John Chapter 8:21-59. Jesus is God

 

John 8:20   These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.

Jesus was now in the Temple treasury. This was dangerous territory for Him as He had previously chased out the money lenders. But they were all scared of Him. His anger at their money-lust glowed in His eyes, and they kept their distance.

Why was Jesus so angry with the money changers?

He could see that in the future church names would be established as professional business institutions.

Because in these greedy money changers, He saw the 'big-business' spirit of the final church of the Laodiceans. Church leaders would become wealthy, but could never collect enough. The simplicity of the early church would never be recaptured by the materialistic Laodiceans, who reject the Scriptural teaching of the prophet because of their love for a profit.

The church was actually started by a poor Carpenter.

Biblical Scholar, Dr. Richard Halverson once said, "When the Greeks got the Gospel, they turned it into a philosophy; when the Romans got the Gospel, they turned it into a government; when the Europeans got the Gospel, they turned it into a culture. But when the Americans got the Gospel... they turned it into a big business!"

The focus of organized religion is not God, as much as itself. People starve, while many church leaders makes millions and have  perks to live a lifestyle commensurate with the mega-rich.

The late Ron L. Hubbard of the Scientology church once said: "If you're going to make money in today's world, you have to start a church."

The Catholic Church worldwide has vast amount of real estate. It owns more land globally than any other organization on the planet. The Vatican has billions of dollars in solid gold in its coffers, mostly stored in gold ingots with the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, while banks in England and Switzerland hold the rest. But this is just a small portion of the wealth of the Vatican, which in the U.S. alone, is greater than that of the five wealthiest giant corporations of the country. The Church possesses more riches in real estate, property, stocks and shares than any other single institution, corporation, bank, government or state. This makes the Pope, the official ruler of this vast reserve, the richest man in modern history. Indeed the staggering accumulation of the wealth of the Catholic Church becomes so formidable as to defy any rational assessment. No one can realistically assess how much the Pope is worth in terms of billions of dollars. The Roman Catholic church cunningly values most of its artwork and valuables at just 1 euro, so they will never be sold. And it doesn't pay any taxes anywhere.

 

The heart of the Jewish religion was the Temple worship.

Under the Jewish leaders, with the typical greediness of human leadership, the treasury had become the centre of the Temple worship. The high priest had built a palace for himself. Religion had become big business.

In the treasury Jesus was now going to point out that the money-making spirit of the religious leaders meant that they could never find, much less follow, the true path that He was on.

The first Passover feast had seen Jesus throwing the money changers out of the Temple.

John 2:14   And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:

:15          And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;

But the religious leaders could not see the danger of their greed for more money. The religious love of money would finally produce the corruption of the "I am rich and increased in goods" of the wealthy Laodicean church.

The materialistic spirit of this age would climax each year with the mad urge or spending spirit to buy and sell to celebrate the "birth of Christ", which the Bible never asked us to celebrate. Then the cash shortage in January, which is now pronounced Janu-Worry.

What do the pagans think of this? What kind of outreach does it represent to them? According to the Russian communist Lenin,

"Christmas is just the continuation of capitalism by religious means".

Big-business and religion were a combination that angered Jesus.

So instead of throwing away their money and following Jesus, they chose to keep the money and kill Jesus at the last Passover that He attended. This was to be His fourth Passover since His baptism.

Just like the pattern in the Seals of Revelation chapter 6 -- when the fourth Seal opened, Death entered.

The first Seal saw the white horse of religious deception. Then the red horse of killing. Then the black horse of demonology where money was weighed out. Then Death on the fourth pale horse.

So money opened the door to death.

The Jewish religious leaders acted out a similar process.

Matthew 26:3   Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,

:4     And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him.

The high priest had a palace to protect. They gathered together to kill the Word. Not to learn.

John 8:21   Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.

Jesus, being sinless, was to be the scapegoat that carried our sins down to the Devil in the pit of hell.

When John saw Him later in a vision it was as though His feet had walked across a furnace.

Revelation 1:15   And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace;

This was symbolic of His judgement of sin. It is as if hell fire is to burn up sinners. Being sinless He could walk over that furnace and dump our sin on the Devil without being harmed. But when the Jewish religious leaders died and had to carry their own sin down to hell to try to get rid of it, they would be burned up. Thus they would die in their sins. They could not follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Nobody else could do what He did.

When they died and realized that they were doomed, then they would frantically call for a Saviour to save them from hell. But Jesus would no longer be available. You have to accept Him and follow Him while you are still alive. Once you are dead, it is too late. When you die the spirit leaves your body. The spirit has no blood. Thus the blood of Jesus cannot save a spirit of a dead person.

John 8:22   Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.

The Jewish leaders now totally miss the mark. They know that they are planning to kill Him and this leads them to conclude that He is going to kill Himself.

John 8:23   And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

The fact that they wanted to kill Him to protect their worldly interests, which were their religious power over the people and their Temple money, made them aware that Satan motivated them from below.

Jesus sought no earthly position. He would ride into Jerusalem as King on a donkey. You cannot get more humble than that.

He never asked people for money, but fed 5000 men and then 4000 men, for free.

A woman who had spent all her money on doctors who had made her worse, was healed of a blood issue for free. So Jesus made no money out of His supernatural healing powers.

Thus His goals were not earthly in any way. This proved that He had to come from above as He sought no worldly gain.

John 8:24   I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

Sin is basically unbelief.

If we do not believe, then we commit sins. When we do bad things, those actions are the attributes of unbelief. A man who murders does that because he is an unbeliever. Unbelief in the mind causes the hands to perform sinful acts.

The cure for sin is thus to believe in Jesus and the Bible. Once we believe properly, sin or unbelief is removed from our minds, and then our actions cease to be sinful.

The Jewish religious leaders were determined not to believe in Jesus.

 

God introduced Himself to Moses as "I AM".

Exodus 3:14   And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

Jesus said," for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins".

"I am He"  declares that Jesus is God.

It was make or break for the Jewish leaders. Accept Jesus as God, or die in their sinful unbelief. Their sin was their refusal to believe in Jesus. So they were already doomed.

Much later they would perform the sinful act of killing Him. That was simply the consequence of their sinful unbelief. Their real sin was the unbelief that led them relentlessly to commit the awful crucifixion of their Messiah.

John 8:25   Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.

They could see that He was claiming to be God by His use of the term "I am".

Now they question Him. If He comes straight out and says "I am God" they will accuse Him of blasphemy and have their excuse to stone Him. He replies cleverly that He is what He has told them.

When Jesus asked Peter Who He was, Peter replied

Matthew 16:16   And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Jesus did not tell Peter Who He was. He wanted Peter to admit it for himself, not because He had been told.

There is a vast difference between repeating the truth like a parrot because someone else said so, and seeing the truth for yourself because you understand it.

Jesus wanted the Jewish leaders to realize, for themselves, Who He was. But they were scared to do that. That would cost them their positions and also their income.

John 8:26   I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.

Jesus now rubs it in. Messiah is Emmanuel -- God with us.

Matthew 1:23   Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

The Child is the mighty God, the everlasting Father.

Isaiah 9:6   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.

This is only possible if the mighty Spirit of God dwells within this Person.

Colossians 2:9   For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

Jesus, the Man, listens to the supernatural Spirit of God within Him.

John 8:27   They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.

John 14:10   but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

John 8:28   Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

When the Jews have crucified Jesus, then they will realize Who He is.

When He died, the Temple veil was ripped in two. God has left the Temple. This was no ordinary death. Three hours of unnatural darkness.  Then an earthquake, and His resurrection from the dead out of a sealed up and guarded tomb.  Then a brand new religion started that was full of miracles.

The religious leaders in the Temple realized that something had gone very wrong for them. Then, in AD 70, the Roman army under the general Titus destroyed the Temple and scattered the Jews.

The role of Pharisees, Sadducees, and Priests then diminished as the Rabbis took over the scattered Jewish religion.

The Pharisees, Sadducees, and Priests killed Jesus to protect their positions. But by killing Him they actually destroyed their own positions when Rome butchered more than a million Jews in AD 70.

 

John 8:29   And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

The Spirit of God the Father dwelled in Jesus. The Bible never speaks of "God the Son" because God is a Spirit, not a Man. So Jesus was the perfect Man that the Spirit of God lived in. The man Jesus was not God. Jesus was God because the Spirit of God was in Him. You are everything that is in you.

You can only be a child of God if a portion of God's Spirit dwells in you.

John 8:30    As he spake these words, many believed on him.

John 8:31   Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

Jesus is the Word of God. And there will always be those who look past the religious organizations and believe on the Word of God.

Only by believing the Bible and following Scripture can we be disciples of Jesus.

John 8:32   And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

If we believe the written Scripture, which is truth, then God is responsible for what we say because we simply speak His Words. Then we are free from the consequences of our words, because they are His Words.

Speak the Word only, and whatever happens it is for the best.

John 8:33   They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

Just like the Roman Catholics claim to have the truth because they believe that they have a succession of Popes who are supposed to descend from Saint Peter. But Peter was a married man, and Popes are not allowed to marry. The first real pope was Pope Leo the First who ruled from 440-461 AD. The bishops of Rome before him were not recognized as Popes, nor as the supreme head of all the churches.

No Popes baptize the way Peter did.

Acts 2:38   Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

:39   For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

So the almost 1600 years of having a succession of Popes has caused the Catholic church to drift away from the original teachings and example of Saint Peter.

Equally the Jews, by claiming to be part of the succession of descendants from Abraham, thought that they were automatically the elect of God. Thus they claimed that they were not in bondage to any man.

Yet they were in spiritual bondage to the high priest of the Temple and all the corrupt money-making rackets in the Treasury. Plus all the unnecessary legal requirements that the Jewish leaders had added to the Law of Moses. The obvious bondage that they were ignoring was the fact that the Roman Empire had conquered them, was ruling them, taxing them, and telling them what they could and could not do. So they were far from free.

But their biggest bondage was to unbelief.

John 8:34   Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

Their very positions of Pharisees and Sadducees were made-up titles that were never part of the Laws of Moses. They had made up their own religious beliefs, which was real sin. If you follow God, you do not invent your own ideas.

John 8:35   And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.

Sin and the servants of sin are a temporary issue.

The Temple with all its unbelief would be destroyed 37 years later. Pharisees and Saduccees would die out as Rabbis took over the faith of the scattered Jewish people.

But the Son of God, Jesus Christ, would be in the centre of His church during the seven church ages that would last about 2000 years. The Jewish leaders were but servants of God who were rejecting the Son of God. A foolish choice on their part.

John 8:36   If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Born again of the Spirit of God makes us free from unbelief in the Bible. Having Christ in us makes us free from the cares of this life as it is just a training ground for our future home in Heaven.

The Spirit of Christ indwells us, and makes us want to live a holy life, which is the only way that we can be free from sin.

John 8:37   I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

Physically, the Jews are descended from Abraham. But their desire to kill their promised Messiah just means that the Word of God has no place in their hearts. Believing the Word of God is what counted.

John 8:38   I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.

Jesus was motivated to fulfill the Scriptures. Fulfilling Scripture puts you in God’s camp.

The Jews were motivated to reject the Scriptures concerning the Messiah. Ignoring, changing, or contradicting Scripture puts you in the Devil’s camp.

John 8:39   They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.

The Jewish leaders desperately claimed their physical descent from Abraham. That, to them, proved that they were right with God. Not recognizing Jesus as the Messiah in terms of the Scriptures that He fulfilled was the proof that they were not right with God. But they failed to see this. If we are unable to recognize Scripture being fulfilled, then we are not children of God.

John 8:40   But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.

But Jesus said that Abraham never wanted to kill someone who spoke the truth. Denying the fulfillment  of Scripture by Jesus and His obvious supernatural power meant that they believed Satan, not God.

1 John 3:12   Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother

This means, "Not as Cain, who was BORN of that wicked one".

Cain, who was serpent seed, wanted to kill his brother. This was like the Jews wanting to kill Jesus.

The parable of the sower had seeds (the Word of God) falling on hard ground (hearts with no spiritual understanding) and being eaten up by birds (Satan and his demons get the person to reject the Scripture verse).

Matthew 13:18   Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

:19   When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

The wicked one is a Devil-inspired person.

John 8:41   Ye do the deeds of your father.

Cain, in the Bible, has no human father. Eve said he was born of God, which is correct because all life comes from God. Eve did not say that Cain came from Adam.

Eve was called the mother of all living, Adam was never called the father of all living.

Eve was pregnant with Cain when she faced God Who said:

Genesis 3:16   Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception;

God could not punish her for conceiving from her husband. But the conception of Cain was not from her husband.

The woman was meant to provide the virgin womb for the virgin birth of Jesus. He would grow up, and then call all His saints from the dust of the earth.

Eve allowed the serpent to seduce her. So an animal broke her veil of virginity and shed blood. This is how sin started. So God accepted the shed blood of an animal to atone for sin.

Genesis 4:1    And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.

:2     And she again bare his brother Abel.

There was only one conception between Adam and Eve, and yet two sons were born. Because Eve already had a conception from the serpent when she faced God.

Proverbs 30:20   Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.

Eve committed adultery and then tried to claim that she had done no wrong by saying that she had gotten a child from God. God gives all life. But she never dared say that the first baby born came from Adam.

When you eat, the food ends up in your belly. When pregnant from sex it is the belly that swells. Thus eating can symbolize sex.

Satan inspired the serpent, the most subtle or clever mammal that was between ape and man, to persuade the woman to break God’s Word.

Instead of a virgin birth, Eve introduced life through sex.

Thus all humans are born the wrong way (via sex) in what is God’s permissive will. Not His perfect will, which is the virgin birth.

Psalm 51:5   Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Though legitimately born of his parents, David was still conceived in sin.

Only the virgin birth is God’s perfect will.

Denying, ignoring, changing, and contradicting Scripture has been the hallmark of Satan’s disciples ever since. People who do that are children of the Devil.

People who believe in the Bible and obey it are children of God.

By denying Jesus and wanting to kill Him, the Jewish leaders showed that they were of their father the Devil.

All humans, born of sex, are out of God’s perfect will. That included the Jewish religious leaders. They thought that they were perfect because they were descended from Abraham. Now they discovered that being born of sex was a process that was actually inspired by the Devil-possessed serpent.

So they hit back at Jesus by accusing Him of being illegitimate. And claiming, like Eve did with Cain, that they were born of God.

John 8:41

Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

The birth of Jesus was a very subtle balancing act.

As the Messiah, He had to be conceived by the Holy Ghost.

Matthew 1:20   But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

Whoever places the seed of life in the womb of a woman is the father of that child.

So the Holy Ghost is the Father of Jesus.

Thus the Holy Ghost is God the Father, as a human Baby cannot have two fathers. So Jesus is the only Man Who can actually claim that God is His Father.

But the Jewish leaders, driven on relentlessly by their unbelief in Scripture, try to claim that God is their Father as they were born legitimately within the  marriage of their parents. They state this in order to accuse Jesus of being conceived before His "parents" were married.

Mary had done a strange thing.

When Jesus was conceived in her womb, Mary went to see her cousin Elizabeth, who was six months pregnant with John,  and stayed three months with her. Then just before John was born she returned to marry Joseph. Being three months pregnant at her wedding made it clear to everyone that Joseph was not the father of Jesus. This was important so that people would realize that a supernatural conception had taken place.

Luke 1:35   And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

:36   And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.

:37     For with God nothing shall be impossible.

:38   And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

:39    And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;

:40     And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.

:41     And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:

:42   she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

The virgin conception of the Baby Jesus was the original fruit that God had wanted in the Garden of Eden.

The Jewish leaders preferred to claim that the unmarried Mary had committed fornication with some unknown man. Joseph was a righteous man and people realized that he was not involved.

But John the Baptist was in the water of the womb (called the amniotic fluid) when Jesus, the Word of God, came to him inside His mother Mary.

The Word coming to the prophet who was in the water.

Luke 1:56   And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.

:57    Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.

Just before John was born, Mary left Elizabeth. The water of the womb was about to break and the prophet baby would no longer be in the water. So the Word left him.

Almost thirty years later the prophet John the Baptist was in the water of the River Jordan. Then Jesus as the Word of God came again to the prophet, who was again in the water,  to be baptized.

Ephesians 5:26   That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Washed in the water of the Word means that our ways are clean when we obey the Scripture.

This was the washing of the sacrificial Lamb before He was killed three and a half years later at Calvary.

2 Chronicles 4:6   He made also ten lavers, and put five on the right hand, and five on the left, to wash in them: such things as they offered for the burnt offering they washed in them; but the sea was for the priests to wash in.

It was also the washing of the High Priest Who would go out of the water onto the bank of the river Jordan, and then be anointed by the Holy Spirit coming down as a Dove to rest upon Him.

Exodus 29:4   And Aaron and his sons thou shalt bring unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shalt wash them with water.

:5    And thou shalt take the garments, and put upon Aaron the coat, and the robe of the ephod, and the ephod, and the breastplate, and gird him with the curious girdle of the ephod:

:7   Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head, and anoint him.

The Holy Spirit did not go into Jesus -- that would have been a Holy Ghost baptism. The Holy Spirit descended and rested on Him as an anointing.

John 1:32    And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.

Mark 1:11   And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

This was God the Father speaking.

Matthew 1:20   But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

The person who places the seed of life in a woman’s womb is the father of that child.

The Holy Ghost conceived Jesus in the womb of Mary. A physical baby cannot have two human fathers. Thus the Holy Ghost is God the Father.

So it was the Holy Ghost Who spoke and said, "Thou art My beloved Son" as He came down.

The Spirit of God dwelled bodily in Christ but the Spirit of God can also, as a Spirit, project Himself anywhere outside of Christ.

Colossians 2:9   For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

 

The robe of the High Priest must never be torn.

Exodus 28:30   And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aaron's heart, when he goeth in before the LORD: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the LORD continually.

:31     And thou shalt make the robe of the ephod all of blue.

:32      And there shall be an hole in the top of it, in the midst thereof: it shall have a binding of woven work round about the hole of it, as it were the hole of an habergeon, that it be not rent.

A habergeon is a coat of armour from the neck to the waist.

Caiaphas was the Jewish High Priest, but he tore his robe in anger when he accused Jesus. That action ended the Law of Moses.

Matthew 26:65   Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.

The coat of Jesus was not torn by the four Roman soldiers who stood around the cross. That established Him as the true High Priest.

John 19:23   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.

:24     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.

God responded to the torn robe of the High Priest by tearing the Temple veil from top to bottom as the Spirit of God left the Temple when Jesus died.

Matthew 27:50   Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

:51   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;

The Holy of Holies had been the mercy seat of the Jews in the Temple. The new mercy seat was Jesus hanging on the cross.

The Romans crucified and killed Jesus in AD 33. The Spirit of God left Jesus when He died. But the Spirit came back into the body of Jesus when He resurrected.

In AD 70 the Roman army under general Titus destroyed the city of Jerusalem and completely destroyed the Jewish Temple. The Temple no longer had the Spirit of God within the Holy of Holies. Thus when the Temple was destroyed, it was never rebuilt or resurrected.

Matthew 24:15   When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

The Romans in AD 70 marched up to Jerusalem. If the Jews wanted to escape they had to do it fast. The Romans built a wall of earth around the city in a few days. The Jews that were still in the city were trapped. Over a million Jews died in the destruction of the city. The city was left as a desolation, especially the Temple Mount where the Temple had once stood.

Rome is the ancient enemy of the church. In 705 AD the Mosque of Omar was built on the Temple site by the Muslims. So the Muslims are included with Rome as the abomination that makes desolation. The Syrian civil war starting in 2011 turned Syrian cities into a desolation of rubble and refugees. The Yemen civil war caused a massive humanitarian disaster.

 

John 8:42   Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.

Jesus had one goal in life and that was not to do His own will. He came to fulfill all the Scriptures that spoke of Him. He allowed the indwelling Spirit of God to direct His path, whatever the cost to Himself as a man.

John 8:43   Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

The Jewish leaders could not understand what He was saying because they did not compare His life and deeds with the Scriptures. He was following a path that fulfilled Scripture. They were ignoring Scripture.

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.

Satan inspired the serpent who was a higher mammal than the ape, to seduce Eve to produce Cain. Pregnant with Cain, God condemned Eve and all other women to produce children in sorrow.

Genesis 3:16   Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children

Eve had a conception when she stood before God. She was pregnant from the serpent.

God cursed the serpent and turned him into a snake so that could never happen again.

Genesis 3:14   And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

The punishment of the serpent was to become a snake, and thus spend the rest of his life on his belly. Why? The serpent was lying on his belly on top of Eve when he sinned.

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.

The serpent seed. The male sperm cell that looks like a snake with its head and long tail.

The first child born of sex was Cain, a man who had no human father. All those born of sex had to die.

Genesis 2:17   But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

A day with God is as a thousand years. No man born of sex can live for 1000 years. Methuselah, the oldest, became 969 years old. So all the Jewish leaders were doomed. Born of sex, they had to die physically.

Not believing in the Scripture that Jesus fulfilled means they had to die spiritually as well.

If the first seed of the serpent was the man Cain, a liar and murderer, who had no human father, then the Seed of the woman was a Man Who also had no human Father as He was conceived by the Holy Ghost.

Isaiah 7:14   Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

This was the Messiah Who was the great threat to the Jewish religious system.

God created that Baby in the womb of Mary. That embryo was a fully created Seed that had no human father. Thus the Seed belonged to Mary. Thus Jesus was the Seed of the woman. (Note that the Seed was not half from God and half from Mary. The Seed was completely from God. Mary was merely the 'incubator'.)

Isaiah 9:6   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.

The Son was given to mankind by God when He created the Child in the womb of Mary.

But that Son had the fullness of the Godhead bodily in Him. That Spirit of God that was in Him was God the Father.

The proof of this? The Scriptures that Jesus fulfilled and the supernatural power that He displayed.

From Cain (the first seed of the serpent) onwards, those who derived their inspiration from Satan would always deny and contradict Scripture where it suited them. Mankind thus preferred lies to truth.

Thus most Christians believe in Christmas, despite the Bible never asking us to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Then having shepherds out in the fields at night in mid-winter is impossible. Jeremiah Chapter 10 told us not to learn from the heathens on how to decorate a tree with gold and silver. But we prefer pagan traditions rather than obeying the Bible.

That is why we believe in a Trinity, a word that is not in the Bible, just like "the second Person of the Godhead" or "one God in three Persons". If it is not in the Bible, we foolishly believe it. That makes us very wrong. Pope, Cardinal. Archbishop, Lent, denomination, Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, Yule tide, hot cross buns, rosary, monks, nuns, Bible schools, Christmas, 25 December, church building, steeple, are all unscriptural.

John 8:45   And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

But when someone tells us the truth, we cannot believe what the Bible actually says. We are too brainwashed by the religious and church  traditions that we have believed all our lives.

I, personally, could not at first believe that the wise men went into a house. That contradicted my years of watching Christmas plays with the wise men in the stable. All the Christmas cards also showed wise men in the stable. Later on I realized that Christmas cards are not Scriptural, and that Christmas plays showing the wise men in the stable were unscriptural too. That was my first wake-up call that the churches had it wrong.

Then I could not believe that the apostles actually baptized in the name of Jesus. I had been told that they were wrong, and that the modern church knew better as they taught me that we had to get baptized in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost because Jesus had said that. Only much later did I realize that nobody knew what the name of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost was. Thus we had no name for the Triune God. Plus the Triune God was a mystery that no denomination or preacher could understand.

Bur Revelation 10:7 said that in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, the mystery of God should be finished. So the nameless Trinity could not be the right picture as that mystery will always be a puzzle.

But if Jesus Christ is Almighty God in the flesh, then God has a human name -- Jesus.

Baptism is a symbol of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus

Romans 6:3   Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

:4    Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

:5     For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

While we are under the water we cannot breathe, which symbolizes us being dead.

The Father and the Holy Spirit never died, and certainly cannot get buried. So to have them as separate People is pointless as water baptism cannot be applied to a Spirit.

God the Father was God and Lord over the Jews. The Holy Spirit was the Christ, the anointed One.

Acts 2:36   Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

Thus Father, Son, and Holy Ghost represent the Lord Jesus Christ.  This is the name of God when He became a Man by dwelling in a human body.

The Devil indwelled the serpent and the pigs at Gedara. God refuses to live in an animal -- only in repentant humans.

 

So the Trinity of three Men in Heaven is not a good picture. Three Men in Heaven could not make two people on earth, Adam and Eve, as their image. Especially as Eve was a woman.

So we need to get away from "churchianity" and man-made doctrines.

John 8:46   Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?

Nobody could accuse Jesus of any sin. Yet when He spoke the truth, the Jewish leaders refused to believe Him.

We love church doctrines. We love church opinions. We love church traditions.

We just do not like being strictly Scriptural -- saying just what the Bible says.

John 8:47   He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

The only proof we have that we are of God is when we believe God’s Word. If we prefer some church tradition rather than Scripture, then we are not of God.

If you have no name for your Trinity God, then your doctrine is unscriptural because God has a name -- Jesus.

 

John 8:48   Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?

This was the exact opposite of truth.

Jews had to pay the Jewish leaders in the Temple for all their religious services. The good Samaritan asked for no payment for his help. He then actually paid the price for the wounded man's recovery.

Jesus never asked for payment for His services. He then of His own free will paid the price for our healing and salvation on the cross. Jesus was the ultimate Good Samaritan in His behaviour, even though He was not in any way a Samaritan by birth.

The Assyrians had invaded  Samaria and moved the Jews out of there. They had then moved other foreign Gentiles in to live in Samaria. So intermarriage took place between the Jews and these Gentiles, and their children became known as Samaritans.

Jesus had travelled from  Jerusalem to Cana. When He stopped to rest at Sychar, His ability to discern the thoughts of a Samaritan woman made her and the rest of the Samaritans in the village recognize Him as being the Messiah.

The Jewish leaders at Jerusalem refused to recognize Him as Messiah.

Thus the Samaritans were far more spiritual than the Jewish leaders. Yet the Jewish leaders insisted on regarding the Samaritans as inferior.

So the Jewish religious leaders now accused Him of being  a Samaritan.

His mother Mary was Jewish, so they were claiming that because she was 3 months pregnant at her wedding, His father must have been some unknown Gentile.

Why had Mary done such a strange thing? By returning to marry Joseph when she was three months pregnant, Mary had made it abundantly clear to everyone that Joseph was not the father of Jesus. This left Jesus open to the accusation of being illegitimate.

There were two lines of descent from David.

Matthew listed the kingly line that came from Solomon.  The final descendant of this line was Joseph, who adopted Jesus as his Son. Luke listed another line that came from Solomon’s older brother Nathan. Why was this second line mentioned? Because this was the line that ended in Mary.

There was one major problem with Solomon’s line: Coniah or Jeconiah or Jehoiachin (variations in the spelling). He was such a wicked king that God said that none of his descendants would ever be king. So Joseph could not be king of the Jews.

Jeremiah 22:24   As I live, saith the LORD, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were the signet upon my right hand, yet would I pluck thee thence;

Jeremiah 22:28   Is this man Coniah a despised broken idol? is he a vessel wherein is no pleasure? wherefore are they cast out, he and his seed, and are cast into a land which they know not?

Jeremiah 22:30   Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.

Jesus, as the Son of Mary, was free from this curse. Joseph adopted Jesus as His Son. An adopted son has all the rights of a born son. So Jesus is free from the curse thanks to Mary’s line, but is able to be King thanks to Joseph’s line and the adoption.

Thus Mary had to delay her wedding in order to prove that Joseph was not the father of Jesus. So the Jewish religious leaders had totally the wrong interpretation.

John 8:49   Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me.

Jesus had no devil as the Jewish leaders claimed. His birth had to be from a virgin. No one from Coniah’s line could be His father. The virgin birth made God His Father.

The fulfillment of Scripture and His supernatural power showed that God honoured Him, while the Jewish leaders dishonoured Him.

John 8:50   And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.

Jesus was prepared to die to complete His ministry. His own glory was not uppermost in His mind. God the Father, Who dwelled within Him, was the One who was seeking for what should be done in order to judge all things by the fulfillment of Scripture.

John 8:51   Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.

The real death is the Lake of Fire. It has no "fire escape".

Revelation 20:14   And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

The first death is the separation of the spirit from the body.

James 2:26   For as the body without the spirit is dead,

The second death is the separation of the soul from the spirit at the end of a person’s time in the Lake of Fire. That is the final annihilation.

The soul of a person is bound up inside the bundle of spirit, which is life.

1 Samuel 25:29    but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life

Romans 8:10    but the Spirit is life

Our human death is very similar to sleep, because we go to a better resting place if we are saved through believing the words of Jesus.

John 8:52   Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.

The Jewish leaders focused on the first death as if that was final. But everyone knew that Jesus had raised people from the dead. That proved that the first death was not final to a believer.

It also proved that Jesus could raise the dead on the day of the resurrection.

John 8:53   Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?

They rebuked Jesus for saying that He was greater than Abraham and the prophets. Little did they know that Jesus would empty out the Old Testament Paradise by resurrecting the Old Testament saints after His own resurrection.

Matthew 27:50   Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

:51     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;

:52     And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,

:53     And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

The resurrection of the Old Testament saints was the greatest miracle of the Old Testament.

John 8:54   Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:

Jesus knew that His resurrection from the dead would vindicate His ministry.

God is the Word, and the fulfillment of Scripture would be His real honour.

John 8:55   Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.

The proof of knowing God was the ability of Jesus to obey Scripture and fulfill Scripture, even when that cost Him dearly.

John 8:56   Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.

Abraham had met Jesus when He was Melchizedek.

Jesus had just created an adult body for Himself to dwell in while He spoke to Abraham, first as a High Priest and then as a prophet, to reveal the fate of Sodom and also to reveal the coming of the promised son, Isaac.

This was symbolic of the coming of the greater Son of Abraham -- Jesus.

Saint Paul said that Melchizedek had no father or mother. He was never born and never died.

Hebrews 7:3   Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

John 8:57   Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?

Jesus was approaching 33 years of age. Yet He looked about 50. Such was His service to God in the flesh that He was wearing Himself out.

John 8:58   Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

Cain, the original serpent seed had said "Am I my brother’s keeper?"

This is the reverse of what God said to Moses -- "I am".

Cain reversed what God said to lie about killing his brother.

Exodus 3:14   And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

"I AM", the timeless God, was how God introduced Himself to Moses. By saying, "I am", Jesus was effectively calling Himself God.

Cain, in the presence of the righteous Abel became murderous. The Jewish religious leaders, when they heard that they were standing in the presence of God, became murderous. Hearing the true Word of God made them hate Jesus with a demonic passion. They had accused Him of having a devil, only because they themselves had a devil.

They had created a religious institution which had actually become their God. From that they drew their authority, power, and money. They loved the material benefits and prestige.

So when they came face-to-face with their true God, their immediate response was just like Cain who also chose to kill the man Abel who had the truth.

Their actions revealed that they, just like Cain, were serpent seed as they were motivated by unbelief in the real truth of Scripture. They believed those verses which suited them (the tree of the knowledge of good) but chose to kill the One Who pointed to the verses that they did not believe (the tree of the knowledge of evil).

A mixture of truth and lies -- the forked tongue of the snake, that reveals the poison of death in its mouth.

John 8:59   Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

There had been no fair trial. Yet they were prepared to kill Jesus. Such was their murderous rage against Him.

Once again Jesus demonstrated His supernatural power. Miraculously He passed through a crowded mass of murderers.

This demonstrated His ability to move in a higher dimension.

Pretend there is only a one-dimensional black line (1-D) as our universe. A person would be represented as a short line. In diagram 1  the red person would be trapped between the two blue people and could not escape.

If the red person had access to a higher 2-D (two dimensional world of a flat page) then the red person could move past the blue person who is stuck on the line.

The red person thinks about this in diagram 2.

In diagram 3 the blue person is just aware that the red person somehow slipped past him to escape, but has no clue as to how it actually happened.

The blue person has absolutely no contact with anything that is not on the line, in the next dimension.

This ability to escape when surrounded is proof of a Person coming from a higher dimension.

Jesus demonstrated that He was God by moving in a higher spiritual dimension that the Jewish leaders had no access to. They just knew that somehow He had escaped them.

They had denied that God was His Father. But only God could disappear through a higher dimension and reappear like that.