OUR LORD’S LAST INSTRUCTIONS!

bible 2           OUR LORD’S LAST SUPPER.

          JESUS INSTRUCTS EVERYONE

DO THIS IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME!

John chapter 6v1-70 shows the need to listen and to share in this wonderful remembrance celebration of the “living bread” that came down to the earth, Jesus Christ.images (7)Jesus spoke of the manna which his father provided for the Israelite’s when they left Egypt and he pointed out that everyone was provided with the manna to eat including the many Egyptians who travelled with them and without the manna they would have died.

Showing how important it is to understand the difference between the manna in the wilderness and the manna that came down from the father today, the “living bread” through our lord Jesus. 

Again, Jesus tells them from v32, “my father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world”. “For this is the will of my father, that everyone who sees the son and believes in him should have eternal life”.

Jesus says, he is the “living bread” sent down by his father and everyone must eat if they want eternal life and a resurrection on the last day. This bread is for the life of the world and unless you eat the flesh and drink my blood, you have no life in you, so Jesus instructions are for everyone. (6v 52) “This is the bread which came down from heaven not like the bread their father’s ate but this bread they will live forever.

 Jesus is telling them that the bread, the manna, their fathers ate in the wilderness was food for the day only and they had to gather it up everyday  whereas the “living bread” that has come down now from heaven will give eternal life to everyone that eats of it.

 This chapter in John also gives us a greater insight as to the meaning of the bread and what the bread stands for. We need to look at this logically.

It is not the physical body of our lord that is the living bread but the spiritual qualities his body has as verse 63 shows, “it is the spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail, the words I have spoken to you are spirit and life”. Again, as Peter answered our lord, “you have the words of eternal life and we have believed and have come to know that you are the holy one of God”.

 Remember we are a new creation under the Christ and not under the law of Moses to eat unleavened bread. This law was given to Israel and not to the Gentiles so everyone that insist on eating unleavened bread to remember our lord Jesus will do well to examine whether this is correct, or is it really from the antichrist’s teachings today.

We know the Israelites were instructed to celebrate the “Passover” every year as a reminder of the saving of the first-born when the angel passed over their homes. They were instructed how to celebrate this special meal with only “unleavened bread”.

Again, only the Israelites were instructed to eat of this meal and no foreigners were allowed to eat of it unless they had been circumcised to show they were under the Law of Moses.

The old covenant under Moses and the new covenant under the Christ are two separate covenants.                 images (8)

The old covenant   “Unleavened bread”        The unleavened bread is made up of dead dough (no signs of living dough)

images (12)

       

The new covenant is the living bread and is made up of live dough, fermented dough. which is better represented by our lord.

Which brings us now to the gathering of the Gentiles and Jews in the new covenant under our lord Jesus as mediator instead of Moses. Under the old covenant through Moses, Gentiles were forbidden to celebrate the Passover by eating of that meal. But, not being under the old covenant means we are not instructed to use “unleavened bread” to remember our lord Jesus.

Paul tells is in 1st Cor 11v17-34 “I received from the lord what I also delivered to you, that the lord Jesus on the night he was betrayed took bread and when he had given thanks he broke it and said, this is my body which is for you do this in remembrance of me. In the same way also the cup, after supper saying this cup is the new covenant in my blood do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup you proclaim the lord’s death until he comes”.sacrifice 2Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and the blood of the lord”. When you meet together to remember me wait for everyone. Unworthy manner means not waiting for everyone to join in but eating it is a haphazard way. Everyone should partake of the living bread from Jesus if they want eternal life.(11v33,34)

What is interesting here is: ~ Paul does not specify any particular bread to use because he is talking to the Gentiles so logically speaking, it would not be needed to specify what bread. If it were, Paul would certainly have specified this but the fact that he does not, means no restrictions on what bread to use.

Paul shows the cup represents the new covenant under the Christ not the old covenant under Moses.

Firstly Paul has addressed this letter to “the saints together with all those who call upon Jesus name. Instructions are for everyone. (1v2)

Paul is not pleased with the church in Corinth, he speaks of divisions, (11v18) and v20 Paul shows they are missing the point of the celebration to remember Jesus. He tells them ~ they are not doing it correctly; they were in actual fact belittling the whole event. (11v27-29)

Many had met together and had taken their own food to eat as to the old covenant of the Passover and they ended with the emblems, but Paul shows they were being distracted from the holiness of it and they should eat their food at home instead. They were doing it in an unworthy manner.(11v33, 50) By not waiting for each other they were doing it in a disrespectful way. Once again the point of interest is: – these words are addressed to everyone.

Also 11v23-26 shows both the bread and the wine are to be partaken of by all “in remembrance of me”. Again everyone is instructed to share and it is to be done in remembrance of Jesus, what he has done for us by giving his life, shed blood, for the forgiveness of sins.

Not once do the apostle Paul instruct us as to what bread is used so logic would dictate to us that as we are not Jews under law we do not need to follow their customs and use “unleavened bread” but good wholesome bread with nothing removed the full living bread to represent our lord. Not just a little of our lord as to the unleavened bread but the full bodied living bread of our lord

What about Judas was he present at this very important time? Yes! He was according to all the evidence from the bible. John chapter 13v1-30 v1 shows it was before the Passover and it is interesting here in this account because John makes the difference between the “feast” and the supper they were eating. During supper as Matt, Luke and even Mark showed ~ this supper was not the “feast of the Passover” meal. (v2) The events of that supper shows the apostles thought Jesus was telling Judas to buy food for the “feast” proving it was still future. (v21-31 and v26-29) As the account shows this supper took place a few days prior to the Passover feast and this was when Judas went to the chief priests in order to betray Jesus.

Mark 14v1-13 says the same except v 17 where it confirms Jesus with the 12 and v 20 also confirms there were 12 present. The blood poured out for many was the promise one would have eternal life through faith in him.

Luke 22v1-7 again shows the Passover was near ~ Judas went to the chief priests in order to betray him (v 3, 7) and v 19 says it should be done in “remembrance” of him ~ it is a reminder of what Jesus did for us that is why we partake in the eating of the bread, which symbolises Jesus Christ.

So in all these accounts Judas was present when Jesus passed the bread proving everyone should eat of this living bread if they have faith in Jesus and for the forgiveness of their sins on the basis of sacrifice.

 When should this memorial take place? When we lose someone very dear to us we remember the anniversary of their death so it would be right to remember our lord’s death in the same way.

Although we have not been given a specific date as the old covenant had under Moses to celebrate the Passover, the apostle Paul does say it was the night Jesus was betrayed.  

We also know he was the sacrificial lamb of God to take away our sins and he was put to death on “the day of preparation” the day before the Passover and his body had to be removed and placed in the tomb before the Passover started. John chapter 18v28, 19v31-38.

The day of preparation was the day the lambs were chosen and slaughtered ready for the Passover feast and as the lamb that takes away the sins of the world, Jesus, had to die on this day too.

Let us all remember our lord Jesus and what he has done for us and as we wait for him to return as our king let us remember him in this way just as he has instructed us.

                  DO THIS IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME!

THE DEATH OF OUR LORD

bible 2THE DEATH OF OUR LORD.

Our lord’s life, death and resurrection for the 3 ½ years he had been revealed, as the messiah was very eventful.

He did and said many things which are not all recorded in the bible but we have enough to show the sort of person Jesus really was. He was very loving towards his father and his God and he directed us all to honour his father. He also had a great deal of empathy for us on the earth and was moved to great sadness on occasions. Like the time he went to visit his friends Mary and Martha when their brother Lazarus died. (John chapter 11)

The 4 gospel accounts we have today contain different snippets of events but it is good to remember that John’s account was an “eyewitness” account of events. He records this in chapter 21v24-25. This John was also the apostle whom it is said Jesus loved very much.

John chapter 18v10 shows how Peter cut one of the guard’s ears and Jesus healed him but have you ever wondered why Peter would have had a sword with him and why he was not chastised by Jesus for having one while in the Garden with him, did Jesus know about this sword?

Again the account in Luke chapter 22v35-39 gives us the answer. It says “when I sent you out with no purse or bag or sandals, did you lack anything? They said nothing.. But now, let him who has a purse take it and likewise a bag. And let him who has no sword sell his mantle and buy one. And they said look lord here are two swords and he said it is enough”. So this account shows how Peter had a sword with him on that night. It was with Jesus knowledge.

It is of interest to know that some religious groups today feel one should be a conscientious objector where wars or fighting is concerned, who use the account in Matthew chapter 26v51-52 “for all who take the sword will perish by the sword” to show Jesus viewpoint on swords and weapons, but we have the account in Luke where Jesus instructed his apostles to carry a sword with them and condoned Peter having one with him that night in the garden. If this was not so, Jesus would certainly have chastised Peter for having a sword with him. Also, Peter used the sword but he did not die from the sword, but was crucified the same as Jesus so we have a slight difference of opinions here. We also know the Israelite’s went to war with other nations with God’s backing many times. But logic tells us, Jesus would certainly have seen Peter carrying the sword that night. 

This is how the different gospels can compliment each other and with Luke it states in chapter 1v1-5 that Luke had gathered together all the information from those who had been eyewitnesses and he was writing an orderly account for Theophilus so that he would be fully informed. Also Luke made the account of the “actions” of the apostles after Jesus death and resurrection. Acts chapter 1v1-12.

Our lord was willing to come to the earth to change our future even though he knew what he would have to face, a very humiliating and painful death by his own people, the very ones he came to help. But he was willing to come to change the angelic ruling parties over the earth and replace them with his kingdom of righteousness instead.

God’s people had been under the gentile nations since 605 BC when they were handed over to the Babylonians for their unfaithfulness. Now they were under the Romans who occupied their city of Jerusalem, and instead of being happy the messiah had arrived to free them, after being confronted with their new king of Judah, Jesus, they preferred to stay under the nations instead by declaring, “we have no king but Caesar”. (John 19v15) They were a very ungrateful people it’s no wonder the gentiles were invited to share in the worship of our lord Jesus and today, two thousand years later, you will find Christians around the earth still putting faith in him as their saviour and the Jews? They are still under the laws of Moses today instead of being a free people, they have chosen to remain under the gentile nations instead of being a free.

While on the earth Jesus taught by Parables which are stories with meanings. Twice he went to Jerusalem and found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, also money changers at their business, and making a whip of cords he drove them all with the sheep and oxen out of the temple, and he poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. And he said “take these things away you shall not make my father’s house a house of trade”. John chapter 2v13-18, John shows this was at the beginning of his ministry then later he did the same things again according to Luke chapter 19v28-47 after Jesus had entered into the city on a colt and was greeted by the crowds saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest”. This took place when he knew his end was near but just before this he visited his friends where Mary anointed him with costly nard.

Six days before the Passover Jesus was with his disciples at the home of his friends Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus, the one whom he resurrected from the dead, and while they were there Mary poured a pound of pure costly ointment of Nard and anointed the feet of Jesus. This was to prepare him for his death. (John chapter 12v1-9)

John chapter 12v12-20 shows Jesus going to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover and when the crowds heard he was going they all wanted to see him and Lazarus, whom he resurrected.

images (9)

images (10)

The crowds took palm branches and went out to meet him, crying, Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the lord, even the King of Israel”.

“Fear not, daughter of Zion, your king is coming sitting on an ass’s colt” (v15) (This had been prophesied in Zech 9v9) Jesus went into the temple and found all the money changers there and selling goods inside too, he was very angry and turned over the tables changing money and said to them, “this is a house of prayer but you make it a den of robbers”. (Matthew chapter 21v12,13)

Then the time of the Passover drew near and Jesus performed a similar act to that of  Mary washing our lord’s feet now at this last meal he will share with his apostles he too washed the feet of his disciples. Chapter 13v1-33 shows the events of this last meal Jesus shared with his friends. Note, it was Satan that entered into Judas to betray him. (John 13v27, Luke 22v3)images (12)

It was now the “day of preparation” the day before the Passover, where the lambs were chosen and slaughtered ready for the feast of the Passover. Jesus had been chosen as the Lamb of God to be sacrificed for the world for the forgiveness of sins. John 1v29 tells us “Behold the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world” and John also confirms this was the day before the Passover in chapter 18v28 where those accusing Jesus waited outside because they did not want to be unclean for the coming Passover.  

Jesus went about the whole of the area of Judea publicly and openly preaching and teaching and now, after this last supper with his friends, his disciples, he went across the Kidron valley where he often went to the garden. Where Judas who had betrayed him took a band of soldiers and officers who had torches and weapons to arrest him.

They seized Jesus and bound him and took him to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas. All under the shadow of darkness and away from the city where they would not be seen for fear of the people.images (13)images (15)Jesus was handed over to Pilate for sentencing but he could find nothing wrong with him and wanted to release him but the Jews rose up and declared “if you release this man you are not Caesar’s friend” (John 19v12) when Pilate heard these words he had no choice than to sentence Jesus. Again Pilate tried to free Jesus by telling them, “behold your king” but they all replied, “we have no king but Caesar”.images (21)Then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him and the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe, they came up to him saying, “Hail, king of the Jews” and struck him with their hands. (John 19v1-4)images (16) Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe and again Pilot showed him to the Jews who wanted him dead, and he told them he could find no fault in him and they should crucify him themselves. But they wanted him crucified by Pilot.  

images (17)

Then they took Jesus out after sentencing him, bearing his own cross to the place called the place of the skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha. There they crucified him with two others. Pilate wrote a sign and placed it over him, “Jesus of Nazareth, king of the Jews”, and although the Jews complained, it was left. It was also written in Hebrew, Latin and in Greek. (John chapter 19v17-23)

Although the artists impression of Jesus bearing his own cross seems right, we are drawn to the fact that Jesus would have been clothed because the guards cast lots to have his robe which was without seems.

And again, after he had been crucified John shows in chapter 19v31, this took place on the day before the Passover. Also Mark’s account in 15v42, shows he was crucified on the third hour and remained on the cross until the ninth hour when he died so for those six hours he was suspended and humiliated and in pain. (Mark 15v25-35) Also Luke tells us in chapter 23v44-46, ““it was now about the sixth hour and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour while the sun’s light failed and the curtain of the temple was torn in two”. Thus signifying the temple in Jerusalem was no longer the spiritual house of God just as Jesus had said earlier, “destroy this temple and raise it up in three days”.

Do we really appreciate everything our lord did for us in coming to the earth in order to change our future?

John chapter 19v25-28, shows the depth of Jesus love. While he was in excruciating pain his thoughts were still for those whom he loved, his mother and the disciple he loved, John. It shows Mary standing near the cross with John and he tells John “behold your mother” and looking at his mother he said “woman behold your son”. And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home to care for her.

Why would you think Jesus would have done this? We know the sons of Mary, Jesus half-brothers, did not put faith in him as the messiah so they would not have provided spiritual help for her, whereas John would become her spiritual son to care for her spiritual needs. So even though Jesus was dying his thoughts and feeling were still on other people and not for himself.

          Are we not proud to have such a wonderful king over us?

We have seen artists impressions of Jesus bearing his own cross which look rather large and cumbersome but was this really so? It takes logic to really understand the situation from the bible’s viewpoint.

images (11)

There are many clues and this artists impression seems the most likely. The cross refers to a “cross-piece” of wood just like the picture shows above and to crucify someone means fixing someone to that piece of wood by nailing their out-stretched arms and hands. Jesus gave us a detailed account of this when he told Peter how he will die in the same way.

Recorded in John chapter 21v18-20 Jesus says, when you are old, you will stretch out your hands and another will gird you and carry you where you do not want to go” and according to history, Peter was crucified too. 2nd Peter 1v14 shows he understood Jesus words to him earlier.

If we go through these words step by step we can get a better understanding of them. “You will stretch out your hands and another will gird you”, the definition to gird someone is to bind them. Once the person stretches out their arms someone will tie them to the cross to steady them ready for nailing through the hands, the body would have to be firm in order to do this, possibly laying down. images (20)After all if you knew someone was going to hammer a nail through your hands you would not be able to keep still, so your arms would need to be tied down onto the crossbeam.

After the actual nailing takes place, the person is “lifted up” and as he had already been fixed to the tree with bounded arms and nailed down, he would have been raised up and placed on an upright support, which would support the weight of the body from falling down. (Acts 5v30 and 10v39 (lifted up upon a tree) With Jesus we know although he had been nailed to the cross-piece, the tree,  he was still alive for up to six hours.

Having a support to place, or suspend, the tree,or cross, would also explain why the legs of the two on either side of Jesus had their legs broken to hasten their death as the Sabbath was near. It seems logical that their feet were near the ground and they could raise themselves up to get relief from their chest feeling cramped. Again, artists impressions of Jesus on the cross shows him to be suspended high above the ground, but, we have Jesus speaking to his mother and John and by this time he would have been very weak and would need to be quite close to them to speak to them. 

This being lifted up also signified something more in his case which we shall cover later.

The nailing of the hands to the cross-piece lets the person die slowly by losing the lifeblood onto the ground. His heart would continue pumping the lifeblood through the body until the blood-loss was such, there would not be enough blood to pump.

Jesus was slaughtered and his blood poured out upon the ground just as the Lamb of God. Isa 53v12, Lev 17v11, Heb 9v14,22 and 1st John 1v7. Being “lifted up” upon the main support, is also very significant too as John 8v28 shows. This “lifting up” signifies far more, Jesus likens it to a “saving power”.

In John 3v14 it says “as Moses lifted up the copper serpent in the wilderness so must the son of man be lifted up that whoever believes in him might have eternal life”. We can read this account in Numbers 21v9 and 2nd Kings 18v4 where the Israelites were moaning about Moses so much their God sent them poisonous serpents to bite them and many died but when they again repented, Moses was instructed to make a copper serpent and to “lift it upon a tree” so that when they were bitten they had to look at the copper serpent put faith in God and they would live.images (18)

This was an act of faith. Later the copper serpent was used as a symbol of worship so it was later destroyed. Jesus likening himself to this copper serpent being lifted up shows it would remind people of what he did for us and by remembering him and the way he gave his shed blood for our sins, we will have eternal life. So being “lifted up” in this way today (as a copper serpent) we are reminded of his life and what he did for us.

Although the cross which has symbolised our lord’s death is a reminder today for us, we do not want to end up like unfaithful Israel and worship the cross instead of what it symbolises. Jesus being lifted up so that we can see him and put faith in him is placed high in all the churches today. download (6)

This is what Jesus meant by likening himself to that copper serpent that after his death he will be lifted up and people will look upon that cross even after two thousand years after his death we are still reminded of what he has done for us by seeing that cross raised up high in all our churches today.

We also need to remember that the copper serpent was only needed as a saving power while the people were in the wilderness and once they entered into the promised land it was not needed any more. So too, the cross today which is used to draw all people to put faith in Jesus will not be needed or used after our lord returns and we are in the “promised land” under his kingdom.

It is interesting too, that three of the gospel writers say someone (Simon of Cyre’ne) was brought to carry the cross-piece for Jesus whereas John says Jesus carried it himself. John was an eyewitness after all.

It is also of interest Ps 22v14 mentions Jesus feet being pierced too and Luke is the only writer to mention Jesus feet. All the others, even Jesus himself, only refers to his HANDS and his SIDE which was pierced. Luke 24v39, John 20v24-30, and as the custom was to wear open sandals it would have been easy to see his feet even so, Jesus does not mention them so again we are uncertain about this right now. What we do know is that his hands and side were pierced, and again, if his feet were pierced also HOW were they pierced? To what would they have been fixed to? He had been lifted up and suspended on a tree.

Also, Matthew 27v35-37 says:~ “when they had crucified him ~ and over his head they put the charge against him ~~ “this is Jesus of Nazareth the king of the Jews”. Matthew indicates the notice was placed OVER his head like a placard around his neck. John on the other hand says:~ and put it on the cross. Either way the sign would hang over his head like a necklace or medallion with the charge of his crime.

                 “Jesus of Nazareth the king of the Jews”.(John 19v19)

 After his death Joseph of Arimathe’a who was a disciple of Jesus but secretly for fear of the Jews asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus. He took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with spices as is the burial custom of the Jews.

Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early and saw that the stone had been taken away, images (25)after running to tell Peter and John she said, they have taken the lord out of the tomb and we do not know where they have laid him.

Just as the bible shows, on the third day Jesus will be resurrected by his father, so that he will be able to return to his father after achieving his goal down on the earth.

It is of interest to note the stone had been removed because we know Jesus was to be resurrected as a spirit and not flesh and blood, so why remove the stone? Quite simply because the angels would need to remove the body of flesh and blood and hide it so that it could not be worshipped and they would have to remove the stone in order to do this.

Jesus resurrection is also in fulfillment of what he said to the Jews when they asked him for a sign of authority as to why he had turned the money-changers and dealers out of the temple. This was the sign they asked for, his resurrection on the third day. He told them “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up”. The Jews were slow to understand what Jesus meant but he meant the temple in Jerusalem was no longer the seat of faith for God’s people but it has been replaced by our lord as the temple in this body whom is the chief corner stone and the temple will be built up upon Jesus our lord. With the apostles as the twelve foundations stones. The temple of God will be built up upon the body of our lord and his apostles. So, a new temple was raised up in three days. (John 2v18-23)

After his resurrection Jesus appeared many times to different ones to prove he had been raised back to the spirit world. The acts of the apostles show he visited his apostles and told them not to leave Jerusalem until after they receive the holy spirit which is to be poured out upon them. He also told them “you will be witnesses of me to the ends of the earth.” (chapter 1v3-8)

It was also at this time the apostles wanted to know if Jesus was going to restore the kingdom back to them again. Thus confirming the kingdom was removed from Israel in 605BC.

With Jesus no longer with them it was time for them to have guidance through the “Councillor” that Jesus promised them. John chapter 14v25-30 shows,” But the Councillor, the holy spirit whom the father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you”. So they will have a spiritual tutor to help them from now on after they receive the Holy Spirit.

This came while they were gathered in the upper room and the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the apostles and they were all baptised with holy spirit and able to speak in different languages ready to preach to the different nations. They were so noisy that some people passing outside thought they were drunk. (chapter 2v1-19) But Peter standing with the eleven lifted up his voice and said, for these men are not drunk as you suppose” it says and in the last days it shall be God declares, “I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh”.

To conclude. These are the details given by John.The crucifixion is described this way in John 21v18-20. You will stretch out your hands, and someone else will “gird” you. The definition to GIRD is “put belt round, or encircle. Once the hands has been outstretched he would have been “girded” or tied with a belt or rope to secure the arms to the cross piece of wood ready for the nails to be hammered into the hands.

He would have been placed on the ground so that the nails could be hammered into place, the actual act of lifting him up off the ground, would be raising him up on the tree or cross, then the tree or cross would have been held in an upright position supporting the weight of his body. Peter fully understood this.   Some scriptures can help us understand it too. Peter was crucified according to history. John 21v18-20, John 8v28, 2nd Peter 2v14-19, 2nd Peter1v14.

Yes! Peter knew when his time was near when he said “Since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our lord Jesus showed me” 2nd Peter 1v14. He was fully aware of this fact that he was going to be crucified the same as our lord was.

To conclude then, when you see the cross of our lord placed high in all the places of worship today remember what he has done for us, by choosing to come down to the earth in order to change our future by ridding the earth’s heavens from all the angelic gentile rulers who make up “this system of things” which we have had from the time our forefather Adam was turned out of the garden.

We need a new heavens, a new ruling kingdom over us in order to produce a new earth, and only God’s kingdom will do this.

That is why Jesus taught: ~

      LET YOUR KINGDOM COME!       LET YOUR WILL BE DONE!

WHO IS THE ANTICHRIST?

bible 2

WHO IS THE ANTICHRIST?

The New Testament, the new covenant, has four gospel accounts of the life of Jesus.

                                   Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

NEW 1It also contains the actions of the apostles after Jesus death and resurrection, in a book written by Luke called “ACTS”. Where he gathered all the information from those who had been eyewitnesses with Jesus.

Also it contains many letters directed to the early church of the Christ encouraging them to stay loyal and faithful, and giving them extra instructions and reminders on how to stay true to Jesus Christ.

In those letters it mentions “an antichrist”will be revealed in the last days for the true believers to be on guard against, but in John’s first letter to the church he says in chapter 2v18 “Children, it is the last hour and as you have heard the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrist’s have come, therefore we know it is the last hour”. John speaks here of many that are antichrists all followers of the original antichrist. So, the question is who is the original antichrist and how can we get the answer from God’s word the bible? Does it give us guidance to identify this one?

Yes! It certainly does if we use logic, which is after all common sense, we can indeed work out who the original antichrist is. And yes! He certainly has many followers today being guided by him.

As every good story begins, “lets start at the very beginning”.

The beginning for us takes us to the account in Genesis but before we look in Genesis take a look with me in the book of John chapter 1v1-34 Where he tells us “In the beginning was the word and the word was with God, all things were made through him and without him was not anything made”. “The word became flesh and dwelt among us, glory as of the only son from the father” (RSV)

This shows us the “WORD” is also our LORD and everything came into being like the creation of the earth and its heavens came through OUR LORD. Then later when he came to the earth as flesh and blood he became the man JESUS CHRIST the MESSIAH but before this he was known as the LORD.

1st Corinthians chapter 8 v 6 shows we have ONE GOD and father and ONE LORD, now Jesus Christ.

Now let us go back to the very beginning to Genesis. God had ended each of the creative days with “its good”, so when he came to the end of the 6th creative day, after the creation of Adam and Eve, he said in chapter 1v31 “And God saw everything he had made and behold it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning a sixth day”. “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done. . So everything was good in God’s eyes, everything was created perfectly. Remembering all this was achieved through our lord and now God was going to sit back and watch what happened during this seventh day.

The point of interest here is the time value of “the creative days” for in 2nd Peter 3v8 he shows “that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day”. Logically speaking we know God did not create the earth and its heavens in just six thousand years because it has now been six thousand years from Adam’s creation and the seventh day of one thousand years are about to begin with our Lord Jesus as the LORD OF THE SABBATH. (Matthew chapter 12v8) The seventh day. When this seventh day ends at the end of our Lord’s reign, the 8th day will begin ending seven thousand years from Adam’s creation.

So again logically speaking the “creative days” must be of a longer time period. When we speak of a working day we refer to 8 hours, a full day 24 hours, we also refer to a 12-hour day, the same with God’s word. The days from Adam are one thousand years in length and after the end of the seventh day the Sabbath, under our lord Jesus it will end seven thousand years from Adam’s creation. So, at the end of the seventh day of one thousand years under our lord Jesus the bible shows the new heavens and the new earth will again be good. Leaving God to end the seventh creative day with the same words “look everything is good”. The conclusion being each of the creative days were seven thousand years in length. So the end of the seventh day of 1,000 years under the Christ coincides with the end of the seventh “creative day” of  7,000 years. Both ending together at the beginning of the 8th day.

Genesis shows not long after being settled in the garden home an angelic spirit disguised as a serpent told Eve that if she ate from the tree that was forbidden SHE POSITIVELY WOULD NOT DIE. He lied to her and that is why he is called “the father of the lie”. (John chapter 8v44) Punishments were dished out upon all three wrongdoers.

This brings us to the very first prophecy of God in the bible, Genesis chapter 3v14-15, “I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed he shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel”. 2nd Corinthians chapter 11v3 shows “as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to the Christ” and v 14 shows “for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light”.

Who is the woman referred to in this prophecy?

We need logic to understand this prophecy. Jesus is known as “the bridegroom” in the bible and his true church, the chosen ones, as his “bride”. This arrangement comes from the highest level, his father. So logically speaking if a bride has been chosen for the only son of God by his father, then it is reasonable to assume that the heavenly host of spirit ones are classed as the father’s “woman”.

God’s heavenly family are classed as his heavenly “woman” not women in the sense of females, as we understand today but helpers in subjection to their head, their husbandly owner. This arrangement has been in force from the very beginning as in the garden with the human creation too.

The woman was created from the man and was to be a helper to him, and was subject to him. (Genesis chapter 2v21-24) It is also very interesting to note! Adam could have changed our history if he had chastised his wife Eve for disobeying him, Adam, and eating from the tree of knowledge of good and bad instead of listening to her and eating from it himself. What do I mean? Let me explain.

It was the man Adam that was told by God not to eat from the tree in the middle of the garden for in the day he ate from it he would die. (Genesis chapter 2v15-18) Adam would then have instructed his wife not to eat from that tree, so technically speaking, she disobeyed her husbandly owner Adam and not God, and he could have chastised her instead of listening to her and eating it himself. How do we know this? Again, let me explain. Numbers chapter 30v6-9, this shows if the husband hears of her misdeed he can reverse the consequences, chastise her and change the situation.  

It shows in Genesis chapter 3v5-13 the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that is was a delight to the eyes and that the tree would make her wise, she took of its fruit and ate and she gave some to her husband and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they knew they were naked. Then they heard the sound of God walking in the garden so they ran away and hid themselves. But the lord God called to the man and asked where he was, Adam replied he was naked and hid and God asked him, who said you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree I asked you not to?

Note! Eve ate the fruit but her eyes were not opened, otherwise she would have hidden herself from Adam, their eyes were not opened until after Adam had eaten of the fruit then both their eyes were opened together. (Eve could have told Adam, I have eaten the fruit and look nothing has happened to me) Also it was Adam that was addressed by God have you eaten from the tree I commanded you not to. So logically speaking Adam could have disciplined his wife and used his headship over her. As the account in Genesis shows, you listened to your wife instead of me. (3v17-20)

From the very beginning the principle has been, that the head of the family is the father and the wife is in subjection to her husbandly head. When a man chooses a bride it is said they are “betrothed ” or promised in marriage, what we today would call an engagement, a promise of a marriage reunion, he then takes the woman to his home and a marriage takes place as in the case of Mary. (Luke chapter 1v26-35)

The same marriage arrangement takes place with our lord Jesus, his father chooses the bride for him (which was the custom with Abraham when he chose a bride for his son Isaac) and he goes off to prepare a home for her and returns later when everything is ready, then he takes his bride to live with him. (John chapter 14v1-3)

This helps us to understand the first prophecy. This enmity, meaning strife, rivalry or hatred, in the prophecy will be between Satan and the righteous heavenly host of spirit ones who are called God’s woman and between Satan’s seed and the seed of the woman. Satan will bruise the principle seed Jesus Christ in his heel and Jesus will bruise Satan in the head. Isaiah chapter 53v5,10 speaks of this bruising where it says “It was the will of the Lord to bruise him” referring to the first prophecy.

The problem started when the sons of God left their positions in the high heavens to come to the earth to look at the women of the human creation taking them and having children with them. (Genesis chapter 6v1-20)

They could not return to the high heavens so they made their home here in the earth’s heavens to be near their offspring. Some ended up as “princely rulers” over the earth as the book of Daniel shows us in chapter 10 when Gabriel was sent to Daniel he was stopped by these spirit rulers and Gabriel had to send for Michael the prince of Daniel’s people Israel. (Daniel 10v12-15, 20) So the problem started long before the flood of Noah’s day. And with Satan now being the “ruler over the earth” he could appoint these angelic ones, kingdoms of their own that is why Michael is referred to “as the prince of Daniel’s people Israel” and the fact that these angelic rulers, princes, stopped Gabriel. 

Satan’s seed are made up of the “spirit demons” who have been confined to the earth from the time of Noah and whom Jesus met while he was on the earth and expelled them, these were all the half-breed spirit children born as “the nephilim” being a mixture of two creations one of flesh and blood and one of spirit, the earthly side died in the flood leaving the spirit side of their creation to survive and they became the “demon spirits” on the earth, not being fully spirit in nature but half spirit.

Also it shows in the book of Enoch that the sons that left their original dwelling (the high heavens) were given wives of their own in order to have offspring, to stop them lusting after the human women, these will be of the seed of the woman, (spirit in nature) and they will become rivals, the seed of the woman born to the angelic sons with their new wives against the seed of satan, as the half-breads are.  This hatred between them will continue until the day of their judgement.

Satan’s seed are made up of both earthly and spirit subjects. The spirit demons that have been confined to the earth from the time of Noah and whom Jesus met while he was here on the earth and expelled and the earthly seed are all those who Satan could influence like Judas for instance and all those men whom Jesus met on the earth who had been possessed by the demon spirits. Jesus even told Peter that Satan has demanded to have you men to sift as to wheat, this probably contributed to causing Peter to deny Jesus under Satan’s influence. 

What is interesting too is, Galatians chapter 4v22-31 shows how Abraham had two sons, one by his wife Sarah called Isaac and one by Hagar a slave woman called Ishmael. Although Ishmael was the first born of Abraham the blessings went through Isaac the true heir, also there was a lot of good feelings between the sons and both sons buried their father together.

The seed of the woman are all the spirit ones born to the angelic ones confined to the earth and those that repented after Jesus preached to them and all the half-bread spirit children that were born as the Nephelim whose earthly side died in the flood and became the demon spirits on the earth. The woman’s earthly seed are the Israelite’s both the house of Judah and the house of Samaria. With Jesus being the principle seed of the woman. It is interesting to note, that the demon spirits, the seed of Satan, possessed human subjects of both the house of Judah and the house of Samaria. The seed of the woman. Acts chapter 8v1-8. This hatred will continue between them until the day of their judgement. 

Jesus preached to the spirits in prison confined to the earth after he had been resurrected. (1st Peter 3v19, 2nd Peter 2v4) the idea that he preached to them may have encouraged some to repent and become the seed of the righteous spirits again. The day of judgement will begin with these spirit ones, they will be judged and dealt with when the day of our lord begins. Judgement starts with the household of God. (1st Peter 4v17) 

The enmity, hatred, between the two seeds, Satan’s and the woman’s, comes to a head at the time of judgement, fighting will take place between them in the spirit world on the earth which will cause a tribulation on the earth which will probably affect the human family too. We have the accounts of Jesus expelling some of these demon spirits who possessed humans and making them very violent in nature, this could happen on the day of judgement too where humans will become violent because of their influence. Luke chapter 8v29-34 shows of one account where Jesus expelled these demon spirits who had possessed a man and the spirit told Jesus his name was “Legion” because there were many of them. 

Satan’s seed, his angelic rebels, will influence humans on the earth to fight against the seed of the righteous angels, and may even fight against the church of the Christ and Christians throughout the earth. Satan, the original Antichrist, will encourage his seed made up of humans that these spirits to destroy all remains of Christ’s teachings, that by putting faith in him we may have eternal life.

Chapter 15 of the book of Enoch confirms this battle of wills where it shows: ~

[Chapter 15] 1 And He answered and said to me, and I heard His voice: ‘Fear not, Enoch, thou righteous 2 man and scribe of righteousness: approach hither and hear my voice. And go, say to the Watchers of heaven, who have sent thee to intercede for them: “You should intercede” for men, and not men 3 for you: Wherefore have ye left the high, holy, and eternal heaven, and lain with women, and defiled yourselves with the daughters of men and taken to yourselves wives, and done like the children 4 of earth, and begotten giants (as your) sons? And though ye were holy, spiritual, living the eternal life, you have defiled yourselves with the blood of women, and have begotten (children) with the blood of flesh, and, as the children of men, have lusted after flesh and blood as those also do who die 5 and perish. Therefore have I given them wives also that they might impregnate them, and beget 6 children by them, that thus nothing might be wanting to them on earth. But you were formerly 7 spiritual, living the eternal life, and immortal for all generations of the world. And therefore I have not appointed wives for you; for as for the spiritual ones of the heaven, in heaven is their dwelling. 8 And now, the giants, who are produced from the spirits and flesh, shall be called evil spirits upon 9 the earth, and on the earth shall be their dwelling. Evil spirits have proceeded from their bodies; because they are born from men and from the holy Watchers is their beginning and primal origin; 10 they shall be evil spirits on earth, and evil spirits shall they be called. [As for the spirits of heaven, in heaven shall be their dwelling, but as for the spirits of the earth which were born upon the earth, on the earth shall be their dwelling.] And the spirits of the giants afflict, oppress, destroy, attack, do battle, and work destruction on the earth, and cause trouble: they take no food, but nevertheless 12 hunger and thirst, and cause offences. And these spirits shall rise up against the children of men and against the women, because they have proceeded from them. 

It shows in the book of Enoch that these sons that left the high heavens will be given wives of their own creation to keep them from them lusting after the flesh and blood of the human creation of women in order to procure offspring. So their numbers will be great at the judgement day. 

In order for the spirit sons and their offspring and the half-breads to live separate lives while confined on the earth from the human creation, they will make their habitat possibly under the ground mainly or in unpopulated areas. They did stray at times during the first century when Jesus was here and he expelled them and what is interesting, they knew who Jesus was so they were well informed. They had become predators upon the humans making them very unpredictable and wild.

What is interesting about this new creation is: ~ they do not need food to sustain their lives like the human creation because they are of the spirit. They do not have to live like us either in houses and sharing towns but they will have their own dwelling places. This too is born out for us in the book of Enoch chapter 10 where it states “cast him into darkness ~ open the desert and place over him (one of the fallen angels) rough jagged rocks”. These spirit ones are placed in caverns deep under the ground in the desert places and have rocks placed over them.

The seed of Satan, the demon spirits, will engage the services of the human family to bring about a tribulation on the earth to establish a worldwide dominion of the human family, just like the demon spirits that possessed men in the first century when Jesus was on the earth and he expelled them so too at this time of the end they will again enter into the human race to fulfil their purposes to take over the world. The supremacy of the world is still their goal as it was with the original “Nephelim”

This is brought out fully in Amos chapter 9v1-5 where it explains the judgement upon them it shows “not one of them will escape. Though they dig down into sheol from there shall my hand take them though they climb up to heaven from there I will bring them down and though they hide from my sight at the bottom of the sea there I will command the serpent and it shall bite them and though they go into captivity before their enemies there I will command the sword and it shall slay them”.Angelic spirit ones can hide from God in these places when the judgement day comes but we are assured he will get all of them.

You may think this is not reasonable? But yes” it is. During the last few years “SINK” holes have opened up all around the earth even under the sea bed where large caverns have been under the ground just as the book of Enoch shows. These spirit ones would not live on the earth but in their own habitat, under the earth and under the sea even on top of very high mountains. As one of this pictures show there are many sinkholes underneath the dead sea where the old cities of Sodom was located. images (1)

download (2)
images (5)images (6)An article appeared in the “Daily Mail” newspaper recently gave the following: ~ 

The Dead Sea is shrinking! Roads, caravans and power lines are swallowed up by giant sinkholes that are appearing as waters vanish from Israeli shores Roads swallowed up by giant sinkholes appearing as Dead Sea shrinks.

Hundreds of sinkholes, some the size of a basketball court and some two storeys deep, are wreaking havoc by devouring land where the Israeli shoreline once stood.  Read the full story:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3178902/Roads-caravans-swallowed-giant-sinkholes-appearing-Dead-Sea-shrinks.html

There are examples of other areas for instance in the desert rocky mountainous areas in Jordan there is a city called “Petra” which has been carved out of solid rock even scientists today do not fully understand how this was done. If you look at this close-up you will see it is an entrance to a city deep under the ground. It could even represent a temple area with a crown, a throne, which could represent a kingdom, and its name “Petra” reminds us of Jesus words to Peter that Jesus was the rock-mass and “upon this stone, Meaning Jesus, I will build my church”.

Al_Khazneh

downloadimages (3)images (2)Could this be a temple, a church, imitating our lord’s words to Peter and built by the angelic seed of the woman by their offspring? An entrance leading to their city. Even the stone artifacts are of angels. It has been carved from the solid rock-face and inside there are beautiful floor and ceiling mosaics. Also the size of the building work is great when seeing the humans sat at the bottom. Could this have  possibly been built by human hands? royal tombs petra

royal tombs petra 1Again, their plans to take over the world will be thwarted by Almighty God who takes control of the earth’s heavens. We are shown in Revelation chapter 11v15-19, where it says “We give thanks to thee, Lord God Almighty, who art and who was, that thou hast taken thy great power and begun to reign. The nations raged but thy wrath came and the time for the dead to be judged for rewarding thy servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear thy name both small and great and for destroying the destroyers of the earth”. 

Daniel chapter 11 shows the war between these angelic spirit ones over the earth and we have the account in the Revelations too of the great war at the place called Armageddon, where they will all be gathered against our lord Jesus in battle. (Revelation chapter 16v16)

The rivalry between these two angelic spirit ones will be very great but we have been told the outcome already and that is, Satan will be removed to the abyss for the duration of the reign of our lord Jesus for the thousand years. In his absence the earth will be transformed and the prophecy of Peter chapter 3v13 will be fulfilled. A new heavens and a new earth we are waiting for will become a reality.

(Peter chapter 3v7, 13) The new heavens referred to here is the new ruling power over the earth no longer under Satan’s control but under our Lord Jesus and his woman, his bride.

Enmity means hostility, so between Satan and the other angels there will be hostility throughout time. But the end will come when the seed of the heavenly host, Jesus the messiah will bring about the death of Satan at the end of his reign by stamping on his head killing him. Satan bruised Jesus on his heel when he had him killed on the cross but one can recover from a heel wound, which Jesus did when he was resurrected by his father back to the heavens.

So from the very beginning of our creation the original Antichrist, Satan has worked in opposition to our lord and his seed make up all those he can manipulate to do his bidding on the earth are the Antichrist’s today. Every religious group on the earth today that add any of the laws of Moses to their teachings do not put faith in our lord Jesus and are of this group of Antichrist’s. Jesus himself says in John chapter 14v30 “for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me”. When Jesus said this he was actually confirming too that his life was transformed into the womb of Mary as a perfect embryo and had none of the earthly inherited sins of imperfection the human race had. Yes the ruler of this world is Satan and he only had a hold over the human creation, as is shown in John chapter 12v31, 18v11, 13v21-31, 18v3 and Luke 22v31-33.

antichristThese are the ones the apostles warned the true church about in their letters of encouragement. 2nd Corinthians chapter 11v13 For such men are false apostles deceitful workmen disguising themselves as apostles of Christ and no wonder for even Satan disguised himself as an angel of light”. There have been rivalry between these two angelic spirits from the beginning starting in the garden of Eden.

In John’s 1st letter chapter 2v18 he shows that “the antichrist is coming, so now many have come” so in a relatively short time that Jesus was here on the earth, the antichrist’s have been at work under Satan. John draws attention to “the antichrist is coming” which shows he was referring to an individual one that will be coming just as in the same sense Jesus referred to the ruler of this world that was coming. This started in the first century when the Scribes and the Pharisees  wanted Jesus dead so they enlisted the aid of Judas, who was only too willing to gain money. John chapter 13v21-31 shows the events that took place. Satan entered into Judas and he betrayed Jesus. The scribes and Pharisees had Jesus killed and they had wanted him out of the way because he was showing their teachings up.

Then after his death it came from many sauces even some who claimed to be Christian. In Acts chapter 10v9-17 it shows Peter was given a vision of all kinds of animals and reptiles coming down on a great sheet and a voice told him to kill and eat. But Peter said No! Lord for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean. Peter had to be told three times “do not call unclean what God has cleansed”  Peter had been with Jesus for 3 ½ years yet he was still slow to realise the law was no longer needed.

Also after Paul had been appointed by the resurrected lord as an apostle to the nations, he taught the law covenant was no longer needed for life but faith in Jesus Christ instead. Many Gentiles put faith in Jesus with the promise of “eternal life”. (John 6v38-41) this made many of the Pharisee converts very jealous so they went out from Jerusalem preaching the gentiles had to be circumcised in order to gain life.

Paul and Peter and the other apostles travelled to Jerusalem to put the matter right. The account in Acts chapters 13-15 shows what took place at Jerusalem. The apostles presented their case that none of the laws of Moses were needed to gain life through the Christ. James, the half brother of Jesus, son of Mary and Joseph, agreed that circumcision is not necessary but he feared the Jews so he compromised and gave a little of the law to the gentiles and told them it was necessary they did this in order to gain life.

This was the very same law the apostle Peter had to learn that what God has cleansed do not call unclean. But, James giving his opinion that if the gentiles kept this law about unclean meat it would appease the Pharisees and the rest of the Jews into converting to the Christ. What James did not fully understand at that time was that this made him on the same side as the antichrist along with all the Pharisees who wanted to discredit the Christ and add laws to the Christ.

James had listened to Peter how he was told three times, that all meat was clean to eat and now James was going against that very council and insisting meat was unclean still, even though under the Jewish laws it states “at the mouth of two or three witnesses let the matter stand”. The three witnesses confirming that all things have been cleansed by God were born from the heavens, “what God has cleansed do not call unclean”. Acts chapter 11v9-18 shows also there were at least another six witnesses to the events that followed, making it 10 witnesses in all, that nothing is unclean.

Paul also told them how many gentiles were coming to put faith in Jesus but some believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees rose up and said “it is necessary to circumcise them and to charge them to keep the law of Moses. (15v5) Then Peter rose and told them “God has given Holy spirit to them just as he did us and he made no distinction between us” so why do you make trial of God by putting a yoke upon the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear”.  But still James would not listen to reason and he sent a letter to the gentiles in three areas where there was a large population of Jews living with the hope that the Jews would look more favourably upon them. “Antioch, Syria and Cilicia”. 

Jesus had already told them that he had other sheep to collect besides the Jews in John 10v16. “And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd”. So Jesus never hid from them that others will be invited into the one flock under the one shepherd. 

Jesus prepared the Jews many time to understand that others were going to be blessed too. But they were unresponsive. He gave them a wonderful story of the kingdom of the heavens in Matthew chapter 20v1-17.

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the labourers for a denarius a day he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market place and to them he said, you go into the vineyard too and whatever is right I will give you so they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour he did the same. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing and he said to them why do you stand here idle all day? They said to him because no one has hired us. He said to them you go into the vineyard too. And when evening came the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, call the labourers and pay them their wages beginning with the last up to the first. And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. Now when the first came they thought they would receive more, but each of them received a denarius. And on receiving it they grumbled at the householder saying, these last worked only one hour and you have made them equal to us who have born the burden of the day and the scorching heat. But he replied to one of them, friend, I am doing you no wrong did you not agree with me for a denarius. Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?” RSV

Jesus was teaching in a very subtle way that those who will be invited in at the last minute (the gentiles) will receive the same wage as those who have been serving from the beginning, that the gentiles will be given the same reward equally as the Jews, “eternal life through faith”. But obviously the point had not been taken by the Pharisees who were now insisting they should have a higher wage, preferential treatment because they had been working in the vineyard longer, and the gentiles should not have the same reward as they. So they tried to make the last workers, the gentiles, receive less than they themselves. Just like the story Jesus told them, the Jews were grumbling that the gentiles was to receive the same gift as they, no wonder they were angry and jealous they has missed the point.

In fact the brethren in Jerusalem even got Paul to circumcise Timothy to prove to the Jews that he was still under the laws of Moses because they had heard how Paul was preaching and teaching the laws were not now necessary as Jesus had fulfilled them with his death. So the brethren and elders in Jerusalem were already corrupt through Satan’s influence and was against the teachings of Jesus making them of the antichrist. Satan had contaminated their minds just as he did with Judas and others. (Antichrist means against the teachings of the Christ Jesus)

So, were the brethren living in Jerusalem over the church of the christ? Did Jesus instruct anyone to take charge of his church on the earth? The short answer is NO! 

On leaving, after he had been resurrected he told his apostles, he would send a “councillor” to teach them. This councillor would take from Jesus and teach it to them. John chapter 16v7-16, 14v15-26. This indicates a “spiritual counsellor” not an imperfect person which we have seen the consequences of already from those in Jerusalem.

Paul visited Jerusalem to see Peter about 3 years after being appointed by Jesus (Galatians chapter 1v18, 2vv1) then he did not visit until 14 years later, and in all that time he had been taught through this councillor, the truth. He taught the gentiles were not under any of the Jewish laws from Moses in fact neither were the Jews any more under them. This got back to the Pharisees and Jews in Jerusalem and they went out from there preaching Paul was an apostate and they had to keep the law.

This was what brought them to Jerusalem. Acts chapter 13v39, 45-51, 14v2-6, 15v1-6, 17v10-17 and 21v17-33 says “but as for the gentiles who have believed we have sent a letter with our judgement that they should abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what has been strangled and from unchastely”. Note! “Our judgement” not the judgement of our lord.

Paul had already been teaching for many years now that meat offered to idols could be eaten. 1st Corinthians chapter 8v4-13, 10v25-33.

The apostle Paul instructs us today about ones who pervert the truth about our lord Jesus he tells us in Ephesians “be sure of this, that no fornicator nor impure man or one who is covetous (that is an idolater) has any inheritance in Christ or in God and because of these things that the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not associate with them. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness but expose them. (Ephesians 5v6-15.) Those teachers in Jerusalem were perverting the truth and as false teachers we must as the apostle Paul says, WE MUST EXPOSE THEM.

There is one religious group on the earth today who have built their church upon James and his “oppinions” instead of on our lord Jesus and his apostles and as Paul instructs us, have nothing to do with them DO NOT ASSOCIATE WITH THEM and EXPOSE THEM. http://www.biblebrain.livejournal.com 

We also have the account in Luke chapter 13 v 1-4 where some told Jesus about the Galilean’s whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices and Jesus asked them, “do you think that these Galilean’s were worse sinners than all the other Galilean’s because they suffered this?” Jesus said NO! So even though the blood was used in sacrifices Jesus was showing it was no big deal.

Not only did Satan fulfil the first prophecy from Genesis and had Jesus killed but as the ruler of the world he spread his influence upon others to destroy the Christ. These all make up the antichrist’s and today they are still powerful under him.

So what is the bible’s view of Armageddon we hear so much about? And should we fear the “end of the world”? END OF THE WORLD JWs revelation bookIt shows it is God’s war upon his own household of angelic spirit ones who have been ruling over the earth for the last six thousand years under the ruler of the world, Satan.
Judgment starts with the house of God, his angelic ones 1st Peter 4v17 “those who do not obey the gospel of God” note here the gospel of God not the gospel of Jesus. In order for us to come under a new heavens the old heavens must come to an end to make way for our Lord to return as the new king over the whole earth.

It is logical to assume the war amongst the angels take place first before the resurrection. The heavens will then be cleansed of all unrighteousness as Jesus has used this saying many times, “you cannot put new wine into an old wine bottle”. (Luke 5v35-39) neither would you put a clean shirt on without removing the dirty one first. The old leaven must be removed from the earth’s heavens before the new heavens can be set up.

The bible’s war at Armageddon is God’s war upon his household his angelic ones and the only mention of this is in Revelation 16v16 where it says it is a place and not the name of a battle. Logically speaking, how can the whole of the human race be gathered into ONE place and to fight against spirits whom they cannot see?

As we are near to the beginning of the seventh day, the Sabbath, which we are told in God’s word Jesus Christ will be lord of the Sabbath and rule over us with his kingdom. The earth and its heavens will need to be cleansed from all the angelic spirit created ones who had been ruling over the earth with Satan and all those who were placed on the earth in prison bonds from the time of Noah. (1st Peter chapter 3v19, 2nd Peter chapter 2v5-10)

This is the bible’s Armageddon of Rev 16v16. Cleansing the heavens and the earth of these rebellious spirit ones to make way for our Lord Jesus to return and reign over us in a new clean heavens.

                         LET YOUR KINGDOM COME!

                        LET YOUR WILL TAKE PLACE!

THE BIRTH OF GOD’S SON the MESSIAH.

GOD’S  WORD    bible 2  IS TRUTH!

God transferred the life of his son into the womb of Mary, his chosen one, to bring to birth an earthly son by which he will bring salvation to everyone on the earth. Both Matthew and Luke gives differing accounts of his birth. Both showing that Joseph and Mary was of the lineage of David.

 The messiah was prophesied to be born in Bethlehem of Judea but Joseph was living in Galilee so a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that everyone should be enrolled and Joseph went up from Galilee from the city of Nazareth to Jerusalem as he was from the lineage of Judah.(Luke 2 v 1-6)

NOW

 Luke’s account also gives us the legal side of his birth according to the law of Moses that when the baby was taken to the temple for purification at 8 days old, the parents offered up “TWO TURTLE DOVES OR TWO YOUNG PIGEONS” this was the offering of anyone who could not afford a lamb according to the law. (Luke chapter 2 v 24, Leviticus chapter 12 v 6 – 8) this would prove that Mary and Joseph were of little means. But you might ask, what about the wonderful presents the “wise men brought him” when he was born? Surly then they could have afforded a lamb as the law dictates?

 Take a look at the account with me in Matthew chapter 2 but before we read the account, go back to the pictures we have every year of the “nativity scene” at Christmas time where we have the three kings visiting the stable bearing gifts for the child, alongside the shepherds. 

yes

Now read the true account with me from God’s word.  

 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king Matthew chapter 2 v 1-23 gives us a detailed account of these visitors who were seeking for the new baby that had been born “king of the Jews”.

nativity 13

They were most probably trained in astronomy and studied the stars. After seeing a special bright star and understanding a new king had been born they went to Jerusalem in search of this new king and when word reached king Herod he gathered all the chief priests and scribes together to find out where the Christ was to be born according to their prophecies and they told him in Bethlehem of Judea. (v 3-5) 

nativity 20  Herod realised how far these men had travelled so he summoned them privately to find out exactly when they saw  the star. (v 7) After Herod sent them on their way to look for the child he told them to tell him where the child was so that he too could worship him.

nativity 21

The star went before them and stood over the house where the young child was and verse 11 says “and going into the house they saw the child with Mary its mother and they fell down and worshipped him. Then opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh”. 

 Note here, the account only says “wise men” not three, true there were three different gifts mentioned but not three men. Also, they travelled from the East from where they had seen the star, saying “where is he who HAS BEEN BORN”, so by the time the men arrived Jesus had already been born.

This is confirmed later in verses 7, 16-17, where Herod had all the baby boys killed up to the age of two years old, which also fulfilled the prophecies about these deaths, which was the time Herod got from the men when they said they saw the star while they were in the East before travelling to Jerusalem, by now Jesus would have been about two years old and not a new baby. This too is confirmed in verses 9-12 where the men entered into the HOUSE where they saw the young CHILD with Mary. Now no longer a babe in a manger in a stable but a young child living in a house.

nativity 22

 So the nativity scene we have every year enacted for us is totally inaccurate to have three wise men in the stable with a newborn baby alongside the shepherd’s , you might think does it really matter? Well yes! It does matter; it is false and wrong to teach our children lies about God’s word of truth which we have documented by loyal ones to guide us to put faith in Jesus and his father. Remembering what Jesus taught, “by putting faith in him we might have eternal life” and to put faith in someone we need to know the truth about that one.

The account in Luke chapter 2 detailing the birth of Jesus is so moving starting in verse 8 it says ” and in that region there were shepherd’s out in the field keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the lord appeared to them and said to them “be not afraid for behold I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people, for to you is born this day in the city of David a saviour who is Christ the lord. And this will be a sign for you, you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased”. 

nativity 7

When the angels went away from them into heaven the shepherd’s went down to Bethlehem to see this wonderful event and they found the babe just as the angels had told them, so they related to the mother and the father what had happened to them and how they had the witness born to them of his birth through the heavenly host. What a wonderful blessing those lowly shepherds had that night.

nativity 2

 The messiah had come onto the earth to change our future inheritance through his life and his very humiliating and painful death to release the Jews as the first fruits from the laws of Moses and including the gentiles to give them the chance to have eternal life by putting faith in him.

                       A NEW MEDIATOR FOR THE WORLD.

THE TWO COVENANTS.

GOD’S WORD  bible 2 IS TRUTH

The bible contains TWO covenants, one under Moses as the mediator between the Jews and their God, which is known as the OLD TESTAMENT, and one under Jesus Christ as the mediator for a new people, Christians, THE NEW TESTAMENT.

NEW 1

Under the old covenant through Moses, God’s chosen people Israel were given instructions to help them through life with a promise that the messiah would come through the line of David and bless them.

Sadly, the scribes and the Pharisee’s added many other laws upon the Jews making life very hard for them to keep. Although the Jews were in expectation of the messiah’s coming they did not all accept him as God’s representative, especially his son, the anointed one the Messiah.

They took some of the laws to the extreme, for instance: ~

The Sabbath was designed to give humans the chance to have a day of rest but they took this to the limit where no one was allowed to do anything at all and when Jesus and his apostles were seen walking through a field of corn, plucking some and eating it, they were accused of breaking the Sabbath law. (Luke 6v1-12)

Also, Matthew chapter 15v1-12 shows another tradition that became law. “Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands before they eat”. Jesus told then “for the sake of tradition you have made void the word of God” (v6,) “Hear and understand, not what goes into the mouth defiles a man but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man”. (11)

Jesus came to release them from the laws of Moses by fulfilling them, bringing them to a close by his coming. But, instead of the wonderful opportunity of being released from the laws, they wanted to keep them and condemned Jesus instead.

sacrifice  sacrifice 3

 SACRIFICES UNDER MOSES       TO       PUTTING FAITH IN JESUS!

In order to fulfil the laws of Moses Jesus had to come as a Jew under law himself to God’s people. He gave them the first chance to have the opportunity to become a new people set free through him as the new mediator between them and God. Matthew chapter 5 v 17. Luke chapter 24 v 44-48.

And while he was talking to them he said, “I am the good shepherd, the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10v11) and I have other sheep that are not of this fold, (Jews) I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock one shepherd” (v16) Jesus was talking here about the Gentiles that were going to be invited to join the Jews in salvation through his death.

Matthew chapter 12v17-22 quoting from Isaiah 42v1-4 says, “I will put my spirit upon him and he shall proclaim justice to the gentiles, and in his name will the gentiles hope”. 

Luke chapter 2 v 25-36 shows what happened when Jesus was taken to the temple when he was 8 days old for purification under the law of Moses, it had been revealed to a man called Simeon that he would not die until he had seen the “Lord’s Christ” and he says “for mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for the glory to thy people Israel”.

simeon

We know through history that ten of the 12 tribes of Israel left the kingdom of Judah and formed their own kingdom and became the Samaritans. These too were looking forwards to the Messiah’s coming, as shown in John chapter 4v7-43. They were still under the mediator Moses but chose not to come under the kingdom of Judah and worship in Jerusalem. For this, those living in Jerusalem despised them.

Although Jesus life was transferred into the womb of an earthling woman, his embryo was pure and perfect coming from his father. It did not need man’s intervention and it did not carry any inherited imperfections from the mother, her womb became just like an incubator to house the embryo for those 9 months so that when he was born he carried none of the sin or imperfection of the human family.

But, we can see from reading God’s word Jesus had a wonderful strong love for the human family and that was why he was willing to come, to be born, to die a very painful and humiliating death to give us a better future life under God’s kingdom. Many times God’s word says how Jesus was moved in sadness.

One example was in John chapter 11v11-45 when Lazarus died. Jesus was a close friend of Lazarus and his two sisters Mary and Martha and when he was told he was ill he told his apostles “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep” (11) “If he has fallen asleep he will recover” (v12, 13) “But Jesus told them plainly Lazarus is dead”.

This account shows the feelings and the emotions that Jesus felt when he arrived and saw the two sisters. He felt their pain and sorrow. This must have convinced him even more that coming to the earth as the “lamb of God” to be sacrificed, to atone for the sins of the world was right. He wanted to change our future life’s inheritance that is the real love he and his father have for us.

When Martha asked Jesus why he did not come sooner to stop their brother from dying, (John 11v21-28, 32, 37) he was not too concerned because he knew he was going to show his father’s power through her brother’s resurrection. Even though he knew he was going to do this he still felt sorrow at seeing them at the tomb, and how distressed they were verses 38-45 shows the resurrection of Lazarus. We will cover this a little more in detail under the new covenant through our mediator Jesus Christ.

So, as Jesus fulfilled the laws between the mediator Moses and the Jews, we are certainly NOT under any of those laws belonging to the old covenant, the Old Testament, today. They have all finished and are no longer needed except for references of the creation. They were only given to the Jews not the gentiles.

The Jews today who choose to remain under those laws will not benefit from them in any way whatsoever as they have been cast off and a new people have taken their place today under the new mediator Jesus Christ.

sacrifice 2

THE HISTORY OF THE JEWS!

GOD’S WORD  bible 2 IS TRUTH!

The Israelite’s became known as “Jews” in later years and have a long history of going against their God who rescued them from slavery in Egypt.

It was not long after they were taken miraculously across the Red Sea on dry land that they started to rebel. Exodus chapter 14v 21, 28, shows how Moses was told to stretch out his hand over the sea and the waters parted for them to cross and after they crossed over, the waters returned and covered the chasing armies of Pharaoh and they all died.nativity 9 They complained to Moses repeatedly how they were better off in Egypt, even as slaves. They had good food and meat to eat and they requested many times for them to return. Numbers chapter 20v 4-14 (Deuteronomy 32v48) shows how their complaining became too much for Moses to bare so he loses his temper with them and loses his right to enter the promised land.moses After their continual complaining that the water was bitter, Moses struck the rock in anger but he did not give the glory to God, hence, he lost the chance to enter the promised land and instead he was taken up onto the mountain to view the wonderful land from afar.moses from afar Each time they complained they were disciplined but this made no difference to their attitude, so we have Moses account recorded in Numbers chapter 21v5-10 how their God sent serpents to bite the people to bring them to their senses, then they repented a little. Moses was instructed to make a copper serpent and suspend it high upon a tree so that when the people were bitten they would look at the serpent and be saved by putting faith in their God to save them.copperThis was something Jesus referred to in John chapter 3v14 and 8v28 and 12v32, he likened himself to that fiery copper serpent in the wilderness that saved the Israelites from death. He said “As Moses lifted up the copper serpent in the wilderness, so must this son of man be lifted up that whoever believes in him may have eternal life”. Where, today we see Jesus lifted up high upon the cross we can look upon him and put faith in him and have eternal life.lifted up

                                         WHAT A WONDERFUL GIFT.

It seemed good in theory to have a people representing God’s kingdom upon the earth amongst the whole world being under the angelic gentile princes, it would have been a wonderful spectacle for his angelic creation to see the difference between the nations. Those under a righteous rule compared to everyone else.

 But sadly in practise it did not work out that way. The Jews rebelled all the time and wanted to be like the other nations having their own visible king. So our God provided them with a king, after first explaining to them the duties of having a king over them and how they would suffer many restrictions and hardship but they were a stubborn people and would not listen. (1st Samuel 8v4-19)

 1st Samuel 9v15-10v1 shows the anointing of Saul God’s chosen one to govern Israel. (12v1-5) (15v1) The Jews proved to be a great disappointment to our God from the very beginning of their being saved from Egypt and eventually in 605 BC they were handed over to the Babylonians, king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came with his armies and took the city of Jerusalem captive. He installed a new king in Jerusalem, Zedekiah who was 21 years old at the time and he ruled for 11 years then he too rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar. (2nd Chronicles 36v9-15)

 Again, the Jews were told that if they rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar he would come and destroy the temple and the city, but true to form, they did rebel and Nebuchadnezzar did return in 586 BC and completely destroyed the temple and the city. He took everyone captive to Babylon where they stayed for 70 years.

 So after the city was taken they had to serve the king of Babylon 70 years. 605-538 released by Cyrus.

After the destruction of Jerusalem, the land would remain desolate for 70 years. 586-516. (2nd chronicles 36v17-21)

 Ezra shows the return to Jerusalem 3v6-9 the temple was finished and dedicated in 516 BC Ezra 6v14-16. After lying desolate for 70 years.

 Jerusalem’s destruction was very severe, it was a long drawn out battle and Jeremiah account in chapter 19v3-15, 20v1-7, shows the people were starved and actually ate their own children in order to survive.

 God’s kingdom on the earth ended when he handed his rebellious people over to the Babylonians in 605 BC. Although the city of Jerusalem and the temple was re-built the people still remained under the angelic and the earthly gentile nations. This was emphasised by the remark made to Jesus by his apostles recorded in the Acts of the apostles chapter 1v6 “Lord are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel”.

 Under the laws of the Jews, they were promised that a messiah would be sent to them to free them from the law as Matthew chapter 5v17 shows. He would fulfil, complete the law. It shows also how his birth was acknowledged by others who travelled looking for him. Matthew chapter 2v1-17. They asked “where is the one born the king of the Jews”?  

When Jesus entered Jerusalem riding upon an ass as the kings of Jerusalem presented themselves he was accepted as their king by the crowds that greeted him as shown in John chapter 12 v 12-20, he was acknowledged as the promised Messiah but, when the scribes and the Pharisees gathered together while he was being tried and they all said “we have no king but Caesar” again denying God’s son and his kingdom. John chapter 19 v 12-22.

God’s people will stay under the Gentile Nations until God’s kingdom under Jesus Christ is set up over the whole of the earth where Jesus taught his people to pray “let your kingdom come Let your kingdom come and let your will take place over the earth”.

                             AMEN. COME LORD JESUS!

 

THE INVASION OF THE EARTH!

GOD’S WORD  bible 2  IS TRUTH!

The invasion started not long after the daughters of man were born, they were good looking and the angelic ones left their positions and came to look at them on the earth. They desired them greatly and took them and had offspring with them.

nativity 15 There is only a small account of this in Genesis 6v1-5. We also have other references to them apart from Jude, for instance when the 12 spies were sent into the land they came back with tales of these giant men. Numbers 13v25-33 says “the land through which we have gone, to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people we saw in it were men of great stature. And there we saw the Nephelim (the sons of Anak who came from the Nephelim) and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers”.

moses 1

But the two spies came back with a glowing report about the land bringing wonderful produce to show the people.

spy out

This shows that knowledge of these angelic half-breeds were known to the people for many hundreds of years after the flood and their destruction.

 As for the flood waters themselves, it had to cover the whole of the earth completely for it to work and it must have been very hard for the angels to watch their offspring dying in the flood waters and not be able to help them.

 Genesis 6v6-19 shows how our God felt sorry that he had even made man on the earth (6v6) and the earth was completely corrupt in his eyes (v11) he now determines to end all flesh because the earth is full of violence (v13) but Noah has found favour with him and he instructs him to build an ark so that he would be saved from the floodwaters. He tells Noah, “I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life from under heaven, everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish my covenant with you and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons wives with you”. This statement also expels many “myths” about Noah preaching about the coming flood in which some may get saved because the covenant from God was only for the family of Noah and no one else so Noah certainly would not have preached a salvation to any one else, only 8 souls were to be saved. This also shows the flood waters will cover the earth completely and only those inside the ark will survive.flood The construction of the ark was to be just a wooden crate which would float on the water with a door on its side, and was not designed to sail through the waters like a giant ship of boat. It finally came to rest upon the mountains of Ararat.

 It may be of interest to note, Noah’s father Lamech died five years before the flood and Methuselah, the oldest man, died the same year as the flood.

 Not only did these angelic ones invade the earth in the beginning but they stayed here making their home in the expanse, the earth’s heavens from where they stayed close to their half bred sons. They also became the angelic gentile princely rulers over the earth as Daniel shows us in his book.

 Daniel 10v13-15, 20-21, shows how these princes stopped access to the earth when Daniel was being visited. They have dominated the earths affairs ever since. Daniel chapter 2 shows that when Gods kingdom is being set up all these kingdoms will be destroyed all together in one full sweep. 2v44 shows “and in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up  a kingdom which shall never be destroyed. them It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end”. They will not allow our Lord Jesus to place his kingdom over the earth so we have been told, they will all gather together against him at the place called Armageddon. (Rev 16v16)   This will be their day of judgement. 2nd Peter 2v4-6, and chapter 3v6,7 shows the heavens and the earth that now exists have been stored up for fire being kept until the day of judgement and destruction of ungodly men.

 Daniel chapters 11 and 12 also speaks of this great conflict, that will be fought in the earths heavens and as this involves the princely rulers over the earth we are bound to be affected by their warfare. We have never experience peace on the earth from their kingdoms but under the kingdom of God through our Lord Jesus we are promised “a new heavens and a new earth we are waiting for”. The new heavens, a new ruling kingdom under our lord Jesus and this in turn will produce a new earth where righteousness will dwell. (2nd Peter 3v13)

 The invasion took place about six thousand years ago now by these rebels, the angelic ones, and we are told that our Lord Jesus is “the lord of the Sabbath”         ( Matthew 12v8) the Sabbath being the 7th day and in Peter 3v8-13 tells us “that one day with God as a thousand years” so if 6 thousand years have passed we are due for the Sabbath day to take effect over the earth.

        Let your kingdom Come and cover the earth in righteousness.