Israel


Israel.

It’s a country, a land, a people.

It’s promised to the Jewish people for all generations.

1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. 4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. 5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came. 6 And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land. 7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him. Genesis 12:1-7 (KJV)

It is called the land of the Jews.

15 For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon. Genesis 40:15 (KJV)

39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: Acts 10:39 (KJV)

It is prophesied that the Jews will live in the land of Israel with Almighty God.

10 Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD. 11 And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee. 12 And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again. 13 Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation. Zechariah 2:10-13 (KJV)

Zech. 2 has not happened yet. It speaks of God living with the Jews, in their midst. That many nations would be joined unto Israel, and would be dwelling in their land as well, and will be considered the people of God, in that they joined themselves unto the Jewish people.

I dunno, I don’t think that describes the time of Christ, but rather, the time of Christ’s return. Especially since there were no Gentile believers living in Israel among the Apostles. There were a couple of Gentiles who believed (the Samaritan woman and her village, the Centurion, and a couple of others) – but they did not dwelll with Jesus Christ.

And most certainly, that doesn’t qualify as “Many nations”.

The land of Israel (NOT Palestine – STOP calling it Palestine) belongs to the Jewish people. It is an everlasting covenant.

I specifically mention that word, because most of the Replacement Theology people who advocate driving the Jews out of their God-given land advocate what’s called Covenant Theology.

Here’s what Covenant Theology and Replacement Theology really boil down to –

Racism. Hatred of Jews. Yes, hatred. There’s an awful lot of venom pouring forth out of those who advocate “Covenant theology”, aimed at Jews.

The Jews are the people of God. He who touches the Jewish people touches the apple of God’s eye.

Temporarily the nation Israel has been set aside in the purposes of God. Today He is creating a special body of saved people composed both of Jews and Gentiles (Ac. 15:14-16; Ep. 3). After this present work is accomplished, God will again resume His purposes with the nation Israel and will fulfill all the O.T. promises and prophecies concerning them (Ro. 11:25-27). (David Cloud, Way of Life Encyclopedia, pg. 301)

Here’s a blanket statement – All Christians should be supporting the right of the Jewish people to have the land of Israel. As a matter of fact, we should be championing Israel to have all it’s Biblically promised territory, which it does not yet have. That includes the Sinai Peninsula, and many areas up into Iran and Iraq.

We shouldn’t even be contesting this.

We should be supporting the Jewish people – but making it clear they currently have been put on the back burner by God, and are in rebellion against God and His Messiah, the LOrd Jesus Christ.

Many Christians do this.

Many Christians do not.

Some have made two covenant statements, like John Hagee, who claims that the Jews don’t need to be saved. THat’s a heresy. That’s when you love the Jewish People so much you actively bypass the Scriptures in your love for them. Don’t go that far!

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

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Politics, Freedom and Your Rights Pt. 2


This is my last article on this subject.

What is the one right that a political party has dedicated itself to wiping out?

Freedom of speech.

What right are they even more vociferously opposing?

Why… owning any means of protecting yourselves.

Why?

Why haven’t we been asking this question? Why haven;t we been asking why they’re so keen on removing our rights to defend ourselves?

Why are they so keen on removing our rights to defend ourselves?

Simple. They are going to remove our rights to speak, to elect our representatives, to petition the government for redress. They are about to take away our rights.

YOUR rights.

There’s one snag. There’s a lot of Americans.

And they own things that could cost the lives of anyone trying to take our freedom away. America has twice in its history gone to battle over freedom, and has responded in war. Not riots, but war.

America has several times had other nations attempt to take away our freedoms. It has responded in war. Not riots, war.

If you think this is about assault rifles, I’m going to tell you you’re only part right, and tell you that you haven’t been paying attention. At all.

The Democratic party has moved recently from talking about bans on assault rifles to bans on gun ownership. And don’t think they’ll stop there. Australians, for instance, are not permitted to even own any object which can be fashioned into a weapon. You know, Martial Arts schools have the students practice with light mockups of ancient weapons. Because there’s the possibility that they could be sharpened for a few minutes before breaking, they’re illegal in Australia.

No kidding. A tin sword with a handle.

We have someone running for President who is advocating gun confiscations. And she’s not going to stop there.

Because once the guns are gone, they have the power to do whatever they want.

It’s very simple. The United States Constitution guarantees the right to own firearms, bows, swords, spears, and other weapons. If you want to purchase a battle axe and keep it on your wall, you have that right.

People want to take that right away.

Right now, in countries that have strict laws against the owning of weapons, they are powerless to fight back against military age men that their government has been importing, who are assaulting men, women and children alike. Some countries right now have had to warn women to travel in groups or with men.

There’s some disagreements from Liberals that the second amendment is a constitutional guarantee of gun ownership. Where do we turn to see the framers of the constitutions thoughts on what they meant it to be?

to their letters, of course. Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin communicated with myriads of people about what freedoms they intended to guarantee. We turn there for every question on their intent for every subject in the Constitution and the Bill of rights…

Except for the second amendment. Why? Because they make it quite plain in their letters that the only defense against tyranny is the right to own and carry firearms.

There are more laws in America on ownership and carry of weapons than on how to drive automobiles. It is the most restricted freedom in the United States.

“But nobody needs an assault rifle!”

You SURE about that? The only reason America has not been invaded is simple – we’ve got oceans in the way. Oceans separate us from them. There are entire countries where the common man chants “Death to America!” in their streets.

Do you think they’re KIDDING?

They’ve rioted and caused open war throughout the Middle East. THey’ve rioted and caused open war throughout Europe.

Where are they coming next?

Well, the answer is, they’re already here – they just haven’t started yet.

What they’re doing in Europe, they’re going to do here.

The Bible does give you the right to defend your life.

12 And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by them came, they said unto us ten times, From all places whence ye shall return unto us they will be upon you. 13 Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows. 14 And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses. 15 And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought, that we returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work. Nehemiah 4:12-15 (KJV)

35 And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. 36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. 37 For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end. 38 And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough. Luke 22:35-38 (KJV)

The laws of America give you the right to defend your life. You need to verify the laws of your state to see what it says on this regard. Some states have laws that are more constitutional than others.

Here’s my last words on the subject:

Why would you vote for a candidate who wants to deprive Americans of a constitutional right?

Politics, Freedom and your Rights


I avoid politics on this blog. But I can definitely say that we stand on the balance of losing – in America – freedom.

I’ve mentioned Freedom of speech, and how people are willing – willing! – to sacrifice this right.

Let me explain a simple math equation. Liberals will need to hold your tonuges for a minute, READ what I have to say, and THEN you can go off with your mindless responses.

The Freedom of Speech leads to the freedom to vote.

If you lose Freedom of Speech, you lose quickly the right to vote.

All freedoms come from the right to be able to speak.

If you can be arrested for speaking your mind, you have no freedom.

America does not any longer have freedom . I, as a Christian, have to be careful of what I say or think.

Let me put it this way – in the realms of tolerance, America is intolerant to Christians.

There’s only a short jump from depriving a group of people of their RIGHTS to depriving a group of people of their LIVES.

If you disagree with that, if you think I’m paranoid, please go RIGHT NOW to Washington DC. THere’s a building I want you to go to. It’s very close to the Washington Monument.

It’s the Holocaust Museum. They play a little game with you there, and give you a little booklet that gives you the identity of someone in the Holocaust. At certain points, you’re supposed to read it and see how you’d have done.

Most of the visitors to the Holocaust museum find that the identiy they were assigned died usually very quickly.

Now, let me say this.

America was base upon safeguards, checkpoints, to prevent any one man from assuming absolute power. America had suffered under a Tyrant, King George, a Hessian who quite simply did what he wanted, and responded to any petition for government redress with anger.

And anger brought harsh retaliation. Let’s not forget the opening shots of the Revolution was fired in Boston. And One of the first men who died was Crispus Attucks, who had recently been given his own freedom. He understood, better than the men around him, what it meant to be free. And so, it came down to this – he pledged his life to buy America its freedom.

To – as an American – voice loudly for the dissolution of the Constitution, to call for and applaud the loss of the freedom of speech, is to spit on the memory of Crispus Attucks. It is to betray everyone who died in war to protect this country. It is to betray all those who have sacrificed time with family to protect this country.

While you want to throw it away.

If you advocate the abolition of the Constitution, if you advocate the end of freedom of speech, then you are a traitor to the United States of America. And any politician who advocates this is also a traitor.

Any political party that champions the loss of constitutional rights and the abolition of the US constitution is committing treason to the United States.

The New Life


When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Acts 1:6-11 (KJV)

Go into all the earth, Jerusalem, Israel, Samaria, and the rest of the world. Preach the Gospel to every creature, baptising them. teaching them whatsoever things I have commanded you.

These are the commands of the Risen Lord, the King. King Messiah is coming.

And from the looks of things, coming soon.

It is not for us to know the times of the season. In the meantime, we’ve got a LOT of work to do. My statistics show that only 1.5% of mankind is truly saved – yet over 40% of mankind claims to be Christian. We’ve got a LOT to do.

This is about evangelism, this is about getting people saved, this is about getting them baptized, and then making disciples of them.

And the Lord is coming quickly. Get busy. Get active. If you don’t feel good enough to blog, try just a one page blog, and put the plan of salvation on it. Someone might find it who needs it.

Try taking tracts with you to grocery stores. Thanks to smart phones, people don’t want to talk face to face with people any more… they just want to read stuff. So hide tracts in the shopping carts as you leave.

Or on the community bulletin board. Many supermarkets in the US have those.

DO something. Before you run out of time to do it.

The Ressurection


HE IS RISEN

The Tomb is empty.

2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: 4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. Matthew 28:2-4 (KJV)

1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. Matthew 28:1 (KJV)

5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. 8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. Matthew 28:5-8 (KJV)

The testimony of the women would not be permitted in a court of law under the courts of that time.

What does this mean?

If the Apostles were making up the ressurection… they picked a mighty poor opener. That’s not the kind of detail you make up. If I was inventing the Ressurection, it would have been Peter who opened the tomb, and the Lord came forth.

The whole ressurection story has been examined by doctors, historians, judges and lawyers, scientists and laymen alike. Those who examine it for the purpose of finding the truth… find it. And many who examined it for the purpose of debunking it…. end up embracing it.

Josh McDowell. Lee Strobel. and many others, including some of the finest legal minds the world has known. Frank Morrison is one. They studied to scoff and disprove.

They bowed to the facts.

Historians and geographers studied the Gospels, and came to the conclusion that they are factual history.

11 Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. 12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, 13 Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. 14 And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. 15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. 16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. Matthew 28:11-16 (KJV)

Within a couple of years, Rome’s Senate would pass a bill declaring grave robbing in Judea to be a capital crime. For Rome’s senate to make such a decision meant that the entire region was under unrest due to a missing body.

I wonder whose.

Here’s what really happened. Ready? Ready for the truth?

A Roman guard, a large number of men who took courses (shifts) standing watch, guarded the tomb. Somehow someone walked past a large number of men, rolled back a tomb stone (it’s pretty big and heavy) and carried off a body wtihout anyone noticing.

“Hey! You! What are you doing???”

Sound silly? Not buying it?

Of course not. it’s illogical.

Okay, here’s what really happened. The Roman Guard was standing watch on the Tomb. There was a massive earthquake, the door to the Tomb rolled backward by some unknown means, and the Lord walked out of the Tomb, magnificent and radiant, full of power, and very much alive.

The Roman Guard fell to the ground in terror, some of them apparently passing out.

They were arrested, brought to trial. The Rabbi’s gave them a large bribe. They told the cover story. The Procurator (an officer of the Legion acting as the judge) reminds them of the penalty (death) and asks them to tell the truth please.

They do. They tell the procurator, “look – either the dead man in the tomb came forth alive, whole, and glowing with power and holiness, as if the Son of God…. or we were asleep and they stole the body. That’s what the Jews want us to say. They paid us a lot of money. Now, we didn’t fall asleep. You decide what story you want the people to know.”

The Procurator would have thought about it… looked at the men, and knew they were not likely to have slept. He held out his hand for part of the money, and grunted…”Tell everyone you were asleep. Now give me some of the gold, and get out.”

That’s what happened.

13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. 16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. 17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? 18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? 19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: 20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. 21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done. 22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; 23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. 24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not. 25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? 27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. 28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. 29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. 30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. 32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? 33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, 34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. 35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread. Luke 24:13-35 (KJV)

The Lord is risen indeed.

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. Matthew 28:16-17 (KJV)

If they were making it up… the last part of verse 17 would never have been part of it.

So, He is risen.

What will you do with that knowledge?

Will you live for Him, who died for you?

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:18-20 (KJV)

The Atonement


27 Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD. 28 And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God. 29 For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people. 30 And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. 31 Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 32 It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath. Leviticus 23:27-32 (KJV)

1 And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: of shittim wood shalt thou make it. 2 A cubit shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof; foursquare shall it be: and two cubits shall be the height thereof: the horns thereof shall be of the same. 3 And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, the top thereof, and the sides thereof round about, and the horns thereof; and thou shalt make unto it a crown of gold round about. 4 And two golden rings shalt thou make to it under the crown of it, by the two corners thereof, upon the two sides of it shalt thou make it; and they shall be for places for the staves to bear it withal. 5 And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold. 6 And thou shalt put it before the vail that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee. 7 And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it. 8 And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations. 9 Ye shall offer no strange incense thereon, nor burnt sacrifice, nor meat offering; neither shall ye pour drink offering thereon. 10 And Aaron shall make an atonement upon the horns of it once in a year with the blood of the sin offering of atonements: once in the year shall he make atonement upon it throughout your generations: it is most holy unto the LORD. Exodus 30:1-10 (KJV)

During this time of year, as Christians approach Ressurection Sunday, we begin to dwell upon our sin. The catchphrases that seem so trite during the year gain meaning during the Spring. “We owe a debt we cannot pay, He paid a debt He did not owe.”

This is your fault. This is my fault. We cannot blame Adam and Eve for this, as the Bible says

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23 (KJV)

You deserve to pay the price – not on the Cross, for that is the role of the sinless, perfect offering.

Dave Hunt uses the illustration of the Judge and the Criminal. The Criminal says, “If you give me a second chance, I’ll never break the aw again!”

The Judge responds, “That was the bare minimum of your duty, to keep the law and not break it. You get no extra points for doing what was required.”

Keeping the law was your duty. You get no rewards for that. If you never broke the law ever, you would have made it into Heaven only by the skin of your teeth.

But all we like sheep have gone astray. There is none righteous, no not one. All have sinned, and fallen short of the glory of God. Let God be true, and all men liars.

So the Lord went and died on the Cross for us.

11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Hebrews 10:11-17 (KJV)

The Lord performed one sacrifice. One. It was effecacious, in that it atoned for all sins for all time, past, present, future. There is no need for a re-offering of the Mass. The Roman Catholic mass is performed all over the world, every day. It tells Roman Catholics that the death of Jesus was no different from the death of any Passover lamb.

But that’s a different Jesus, not the Jesus Christ of the Bible. The Jesus Christ of the Bible offered Himself once for all. He atoned for the sins of those who accept it.

The problem with today is we have a lot of people who stand there and say, “Yes… i’ll accept it. I want it. Lord thank you for your sacrifice!”

And they never reach out and TAKE it!

If you are not 100% sure you are saved, please make that sure today. Don’t put it off. Don’t wait.

Crucifixion


The details of everything that happened on that Thursday AD 30 is often ignored.

The last food and water Jesus Christ had was at the Last Supper. This usually runs until midnight.

they all sang the Great Hallel, Psalm 136.

1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. 2 O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. 3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever. 4 To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever. 5 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever. 6 To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever. 7 To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever: 8 The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever: 9 The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever. 10 To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever: 11 And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever: 12 With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever. 13 To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever: 14 And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever: 15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever. 16 To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever. 17 To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever: 18 And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever: 19 Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever: 20 And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever: 21 And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever: 22 Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever. 23 Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever: 24 And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever. 25 Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever. 26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 136:1-26 (KJV)

The refrain of it in Hebrew is actually pretty fun – “Ki L’olam Chasdo.” It’s responsive, the Lord would probably have sung the first part of each verse, and the disciples would have sung the second half. It’s very possible that the Seventy were there for the Passover, and went home after that, leaving just the twelve to go to Gat Shmane, Gethsemene.

After that, the LOrd asked the Apostles to pray, while He prayed. The Lord went off to pray.

It’s a horrificly stressful thing to know you are about to undergo great physical pain. It’s even more stressful to know you’re about to die. The Lord knew that He was here for this reason, but we will never really understand Gethsemene until we meet Him face to face, and He may choose to explain it. Or He may know we will never really understand it, and tell us simply, “you cannot understand.”

What happened was the stress was enough to make Him pass out. But the Lord had extremely strong will, and would not permit Himself to pass out.

When that happens, the body does something unusual. If the stress is that intense, the blood vessels in your scalp contract, and burst. He literally had blood running down his scalp.

The Lord has not slept since early that morning. It has been almost 20 hours since He awoke. Combine that with a heavy feast and extreme stress, if he was a normal man, he’d have been almost incoherent, stumbling while walking, swaying, falling.

He was lucid, and in full control. The movies never seem to accurately portray the last day very well at all.

Forget the Passion movie. The arrest and trial do not even come close to depicting reality.

A side effect of the Hemotrichosis, the stress resulting in the blood vessels bursting, is that until that stress is released, the person suffering it is acutely aware of every inch of skin on their body. Grasping that person by the arm can feel intensely painful. If the Lord was chained or fettered, it would have been extremely painful.

After the first trial, he is spat on and beaten in a disorienting mob assault. Anyone who’s ever been in the middle of one describes it as dizzying. You never know from which direction you will be hit next, and everything seems to spin.

The Lord is dragged before Pontius Pilate, and by that time is a bleeding, bruised mess. By the time he sees Pilate, it will have been over sixteen hours since he ate. It will have been 30 to 32 hours since he last slept. He is aware of every fold of his clothing on his skin. The pain of the beating should be screaming at Him, and it’s not too much to say a normal man would have been on his knees, unable to stand from all that.

Dragged across the temple plateau, dragged back, forced to endure humiliation. His beard has been ripped out, hair pulled, beaten, spit on.

And it’s going to be almost nothing in comparison to what’s coming.

The order to be scourged is horrific. You are dragged into the place of the scourging, and tied to a block on the ground, bent over. The scourging is done by a device called a Flagellum. Leather strips with metal balls on the end produce a punishing blow. It’s like being whipped by a whip with marbles on the end. They crush the skin, brusing and separating the muscles beneath.

The metal balls have barbs on the other side. A flip of the wrist digs the barbs into the skin, and rips out chunks of muscle and flesh.

Jewish law forbids the giving of more than 39 lashes. The Romans are not under Jewish law. More than a dozen lashes from a Flagellum results in unconsciousness.

The Lector, the Roman officer in charge of the punishment usually orders the beating until the man has passed out. There is no record of the Lord passing out.

I cannot describe the horror of it. The Lord’s back will be laid open. Flesh hanging in painful strips, muscle exposed. From blood loss alone, He should be out cold. Coupled with the hemotrichosis, He should have passed out by the third lash.

There’s no record the Lord passed out, but endured it.

5 The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. 6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. Isaiah 50:5-6 (KJV)

The Lord is clothed in a purple robe, and then they wove a crown of thorns… and jammed it into a scalp already bleeding and incredibly sensitive.

If you’ve never had your skin ripped and pierced, it’s a feeling of heat and unbelievable pain. It’s so intense, you can’t remember afterwards how much it hurts.

The Lord is led out to be exhibited to the crowds.

And the worst thing is, the very crowds that cried “hosha na!” are now shouting, “Ha’tselev Ato!” Hosanna, save thou us, now becomes…

Crucify Him.

13 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. 14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: 15 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider. 1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? 2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Isaiah 52:13-53:-3 (KJV)

If you have ever picked up a large block of wood, you’ll know something that’s four feet long or so is really heavy. Now imagine that big block of wood placed on your back, a back that is ripped open, bleeding, your ribs exposed in some spots, muscles ripped out. Your pulse is faster from the pain. Your heart beats faster, breathing shallow from agony. From lack of sleep, everything is intense and vivd. From lack of food, every movement an agony. Thirst builds in you. Your lips are cracked, parched, and swollen from slapping and punches. You’re aware of every cut, rip and bruise from the scourging.

now you have to carry something very heavy on that back. Every step is jarring. The screams and shouts are loud, and full of anger. And you recognize each and every voice, knowing each and every name they belong to. You know who their families are. You know everytihng about them.

And you’re doing this, for them.

You walk what is a short distance to Golgotha, moving to the hill. It requires going down from the Temple plateau to the courts below, marching out to the edge of the old city. And finally, you reach the spot. Gethsemane is nearby. And you know a borrowed tomb awaits you.

You’re kicked to the ground, and placed upon the block of wood. A spike is placed on your hand, not through the palm, but over the triangle notch at the base of the palm. When you see your hand, it’s readily visible. The two palm muscles meet… and right below that.

The nail is hammered into your hand. It’s agonizing. Your other arm is stretched out (this part the Passion movie got right), and then the nail is placed into the other hand. And they’re probably standing on your arm to hold it down while they nail you in place.

The block is lifted onto the post, and pulled into place. You’re lifted up, the nails tearing painfully at your hands, your body weight dragging down.

There are two ways of nailing the feet. Sideways is the fastest way, the person dies usually within an hour or so. The other way, one foot over the other, is the slowest way. Agonizing.

15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. 16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. 17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. Psalm 22:15-17 (KJV)

There are no ropes. That’s a fiction, because for some reason the actor’s guilds won’t let them really be nailed up on a cross. only three long nails.

And now it begins. The sweating is horrendous. Even those who’ve been gently tied into place descibe it as every sweat gland in the body turning on at once. Within an hour, your body is almost emptied of moisture. You cannot even weep any more. Advanced dehydration sets in almost immediately.

After ten minutes, you notice you cannot breathe. The pressure has built up in your chest, and it feels like your chest is going to burst. Your heart hammers. You panic, and now stand up, trying to get to the surface like a drwoning man. You exhale, and the pressure is gone. The first exhale will be a scream, because you’re now STANDING on that nail through your feet. Your wrists twist, painfully ripping flesh as they twist on the two nails. The bleeding, now beginning to slow, starts again.

And your back, laid open, rips painfully against the Cross. The usual body pose is to press the top of your head against the Cross, so you can position your mouth open, upwards, allowing all that air out. The crown of thorns is driven further into your head.

You stand as long as you can bear the pain, then sink down. All of the phrases on the Cross are very short, as the Lord has to stand on the nail to be able to say them.

Now, you sink down. The pain is still there, but less. Kind of like when your back hurts, and you hunch over… it still hurts, but its bearable.

The Cross is not bearable. It is Ex Crucis, Excruciating. it is supposed to be the most painful death known to man.

You hang there, and everything starts going dark. Panic sets in, and you again torment yourself by standing, so you can exhale.

How long can this last?

The rest of your life.

The will to survive is so great, that people can do this for days. Eventually, one either becomes so tired they cannot do it anymore, and they sink down, and suffocate in minutes.

Or they reach a point of despair, and knowing death is inevitable, they resolve to sink down, and let it end. You begin to pass out…

…and suddenly the pain revives you. Your body, of its own accord, stood so you can exhale.

39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. Luke 23:39-43 (KJV)

If that does not make you weep, thinking about this.. Jesus Christ is dying, in terrible agony. And His thoughts are not for Himself. The first man to beg the crucified Lord for salvation asks Him… and the Lord responds with the only answer He will give… “Yes.”

I am guilty, I deserve this. Lord God, Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.

The Lord stands on the nail, feeling the twisting, the burn, the agony. He stands on the nail and looks you in the eye and says…

“Today, shalt thou be with me in Paradise.”

Most people are not strong enough to do a single pullup. The Lord has already done many of them.

45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? 47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. 48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. 49 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. Matthew 27:45-49 (KJV)

There are seven sayings on the Cross. The Talmud records there are seven sprinklings of the blood of the Red Cow in the Temple (Parah Adumah, Mishnah 9).

The Seven sayings purify the Holy of Holies, and ready it for the offerings, the bringing of Christ’s blood into the Heavenly Altar.

The Earthly Eastern Gate is in line with the Holy of Holies. When Christ returns, He will enter directly facing that spot.

Later that year, Caiaphas would embark on the Holiest of jobs the High Priest had to do. He would enter into the Holy of Holies alone, carrying the Yom Kippur blood offering. The Temple doors would be tied shut with a red cord. The watching priests would watch every year, and were dumbfounded by the sight of the red cord turn white, signifiying that the offering was accepted.

In September of that year, Caiaphas would enter the Temple. The doors were tied shut. Caiaphas would come back to the door, and knock.

The red cord was still red.

It never turned white again.

The Lord cried out, “It is finished!”. He sank down on the cross, not to rise again.

And the veil was rent.

There now is no barrier between man and God. God hung on the Cross with dying men, and promised them salvation. Immediate salvation.

Everlasting life.

“I love you this much…”

and He spread his arms and died for me.

Jesus Christ is waiting for you. Death comes to all men, and after that, the judgment. You have just read how the Lord suffered and died for you.

He paid a debt He did not owe. You owe a debt you cannot pay. Salvation is free.

Accept it today.

Pray to Jesus Christ. Repent of your sins, and ask the Lord to save you.

If you truly feel the answer is “No”, then I guarantee His answer is “Yes”.

Don’t wait. Ask Him right now.