Swords, Clubs and a Kiss

(Matthews 26:34-50)

It was evening when the Lord YAHSHUA, went with His disciples as usual, to the Garden to pray. This was not His regular night in their day to day routine, but His last night as it was, with His disciples. Hours of teachings preceded this moment, when He comforted, warned and prayed for them. Although, the disciples were not with Him in their understanding of all that was happening. Often, He warned them of what was about to happen, but they either ignored or tried to fight the idea. The Jewish authorities however, were waiting for an opportunity when they could get hold of Him without the crowd to fight them. The hatred in their nostrils had to be satisfied if only by killing YAHSHUA. Nothing else would satisfy them. Three years of listening to YAHSHUA’S teachings in one way or another, they refused conviction and change of their ways, instead, they wanted to get rid of Him- the voice of truth, for they did not like what they saw of themselves.  Much had happened that week and in the previous, when He raised Lazarus from the dead, when He rode on a colt expressing to the crowd His messiahship, when He was anointed by Mary at the time a special supper was given Him, when He cleaned out the temple by driving out those who were selling, telling them, It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer; but you have made it a cave of robbers. (Luke 19:45-46). It was the time when He called the nation to repentance, to a relationship with Him, and warned them of their impending future.  His last days on earth were coming to a close with much yet to do as in preparing the disciples to take His place. From chapter 13-18 of John we have reports of the meaningful time He spent teaching His disciples after His last supper with them and before His trials.

The Antichrist As We Do Not Know Him (part 2)

                                             (Revelation 13; Daniel 7)            

Judas, the antichrist who is to come, has been on the scene since the time he betrayed YAHSHUA. Reading about Judas’ accounts, sometimes, we are not able to connect the dots from YAHSHUA’S words to the prophecies from the Old Testament, because we read them as History only. However, when we study to know God’s purposes, He reveals the connective truth to us. In this case, the key words are heels or heel, son of perdition, and devil, as in His priestly prayer, YAHSHUA connected the prophecies from the Old Testament to the New Testament by saying, While I was with them (disciples), I kept and preserved them (disciples) in Your name. Those You have given Me I guarded and protected, and not one of them has perished or is lost except the son of perdition [Judas Iscariot- the one who is now doomed to be lost], that the Scripture might be fulfilled. This is in reference to Psalm 41:9 which says Even my own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread, has lifted up his heel against me. And in John 13:18, YAHSHUA again defines which Scripture He was talking about when He said, I am not speaking of and I do not mean all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but it is that the Scripture may be fulfilled, He who eats My bread with Me has raised up his heel against me. Twice YAHSHUA mentions the same prophecy uttered by David. Another prophecy we connect with YAHSHUA’S words is the first prophecy given to man in the garden of Eden: I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her Offspring; He will bruise and tread your head underfoot, and you will lie in wait and bruise His heel (Gen 3:15).

The Antichrist As We Do Not know Him

(II Thessalonians 2:9-10; Daniel 8:23-27; Revelation 19:20; 20:10)

Dan shall be a serpent by the way, a horned snake in the path, that bites at the horse’s heels, so that his rider falls backward.  Gen. 49:17

The coming of the lawless one, is through the activity and working of Satan and will be tended by great power and with all sorts of miracles and signs and delusive marvels and by unlimited seduction to evil and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing because they did not welcome the Truth but refused to love it that they might be saved (II Thess. 2:9-10).