Thursday, April 28, 2011

(Jesus) Matthew 12:33-50, evil tree brings evil fruit, every word spoken is recorded, sign of the prophet Jonas, worship GOD not our parents

(This is a general interpretation of Holy Scripture. Please do not take our word as truth, there is only ONE Truth, the WORD of GOD. Please read the scripture for yourself and pray, GOD will give you knowledge)

In this section of Matthew 12 we read about Jesus' rebuking of the hypocrites in his midst and the rejection of those who try to temp him by requesting proof of his power and warning them that every word they speak is recorded and will be read back to them in Judgement. Also, we read one of the most controversial exchanges in the New Testament, the appearance of the rejection of his his Mother Mary.

Matthew 12

33. Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
34. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
35. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
36. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
37. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.


This is a very important lesson for all of us in today's world. We cannot be evil in our thoughts, adulterous in our minds and bodies and expect to be the good fruit of GOD. Righteousness comes from hard work, studying, the unabated obedience to GOD and his WORD. Every word we speak, every lie we tell, every instance of gossip we utter will be read back to us on Judgement Day, so be meek, humble (I myself have to pray many times a day for meekness and to be humble) and do the Will of GOD.

Matthew 12

38. Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
39. But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
40. For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
41. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
42. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
43. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
44. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
45. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.


He gave them a sign alright, a foretelling of the resurrection by speaking of the sign of the Prophet Jonas which they totally did not understand.

Matthew 12

46. While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.
47. Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.
48. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
49. And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
50. For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.


Before we continue we need to list Luke 11:27-28.

Luke 11

27. And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.
28. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.


This puts Christ's words in a better context for us to understand. This is a very controversial subject in today's world, we must understand that nothing Christ says is controversial except to man and his abdominal social and political values. I will not touch on the beliefs of Catholics who revere and worship Mary, as they are guided by their convictions and free will.

But Christ is making it perfectly clear that his earthly mother is not to be worshiped, as Christ told us many times we shall worship GOD.

(Jesus) Matthew 12:21-32, House divided cannot stand, the unforgivable sin

(This is a general interpretation of Holy Scripture. Please read the Scripture for yourself, atone for your sins through Christ, do the will of the Father our GOD, enter into the Kingdom of Heaven and ask for knoweldge, GOD will give you knowledge)


We continue with Matthew 12. In this section we read about the casting out of demons and the accusation that Christ was casting them out by the name of Satan. Yeshua (Jesus) uses sound commonsense to dispel this lie uttered by the pharisees by stating that a Kingdom divided against itself shall not stand.

Matthew 12

22. Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.
23. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?
24. But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
25. And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
26. And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
27. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.
28. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
29. Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.



Lets look at Christ's statement a little deeper with regard to the fact that a Kingdom divided among itself shall not stand. We know Satan's kingdom is a kingdom of perpetual darkness and GOD's Kingdom is a Kingdom of perpetual Light. Can darkness cast out darkness? No it cannot, darkness begets darkness or creates more darkness.


Darkness and light are simply incompatible.


Matthew 12

30. He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
31. Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
32. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.


This section is one of the most, if not the most, important teaching within the entire New Testament and certainly near the top of all teachings in the Bible. We see that we can deny GOD and Christ and be forgiven but blasphemy against the Holy Ghost cannot be forgiven. We will not get into the mechanics of such a sin but the best thing to do is say little in regard to the Holy Ghost accept for praise!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Secrets of Christianity Nails of the Cross - Review

(This is an opinion piece only with regard to a recent religious documentary)

The much anticipated religious documentary Secrets of Christianity Nails of the Cross produced by Simcha Jacobovici, of The Naked Archaeologist fame, recently aired on the History Channel. Jacobovici's timely press release "so close to the Easter Holiday", with regard to his hypothesis that he may have found the nails of Christ, exploded on the world's media. So was the worldwide news of this documentary worth it? Not really, certainly not Jacobovici's best work.

Simcha Jacobovici started his new documentary with a quick rundown of the reasoning why Caiaphas sent Yeshua (Jesus) the Christ to the cross and as usual he attempted to vindicate Caiaphas. The narrator presented the argument that Caiaphas had no choice but to send Christ to Pontius Pilate simply because of Christ's action in the Temple.

Matthew 21
10And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?
11And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.
12And Jesus went into the temple of God, 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,
13And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
14And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.
15And 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,
16And 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?
17And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.


I feel they stopped short of the truth. Simcha Jacobovici's style is to use the sections of the Gospels that suits his hypothesis. Caiaphas wanted Christ dead not because of an apparent simple petty crime, destruction of private property within the Temple, he wanted him dead because he knew Christ spoke Truth from GOD and he constantly ridiculed the High Priests.

It didn't take long for Jacobovici to attack the Gospels. The film cited a 6th century text, the Evangelium Infantia, that claims to have been drafted by Caiaphas himself. According to the text Caiaphas was a follower of Christ. The narrator then suggests the Gospels "distorted" the truth about Caiaphas. Classic Simcha Jacobovici, use a very obscure text written 500 plus years after the fact and present a whole new angle, a brand new story. No Christian should have a problem with the idea of Caiaphas accepting Christ after his death, I would actually expect it.

After the attack on the Gospels it should be apparent to any and all followers of Christ that Simcha Jacobovici is still persistent and will remain persistent in his willingness to attack Christianity, as usual.




Simcha Jacobovici, in my mind, failed to even tie the nails, that were shown all over the world via his timely press release, to the tomb of Caiaphas. Really thin.

This is not a very interesting documentary, I usually enjoy his productions, not the message, but the production.

Monday, April 18, 2011

(Jesus) Matthew 12:1-21, Jesus greater than Temple, ultimate authority on Sabbath, 1 Samuel 21, will magnify Torah, Jesus' Law, Isaiah 42

(This is a general interpretation of Holy Scripture. Please read the scripture for yourself, atone for your sins through Christ, pray and ask GOD for knowledge. Don't take our word as law, there is only one LAW, the WORD of G-D)


We continue with Matthew 12 verse 1 through 21. In this section we will learn about Christ's ultimate authority over man, as G-D has gave him the authority of Judgement, nothing higher than that. Also we read about Christ's declaration that He is greater than the Temple and his lesson on Sabbath etiquette.


Matthew 12


1At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat.


2But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.


3But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;


4How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?


5Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?


6But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.


7But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.


8For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.


9And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:


The Scripture Yeshua is referring to with regard to King David is 1 Samuel 21. Lets look at verse 7 "But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy". This is again referring to Hebrew Scripture that stated the authorities of the church, the priests in Jesus' case, are dumbstruck by G-D. They simply will not understand anything Christ is telling them about his coming and the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven.


1 Samuel 21


1Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest: and Ahimelech was afraid at the meeting of David, and said unto him, Why art thou alone, and no man with thee?


2And David said unto Ahimelech the priest, The king hath commanded me a business, and hath said unto me, Let no man know any thing of the business whereabout I send thee, and what I have commanded thee: and I have appointed my servants to such and such a place.


3Now therefore what is under thine hand? give me five loaves of bread in mine hand, or what there is present.


4And the priest answered David, and said, There is no common bread under mine hand, but there is hallowed bread; if the young men have kept themselves at least from women.


5And David answered the priest, and said unto him, Of a truth women have been kept from us about these three days, since I came out, and the vessels of the young men are holy, and the bread is in a manner common, yea, though it were sanctified this day in the vessel.


6So the priest gave him hallowed bread: for there was no bread there but the shewbread, that was taken from before the LORD, to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away.


The next section is yet another fulfillment of Hebrew Bible scripture pertaining to the Messiah.


Matthew 12


10And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.


11And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?


12How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.


13Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.


14Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.


15But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;


16And charged them that they should not make him known:


17That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,


18Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.


19He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.


20A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.


21And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.


Christ gives yet again another message on being discrete with knowledge. Jesus tells many more than a few in the Gospels not to identify him as the Messiah, and a few couldn't keep their mouths shut either. I think of this as Jesus giving a special gift, healing, to the people who had the faith that he could do it, and it was a special event between them and their Messiah. This sets a tone for our personal relationship with Christ and the Father, as we all must have.


Yeshua is referring to Isaiah 42 in the Scripture above. One will have to read the entire short chapter of Isaiah 42 to really put Christ's Words into context.


Isaiah 42


1Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.


2He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.


3A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.


4He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.


5Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:


6I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;


7To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.


8I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.


9Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.


10Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.


11Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains.


12Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.


13The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.


14I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.


15I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.


16And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.


17They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.


18Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.


19Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD's servant?


20Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.


21The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.


22But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.


23Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come?


24Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the LORD, he against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law.


25Therefore he hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart.


In this chapter of Isaiah 42 you can read the carbon-copy of Christ right on the page. As GOD our Father spoke it came to pass. We can watch Yeshua take shape in the Old Testament scriptures. Lets examine Isaiah 42.


Isaiah 42:4. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.


His Law; Yeshua brought a new focus on the Torah, many says he changed it but that's simply NOT true. He also brought the, what I believe to be, new Law of the Kingdom of Heaven; hence: "His Law".


Lets take a closer look at Isaiah 42 and we can see that GOD is revealing a secret with Christ. What could that New Song, or that secret be? The Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven!


Isaiah 42:


9Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.


10Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.


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16And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.


17They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.


18Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.


19Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD's servant?


20Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.


21The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.


As you can see the old things that are done and the new things that will be are represented as the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven and the New Law of atonement, in my opinion. The sacrifice of animals in the Temple ceased when Yeshua began his ministry, or likely when he was resurrected and as you can clearly read Yeshua - Jesus- certainly did not come to destroy the Torah he came to magnify the Torah.


He not only simplified our understanding of the Torah he helped us through his teachings to focus more on the more important parts of the Torah. When we listen to Christ's teachings on the Torah the Torah comes into focus.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Yeshua (Jesus) - Matthew 11:15-30, John the Baptist, Jesus' knowledge comes from the Father Isaiah 11, hid from the wise revealed unto babes Isaiah 29

(This is a general interpretation and commentary of Holy Scripture. We encourage you to read the scripture for yourself and pray to GOD for knowledge, he will give you knowledge if you ask for it in prayer. Do not take our commentary as Law as there is only one Law, the WORD of GOD)

We continue with Matthew 11 and Jesus' message on John the Baptist.

Matthew 11

15. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

16. But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,

17. And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.

18. For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.

19. The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.


Its pretty easy to see what Christ is saying here; everyone is looking for something different, something that THEY want to see. As they looked upon John the Baptist they certainly thought he was demonic because of his approach. They said the same exact thing about Christ who in large part did things a little differently than John the Baptist but they still said he hath a devil.

We also look at Jesus' comment: "But wisdom is justified of her children." This could elude to Isaiah 53 verse 11

Isaiah 53:11

11. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

Justification through the knowledge and wisdom of Jesus. Where did Christ receive this knowledge? He answers that later on.

Matthew 11

20. Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:

21. Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

22. But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.

23. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

24. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.


The people see and do not perceive, they hear but do not understand. This theme seems to be repeated throughout the Bible. His mighty works was dismissed and he passes Judgement on them on the spot. He gave them a chance and they decided not to walk Christ's righteous path.

Matthew 11

25. At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

26. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.

27. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

28. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.


Verse 25 is a fulfillment of Prophecy spoken in, or can be associated with, Isaiah 29.

Isaiah 29

10. For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered.

11. And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:

12. And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.

13. Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

14. Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.


As you can see GOD let it be known that outwardly righteousness coupled with inner darkness (Lack of knowledge in GOD's WORD and lack of FEAR in GOD, leads to inner darkness) will be a problem. And in fact it has always been a problem and will always be a problem.

We can also read that ALL KNOWLEDGE comes from the Father Y.hweh, Christ said so himself. Which is a fulfillment of Isaiah 11.

Isaiah 11

1. And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

2. And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

3. And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

4. But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.


5. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Yeshua (Jesus) - Matthew 11:1-14, John the Baptist least in the Kingdom of Heaven, coming of Elijah, Malachi 3:1, Malachi 4:5

(This is a general interpretation and commentary of Holy Scripture. We encourage you to read the scripture for yourself and pray to GOD for knowledge, he will give you knowledge if you ask for it in prayer.)

We continue with our lesson in Matthew 11, keeping with our line-by-line verse-by-verse approach. In this chapter Yeshua (Jesus) talks about John the Baptist and has a few confusing things to say about him as well, making Matthew 11 one of the more confusing sections in the Bible. BUT..if we all would have studied and followed GOD's WORD and Jesus' WORD it would not be confusing at all.


Matthew 11
1. And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.
2. Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,
3. And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
4. Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:
5. The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
6. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

It is obvious that John the Baptist's disciples were wary of Yeshua. Verse 3 says it all. We can rest assured that John the Baptist talked about Yeshua constantly to his disciples. So why would they automatically seem to doubt him once they seen him for the first time? We have to read Isaiah 53 to get the answer, in my opinion.


Isaiah 53


1. Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
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.
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.


I am sure once they seen Yeshua for the first time they saw a small pitiful ugly man as he was described in Isaiah 53. Yeshua did not look a 1970's rock star as many would like to portray him. This also explains why, it seems, his own Apostles kept doubting him as well.


Matthew 11
7. And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
8. But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.
9. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.
10. For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
11. Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

12. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
13. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
14. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come
.


Clearly Yeshua said, without hesitation, that John the Baptist was the greatest man ever born of a woman. Simply stated: he was the greatest "mortal" man ever to walk the planet. But Christ followed up that statement with a confusing one; "notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he."


We have to understand that Yeshua brought the KNOWLEDGE of the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth, FIRST. No one knew what the Kingdom of Heaven actually was before Christ revealed the secret. John the Baptist had no idea what the Kingdom of Heaven was, so in turn he could not receive the vast rewards that this particular knowledge affords us all. We can be great or least in the Kingdom of Heaven by our faith and works.


Also one must read Malachi 3 and 4 to understand what Christ meant by the statement in verse 14 that John the Baptist was "Elias" or in English, Elijah.


Malachi 3



1. Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
2. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:
3. And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.
4. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.


Clearly this scripture is describing the coming of Yeshua the Christ. Verse 4 seals it; The offering shall be pleasent to the Lord, the new sin offering; the blood of Christ. In Malachi 4 it describes the coming of Elijah, again. We can speculate that Malachi 3 was describing the coming of the new Covenant (Christ) and we know, simply by the language used, that Malachi 4 is describing the end of days.

Malachi 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.

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

5. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

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
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The day of the Lord is, of course, the end of days.

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Real Face of Yeshua (Jesus) the Christ revealed

(This is a general interpretation of Holy Scripture, please read the WORD for yourself and pray. Do not take our word as law, there is only ONE LAW, the WORD of GOD.)

The world is a-buzz with the news that an early portrait of Yeshua (Jesus) may have been found in a cave in Jordan. This story is ripped straight from a script, but that would be art imitating life not the other way around.


Strip away the outer layer of intrigue, the next layer of pretty visuals that have captivated the world, to an extent. The American mainstream press is ignoring this story and maybe they should. Then again maybe they should not, nobody knows, yet.
With all the muck surrounding the Church, from koran burning preachers who initiate the deaths of dozens, to funeral protesting hate mongers who dare to carry signs that says GOD hates; the rest of the phrase doesn't matter. We have changed the ordinance and broken the covenant. The terrible deeds have done and we ourselves have created most of the darkness. We are destroyed because of our lack of knowledge, if we are in fact living in those terrible days.
Our lack of knowledge will be our great downfall.
The face Yeshua (Jesus) the Christ, the Resurrected living WORD of GOD revealed and certainly not for the first time. Take 2 minutes and read it. That is the face of our atonement.

Isaiah 53
1. Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
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.
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.

4. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
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.
6. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

This chapter of Isaiah explains one of the more confusing facts of Yeshua's life.

Luke 22
36Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
37For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.
38And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.

Lets get to know Christ and enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Early portrait of Yeshua (Jesus) in Jordan metal book find? But whose face is it?

(This is an opinion article with regard to recent discoveries in Biblical Archaeology, ONLY)

The news broke today that a reputed "first portrait" of Yeshua the Christ may have been found. New information has been released with regard to the not-so-recent discovery of 20 to 70 metal books that are illustrated with Jewish and Christan symbology. A new photograph of one of the books in question appears to illustrate a messiah type figure. Many are speculating that this portrait could be the earliest depiction of Jesus Christ.

Now the arduous journey begins to prove the find either authentic or fake. The photograph below shows a 3d portrait of what many are calling the earliest depiction of Jesus, if the find is authentic. It certainly appears that this may be the case. But its not what you think.

A post made in the early days of this website outlined the early church's use of pagan symbology in the late 2nd, 3rd and 4th centuries. (You can read that post HERE)

As you can see in the photograph to the left it does not appear that this messianic portrait was of a bearded man, though it has been confirmed that some of the plates indeed depict a "bearded" messianic figure.

Notice the style of the nose in this portrait, that is a beautiful "Roman" nose and brow. Not to mention the hair.

Some are saying the protrusions coming out of the head may depict the "crown of thorns". It may very well be depicting that but we must remember it was a common practice to use "Roman or Greek" symbolism or deities in place of Yeshua the Christ, in the late 3rd century, no proof exists that this was used in the first century.

This may be an example of that style, or may be a fake. It may actually, in a twisted way, prove the authenticity of the find as the style may certainly date to the period of early Christianity but not 1st century Israel.














As you can see above there is a striking similarity to the Roman deity sol invictus, a deity commonly used as an early face of Christ, and the "messianic" figure apparently represented on the small metal plates. The protrusion some claim represent the Crown of Thorns may depict the sun beams of sol invictus and his Greek counterpart helios. This was common place in the 4rd and 5th centuries. There is no proof of any depiction of Christ before the early 3rd century and then he was presented as a young Roman in Roman attire.

But don't think it was only the heathen gentiles using the symbolism of their pagan brothers and sisters in the sanctuary.

Tiberius Synagogue mosaic zodiac – the inner circle - Sol Invictus.


Filmmaker, and certainly not my favorite, Simcha Jacobovici featured this "zodiac" (or one like it) located in the Tiberius Synagogue in one of his episodes of The Naked Archaeologist, he also claimed the zodiac to contain "encrypted" messages in the slots of the zodiac. The letters are turned backwards in some cases.


I cannot recall Jacobovici 's specific decryption but it shows a symmetry between the find in a cave in a Jordan military zone and the supposed reality of "1st" century Christianity, according to Jacobovici, which one must take with a huge grain of salt. It may have been common for the Jewish Christians of that time period to hide within the pagan religion. It makes sense; the guards see a depiction of their god on the floor and they move on, no questions. For practical reasons but I cannot imagine James the Just, Brother of the Lord and leader of the early Church, using pagan imagery.


Just keep your faith in Yeshua and GOD'S WORD, everything else will work its way out in the end.