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Wednesday, December 26 2012

Will Jesus Christ Obey Your Christian Religion?

If the Pharisees, Sadducees and other members of the religious ruling council of that time had accepted the Messiah, they would today be regarded as Christian. How can we know that? Because those who did accept the Messiah are regarded as Christians e.g the Pharisee Nicodemus, to whom was given the famous "John 3:16" and "born again" teaching (see Joseph and Nicodemus: Making A Stand and What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?) and the Pharisee Saul, later known as the apostle Paul (see The Meeting Of Paul And Barnabas and The Ministry Of Paul And Barnabas).

But consider very carefully that those who rejected the Messiah did so, not because they weren't awaiting the coming of the Messiah, or because they rejected the LORD in Name, or because they weren't readers and teachers of the same Holy Scriptures (as they interpreted them for themselves) as those who truly followed the Messiah according to His Word, but because by the time of His coming, they had created a religion of their own, as an image of themselves, from the Holy Scriptures, that blinded them to the Truth. Instead, they had their Messianic religion, their "Christianity" - just like millions of "Christians" do today.

The admonishment, and then rebuke, that the Messiah gave to the "Jewish-Christian" people, who worshipped their own ideas, in His Name, 2,000 years ago applies even more to those of the "Christian-Christian" people, who worship their own ideas, in His Name, of today. The stark prophecy of the LORD is about everyone who creates their own religions of self in the LORD's Name.

"7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven [see The Constitution Of The Kingdom Of God and Christ Died For Repentant Sinners].

7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matthew 7:21-23 KJV)

As we will read here, over a span of two days, the Messiah delivered some of His most well-known teachings. Many regard those teachings and events to be singular, or even isolated, but over the course of that brief time He expounded a single admonishment and warning - to not make a religion for one's self using His Name. It began with His famous "triumphal entry" into Jerusalem and the "Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord."

The Jaffa Gate In Jerusalem

"21:1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem [see also Israel In History and Prophecy: The Messiah], and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, 21:2 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. 21:3 And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.

21:4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet [i.e. Zechariah 9:9; see also The Prophets: Zechariah], saying, 21:5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

21:6 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, 21:7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. 21:8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strowed them in the way. 21:9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord [see The Kingdom Of The LORD God]; Hosanna in the highest.

21:10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? 21:11 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee [see The Ministries Of The Two Greatest Prophets]." (Matthew 21:1-11 KJV)

What was the first situation that He encountered? At the sight of people who had made a business for themselves out of the House of the LORD, He "cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers."

"21:12 And Jesus went into the temple of God [see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Temple], and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, 21:13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

21:14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them [see also The Healing Touch]. 21:15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased, 21:16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say?

And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

21:17 And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany [see also The Ascent From Bethany]; and he lodged there." (Matthew 21:12-17 KJV)

The incident with the fig tree the next morning is regarded by many to be merely a happenstance inset, but it was an object lesson of what He would continue to teach all day. The fig tree had, in effect, taken what it had been created to do and made itself of no worthiness, except to itself. Those who looked to it for sustenance, just as those who had looked to the Pharisees and Sadducees for Scriptural sustenance, came away still hungry, or filled with "junk food." The Messiah then condemned the fruitless tree in the same way that He was condemning the fruitless teachers: "Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever."

The Pharisee and the Publican

"21:18 Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.

21:19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever.

And presently the fig tree withered away.

21:20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!

21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing [see How To Pray], ye shall receive." (Matthew 21:18-22 KJV)

When He arrived at the Temple, the Messiah was confronted by "the chief priests and the elders" who demanded to know what man's authority He had i.e. "who gave thee this authority." They were demanding to know what man-made religion had a right to challenge their man-made religion.

"21:23 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?

21:24 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. 21:25 The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? [see Ahead Of The Prophet]

And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? 21:26 But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.

21:27 And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell.

And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things." (Matthew 21:23-27 KJV)

The Messiah did not merely condemn them. He gave them the opportunity to repent (as some of them did i.e. Nicodemus, sooner, the easy way, and Saul / Paul later, the hard way). When they stubbornly clung to their own ideas, "Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you."

Training Grape Vines

"21:28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.

21:29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.

21:30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

21:31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father?

They say unto him, The first.

Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. 21:32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward [see Repent, For The Kingdom Of Heaven Is At Hand], that ye might believe him." (Matthew 21:28-32 KJV)

The Messiah then gave them another parable. He was focusing His teaching with each lesson, to which "the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them." This time, it was a rebuke for how they had absconded with the Word of God that had been given to them and created a cult of men who were lusting to be the "leader" of God's Church (see Is Your Church A Cult? and Where Are The Seven Churches Of Revelation Today?) - who would do anything to maintain their rule, even to the point of killing the Owner's Son when He came.

Based on prophecy recorded in the Holy Scriptures, there is no doubt what-so-ever in the mind of this writer that if Jesus Christ came again, as a mere human as He did the first time, He would be killed again - not just by Jews, but by the "Christian" churches of this world who have made their own anti-Christ "Christianity" (rejecting the true Christian Sabbath, ignoring the true Christian Holy Days, creating all sorts of anti-Christian doctrines; e.g. see Why Observe The True Sabbath?, The Feast Of Tabernacles In History And Prophecy, Day of Atonement: The Messiah's Deliverance, The Eighth Day: Empty Cemeteries, What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?) - the reason that they will nevertheless attempt to "make war with the Lamb" (Revelation 17:14) when He returns to abolish their psuedo "Christianity" and all other false religions (see The Coming World Dictator and What Is The Day Of The LORD?).

"21:33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: 21:34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.

21:35 And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. 21:36 Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. 21:37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.

21:38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. 21:39 And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.

21:40 When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?

21:41 They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men [see What Does Wicked Mean?], and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.

21:42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures [see What Does Word of God Mean To You?], The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the LORD's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

21:43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. 21:44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

21:45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. 21:46 But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet." (Matthew 21:33-46 KJV)

When most of them still refused to repent, the Messiah then gave them a more stark warning - salvation will not be granted to them by their terms.

Pharisees and Herodians

"22:1 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, 22:2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son [see The Birth Of The Bride], 22:3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.

22:4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.

22:5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: 22:6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. 22:7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

22:8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. 22:9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. 22:10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.

22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment [see Linen In History And Prophecy]: 22:12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen." (Matthew 22:1-14 KJV)

The Pharisees then proved the Messiah's words about them. They made the admission that "we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men" (just as many Christian professing people who are made aware of Biblical Truth, but stubbornly cling to their comfortable and prosperous lies), while at the same time plotting the killing of the Messiah.

"22:15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. 22:16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. 22:17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?

22:18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? 22:19 Show me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. 22:20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?

22:21 They say unto him, Caesar's [see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars].

Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.

22:22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way." (Matthew 22:15-22 KJV)

Fact Finder: How did the Sadducees and Pharisees create two different religions for themselves - both of which rejected the Messiah?
See Why Did The Sadducees Fear The Messiah?


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This Day In History, December 26

1135: The Coronation of King Stephen of England.

1492: Christopher Columbus established the first Spanish settlement in the New World - in the Caribbean (for a map of all 4 of the voyages of Christopher Columbus, see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1620: Plymouth Colony was established by the England's Mayflower colonists.

1806: Napoleon's army was stopped by Russian forces at the Battle of Pultusk.

1846: While snowbound and starving in the Sierra Nevadas, members of the Donner Party resorted to cannibalism.

1852: The sailing ship Marco Polo, built in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, was declared the fastest ship in the world. The ship had sailed from Liverpool, England, to Melbourne, Australia, and back in 140 days. The trip usually took 240 days.

1862: The largest mass-hanging in U.S. history took place when 38 Santee Sioux were hanged in Minnesota.

1898: Radium was discovered by Pierre and Marie Curie.

1932: An estimated 75,000 people were killed by a severe earthquake in China.

1943: British naval forces sank the German battleship Scharnhorst.

1962: 8 East Berliners escaped to West Berlin by crashing through border gates in an armor-plated bus.

1972: Former U.S. President Harry Truman died at age 88. Truman was (to date) the only man to order the use of nuclear weapons on another country - the bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 in which hundreds of thousands of people were vaporized or severely burned.

1975: The Russian Tupolev-144 became the world's first supersonic aircraft to go into regular service, carrying mail from Moscow.

1979: The Soviet Union sent an additional 5,000 troops into the Afghanistan conflict.

1991: Jack Ruby's gun, that was used to murder Lee Harvey Oswald, sold for $220,000.00 in auction. Ruby's actual name was Jacob Rubenstein, a son of Polish-immigrant Jewish parents. He grew up in Chicago where, as a boy, he ran errands for the gangster Al Capone.





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