Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Second Entry Into Jerusalem

The Second Entry Into Jerusalem

And on the morrow - Jesus saw a fig tree from afar and said it's seed shall forever be no more. Then having selected an ass and a colt he rode into Jerusalem a 2nd time and again the multitudes gathered and cried, " Hosanna, blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord," and all the city was moved asking "Who is this Man?" Then he entered the temple and cleansed it by casting out them who sold imperfect sacrifices, just as he, the perfect sacrifice for all mankind, was being selected as the Passover lamb this day in history.  

Tradition teaches of one entry into Jerusalem and call it Palm Sunday. From Part One we learned his first entry was really on Friday and now we learn that " On the morrow" indicates the next day from that event and is referring to Saturday, the weekly sabbath.  The gospels reveal time, the circumstances and also importantly, the who, where and what, in order to distinguish truth from error and gives those who wish to rightly divide the Scriptures a greater understanding which is believing rightly in order to give greater efficacy to God's word. 

Matt 15:6 You have made the word of God of none effect (of no authoritative power; no efficacy or power to produce a desired result) by your tradition. 

This is why there is so little power in the church today. People often ask " What difference does it make? One entry or two, what day of the week he rode in or died? It's the difference between faith and confusion, passion and apathy! God says he magnified his word above all his name, and the love of God rejoices in the truth!* Tradition is man made religion, the truth is spiritual power in manifestation.

Here are the following differences we can reference to distinguish the two events and most importantly, their significance:

First Entry
  1. 1 colt selected to ride in on - entered as king and judgement- Luke 19:29-44; John 12:14-15
  2. It was Friday, the 9th of Nissan - John 12:1; John 12:12 
  3. They gathered because word spread of raising Lazarus from the dead - John 12: 9-11
  4. Jesus beheld the city, wept and prophesied of physical ruin of Jerusalem- Luke 19:42-44
  5. He viewed the temple, as spiritually void and corrupt, but left without incident - Mark 11:11
Second Entry
  1. a colt and an ass was selected** -  entered in blessing and as the lamb of God Matt 21:1-7
  2. It was Saturday, the 10th of Nissan, a weekly Sabbath - Mark 11;12 (after events Mark 11:1-11)
  3. A greater gathering for Passover preparation and asked "Who is this man?"- Matt 21:8-11
  4. He prophesied of the spiritual ruin and end of the Jews bloodline forever - Mark 11:13-14
  5. He entered the temple, cast out and cleansed; taught and healed*** Matt 21:12-16; Mark 15-17
Point 4.
The Time and the Seed

We begin the 2nd entry from Mark 11 with the event and it's significance. 

Mark 11:12-14
And on the morrow, when they were come from ( apo, away from) Bethany, Jesus was hungry.
And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came. if haply he might find anything thereon; and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for the time of figs was not yet. Jesus responded by saying to it (the tree) "No man shall eat fruit from you ever again." And his disciples heard it. 

"On the morrow" indicates time and is following the events of the first entry the day before. This establishes the day is Saturday, the weekly sabbath day, and the date as the 10th of Nissan. The 'who' are Jesus and his disciples, not just the twelve.

The significance of the 2nd part of this verse is so profoundly revealing yet scholars have missed it and failed to properly connect it's meaning. His first entry he wept over viewing the city of Jerusalem and prophesied of it's total demise and ruin physically. Here, he foretells of the end of Israel (the Jews) spiritually and their seed (fruit) would 'Be no more forever." This he foretells again the following day in Matthew 21:18 -19 on Sunday:

Now in the morning as he hungered, he saw a fig tree on the way and came to it and found nothing but leaves only. He said to it ( the tree) 'Let no fruit grow on thee henceforth forever. And presently (right away) the fig tree withered away and died. 

How remarkable, it withered immediately as opposed to withering the following day as the other account of the fig tree which makes these two records similar but not identical. And in God's word twice establishes it, it's absolutely going to happen. What's going to happen? The end of the fruit, the seed, the offspring, the generations or genealogy of the Jews!

Let's break it down. The fig tree was considered the peoples tree and anyone could freely partake of it. Also, the fig tree represented Israel's status before God.* "And thirdly "the time for figs was not yet." Jesus knew this, he was not stupid and he was a Jew. At this time of year there would be buds of the fruit which were sweet and tasted like candy. He was hungry for a sweet. But there were no buds. Hence, by revelation God revealed to him as he spoke to the fig tree on both occasions, that this was the final end of the mercy to the Jews and their seed would be destroyed forever after rejecting the Son of God. This is symbolic also as he " Saw the tree from afar," he saw into the distant future. The fruit represents 'Seed ' and that is what determined the definition of a Jew or Israelite, their genealogy on the male side. They were the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This is why the Bible on numerous occasions lists the genealogy. ** For a more detailed explanation see Are The Jews Extinct?

Point 1
The Two Animals of Prophecy: The Bride and Groom

Matt  21:1-2
And when they drew near unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethage, unto the Mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples saying " Go into the village over against you , and straightway you shall find an ass tied and a colt with her, loose them and bring them unto me." 

Here Jesus asked for two animals. This record is different from the previous one the day before on Friday, the 9th of Nissan. Jesus is about to make a second entry into Jerusalem.

Matt 21:4-5
All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet saying, " Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold thy king cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, AND a colt the foal of an ass.

This detail completely separates the two events by stating time and distinguishing it with two animals, not one as on the previous entry. Tradition has for centuries tried to make similar events identical. Bible commentaries always take tradition and try to manipulate or squeeze the word into that religious box in order to fit. We must approach the word outside of the box, stand back, and approach it with a fresh view and be guided by the spirit as we discern truth from error. When you do this the daily epiphanies will empower you!!

Here is one example of an epiphany and the significance. Why a second entry? In Zechariah there is prophecy of a king entering Jerusalem with two animals.

Zechariah 9:9
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion, shout, O daughter: behold, thy King cometh unto thee; he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. 

Jesus was riding into Jerusalem on an ass (female mother) as the Groom bringing a Colt (foal of an ass) FOR HIS BRIDE!! It was a wedding invitation! Israel was to be his bride as the colt was for her to ride and an invitation for her to be wed! Israel was referred to as "daughter" for a reason. Today's church is not the bride, we are the body of Christ. How can you be the body of the groom and the bride of the groom at the same time? Israel is the bride of Christ but the wedding was held in abeyance to be resumed after his return, the resurrection ( not the same as rapture for church) of Israel (Ez: 37) and the restoration of Paradise. (Rev 19:7-9) See The Bride of Christ. The day before was one animal as he inspected the bride. He wept for his bride! What a glorious revelation and how wonderfully God's word fits into this unfolding drama.

Point 2-3
Behold The Passover Lamb

We've already established that these events followed the next day "on the morrow" Mark 11:12, making this day Saturday, the 10th of Nissan and the weekly Sabbath day. Now another event of major significance is about to take place. The selection of the Passover lamb. As the crowd gathered a second time the atmosphere was somewhat different.

Matt 21:8-11
And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way, others cut down branches from the trees and strewed them along the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying Hosannah to the Son of David; Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord, Hosannah in the highest. 

The day before the word had spread and they gathered to see the man who had raised Lazarus from the dead. This entry they were moved wondering who this man was.

And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying. "Who is this man?" And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

Filled with more people arriving for Passover week, the city was moved alright, and for good reason. This day, at this very moment they were witnessing the mighty move of the Spirit of God selecting his son Jesus as the final Passover lamb. The 10th of Nissan was the day designated for Israel's selection of the Passover lamb. How remarkable. They were seeing the perfect lamb. the one without spot or blemish. God's timing is a wonder of awe.

I Corinthians 5:7
...For Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

Now let's connect another amazing truth that shatters tradition. The lamb to be chosen for the Passover had to be without spot or blemish and also a lamb of the First Year. In the gospel of John there are two Passovers mentioned. The one that occurred a few days after Jesus' baptism by John and the one at his crucifixion. (The other gospels only mention the one at crucifixion). That would make the time between his baptism and this day of the 2nd entry one year. His baptism also marked the beginning of his ministry, legally could only occur at the age between twenty nine and thirty according to Jewish law. John also foresaw this lamb of the first year.

John 1:29
The next day John sees Jesus coming unto him, and said, "Behold the Lamb of God which bears and takes away the sin of the world.

On the very day Jesus was baptized by John and declared to be the Lamb of God was also the 10th of Nissan, ( for a short time later - and the Jews Passover was at hand and Jesus went up to Jerusalem Jn 2:13), exactly one year to the day prior to Jesus being selected as our Passover lamb fulfilling the law of being a male lamb of the first year! His earthly ministry was ONE YEAR! Not three and a half years as tradition has embedded into everyone's thinking. See The Acceptable Year of the Lord. How remarkable when you think of all he said and accomplished in that one glorious year that would change the history of the entire world forever.

Point 5
The Cleansing of the Temple.

The first entry he entered the temple and merely looked around then left. 

Matt 21:12-13
And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

Mark 11:15-1

And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.*** 

Jesus was familiar with the tradition of the Temple market, situated in the outer courts of the Temple. The merchants exchanged money and sold wine, salt, oil, sacrificial animals, and other necessities used by the worshippers. The market was a lucrative place for business for both the merchants and the religious leaders. That was not the sin - Jesus objected to the poor quality of goods and animals sold as first rate and clean sacrifices. The sin was the corruption and hypocrisy, they were being dishonest and had become a den of thieves. The selling of polluted bread and crippled or flawed animals went against God's word.

Malachi 1:7-8
Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the Lord is contemptible. And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the Lord of hosts.
Matt 21:14-15
And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased,

When Jesus came and cleansed the Temple and properly prepared it for the coming Passover, then healed the people, it was foreshadowing the coming cleansing on the inside of every believer. And the Temple became the body of Christ, first physically then spiritually. 

Matt 1:1
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

To baptize means to cleanse or purify. John was water baptizing with water in the Jordan river, a cleansing on the outside. A mightier work was coming, spiritual baptism or cleansing on the inside where it was truly God's intent for mankind to become His place to dwell.  Water doesn't save anyone. It's God and his gift of holy spirit**** that cleanses with fire on the inside which is mightier. It's on the inside that counts spiritually.

Matt 23:28
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

God through his Son was preparing and cleansing the Temple, a permanent place for Him to dwell.

John 2:19-21
 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body.  When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.
Acts 17:24
God who made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of Heaven and earth, dwells not in temples made with hands.

Ephesians 2:21-22
In whom all the building fitly framed together grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom YOU are being jointly built together for a habitation of God through the Spirit!

The cleansing of the temple was symbolic of God preparing a new spiritual place in which to dwell that pleases him. The body of Christ has become the new living temple (not the bride) because of His own Son's sacrifice once and for ALL! Heb 9:25-28. It was cleansed not with water baptism or animal sacrifices, but with his own sinless blood. The blood of the Lamb of God declared to the whole world on this 2nd entry into Jerusalem.


Ken Blady - 2000 - ‎History
The bride rode on a camel or donkey adorned with colorful rugs,

Zondervan Dictionary of Biblical Imagery

John A. Beck - 2011 - ‎Religion
Riding a donkey could be a symbol of wealth or prestige, particularly when each ... and later did the same in response to the invitation to become his bride (1 Sam. ...
Rebekah rode on a camel to become the bride of Isaac Gen 24:64

*** The gospel of Luke does not mention the though it does record this incident of the money changers immediately following the account of the first entry in Luke19:44-46. By studying the Gospels together with the principle of narrative development, one can understand that the passage of Luke covers a passage of time without relating the time factors involved is characteristic of the Gospels, especially Luke. He continually collapses time.
**** there is no article the and lower case h and lower case s indicating the gift of the Giver. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

The First Entry Into Jerusalem

The First Entry
Into Jerusalem

Jesus raised Lazareth from among the dead and the word spread of the mighty miracle. From that day forward the chief priests and Pharisees took council and conspired how they might put him to death. Then Jesus enters a crowded Jerusalem where the people took palm branches and cried Hosanna, Blessed is the King of Israel that comes in the name of the Lord.

During the final week of Jesus Christ’s earthly life he made a “ Triumphant Entry” into Jerusalem that is known as Palm Sunday. The dictionary describes triumphant as: achieving victory; feeling or expressing jubilation after having won a victory. In order to understand what the jubilation among the people was all about we have to go back before he entered into Jerusalem.

John 11:1-53
Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. . Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

God had a special purpose for this dark moment.

After that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth, but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death, but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

Jesus understood death. It’s final until the resurrection.

…nevertheless let us go unto him. Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.

Jesus had raised from the dead before but not after four days.

And many of the Jews came …

A crowd was building.

Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

Jesus could see the future because God gave him the revelation. He was a prophet.

Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

Even Martha knew that the dead are dead until the resurrection.

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

She went as far as to believe in him to be not only a prophet but the Messiah of God. But she could not quite grasp “ I am the resurrection, you will never die if you believe in me.” Her world was about to change.

Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

Jesus did not come right away because something mighty and greater was to happen than healing a man while he was sick. The glory of God was about to be witnessed and magnified by the power of his resurrection life unto Lazarus. Foreshadowing the glory and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It was the sign of all signs.

Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

Proving he was the Christ, the Messiah of God. This was God’s purpose.

And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done. Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles(signs).

Jesus had performed many miracles but this was a sign (vs 47: “this man does many signs” is in most translations). What did the people now believe? That he was telling the truth, that he was the Messiah.

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. Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.

John 12:9,10
The Jews knew that he was there (in Bethany)…they came not for Jesus sake only but to see Lazarus…whom he had raised from among the dead. Because of Lazarus many more believed and went away (spread the word).

The word was spread of this mighty miracle and sign that Jesus was the Messiah. It also just happened to be near Passover so Jerusalem was crowded. Now the stage was set for his first entry into Jerusalem and why it was Triumphant. They had found their Messiah and King.
Now let’s determine when he made his first entry.

John 12:1
Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; and Martha served; and Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table. 

Six days before passover would make it the 14th of Nissan, being a Thursday that year. *

John 12:12
On the next day

This is the first day after John tells us in verse one that it was six days before the passover. The passover is on the 14th** so backing up would make the next day of verse 12 the 9th of Nisan and our Final Week Calender would make it Friday, the 9th of Nisan. It was not Palm Sunday as traditionally taught.

12;13….many people who had come to the feast were waiting for Jesus because they heard he was coming.They took branches of palm trees and went forth to meet him and cried, Hosanna, Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

John 12:17,18,19,20
The people who were with him when he called Lazarus out of the grave and raised him from the among the dead gave witness that this was true and for this reason the people crowded around him giving honor that he had done this mighty miracle. But the Pharisees said look, the whole world is gone after him. Even the Gentiles were there at the feast desiring of the apostles to see him.

And they brought the colt to Jesus and they cast there garments up and set Jesus on the colt spreading their clothes along the way.
And when he was come near at the descent at the mount of olives the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, Blessed Be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord:peace in heaven and glory to the highest.

Mark 11:7-11
And they brought the colt to Jesus and cast their garments on him and he sat upon him.And many spread their garments in the way and others cut down branches off the trees and spread them in the way. And they that went in front and behind cried Hosanna, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple…and when he had looked around about upon all things, he went out to Bethany with the twelve for it was near evening time.

This marks the historic and Triumphant First Entry into Jerusalem. Jesus Christ was hailed King and Messiah and their was much joy in the city. His raising Lazarus from the grave was the great PR that opened the gates with hailing crowds. He taught in the temple and walked among the people without being threatened or harmed as times before while in Jerusalem. However, he left that night to sleep in Bethany with his disciples and prepared to enter Jerusalem the following day , a Second Entry , the 10th of Nisan, when the Passover Lamb would be selected and set apart by the priest. Little did the world know, the Lamb of God would also be selected, the temple rocked and Jerusalem judged.

One last major significance to this record. It marked the beginning of the end of the Jewish civilization and ancestry.

Luke 19:41 And when Jesus was come near (Jerusalem), he beheld the city and wept over it.

This 'wept' is in the text closer to a deep wailing. He wailed as he overlook the city from the Mount of Olives. Why? Because his heart was torn for Jerusalem when he saw by revelation of her destruction:

Luke 19:42-43 If thou had known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! But now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee around, , and keep thee on every side. And shall lay thee even unto the ground, and thy children ; and they shall not leave thee one stone upon another; because thou knew not the time of visitation.

This is their utter demise geographically, culturally, religiously, and their civilization.

From the New Living Translation: 42 “How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes. 43 Before long your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you from every side. 44 They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not recognize it when God visited you.[a]

This was also prophesied in other areas of the scriptures, yet this day it was established as the final judgement*** by the Son of God. There would be no turning back. The clock for the existence of Israel was ticking down. It was also the beginning of the most historical week of destiny upon mankind the world would ever experience!

This is part 1 of the 3 part series "The Two Entries and the Extinction of the Jews."

*See "The Day Christ Died." By determining what day he died and arose, counting backwards can determine the days of the week. See calendar below.
* *The preparation for the Passover began on the 14th of Nissan. Numbers 9:5; Also the slaying of the lamb. See Calendar below.
*** visitation is episkope in Greek meaning as inspection; judgement