The Treason Of Judas
Judas Iscariot is infamously known as the betrayer of Jesus Christ (see the Fact Finder question below), but there were others among the disciples of Christ "who should betray him":
"6:60 Many therefore of his disciples [see Disciples and Apostles], when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?
6:61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? 6:62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? [see Christ The Creator and 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'] 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 6:64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.
6:65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him." (John 6:60-65 KJV)
"Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the King"
Betrayers did not end with the high treason that they committed against Christ the King (see Israelite Monarchy - The Messiah); other Satanic rebels from that time on have done the same with and within the King's Church ("church" means called out ones; see What Is The Church?), the loyal people who obey and worship the King of the Kingdom of God.
The apostle Peter (who witnessed Judas' act of treason and tried to defend His Majesty from the mob that Judas led to seize and murder Him; see Malchus) made the direct connection between Christ's Church and Christ the King (his "honour the king" was surely not ultimately speaking of the pagan Roman emperor, the foreign dictator who had taken over the land of Israel).
"2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light" (1 Peter 2:9 KJV)
"2:16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. 2:17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king." (1 Peter 2:16-17 KJV)
Murder and treason have been capital offenses from the most ancient times. They still shall be in the future. All rebels are going to be fried into ash.
"2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies [see Damnation], even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not." (2 Peter 2:1-3 KJV)
"3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? [see Could Christ Return Tonight?] for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water [see Hydrogen]: 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up [see They Shall Be Ashes].
3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." (2 Peter 3:3-13 KJV)
Fact Finder: Was Judas Iscariot prophesied to do what he did, centuries before he did it? Why was there a "Judas"?
See Was Judas Necessary?
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