Luke 23 The brutal and unjust death of Truth
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People hate truth as it makes them look within themselves and they hate what they see. Thus they must destroy the Truth
- Religion and politics mesh together at the end
- Pilate realized that Jesus was innocent
- Religious leaders made vehement false accusations
- Pilate asks the religious leaders to release Jesus
- Truth died out during three church ages
- Leaders give in to loud demands from the people
- Only one man helped Jesus but he was forced to do it
- The maximum danger is the time of the Pill and abortions
- The two thieves represent modern-day humanity
- At the end there was only one thief who defended Jesus
- The sun blacking out was not an eclipse
- One man reverenced the dead body of Jesus
Religion and politics mesh together at the end
Jesus served the one who betrayed Him, healed the one who arrested Him, and loved the world that crucified Him. Jesus is unique. No man can stand in His shoes.
LUKE 23:1 And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate.
Mob rule easily spreads error. When a big crowd is yelling and screaming, that ends any chance of truth getting established. Only the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate can give the death sentence so they take Jesus to Pilate. They do not want justice, they want Jesus dead. At the end of His First Coming, this is the reaction of the Jews to Jesus.
At the end of the seventh church age, as we approach His Second Coming, this will be the reaction of the churches to the King James Version of the Bible. Jesus is the Word of God. So, the King James Bible has to be rejected by the churches.
The Jewish religious leaders had done a horrible job of mass-brainwashing the Jews. On Sunday, the Jews had welcomed Jesus as their King. That day is called Palm Sunday. Now, four days later on Thursday, the same crowd is yelling for His execution. People are like putty in the hands of religious leaders and will believe whatever the leaders say.
Church leaders today condemn the King James Bible as a flawed translation. Thus, they have convinced the churchgoers that there is no absolute truth because there are now over 100 different versions of the English Bible to choose from. Jesus is the Word of God. If there is no true Bible then they are saying that Jesus is not the Truth. The unbelief of church preachers who find any fault in the King James Bible are the modern-day nails that crucify Christ afresh.
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What do they do by doing that? They take their denominational creed nails. That's right. These pleasure-hunting teachers, worldly, ungodly, denominational mad, take the denominational nails and crucify the Son of God with it, afresh, from their pulpits.
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What these impostors stand in the pulpit, crucifiers of Christ, no matter what they say, you wear it with pride. God said so. You keep it.
Crowned, with scoffers again, thorns. Pierced from the pulpit, with creeds.
LUKE 23:2 And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.
False witness flowed vigorously. They lied that Jesus said not to give tribute to Caesar. Jesus had said that they must render unto Caesar what was his.
Jesus had not called Himself King. The people had hailed Him as King on Palm Sunday which fulfilled the prophecy of Zechariah Chapter 9.
ZECHARIAH 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
LUKE 23:3 And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou sayest it.
The accusation that He called Himself King was false because when Pilate asked Him if He were the King he just replied effectively that He had not said so Himself.
Pilate realized that Jesus was innocent
LUKE 23:4 Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man.
There was no definite accusation against Jesus. No obvious treason that He had spoken.
LUKE 23:5 And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place.
Because the mob had no definite accusation against Jesus, they worked themselves up into a fit of emotional anger. Then began the typically vague and evasive denunciations that He was a major trouble-causer who had come from Galilee.
“Stirring up the people” is a useless accusation as it does not mention what He said.
But they mentioned that Jesus came from Galilee.
LUKE 23:6 When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean.
Pilate was in the hot seat. He knew that Jesus was innocent but also knew that the Jewish leaders wanted Him dead. So, Pilate tried to dodge the trial by passing Jesus on to Herod who was king of the Galilee area. Herod, very conveniently, happened to be in Jerusalem.
LUKE 23:7 And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time.
Herod hoped to see some miracle.
LUKE 23:8 And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.
But Herod had killed John the Baptist who was anointed and filled with the Holy Ghost. That was effectively blaspheming the Holy Ghost, which is the unpardonable sin.
MATTHEW 12:31 … but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
The purpose of the Holy Spirit is to make us understand the truth of God’s Word.
JOHN 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:
LUKE 23:9 Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing.
So, the Bible, as the Word of God, will no longer speak or reveal Its truths to someone who has blasphemed the Holy Ghost. They will remain forever in their state of unbelief and cannot get a deeper understanding of the revealed Bible mysteries.
Jesus as the Word of God never spoke a word to Herod.
That was Herod's fate because he killed John the Baptist.
This is a serious warning to us that we must never say that the acts of the Holy Ghost are the acts of the Devil.
Religious leaders made vehement false accusations
LUKE 23:10 And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him.
The religious leaders were vehement in their false accusations and condemnations of Jesus.
They could not condemn His doctrines so they condemned Him as a Person.
Church leaders are vehement in their criticisms of the King James Bible which is the Word of God.
LUKE 23:11 And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.
We get olive oil from olives. At first, the olive is green, a symbol of life. Then it briefly turns purple and then black. When black, the olive is squeezed for its oil.
Oil is the symbol of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus as the source of eternal Life is symbolized by the green olive.
Then Herod briefly clothed Him in a purple robe in order to mock Jesus as the King of the Jews.
JOHN 19:2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe,
On the cross, the sun darkened for three hours. In that black darkness, Jesus was squeezed by the hatred of Satan and his demons. Then Jesus died as the Holy Spirit (the Oil) was squeezed out of His body.
LUKE 23:12 And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.
Jesus is the Word of God. Rival politicians become friends when the Word of God is destroyed.
JAMES 4:4 … know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?
Pilate asks the religious leaders to release Jesus
LUKE 23:13 And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people,
Pilate called all the religious leaders together and told them that they were basically liars and false accusers as Jesus was not guilty of their accusations.
Today we have the same situation where church leaders condemn the King James Bible as a false and flawed translation. Their accusations are also false. They have over 100 different versions of the English Bible that they choose from. Thus, they claim that there is no perfect Bible, no Absolute truth. But Jesus is the Word of God. By criticizing the Bible, they are automatically criticizing Jesus. That is a huge sin. We have to believe that Jesus is perfect and consequently that the King James Bible is perfect as the absolute truth.
LUKE 23:14 Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him:
LUKE 23:15 No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him.
King Herod's father had tried to kill Jesus as a young child of about two years old.
But even king Herod had found Jesus not guilty of anything that deserved a death sentence.
LUKE 23:16 I will therefore chastise him, and release him.
This was a despicable injustice whereby an innocent Man would be savagely whipped just to appease the brutal false accusers. The maddened Jewish mob was now manipulating the trial.
LUKE 23:17 (For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)
As an act of mercy, one criminal was released at the time of the Passover.
LUKE 23:18 And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas:
Mob rule had now taken over the Jews. Their leaders had brainwashed them into finding serious fault in Jesus, just because the religious leaders said so. Christians today believe that there are serious faults in the King James Bible just because church leaders say so.
They demanded the release of the murderer Barabbas. “Bar” means “son of”. “Abba” means “father”.
He was the son of his father the Devil who was a liar and murderer from the beginning.
The Jews demanded this demon-possessed man of death and rejected the Man of Eternal Life, Jesus.
LUKE 23:19 (Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.)
This was a terrible injustice. Barabbas had been found guilty of murder. Jesus had been found innocent.
A blood-thirsty mob-rule of insanity had been unleashed by the Jewish religious leaders.
Pilate was a ruthless governor.
He had killed Jews who were performing religious sacrifices.
LUKE 13:1 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
But even the ruthless Pontius Pilate was shocked by the brazen injustice that the Jews were insanely demanding. They wanted to stop the execution of a convicted murderer so that they could execute an innocent Man in his place.
The condemnation of the innocent and the defense of the guilty have always been the characteristics of demonology.
Churches protect all their different Bible versions but agree to condemn the King James Version.
In 2022 the Russian military with cannons and bombs destroyed Ukraine buildings in cities and villages and then promptly accused the Ukraine army of destroying their own buildings. Killing and telling lies is the basic spirit of demonology.
LUKE 23:20 Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them.
Pilate had a history of cruel and ruthless rule but even he could not stomach this condemnation of the innocent Jesus. He pleaded with the Jews to release Jesus.
There was no proper trial as the Jewish mob howled for death in order to force Pilate to agree with them.
Truth died out during three church ages
LUKE 23:21 But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.
:22 And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go.
Three times Pilate tried to protest that Jesus was innocent of any criticism or fault.
This symbolizes the last three church ages where God has been restoring the original truth that the first church age had from the apostles.
The first church age had the perfect truth which the apostles wrote as the New Testament.
Then the Roman Catholic church introduced priests and bishops as a one-man-head of each church and city. Unscriptural human opinions like “Trinity” and the expression “Father and Son are of the same substance” and “God the Son” entered the church at the AD 325 Council of Nicaea in the third church age. Around AD 350 Pope Julius I introduced the unscriptural Christmas on the unscriptural date of 25 December, the birthday of the pagan Roman sun god Sol Invictus (the unconquerable sun). When the pagan Roman Empire, ruled by a dictator, collapsed then its pagan and cruel money-grabbing spirit was resurrected back to life as the Roman Catholic Church ruled by a Pope. The Pope rose up to dominate Europe in the superstitious Dark Ages as Bible truth died out in this fourth church age.
Pilate tried three times to tell the truth about the innocence of Jesus.
God tried three times during the last three church ages to restore the truth through the King James Bible.
In the fifth church age of the Reformation, the King James Bible was translated and checked.
The Roman Catholic church rejected this translation.
In the sixth church age, the King James Bible spread around the world in the great Missionary age.
The Roman Catholic church again rejected the King James Bible.
In our modern seventh church age beginning around 1906 with the Pentecostal revival, the mysteries of the King James Bible should be revealed.
But over 100 different versions of the English Bible are now available which means that the non-Catholic churches now believe that there is no longer any Bible Version that is the Absolute Truth.
This rejection today, of the idea that the King James Bible is the Perfect truth, effectively crucifies Christ as the Word of God. Unbelief in the Word of God are the modern-day crucifixion nails.
Meanwhile, Roman Catholicism spreads its brand of church order that has one man elevated to be in charge of each church. This is the Nicolaitan spirit that God hates.
The Pope is the only dictator in Europe. The Vatican is the world’s smallest country (the little horn of Daniel) but is the world’s wealthiest organization.
Human leaders love power and money. Especially the power to take your money.
But the Roman Catholic denominational ideas of church organization and human opinion have spread to the Protestant churches too. Putting one man in charge of each local church is a Roman Catholic tradition. It was never done by the apostles in the early church.
The apostles used local elders to oversee each local church.
ACTS 20:17 And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.
ACTS 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
Modern-day churches have moved away from this early church example. The Protestants preferred to make up unscriptural rules. They made a vicar, or a reverend, or a minister, or a pastor into the unscriptural head of the church.
Leaders give in to loud demands from the people
When enough people make loud enough demands then the church leaders suddenly permit abortion where babies are killed before birth. Same-sex marriage is suddenly allowed as well as gender choice. Scriptural standards just disappear. Popularity with the masses is what the leadership wants.
LUKE 23:23 And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.
Church leaders loudly demand that it is impossible to have a perfect modern-day Bible translation. They loudly proclaim their different Bible versions. Their unbelief prevails.
LUKE 23:24 And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required.
Pilate eventually went against his own sense of justice and gave in to the majority’s will.
The Bible is the foundation of our faith. If there is no perfect Bible then we cannot have perfect faith.
That is the unmentioned dilemma of the modern church.
That is also why there is no end-time prophecy or no end-time parable that says anything good about the end-time church.
LUKE 23:25 And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will.
Churchgoers can believe in any Bible Version they want to. Women preachers are allowed by many churches. Lucifer’s name is left out of some Bibles. Doubt is cast on the virgin birth. People can pray to Mary and the saints. The resurrection of Jesus is questioned.
Apartheid or segregation was justified by the main South African church. Church leaders have become heavily involved in politics. Church leaders put a big emphasis on wealth accumulation.
A whole spectrum of unbelief has flourished in today’s churches. But, as long as you reject portions of the King James Bible which tells us the thoughts of Jesus, you are actually rejecting Jesus.
Only one man helped Jesus but he was forced to do it
LUKE 23:26 And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.
“They led Him away”. The churches make the Bible mean whatever they want it to mean. They force the Bible to agree with their opinions.
Simon, an African man from Cyrene in North Africa helped Jesus with the cross. But the Romans had to lay hold of Simon. They had to force him to help. Jesus the Word was so unpopular that the only man who helped Him at this time had to be forced to do it.
But that is nevertheless a big plus for Africa. A man from Africa helped Jesus at the end. Jesus has a soft spot for the people of Africa.
This symbolizes that at the end time God is going to have to use difficult circumstances to force His Bride to do what God wants to be done, as the Roman Catholic denominational style of organization takes over the churches.
2020 used to mean perfect vision.
So, in 2020 God used the COVID-19 coronavirus to close down all the churches during lockdown. That was God allowing us to see what He thinks of all our churches. Only fit to be closed down.
2020 can mean perfect vision. How God sees us. Churches closed down and people operating from their homes. Just like it was in the early church.
REVELATION 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;
Notice. It is not the church "in Laodicea". It is the church “of the Laodiceans”. They feel that they have the right to serve God in whatever way suits them. They make up their own beliefs and expect God to be impressed with them and their efforts.
But there is no parable concerning the end-time church that says anything good about the churches at the end time.
There is also no prophecy about the end-time church that says anything good about the churches.
God is not interested in human opinions. God is only interested in full obedience to the King James Bible, the very Bible that the churches reject, ignore, or change.
The maximum danger is the time of the Pill and abortions
LUKE 23:27 And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.
Many people were very unhappy with the way Jesus was treated, but in Pilate’s Judgement Hall but they had been silent. In the end, people will be too scared to stand up publicly for the truth. They will follow behind, hoping that someone else will do something to help.
When Jesus as the Word of God had been condemned then He warned the women of worse times ahead. Jesus would recover from His death and resurrect back to life. But many women of today will be dragged to their awful deaths in the 3½ years of great Tribulation because they do not want to be mothers.
LUKE 23:28 But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
Jesus calls His church His Bride. Thus, a woman symbolizes a church.
The future corruption of women symbolizes the future corruption of the churches as they move away from the Word of God, the King James Bible.
LUKE 23:29 For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.
The major corruption of women’s morals began with the contraceptive Pill. A woman could freely have sex without any fear of falling pregnant. With no fear of producing illegitimate children. The morals of women declined. Feminine morality has always been the backbone of a family and a nation.
But contraception is not foolproof. This sexual freedom led to a demand for the right to have an abortion. There are now about 50 million abortions per year. This slaughter of unborn children is unprecedented. The women and the medical people who are involved will answer to God one day.
The first exodus saw the Jews coming out of Egypt. Pharaoh killed the children.
The second exodus saw Christians coming out of Judaism. Herod killed the children.
The mass murder of unborn children shows that we are at the time of the third exodus. The Bride coming out of the church.
REVELATION 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying,
Come out of her, my people,
that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
Another voice is the inner conviction of the Holy Spirit that reveals the Bible mysteries to show us that the churches no longer follow the New Testament pattern.
LUKE 23:30 Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.
The increasing corruption of women’s morals represents the increasing unbelief that the churches have in the King James Bible. They now fool around with various men’s translations and opinions, just like adultresses fool around with different men.
Added to this is the churches’ acceptance of living in sin, same-sex marriage, and abortion.
The King James Bible tells us the thoughts of our husband, Jesus Christ. Whatever we say about the King James Bible, we are saying about Jesus as you cannot separate Jesus from His thoughts.
Soon the 3½ years of great Tribulation will start. The seven Judgement Vials of God’s wrath will be poured out on the foolish virgin (saved) churches who missed the revelation of the Bible mysteries. It would be preferable to have a mountain fall on top of you than to suffer the sight of the angry face of God.
LUKE 23:31 For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?
The Jews were rejecting one Man, the green tree of eternal life. Killing one innocent Man did not seem a bad idea to the Jews in AD 33. A tree represents the spirit of a man.
But little did they know that in AD 70 those pagan Romans would return and destroy 1,100,000 Jews. The Romans built an earth wall or ramp all around the city to stop anyone from escaping. Those who were caught trying to escape were crucified on that earthen ramp. Thousands of Jews died in agony as they hung on crosses waiting to die. The Temple was destroyed and Jerusalem was razed to the ground.
Such was the hatred of the pagan Romans for the Jews.
Under these vicious circumstances, God turned away from the Jews. Almost 2000 years later God began turning back to the Jews when Hitler, in World War 2, unleashed the horrific Holocaust that killed 6 million Jews.
Then two-thirds of today’s Jews have to die in the future 3½ years of great Tribulation. That will be about 12 million Jews.
ZECHARIAH 13:8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
The Jews paid and will pay an awful price for their unjust murder of their Messiah.
The two thieves represent modern-day humanity
LUKE 23:3 And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death.
One thief listened to the Jewish religious leaders mocking Jesus and he also rejected Jesus and died and went to hell.
The other criminal accused Jesus because all the church leaders were doing that (like church people accuse the King James Bible of being false in places because the church leaders do that). Believing what the religious leaders believed, lost him his chance of salvation.
But, despite all the religious leaders rejecting Jesus, there was still one unworthy criminal who would move against the flood of unbelief and accept Jesus as his Lord and gain eternal Life.
The religious leaders were all mocking Jesus but that thief was convinced that Jesus was perfect. The only Person Who could save him.
Joseph in Egypt was a symbol of Jesus. He was in jail with a baker who died, symbolizing the broken bread at the Last Supper. He was also in jail with a butler who served wine. The butler lived. Wine is the symbol of the stimulation of revelation as we get to understand the mysteries of the King James Bible.
We live by our faith in the revealed Word of God.
The only perfection that a human can achieve is to be able to have the faith that the King James Bible is perfect.
LUKE 23:33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
Even in pain and suffering, Christ was the centre of attention.
At Calvary the road forks. The right way led to faith in Jesus as the only Saviour. The left way means a person left the truth and rejected Jesus.
LUKE 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
The cross was the place for forgiveness. Beginning with those who were murdering Him in a totally unjust manner. How much more can He forgive other sinners?
The soldiers tore up His garments into four pieces, one for each of the Roman soldiers who stood around the cross. (But they refused to tear His coat).
There are four guards around the throne in Heaven according to Revelation Chapter 4.
REVELATION 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
A beast is a spiritual power that guides the church. Eyes speak of intelligence. They are full of intelligence and can see the future (eyes before) and the past (eyes behind).
REVELATION 4:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
So pagan Rome, the enemy of truth, unknowingly provided four guards around the Messiah on the cross.
MATTHEW 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Events on earth must fit in with God’s great Plan in Heaven.
God even has this incredible power over His enemies to make them obey His Heavenly pattern.
But, they get no reward for doing so because they had no faith in the Word of God.
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.
JOHN 19:24 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.
Jesus is the High Priest. His outer garment must not be torn.
Aaron the High Priest had an outer robe with a reinforced neckline in order that it could not be torn.
EXODUS 28:31 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 an armored jacket worn by soldiers.
So, when Caiaphas the High Priest tore His clothes he thereby ended the ceremonial Law of the Temple concerning the animal sacrifices.
MATTHEW 26:65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy;
DANIEL 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,
Jesus was supposed to have a seven-year ministry to confirm the covenant that God had made with Abraham and his seed. But after a 3½ year ministry, He was cut off and crucified. His incredible sacrifice immediately made all the Temple animal sacrifices and offerings obsolete.
GALATIANS 3:17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ,
The cross divides the human heart into 4 chambers, representing the four ministries of Christ.
The Lion King of truth. The servant or Ox Who carried our sins away. The Ideal Man Who understands and guides us. God Himself as the great Eagle with that incredible eyesight or insight into the understanding of the revealed mysteries of the Bible.
The four chambers of the heart represent the four Gospels which are the heart of God’s Plan of salvation. The cross appears inside the heart to divide it into four chambers.
LUKE 23:35 And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.
The people looked on as observers but did not do anything. This symbolized the fact that we humans cannot save ourselves. We can only observe what Jesus did on our behalf. The Jewish religious rulers kept on mocking Jesus. Church leaders criticize the Word of God today by claiming that the King James Bible is wrong in many places. They offer over 100 different versions of the English Bible that all disagree with each other. Thus, they claim that there is no Absolute truth. Everyone just chooses the version or versions of the English Bible that suit them.
“The church of the Laodiceans”.
Laodicea means people’s rights. The last church age of “people’s rights” as the churches feel that they can interpret the Bible in any way that suits them.
LUKE 23:36 And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,
The pagan Romans hated the Jews. The pagan Roman soldiers mocked Him and gave Him harsh acidic vinegar which a normal person would struggle to drink. This showed the intense hatred that the pagan Romans had for the Jews. This hatred was unleashed by Hitler in the Holocaust where 6 million Jews died. It will be unleashed again in the 3½ years of great Tribulation where another 12 million Jews will die. That is two-thirds of today's 18 million Jews.
ZECHARIAH 13:8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
Romans destroyed the Temple. So, the final man of sin will come out of Rome. He will be the final Pope.
DANIEL 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;
It was pagan Romans who destroyed the city and the sanctuary (the temple) in AD 70. Thus Romans who call themselves Roman Catholics are the people of the final prince, the final Pope who will rule the world in great Tribulation.
LUKE 23:37 And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.
The Romans were making up their own Scriptural doctrines. They claimed that the King of the Jews had to be able to save Himself.
But this was contrary to the prophecy of Daniel.
DANIEL 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks
shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself:
and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;
Messiah, the King of the Jews, would be killed or cut off. But He would not die for Himself. He would die to save others. Those who could believe in His death on their behalf.
So, the Romans tried to get Jesus to contradict Scripture by saving Himself and not dying for us. The Romans would later return to fulfill their role in the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in AD 70. Thus, they also ensured that the final man of sin would come from Rome when he eventually hijacks the position of the Pope.
He will not be a cardinal that is voted in by the Roman Catholic Council of Cardinals.
The honour of being Pope is always given to one of the cardinals by the Council of Cardinals after an election. The final man of sin will somehow bypass that procedure and seize power.
DANIEL 11:21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
At the end there was only one thief who defended Jesus
LUKE 23:38 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
The superscription was written in three languages which accounts for the slight differences.
MATTHEW 27:37 And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
This was the accusation against Him. That Jesus was King of the Jews.
MARK 15:26 And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
JOHN 19:19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.
This was the full title, not just the accusation.
LUKE 23:39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
This condemned thief had been fooled by the unbelief and mocking of the religious leaders.
“If Thou be the Christ” implies doubt which is unbelief. Unbelief claims that Jesus is not perfect.
Unbelief today claims that the King James Bible is not perfect.
Why do people say that? Because their church leaders say that. The people themselves know no Hebrew or Greek.
“Save thyself”. What insolence. A condemned criminal telling Jesus what to do.
“Save …us”. This man was not prepared to die. This symbolizes Christians who are not prepared to die to self. Jesus must save them while they carry on in their church traditions and worldly ways. They want to be saved and still be popular.
LUKE 23:40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
This was the crucial moment. With everyone condemning Jesus, this condemned thief spoke in defense of Jesus.
At the end, when everyone rejects or criticizes the King James Bible, there will be unknown individuals who will treasure the perfection of the King James Bible.
LUKE 23:41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
This man was not afraid to die. He knew that he deserved death. This symbolizes Christians who are prepared to die to self. They do not justify themselves in any way.
But he also knew that Jesus was perfect and could not do anything wrong.
LUKE 23:42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
One lonely criminal. When everyone condemned Jesus, he turned to Jesus for help.
He knew that Jesus was Lord. Only God was called Lord by a Jew.
When all the Christians find fault with the King James Bible then an isolated, unknown individual moves against the stream to get help from the revealed mysteries of the King James Bible.
LUKE 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
The thief had nothing to offer. There was nothing that he could do. But his faith in the Jesus that everyone condemned, was enough to save him. Jesus and the thief would die that day before sunset. Then the forgiven thief, with the help of Jesus, would be able to barge through the troop of demons who drag the spirits of the unsaved dead down to hell. He would be able to leap over the wall of time and find himself in Paradise. This was totally due to the mercy of Jesus and the price that Jesus was paying to forgive us of our sins. Such is the glory of the Gospel.
II SAMUEL 22:30 For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall.
The sun blacking out was not an eclipse
There is no scientific explanation for the sun not shining for three hours. The darkness was universal, as everyone saw it. But when the Holy Spirit formed a star to guide the wise men to Christ, only the wise men saw it. Very few have seen the light of the seventh star or messenger in the right hand of Jesus, but the whole world readily sees and believes the darkness of denominational religion with its unscriptural doctrines.
LUKE 23:44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.
This was Jewish time. The timing of their day began at 6 o’clock in the morning when the sun came up.
Thus, the sixth hour would be 12 o’clock, midday.
(The Roman day was timed from midnight. Thus, midday would be the 12th hour.)
For the Jews, the ninth hour would be 3 o’clock in the afternoon.
Such was the horror when Messiah was killed, that the sun refused to shine for three hours.
This was not an eclipse as the longest possible total eclipse is about 7½ minutes.
Jesus is the Light of the world and the Jews were putting this Light out.
Thus, God cut off from the Jews, leaving them in spiritual darkness.
God ripped up the Temple veil and God stopped using the Hebrew language.
The New Testament would be written in Greek.
LUKE 23:45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.
When the Light of the world was put out, the natural sun also refused to shine.
This was the natural typing of the spiritual.
Caiaphas the High Priest had tore his clothes which broke the Temple laws of animal sacrifices. God thus ripped up the Temple veil to show that the Temple laws of the animal sacrifices were now ended. Christ was the perfect sacrifice.
LUKE 23:46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
Jesus was a Man but the fulness of God’s supernatural Spirit dwelled in Him bodily.
COLOSSIANS 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
“God the Son” is unscriptural because God is not flesh and blood. God is a Spirit.
JOHN 4:24 God is a Spirit:
There is no “God the Father” in the Old Testament.
When the “Son of God”, Jesus, appeared on the scene in the New Testament, only then is God called “God the Father” as only then did He have the “Son of God” to live in.
So, the Man Jesus surrendered His human nature to the supernatural God Who indwelled Him.
God cannot die.
Death was when the Spirit of Christ left His human body in order to carry our sins down to hell and dump them on the Devil. Hellfire can burn up sin but it does not affect sinlessness. So, the perfect Jesus emerged triumphant from His scapegoat role where He carried our sins over the fires of hell.
REVELATION 1:15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace;
One man reverenced the dead body of Jesus
LUKE 23:47 Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.
The centurion was a hardened Roman soldier. But He could not help but express his admiration for the way Jesus had conducted Himself during His awful death agonies and torments.
The way Jesus conducted Himself when He died changed this man from being an enemy to being an admirer.
The way a Christian conducts himself or herself when he or she dies to self, makes a deep impact on the people.
After all the mocking and accusations made by the Jews and their religious leaders, only an enemy soldier had the courage to go against the mob and speak up for Jesus. The enemy soldier in charge of the execution was the only man who recognized the quality of Jesus.
When church-goers and church leaders condemn the Word of God then God will raise up individuals outside the church systems to treasure the revealing of the mysteries of the King James Bible.
LUKE 23:48 And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned.
The crowd who had formerly shouted for His death now realized that they had supported something that was intensely wrong. They smote their chests in mental anguish. It was too late but they knew they had witnessed something very wrong and that they were implicated in a terrible injustice.
LUKE 23:49 And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.
Those who had been friendly towards Jesus were still too scared to publicly stand up for Him. The women, representing modern-day churches, were supporters of Jesus but only at a distance. They were not going to take the unpopular risk of opposing the mainstream of religious unbelief that was flowing.
They watched safely from a distance so that they would not be involved. They could not be accused of helping Jesus. They certainly were not standing up for Him.
Today’s churches will say that the King James Bible is a good effort as far as translation is concerned. But they will never dare stand up and say that it is a perfect translation.
LUKE 23:50 And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just:
But, at the worst of times, God still has some individuals who will stand against the crowd and insist on doing the right thing. That is why Satan cannot win. He can use religious leaders to sweep up the people against the King James Bible (Remember Jesus is the Word of God. So, the only Jesus that you will see before He catches up His church is the revealed Jesus Who walks through the mysteries of God’s revealed King James Bible.) But however huge the crowd of critics there will always be individuals who believe that the King James Bible is perfect. God can only use those few individuals to return back to the beliefs of the early church.
LUKE 23:51 (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God.
Arimathaea is an uncertain word. It does not seem to have a Greek origin. We do not know where the city was.
So, we do not know where Joseph came from. Equally today, we do not know where the true believers are. We just know that truth will not come from the established churches because Jesus stands outside the churches and knocks in the church age of the Laodiceans, which is the last church age.
Arimathaea can mean “heights”.
“Heights” can refer to the pyramid-like stature of a perfect man where eight virtues are listed.
A virtuous man would never agree to what the Jews had done.
Joseph obviously was a virtuous man. He had opposed the unlawful night-time trial and the ferocious bloodlust of the Jewish religious leaders as they illegally steam-rollered Jesus to His brutal and unjust death. He had the courage to be the one voice of dissent. But the flood tide of demonology that swept through the Jews had completely ignored his calls for truth and justice.
Joseph wanted to see the kingdom of God. However, he was unable to prevent the turbulent events that swirled around him but he knew that Jesus had been treated wrongly.
Turbulent events will sweep the world at the end when the King James Bible is rejected by the churches.
Individuals will only be able to save themselves from the flood tide of evil.
PHILIPPIANS 2:12 ... work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
This is the hard work needed to develop an understanding of the Bible's mysteries so that we can know what is wrong at the end and avoid it. Only then can we be saved from the oncoming great Tribulation by being caught up to meet the Lord in the air.
This does not refer to being saved from hell. There are no works that we can do to achieve that.
"Your own salvation". This is not the salvation of a church group. It is the salvation from future horror by an individual who is outside the church. Jesus stands outside the church in the last church age.
LUKE 23:52 This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.
The Jews had reduced Jesus to being a corpse that could be discarded.
Church leaders today have killed the influence of the King James Bible as a flawed translation.
But Joseph treated that corpse with reverence and utmost respect.
MATTHEW 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Truth started in the Middle East in the first church age when the Holy Ghost came down in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost. Then the truth was lost by church leaders becoming bishops in the 2nd church age (Irenaeus at the city of Lyons in France was still holding on to apostolic truth) and in the 3rd church age (Martin at the city of Tours in France held on to apostolic truth) when the Council of Nicaea in AD 325 introduced the Trinity. When Columba in Scotland died around AD 600, the truth died. This was the awful Dark Ages when the church went backwards for centuries as Roman Catholicism took over before the brave monk Martin Luther in Germany reversed the trend. In the Dark Ages the Gospel went backwards from Scotland to Germany.
Lightning was the movement of the Gospel from East to West during and after the Reformation of Luther.
The Reformation saw the restoration of salvation by grace through faith in Germany, under Martin Luther in the 5th church age. The King James Bible was written and checked in England. Then John Wesley in England restored holiness and outreach which led to the great missionary age. Tens of thousands of missionaries left England to take the King James Bible around the world in the 6th church age.
The 7th church age saw a Pentecostal revival in Wales in 1904 leading to the astonishing Azusa Street revival of the supernatural gifts in Los Angeles in America in 1906. The Word of God which was established by the apostles, which is our Light, had moved from East to West as it was increasingly revealed. Lightning is moving light.
Once the restoration was in America, William Branham was able to reveal the Seven Seals. By revealing the hidden mysteries of Scripture brother Branham was able to tell us to return back to the beliefs of the first church age. Thus the modern-day movement continues in a spiritual sense. Back to the beliefs of the early church of the apostles.
But the churches, by their unbelief in the King James Bible, have crucified the Word of God in our day, and prefer to remain anchored in their unscriptural traditions. This suits the church leaders as they retain their grip on power and money. The power to take people’s money.
MATTHEW 24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
This freshly killed carcase is the rejected King James Bible. But that is what attracts the attention of the true eagles. Those who crave an insight into the revealed mysteries of Scripture. Those who desire to return to the beliefs of the first church age.
That is the big mystery of God.
The seed that is harvested at the end is the same as the seed that was planted in the beginning.
The first and last stages of a maize plant are the same.
LUKE 23:53 And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid.
Joseph had paid a price to have a tomb that no man had ever been laid in.
The corpse of Jesus was righteous, symbolized by linen.
“Hewn in stone” took hard work.
No man was ever in that tomb. There was no human influence in that tomb.
The rejected King James Bible is the righteous corpse in our day. It has no faults or mistakes.
But it takes hard work to understand the mysteries of Scripture. It takes hard work for us to return to the faith of the apostolic fathers.
No man can influence this return because the faith that we have to return to is already laid out in the Bible and cannot be changed by anybody in the seventh church age. All a man can do today is to reveal to us what is already written in the King James Bible. Thus it is the Bible that corrects and guides us, not the man. In addition, no man today can change the King James Bible in any way. We have to accept that just the way it was finally published in 1769.
The Lion-beast is the true Word of God from the apostles. That was written in Greek to spread through the huge area that Alexander the Greek had conquered.
The Ox-beast is the beast of slaughter. The Roman Catholic church murdered tens of millions of opponents in the Dark Ages. The inspiration of the Man-beast restored salvation by faith and holiness and outreach. They had the inspiration to translate the King James Bible for us into English because England conquered about one-quarter of the world. But we are in the Eagle age where we do not have the inspiration to translate the Bible. We must seek inspiration to get the revelation of the mysteries of the King James Bible. The Eagle-beast represented the Pentecostal power and the incredible Eagle-eye represents the deeper insights into the mysteries of the Bible.
No man’s quotes can replace or contradict the written Bible.
The churches believe in a Trinity of three Persons. Thus they have no single name for their God. Something is wrong. Every name for the Father in the Old Testament never appears in the New Testament. That is a big problem. There is no "God the Father" in the Old Testament. There is no "God the Son" in the Bible.
The churches have wasted their time with over 100 different translations of the English Bible that are all different. Thus they have no absolute truth. Pick the Bible that suits you. That is your truth. But they end up with no single name for their Trinity God. That is serious. A nameless God breaks the third Commandment.
The Eagle age does not translate the Bible. That was the duty of the Man-age. The Eagle age understands the Bible.
LUKE 23:54 And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.
The Passover was also called the Day of Preparation. It was the Jewish Thursday when the Passover lamb was killed and roasted, that had begun the previous night. The Jewish Thursday began on our Wednesday night at 1800 when they ate the Passover. This was 6 o’clock in the afternoon. The next afternoon saw the Passover lamb killed.
The next day, which began at 6 o’clock on our Thursday night (which was the start of the Jewish Friday) was called the Feast of the Passover. The roasted lamb was eaten.
This Friday was a special Sabbath day, called a High Day. It was also called the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
LUKE 23:55 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.
The disciples had basically run away. Only John had been at the cross at the end.
The women, symbolizing the churches, took note of where Jesus had been buried.
LUKE 23:56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.
The women wanted to anoint His dead body with spices. They were convinced that it was the end of Jesus and they wanted to have a proper farewell funeral.
Jesus had died late in the afternoon. There was just time to take down His body and bury it before the special Friday Sabbath started.
Passover was the Day of Preparation, a Thursday. The next day was a special Sabbath, the feast of the Passover, a Friday. The next day was Saturday, the normal Sabbath day. Two Sabbaths in a row.
JOHN 19:31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
Breaking their legs killed them quickly by suffocation.
But Jesus was already dead.
None of His bones were broken.
Jesus is the Way. He shows us the Way to walk through life. The revealed Bible mysteries show Jesus to us as He walks through the pages of the Bible.
Honest people walk upright.
So the legs of Jesus could never be broken.