Teach them to hear the Word of God, to hear His Voice, and if they will so do, then His Spirit (Breath) will enter into them and they will come alive spiritually and enter into eternal life
Rejoice greatly and shout for joy, for all the many promises of God written in the law and the prophets declaring that He would send the greatest gift ever there was to mankind came to pass exactly as it was written.
It is therefore fitting that the very name of the one who would write the gospel that commences the New Testament is "Matthew"... which means "Gift of Yahveh"?
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout (for joy), O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: He is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
He came to bring us salvation, to pay the price on the cross for our sins, to be our kinsman redeemer, and to defeat death (Heb. 2:14) that we might have the victory over the grave and enter into eternal life. There is no greater gift than what our Father has done for us (Jn. 3:16).
Romans 6:23 "... the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Today we conclude this great Book of Matthew which ends with a set of instructions for those who have come to know Him and love Him through His Word by following those things that are written. Turn to the Book of John and listen carefully to what Christ told His disciples.
Jesus is not referring specifically to the Ten Commandments here, but to all the words and instructions that are written in the Word of God. And if you do those things that He commands us, then He will come unto you and give you comfort and peace of mind, even amidst all your enemies, and He will protect and lead you as a shepherd does his flock.John 14:15-23
If ye love me, keep my commandments.
What is that other Comforter He shall give you? It is the Spirit of truth (next verse) which only comes to those who seek Him through His Word, for He reveals Himself to us through His Word. And as we absorb and become immersed in that truth we become filled with His Spirit and are comforted as we grow steadfast and assured of all His power and might and love He has for His children who love and obey Him. Otherwise, without that Spirit of truth sealed in our minds we will not be able to know Him, the real Jesus, and we will surely stumble and fall to the false messiah who comes first claiming to be the real Jesus and deceives the whole world into believing that he is by means of the great wonders and miracles he performs in the sight of men (Rev. 13:13-14). Yes, the world will receive that false messiah because they have not received the Spirit of truth to know the difference between the holy and the profane. And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever;
As you absorb His Word, your spirit (which is your intellect) unites with His Spirit and you become like minded as He is! And "if" you follow His commands, He promises you peace of mind and serenity. Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
Again, this promise is based on the condition that you love Him by keeping His commandments (vs. 15), which is to believe in Him. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
Do you understand how you can come to "see" Jesus Christ who is no longer in the flesh? You prayerfully open the book and "go up", as in elevate your mind from the flesh to the spiritual level, and go through the door to where He dwells (Rev. 4:1). You "see", Jesus Christ, the Word of God, is that door that leads to life!John 10:9 "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture." The point is, you can faithfully go to church every Sunday and do all the things preachers tell you to do to please God, but if you do not enter in through the door you will never come to know Him. So if you claim to "know the Lord" but after many years of going to church you are still Biblically illiterate, you have deceived yourself, for you do not really know Him at all! Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
There are two simple conditions in this verse. First,you must "have His commandments" which means you must have His Word stored in your mind.That does not mean you must have it memorized word for word, but without studying His Word and rightly dividing it (2 Tim. 2:15) you would have no idea what His commandments are... which most people do not! Secondly, after hearing His words, which are His commands, you must keep them, as in do them. James 1:22 "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."
John 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
This question is of extreme importance and the answer Christ gives explains in real simple terms how He reveals Himself to His servants, those who love Him! Pay close attention to the biggest little word in the English language,"If", for it is so easy to overlook but it denotes a condition upon which the promises are given. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
If you want to "know the Lord" and be blessed (happy), then do according to His will, that which is written, and do not according to the traditions of men which make void the Word of God and lead people to worship the other Jesus, Satan as the spurious messiah, which means the "instead-of-christ". Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
Let us now begin our study of Matthew 28 which completes the great Book of Matthew. The crucifixion, burial, and resurrection have now taken place and Mary Magdalene and the other Mary (see Mark 16:1) have come to see or gaze upon the sepulcher.
You may recall from the last chapter that these two Mary's observed where and how the body of Christ was laid in Joseph of Arimathaea's tomb and saw the great stone rolled to the door of that sepulcher. Matthew 27:60-61 "And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.  And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre."Matthew 28:1
In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
There was an earth shaking event that had taken place all right! Jesus Christ was already gone out of that tomb before the "Angel of the Lord" rolled back the stone. Furthermore, His body was no longer there for He had been transfigured. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
This is the same description we saw of Jesus Christ when He was transfigured before Peter, James, and John on the mount of transfiguration in Matthew 17:2. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
This appearance of Jesus in His glorified body was an awesome sight in itself, a supernatural one, and then when they heard the voice from the cloud saying "...This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him", they were sore afraid.Matthew 17:2
And was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light.
However, Jesus came and "touched them" and gave them comfort and assurance and said "arise" and be not afraid.Matthew 17:6-9
And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.
You "see", when they lifted up (opened) and looked with their flesh eyes, all they saw was Jesus in the flesh! So they "descended" down from on high, from the mountain of God, and Jesus gave them instruction not to tell the "vision" of His transfiguration to anyone UNTIL the Son of man be risen again from the dead, even further declaring that He would! And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.
 And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.
Thus the disciples beheld the glory of "thy King cometh unto thee" (Zech. 9:9) as His body was transfigured before them, and they would later understand how it is that His body would not be found in the tomb, which was the purpose of the vision. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.
Now, let's return to Matthew 28 where the Angel of Lord has appeared and rolled back stone. Remember there were guards (keepers), even those sent by the chief priests (kenites), who were watching over the tomb to make sure that no one came and took the body. In so much as Jesus did not "touch" those "keepers", when they saw the supernatural, i.e. the Angel of the Lord whose "countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow", they were so frightened (shaken) that they fainted, as in passed out!
They did not die but rather fainted for fear! The scene of these men having fainted perhaps even added to the fright of the women who had just come to the sepulcher, so the angel spoke and comforted them with the very words of the Lord that He had spoken to them previously (vs. 6).Matthew 28:4
And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
Do you seek Jesus, which was crucified? If so, in what manner do you seek Him? And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were eyewitnesses that the tomb was empty in that Jesus' body was not there.You "see", Jesus Christ is neither dead on the cross nor is He lying in the tomb. He is risen, as He said! So "if" you are seeking the body of Christ, you will not find it among the dead, spiritually speaking! Let's go to Luke's account and gather a little more knowledge from his account. He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
On a higher level you might ask yourself what is the body of Jesus Christ? It certainly is not dead and buried, is it?Luke 24:2
And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
It seems the whereabouts of the body of Christ is still perplexing to many folks who do not have eyes to "see" things on the spiritual level but rather view everything strictly in the flesh, because they only "see" on that level, i.e. through flesh eyes. Sometimes it helps to sit back and close those flesh eyes to be able to "see" the things that are spiritual in nature. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
And so these two men in shining garments are now going to teach and remind them concerning the words which were already spoken in their ears by Jesus Christ Himself.
Notice how a lack of understanding brings fear to their hearts and they "bow down their faces to the earth" when in fact "He is risen"! So the question then is, "Why seek ye the living among the dead?" Do you seek Jesus Christ, the Living Word of God, or not? Then do as He instructs and He will reveal Himself to you. And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
Jesus specifically told His disciples before He was crucified where to go to see Him after He was risen. Let us learn from this example to know that if we follow the instructions He gives us, we too "shall see Him"! Let us return to Matthew 28 and read the instructions Mary Magdalene and the other Mary received. He is not here, but is risen: remember how He spake unto you when He was yet in Galilee,
Again, Jesus had already instructed His disciples that "after He is risen" He would go before them into Galilee. Matthew 26:32 "But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee." "Galilee" means "circuit" or "circle". Luke also tells us in Luke 24:8 "And they remembered His words", which in realizing they have come to pass exactly as He said they would, they were filled with excitement and joy and were no longer fearful.Matthew 28:7
And go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead; and, behold, He goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see Him: lo, I have told you.
"Fear" as it used here means to "revere", as in "reverence for one's husband" as Thayer puts it, for terror brings no great joy. So see the picture portrayed for us here as these women who are now overjoyed and are running to "bring His disciples word", which were the words Christ had already told them beforehand would come to pass, which is that after He is risen from the dead (which He would) that He would see them in Galilee. And while they were en route doing that which they were instructed to do, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring His disciples word.
When Jesus greeted them with a friendly "good morning" and they finally recognized Him, they came to Him and held Him by the feet and worshipped Him. Now notice once again the instruction to "Be not afraid" but rather go follow these instructions. As we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Father's Word, we come to know Him and realize as verse 18 below will tell us that our Lord and Saviour has ALL POWER in both heaven and earth and so there is nothing to fear! You "see", there are "no giants" to those who love and serve Him and know of His might and strength. And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshipped Him.
The disciples are also going to have to do as Christ instructed them, even as He told them before His death and resurrection, if they are to "see" Him. Again, He told them beforehand, before the crucifixion, that after He is risen He would go before them and meet them in Galilee, that is if they desired to see Him! Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
Meanwhile as the disciples are seeking the living Christ, the kenites are busy trying to keep Him dead and buried!
The thing is, these keepers and guards did not really know what happened, did they? Remember they passed out and "fell down as dead men" when they saw the Angel of the Lord appear whose "countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow"! All they knew was that when they woke up after seeing someone supernatural, that the stone was rolled back and Jesus Christ was gone from the tomb! So some went and confided in the trust of the good religious men who hired them and told them what had happened. Uh oh! Meeting time! Time to convene the wicked conniving counsel of the murderous kenites, those chief priests who wear sheep's clothing and appear holier than thou before the people. Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.
If in fact the guards told them the truth instead of making up some story to save their necks (militarily speaking, if a guard fell asleep on his watch it meant the death penalty), they could ill afford to have a story about an angel appearing, etc., etc., begin to circulate around for it would certainly lend credibility to the disciple's claim that He was resurrected according to His Word. Then too, the problem becomes even more complicated if the knowledge that the guards fell asleep on their watch ever got back to the governor, because he would surely have them court-martial and executed.
So, the good religious leaders of the people will simply resort to bribery and pay off the soldiers with large sums of money to make it worth their while to take the risk of being court-martialed and go LIE for them! Praise be to god who comes to their rescue... the gods of gold and silver that is!
That's the kenite way... temptation, extortion, bribery, murder, sex, you name it! They commonly use money, power, or ego, to control and manipulate those who walk in the flesh and not after the spirit, especially in their pursuit to discredit Christianity and the Word of God. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,
Here is the lie the soldiers were to spread in return for the big bucks they received from the coffers of the temple.
Now listen to the comforting guarantee that these kenites give to the soldiers to ease their minds of the life and death risk they are taking in saying they fell asleep and His disciples came and stole Him away. Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole Him away while we slept.
I'm sorry, I just don't buy it! These lying, thieving, murderous religious hypocrites, these chief priests who speak so softly and convincingly, would let these guys hang in a heartbeat once the lies about Christ's body being stolen had been spread throughout the community and the damage was done! In fact, it would be a really good idea, and in keeping with the full pattern of the kenite, that once the lies were fully spread by the guards, to hire someone to go tell the governor that the guards fell asleep. That way, once the guards were executed, the truth concerning the Angel of Lord appearing at the sepulcher would never surface. Oh, and their conviction would be a legal piece of cake seeing that they already admitted to so many upstanding citizens that they fell asleep. And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.
Ah! But the love of money can surely cloud one's thinking...
Do you remember the Parable of the Tares from chapter 13 in this great Book of Matthew? It is no coincidence that we find the lies and the operation of the synagogue of Satan just a few verses from the close of this book where the great teaching commission to the servants of God in these last days is given! For there are only two churches out of the seven in Rev. 2 & 3 who know and teach concerning the kenites in these last days. They are the churches of Philadelphia and Smyrna. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
These liars claim that they are descendants of Abraham and "God's chosen people" and through their deception have convinced the multitudes of Christianity that they are!Rev. 3:9 (Philadelphia)
Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie;behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
Rev. 2:9 (Smyrna)
I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
Here's a more detailed of Jesus appearing to His disciples. And when they saw Him, they worshipped Him: but some doubted.
Though the doors were shut, Jesus suddenly appeared and stood in their midst and gave them comfort! Matthew 18:20 "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."John 20:19-23
Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
 And when He had so said, He shewed unto them His hands and His side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.
How did the Father send Yahshua Messiah? Hebrews 10:7 "Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God." Now Jesus is sending out His disciples, armed with the Spirit of truth, to carry on the work which is the will of God. We will see what they are to do in the last verse of Matthew. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
His disciples are to pass on His breath, which is His Spirit they received from Him, to their brothers and sisters who are starving in the midst of the great famine of these last days, which has so dried them up spiritually they have become as dead men's bones. And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
The great famine in these last days is a great spiritual famine caused by the lack of hearing the words of the LORD.Amos 8:11-13
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
Again, there are so few churches that teach His Word these days. Instead, most follow traditions and host praise and worship services in lieu of feeding their congregations the life saving bread from the table of Lord, which His Word. And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
"In that day" is "this day" whereby our nation has become like a great valley full of spiritually dry bones! That is the picture that EZEK-I-EL (God is my strength) was given to show us a simple, graphic, extremely uncomplicated spiritual analogy. In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.
You can just picture Ezekiel sitting down in the midst of Death Valley surrounded by dry bones, can't you?Ezekiel 37:1-5
The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,
Unfortunately there were VERY MANY of those dry bones which were caused by the famine and drought of these last days! The question is: Is it possible for the spiritually dead to come alive, and if so, how can that happen? And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
Yes, the LORD knows how they can come alive and you can have a helping part in it, if you are one of God's elect who is made strong by eating the whole roll (Ezek. 3:1-3), which is the Word of God, as did Ezekiel whose name again means "God is my strength". And He said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.
Here is what Ezekiel was commissioned to do:
It is important to understand that the word "prophesy" means to "teach"! Again He said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
Teach them to hear the Word of God, to hear His Voice, and if they will so do, then His Spirit (Breath) will enter into them and they will come alive spiritually and enter into eternal life. Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
To that end, if there is one thing you should have learned from your study of the Book of Matthew, it is that which is written in the following verse.
If you have built your faith upon the rock to the point of knowing with certitude that Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords, has been given ALL power in both heaven and earth and you are willing to trust in Him, to hear and obey His voice instead of following after the traditions of churchianity, then you are ready to be part of the brotherhood of brothers and sisters, the body of Christ, who receive His final instructions in this great Book of Matthew. Here it is!Matthew 28:18
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Salvation is now open to all peoples of all nationalities and languages... to whosoever will repent and believe in Him, even the kenite! Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Here are Christ's own words:
Here then is what His "sent forth ones" (apostolos) are to teach:John 6:63
It is the spirit that quickeneth (makes alive);the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
One must first know what Christ's commands are in order to be able to teach them, right? That is why we first study His Word chapter by chapter and verse by verse, rightly dividing the word of truth, to show ourselves approved as workmen (laborers).Matthew 28:20
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I AM with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Amen... which means "You can count on it! So be it! It's a sure thing!"
Thank you Father for your wonderful gift to us!
Romans 6:23 "... the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
We repeat - You "see", Jesus Christ, the Word of God, is that door that leads to life!
ye love me, keep my commandments.
 And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever;
 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
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