Jesus - The Facts, as real as you and I
Pontius Pilate asked a rhetorical question to Jesus, "What is Truth?" with Truth standing before him.
You need the facts when you are seeking the Truth. Not someone's opinion but the truth. That truth must be historically reliable facts. I believe this Truth to be the Lord Jesus Christ who I accept by faith. Let us review the historical facts about the most important man to every walk on the face of the earth so we can be sure.
The word Christ is a formal title for the Messiah; that is the title for the "anointed one." (anointed, the Greek for Messiah”) This title was translated from the Greek Septuagint, which preceded Jesus Christ by some three hundred years. The Septuagint came about in a project undertaken under the sponsorship of Ptolemy II Philadelphus (285-246 B.C.) to translate the Hebrew Scriptures into Greek. Seventy-two scholars were commissioned to complete this work, and their result known as the "Septuagint" ("70") translation.
The first mention of a Redeemer in the Word of God goes back to the beginning in Genesis 3.15.
The Redeemer, The Lord Jesus Christ anointed with the Holy Spirit and power is in Acts 10.38.
There are so much junk and untruth out there that is not Biblical that masquerades as Truth. One must not be deceived. Those who are trying to prove that Jesus was not real for example. The Bible is just a book written by men. Headlines like "Adam was not the first man" that are designed to hook you into reading the untruth. The deceit goes on and on and is as old as Satan deceiving Eve in the Garden of Eden. If it is not Biblical, it is a lie no matter how convincing it looks. The author of all lies is Satan. Stick with the Word of God and you will never go wrong.
One must review Acts 10.36-38. It reads, “The Word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is the Lord of all—that Word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” The physician Luke wrote the Acts of Jesus Christ more than likely as a defense of Paul the Apostle before the Caesar.
Then there is Daniel 9.25. This says, “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times.” The most precise prophecy from anyone other Jesus Christ Himself. The exact time from the command to restore the wall torn down by the troops of Nebuchadnezzar and rebuilt in reestablishing a defense for the Jews rebuilding Jerusalem as their capital.
Then we must consider John 1.41. John says, “He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ).” I realize this is circular reasoning, but bear with me. John lived to be about one hundred years old and had a first-hand account of the happenings and sayings of the disciples and Apostles of that era.
The facts – Jesus was a real man. Both Josephus, a Jew and Cornelius Tacitus, a Roman Gentile confirm this fact. Both are in agreement in writings just after Jesus was executed. Josephus mentions the transcendent activities of John the Baptist, as well as Jesus Christ historical execution by Herod (a half Jew). (Josephus Antiquities of the Jews)
The revised New American Bible from historical documents from the Alexandrian record quotes, Jesus as seeing “the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon Him.” (Mark 1.10) Jesus then is tempted in the wilderness for 40 days.
Pontius Pilate asked a most rhetorical question to Jesus, “What is truth?” (John 18.38) With the Truth standing before him, Pilate asked a question we all have to come to grips. How does one know what is true? How does one know that the Bible is inerrant? A most critical question. Eternity hangs in the balance.
One of the smartest men and greatest writers of all time, Saul - or Paul, wrote an astounding statement when he said, "and if Christ hath not been raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins." (1st Corinthians 15.7) Paul was well educated in Greek philosophy and as a Jewish student under Gamaliel.
Jesus taught a principle that very few practice in their daily walk. It is called the “Law of Right Action,” which requires people to think, to say, and practice what is rational, honest, and morally right. Where the Lord God is speaking to the prophet Ezekiel in part says,
"The soul who sins shall die. But if a wicked man turns from all his sins which he has committed, keeps all My statutes, and does what is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die." (Ezekiel 18.20 and 21)
Jesus taught that to violate this law would produce strife, arguments, war, corrupt governments, crime, financial problems, and afflictions that exist and others yet identified. (Matthew 24) Ruth Graham once said, “If God does not judge America, He will need to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah!” (Graham “Days of Noah”)
Jesus told His inside group of disciples something overlooked, and when reviewed it is often misinterpreted. He said, “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
Jesus here ends any speculation or misunderstanding by academics and others when He called Daniel a prophet. Secondly, this is a near future event that will occur in the physical rebuilt temple in Jerusalem. Israel is in the land, small as it is. (May 14, 1948) Plans are already in place to construct the temple, refurbish it and the same have priests ready to dedicate the third temple. This critical event is one event that kicks off God’s wrath on a sinful world in the second half of Tribulation. (Romans 1.18-32; Jeremiah 25.1-38; Daniel 9.25-27)
Jesus also taught, “But as the days of Noah were, so also, will the coming of the Son of Man be. “For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,” (Matthew 24.37-38)
The arc saved a small remnant of the population then just as the rapture will save a remnant today. Currently, our world is very much like the one in which Noah existed when God told him to build a boat before the flood. Prior to that time, there had been no rain, eruptions of springs, or boats for that matter. What is next for us? I propose that the most spectacular event, next to Jesus Christ accession, will be the catching away of the saints of God. (1 and 2 Thessalonians) More on this subject in future writings.
I believe we are rushing into a time that the Bible says more about than it seems to say about any other period of human history. That includes the time that Jesus Christ walked the shore of the Sea of Galilee and climbed the mountains of Judea. It is a time the Apostles longed to be in and the most exciting time for each of us to be alive as well. However, only if we are willing to be diligent stewards who need to revise carefully our priorities to match His! Stay in the Word of God. No one is perfect except Jesus Christ. However, we are each being renewed and transformed by the Holy Spirit and the washing of the water of the Word. (Ephesians 5.26)
Some words of wisdom that have come as a result of a life of study and maturing. With peace comes prosperity, and war often only brings poverty and moral decay. Take the areas that the many factions of Islamics are currently fighting in and see the results. Islam firmly committed to the destruction of the United States and Israel, continues to fool a deceived world. Also, consider the quadrennial race for the President and what they find important to debate. Our countries priorities are out of sync with the realities of our times. Immorality paraded in so many areas of American life. To know something is wrong and do nothing about it is wrong and sinful. We must unite.
The negotiation with Iran and Obama’s deal with them is now in place. Their history is never to do what they agreed to do. Diplomacy with the Islamic is insane. Iranian's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei even with the assurity of a deal fired off an anti-American, anti-Israeli tirade saying the United States and Israel are two-faced. Khamenei said that America was a two-faced negotiator and that Israeli entities were steering U.S. policy. The Ayatollah accused the U.S. government of “global arrogance,” and said “Zionist companies” and “economic cartels” were behind it.
“Enemy and global arrogance are not an illusion; it’s a reality, and its utmost epitome is U.S. government and Zionist and economic cartels backing it,” he said. He warned that the “short-term” cooperation with the United States should “not deceive us.” Does this sound like a negotiated deal is going to be honored by Iran? Of course not. History shows they consistently agree to diplomacy only to dishonor what was agreed and often do exactly the opposite. Our wishes through diplomacy do not deter their objectives in destroying Israel and the United States in due time. Negotiation is sincere by the United States, Britain, France, and Germany. However, they are sincerely wrong.
Unless the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is at the negotiating table, all is fruitless.
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