|Matthew 26 |
1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples,
2 "You know that two days from now is the feast of the Passover, and the Son of man will be betrayed to be crucified."
3 Then the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, assembled together at the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,
4 And plotted how they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill him.
5 But they said, "Not on the feast day, for fear that there would be an uproar among the people."
6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,
7 A woman came to him with an alabaster box of very precious ointment and poured it on his head, as he sat eating.
8 But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, "To what purpose is this waste?
9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor."
10 But Jesus, being aware of this, said to them, "Why do you trouble this woman? For she has done a beautiful thing for me.
11 For the poor are always with you, but you will not always have me.
12 By pouring this ointment on my body, she has prepared it for my burial.
13 Truly I say to you, Wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will be told as a memorial of her."
14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests,
15 And he said to them, "What will you give me, if I deliver him [Jesus] to you?" And they made an agreement with him for thirty pieces of silver.
16 And from that time he sought an opportunity to betray him.
17 Now the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus, saying to him, "Where do you wish us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?"
18 And he said, "Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, 'The Master says, my time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.'"
19 Then the disciples did as Jesus had instructed them; and they prepared for the passover.
20 Now when the evening had come, he sat down with the twelve.
21 And as they were eating, he said, "Truly I say to you, one of you will betray me."
22 And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and everyone of them began to say to him, 'Lord, is it I?'
23 And he answered and said, "He who dips his hand with me in the dish, the same will betray me.
24 The Son of man goes as it is written of him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born."1
25 Then Judas, who betrayed him, said, "Master, is it me?" He said to him, "You have said it."
26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread and blessed it and broke it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is my body."
27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks and gave it to them, saying, "Drink all of it.
28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
29 But I say to you, from this time forward, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom."
30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the mount of Olives.
31 Then Jesus said to them, "You will all be offended because of me this night, for it is written, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered.'
32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee."
33 Then Peter said to him, "Though all men are offended because of you, yet will I never be offended."
34 But Jesus said to him, "Truly I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times."
35 Peter said to him, "Though I should die with you, yet will I not deny you." And all the disciples said likewise.
36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane and said to the disciples, "Sit here, while I go and pray over there." [Notice, in verse 38 below, pray becomes watch. Watching and waiting is a form of prayer, looking for God's instructions and guidance.]
37 And he took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee with him and began to be very sorrowful and burdened.
38 Then he said to them, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, almost to death; stay here and watch with me." [Jesus wanted them to sit and watch inwardly for further instructions from God; to wait and watch is prayer. Blessed is the man who hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoever finds me, finds life; and he shall obtain favor of the LORD. Pro 8:34-35. Watching is part of waiting on God's revelations which can be words spoken or revealings by His light.]
39 And he went a little farther and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, "O my Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless not as I will, but as you will."
40 And he came to the disciples, and found them asleep, and said to Peter, "What, could you not watch with me one hour? [A mature disciple should be able to wait and watch most of the day: Therefore return to your God; keep mercy and justice and wait on your God continually. Hos 12:6.]
41 Watch and pray that you do not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." [Watching and waiting on God is not easy because it is very easy to fall asleep as you wait in silence, listening and watching.]
42 Then he went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, "O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me unless I drink it, your will be done."2 [So he went to the horrible death of the cross as an example to us of the obedience necessary to slay our selfish spirit on the inward cross of self-denial so that we could be reconciled to God: The world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me. John 14:31.]
43 And he came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.
44 And he left them and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
45 Then he came to his disciples and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting. Behold, the hour is at hand when the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
46 Rise, let us be going. Behold, he who betrays me is at hand."
47 And while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a was great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.
48 Now he who betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, "Whomever I kiss, he is the one; hold him securely."
49 And he immediately went to Jesus and said, 'Hail, master!' And kissed him.3 [It is not what you say that makes Jesus your Lord or Master, but your deeds — your obedience to his teachings and commands. By your deeds you either acknowledge him or deny him as your Lord and Master. If you continue in sin and call Him Lord, you are like those whom He said: "This people draws near to me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips; but their hearts are far from me." Mat 15:8.]
50 And Jesus said to him, "Friend, why have you come?" Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and arrested him.
51 And behold, one of those who was with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest and cut off his ear.
52 Then said Jesus to him, "Put up your sword into its place, for all those who take up the sword will perish with the sword.
53 Do you think that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he will quickly give me more than twelve legions of angels?
54 But how then will the scriptures be fulfilled, which they must be?"
55 In that same hour Jesus said to the multitudes, "Have you come out with swords and staves with which to arrest me as you would against a thief? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and you did not seize me.
56 But all this was done, so that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled." Then all the disciples abandoned him and fled.
57 And those who had seized Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.
58 But Peter followed him at a distance into the high priest's palace, and went in and sat with the servants to see the end.
59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witnesses against Jesus, to put him to death;4 [Why did they want to put Jesus to death? Despite their best efforts to discredit Jesus, the Jews were afraid that the whole world would follow Him. Not only were the Jews worried about their jobs, palaces, power, income, and prestige, but also their entire religion was threatened by Jesus' teachings and miracles because if the whole world followed Him, the Romans might see that as a threat and destroy Israel.]
60 But they found none. Yes, though many false witnesses came, yet they found none. At last two false witnesses came forward,
61 And said, "This fellow said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.'"[When Jesus made that statement, the "this temple" was referring to His body. By Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection in three days, He rebuilt the temple in heavenly New Jerusalem; He and the Lord God almighty are the temple of God with the saints becoming the living stones of it.]
62 And the high priest arose and said to him, "Do you answer nothing? What is it that these witness against you?"
63 But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest said to him, "I charge you by the living God, that you tell us whether you are the Christ, the Son of God."
64 Jesus said to him, "You have said so. Nevertheless I say to you, in the future you will see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven." [Heaven appears to our spiritual eye as in a mist or in clouds — so, his coming is on the clouds of heaven, within the hearts of purified believers — just like he ascended: he was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight. Acts 1:9. Even Daniel in 538 BC saw Jesus coming on the clouds of heaven: I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. Dan 7:13.]
65 Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, 'He has spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? Behold, now you have heard his blasphemy.5
66 What do you think?" And they said, "He is guilty of death."
68 Saying, "Prophesy to us, you Christ, Who is it that slapped you?"
69 Now Peter sat outside of the palace, and a young woman came to him, saying, "You were also with Jesus of Galilee."
70 But he denied it before them all, saying, "I don't know what you are talking about."
71 And when he had gone out onto the porch, another maid saw him, and said to those who were there, "This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth."
72 And again he denied with an oath, "I do not know the man."
73 And after awhile, one of those who was standing there came to Peter and said, "Surely you also are one of them; for your speech shows you [to be from Jesus' region of Galilee]."
74 Then he began to curse and swear, saying, "I do not know the man." And immediately the cock crowed.
75 And Peter remembered the words of Jesus, when he had said to him, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times." And he went outside and wept bitterly.
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1 But woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born. Many people think that if it would be better that Judas had never been born, that proves that Judas will suffer in Hell forever. However, they fail to understand how Judas' fate can be instead to forever suffer the shame of all people in all generations knowing that he betrayed Jesus, the Son of God, when he came to the earth to save all men. From the Word of the Lord within: "Everyone will be known by what they have said and done;" this refers to the next life, after Hell when every man is delivered from sin and purified, to live in the outer court of heaven, (See Is There Hope for All for further explanation.) Consider the following scripture, describing the fate of the preachers not taught by the Lord's voice and light, not perfected by the Lord, not gifted with an authorized ministry, not sent by the Lord, and not speaking words from the Spirit of the Lord; rather they speak from their carnal minds, the nature of death, and preach their vain opinions from the imagination of their evil hearts. (These ministers of Satan's Babylon masquerade as ministers of righteousness, themselves fooled to believe they are ministers of Christ.):
I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten. Jer 23:40
Now if false preachers have that fate, poor Judas' fate will be the worst of the worst.
George Fox also stated in Letter 25 and Letter 211 that anyone who started in the true way and returned to the hireling preachers and deficit sects, would suffer a similar fate.
And you who are turned from the light,
with which Jesus Christ has enlightened you,
and turn to the hireling priests who are changeable,
from the priest who never changes,
you walk in Judas' steps, and woe will be your end;
you had better never have been born, you are betrayers of the righteous;
All you that have known the way of truth, and tasted of the power of the same,
and now turn back into the world's fashions and customs,
you stop those who are coming out of the world, you make them to stumble at the truth,
you make them to question the way of the Lord,
which is out of the way of the world, and its ways;
and you grieve the righteous, and sadden the hearts of the upright and simple.
You had better never have known the way of light, life, and power;
you are the cause of many keeping in darkness;
you are the cause of the boasting of the wicked,
and make the wicked to take you for an example,
and their object against truth, and them that live in it, to plead against its ways.
You had better never have been born;
From the Word of the Lord within:
"Don't ever complain. Stand fast in the faith. Never give up, no matter how good it feels looking back. Take no thought of yourself. It is blind to give up, knowing the will of God. Don't even think about giving up. Away from me, you don't want to run. Let patience have its perfect work. Remain faithful to the promises. Be firm, not petulant. Doubt not, faint not, forget not. Accept everything; take offence at nothing; just sit and wait."
2 O my Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless not as I will, but as you will. Then he went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, "O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me unless I drink it, your will be done." Jesus had previously told his disciples many times that he must be lifted up on the cross; he knew he was to be crucified, and he knew it was the Father's will. He told us six times that we too must deny ourselves and pick up our cross daily — long before he went to the cross himself. So he went to the horrible death of the cross as an example to us of the obedience necessary to slay our selfish spirit so that we could be reconciled to God: The world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me. John 14:31. To give further emphasis that He was always obedient to what the Father commanded Him to do, Jesus shows us that he would have preferred another way than crucifixion, but He dismissed his own thoughts to yield to the Fathers's will. As Jesus only did what was the will of the Father, only speaking what He was told to speak, only judging as He was told to judge, only doing what the Father showed Him to be done, so we too must crucify our selfish, sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial so that we can do the will of the Father too, which is to be told what to say, what to do, and what to think. Jesus clearly tells us this is the only way to heaven: only he who does the will of the Father shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Mat 7:21. From the Word of the Lord within: "Whatever God commands, whether it be dying on the cross, we obey; however financially strait, however it affects our reputation, however ruinous.
Not only did Jesus know He was to be crucified, He also knew that He was to beaten, first by the High Priest's Jewish guards and then to be brutally beaten by the entire Roman garrison so much that he no longer looked like a man, Isa 52:14; some translations say beaten beyond any man had ever been beaten before. We know from Jesus' many statements that He fully accepted the necessity of His death by crucifixion, but perhaps He wished for an alternative to the unprecedented brutality he immediately faced; or perhaps He feared He might not be able to maintain His peace while undergoing a beating by the entire Roman garrison. But he presented His body to be sacrificed, as we are similarly advised: I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service and worship. Rom 12:1.
3 he immediately went to Jesus and said, 'Hail, master!' And kissed him. So Judas called him Master, but he betrayed him. By his actions of betrayal he denied Jesus to be his Lord and Master. Christendom denies and disowns Jesus too by teaching instant salvation by grace, while ignoring Jesus' teachings of salvation's exclusions — requirements, and qualifying conditions. To ignore his teachings and commands, is to deny and disown Jesus as Lord and Master. Jesus is not Lord or Master of anyone who still sins: as he said, Truly, Truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. John 8:34; if you are a slave to sin, then sin is your master. Your challenge is to be set free from sin by Him, thus to be a slave to righteousness instead, only speaking the words you hear Him tell you to speak immediately before speaking and only doing what He orders you to do.
4 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witnesses against Jesus, to put him to death. The Jews had tried to discredit Jesus: they claimed He was possessed by demons and cast out demons by the prince of demons; they claimed no one followed Him but ignorant rabble; they claimed no prophet could possibly come from Galilee; they claimed He blasphemed; they said he was only the carpenter's son and offended by his wisdom; and they tried to stone him in Judea. Despite the Jews best efforts to discredit Jesus, the Jews said: "Do you perceive how our efforts amount to nothing? Behold, the whole world has gone after Him;" John 12:19; and "If we leave him alone, all men will believe in him; and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation." John 11:48. The success of Jesus was a serious threat to the Jewish religious establishment. They feared the loss of their jobs, palaces, power, income, and prestige. If the whole world followed him, then they feared Rome would even destroy Israel. So they began looking for ways to put him to death. John 11:53.
The Jews did not have the authority to put any man to death, so the Jewish chief priests and elders persuaded the crowd of Jewish spectators to demand the Roman government execute Him. (To this day, the Jews deny killing Jesus, but say that the Romans did it because Jesus was speaking out against Roman authority and abuses.)
From the Word of the Lord within: "The Christians feared the early Quakers, just as the Jews feared Jesus." Why? Because in a few short years, entire Christian churches were emptied of listeners to preachers repeating the words of the Bible, to become listeners of Christ in Quaker silent meetings. The Quakers were persecuted because paying members of the Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Baptists, and Congregationalist Puritans were quitting and joining the Quakers.The ministers and priests then ran to the courts, suing any Quaker who stopped paying tithes to them. Because the Quakers could not swear in court, being forbidden by Jesus and James, they went to jail. When the Lord sent the Quaker men and women into their churches to preach the true hope and true faith, the ministers and priests ran to the magistrates and courts still more, shouting "our religion is threatened." When the success of the early Quakers movement eventually emptied many churches throughout England, the opposition's violence intensified, with Parliament passing laws against any Quaker meeting, the penalty being fines, imprisonment, and finally banishment to the remote colonies in the Caribbean. In Boston, three Quaker men and one Quaker woman were hung; twenty-three others were scheduled to die before the King insisted all be returned to England for trial.
In Fox's time, there were five governments in England: Charles I, Oliver Cromwell, Charles II, James II, and William and Mary. During the reign of Charles II alone, 13,562 Quakers were imprisoned; 338 died from injuries inflicted in meetings or imprisonment, and 198 were sent into slavery over the seas. (Source: Catholic Encyclopedia). Under the first four rulers, Besse's Sufferings counts 869 Quakers who died in prison. When sent to prison, even their children were sold as slaves. Countless others had their personal and real property seized as 'spoils' for the taking by the courts; after conviction for refusal to swear, failure to remove their hat in court, traveling on Sunday, failure to attend state-approved religious services, failure to pay tithes to the state approved parsonages, and for meeting in a non-government-approved worship service.
Those who persecuted the Quakers were Baptists, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, and Congregationalist Puritans, claiming they were the true sheep and that the Quakers were the wolves in sheep's clothing that Jesus warned us about; but do sheep kill wolves? No, wolves kill sheep; and so the early Quaker sheep suffered as the Protestant wolves killed them, imprisoned them, took their property, and sent them to slavery. Just as the Bible prophesied, the false church killed the true saints of God; Christianity had become, (and still is), the Whore of Babylon, drunk on the blood of the saints.
5 He has spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? Behold, now you have heard his blasphemy. The Jews condemned Jesus because he admitted he was the Son of God. So they killed him supposedly because they said he had violated their law and blasphemed, but the real reason was they feared the loss of their religion and nation. Although the New Testament is clear that there is only one God, (despite the mistake of most of Christianity); and although Jesus said, "the Father is greater than I," John 14:28; and although Jesus said he only spoke and did as God told to him to speak and do; the Jews said Jesus was claiming equality with God by stating he was the Son of God, and to claim equality with God was blasphemy. The Jews believed that the Messiah would only be a man, and they acted like they had never heard of the Son of God, yet their own Scriptures, from the Old Testament, speak of the Son.
Old Testament Book of Proverbs, says:
Who has ascended up into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son's name, if you can tell? Proverbs 30:4
In the Old Testament Book of Psalms, King David spoke very, very reverently of the Son, ascribing to him the power of God:
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you perish from the way for his wrath is quick to be kindled. Blessed are all those who put their trust in him. Psa 2:12
In the Original Old Testament Book of 4 Esdras*
The bride shall appear, and he shall come forth and be seen, that now is under the earth: for my Son Jesus shall appear with those that be with him, and those who remain shall rejoice within four hundred years; and after these same years shall my Son Christ die. 4 Esdras 7:27-29
I, Esdras, saw upon the Mount Zion a great people, whom I could not number, and they all praised the Lord with songs.
And in the midst of them there was a young man of a high stature, taller than all the rest, and upon every one of their heads he set crowns, and was more exalted; which I marveled at greatly.
So I asked the angel, and said, "Sir, what are these?"
He answered and said unto me, "These are those who have put off the mortal clothing, put on the immortal, and have confessed the name of God; now are they crowned, and they receive palms."
Then said I unto the angel, "What young person is it who crowns them and gives them palms in their hands?"
So he answered and said unto me, "It is the Son of God, whom they have confessed in the world." Then began I to greatly admire those who had stood so rigidly for the name of the Lord.
Then the angel said unto me, "Go your way, and tell my people what manner of things and how great wonders of the Lord your God you have seen." 4 Esdras 2:42-48
*The Book of Esdras is so unfamiliar to most. It was in the original Old Testament and King James Bible, but was later removed. Parts of the books are in Ezra and Nehemiah. This book still appears in the Latin Vulgate Bible. Because George Fox quoted from this Book, it is included on this site. See Esdras, Chapter 1 Introduction for more on Esdras.
In the Old Testament Book of Daniel, even the heathen King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, could recognize the son of God:
And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spoke, and said to his counselors, "Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?" They answered and said to the king, "True, O king."
He answered and said, "Look, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not harmed; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God." Daniel 3:23-25
Further in the Old Testament Book of Daniel, Daniel himself saw Jesus coming on the clouds: I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of Man came with the clouds of heaven. Dan 7:13
Jesus referred to himself as the Son of Man:
For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels;
and then he will reward every man according to his works. (Not just a particular generation.)
Some standing here shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom. Mat 16:27-8,Mar 8:38,9:1,Luk 9:26-27
Those not purified, to see Jesus' coming, (appearing in their hearts), before death, see him as they die, as all peoples, all nations, all generations do.
Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye will see him, and also those who pierced him: (also, the Jews 2000 years ago)
and all the peoples of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. Rev 1:7
2000 years ago, to the Jewish High Priest and the Pharisees at his trial, Jesus said..
you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Mark 14:62
In the Original Old Testament Book of Wisdom there is a remarkable prophecy how the Son of God would be rejected by the Jews because of their own wickedness had blinded them, and they knew not the secrets of God:
For the ungodly said, reasoning with themselves, but not correctly, "Our life is short and tedious, and in the death of a man there is no remedy; neither has there been any man known to have returned from the grave.
Let us therefore lie in wait for the righteous person because he is not for our turn; he is contrary to our doings, upbraids us with transgressions of the law, and divulges against us the sins of our way of life.
He boasts that he has the knowledge of God, and calls himself the son of God.
He has become a reprover of our thoughts.
He is grievous to us even to behold for his life is not like other men's, and his ways are very different.
We are esteemed by him as triflers, and he abstains from our ways as from filthiness, and he prefers the latter end of the just and glories that he has God for his father.
Let us see then if his words are true, and let us prove what shall happen to him, and we shall know what his end shall be.
For if he is the true son of God, God will defend him and will deliver him from the hands of his enemies.
Let us examine him with despitefulness and torture, that we may know his meekness, and prove his patience.
Let us condemn him with a shameful death for by his own saying he shall be respected."
Such things they did imagine, and were deceived for their own wickedness has blinded them.
And they knew not the secrets of God, nor hoped for the wages of justice, nor esteemed the honor of holy souls. Wisdom 2:12-22
The Jews accusations were baseless. Their own Old Testament scriptures testified in multiple of books to the existence of a Son of God and the Son of Man.
According to Jewish scripture and belief, the true Messiah must meet the following requirements:
How Jesus Fulfilled the Expectations of Messiah
|Be an observant Jewish man descended from the house of King David||Before His ministry began, Jesus was so respected as an observant Jewish man that He regularly taught and read the scriptures in His synagogue's Sabbath meetings. |
Jesus was by both His Father and Mother a direct descendant of David, Joseph through Solomon (Matthew 1:7-15), thus inheriting the legal right to the throne of David, and Mary through David's son, Nathan (Luke 3:23-31), her line thus carrying the seed of David, since Solomon's line had been refused the throne because of Jechoniah's sin.
|Be an ordinary human being (as opposed to the Son of God)||Jesus was the Son of God, who humbled Himself to become an ordinary man to die on the cross. He was looked on as just the carpenter's son, an ordinary man.|
|Bring peace to the world||As He does bring peace to anyone in the world who accepts Him and follows him to the cross, to receive peace as the fruit of the spirit.|
|Gather all Jews back into Israel||As He does gather all real Jews, those with a circumcised heart, into spiritual, heavenly Israel.|
|Rebuild the ancient Temple in Jerusalem||As He does rebuild the temple in New Jerusalem, the heavenly, spiritual Jerusalem; Jesus and His saints being the temple, each saint being a living stone, each overcomer of the world and its lusts being a pillar in the temple.|
|Unite humanity in the worship of the Jewish God and Torah observance||Certainly He unites true believers from all nations, particularly the Gentiles, in worship of the Jewish God. The Jewish God is acknowledged as God by billions all over the world. |
Jesus preached observance of the law, and He even strengthened the law.
Those in Christendom can easily look down on the Jews, incorrectly interpreting the Scriptures, and rejecting Christ; instead the Jews expected a physical King to appear and re-establish an earthly Jewish kingdom. But one hundred generations of Christendom, incorrectly interpreting the Scriptures, are doing the same thing, making the same mistake: they have rejected listening to and obeying Christ within them, expecting an outward appearance; expecting Christ to physically appear to be King of the whole world, thereby missing the possibility of preparing for his inward, individual spiritual appearance in them. This is a major deception with disastrous consequences to those so deceived.
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