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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Resurrection Of King Herod, The People & Natural Sense
Unity Consciousness #528

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Natural sense has been revived and is spreading worldwide as surely as the Eco-sensible ethereal effects of Comet Lovejoy and similar climate-changing tides.
1. Due to Roman conquest in Western Asia, Herod, a Roman, was King of Judah. The royal city of Judah is Jerusalem which is also the holy city of Judah and Israel.

2. Jeshua (Jesus) was born in Bethlehem which is also in Judah (Judaea). When the wise men came to Judah to worship Jeshua (Jesus), Herod was upset. Why?
a) Herod was supposed to be one who received the highest respect in Judah.
b) The “wisest men,” whose opinion the people trusted, were worshiping Jeshua (Jesus). This is the same as endorsing Jeshua (Jesus) as King which is the same as disrespecting the authority of King Herod.
c) By telling the people, a star had led them to Judah, the wise men were essentially telling the people God had confirmed the importance of Jeshua (Jesus).
d) The wise men called Jeshua (Jesus) the King of Jews, which is the same as saying King of the Judaeans (Judah).
e) Since Herod was already The King over the Jews/Judah, this is a direct threat to Herod's power even though Herod had Rome to back him up.

3. Joseph, Mary & Jeshua (Jesus) moved to Egypt since Herod was seeking to kill baby Jeshua (Jesus). (Matthew 2:13-14)

4. Meanwhile, King Herod killed all male children two years and younger. (Matthew 2:16)

5. Evidently Elizabeth & Zacharias and 1 year old baby Johanan (John) (long before he becomes “The Baptist) went to the desert east of Jordan or somewhere to hide because they lived in Judah, the epicenter of the baby killing. (Luke 1, 3, John 1, 10, Matthew 3)

6. Joseph, Mary and Jeshua (Jesus) lived in Egypt until King Herod died for the first time. (Matthew 2:15)

7. After King Herod died, an angel told Joseph to take his family to Israel. (Matthew 2:19-20)

8. The new King of Judah was, Archelaus, the son of Herod. When Joseph found this out, he became afraid and did not go to Judah. Instead Joseph went to Nazareth in Galilee to live. (Matthew 2:22-23)

9. Meanwhile, Johanan (John) (before he became “The Baptist”) was alive and about 1 year older than Jeshua (Jesus). (Luke 1-2)

10. At 12 years old, Jeshua (Jesus) spoke in the temple in Jerusalem questioning the rabbis. (Luke 2:41-50)

11. Around this time, Johanan (John) (“soon to be “The Baptist”) begins to preach in the desert. He was the first person to preach that a person had to be immersed in water in order to receive forgiveness of sins from God. Johanan (John) first immersed people in the Jordan River on the east side. (Matthew 3, Luke 3, John 1, 10)

12. Johanan (John) immersed Jeshua (Jesus). (Matthew 3, John 1)

13. Johanan (John) was put in prison. This occurred mainly because Johanan (John) spoke out against King Herod for marrying Herodias, the wife of Philip, Herod's brother. (Matthew 14, 4, Luke 3)
14. King Herod beheaded Johanan (John) The Baptist. He did this at the request of Herodias' daughter. King Herod has promised her anything she wanted because she pleased him by her dancing. Herodias, the mother, told her daughter to ask for the head of Johanan (John) The Baptist on a platter. Why? (Matthew 14, Mark 6)
a) It is reasonable to consider this woman, Herodias, now the improperly taken wife of another brother, was shamed by her situation. Johanan (John) The Baptist's denouncement of the marriage was a constant reminder to her and the people. (Mark 6:19)
b) Herod also wanted Johanan (John) dead for this and other reasons but was too afraid of the people to kill Johanan (John) , yet Herod was said to be in awe of Johanan (John) and protected him from harm, yet he put Johanan (John) in prison. (Matthew 14:5, Mark 6:20, Luke 3:19-20)

15. Reviewing an important point: Johanan (John) was a baby at the same time Jeshua (Jesus) was a baby. In order for Johanan (John) to speak against Herod marrying Herodias, Johanan (John) would have had to preach Jeshua (Jesus), baptize people and then speak against Herod and then be put in prison and then get beheaded, before Jeshua (Jesus) came out of Egypt because Herod died before Jeshua (Jesus) came out of Egypt and Herod had Johanan (John) killed after Johanan (John) did all these things.
a) In other words, King Herod is resurrected from the dead.

b) When Johanan (John) was beheaded, Jeshua (Jesus) had already began his public ministry because Jeshua (Jesus) went off by himself to mourn. This means Johanan (John) was at least 31 years old before he died and Herod was still alive and yet, Jeshua (Jesus) was supposed to still be in Egypt, yet he was not.

16. After Jeshua (Jesus) first spoke in the temple in Jerusalem in Judah at 12 years old, he returns to Nazareth in Galilee and begins speaking to more people. He grows in wisdom and favor among the people. He does this for 18 more years publicly and then Jeshua (Jesus) is said to begin his ministry at age 30. (Luke 3:23)

17. At this point, King Herod finally hears about Jeshua (Jesus). This seems unlikely unless we simply believe:
a) When Jeshua (Jesus) spoke in the temple in Jerusalem to the rabbis, nobody told Herod.
b) During 18 years of Jeshua (Jesus) speaking in Galilee and growing in popularity with the people, nobody from Galilee or none of the Roman soldiers told Herod, even though Herod had become ruler over Galilee before Johanan (John) The Baptist began preaching. (Luke 3)

18. After Johanan (John) is dead and after Jeshua (Jesus) picks 12 disciples and after Jeshua (Jesus) performs many miracles and after Jeshua (Jesus) has been all over Galilee teaching in their synagogues and after so many people have heard about Jeshua (Jesus) that crowds gather and follow him, then Herod, ruler of Galilee, finally hears about the fame of Jeshua (Jesus). (Matthew 14, Mark 6:14)
a) Herod was moved into the position of ruler of Galilee after being replaced as King of Judah by Pontius Pilate. This was the likely cause of their hatred for each other. (Luke 3:1, 23:6, 12)

19. In Matthew 14:1-2 and Mark 6:14-16, Herod is confident Jeshua (Jesus) is Johanan (John) The Baptist raised from the dead.
20. In Luke 9:7-9, Herod does not know who Jeshua (Jesus) is and Herod is the not the one saying Jeshua (Jesus) is Johanan (John) raised from the dead.

21. Luke 13:31 says Herod wanted Jeshua (Jesus) dead but this is according to the Pharisees. In contrast, when these religious leaders brought Jeshua (Jesus) in chains to Herod so Jeshua (Jesus) could be charged, tried and put to death, Herod was delighted to see Yeshua, because Herod had been wanting to meet Yeshua and see him perform some miracle. Jeshua (Jesus) would not put on a show. Herod made fun of Jeshua (Jesus) and sent him back to Pilate. Herod did not order Jeshua (Jesus) to be killed or accuse Jeshua (Jesus) of anything. Herod did not assemble against Jeshua (Jesus) as stated in Acts 4. Luke 23:8-12
a) The priests and elders aided by Roman soldiers, were the ones who put Jeshua (Jesus) in chains and brought him to Pontius Pilate for the sole purpose of having Jeshua (Jesus) put to death. (Matthew 27:1, John 18)

b) This leaves only one conclusion. The Pharisees were lying about Herod wanting Jeshua (Jesus) dead. Truth is, they were the ones because Jeshua (Jesus) was going against their authority and teachings and many people were no longer following them.
c) These religious leaders, Roman soldiers and a multitude of people from all over Israel were the ones who wanted Jeshua (Jesus) to be put to death, not Herod.

22. After Jeshua's (Jesus') birth, ministry, death, resurrection and ascension, Herod is still alive and is now being called King again. Acts 12 seems to indicate Herod once again became King of Judah.

23. King Herod began arresting, persecuting and killing followers of Jeshua (Jesus) which pleased the Judaean people so much that Herod kept it up. (Acts 12)

24. The people of Tyre and Sidon called Herod a god and because Herod did not correct them, an angel caused worms to eat Herod and Herod died the second physical death. (Acts 12)

Some Understanding

Herod did not order the death of baby Jeshua (Jesus). None of his actions regarding Jeshua (Jesus) supports this.
Herod did not die while Jeshua (Jesus), Mary & Joseph were in Egypt.
If Herod had died when first stated, his son's name, Archaelaus would be mentioned many more times during the events surrounding Johanan (John) The Baptist and Jeshua (Jesus).

Mary and Joseph did not have any other children until after returning from Egypt.

It is likely Jeshua (Jesus) was never in Egypt. Why was it necessary for biblical writers to inject Jeshua (Jesus) into Egypt under false pretenses? Perhaps it is an attempt to jump in front of the true Krst who will or has come out of Egypt.

Although Herod is called by multiple titles such as King, governor, regional governor, tetarch and ruler, all instances of Herod in the Jewish-Catholic-Christian bible are talking about the same person.

Is it sensible that a Roman ruler, King Herod, would care about the religious beliefs of those they were oppressing? Herod's power came from Rome. Herod would not have cared what Johanan (John) The Baptist or the law of Moses had to say about who Herod took for a wife or his other wicked behavior.

If Herod did actually care about what the Judaeans thought about him, it is an example of considering “other people” in a self destructive way. If Herod did not care when he purposed in his heart to carry out wickedness, why should he care because someone he doesn't care about called him out on it. Herod's contradictions were his continual undoing. Herod cared, not in order to self-correct but to cover up and try to shut up attention to his wrongs.

The people were complicit and full agreement of what took place regarding the crucifixion of Jeshua (Jesus) – all the people of Israel. People always have more power when acting as a collective, be it right or wrong.

Resurrection Did Not Start With Jeshua (Jesus)

King Herod and others thought Jeshua (Jesus) was Johanan (John) The Baptist raised from the dead (resurrected).
Some of the people thought Jeshua (Jesus) was one of the prophets raised from the dead (resurrected).
Resurrection was not a new concept. In fact, it was so commonplace, the issue was not whether or not resurrection was possible but rather which person Jeshua (Jesus) had resurrected from.
Resurrection was a possibility in the minds of both Romans and Israelites.
Herod was raised from the dead.

Both the CJB and another version should be consulted.

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