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The Torturers Of Christ
The English word torture originated from a Latin word meaning to twist. The word torch originated from the same Latin word (the reason torch and torture sound so similar) because torches were made by twisting linen or some other cloth around the end of a stick, soaking it in tallow or oil, and then setting it alight. As far as torture is concerned, both apply i.e. victims of torture have commonly been twisted or burned in various gruesome ways.
Throughout history, torture has most-often been exploited by religious (e.g. the Spanish inquisition upon non-Catholics) or government (e.g. Adolf Hitler's military-run concentration camps) forces. Ominously, whenever laws were established to make it "legal" to torture prisoners of war or perceived "enemies of the state," torture was, historically, sooner or later, extended to be used as a matter of civil law, upon any citizen. Whenever torture gets a "legal" foothold in a country, it's always been just a matter of time before anyone in that country can and will be tortured by their own government e.g. Hitler's Gestapo were the German domestic State Police who tortured ordinary Germans (their infamous "we have ways to make you talk" meant torture).
"His visage was so marred more than any man"
Before He was executed, Christ was tortured; first by a gang of religious authorities who savagely abused their bound, blindfolded prisoner, then by a pack of sadistic troops who, like demonic jackals, attacked their heavily outnumbered, bound, helpless prisoner in the same way.
First, the barbarities committed on the Christ by the religionists, the men who hypocritically claimed to sit in "Moses' seat" of The Law:
"26:67 Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands" (Matthew 26:67 KJV)
Then the Roman troops, heinous thugs who seemed to have "courage" only when their shackled, blindfolded prisoner could not fight back. Perhaps, considering that they knew Latin and the meaning of "torture" (i.e. to twist), their twisting (KJV "platted") together a crown of thorns to torture Him with seems like no mere coincidence.
"19:1 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. 19:2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, 19:3 And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands." (John 19:1-3 KJV)
The torture of the Christ was so horrendous that He was no longer recognizable i.e. "His visage was so marred more than any man" (see below). Much of that was done by scourging (in Latin meaning to rip the skin) with a multi-thong twisted whip (perhaps no coincidence that, as explained, torture literally means to twist) with pieces of sharp metal or animal bone attached along its length. The torture victim was flayed open, first on the back, then on the front (Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ, despite some other Biblical errors, portrayed Christ's torture scourging very accurately). People sentenced to crucifixion were usually scourged beforehand - but often died from the scourging itself, from blood loss and shock. The prophecy "So shall He sprinkle many nations" is based on the spray of blood from His scourging from which "His visage was so marred more than any man" (the popular image of Christ hanging on the cross, without a mark on Him, is a fraud - He was literally beaten to a pulp i.e. "an unrecognizable, soggy mass").
"52:14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: 52:15 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider." (Isaiah 52:14-15 KJV)
As in all things, evil always loses, and evil men always end up as the losers. What those Satanic savages did to Christ served as part of the sacrifice for even their sins - if they repented of their evil and cowardice.
"53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth." (Isaiah 53:5-7 KJV)
Fact Finder: Upon His return, is Christ going to torture the evil-doers of the world, or is He simply going to annihilate them if they do not immediately surrender to Him by repenting of the wickedness that they do?