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Thursday, February 23 2012
Who Was Their Messiah?
The people of Judah (see Are Levites 'Jews'?, Who Were The First Jews? and A History Of Jerusalem: The Capital Of Judah) have long-recognized that the Messiah is coming. When He was born, "wise men" from the east (see Why Did The Magi Come?) asked the religious authorities in Jerusalem (the star actually, at first, led them to Jerusalem, not Bethlehem; see A History Of Jerusalem: The Coming Of The Messiah) where He would be born. The answer was given from Scripture, a quote of Micah 5:2 ("5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting" - written long after the time of King David).
"2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
The people of Judah then (and still are) awaiting a human King, who will be the Messiah based upon His righteous rule, while delivering the people of Israel (who were created as a prototype of the Church of God, the people of God; see Can You See The Church?) from the world. They regard the Messiah as a King, not as a High Priest - in a manner after King David, who ruled as a king from Zion, but left the "religion" up to the Levites at the Tabernacle, and later the Temple. Their first confrontation with the Messiah (see Who Has A Spirit Of Confrontation?) happened because the Messiah did not divide what He had long-before created as one (see The Rock Of The Church).
"2:13 And the Jews' passover [see Christ's Passover] was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, 2:14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: 2:15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; 2:16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.
The famous "John 3:16" verse is actually only a small part of the Messiah's teaching (along with the also-famous "born again" teaching within it) that the ultimate Kingdom of Israel is the spiritual Kingdom of God (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?). True "religion" is actually about obedience to the Law of God (see Works Means Obedience), the King of the Kingdom of God, that will qualify people (regardless of who they are or where they are) to become natural-born citizens of the Kingdom of God.
"3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
While Nicodemus did come to the understanding at that time (Nicodemus was one of the two men who placed the Messiah's body in the Tomb); other Pharisees did later (such as Saul, who became the apostle Paul; see Straight Street), while others apparently didn't at all back then (see also The Eighth Day: What Does It Mean?). Those who didn't were the ones who "took counsel together for to put him to death" - a necessary blindness (even after witnessing miracles, such as the raising of Lazarus), in order for the Lamb of God to be Sacrificed.
"11:43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 11:44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin.
"Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?"
The limited-to-human Messiah view was not exclusive to the religious leadership - the entire nation interpreted it that way for themselves. The apostles (none of whom were professional religionists - the Twelve were the kind of people that someone would recruit to build an army, not a "church") didn't understand the spiritual reality until after Christ's resurrection, when the Holy Spirit came upon them in greater measure ("24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. 24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day" Luke 24:44-46 KJV). Until then, for example, when the Messiah told Peter that He was going to Jerusalem to be killed, "Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee."
"16:20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.
Even after the resurrection, they then asked "Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?" They were then given their final lesson - that the Messiah is coming twice, once as the Lamb of God, then as the King of the Kingdom of God.
"1:1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 1:2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 1:3 To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
The same was true for the multitudes people who followed Him. They recognized that the Messiah had come, but they hadn't yet realized that He would be Sacrificed for them.
"4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
It was after the famous feeding of the multitude that, thinking that they had some sort of a free-ride king, "that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king." Notice carefully what they were planning to do; take him by force (against His Will) and make him a king (like a captive farm animal that produces food), which to them meant, based upon the event that made them want to do it, a captive food-producing servant of them - to which the Messiah rebuked them for their carnality ("6:26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed" John 6:26-27 KJV).
"6:1 After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias. 6:2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. 6:3 And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. 6:4 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.
Fact Finder: Has true Zionism always specifically been about the Messiah, not merely a family of humans?
This Day In History, February 23
303: Prior to its creation of a perverted version of Christianity for itself (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad), Emperor Diocletian began the persecution of unspecified "Christians" in Rome (see The Church Of God At Rome).
1455: Johannes Gutenberg printed the first book with the newly-invented process of movable type - the Bible.
1574: The Fifth War of Religion began in France.
1820: The Cato Street Conspiracy, an attempt to assassinate British Cabinet ministers, was foiled with only hours to spare.
1861: After seceding from Mexico in 1836, and then being annexed by the U.S. in 1845, Texas became the 7th state to secede from the U.S. and join the Confederates States of America.
1898: In France, novelist Emile Zola was imprisoned for writing his "J'accuse" letter accusing the government of anti-Semitism and wrongly jailing Captain Alfred Dreyfus.
1919: Benito Mussolini left the Socialists and founded the Fasci del Comattimento (Fascist) party in Italy.
1934: Leopold III became King of Belgium.
1942: A Japanese submarine shelled an oil refinery in Santa Barbara, California, the first Japanese bombs to hit U.S. the continental U.S. during the Second World War.
1944: Russia's Josef Stalin forced 1 million Chechens into exile. He dissolved their republic while accusing them of collaboration with Nazi Germany.
1970: Guyana, formerly British Guiana, became an independent republic within the British Commonwealth.
1987: Ian Shelton, a Canadian astronomer from Winnipeg, discovered the first supernova since Kepler's observation in 1604 while working at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. The star, Sanduleak 69 202 in the Large Magellanic Cloud, is estimated to be 160,000 light years away i.e. the image of it that is seen today left 160,000 years ago.
1996: Pope John Paul II issued an updated code for electing popes, introducing modern comforts for cardinals in conclave and reaffirming rules against electronic bugging to safeguard their secrecy.
1998: Osama bin Laden (born in Saudi Arabia) published a fatwa of jihad against all Jews and "Crusaders" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).