|Mark 14:21-25 |
21 The Son of man indeed goes, as it has been 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 never been born."1
22 Then as they ate, Jesus took bread, and blessed and broke it, and gave to them and said, "Take. Eat. This is my body."
23 And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank of it.
24 And he said to them, "This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.
25 Truly I say to you, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day that I drink it anew in the kingdom of God." [The fruit of the vine is wine, and it is not unfermented grape juice, which would spoil quickly without refrigeration. Four cups of wine are ordered in the Torah to be drunk by each person in the Passover meal. This verse proves that Jesus drank wine on earth and in the kingdom later. Even drinking-water often had wine added to purify it.]
1 It would have been better for that man if he had never 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;