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Wednesday, October 5 2011
Who's Hiding On Your Wall?
Jesus of Nazareth, despite the Absolute Greatness of Who and What He was, nevertheless, in the 30 or so years that He lived as a mortal man, looked very ordinary. That normality was actually one of the mandatory conditions of His being the true Messiah.
"2:16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people." (Hebrews 2:16-17 KJV)
The appearance of the real Jesus of Nazareth was so ordinary that He could even very respectfully be called "homely" (defined as "lacking in physical beauty") - as the Holy Scriptures plainly say: there was "no beauty that we should desire him."
"53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 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." (Isaiah 53:2-5 KJV)
The real Jesus of Nazareth didn't have a glow-in-the-dark halo around His head (see the Fact Finder question below to understand just what a "halo" really is), or wear effeminate pink or white robes. His clothing was that of a normal man of Galilee of that time. The reason that the traitor Judas (see also The Long Shadow Of Judas) had to literally point the Messiah out from among the apostles with whom He was standing is because He looked the very same as everyone else, including faithful and defensive Peter who was standing right beside Him.
"26:47 And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. 26:48 Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. 26:49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him. 26:50 And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him." (Matthew 26:47-50 KJV)
Putting Satan's "Mug Shot" Out Of Our Lives
The Biblical Truth and reality that we read above is far different from how Jesus Christ has been consistently portrayed by artists over the centuries, right to the present day - as though they were all influenced by the same spirit of error. The illustration at right is typical of what millions of people think of as "Jesus." Millions of well-meaning, but unaware people defile their Christian-professing homes by having such pictures hanging on their walls (or on the "wall" of such things as Facebook), or even have a Holy Bible that is defiled and contaminated by such pictures (an abomination that can be easily removed) - while, as we read in the verses above, the Holy Bible itself plainly says that Jesus Christ never looked like that.
But who exactly does the Holy Bible say "appears" like that? Who has such vain and false beauty? It was from Lucifer, when he became corrupt and vain by his beauty ("Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness) that Satan originated. As plainly stated in the dual historical and prophetic account of "the king of Tyre":
"28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God [see also Do You Want A Servant Or A Serpent?]; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
It was that "shooting down" of the vain pretty-boy Satan that the real Jesus described:
"10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven." (Luke 10:18 KJV)
Satan's beauty was the basis of his vain arrogance.
"14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! [see What And Where Is Babylon Today?] 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit." (Isaiah 14:12-15 KJV)
Much has been written, as described above, of how Lucifer's behavior changed when he corrupted his God-given beauty into the rebellious-against-God vanity of Satan. But nothing has been written about any change of his appearance. Quite the contrary, Satan, despite his total evil, is still described as beautiful and righteous-appearing - just as he is portrayed in all of those counterfeit "Jesus" pictures. Using such a picture as a "mug shot" of the criminal Satan is Truth; using it as a picture of Jesus Christ is a lie.
"11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." (2 Corinthians 11:13-15 KJV)
Fact Finder: What is the origin of the Satanic "halo"? How did Satanic "sun worship" become a counterfeit for the one and only true Christian Sabbath?
This Day In History, October 5
869: The 8th Church of Rome Ecumenical Council opened in Constantinople (listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy). The East-West conference was held between Pope Adrian II and Basil I to condemn iconoclasm (the destruction of religious images and idols).
1285: King Philip III of France died of the plague that was then ravaging Europe.
1502: Christopher Columbus discovered what is today called Costa Rica (the people who were already in Costa Rica knew that it was there, centuries before Europeans "discovered" it; see also No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible to see how people who believed in the Scriptures already knew things that the "explorers" didn't).
1511: Pope Julius II formed the Holy League between Aragon, Venice and the papacy. Its purpose was to defend the unity of the Roman Catholic church and to drive the French out of Italy (see also The Holy Roman Empire).
1762: The British fleet captured Spanish-held Manila in the Philippines.
1795: The Hudson Bay Company began construction on a fortified fur-trading post on the future site of the city of Edmonton.
1796: During the Napoleonic Wars, Spain declared war on Britain.
1813: The Battle of the Thames during the War of 1812 (1812-1814). Canadian troops under Maj. Gen. Henry Proctor halted the U.S. invasion forces near Moraviantown (northeast of present day Chatham, Ontario). Shawnee chief Tecumseh, who, like the Canadians, was defending his homeland, was killed in the battle.
1877: Nez Perce Chief Joseph surrendered to the U.S. Army in Montana, only 40 miles short of their over 1,600 mile journey to reach freedom in the Canadian prairies. He and his people were shipped back south in cattle cars to prison camps during and after which hundreds died of disease and squalor.
1908: Bulgaria declared independence from the Ottoman empire (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1910: Portugal was declared a republic after a successful revolt against King Manuel II.
1964: 57 people from East Germany reached West Berlin by digging a tunnel under the Berlin Wall - the largest single escape from the communist country up to that date (see also Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!).
1970: Anwar Sadat was nominated to succeed Gamal Nasser as President of Egypt.
1983: Polish Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (back then, Nobel Peace Prize winners actually did something to earn it).
1990: Meir Kahane, founder of the Jewish Defense League, was assassinated in New York at age 58.