Aren’t We to Be Like Jesus?
You Last Decision is Your Last
It is with a heavy heart, and a deep sadness, that I write this article. Perhaps for some, this article may be a victory. Unfortunately, for me, it comes with the burden of knowing that many people (and particularly awesome Christians) will suffer unnecessarily because of a “mis-understanding”. And worse, may have to pay penalties for it, when standing before the Son of Man.
The other thing that troubles my heart, is that I stand along with some of the greatest Christians to ever live. Certainly, I do not consider myself worthy to be counted as part of their group. In fact I am really not a part of any group, per se. But by virtue of “similar missions” and connected writings the general worldwide readership of Tribulation-Now would naturally assume I am “of one mind” with all those I stand amongst in “our” mission to disclose the enemy’s movements, and warn the world of the forthcoming “dark times”.
Sadly, amongst many of those it is assumed I stand firm with, there may be some “key” differences that MIGHT separate us. These “differences” some people may see as “no big deal” but in fact on a global scale and in the midst of the fight we will certainly find ourselves in “pretty soon”, these differences have an impact that reaches into the Heaven’s and will surely make our Lord God cry out in frustration.
Now it’s okay to disagree with me. And there’s really no point in sending me scriptures you extrapolated in defense or your position. I know what I know not only because it is what Jesus (and his apostles, disciples, and scribes) clearly said, but because …
The only reason I am sad about presenting this material is because I am sure that so many will disagree with me. And while there is no harm in disagreeing, there is enormous harm that will ultimately result due to that disagreement that could have been avoided if the Lord would only “reach out” and speak to them to help them understand the POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT and the LEGIONS OF ANGELS we have at our disposal.
But you have to BELIEVE.
Confusion with the Flow of Scripture
We are all guilty of many things. I am the first to raise my hand when asked “who’s guilty”? I stand humbly at the front of the line of sinners unworthy to stand before the Son of Man and I pray, in Jesus name, every day that He pulls me out of harms way when the time comes.
And I am also guilty of “cherry picking” scripture. In fact, I am pretty sure that most of us are unwittingly guilty of this “cherry picking” at one time or another. I have, at least, learned to TRY and seek contextual agreement of verses before I start “waving them in the air” as my “motto” or official “position statement”.
There is a frightening humility that one learns (hopefully) as they begin their journey in understanding this situation we find ourselves in. The more I studied this New World Order situation, (off and on about ten years now, concentrated about 5 years), the more I began to realize that Jesus wasn’t kidding when he said they would take us away and kill us and there would be great persecution. The “natural” thing to want to do is “dig in”. The natural thing to want to do is “hide out” and protect your family from this forthcoming evil.
Let’s study this problem a bit.
Jesus was the Paradigm Shift
There is no question that the Old Testament is full of conquest. Chariots, swords and wars all the time. One Kingdom conquering another. These scriptures are LOADED with verse after verse that one can use to show “beyond of shadow of a doubt” that it’s “okay” to fight a war on the side of YHWH God, and it’s “okay” to defend your family and protect your property. One could even argue that for every verse that says it’s okay to “take up arms” there are an equal number of verses that say otherwise. This is likely the case.
Well when you read the Bible there is this really strange “paradigm shift” that occurred when Jesus came down to earth in the flesh. The entire dynamic changed. The list of changes is so utterly vast that it would take me an entire book to document them all.
What should jump off the pages at the reader, is that around the time that Jesus came, the Hebrews were pretty much settled in. Yes, in 70 A.D. there was an uprising against the Roman Empire when the Hebrews decided they had had enough and started waring with the Romans.
BUT LISTEN. Here is the lesson to be learned by what happened. The Jews (Hebrews), did not understand that Jesus was their Messiah. They did not listen to WHO? They failed to listen to the KING OF KINGS. Wow. Think about that for just a minute. And what happened to them when they up-rised against the Roman Empire? Millions of them were slaughtered. MILLIONS. It was an utter disaster. A horrible consequence of not following …. WHO?
But who was Jesus? Is not Jesus also God? Are YHWH and Jesus and the Holy Spirit not the essences of the unity of the “Godhead”. Are they not spiritually, one in the same? Was Jesus not here at the “foundation of the world”?
Then it stands to reason, when the Hebrews fought against the Romans, that “their God” (YHWH) wasn’t backing them. Hmmm. Well the evidence is clear. The outcome says it all.
A Commonly Misunderstood Scripture
I decided to do a little looking into the use of the word “sword” in the New Testament. One of the most commonly misunderstood verses in the Bible regarding the notion of “taking up arms” is Matthew 10:34. Let’s take a close look at what Jesus was trying to say here.
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.
WOW. Now those are some powerful words. I have heard time and time again, people that I dearly love, use this verse as their “motto” to demonstrate that Jesus wasn’t a “pacifist”. I have heard this verse used to demonstrate that people have a RIGHT to stand up against an unjust government. Hmm. Maybe. Surely we can cut Romans 13 out of the Bible. Surely … right?
Sorta makes you wonder why GOD (YHWH) made it PERFECTLY CLEAR that He was USING Babylon to place an IRON YOKE around the neck of the Hebrews for not following his instructions. And for 70 years no less.
I have a wonderful Jewish friend that is surprisingly knowledgeable about such things and often teases me. He says things to me like “Johnny, you sound like my old Uncle Frank. Even HE thinks we still have the iron yoke of Babylon around our necks!”. Funny. Maybe Uncle Frank is right. Maybe.
Just this morning, even I was questioning that scripture’s meaning. Surely is “implies” that Jesus is coming to bring a “sword” and to cause division of sorts … right? Surely.
Well. Turns out not really. Never mind the fact that there are about 27 verses in the New Testament (the new COVENANT) that mention the word “sword”. And never mind such alarming wake up calls like the verses in Romans that say:
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore
Now if this scripture is not solid enough instruction on how to behave like a true Christian with the FAITH that GOD and His Holy Spirit and Legions of Angels will STAND in your defense (when you do so), then I suppose I am left wondering a bit.
Let’s revisit Mark 10:34 again, but THIS TIME, let’s do it with the Kenneth Wuest Expanded New Testament. Maybe there is some “hint” of why Jesus would say he is coming to bring a “sword”. After all, Kenneth Wuest in supposedly one of the greatest Greek translators to ever live. You see the Greek language doesn’t translate well to English. For example in Greek, there are 5 words for “love”. Did you know that? Each Greek word for “love” means something entirely different than the other. And Mr. Wuest doesn’t just “translate” word for word because this is simply not possible. He “transliterates” the language so the result is the “intended meaning”.
You DO want to know the “intended meaning” don’t you?
(Note: In the Kenneth Wuest translation, he has to rearrange the “paragraph structures” to ensure the context of the communication is not lost by the errors of the original attempts. So since each “paragraph” should be speaking about a single “thought stream” when you read Mr. Wuest’s translation, you will see he clumps together the verses a bit differently than the other texts. This is critical to understand the true and intended meaning)
32-1 Everyone therefore who is of such a character that he will confess me before men in the realization of and in testimony to his oneness with me, I also will confess him before my Father who is in heaven in the realization of and testimony to my oneness with him. But whoever is of such a nature that he will deny me before men, I also will deny him before my Father who is in heaven. Do not suppose that I came with the result that my coming would throw peace suddenly upon the earth. I did not come with the result that my coming would throw peace, but a sword. For I came with the result that my coming puts a man at variance with his father, and a daughter against her mother, and the newly married wife against her mother-in-law, and the enemies of a man shall be those of his household. He who has an affection for father or mother above that which he has for me, is not worthy of me. And he who has an affection for son or daughter above that which he has for me, is not worthy of me. And he who does not take his cross and take the same road with me which I take, is not worthy of me. He who has found his soul-life, shall ruin and render it useless, and he who has passed a sentence of death upon his soul-life for my sake shall find it. He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives Him who sent me on a mission. He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever shall give one of these lesser ones in their station in life a drink of cool water in the name of a pupil, assuredly I am saying to you, he shall positively not lose his reward. And it came to pass that when Jesus finished giving detailed orders to the twelve disciples, He went away from that place for the purpose of teaching and of making a public proclamation in their cities with that formality, gravity, and authority which must be listened to and obeyed.
(from The New Testament: An Expanded Translation by Kenneth S. Wuest Copyright © 1961 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. All rights reserved.)
WOW. What an amazing difference. Here you quickly understand that Jesus was merely suggesting that HIS coming to the earth would bring choas to the world. The “word” sword is simply being used as a metaphore to point out that the “demons seed” generations of the world would not accept him and his teachings (those of His Father YHWH, our Heavenly Father), and the RESULT of this….
HUGE PARADIGM SHIFT
… would be fighting and chaos.
But who would be fighting and where would the chaos be coming from?
Go back and re-read Matthew 24, Luke 21 and Mark 13 to wrap your arms around the fact that we Christians will be persecuted.
This doesn’t mean we “fight back”. This means we ….
36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”