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Tuesday, October 30 2012
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)
Even the very Cross of Christ has been made into a false image that never existed. While the Romans did crucify Christ, they did not use a "Latin" cross to do it. The Romans used an uppercase "T" shaped cross, as shown in the illustration above (see also Crossing The T). The Latin cross as a deviant Christian symbol originated from a hallucination (or outright lie) supposedly seen by the Roman Emperor Constantine (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
Satan's "Mug Shot"
The Biblical Truth and reality that we read above is far different from how the Messiah 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 illustrations below are 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 The First Rock Star]; 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.
So too, the typical "image" of "Jesus" shows a "pretty boy" with almost no physical damage at the crucifixion. But the real Messiah was so savagely beaten and crucified that "his visage was so marred more than any man." Why? As we read, "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." Satan never did that, nor would do that - and neither does an image that, at the very least is Satanic, if not of Satan himself.
"52:10 The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
Satan's vain beauty was the basis of his 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 30
539 BC: Cyrus the Great of Persia (known today as Iran) entered Babylon and brought the Babylonian empire to an end - exactly as prophesied (see The Prophet Daniel: The Hand Writing On The Wall).
130: The Roman emperor Hadrian (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) founded Antinoopolis, Egypt. He named it after his homosexual lover Antinous who had drowned in the Nile River near the site earlier in the year.
1226: Tran Thu Do, patriarch of the Tran clan of Vietnam, forced Ly Hue Tong, the last emperor of the Ly dynasty, to commit suicide.
1270: The Seventh Crusade ended with the Treaty of Barbary (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1340: During the Spanish-Muslim Wars, an army under Alfonso IV of Portugal defeated the Moors under Abu Hamed at the Battle of Salado.
1470: Henry VI of England returned to the throne after Earl of Warwick defeated the Yorkists.
1485: Henry VII of England was crowned.
1536: Denmark adopted Lutheranism as the official state religion.
1697: The Treaty of Ryswick ended the war between France and "the Grand Alliance."
1864: The Peace of Vienna was signed; Denmark ceded Schleswig, Holstein and Lauenburg to Prussia.
1905: Czar Nicholas II issued the "October Manifesto" offering extended suffrage, an elected parliament (Duma) with legislative powers, and guaranteed civil liberties. Nicholas and his entire family were executed in Russia's communist revolution a decade later.
1918: At the end of the First World War, Turkish acceptance of an armistice marked the end of the Ottoman empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1918: The Slovaks agreed to a union with the Czechs under the national name Czechoslovakia.
1922: The fascist Benito Mussolini became Prime Minister of Italy.
1938: Orson Welles' radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds caused panic among thousands in the U.S. who misunderstood it be an actual invasion from Mars.
1939: At the start of the Second World War, Hitler's Germany (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) and the Soviet Union agreed on partitioning Poland between them.
1961: The Soviet Union detonated its 50 megaton Tsar Bomba ("Caesar's bomb") hydrogen bomb - the largest explosive device ever detonated.
1970: A monsoon struck Vietnam, causing widespread floods, 300 deaths, 200,000 homeless and a temporary halt to the Vietnam War.
1985: The Space Shuttle Challenger was launched on its last successful mission. It was lost on its next launch.
1990: Engineers digging the Channel Tunnel from both directions connected Britain with the European continent for the first time since the Ice Age when they linked up under the seabed of the English Channel.