Revelation 1:1 NKJV
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John,
This book is a gift from God, written down by John, about the most important Person to walk on this earth.
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
But do we really know our Lord when it seems there are so many different ideas as to just Who He is?
1. He never existed
Most mythicists believe that the accounts of Jesus Christ in the Bible were mostly, if not completely derived from myths created to deify a normal man who did exist but had nothing to do with Christianity. It sounds very much like the Jewish view of Jesus.
2. Spirit Being, Not Flesh
This is the Gnostic view of Jesus.
In Gnosticism, Jesus is seen as the embodiment of the supreme being who became incarnate to bring gnosis to the world. Some claimed He was just a man who attained gnosis while others taught that the Christ was a heavenly spirit separate from the man Jesus. This spirit came upon Him at His baptism and left Him just before His crucifixion.
One branch of this philosophy was known as “Docetism” — from the Greek term dokein, which means “to seem.” These heretics believed that Jesus was not a real, flesh-and-blood man; he merely “appeared” to be.
3. The First-Created Being
Those affiliated with the Watchtower Society allege that Jesus Christ, was not an eternal being. Instead, it is claimed, he was “the first of God’s creations.
4. An Angel
Another theory of this group is the claim that Jesus is to be identified with Michael, the arch-angel.
4. Same Person As The Father
Those who are affiliated with the United Pentecostal Church contend that “Jesus” is merely the earthly name of God, the Father. They allege there is but one person who is God, but that “God” is represented in three manifestations — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Scripture, however, reveals a clear distinction between the Father and the Son, and between the Son and the Holy Spirit.
5, Messianic Manipulator
Jesus was a first-century huckster who manipulated people into believing he was the Messiah.
6. Good Man — Nothing More
A very common view regarding Christ is that he was merely a good man, perhaps a wise philosopher, but certainly not the Son of God. Modernists claim Jesus differed from ordinary men in degree, but not in kind.
6. One Prophet Among Many
Some accept Christ as a prophet of God but contend that he was merely one figure in a long line of divine spokesmen.
In Islam, Jesus (called Isa) was a prophet and a Messiah sent to the Israelites. He will return to earth at the end of times with the Mahdi to defeat the false Messiah.
The Mahdi (Guided One) is an eschatological redeemer of Islam who will appear and rule for five, seven, nine, or nineteen years, depending on interpretation, before the Day of Judgement.
The Quran and most Hadith claim Jesus was a “pure boy” without sin born to Mary and was a precursor to Mohammed.
He performed many miracles but was not divine and, according to some interpretation, his crucifixion, death, and resurrection did not occur, but rather, he was raised to heaven alive.
For many His reason for showing up with The Mahdi is to proclaim that He is really Islamic and denounce Christianity and Judaism.
In the Ahmadiyya Islamic view, Jesus survived the crucifixion and later traveled to India, where he lived as a prophet and died under the name Yuz Asaf.
Baha’i teaching asserts there has been a series of prophets, beginning with Adam. Adam’s successors were Moses, Krishna, Buddha, Zarathushtra, Christ, Mohammed, and finally Baha’i the most important of all.
In Scientology, the teachings of Jesus are included among belief systems comprising earlier forms of wisdom. They deny His work on the cross by claiming that a man can only die for his own sin.
In Raelism Jesus is listed along with several other religious figures who are considered prophets sent by an extraterrestrial race known as Eliohim.
In Hinduism Jesus is an avatar of the God Vishnu
Some claim Jesus traveled to Persia, India Nepal and Tibet during the ages of 13 to 29 to learn and study from the great masters there. He took the magic that he learned there and used it in his ministry in Israel.
Others claim he went to England to study the knowledge of the Druids.
Well William Blake did. Here are the words to “O Jerusalem,” written in 1804 and set to music in 1916 during the gloom of WW1.
And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England’s mountain green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England’s pleasant pastures seen?
And did the countenance divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among those dark satanic mills?
Bring me my bow of burning gold!
Bring me my arrows of desire!
Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!
I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England’s green and pleasant land.
He went to Egypt and unlocked the secret of the Pyramids.
He traveled to Greece and studied with the great philosophers.
He went to Japan where he lived and died. In the meantime, a twin brother took his place as the Messiah of Israel and was crucified.
These are all fantastic stories but we get the simple truth from God.
The Family Returns to Nazareth
So when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
He grew up in Israel
The Boy Jesus Amazes the Scholars
His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it; but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.”
And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.
Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
Jesus lived a normal Jewish life before His ministry.
7. The Strictly Benevolent Christ
There are those who sincerely believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, a loving, compassionate character, who went about doing good, and who would never be able to bring himself to punish human beings eternally.
8. One of many “Sons of God”
The book of Urantia, a channeled book of 2,097 pages from 7 different spiritual beings in 1934, is the work of a physician and psychiatrist Dr. Bill Sadler. The book, published in 1955, claims that Jesus (Joshua Ben Joseph) is the 7th incarnation of the “Only-begotten Son of God” (Michael of Nebadon) the 611,121st creator son of god.
Jesus is the son of the son of god and the father in a sense that, when these two beings had a simultaneous original thought, Jesus was begotten.
This Jesus is only one of many divine sons of god who were incarnated on Urantia (Earth) He came to earth to help mortals realize that they were sons of god too.
1. Jesus in the Talmud
There are many Talmudic passages that are said to be a reference to Jesus.
The following are considered the most controversial as well as contested. Jesus was a common name in those days and there were many who claimed to be the Messiah
A. His names is “The Nazarene” in some accounts.
“The master said: Jesus the Nazarene practiced magic and deceived and led Israel astray”
Sanhedrin 43a tells of the trial and execution of Jesus and his five disciples, Matai, Nekai, Netzer, Buni, and Todah.
Here Jesus is a sorcerer who has enticed other Jews to apostasy.
A herald is sent to call for witnesses in his favour for forty days before his execution, but no one comes forward. He is then stoned and hanged on the eve of Passover.
B. Another calls Him Yeshua Ben Pandira (Jesus born-of-a-virgin), a combination of Hebrew and Greek, that pokes fun at his birth.
“Jesus son of Stada is Jesus son of Pandira?”
Rav Hisda said, “The husband was Stada and the lover was Pandera.”
“But was not the husband Pappos son of Yehuda and the mother Stada?”
No, his mother was Miriam, who let her hair grow long and was called Stada. Pumbedita says about her: “She was unfaithful to her husband.”
His father was a carpenter, his mother was a hairdresser and Jesus was a magician who “led astray Israel.” And, it says, he was “hung” on the eve of Passover.
Miriam, his mothers was also called “Stada” because she was a sotah, a woman suspected, or rather convicted, of adultery.”
Sanhedrin 107 tells of a Yeshu who offended his teacher by paying too much attention to the wife of an inn-keeper. Yeshu asked for forgiveness but his Rabbi was too slow to forgive him. In despair Yeshu went away, put up some kind of idol and worshipped it.
In Gittin 56b, 57a, a story is mentioned in which Onkelos, a Roman who converted to Judaism, summons up the spirit of a Yeshu who sought to harm Israel.
He describes his punishment in the afterlife as being boiling in excrement.
Scholars claim that Yeshu is not the short form of Yeshua but actually an acrostic for the Hebrew phrase “may his name and memory be blotted out” created by taking the first letter of the Hebrew words.
2. Jesus as Messiah
The Orthodox Jews do not believe that Jesus was or is the Messiah.
Here are some reasons they deny Jesus as Messiah
Christians have distorted, changed, and deliberately misinterpreted Hebrew words in the Old Testament to fit the narrative of Jesus.
Jesus did not descend from the Line of David. He was adopted by Joseph, who did not have sexual relations with Mary, and they claim that Mary’s genealogy is inadequate.
The Godhead denotes a threefold deity. They claim Christians are polytheistic
God cannot take any form.
Messiah is a prophet, a scholar, and a pious King. Jesus was not accepted by the Jewish people. He was arrested, tortured, and killed by the Romans like a common criminal. He had no kingdom.
The reason why they don’t accept Jesus is to them He didn’t meet the requirements for the job.
The mission of the Messiah
And I will restore your judges as at first and your counsellors as in the beginning; afterwards you shall be called City of Righteousness, Faithful City.
• Before he arrives on the scene there will be a Great War and much suffering
• He will bring about great political and spiritual redemption
▪ Once he is King, leaders of other nations will look to him for guidance.
▪ The whole world will worship the One God of Israel
▪ He will be descended from King David via Solomon
▪ The “spirit of the Lord” will be upon him, and he will have a “fear of God”
▪Evil and tyranny will not be able to stand before his leadership
▪ Knowledge of God will fill the world
▪ He will include and attract people from all cultures and nations
▪ All Israelites will be returned to their homeland
▪ Death will be swallowed up forever
▪ There will be no more hunger or illness, and death will cease
▪The dead will be resurrected
▪ The Jewish people will experience eternal joy and gladness
▪ He will be a messenger of peace
▪ Nations will recognize the wrongs they did to Israel
▪ The peoples of the world will turn to the Jews for spiritual guidance
▪ The ruined cities of Israel will be restored
▪ Weapons of war will be destroyed
▪ The people of Israel will have direct access to the Torah through their minds and Torah study will become the study of the wisdom of the heart
▪ He will give you all the worthy desires of your heart
▪ He will take the barren land and make it abundant and fruitful
• He will rebuild the Temple
Judaism has no notion from Old Testament Scripture of the Messiah not doing these things on his first visit.
They see no reason for a second one.
At some point there were groups who looked for two separate Messiah
Looking at the prophetic writings concerning the Messiah led some Rabbis to presume that there were two categories the Messiah prophecies fell into.
The Messiah was to be both someone who died on our behalf and a Redeemer who would be victorious and rule forever over the Messianic Kingdom.
To explain what seemed like a contradiction they concluded that there must be two different Messiahs. The one who would suffer and die was given the title Mashiach ben Yosef (Messiah son of Joseph) and one who would reign as king was given the title Mashiach ben David (Messiah son of David).
Both interpretations are still taught today in Judaism.
One sect of Ultra Orthodox Jews in New York, Lubavitchers, still believe that their Chief Rabbi Menachem Schneerson was the Messiah. When he died in 1994, they turned to Isaiah 53 to predict his resurrection and ascent ion to the throne of Jerusalem.
The Talmud teaches that the Messiah would come first “lowly and riding on an ass” and when he comes the second time he will be ruling as King of Kings.
The Messiah’s name of Messiah Son of Joseph is interesting because Jesus’s earthly father was named Joseph. Also interesting is Joseph’s rejection and betrayal by his brothers, and his later exaltation among the Gentiles in Egypt. This is an exact pattern of what Jesus experienced in His role as Messiah Son of Joseph. Though Jesus was not a physical descendant of Joseph, He is often viewed as a descendant in a figurative, symbolic, prophetic sense. Joseph’s redemptive suffering and life story are thought by some to be a parallel to those messianic passages that spoke of a Suffering Servant.
Along with Isaiah 53, the Suffering Servant is also found in Zechariah 12:10. The rabbis often looked to this prophecy as one that portrays a Suffering Messiah.
Rabbis saw similarities between King David and the future Ruling Messiah son of David.
Jeremiah 23:5 speaks of Messiahs’ kingship
“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord,
“That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness;
A King shall reign and prosper,
And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
In His days Judah will be saved,
And Israel will dwell safely;
Now this is His name by which He will be called:
THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
A few Old Testament passages that speak of Messiahs establishment of the Messianic kingdom and peace for Israel.
There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
His delight is in the fear of the Lord,
And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,
Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;
But with righteousness He shall judge the poor,
And decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins,
And faithfulness the belt of His waist.
“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
The leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
The calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
And a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall graze;
Their young ones shall lie down together;
And the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole,
And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,
For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
As the waters cover the sea.
“And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse,
Who shall stand as a banner to the people;
For the Gentiles shall seek Him,
And His resting place shall be glorious.”
Give the king Your judgments, O God,
And Your righteousness to the king’s Son.
He will judge Your people with righteousness,
And Your poor with justice.
The mountains will bring peace to the people,
And the little hills, by righteousness.
He will bring justice to the poor of the people;
He will save the children of the needy,
And will break in pieces the oppressor.
They shall fear You
As long as the sun and moon endure,
Throughout all generations.
He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing,
Like showers that water the earth.
In His days the righteous shall flourish,
And abundance of peace,
Until the moon is no more.
He shall have dominion also from sea to sea,
And from the River to the ends of the earth.
Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before Him,
And His enemies will lick the dust.
The kings of Tarshish and of the isles
Will bring presents;
The kings of Sheba and Seba
Will offer gifts.
Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him;
All nations shall serve Him.
For He will deliver the needy when he cries,
The poor also, and him who has no helper.
He will spare the poor and needy,
And will save the souls of the needy.
He will redeem their life from oppression and violence;
And precious shall be their blood in His sight.
And He shall live;
And the gold of Sheba will be given to Him;
Prayer also will be made for Him continually,
And daily He shall be praised.
There will be an abundance of grain in the earth,
On the top of the mountains;
Its fruit shall wave like Lebanon;
And those of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.
His name shall endure forever;
His name shall continue as long as the sun.
And men shall be blessed in Him;
All nations shall call Him blessed.
Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel,
Who only does wondrous things!
And blessed be His glorious name forever!
And let the whole earth be filled with His glory.
Amen and Amen.
“I was watching in the night visions,
And behold, One like the Son of Man,
Coming with the clouds of heaven!
He came to the Ancient of Days,
And they brought Him near before Him.
Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom,
That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
Which shall not pass away,
And His kingdom the one
Which shall not be destroyed.
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
Jesus Christ fulfilled every prophecy concerning the Messiah
He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
Christ on a White Horse
Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:
KING OF KINGS AND
LORD OF LORDS.
Yet not in the way man thought
Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
He is God in flesh. He came to this earth, died on the cross for the sins of the world.
Everyone knows these verses:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Yet no one seems to keep reading
“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
He is the Only Way to God. He is the Only Way to salvation.