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Saturday, March 3 2018

The Coming Second Half Of The Messiah's Ministry

"Many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the Law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people"

The Messiah had a substantial number of disciples ("disciple" means student) during His human lifetime (see also Hometowns: Nazareth and Hometowns: Capernaum).


"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 4:23-25 KJV)

Most of the Messiah's followers were however the oppressed, the suffering, and the poverty-stricken (see also What Did The Messiah Say About Humility? and The Messiah's Grape Lessons and Prophecies).

On the other hand, the "successful" people were rare among His Believers. Most of the rich, the powerful, the "leaders" of the world, political and religious (see Why Was The South A Dangerous Place? and The Messiah And The Caesars), hated and feared Him because He preached that the corrupt, arrogant, evil world that they created and loved so much was going to end. For that reason, Jesus of Nazareth was assassinated, "cut off in the middle of the week," by the "world." It was a multiple-meaning term that applied literally to the actual day of the week that He died, to His physical age of half-way through an average physical lifetime, and prophetically, as a statement that the second half of His Ministry is yet to come.

"4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day [see also What Did Jesus Do On The Sabbath?], and stood up for to read. 4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives [see also The Yoke Of Freedom], and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

4:20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 4:21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." (Luke 4:16-21 KJV)

The Mount Of Olives

When the Messiah returns, the second half of His Ministry will be accomplished - to all the world. The first task will be to crush the arrogance out of those who stand in the way of the Truth ("the winepress of His Wrath) - people who will actually fire on the returning Messiah ("they will make war with the Lamb") - people no different than those who had Him killed 2,000 years ago. But unlike then, the Messiah has been restored to being the LORD God who cannot be killed or defeated.

""19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written,

KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." (Revelation 19:11-16 KJV)

"6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?" (Revelation 6:1-17 KJV)

Humanity will then be ready, not only to listen, with their ears open and their big, blustering mouths shut, but to obey His pure and sacred Law.


"2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Isaiah 2:2-3 KJV)

For those who still refuse, they will be incinerated in the lake of fire - obliterated, instantly and forever (see The Messiah's Winnowing Fan).

"4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 4:3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.

4:4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." (Malachi 4:1-6 KJV)

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This Day In History, March 3

473: Gundobad nominated Glycerius as emperor of the Western Roman Empire (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

The Roman Empire
1284: The Statute of Rhuddlan incorporated Wales into England.

1575: Mughal Emperor Akbar of India defeated the Bengali army at the Battle of Tukaroi.

1847: Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), the inventor of the telephone, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He invented the telephone in Brantford, Ontario, Canada (the "Bell Homestead" is now a National Historic Site of Canada) after immigrating there from Scotland, and is buried in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia (Latin for New Scotland) near his home there.

Alexander Graham Bell
1857: Britain and France declared war on China to begin the Second Opium War.

1861: Serfdom was abolished in Russia by Czar Alexander II.

1875: The first organized hockey game was played, in Montreal, Canada.

1878: The peace treaty at San Stefano was signed, ending the Russo-Turkish War and gaining independence for Serbia.

1904: Kaiser (the German form of "Caesar") Wilhelm II of Germany became the first person to make a sound recording of a political document, using Thomas Edison's phonograph cylinder.

1905: Czar Nicholas II of Russia created an elected representative assembly, known as the Duma.

1913: Thousands of women marched in Washington, D.C. demanding the right of women to vote in the land "where all rich white men are created equal."

1918: Germany and its allies signed the treaty of Brest-Litovsk with Russia, ending hostilities between them in the First World War (1914-1918; see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).

1919: The first international air mail was flown from Vancouver, British Columbia to Seattle, Washington.

1919: The world's financial cost for the First World War was estimated to be about $197 billion.

1921: Dr. Frederick Banting and Dr. Charles Best of Toronto, Canada announced the discovery of insulin.

1924: 5 months after Turkey was made a republic on October 29 1923, the Grand National Assembly abolished the caliphate of the Ottoman empire (see also Turkey In History And Prophecy).

1938: Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia.

1966: John Lennon set off an international protest when he was quoted in the London Evening Standard as saying that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus Christ."

1991: Latvia and Estonia voted for independence from the Soviet Union.

2002: The people of Switzerland narrowly voted in favor of becoming a member of the United Nations.


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