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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.

2:3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 2:4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 2:5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

2:6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel." (Matthew 2:1-6 KJV)

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).

Pharisees and Herodians

"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.

2:17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.

2:18 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign showest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?

2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

2:20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? 2:21 But he spake of the temple of his body. 2:22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.

2:23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did." (John 2:13-23 KJV_

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.

3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:1-3 KJV)

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.

Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

11:45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. 11:46 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done. 11:47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. 11:48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation [see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and A History Of Jerusalem: The Herodian Dynasty].

11:49 And one of them, named Caiaphas [see Annas And Caiaphas], being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, 11:50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.

11:51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; 11:52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. 11:53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death." (John 11:43-53 KJV)

"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."

The Disciples

"16:20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

16:21 From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.

16:22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.

16:23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works." (Matthew 16:20-27 KJV)

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.

1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

1:7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight [see The Ascent From Bethany].

1:10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." (Acts 1:1-11 KJV)

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.

Seeking The King

"4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

4:18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. 4:20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.

4:21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. 4:22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.

4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. 4:24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. 4:25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan." (Matthew 4:17-25 KJV)

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.

6:5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? 6:6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.

6:7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.

6:8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him, 6:9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?

6:10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 6:11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.

6:12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. 6:13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.

6:14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world. 6:15 When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone." (John 6:1-15 KJV)

Fact Finder: Has true Zionism always specifically been about the Messiah, not merely a family of humans?
See A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism


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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).






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