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The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His Being, sustaining all things by His powerful word.  In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the Author of their salvation perfect through suffering.

Jesus clearly said, “I and the Father are One.  …understand that the Father is in Me, and I am in the Father.”  “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father.”  What then is the proof that which Jesus said is indeed true and that which the writer of the Hebrews said is true?  If we were to argue from the point of faith and believers, then the argument is not valid because it is subject to prejudice.  Even disciples who can testify and say that they not only believe, but know that all these claims are true, can be contested by those who are not believers or disciples, for all can have their own opinion and their own experiences and therefore their own testimony.

So, who can best testify that there is truly a Christ who is the true Christ, who is One with God the Creator?  The best testimony and witness of the truth and value of a person or a system or an object is not who or what praises him or them, but rather, who and what seeks to imitate and destroy them.  There are many people who have painted portraits, but how many counterfeiters would bother making a counterfeit of them?  But the Mona Lisa… how many would love to make a perfect counterfeit of it?  There are very few counterfeiters of currencies that are not worth much… but it is always the dream of counterfeiters to produce the perfect USD100 bill, and indeed many go to great lengths and expense to do so.  Now… would a $100 counterfeit bill be worth anything if the real $100 bill was worthless and had to be withdrawn from circulation?  No, the only way a counterfeiter can profit is to make enough to imitate the real without destroying the real.

Thus, the best proof to see if Jesus Christ really is the Son of God who is One with the Father, through whom and for whom all things exist and are held together by His powerful word given to Him by His Father, is to see who opposed and opposes Jesus Christ… not who believed Him and were His supposed disciples.  Indeed, the believers of Jesus and His disciples are not the most reliable of witnesses to affirm the true identity of Jesus Christ.

In John 8.31 it is written that Jesus was speaking to the Jews who had believed Him… but by the time the conversation ended, they picked up stones to stone Him.  And we all know how steadfast the eleven were through His trials and how much they believed of the news of the resurrection.

Indeed, it was not believers or disciples who mounted a three day vigil over the tomb of Jesus, but the chief priests and Pharisees who went to Pilate.  “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while He was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’  So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day.  Otherwise, His disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that He has been raised from the dead.  This last deception will be worse than the first.

In the same way then, let us look at who will oppose Jesus… and before that, look at who wanted Jesus to die… but could not keep Him dead.

It was Herod who first wanted Jesus dead because He threatened his throne.  Would Herod want to kill Jesus if the prophecy was not about a King being born?  One who would be the Ruler of Israel?  One who was not just another prophet of God?

The second person who wanted Jesus dead was Satan.  Would Satan have been bothered with Jesus personally if Jesus was not a threat to Satan’s personal wellbeing?  If you read about Israel, not once did Satan put in an appearance to prevent the establishment of Israel… why?  Because the establishment of Israel, even if Israel obeyed God perfectly in every generation, was no threat to Satan’s personal wellbeing.  But Jesus Christ was… for both Satan and the demons knew, “He is the Holy One of God.”  Jesus’ mission was to save the world and to take away the sin of the world… so, whatever way Jesus was going to do it was harmful and not beneficial to Satan, therefore Jesus had to be stopped.

Then after Satan failed, the next lot to try to kill Him were the chief priests and pharisees… the most learned and prominent of the religious leaders.  Why?  Because Jesus was such a threat to their hypocrisy and their very livelihood… He could raise the dead and soon they wouldn’t be able to raise an offering.  He had to go.

A king, a devil and leaders of a religion were those who wanted Him dead.  If Jesus was just an ordinary man, would these persons take the time to oppose Him?  No.

But yet they did succeed to kill Him… for they did get Him crucified, and Herod was able to pass his throne to his own line… another Herod.  They managed to kill Him and hand Him over to Death, and as long as He stayed dead… then all future generations of the kings of the Earth, the devil and all religious leaders would have no further trouble from Jesus Christ the Nazarene.  So, how come Death, Satan’s ally, allowed Jesus to escape his grip and let the Holy Spirit raise Him from the dead without a real fight?  We know Jesus died, but when we read of how the Holy Spirit made Him alive in the spirit so that He could go and preach to the spirits held in prison and then raised Him up physically from the dead, there is no mention, no impression at all in the Scriptures, that Death himself resisted the raising.  Nowhere does it say Death resisted the raising of Jesus Christ. 

Why?  Because Jesus Christ truly is One with God the Father, Himself also God… that when you have seen Jesus, you have seen the Father… and all things that are made are made by God and held together by His powerful word, so that when you have killed Jesus Christ… you have killed God.  Jesus said, “I and the Father are One…  Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father.”  If that is true, then anyone who has killed Jesus Christ has killed the Father. 

If Jesus Christ is dead… God is dead.  If Jesus Christ remains dead… God remains dead, and if all things are made by God and held together by God… then the death of God would mean the death of all things.  And if Jesus Christ is One with God, then His death would also mean the death of God, the death of all things including death itself.  If Death held onto Jesus and kept Jesus dead, death would have destroyed itself too.  The only way for D/death to continue to exist is to let Jesus go and for Jesus to be raised back to life.  That is why during the forty days of Jesus’ post resurrection ministry, there was no opposition from the devil, no further death threats from the pharisees or Pilate, and no further disturbances by demons.  The paradox… defeated Death.  Death could not keep Jesus dead otherwise D/death was also dead.

That is why even though Satan still has a powerful force of angels, and just because they were defeated once and driven out of Heaven, they have never mounted a counter attack to take Heaven and kill Jesus… ever.  For they know… to kill Jesus is to kill themselves.  That is why their entire strategy and campaign have been directed at the opposition of the return of Jesus Christ… in all different ways.

Such common things as in delaying the finish of the preaching of the Gospel by disciples to all nations as a testimony by removing the testimony from the preaching, by removing the focus on Christ’s return and replacing it with Christians arriving in Heaven and all manners of religiosities and doing of good against evil.  Everything has one purpose – to delay the return of Jesus.  You see, Satan, Death and all demons now know… Jesus Christ cannot be killed, otherwise they have killed God and no one gets to exist at all.  It is like a currency counterfeiter… it does not pay for the counterfeiter to circulate so much that no one trusts the currency anymore, but just enough to give worth to his counterfeit.

That is why when the false prophet joins forces with Satan, they will raise up their own Christ, which is why Jesus warned us that “Many will come in My Name claiming, ‘I am He,’ ” or, “‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘Look, there He is!’ ”  See that no one comes saying, “Jesus is dead,” because if Jesus is dead there would not be anyone around to say it.  No, the enemies’ strategy is never to kill Jesus again… just as they realised they could not keep Him dead, for He is the One in whom even Satan, Death and all who oppose Him have their existence, and actually depend on for their existence.

So then… when you see the beast, the false prophet and Satan gathering the armies of Earth together to fight Jesus on His arrival, rest assured, not only can they not kill Jesus… they will not kill Jesus.  What they will seek to do is to prevent Jesus from arriving, from landing, by destroying the Mount of Olives. 

Now, be realistic… what weapon forged by men can successfully affect the Maker of the Heavens and Earth?  Can any nuclear weapon even?  Considering all the nuclear weapons of the Earth are just a speck compared to the nuclear power of the sun, which is just a minor star in the universe, it would be like an ant biting an elephant!  But… with the present weapons we have in the arsenals of the world’s armies… it is enough to destroy the Mount of Olives, for without the Mount of Olives, Jesus cannot land, and if Jesus does not land, then the millennium does not begin, and Satan and Death will not have to face the Lake of Sulphur alongside the false prophet and the beast.  These unholy four would be able to hold onto the most precious piece of real estate in the universe… the world that God so loved that He sent His only begotten Son to save.

The understanding of this was to have been given to all the disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration.  The understanding of this reality would have caused the early church to focus on finishing all things necessary to bring Jesus back… without any doubt as to who Jesus Christ is.

There would not have arisen the theological heresies of the second century that question who Jesus really is.  Heresies sown by sons of Satan who were there to do their father’s will – to delay the return of Jesus Christ indefinitely, and so give Satan an extension on his ‘freedom’ on Earth.

Now, see the glory of God and His wisdom… without whom nothing and no one can exist.  If even Satan is wise enough not to deny God’s existence… how much more foolish then are men who say in their hearts, “There is no God”?  Hence, fear not… for your worth, your stance and your eternity are not valued by who believes in you or praises you, but who opposes you.  That is why, as the elect of the Holy Spirit, we must ensure that the one to be raised up as the false prophet must indeed be a most formidable and worthy opponent of our Lord, for our Lord deserves to be opposed by those who are the best, the greatest and the strongest… just as He deserves to be glorified by those who are the worst, the least and the weakest.

His grace is sufficient, for in our weakness, His power is made perfect—perfect in us.  Amen

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