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Wednesday, May 15 2013
What Did The High Priest Ask The Messiah?
"I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God"
The Levite priesthood was established by the LORD after the Exodus (see The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood).
"28:1 And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother [see also The Meeting Of Moses And Aaron], and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons." (Exodus 28:1 KJV)
"The LORD God" of the Exodus was later born as Jesus Christ (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God). The Levitical Priesthood was established by Christ, for Christ's service, for Christ's purpose (see Leviticus: The Prophecies Of Christianity).
"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV)
Many centuries passed between the time of the establishment of the Levitical priesthood and the coming of the Messiah. By then, the priesthood had become very different (see the Fact Finder question below). Under the Roman occupation,, the office of Levitical High Priest in Jerusalem had degenerated into little more than a Roman puppet show. Annas and Caiaphas were Roman-appointed collaborationists.
"3:1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee [see also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?], and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, 3:2 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness [see also What Was Strange About John The Baptist?].
Why are Annas and Caiaphas both described as "high priest"? Caiaphas had married the daughter of Annas; the facade of high priest was in the process of transferring from the older to the younger man.
"18:13 And led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year." (John 18:13 KJV)
It was Caiaphas who instigated the plot to kill the Messiah (he actually fulfilled the prophecy, despite himself i.e. "And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation," see below), after the Messiah's prophetic miracle of resurrecting Lazarus (see The Place Of Lazarus). Why? Their excuse was "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."
"11:41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. 11:42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
It was Caiaphas who had charge of "the chief priests, and the scribes" when they conspired to kill the Messiah. But once again, despite his faulty logic that the killing be "Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people," he nevertheless caused the Messiah to be killed at exactly the right time - when the Passover lambs were also then being killed, not the day after.
"26:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples, 26:2 Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.
It was the high priest who paid the traitor (see The Traitor In History And Prophecy).
"26:14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 26:15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. 26:16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him." (Matthew 26:14-16 KJV)
The Messiah was arrested, not by the Romans, but by a posse sent by the High priest, led by the traitor Judas.
The only testimony that the High Priest accepted was that of the liars who he had arranged to make false accusations. When he adjured the Messiah to answer his question, "tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God," he had the Messiah beaten for truthfully answering the question.
"26:57 And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. 26:58 But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.
Fact Finder: How and why did the Priesthood of the LORD become a priesthood of their own religion?
This Day In History, May 15
392: Roman Emperor Valentinian II was assassinated while advancing into Gaul against the Frankish usurper Arbogast.
589: King Authari married Theodelinda, a daughter of the Bavarian duke Garibald I. A follower of Constantine's Church of Rome (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), she has great influence among the Lombard nobility.
1004: Henry II, the last Saxon ruler of Germany, was crowned king of Lombardy after the defeat of Arduin of Ivrea.
1213: King John submitted to the Pope, offering to make England and Ireland papal fiefs. Pope Innocent III then lifted the interdict (curse upon an entire country) of 1208.
1252: Pope Innocent IV issued the papal bull (a Latin abbreviation for "bulletin") ad extirpanda, which authorized the torture of "heretics" in the Medieval Inquisition. A number of the "inquisition" tactics used, such as "waterboarding," have been used by various governments right into the modern era, ranging from Adolf Hitler's Gestapo in the 1940s, to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in the present day under the term "enhanced interrogation techniques."
1455: A crusade against the Turks and for the capture of Constantinople was proclaimed by Pope Calixtus III (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1525: Insurgents led by Anabaptist pastor Thomas Muentzer were defeated at the Battle of Frankenhausen, thereby ending the German Peasants' War in the Holy Roman Empire.
1536: Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII of England, stood trial in London on charges of treason, adultery and incest. She was found guilty and condemned to death.
1602: English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold discovered Cape Cod.
1701: The War of the Spanish Succession began.
1718: James Puckle, a London lawyer, patented the world's first "machine gun."
1755: Laredo, Texas was established by Spanish colonists.
1768: With the Treaty of Versailles, France purchased Corsica from Genoa.
1836: British astronomer Francis Baily detected the phenomenon called "Baily's beads" during an annular eclipse of the sun. Just before the moon's disk completely covers the sun, the narrow crescent of sunlight may be broken in several places by irregularity (mountains and valleys) on the edge of the moon's disk; the resulting appearance roughly compares to a string of beads.
1860: Giuseppe Garibaldi, with 1,000 volunteers, defeated the larger Neapolitan army at the Battle of Calatafimi.
1948: In response to Israel's proclamation of the State of Israel the day before, Arab armies of Egypt, Transjordan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon invaded. The first major Israel-Arab War (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1955: The Vienna Treaty, signed by Britain, France, the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R, restored Austria's independence after the Second World War. Adolf Hitler was born in Austria; when Hitler came to power, he silenced his critics, that said he was foreign born, by making Austria part of Germany (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion; listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1958: The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 3.
1960: The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 4.
1967: Egyptian leader Nasser remilitarized Sinai, moving in 100,000 men and armour, and ordering out the UN force which complied. The lead-up to the Six Day War.
1972: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate George Wallace was shot and left paralyzed while campaigning at a Maryland shopping center.
1988: The Soviet Union began its withdrawl from Afghanistan, eight years after their invasion. Their involvement in Afghanistan was one of the final "superpower" acts of the U.S.S.R. before it went bankrupt.
2008: California became the second U.S. State (Massachusetts was the first) to legalize (in man's eyes, not God's) "same sex marriage."