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Saturday, May 28 2016

John 18: The Religion And Politics Of The Messiah's Assassination

"Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people"

Caiaphas was the High Priest of Judaism (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism and Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism) in Jerusalem during the years about 27 to 36, through the time of the Messiah's Ministry (see Why Was The South A Dangerous Place?). His father-in-law was the former high priest, Annas.

Caiaphas was a Sadducee and the "leading" member of the religious council when he ruled that the Messiah should be put to death because His popularity was becoming a threat to their dogmatic religious control over the people. Caiaphas admitted that he had no legal authority to execute anyone in Roman-occupied Judea (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Roman Judea), so he had the Son of God sent to Pontius Pilate, the Roman military governor of the area.

The judicial travesty began with the unlawful arrest of the Messiah by a lynch mob that consisted of the High Priest's personal police force, other various thugs - and the traitor Judas Iscariot.

Annas and Caiaphas

"18:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples.

18:2 And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples. 18:3 Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.

18:4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?

18:5 They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus saith unto them, I am he.

And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.

18:6 As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

18:7 Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye?

And they said, Jesus of Nazareth.

18:8 Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way: 18:9 That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.

18:10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.

18:11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?" (John 18:1-11 KJV)

The lynch mob (see The Night Of The Messiah And The Lynch Mob) then savagely took the Messiah to Annas and Caiaphas.

"18:12 Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him, 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.

18:14 Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people." (John 18:12-14 KJV)

Peter had just demonstrated that he was not a coward. But when the Messiah ordered Peter to stop his defense of Him, Peter became confused - a temporary condition that caused him to deny knowing the Messiah.

"18:15 And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest. 18:16 But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter.

18:17 Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art not thou also one of this man's disciples?

He saith, I am not.

18:18 And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself." (John 18:15-18 KJV)

The Messiah was held and abused at the house of the High Priest all through the night. There was nothing that the Messiah could say that they did not ignore or pervert.

A Centurion

"18:19 The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine.

18:20 Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing. 18:21 Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.

18:22 And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so?

18:23 Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me? 18:24 Now Annas had sent him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest." (John 18:19-24 KJV)

Meanwhile, Peter fulfilled the Messiah's prophecy that "26:34 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice" (Matthew 26:34 KJV). It was a condition that Peter soon recovered from (see Peter's Ministry).

"18:25 And Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. They said therefore unto him, Art not thou also one of his disciples?

He denied it, and said, I am not.

18:26 One of the servants of the high priest, being his kinsman whose ear Peter cut off, saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with him?

18:27 Peter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew." (John 18:25-27 KJV)

Notice very carefully when the Messiah was Crucified - on Nisan 14, as the High Day of Passover was about to begin at sunset i.e. "Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover" (see Nisan 14: The Day That The Messiah Was Crucified and Nisan 15: The First Day In The Tomb On The Passover High Day).

It was then the turn of Pontius Pilate - who publicly declared the Messiah innocent of any wrongdoing, but had Him executed anyway for political expediency (see Why Did They Want A Murderer Released Instead Of Jesus?).

"18:28 Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover. 18:29 Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man?

18:30 They answered and said unto him, If he were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered him up unto thee.

18:31 Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law.

The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death: 18:32 That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should die.

18:33 Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?

18:34 Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?

18:35 Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done?

18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

18:38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all. 18:39 But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?

18:40 Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber." (John 18:28-40 KJV)

Fact Finder: How does iniquity cause the delusion that wrong is right?
See Iniquity In History And Prophecy; also Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?

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This Day In History, May 28

585 BC: The "Battle of the Eclipse" near Sardis in western Turkey (Sardis was the location of one of the seven church congregations to whom the Book of Revelation was written; see also Where Are The Seven Churches Of Revelation Today?). The sight of a solar eclipse (see also When Do Eclipses Happen On The Christian Holy Days?), as predicted by the Greek scientist Thales, caused a truce to be called between Alyattes and Cyaxares (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).

1156: William of Sicily put down a revolt against his rule, defeating the Byzantine fleet at Brindisi.

1503: James IV of Scotland married Margaret Tudor according to a Papal Bull ("bulletin") issued by Pope Alexander VI.

Dunkirk 1533: Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury (who had been appointed to the position after being the Boleyn family's pastor), declared the marriage of King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn to be valid, contrary to the decree of Pope Clement VII.

1859: The bell known as "Big Ben" was transported on a carriage, pulled by 16 horses, from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry to Westminster.

1588: In an attempt to return England to Papal authority, the Spanish Armada, with 130 ships and 30,000 marines, left Lisbon (the Armada was destroyed at sea by the Royal Navy).

1754: During the Seven Years War between Britain and France (commonly known in North America as the "French and Indian War"), British forces under George Washington (then a loyal Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army) defeated a French force at the Battle of Jumonville Glen in Pennsylvania.

1898: In Italy, The Shroud of Turin was first photographed in Turin's Cathedral, where it had been housed for 320 years.

1934: The Dionne quintuplets (Cecile, Annette, Yvonne, Emilie, Marie) were born in Callender, Ontario. They became the first quintuplets to survive infancy.

1937: The Volkswagen (in German, Volkswagen means "people's car") automobile manufacturer was founded in Germany. Adolf Hitler ordered the mass production of a basic automobile for two adults and three children. The result was the Volkswagan Beetle.

1940: The evacuation of the Allied armies from Dunkirk began. By its completion on the night of June 2, a total of 224,585 British and 112,546 French and Belgian troops had been saved from death or capture. In a speech directed at Adolf Hitler, warning of the bloody mauling that a German invasion force would face if it crossed the Channel, Prime Minister Winston Churchill said in Parliament "we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender."

1948: During the Israel War of Independence, the Jews surrendered the "Old City" of Jerusalem to King Abdullah's Arab Legion (see Jordan's West Bank Invasion and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

1972: The Watergate burglary: White House "plumbers" (a team of political "operatives" established by Richard Nixon to stop information "leaks" from within his regime) broke into Democratic National Headquarters.

1972: The Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated the British throne to marry the divorced U.S. "socialite" Wallis Warfield Simpson, died in Paris.

1982: Pope John Paul II arrived in Britain on the first visit there by a Pope since 1531.

1995: A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck the Russian town of Neftegorsk, killing 2,000 people.

1998: In response to nuclear weapons testing by India, Pakistan conducted a series of nuclear detonations of its own.

2004: Foreign occupation forces in Iraq "approved" the "democratic choice" of Ayad Allawi as Prime Minister of Iraq.


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