This was knowable

Jesus was the only entity capable of substitutionally enduring an infinite amount of wrath … in a finite amount of time.  That act could have occurred right after Adam ate?  Right after Noah stepped on dry ground?  It ended up occurring at the time of the cross.

The murder of Jesus was avoidable.

I realize that you may not agree.  This information is provided so that when we’re finally with the Father, you’ll know that this could have been discovered.  Like Dorothy, the solution was “right at our feet” the whole time.  Instead, we chose to chase witches and deal with scarecrows and cowardly lions and flying monkeys.  In the end, our Father’s glory will become even more magnificent as He reveals to us what could have been … and what His Son endured anyway.  Indeed, at the name of Jesus … every knee will bow.

Plan “A” – Adam could have obeyed.  There would have been no spiritual death.

Romans 5:18 So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.

1Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.

And therefore no need for a spiritual rebirth.  It was not physical death, but the Son’s spiritual death that “saved” us.

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

All were made spiritually alive at the time of the cross.  Only those who desire God, who then become “known” by Him, enter His Kingdom.  It has little to do with a “decision” and more to do with a “desire”.  Not fire insurance, but a longing for our Father.  Just as was revealed in the parable of the prodigal, we come back asking only to be treated as a slave.  Our magnificent Father says no!  You are My son!  Off the charts grace.

Galatians 4:9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again?

1Corinthians 8:3 but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him.

Matthew 7:23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

Matthew 25:12 “But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’

For those who become known by the Father, there will be no “second death”.

Revelation 2:11 ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.’

Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

Revelation 20:14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.

Revelation 21:8 “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

The second death is not as most surmise, a spiritual death after a first physical death.  The two beasts are thrown “alive” into the lake of fire = second death.

Revelation 19:20 And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone.

The “goats” will be cast, in real time, alive into the “eternal fire” and not 1,000 years later as are the rest.  No physical death is mentioned as with the slaying of the armies that come against Jesus at the end of the Tribulation and at the end of the Millennium.  Jesus simply commands those on His left to “depart”.

Matthew 25:41 “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;

Matthew 25:46 “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Plan “B”  – If you (Israel) obey Me, I will protect you and dwell among you and walk among you.  As the Jews came out of Egypt, our Father encouraged them to perpetually abide by His wishes.

Leviticus 26:1-13 1 ‘You shall not make for yourselves idols, nor shall you set up for yourselves an image or a sacred pillar, nor shall you place a figured stone in your land to bow down to it; for I am the LORD your God. 2 You shall keep My sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary; I am the LORD. 3 If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments so as to carry them out, 4 then I shall give you rains in their season, so that the land will yield its produce and the trees of the field will bear their fruit. 5 Indeed, your threshing will last for you until grape gathering, and grape gathering will last until sowing time. You will thus eat your food to the full and live securely in your land. 6 I shall also grant peace in the land, so that you may lie down with no one making you tremble. I shall also eliminate harmful beasts from the land, and no sword will pass through your land. 7 But you will chase your enemies and they will fall before you by the sword; 8 five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall before you by the sword. 9 So I will turn toward you and make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will confirm My covenant with you. 10 You will eat the old supply and clear out the old because of the new. 11 Moreover, I will make My dwelling among you, and My soul will not reject you. 12 I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people. 13 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt so that you would not be their slaves, and I broke the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.

Military protection and food security.  What an incredible deal!  How could they reject that?  But they eventually did.  Of interest is the underlined portions of verse 11 and 12, “dwell among you” and “walk among you”.  If Israel had continued to pursue God, apparently He would have returned to this earth.  What an incredible thought!  What an incredible change of circumstance for His Son!  But alas, they rejected Him and followed other so called gods.  God then did exactly as He said He would and exiled first Israel, then Judah.

Plan “C” – Israel and Judah could have returned to God.  God gave Ezekiel the specifications and dimensions to build the second temple.  That design was not constructed at that time, has never been constructed since, and is not contemplated to be constructed now.  Zerubbabel built an entirely different structure.  The remodel that Herod accomplished was still nothing like the design God laid out.  Today, the Temple Institute has a full set of plans and they are not what was dictated to Ezekiel.  God instructed Ezekiel to “describe the temple to the house of Israel … “If” they [repent].  They did not repent.  Apparently, Ezekiel did not give Zerubbabel the plans.

Ezekiel 43:10 “As for you, son of man, describe the temple to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and let them measure the plan.

Ezekiel 43:11If they are ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the design of the house, its structure, its exits, its entrances, all its designs, all its statutes, and all its laws. And write it in their sight, so that they may observe its whole design and all its statutes and do them.

Ezekiel 43:7 He said to me, “Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell among the sons of Israel forever. And the house of Israel will not again defile My holy name, neither they nor their kings, by their harlotry and by the corpses of their kings when they die,

Once again, God was prepared to dwell among His people “forever”.  Israel and Judah failed to repent and God did as He said He would and gave them 490 more years to “finish the transgression”.

Daniel 9:24 “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.

These descriptors are not as we have surmised and hoped for, the accomplished work of Jesus at the time of the cross.  This was about Israel alone repenting … or not.  “your people” = Israel.  How did we miss this?  We’ve chased after the witch and become imprisoned with the sands of time trickling.  All we needed was a simple bucket of water, but no.  Instead, like Dorothy, we gaze into the crystal ball and are fooled yet again.  Oh that our Father would give us clear vision.

After God brought the Jewish Nation out of Egypt and as they were about to settle in the promised land, He gave them information on how things would go if they pursued Him … and what would happen if they didn’t.

God speaking through Moses.  Obey Me and let the land rest.

Exodus 23:10-11 10 “You shall sow your land for six years and gather in its yield, 11 but on the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, so that the needy of your people may eat; and whatever they leave the beast of the field may eat. You are to do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove.

Then God said it again as He was giving Moses the Law

Leviticus 25:1-4 1 The LORD then spoke to Moses at Mount Sinai, saying, 2“Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I shall give you, then the land shall have a sabbath to the LORD. 3Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard and gather in its crop, 4 but during the seventh year the land shall have a sabbath rest, a sabbath to the LORD ; you shall not sow your field nor prune your vineyard.

If you obey Me, I will protect you.

Leviticus 26:1-13 1 ‘You shall not make for yourselves idols, nor shall you set up for yourselves an image or a sacred pillar, nor shall you place a figured stone in your land to bow down to it; for I am the LORD your God. 2 You shall keep My sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary; I am the LORD. 3 If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments so as to carry them out, 4 then I shall give you rains in their season, so that the land will yield its produce and the trees of the field will bear their fruit. 5 Indeed, your threshing will last for you until grape gathering, and grape gathering will last until sowing time. You will thus eat your food to the full and live securely in your land. 6 I shall also grant peace in the land, so that you may lie down with no one making you tremble. I shall also eliminate harmful beasts from the land, and no sword will pass through your land. 7 But you will chase your enemies and they will fall before you by the sword; 8 five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall before you by the sword. 9 So I will turn toward you and make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will confirm My covenant with you. 10 You will eat the old supply and clear out the old because of the new. 11 Moreover, I will make My dwelling among you, and My soul will not reject you. 12 I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people. 13 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt so that you would not be their slaves, and I broke the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.

If you do not obey Me …

Leviticus 26:14-17 14 ‘But if you do not obey Me and do not carry out all these commandments, 15 if, instead, you reject My statutes, and if your soul abhors My ordinances so as not to carry out all My commandments, and so break My covenant, 16 I, in turn, will do this to you: I will appoint over you a sudden terror, consumption and fever that will waste away the eyes and cause the soul to pine away; also, you will sow your seed uselessly, for your enemies will eat it up. 17 I will set My face against you so that you will be struck down before your enemies; and those who hate you will rule over you, and you will flee when no one is pursuing you.

We know that they unfortunately did not obey Him.  God had warned them in advance, then as they were rejecting Him, He let them know that He was in fact going to bring the action He foretold.  He brought the Babylonian exile and captivity upon them.

Jeremiah 25:1-11 1 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah (that was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon), 2 which Jeremiah the prophet spoke to all the people of Judah and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, 3 “From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, even to this day, these twenty-three years the word of the LORD has come to me, and I have spoken to you again and again, but you have not listened. 4 And the LORD has sent to you all His servants the prophets again and again, but you have not listened nor inclined your ear to hear, 5 saying, ‘Turn now everyone from his evil way and from the evil of your deeds, and dwell on the land which the LORD has given to you and your forefathers forever and ever; 6 and do not go after other gods to serve them and to worship them, and do not provoke Me to anger with the work of your hands, and I will do you no harm.’ 7 Yet you have not listened to Me,” declares the LORD, “in order that you might provoke Me to anger with the work of your hands to your own harm.  8 “Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘Because you have not obeyed My words, 9 behold, I will send and take all the families of the north,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will send to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, My servant, and will bring them against this land and against its inhabitants and against all these nations round about; and I will utterly destroy them and make them a horror and a hissing, and an everlasting desolation. 10 Moreover, I will take from them the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp. 11 This whole land will be a desolation and a horror, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

Jeremiah 29:10 “For thus says the LORD, ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place.

God decided to use the land sabbaths that were ignored for 490 years (70 sabbaths) as the length of time that they would be in captivity in Babylon (70 years).  Evidently in 605 BC Nebuchadnezzar concurred Jerusalem and destroyed the magnificent temple that Solomon built for God, the “first temple”.  Unfortunately, while they were captives and as they were returning to the land, they failed to fully repent.  Apparently, God knew that would be the case.  As we continue in the very same passage from Leviticus 26, God tells the Jews that if they rejected Him, then after the prescribed consequence, they still rejected Him, a more significant consequence would come upon them.  He says that “after these things” (the exile in Babylon) if they still did not obey, He will punish them seven times more.

Leviticus 26:18-43 18 If also after these things you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. 19 I will also break down your pride of power; I will also make your sky like iron and your earth like bronze. 20 Your strength will be spent uselessly, for your land will not yield its produce and the trees of the land will not yield their fruit.

21 ‘If then, you act with hostility against Me and are unwilling to obey Me, I will increase the plague on you seven times according to your sins. 22 I will let loose among you the beasts of the field, which will bereave you of your children and destroy your cattle and reduce your number so that your roads lie deserted.

23 ‘And if by these things you are not turned to Me, but act with hostility against Me, 24 then I will act with hostility against you; and I, even I, will strike you seven times for your sins. 25 I will also bring upon you a sword which will execute vengeance for the covenant; and when you gather together into your cities, I will send pestilence among you, so that you shall be delivered into enemy hands. 26 When I break your staff of bread, ten women will bake your bread in one oven, and they will bring back your bread in rationed amounts, so that you will eat and not be satisfied.

27 ‘Yet if in spite of this you do not obey Me, but act with hostility against Me, 28 then I will act with wrathful hostility against you, and I, even I, will punish you seven times for your sins. 29 Further, you will eat the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters you will eat. 30 I then will destroy your high places, and cut down your incense altars, and heap your remains on the remains of your idols, for My soul shall abhor you. 31 I will lay waste your cities as well and will make your sanctuaries desolate, and I will not smell your soothing aromas. 32 I will make the land desolate so that your enemies who settle in it will be appalled over it. 33 You, however, I will scatter among the nations and will draw out a sword after you, as your land becomes desolate and your cities become waste.  34 ‘Then the land will enjoy its sabbaths all the days of the desolation, while you are in your enemies’ land; then the land will rest and enjoy its sabbaths. 35 All the days of its desolation it will observe the rest which it did not observe on your sabbaths, while you were living on it. 36 As for those of you who may be left, I will also bring weakness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies. And the sound of a driven leaf will chase them, and even when no one is pursuing they will flee as though from the sword, and they will fall. 37 They will therefore stumble over each other as if running from the sword, although no one is pursuing; and you will have no strength to stand up before your enemies. 38 But you will perish among the nations, and your enemies’ land will consume you. 39 So those of you who may be left will rot away because of their iniquity in the lands of your enemies; and also because of the iniquities of their forefathers they will rot away with them.  40 ‘If they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their forefathers, in their unfaithfulness which they committed against Me, and also in their acting with hostility against Me— 41 I also was acting with hostility against them, to bring them into the land of their enemies—or if their uncircumcised heart becomes humbled so that they then make amends for their iniquity, 42 then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and I will remember also My covenant with Isaac, and My covenant with Abraham as well, and I will remember the land. 43 For the land will be abandoned by them, and will make up for its sabbaths while it is made desolate without them. They, meanwhile, will be making amends for their iniquity, because they rejected My ordinances and their soul abhorred My statutes.

So, God did exactly what He said He would if “after these things” they didn’t desire Him.  He added a punishment 7 times the magnitude of the original 70 years.  (70 years times 7 = 490 years) exactly the time period that they had ignored God in the first place!  God then used the prophet Daniel to inform Israel of this added time.

Daniel 9:24Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.

Plan “D” – The Jews could have recognized that Jesus was their Messiah.

Luke 19:44 and they will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”

Had those Jews recognized and welcomed Jesus, He would have prevented the slaughter in 70 AD.  He would of course have become their Messiah.  No need for the murder.

Plan “E” – Could have been enacted in the garden, but Jesus yielded to His Father.

Matthew 26:39 And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”

Evidently writing for Peter, Mark’s version has an interesting distinction.

Mark 14:36 And He was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.”

Interesting that Jesus walked away from the three disciples to speak these words with His Father in private.  The only way they could have known what He said was if He told them, perhaps after His resurrection?  Why did He tell them?  Wasn’t that just between Jesus and His Father?  Think about it.

Plan “F” – Allow the murder of the Son of God.  This plan pictorially evidenced the love that that God has for us.  It showed the extent to which Jesus would go to in order to pay for the right to serve us.

What would you pay for the right to serve?

One of the thigs that I’ve realized in all of this is to what extent Jesus wet to in order to serve me.  On the cross, He gave up everything.  He paid the ultimate price.  For what?  To serve the very humans that put Him there.  He paid for the “right” to serve me.  His Father was well please and granted Him “all things”. 

About twenty five years ago I recognized that if I had been there at the time of Jesus, I would have put Him on that cross.  I’d like to think that I’m like the apostle Paul or John, but the reality is that my base personality is by far and away most like Judas.  Do it my way Jesus or else I’ll force the issue.  I’d of made a great Pharisee, a legalistic do as I say not as I do, crucify that blasphemer Jesus.  I’d of made a good Roman.  By nature, I’m brutal and arrogant.  I’d of vied to drive the nails!  Even as a member of the crowd that shouted “hosana” thinking they had their king, their deliver from Rome, when it was evident that He was a miserable failure, I would have shouted “give us Barabbas!  Crucify Him!”  Any way I attack the issue, the reality is, I’d of put Him on that cross.  To my shame.

His response to me is the proverbial “beyond words”.  But if I had to try to put it into words, this old picture of me that I found in the attic would give you the first 1,000.  A devastating picture!  Indeed, this is who I am.  This is who Jesus is.

Perhaps this picture describes His response to you as well?  Indeed, at His name, every knee will bow.

This is the Jesus that I desire to serve.  The one who I know loves me.  The one who taught Michael to throw off John’s attempt to worship him when John saw his glory that illuminated the entire planet!

“I am a fellow servant of yours”, Michael said.  “Worship God”.

If I ever grow up, I want to be like that angel.  An angel who is becoming like his master, Jesus … the Christ.

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