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The Faithful Witness From Above

The English word "witness" is used to translate the New Testament Greek word, pronounced mar-toos , which itself literally means witness (see Martyrs to understand how "witness" came to mean "martyr").

Although many have, and continue to, claim to stand in place of, or to speak, for Christ (see False Christs and False Prophets), only Christ is qualified to speak as the Christ. The most that anyone can be is a servant (see Minister - which means nothing more than servant) of Christ, as even Christ Himself is a servant of God, speaking His words, not their own, as for example, stated at the beginning of the book of Revelation (which means revealing - see Apocalypse), "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him":

"1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John [i.e. the apostle John, not John the Baptist]: 1:2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this Prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

1:4 John to The Seven Churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood [see Why Blood?], 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds [see The Clouds of Heaven]; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen." (Revelation 1:1-7 KJV)

"He that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: He that cometh from heaven is above all"

John the Baptist (see John's Testimony) was "the Elijah to come," a pre-figure of the end-time two witnesses, of Christ, who will be sent by Christ, as a final testimony to the world before Christ's return (see The Elijahs and the notes for Revelation 11 in Revelation 9-11). John taught only what he was taught from God i.e. "a man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven."

Stars In The Universe

"3:26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.

3:27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. 3:28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not The Christ, but that I am sent before him. 3:29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease [see John's Last Days].

3:31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. 3:32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony. 3:33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. 3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. 3:35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand [see Christ The Creator]. 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." (John 3:26-36 KJV)

Even Christ Himself spoke only "from above" (see Jesus The Apostle):

"5:31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. 5:32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.

5:33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. 5:34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. 5:35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

5:36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. 5:37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape [i.e. no human has seen The Father - but many people saw "the LORD God" - see the Fact Finder question below]. 5:38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 5:40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

5:41 I receive not honour from men. 5:42 But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. 5:43 I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

5:44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?" (John 5:31-44 KJV)

Christ came to do what The Father sent Him to say and do, the first time. When He returns, He will complete what The Father sent Him to say and do (see Why Two Comings Of The Christ?, The Coming World Dictator and The Throne Of God, From Heaven To Earth). Christ, for the most part, did not come to be accepted by most of humanity at His first coming, only by the "firstfruits" (see Pentecost: Firstfruits Of The Spirit and Why Can't 'The Chosen People' See?).

"8:14 Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go. 8:15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. 8:16 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. 8:17 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. 8:18 I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.

8:19 Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father?

Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also. 8:20 These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come." (John 8:14-20 KJV)

Fact Finder: (a) Who was "the Ancient of Days"? (b) Who was "the LORD God" of the "Old" Testament?
(a) See The Ancient of Days and A Vision of God's Throne
(b) See 'The God Of The Old Testament' and 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'


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