because my judgments on them are beginning".
The sons of the Eli priesthood seem to represent today those ministers who plunder the people of God in order to support a lifestyle that is far above their people. (1Sa.2:27) And there came a man of God unto Eli, and said unto him, Thus saith Jehovah, Did I reveal myself unto the house of thy father, when they were in Egypt in bondage to Pharaoh's house?(28) and did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to go up unto mine altar, to burn incense, to wear an ephod before me? and did I give unto the house of thy father all the offerings of the children of Israel made by fire?(29) Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded in my habitation, and honorest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people? (30) Therefore Jehovah, the God of Israel, saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me forever: but now Jehovah saith, Be it far from me; for them that honor me I will honor, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed. (31) Behold, the days come, that I will cut off thine arm, and the arm of thy father's house, that there shall not be an old man in thy house. (32) And thou shalt behold the affliction of my habitation, in all the wealth which God shall give Israel; and there shall not be an old man in thy house for ever. (33) And the man of thine, whom I shall not cut off from mine altar, shall be to consume thine eyes, and to grieve thy heart; and all the increase of thy house shall die in the flower of their age. (34) And this shall be the sign unto thee, that shall come upon thy two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas: in one day they shall die both of them. (35) And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in my heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed forever. (36) And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left in thy house shall come and bow down to him for a piece of silver and a loaf of bread, and shall say, Put me, I pray thee, into one of the priests' offices, that I may eat a morsel of bread.
These ministers abuse the people in order to live after the lust of the flesh. (12) Now the sons of Eli were base men; they knew not Jehovah. (13) And the custom of the priests with the people was, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priest's servant came, while the flesh was boiling, with a flesh-hook of three teeth in his hand; (14) and he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the flesh-hook brought up the priest took therewith. So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came thither. (15) Yea, before they burnt the fat, the priest's servant came, and said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the priest; for he will not have boiled flesh of thee, but raw. (16) And if the man said unto him, They will surely burn the fat first, and then take as much as thy soul desireth; then he would say, Nay, but thou shalt give it me now: and if not, I will take it by force. (17) And the sin of the young men was very great before Jehovah; for the men despised the offering of Jehovah.
Today they will not listen to the Word or correction and they will soon be twice dead and plucked up by the roots. (22) Now Eli was very old; and he heard all that his sons did unto all Israel, and how that they lay with the women that did service at the door of the tent of meeting. (23) And he said unto them, Why do ye such things? for I hear of your evil dealings from all this people. (24) Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: ye make Jehovah's people to transgress. (25) If one man sin against another, God shall judge him; but if a man sin against Jehovah, who shall entreat for him? Notwithstanding, they hearkened not unto the voice of their father, because Jehovah was minded to slay them.
Note from David: I was unaware, until I went to the Word the morning after my dream,that before Samuel came to warn Eli, there was an unknown or unnamed prophet who came to warn Eli about his two sons. It's interesting what Eli's sons' names mean: Hophni (pugilist) and Phinehas (brazen mouth). The "Loud Mouth Fighters" will be killed and Samuels will take their place in the lives of the true people of God.
(Note from David: Another type is that they will be killed by the beast (Philistines) by being spiritually conquered, brought underits fleshly control and absorbed byits body. Please also listen to or watch our series Pharisees, Saul & Eli Ministry (audio)) Pharisees, Saul & Eli Ministry (video))