Friday, March 29, 2013

Jesus Died In the 9th Hour


Why Can’t They Just Love You?





I should be in bed.  It is 1am (as I am writing this) and I am trying to be better with my schedule . . . but not tonight.


I am listening to “If We Ever Needed You”, and remembering the early days of all this, with me, with Michael, with God.  All the crying.  Nothing’s really changed except I know more about the Bible then I ever thought I would.

So why am I crying? 

I was sitting in church today – a new church.  One very much like the one I attended when I was a child.  A “Bible church” that has no denomination but considers themselves Baptist.  They don’t belong to any of the conventions or central churches and the Pastor is not shy about giving his opinion on the current state of our country and the end times. 

They consider their constitution the Bible.  It also has a Christian school that just happens to be ranked in the top 4% of the country.

My husband knows the pastor, but I had never met him.  I decided to just go.  Not because it was Palm Sunday but just because.  (I had written this part Palm Sunday, but am still composing it).

They had a very different service today, opened with children. 

The Children did a skit, dressed like the Hebrews of the day.  Someone played Lazarus, Mary and Martha, and of course the whole city of Jerusalem, Nicodemus I think was the only other named character.  The girl playing Mary was adorable.

I loved the lesson after and the way the assistant pastor described why Jesus took so long to go to Lazarus.  Jesus raising Lazarus back to life after his being dead for four days proved to legalistic Jews that Jesus was indeed the messiah.  The verse takes place in chapter 11 of the Gospel of John.

It is a remarkable story.  Here we see not only a glimpse of the power to raise someone to life after being dead four days, but we also see a very human Jesus and his empathy at the pain of his friends and the loss of someone he loved.

Here Jesus is “groaning in the spirit”, because their sorrow over rides their faith and he hears the whispers of those who came with the older sister of the deceased, saying “if he can make the blind see, can he also bring back someone dead four days?”

Jesus knew specifically that this four days were needed.  According to the study below on the story of Lazarus, there was a specific reason for the 4 day delay:

To understand fully the teaching of this story we must take into account that Lazarus was dead already four days before his resurrection: "Jesus said, take you away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, said to him, Lord, by this time he stinks: for he has been dead four days." (Joh 11:39) This is the key point of the whole story, for it is believed in the eastern religions and also rabbinical teaching that the soul of the departed hovers near the body for three days and then leaves without any possibility of returning. Jesus deliberately made sure that He would resurrect Lazarus after three days of his death to demonstrate to His disciples and to all that truly He was Lord of the living and of the dead. "4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not to death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. 5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. 6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he stayed two days still in the same place where he was." (Joh 11:4-6)

So Jesus’ crying was not because Lazarus was dead, but because he felt their pain.

The whole purpose of Lazarus’ death and the delay in returning to Jerusalem was turn the Jewish people back to the power of God from the influence of the Rabbinical Jews.

Remarkably, if you read this whole chapter, we see the beginning of the end of Christ’s ministry and life.  Not only do the Jews set their plans to get Christ killed, they also conspire to kill LAZARUS because he was PROOF that Christ was who he was to the inhabitants of the city.

"But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.  47. Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.  48. If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.

49. And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,  50. Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.  51. And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;

52. And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.  53. Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death."

What Caiaphas prophesied was truer than he knew.  Yes, Jesus would die so that not only a nation, but ALL CHILDREN of God would not perish, through him.  But Caiaphas was more concerned with the survival of their lofty position with the people, and their influence over them.

It is then, close to Passover, that they plotted to kill Jesus, believing he would come back to the city for that gathering.

"And the Jews' passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves.  56. Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple, What think ye, that he will not come to the feast?

57. Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where he were, he should shew it, that they might take him."

And lest anyone doubt the treachery of these people (Blood on the Dance Floor), John 12 explains further that the Jews who plotted to kill Jesus also discussed putting Lazarus to death.  Why?

"Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.

10. But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;  11. Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus."

The fame of Jesus at that time was detrimental to the Pharisee’s power. 

Today as I write this it is but three minutes into “Good Friday”.  In just a few hours, Christ will have been brought back before Pilate a second time.  Pilate will have grudgingly ordered his scourging after the Pharisees convinced the crowd who has a week before laid palms in his path, celebrating him as the son of God after bringing Lazarus back to life.

Jesus was on the cross, according to Hebrew time measurement, at approximately nine in the morning.

We know from scripture that Jesus has already suffered beatings so that the face was almost unrecognizable (Isaiah 52:14, also describes end times and redemption of Jerusalem), was pulled to face Pilate.  Pilate unwilling to convict him sends him to Herod.  Herod doesn’t want to get involved with the Jews and their vendettas and sends them back to Pilate.

Pilate not willing to condemn him to death, but wanting to quell a riot, tries to take the middle road and have him “punished severly”.

After being scourged to the point of flesh hanging from him, he is taken back to Pilate.  Pilate learns that the Jews still want Jesus crucified. 

At one last attempt, Pilate reminds them of the tradition of releasing one prisoner to them for Passover.  Instead of calling for Jesus to be released, the Pharisees manage to propel the crowd to call for Barabbas to be released instead.

" Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?

Not once during this whole ordeal did Jesus utter one cross word, one accusation.  Nothing.  When Pilate inquired of Jesus if he knew Pilate had the power to crucify or exonerate him, Jesus simply replied:

Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin."

From that time to approximately 9:15am, Jesus was mocked and abused by the soldiers.  Just what had gotten into them to act this way?  Like many who believe the propaganda about certain celebrities in the news, so did they believe the Jews that Jesus made himself King of Ceasar.

And for the next few hours, Jesus was mocked, robed as a “king” and a crown of thorns was jammed down onto his head.

With all that had been done to him, bleeding already, torn and swollen, he carried a cross from the city, outside to the slope outside near Calvary.  At one point he could no longer carry it himself and needed help.

According to scripture, from the third hour (from daybreak), which would have been about 9am, Jesus was nailed to the cross.  Perhaps the timing is off by an hour or by a minute, but 9am to 9:15 seems to be the Biblical consensus of when the cross was put into the ground with Jesus hanging on it, after spikes were placed one into each of his wrists and one for both ankles, crossed one over the other.

Perhaps 9:15 is about the time that the first drops of blood ran down through the rocks into the cavern below, landing on the Mercy Seat of the hidden Arc of the Covenant?

Perhaps.

According to Scripture, it was approximately noon when darkness fell over the land and for the next three hours, Christ became sin and God turned his head.



Jesus felt, for the first time in his life, the absence of God . . . for us.  He took that for us.  Nearing the end of that “ninth” hour, and in his pain and loneliness, he cries out –

And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Christ Jesus shortly after slumps forward on the cross.

"By today’s standards of time (based on the Roman system), Christ was crucified at about nine o’ clock in the morning. The Jews considered it to be three hours after sunrise (hence, the “third hour” [Mark 15:25]). Darkness spread over the land at about noon (Roman time: twelve hours past midnight; Jewish time: six hours past sunrise [Matt. 27:45; Mark 15:33; Luke 23:44]), lasting until three o’ clock in the afternoon, Roman time (nine hours past sunrise, Jewish time)." - Source, rcg.org

A Love We Cannot Afford
Yet the debt is paid
Our chains are gone


So it is understandable how some people would be extremely uncomfortable with ANYONE being compared to Christ in our modern times.  After all, that kind of torture doesn’t exist today, does it?

There was only one Jesus.  And the spirit of He who sent him was IN him.

What we have coming, is not Jesus but a counterfeit.  One who will mock or try to imitate the Christ.

Jesus was Jesus on earth.  Only HIS name, Yeshua in the Hebrew, is given by which we must go to God . . . the ONLY WAY.

Someone had recently asked Jackie Jackson, the brother of Michael, about the comparison of Michael to Jesus:




JACKSON FAMILY PUTS THEIR TOE IN THE WATER

The Jackson family are giving a little more information here and there, in the many interviews they have had.  I thought the article below was rather revealing and for the reasons I highlighted.

Jackie was at Neverland shortly after the raid. He says Michael showed him all the bugs. "They were listening in on him all the time. I couldn't believe how he was treated."

Was it a sort of crucifixion?  After all, Michael was, to many, a pop messiah. The brothers, practising Christians – except for Jermaine, who converted to Islam in 1989 – are uncomfortable with the analogy.

"I wouldn't say that," winces Jackie. "No one's bigger than God or Jesus. But everywhere Michael went, every country, when he left the airport people would line up on the freeway just to get a glimpse of him."

He possessed the charisma of a religious figure. But was he less saint than pariah? "I'll just say this," says Jermaine with a flourish. "God blessed him because he knew what Michael was going to do with his talent. He was a voice for children who were starving, and he brought the world songs like We Are the World, Heal the World and Man in the Mirror. Everything he did was for the betterment of mankind. You mentioned Jesus. Look what he did when he walked the earth. He did all those miracles and they still found a way to nail him up on that cross." – Source, Guardian.co.uk


Jackie winces.  Perhaps that is because he knows that the counterfeit is their goal for Michael, for Michaels name, for Michael’s “Image”.

I have stated all along, more boldly in the last half of last year, that there was a reason that it had to be Michael.

We have made the comparisons to both the beast and the angel Michael in the Bible, to Michael Jackson.  His song lyrics reveal it, his death is a very important marker in the prophecy, even if it is a “delusion” they set up.

His ‘visage’ and his ‘body’ were both corrupted and they did everything they could to this man, who consistently praised and gave credit to God and Jesus in his songs, his interviews and his speeches, to make him into something he is not.

I believe in my heart, that Michael Jackson, the pop-image, will be the beast, the false prophet.

I also believe deep in my heart that the soul and spirit that is Michael, was caught up to God and to his throne – He was “protected” as I was told as I prayed for him in bed after a very tearful day in August of 2009.

Because of the timing of the “This is It” speech and the four years, I also believe that Obama’s administration, namely his second term, is significant in Michael’s four years and not in a good way.

Now let me show you something else:



My New Name

We know from our previous study on the end time prophecy that amongst other things, we are promised a New Heaven and a New Earth.  We are also promised a New Jerusalem.

We are also promised the be called up, we are promised to be “restored” and “made new”.

In Revelation 10, a mighty angel calls for time to be no more.

"And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:"

Jesus began the end of time.  He remained sinless and became the perfect, pure offering four our sins.  Satan lost.

From that time, and even while Jesus still walked the earth, believers have been promised a return of the “son of man”.  But he is not called Jesus on the return.

Amongst the other things that are promised to those who believe on Christ and maintain faith in him and his authority as the son of God, we are also promised that the name of God will be written on our hearts.  We are also promised that Christ will write upon our hearts “his new name”, and we ourselves are promised a new name.

"And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name."

"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it."

Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name."

The son of man, who used to be named Jesus when on earth fulfilling God’s prophecy of a pure and perfect messiah to redeem mankind, will have another name.

And with that I will end upon further study and prayer and keep vigilant.  But for now, we remember what Christ did for us, in that the perfect love is one that will lay down his life for another.

Jesus, I would die for you and for your name.  I love you completely and with all my heart.  And even as I read of your passion and crucifixion as if it happened today, I cry at the loneliness you must have felt those last three hours on that cross.  I am not worthy to die for you, but I would willingly and lovingly if it would ease any of that pain you went through.  My heart is yours, no matter what your name when I see you again in Heaven. 

I love you.  I will never forget what you did for us, for me.  How do I ever give you, but all of me?

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