Our Lord Tried, Crucified and He is Risen.
Matthew 27 & 28
The Word of God is truly a marvelous and wondrous thing and one can come to "know" how truly marvelous and wondrous it is instead of just "saying" so. For example, if a person will just take the time to read and study the law (our school master) and the prophets, i.e. the Old Testament, and come to know and understand all the things that are written pertaining to Jesus Christ's first advent and crucifixion that must have been fulfilled in Messiah, then as he or she "sees" how precisely all those things came to pass exactly as they were written, it will greatly increase his or her faith... even to the point that it becomes Rock solid and unshakeable for it now is built upon a sure foundation (Heb. 11:1). However, if a person says he or she has faith and believes that the Bible is the Word of God but then goes around either doing his or her own thing or following that which "seems right" (Prov. 14:14, 16:25) according to the traditions of men and their churches, then that person's faith is real shaky and it will not be strong enough to stand upon when "the rains descend and the floods come and the winds blow". That is a word to the wise virgin and a warning to the foolish (Mat. 7:24-26)!
In chapter 26 we learned from Peter's experience the importance of remembering the words of Jesus Christ, the Word of God, in other words "that which is written".That does not mean we must memorize each verse in the Word but rather remember that it is "that which is written" which must and shall come to pass and therefore "that which is written" supercedes all things, even our emotional love and enthusiasm for Jesus Christ. We must therefore be on guard lest we allow Satan to influence the thoughts and emotions of our flesh whereby we fall into temptation, as in "fall to the tempter". Christ told us in Matthew 26:41, "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." In other words, if we don't pay attention to "that which is written" and instead do our own thing and lean to our own human understanding, we shall end up denying Christ like as did Peter. So the question is, "Have you heard the "cock crow" in your life regarding "that which is written" to know and understand His power and authority?" Peter sure did and from that point on he became Mr. Itiswritten, a title applicable to all true servants of God.
Let us now continue with our study in Matthew where Jesus has now been betrayed by His friend (as it is written) and has been illegally tried by an illegal nighttime gathering of the Sanhedrin. Of course that assembly did not have the authority to put Jesus Christ to death so they turned to the authority that did, the government of Rome. Keep in mind that we are dealing with a bunch of Kenites, descendents of Cain (Kayin in Hebrew) who was the first murderer (Jn. 8:44).They operate the same way today as they did yesterday in that they turn to the government in order to crucify the Word of God and attempt to destroy any and all vestiges of Christianity from having prayer removed in our schools, to replacing the word "Christmas" with "Holiday", and by seeking to have the Ten Commandments taken down from the walls of the halls of justice, etc., etc. Wake up and smell the stench, dear Christian!
Remember that these chiefs priests are Kenites who are NOT of Abraham's seed (Jn. 8:39) and yet they now sit in Moses' seat (Mat. 23:2), meaning they are in charge of the temple. This is important because many Biblically illiterate Christians who blindly follow the traditions and teachings of men without investigation believe the kenite lie perpetuated by their own churches that it was our brother Judah who was responsible for killing Jesus Christ. No, it was these lying kenites who claimed to be of true Judah back then just as they do today and they have most Christians believing their claim that they are "God's chosen people".In Revelation chapters 2 & 3 we learn that today there are only two churches out of all seven (denoting completeness) who know and teach the truth concerning them, and would you believe they are the only two churches Christ finds no fault with? They are the churches of Philadelphia and Smyrna. So if your church does not teach concerning the kenites, then it has some serious problems because it falls into the category of the other five churches who SLEPT and never woke up to the truth. They are the five foolish churches of (S)ardis, (L)aodicea, (E)phesus, (P)ergamos, and (T)hyatira.Matthew 27:1
When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put Him to death:
Jesus Christ, the Lord of lords, was not only delivered up to the synagogue but now Jesus Christ, the King of kings, is being delivered up to the ruler of government. The deeper student will find Thayer's definition of the name Pontius Pilate quite interesting. Here it is for those who do not have access to that resource. And when they had bound Him, they led Him away, and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
Thayer Definition: Pontius [Pilate] = “of the sea”
1) the sixth Roman procurator of Judah who crucified Christ
Pilate = “armed with a spear”
1) the sixth Roman procurator of Judah and Samaria who ordered Christ to be crucified.
Judas REPENTED? Yes, that is right! When Judas saw the reality of what the chief priests and elders intended to do with Jesus, in that they intended to have Him killed, he repented and took the thirty pieces of silver back to them. Since therefore it is written that Judas repented, how is it then that so many Christians condemn him to eternal damnation along side Satan (who never repented), especially since this type of betrayal is NOT the unpardonable sin? Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the unpardonable sin (Mat. 12:31)! Then Judas, which had betrayeth Him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
In fact, is it not written in Mark 13:12 and Luke 21:16 that some of God's elect shall be betrayed by their closest friends and loved ones in these last days?"And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death." Though they do it in ignorance instead of for gain, would you not forgive your loved ones if they repented?
Just so there is no doubt about Judas' repentance, here is his confession... even before the chief priests and elders.
"What is that to us?" Boy that's a slap in the face. Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
Did Judas actually go out and "hang himself" or as Acts chapter 1:18 demands which Dr. Bullinger points out on page 1577 in the Companion Bible, was "he himself hanged" or as the Greek word #519 "apagchomai" denotes, "strangled"? Most churches teach that Judas committed suicide. However, take a lesson from this and from henceforth be very careful to always do a full investigation before you follow along with the crowd who listens to their religious leaders who dictate doctrines and traditions from their own hearts and without seeking knowledge. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
To that end, let us begin our own study of what actually happened to Judas by first using a little wisdom and common sense in discerning what has just transpired. When Judas saw that Jesus was condemned (to death) he repented himself for what he had done in betraying an innocent man! He then went back to return the thirty pieces of silver and to confront the "chief priests and elders" in the temple, which we just read about in verse 3, because he now knows that their evil plot all along was to murder Jesus Christ... which they certainly did not deny in verse 4. So after hearing that they could care less that he was sorry for what he had done, Judas cast down those thirty pieces of silver and departed, perhaps storming out of there with "attitude"! Of course the "storming out of there" is just speculation, but regardless of how Judas departed, the chief priests and the elders of the people now have a real problem on their hands because Judas knows what they as "good religious leaders" have conspired to do and they cannot risk having this disciple of Christ going out amongst the people and expose their murderous conspiracy.
Let's go to Acts 1:15-20 where a description is given of what took place when Judas left the temple.
Remember how Peter used to speak whenever Jesus told him the plan according to Father's will, i.e. according to the Word of God? He had a bad habit of not "listening to and remembering" the words of Jesus as evidenced by the things he said, like "no way, I'm not going to allow you to be delivered up and killed" according to scripture (Mat. 16:22)". He said "no way, though all men shall offend thee I will never offend thee", no matter what Zechariah said (Mat. 26:33)", and he said "no way, though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee", even though the Word of God had just declared it to be so (Mat. 26:35). Well, after the cock crowed Peter became a changed man believing the surety of all "things that are written". How about you? How seriously do you take "that which is written" over the traditions of men and the things they do and say and over your own thoughts and desires?Acts 1:15-20
And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)
Notice now how Peter thinks and speaks throughout this section of scripture. Here he is on that first Pentecost Day:
Can you now "see" the incredible difference in Peter? He now not only "remembers" the Word of God but we shall see how he now seeks to "follow it" exactly as it written, according to Father's will... and not his own any more! Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.
That right! Judas had his part in the ministry with the other eleven! He was one of the original twelve disciples and had his destiny to fulfill in carrying out the plan already laid out, as in written, in the Word of God! For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.
It was the reward or the "result of sin" that purchased the Potter's Field! Why should this be a surprise to anyone? You "see", it was sin which made it necessary for Jesus Christ to shed His innocent blood in the first place. That being the case... you could say we all had part in it, seeing that we are all sinners. The question is, "Should that shed blood apply only to us and not to Judas as well?" Be very careful in how you judge others, lest ye condemn yourself in your own judgment. Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.
Nevertheless, verse 18 causes a problem with Judas hanging himself, all by himself, in that one cannot both hang himself and then slit his guts open to where they fall out. It seems more probable that this was a strangling and then someone cut him wide open as he fell headlong. In any event, those of the churches of Philadelphia and Smyrna who know and understand the ruthlessness of the kenites can more easily understand this than those who are blinded to the traditions of men.
Remember from our previous study that the Potter's field was purchased according to scripture in Zech. 11:13. Remember too that Jesus Christ, through the innocent blood He shed on the cross, can take those broken pieces of pottery, our shattered lives, and put them back together again. Note: For more insight and understanding, look up the compound Greek word translated "Aceldama" in your Strong's Concordance and follow its roots. And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.
"See" again how Peter now speaks... "It is written"... and so it must and shall be done according to the Word of God, right? And when Peter sees the events that take place on that first Pentecost Day in the next chapter of Acts, he will also "remember" the words of Joel the prophet concerning the last days, the days you and I now live in! Do you think Peter had any doubt whatsoever that Joel's prophecy would not come to pass exactly as it is written? Do you? I guess the next question is,"Have you ever read it with understanding?" For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.
Let's return to Matthew where the chief priests now decide what to do with the thirty pieces of silver thrown back in their wicked faces by a repentant sinner, Judas.
Do not overlook the fact that they themselves declared it to be blood money! They therefore condemn themselves by admitting their "premeditated motive" to kill Jesus Christ.Matthew 27:6
And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.
The mere price of a slave, those same 30 pieces of silver Judas took to betray his Lord and cause Him to be delivered up and shed His blood, now purchased the potter's field. And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in.
 Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.
Isn't it amazing how much our Father is in control in that even the very acts of the kenites in purchasing that potter's field were done in exact accordance to that which was written. Also, as Dr. Bullinger notes in the section on "Prophecies Spoken and Written" in his work titled "How to Enjoy the Bible", Kregel Publishers, pg. 311, "The prophecy as to the "thirty pieces of silver" was first "spoken by Jeremiah the prophet," and afterwards "written down by Zechariah." Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of Him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value;
"Are you the king of Judah", Pilate asked? Jesus did not answer his question, meaning He did not open His mouth to defend Himself in accordance with Isa. 53, but rather said, "Those are your words." And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me.
 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked Him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.
He had nothing to say to this bunch of religious hypocrites who had murder in the hearts! Again, the fulfillment of Isa. 53 is still being accomplished here. Let's review it: Isaiah 53:7 "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." "He opened not His mouth" means that He did not defend himself. And so it came to pass that He did not defend Himself at the illegal religious kangaroo court of the Sanhedrin the night before and He did not defend Himself before Pontius Pilate in the civil court. But friend, "it is written" that when His servants are delivered up before the synagogues and councils and before kings and rulers in these last days, He will open His mouth and speak through His servants and give His witness and testimony. "It is written" and therefore it SHALL come to pass exactly as it is written. And when He was accused of the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.
You better believe He heard what they were saying and accusing Him of! His enemies have given their testimony... which is bunch of concocted lies and falsehoods. But court is not over and Jesus Christ's testimony is yet to come when His elect are delivered up and He speaks through them. Then they shall pick their swords (Eph. 6:17) and do some ear chopping! But again, the events of the first advent must needs be fulfilled first. Then said Pilate unto Him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?
Pilate marveled because here is a man who is about to be crucified and die unless He steps up to the plate and defends Himself. However, it is even more marvelous to those who have eyes to see and ears to hear to observe the incredible discipline Christ displayed in holding fast to His Father's will in fulfilling that which is written, such as in Isa. 53, etc. And He answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.
It should be pointed out that which is even obvious by Pilate's own words and actions, that he simply does not want any part of crucifying this innocent man. So in his attempt to get Jesus released he now turns to a tradition of releasing a prisoner at the feast and then chooses the most notorious criminal he can find to go head to head with a completely harmless and innocent man! Surely he thought that the people would in no way choose to release such a notorious murderer among the people over the release of Jesus Christ who never did nor ever would do them any malicious harm. Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.
So Pilate is going to offer the people a choice of Barabbas or Yahshua!
 And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.notable, episemos, ep-is'-ay-mos, Greek 1978; from Greek 1909 (epi) and some form of the base of Greek 4591 (semaino); remarkable, i.e. (figurative) eminent :- notable, of note.semaino, say-mah'-ee-no, Greek 4591; from sema (a mark; of uncertain derivative); to indicate :- signify.
Barabbas, bar-ab-bas', Greek 912; of Chaldee origin [Hebrew 1347 (ga'own) and Greek 5 (Abba)]; son of Abba; Bar-abbas, an Israelite :- Barabbas.
Deut. 30:19I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, (two trees) blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
Pilate was no dummy and he knew these chief priests and religious leaders were envious (next verse) of Jesus and he said this for their sakes... to rub it in a little. However, this would only serve to fire them up and give just cause for them to remind the crowd of Christ's "blasphemy" and stir them to choose death over life!Matthew 27:17
Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?
 For he knew that for envy they had delivered Him.
Here we even see a little divine intervention in warning Pilate to have nothing to do with sending this just man to His death. (I'm sure he thought his wife was divine, right? Heh, heh.) Nevertheless, he sat down on the judgment seat before the people and did not take heed to the warning. When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of Him.
There you go! The multitude would rather listen to their preachers and be persuaded by them rather than think for themselves! Hey, a little leaven can infiltrate and infect the whole lump (Mat. 16:6). The point to this is that the religious leaders in the community both led and persuaded the multitude, which is the majority, to choose the wicked son, the son of perdition, rather than choose the true Messiah, the Son of God. But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
You "see", this is important because in these last days just before the second advent the religious leaders of the community shall also lead the multitude, the majority of Christians, to choose the wicked one, the spiritually murderous false messiah, and persecute the true servants of Jesus Christ.
Ok, time for the people to choose!
Unbelievable you say? Not at all if you have eyes to see and ears to hear! The multitudes today have already been "worked" and are already set-up through the leaven of false doctrines like the rapture theory, God's chosen people, etc., to accept Satan, the spurious messiah, when he is cast out of heaven and comes to this earth (Rev. 12:7-9). The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.
Don't worry about the facts! Our religious minds are made up because we follow our church leaders and their doctrine. Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.
 And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.
The civil leader, in this case Pilate, is passing the buck to the multitude thereby making the decision to kill Jesus Christ that of the chief priests and elders of the people, i.e. the kenites. So always remember that it was the kenites, not our brother Judah, who condemned our Lord and Saviour to be put to death. When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
They said it! And so it shall be! Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
Are you familiar with the brutality of the Roman scourging? Many people did not even survive this and make it to the cross. Here is a picture and an excerpt from a Bible dictionary on scourging. Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.
This gives new depth of meaning to Psalm 22:17, "I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.""The Romans uses a scourge of cords or thongs, made more painful by various expedients which cruelty suggested. Pieces of lead of brass, or small, sharp-pointed bones, were attached to the lashes.
... The victim was stripped to the waist, and bound in a stooping position, with the hands behind the back, to a post or pillar. The suffering under the lash was intense. The body was frightfully lacerated. The Christian martyrs at Smyrna about A.D. 155 were so torn with the scourges that their veins were laid bare, and the inner muscles and sinews, and even the bowels, were exposed (Eusebius Hist. iv. 15)." (Davis Dictionary of the Bible, Baker, pg. 689.)
Now get this picture real good in your mind's eye and contrast it to how He shall look when He returns in all His magnificent glory with all power and authority, wearing the crowns of all nations (who shall have no choice but to submit them), with both the rod and the sceptre in His hands. It shall be His turn to sit in the seat of judgment... in the Valley of Decision, the Valley known as "Jehoshaphat" which means "Yahveh Judges" (see Joel 3:9-20)! And He shall gather His soldiers, His elect, and they also sit on thrones! Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto Him the whole band of soldiers.
 And they stripped Him, and put on Him a scarlet robe.
 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head, and a reed in His right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked Him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
So don't overlook the fact that these are the "soldiers of the nation"! This time they bow the knee in mockery! When He returns at the second advent every person of every nation shall "bow the knee" in complete submission to His authority. What a day that will be!
Remember, Jesus Christ could have called down 12 legions of angels and made mince meat out of these mockers! But He withstood the humiliation and took the stripes for us and walked up that hill to Golgotha and shed His precious blood to pay the price for our sins and become our Passover. And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote Him on the head.
We sinners are the ones who deserve to die, not this innocent man, the Son of God. Would you bear the cross for the one who gave His life that you and your loved ones might live? And after that they had mocked Him, they took the robe off from Him, and put His own raiment on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.
 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: Him they compelled to bear His cross.
That time of judgment is soon coming according to His time frame, exactly as it is written. Now notice once again Peter quotes from that which is written.1 Peter 2:21-25
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps:
 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth:
 Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously:
Thank God Jesus Christ took those stripes that these broken pots can be healed. Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Because of the love our Father has for His children, the plan of Salvation to bring His lost sheep who have gone astray back to Him, was perfectly laid out from the beginning! It is written and so it is according to His will that those who love Him, serve Him in these last days.Isaiah 53:5 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
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.Isaiah 53:6
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.
Thank you Father. We love you so much!
Earlier we left off in Matthew 27:32 where Jesus Christ had already been beaten and scourged and mocked and was now being led away to be crucified. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, who Mark tells was the father of Alexander and Rufus, and compelled him to bear His cross. So Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, is now making His way up the hill to the place called Golgotha, a place of a skull, to be crucified as the Lamb of God... according the will of God!
Question: What do you suppose was on the mind of Yahshua Messiah as He walked up that hill? Well there is no need to wonder for Luke tells us exactly who and what He had on His mind.
Let's go check it out.
This is the same point where we left off in Matthew 27:32.Luke 23:26-28
And as they led Him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.
These women were mourning and lamenting for Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, the very one who was about to be crucified and shed His innocent blood on the cross for their sins and for the sins of us all who are willing to repent and believe on Him.And just as in the garden of Gethsemane, where many suppose Jesus was thinking of Himself when in reality He was only thinking about those upon whom the cup of our Father's wrath would have to be poured out when He returns, He was still concerned about those who would have to drink of that cup.That's right, He was thinking of those who would become whores and spiritual adulteresses, who would jump in bed with the false messiah and be spiritually seduced and impregnated with his flood of lies and deceit. And there followed Him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented Him.
Remember... Jesus Christ was WILLINGLY doing what He was doing in walking up that hill to be crucified. Why? Read John 3:16! Remember too, that He could have called down twelve legions of angels at any time along the way and made His enemies His footstool right there on the spot! Matthew 26:53 "Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and He shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?" You "see", He did what He did for you and me, because He loves us.
Here is the documentation of what Christ was thinking about as He walked up that hill:
This instruction and admonition for the "children" is for the sons and daughters of the final generation who shall be present when the Satan comes to earth as the false messiah (along with his angels) is cast out of heaven to this earth as per Rev. 12:7-9 and deceives the whole world into believing he is the true bridegroom, i.e. that he is Jesus Christ come to take them to wife. And it is written concerning "those days" that all those who do not have the seal of God in their foreheads (Rev. 9:4) will be spiritually seduced and impregnated with his lies. Only those who remain spiritual virgins and endure unto the end (Mat. 24:13) shall escape the wrath of that cup which shall be poured out. However, those who remain undefiled as virgins, which is to remain barren, shall be blessed indeed when He returns. But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
You may recall in Matthew 24:19 that Jesus said this same thing only in the reverse, warning of the woe to come upon those who do not remain virgins. For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.
In other words, woe to those who are spiritually impregnated when He returns and blessed are those who are not, i.e. those who are barren because they have remained virgins unto the true bridegroom, unto the Word of God. The picture we are to "see" by this is that Jesus Christ, the true bridegroom, is going away for 2,000 years and when He returns He is expecting to marry His virgin bride. How do you think He will feel when He returns to find that His lovely bride-to-be has been sleeping with another Jesus and is now pregnant by him? Another Jesus? Yes, the Jesus that is taught by the traditions of men which are contrary to and make void the Word of God. The apostle Paul spoke and warned of the seduction of Christians who listen to those false teachers who preach the other Jesus.Matthew 24:19
And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
Haven't you read?
But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days (Matthew 24:19)!2 Cor. 11:2-4
For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
Are you familiar with the seduction that took place in the garden when Eve became impregnated by the serpent and bare his son Cain? Or have you listened to the traditions of men and believe she ate an apple? (The word "apple" is not to be found anywhere in the book of Genesis.) But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
Do you listen to preachers without checking them out in the Word of God? Do you remember that Jesus Christ Himself warned us in Matthew 24:5 that in the last days "many [the majority] false prophets would come and deceive many?"Matthew 24:5 "For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many." The point is, if you wish to remain a spiritual virgin unto the coming of the Lord you better take heed and be "wise" and listen to "His voice", the Word of God, instead of following the traditions of men who preach another Jesus. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
Let us now return to the path where Jesus is about to be crucified.
Golgotha is an Aramaic word which comes from "gulgoleth" meaning a round "skull". In Latin it is "Calvaria" from which we derive the English word "Calvary". And you know what else? This location of hills also happens to be where Mount Moriah ("seen of Yah") is located, the spot where Abraham offered up His son Isaac upon the altar as per YHVH's command (See Smith's Bible Dictionary under "golgotha"). You "see", nothing happens by accident with our Father and so there are no loose ends in His magnificent plan for the salvation of His children. And the more you see how perfectly His Word fits together and how precisely events unfold exactly as they are written, the more you stand in awe of His Power and Majesty. The events surrounding the crucifixion alone demonstrate this and document to anyone with the least amount of common sense that man alone could not have foretold of these events a thousand years before they happened and then brought them to pass so precisely and right on time!Matthew 27:33
And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,
There were numerous occasions when Christ was given to "drink" which we will discuss later. Notice however that He refused to drink this "poor man's wine". They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when He had tasted thereof, He would not drink.
Have you heard the "cock crow" as did Peter to know that "If it is written, it must be fulfilled"? Here then is where it is written that they parted His garments and cast lots! And they crucified Him, and parted His garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
The 22nd Psalm was written a thousand years before Jesus Christ was crucified and yet it details precisely the events that took place on that day! It is truly amazing how anyone could read that Psalm and not see its fulfillment in Jesus Christ. To that end, we will cover Psalm 22 in a little while.Psalm 22:18
They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
This was the second of three inscriptions which were setup on the cross. You can read about them in appendix 163 in the Companion Bible if you have one or online at http://www.angelfire.com/nv/TheOliveBranch/append163.html. And sitting down they watched Him there;
 And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Nevertheless, there was an argument between the chief priests of the Jews and Pilate concerning this inscription on the cross. The kenites did not want the inscription to read "The King of the Jews" but rather "I am King of the Jews", i.e. to show that He made the claim He was King of the Jews and not that He was. John records this for us.
Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.
Pilate was not about to change what he had written... especially not for this no-good bunch of religious hypocrites! Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.
Isaiah 53, from which we have quoted several times already, is another incredibly detailed chapter that was fulfilled by Jesus Christ, who was "wounded for our transgressions", "bruised for our iniquities", "opened not His mouth", and was "brought as a lamb to the slaughter" (Isaiah 53:5,7). It is also written in that chapter that He was "numbered with the transgressors" and so it is that He was crucified as a common criminal with the two thieves of Matthew 27:38 and two malefactors.Matthew 27:38
Then were there two thieves crucified with Him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.
One of the malefactors on the cross will open his ears and "hear" as Jesus Christ teaches the 22nd Psalm while He is hanging on the cross, quoting each verse as the events they foretell of unfold precisely according to that which is written, and thus he will behold Messiah. Imagine seeing the soldiers parting His garment and casting lots while the Lord is quoting Ps. 22:18. Jesus will eventually say to that one malefactor, "Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43)."Isaiah 53:12
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.
You know something? Perverting and twisting the Word of God as these passers by did is even to revile Him. Here is what Jesus actually said: John 2:19 "Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." What the fools do not realize is that Jesus Christ could have saved Himself, His flesh that is, and come down off that cross at any moment if He so chose to! Remember the twelve legions of angels He had at His disposal at any time? But He chose not to for the sake of sinners, even those who reviled Him, that they might have the opportunity to be saved. And they that passed by reviled Him, wagging their heads,
 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
There is no greater act of love
that what He did for us!
How could anyone not turn to Him and love Him for what He has done?
Remember what Jesus said to these religious clowns back in the garden of Gethsemane? They shall witness a whole lot more than just seeing Him coming down from the cross. They will see Him coming from heaven in the clouds with ALL POWER and authority and they shall bow their knee in submission to Him. Understand that the reason they are crucifying Him is for the wonderful and miraculous works He has already done, so even if He did come down from the cross they still would not believe Him. Likewise also the chief priests mocking Him, with the scribes and elders, said,
 He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He be the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him.
The truly amazing thing about this is that even the very words the chief priest would say were written and foretold of in Psalm 22, and our Father brought it to pass exactly as it is written. He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now, if He will have Him: for He said, I am the Son of God.
That should increase your faith to know how truly in charge of all things our Father is, for no man could have opened the mouths of the chief priests in this manner nor orchestrated the fulfillment of all these detailed events written of so long ago.Psalm 22:8
He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in Him.
This would be from 12:00 noon to 3:00 PM that the sun was darkened and the moon did not give her light! The thieves also, which were crucified with Him, cast the same in His teeth.
 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
The next verse will show that those that stood there did NOT understand what Jesus was saying. How fitting indeed, for it seems that most preachers and so-called teachers of our Father's Word also do not understand what Christ was saying, else they would not give such blasphemous sermons and state that "God momentarily turned His back on His Son at that moment when He took the sins of the world upon His shoulders". No, what Jesus was doing was quoting and teaching what David wrote in the 22nd Psalm which begins "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me"! And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Some people just cannot comprehend that Jesus at NO TIME was thinking of Himself and contemplating saving Himself. He didn't need saved... He was Yahshua Messiah fulfilling the will of the Father. Let's visit the 22nd Psalm, the Psalm of the crucifixion which began a new day and new hope for each and every one of us. Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.
And God said, "Let there be Light: and there was Light" and so it was the "Dawn of a New Day"! "Aijeleth" means "doe" or "hind" and "Shahar" means "of the dawn" or "morning light" and so it was that God sent His Son into the world to be the Day Spring, "the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world (John 1:9)". John 1:4 "In him was life; and the life was the light of men." Now here is the first verse of Psalm 22:Psalm 22:1-31
To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David.
God never forsook His Son for He sent Him into the world to pay the ultimate price for sin that we might believe on Him and not perish (Jn. 3:16). Again, Jesus Christ came to do the will of the Father, to establish the "new day", and it is through the offering of His body that we are sanctified!My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
It is written: Hebrews 10:9-10 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
He took away the old covenant of rituals and blood sacrifices and established the new covenant.
He became our Passover once and for all (1 Cor. 5:7). By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Again, it was Father's will that Jesus Christ die on the cross so that we might have the victory in Him, for He is our deliverer (next three verses)!Psalm 22:2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.
 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
 Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
The word "confounded" means to be ashamed! Imagine the shame of those who will see Him coming in the clouds with power and great glory! Imagine the shame of all those who will discover that while they thought all along that they were being good Christians by following the traditions of men, they allowed themselves to be seduced by the false messiah, the other Jesus, and when they wake up they discover they had become adulterers and adulteresses. As it is written (Rev. 6:17), they will be so ashamed they will wish for the mountains and rocks to fall on them!They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
"I am a worm" is an expression meaning He was a lowly man, born in a manger, and disesteemed by the people. But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
"To shoot out the lip" is like the expression we use "to mouth off"! All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head saying,
These were the words of the chief priest... written a thousand years before he said them. He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
Jesus was the Son of God, begotten by the Holy Spirit in His mother's womb. But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts.
 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly.
The sheep scattered and there was none to help. Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.
Bulls are symbolic of enemies and the bulls of Bashan were known to be the strongest, symbolizing the kenites. Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
A roaring lion rips and tears and shreds its prey! Satan himself is likened to a "roaring lion" who seeks to devour whomsoever he may (1 Pet. 5:8). They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
Yes, He was "poured out like water" and His bones were out of joint, but as it is written in Ps. 34:20, not one of them was broken! You can read of the fulfillment of this in John 19 when the Roman soldiers came to break the legs of those were being crucified but they broke not His! Why not? God would not allow it for His Word must come to pass as it is written! I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
Is this not just incredible? How perfect is our Father's Word! You can always count on what He says, for His Word NEVER FAILS!John 19:32-37
Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.  But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:  But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.  And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.  For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.  And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.
Later He will say "I thirst"... but not because He is thirsty! He will be quoting from Psalm 69:21, the Psalm of the Redeemer, for the last thing He did before He bowed His head and willing gave up His life, was to redeemed His people, Israel. (No, not the people from that little country in the middle east that we call Israel today! At least not the bulk of them!)Psalm 22:15
My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
This is even a fulfillment of the first prophecy in Genesis concerning Messiah, in that Satan would bruise His heel. And so His heel was bruised when those nails were driven through His feet. For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
The good news is that the head of the dragon is coming off!Genesis 3:15
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Remember the scourging we read earlier? I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.
Again, this was written a thousand years before the crucifixion and it came to pass exactly as it is written. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
Here it is:
This should increase your faith to know of His power and might and give you strong assurance that the Word of God cannot fail. It never has and it never will! Matthew 24:35 "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."John 19:23-24
Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.  They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.
The word "darling" means the same thing as "soul", while "the dog" is yet another symbolic description of "the enemy".Psalm 22:19
But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.
 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.
The Hebrew word translated "unicorns" is "reem" which simply means a wild bull, not some mythological creature. These "horns of the wild bull" are symbolic of the power of His enemies spoken of in verse twelve. Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
unicorn, re'em, reh-ame', Hebrew 7214; or re'eym, reh-ame'; or reym, rame; or rem, rame; from Hebrew 7213 (ra'am); a wild bull (from its conspicuousness) :- unicorn.
Have you read what Paul wrote in Hebrews chapter two? He talks about Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the "suffering of death" and that He came to "destroy him (Satan) that had the power of death". Then he quotes directly from Psalm 22:22. I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
Let's return to Psalm 22. And again, I will put my trust in Him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.
 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
To "fear" Him means to "revere" Him. So all those who love the LORD, all the natural seed of Jacob and all those grafted in, praise Him and glorify Him!Psalm 22:23
Ye that fear the LORD, praise Him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify Him; and fear Him, all ye the seed of Israel.
If you love Him and serve Him according to His will, He will hear your prayers and deliver you even from death, from the depths of the earth! Have you read of Jonah's deliverance from the depth of the deep, the heart of the earth? For He hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath He hid His face from Him; but when he cried unto Him, He heard.
Do you love Him and revere Him? Then His promises are to you! My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear Him.
He is our Redeemer and eternal life is given to those who love and serve Him with meekness and fear (reverence). The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
The day is soon coming when every knee shall bow to Him. All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
He is the King of kings and His kingdom shall endure forever! For the kingdom is the LORD'S: and He is the governor among the nations.
There is none other name in heaven or on earth by which a person can be saved, and without repentance and belief in Yahshua, you shall surely die!Isaiah 9:6-7Psalm 22:29
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before Him: and none can keep alive his own soul.
Now notice carefully how the Psalm of the crucifixion ends. This once again documents that these last days were on the mind of Jesus Christ for He now speaks of the final generation.
"Seed" is offspring, meaning sons and daughters. In the final generation, the season just before His triumphant return at the sound of 7th Trump, the sons and daughters, who would be are brothers and sisters (Philadelphia) to each other (right?), shall come and "serve Him" and "trust in Him". The next verse tells us what they shall do in serving Him. A seed shall serve Him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
Peter spoke of these same sons and daughters (seed) in Acts chapter two when he stood up and quoted from the Book of Joel (Yahveh is God). He declared that which was written concerning "the last days" when those sons and daughters would "see" visions, meaning they would "understand" the visions of prophets, and they would come and teach those visions, His Word, His righteousness, to their brothers and sisters of the true House of Israel. They shall come, and shall declare His righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that He hath done this.
Also, those of you who have Companion Bibles will note in the margin that the phrase "He hath done this" in Hebrew is equivalent to "It is finished". We therefore have documented in Matthew 27:46 that Jesus Christ spoke the first words of Psalm 22, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?", and we have documented in John 19:30 that Jesus Christ spoke the last words of Psalm 22, "It is finished".
Do you have any doubt that He taught the rest of that Psalm while hanging on the cross? It is no wonder that one of the malefactors was converted right there on the cross beside Him. Next we shall learn even more of what Jesus said on the cross and see more fulfillment of that which is written. How truly remarkable is the Word of God!
The incredible events that transpired just before, during, and after the crucifixion not only happened exactly according to that which was written long ago in the law and the prophets, documenting without a shadow of doubt that Jesus Christ was truly the Messiah, but they also happened to visually teach us on a spiritual level concerning the wonderful works of God and His plan of salvation and redemption. You "see", our flesh eyes cannot see things that are spiritual because those things are invisible to our physical sight. For example, we cannot place an "attitude" under a microscope and examine it, nor can we see words cut like a sword through a man's heart. We can however, see a physical sword slice through a man's heart or body and we can physically see people taken prisoner and made captives, and so it is for our admonition and understanding (1 Cor. 10:11) we were given types and ensamples to see with our flesh eyes, like the king of Babylon and his army which came against Israel and slaughtered many and took captive our people, so that we can "see" and understand the magnitude of the spiritual captivity and spiritual desolation that takes place during the spiritual warfare of these last days by the king of Babylon of Revelation, that abominable one who comes and stands in the holy place wielding his sword of lies and claiming to be God while making desolate the souls of men.
The point to all this is that the things we are reading about surrounding the crucifixion have great significance and meaning and are given by our Father to teach us if we will simply take the time to prayerfully study and get to know Him through His Word instead of listening to the voice of the multitude and following after the traditions of men.
Let's take this next event we read of in our study of Matthew as an example.
This was the fifth and last occasion on which this was done (see note on Mat. 27:34 on pg. 1377 in The Companion Bible). You may recall back in vs. 34 that they tried to give Jesus vinegar mingled with gall, which was a drug, either "hemlock" as some scholars surmise, which is symbolic of the "poison" or "venom" of serpents, or the anesthetizing drug derived from "poppies" (See note on Ps. 69:21 in The Companion Bible). Either way, it was another of Satan's futile plots to foil the plan of God for if Jesus would have partaken of that drug-laced vinegar He would not have been able to finish His work on the cross and we would all still be lost. So Christ refused to drink that which was offered to Him in vs. 34, not because He knew what was in it, but because He KNEW it was not yet "time" to receive the vinegar according to the scriptures. To understand this we must go to the book of John and pick some more details pertaining to this final "giving Him vinegar to drink".Matthew 27:48
And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave Him to drink.
Once Jesus saw the casting of the lots by the Roman soldiers as per Psalm 22, "He knew that all the scripture which foretold of others was finished" (see pg. 1569 in The Companion Bible.) THEN, "knowing that all things were now accomplished", it was now time to "redeem His people Israel" which was the last thing He did before He bowed His head and willingly gave up His life (spirit, pneuma) in the flesh. And so He referred to the 69th Psalm which is the Psalm of ISRAEL'S REDEMPTION. THEIR REDEEMER WAITS FOR HIS DELIVERANCE.John 19:28
After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.
You "see", Jesus did NOT say "I thirst" because He was thirsty, as is so commonly taught by the blind and the Biblically illiterate. In fact, Jn. 19:28 tells us exactly WHY He said "I thirst"... "that the scripture might be fulfilled"! That scripture is Ps. 69 so let's go there and read a few verses beginning in verse 20.
Isn't the Word of God incredible and the fulfillment of it wondrous?Psalm 69:20-22
Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.
 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
Remember the "other Jesus" we learned of earlier? It is written numerous places in the scriptures that Jesus Christ would become a stumbling block to those who choose to remain Biblically illiterate and follow after the traditions of men which have become a mere form of worship, churchianity, which is a substitute for the reality which is Jesus Christ, the Word of God! Peter speaks of this and documents the reason why Christ becomes a snare, a stone of stumbling: Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.
If you will not take the time to be obedient and study the Word of God to show yourself approved as a workman, a laborer in the field (2 Tim. 2:15), then because your disobedience has caused you to remain Biblically lliterate, you will stumble and fall to the other Jesus, Satan, the instead-of-Jesus when he comes.1 Peter 2:7-9
Unto you therefore which believe He is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
Let us return to Matthew 27 where it is now just about time for the greatest event and act of love in the history of the world to take place... and praise God for it! Darkness, which began at the sixth hour (12 PM) and lasted until the ninth hour (3 PM), now covered the land. There were people standing around who had heard Jesus cry out "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani" but they did not understand what He said. In other words, they did not know that He was quoting from Ps. 22:1 just as many today do not know, showing that there was and still is great ignorance and lack of understanding surrounding His words and the things that He did!
The ironic part is that they were beholding the very Savior Himself, Yahshua Messiah, who was about to pay the price and give His life that they might live! Jesus now utters His final words from the last verse in Psalm 22.Matthew 27:49
The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save Him.
The text of this last cry is also recorded by John. Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
Again, the last words of Psalm 22, "He hath done this", is equivalent to "It is finished" in Jn. 19:30.Now notice that Jesus first "bowed His head" and then "gave up" the ghost, which is "pneuma" in Greek, meaning spirit or His breath. In other words, the sequence was not that He first died whereby His head would have slumped forward, because the fact is no man could take His life! Why not? Because He was the Son of God! You "see", He WILLINGLY and LOVING first bowed His head and then GAVE UP His life... for you and me and the sins of the world. If that doesn't document His supreme love and who He was thinking of in face of all the suffering and affliction He had gone through, then go back to your traditions and believe He was concerned about "dying" in the garden of Gethsemane and believe He said "I thirst" because He was thirsty! Otherwise, get on your knees and thank your heavenly Father for what He has done for us!John 19:30
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and He bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Now here's what happened when He departed the flesh.
"Behold" means take notice and pay attention to what follows. Three things happened in this verse. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
(1) The veil was rent in two from the top to the bottom thus opening up from heaven above, the Holy of Holies. This means we can now approach the throne of our heavenly Father without going through any flesh priest, for there is only one mediator between God and man (1 Tim. 2:5), and that one is Jesus Christ who now sits at His right hand. That means if you have a need or a prayer request you can take it directly to Him. And you know what else? You do not need to call an 800 number nor pledge $30 a month nor show yourself approved to some would-be holier-than-thou confessor.
Also, this renting of the veil to the Holy of Holies occurred at 3:00 PM, which was the time when the priest was preparing the sacrifice in the temple. That means that Caiaphas, the wicked high priest and chief kenite, would have been present at this time and the look on his face when that huge veil was rent would most definitely have been a Kodak moment!
(2) The earth did quake, and we will read in verse 54 that the centurion and those who were with Him who were watching Jesus, feared greatly because of the earthquake and the events that were taking place and thus they knew that Jesus was truly the Son of God. And so shall it be when He returns at the second advent! There shall also be a great earthquake, a shakeup of all the earth, and all shall behold Him and know that He is the Son of God and the King of kings and Lord of Lords.
(3) The rocks rent. Consider this also a type and a reminder to those who have taken heed to what Christ told us in Mat. 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 concerning the stones... that there would not be one stone left standing atop another when He returns.
What is it that we are to learn from this sign? Well, what just happened in verse 50? Jesus Christ has JUST PAID THE PRICE on the cross and given His life in sacrifice that we might be freed from the bondage of death! As we learned in Heb. 2:14, He came to this earth to defeat death and so it is through Him we have the victory over death, which simply means that death can no longer hold us if we are in Christ! Paul talks about this victory over death in 1 Cor. 15 where he fittingly quotes from the prophets Isaiah (whose name means "salvation of Yah") and Hosea (whose name means "salvation"). And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
You must put on both the incorruptible body and immortality, which is to be raised in your spiritual body and also raised to the status of eternal life respectively. Then, and only then, shall you have the victory over death through our Lord Jesus Christ.1 Cor. 15:54
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
So now that the price has been paid, what was the first thing Jesus did following the death of His flesh? Peter tells in 1 Pet. 3:18-20.1 Cor. 15:55
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
This is what it is all about. Jesus Christ paid the price on the cross that we might be brought back home to the Father. However, until He paid that price and until He made that eternal sacrifice, all the people including the patriarchs and saints who went before us could not be freed from bondage. So He immediately went to them and offered them salvation and many washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and were now set free from death's hold.1 Peter 3:18-20
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
The price had now been paid and the prison doors were opened showing the way to the Holy of Holies. By which also He went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
Once again, salvation was offered to all those who lived and died in the flesh the whole way back to "the days of Noah", which is actually a figure of speech meaning all the way back to the beginning, so that all those who lived and died before Jesus paid the price on the cross could now wash their robes in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore to document and visually show and give witness to what His death accomplished in the victory over the grave, He gave the people (and us) a sign (see 27:53) whereby they had witness to the wondrous miracle and resurrection to life that had just taken place. Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
Some people read this and all they visualize are zombies rising up out of the graveyard and walking in town. However, those who are mature in their Father's Word and understand Eccles. 12:7 and Paul's explanation in 1 Cor. 15 concerning the two bodies, the "natural body and the spiritual body (1 Cor. 15:44)", know that once the flesh body dies it returns to the dust of the earth and that is the end of it, while the spirit, i.e. that soul in his spiritual body, returns to the Father where he came from in the first place. So these saints who "came out of the graves", who were familiar people known by the local townsfolk to have lived, died, and been buried, simply appeared in this dimension to be seen of flesh men's eyes to show that they were not dead at all, but were alive and free from death and the grave because of what Jesus Christ had done. Jesus actually told us in John 5:28-29 that this would happen.Matthew 27:53
And came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
Again, to be "in the grave" does not mean to be literally six feet under but rather to still be in bondage to the grave, i.e. to physical death. As we read in 1 Cor. 15:57, it is through Jesus Christ that we can have the victory over the grave and be freed from its grip! (1 Cor. 15:55 "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?") And so all who had lived and died in the flesh before Jesus Christ came and paid the price on the cross did hear His voice when He went to them and offered them salvation following His crucifixion.John 5:28-29
Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice,
Obviously not everyone accepted His sacrifice and believed in Him. Nevertheless, as we discussed earlier, we are able to visualize these folks going into the city and appearing unto many, which is a type for our flesh eyes to "see" the mighty and marvelous spiritual works of our Father and "see" the victory we have through Jesus Christ over death and the grave. And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
As we discussed before, at the sound of the 7th Trump there shall be another shaking and all those who see that earthquake at His coming shall fear greatly and know that He truly is the Son of God who has all power and authority.Matthew 27:54
Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
This is a tribute to these women who remained faithful followers of Christ and did not desert Him when the men scattered. And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto Him:
Mary Magdalene was a sinner indeed for it is written in Mark 16:9 that Jesus cast seven devils out of her. From that cleansing on she became a spiritual virgin and remained faithful to Christ unto the very end. (Seven is the number of "spiritual completeness" in Biblical numerics.) Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children.
Here is Mark's account:
Should they have been mourning and weeping? Surely you know the answer to that by now (Luke 23:28).Mark 16:9-11
Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene,out of whom he had cast seven devils.
 And she went and told them that had been with Him, as they mourned and wept.
Had they taken heed and believed the Word of God, even Christ's own words that He would meet them in Galilee following His death and resurrection, they would have been expecting to hear this good news! Matthew 26:32 "But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee."Obviously they did not truly believe His words, did they? Therefore when Jesus later appeared unto the eleven disciples, He upbraided [chided] them with their "unbelief" and "hardness of heart"! Let us all learn a lesson from this example and believe the words of Jesus Christ... for they cannot fail! And they, when they had heard that He was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.
Now here is another "rich" teaching for us to "see" and understand.Mark 16:14
Afterward He appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen Him after He was risen.
Joseph of Arimathaea was "kinfolk" to Jesus Christ in that history shows he was Mary's uncle. He is also referred to in tradition and folklore as "Joseph the Tin Man, the Tin Man" because it was his many ships that transported tin from the mines in Cornwall, England, throughout the Roman Empire. In other words Joseph was a rich shipping magnate and bore the title of "Noblius Decurio".Matthew 27:57
When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple:
Now here's a question many have asked and wondered about: "Where was Jesus between the age of 12 when He was last seen in the temple and age 30 when He reappeared to begin His ministry, because there no Biblical record of His whereabouts?"If you still wonder about this, then obtain a copy of "The Traditions of Glastonbury", by E. Raymond Capt, which talks about the many trips the young lad and His mother took to England with their uncle.
Nevertheless, the close kinsman relationship of Joseph to Jesus Christ is one of great importance for it was the fact that Joseph was a close relative to Jesus that gave him the right by law, the law of "kinsman redeemer", to claim the body of Jesus from the Roman government, else Pilate would never have released it to him.
If you understand the law of the kinsman redeemer then you can understand how our Father who is our closest relative, our nearest kinsman, is our kinsman redeemer. He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.
 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
And yet another prophecy is fulfilled... that of Isa. 53:9 which states that Christ would die with the transgressors, which He did on the cross, and be buried with the rich. 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.
Not only was His burial a fulfillment of that which was written over a half millennium beforehand, but there is a parallel here concerning His just ones. You "see", though the righteous live and die among sinners they too are buried with the "spiritually" rich.Isaiah 53:9
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.
These two women were both witnesses to the death and resurrection of Yahshua Messiah in that they were the last to see Him before His death, after the disciples had all scattered and John was sent home, and they were the first to see Him after the resurrection, even before the eleven disciples! And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.
 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,
This is all part of Tombgate, the continuing "cover up" of the kenite's wicked conspiracy to murder Jesus Christ. They have already "disposed" of Judas whom they feared would go forth from the temple after casting back the thirty pieces of silver and spill his guts out to the public about their plot, so they spilled them for him... on the ground that is, and now they wanted to make sure nothing else went wrong. Notice also that they call Jesus Christ "that deceiver" when it is they themselves who are the deceivers because these kenites, sons of Cain, are the offspring of their father, the greatest deceiver and liar of all time, Satan himself. John 8:44 "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while He was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.
They might be having second thoughts about murdering Jesus Christ because the supernatural things that were happening, e.g. the three hours of darkness, the earthquake, the rent rocks, the renting of the veil in the temple, etc., were convincing a lot of people that He truly was the Son of God. All they needed now would be for people to believe His words that He would rise again the third day and they would lose a lot more church members... which equates to a negative impact on cash flow! Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night, and steal Him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.
The ironic part about all this is that their very own guards that they employ to make sure no one comes and steals Christ's body, gives a second witness along with the other guards to the fact that nobody did! In other words, Christ's own enemies give witness and credibility to His resurrection.
This is a hoot! How "sure" can Satan and his puny men guard the tomb of Jesus Christ to make sure He does not come forth and have the victory over the grave? The fact is, it's already too late guys! Remember from 1 Pet. 3:18-20 that He left that tomb and went to the captives for 3 1/2 days to offer salvation to those who had already lived and died in the flesh. Well, that's just like Satan, isn't it? He's always a day late and a dollar short as they say. His plots to foil the Plan of God have all fizzled from the beginning even unto now. Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.
Thus in sealing the stone and setting a watch they sealed their witness that the Word of God is true and cannot fail. What an incredible series of events that took place during that short time just prior to, during, and immediately following His resurrection... which we will read about next. So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.
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."
Now we'll 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 no genuine, false. Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, andwe 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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