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Jesus Returns to Earth, the
Road to Emmaus and His Ascension
The Elders Bribe the Guards
While they were going, some of the security guards came to the city and told the chief high priests everything that had happened. So they gathered with the elders and conspired: and they gave a large amount of money to the security guards, telling them, “Say that his disciples came in the night and stole him while you were asleep. And if this be heard by the governor, we will pacify him, and declare that you are blameless.”
They took the money and did as they were instructed; and this word has gone out among the Jews, even to this day.490
490. Matthew 28:11-15.
Two Followers on the Road to Emmaus
Cleopas and another follower of Jesus were going on that same day to the village of Emmaus, about six miles from Jerusalem and they were talking with each other about all the things that had happened. And as they were talking, Jesus came and caught up with them, and walked with them, but the sight in their eyes was blurred so that they did not recognize Him.
Jesus asked them, “What are these things that you are discussing with each other, and why are you so sad?”
Cleopas answered, “Are you the only foreigner from Jerusalem that does not know what happened in these days?”
Jesus said, “What things; to whom?” They said to Him, “To Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet, mighty in word and deed before God and before all the people. The chief high priests and the elders delivered him up to be judged and sentenced to death and they crucified him.
“We had hoped that he was the one destined to save Israel and behold, it is three days since all these things happened.
“Some of our women have astonished us, for they went early to the tomb and did not find his body and they came and told us that they saw angels there that told them that he is alive. Then some of our men went to the tomb and found it as the women said and they did not see him.”
Then Jesus told them, “Oh short of vision and hard of heart; slow to believe all that was spoken by the prophets, was it not these things that the Anointed One was destined to suffer in order to enter into his glory?”
Then He began telling them about Moses and the prophets and explained about Himself from all the Books of the Scriptures. They approached Emmaus and He made them think that He was going to a distant place.
Then they urged Him, saying, “Stay with us; for the day is spent and it is near dark.” So He entered in to stay with them. As He dined with them, He took the bread and blessed it and broke it and gave it to them. Immediately their eyes were opened and they recognized Him. Then Jesus was taken away from them.
One said to the other, “Was not our minds dull when he spoke with us on the road and he interpreted the Scripture to us?”
They got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem where they found the eleven gathered together with those who were with them saying, “Truly our Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” Cleopas and the other man also reported the things that happened on the road and how He made Himself known to them as He broke the bread.491
491. Mark 16:12, 13; Luke 24:13-35.
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
It was evening on Sunday, The first day of the week. The doors were shut and locked where the eleven disciples were staying for fear of the Jews. And while they were reclining and discussing what had happened, Jesus appeared and stood among them; and He said, “Let peace be with you; it is I; do not be afraid.”
They were confused and frightened, for they thought they saw a ghost. And Jesus said, “Why do you tremble? Why do thoughts arise in your hearts?”
Then He upbraided them for their little faith and the dullness of their hearts because they had not believed those who saw Him raised from His tomb.
“Look at my hands and my feet and my side and see that it is I. Feel me and understand that a spirit has no flesh and bones, as you see that I have.”
In their joy and amazement, they still did not believe; so Jesus said, “Do you have anything to eat?” They gave Him a portion of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. He sat down and took it and ate it before their eyes.
He told them, “These are the words that I spoke to you while I was with you, that everything must be duly fulfilled that is in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning me. Then He opened their minds and their capacity to understand the Books of the Scriptures, and He said to them, “Thus it is written, and it was right, that Christ should suffer and rise from the dead on the third day. And that repentance should be preached in my name for the forgiveness of sins among all the nations; and the beginning will be from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And I will send you the promise of my Father; but remain in Jerusalem until you are clothed with power from the Highest.
As He said this, He blew at them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit!492 If you forgive a man his sins, they shall be forgiven him. If you receive forgiveness from someone, you will have truly received it.”
Thomas, one of the twelve was not there with them when Jesus came.
Eight days later the disciples were inside with the doors locked and Thomas was with them. His disciples told him. “We have seen our Lord.”
Thomas said, “Unless I see the scars in his hands and put my fingers in them and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.”
Then Jesus appeared among them in the locked room, saying, “Shalom [meaning ‘Peace be with you’]!”
He said to Thomas, Put your finger here, and see my hands and put your finger into my side; and be not faithless, but be a believer.”
Thomas said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Now that you have seen me, you believe? Blessed are they who have not seen me, and have believed.”
There are many other miracles that Jesus performed before His disciples that are not written in this book, but these that are written are so that you will believe that Jesus was the Son of God, and whoever believes shall receive life in heaven to the end of the universe.493
493. Mark 16:14; Luke 24:36-49; John 20: 19-29.
Jesus Appears to the Fishers of Men
God loves numbers. There were twelve tribes in Israel. In the book of Revelation 7 twelve thousand of each of the twelve tribes of Israel are sealed, or protected during the tribulation. Twelve thousand times twelve is one hundred and forty four thousand, the total number of those sealed. Twelve times twelve is one hundred and forty four. In the Greek version of the New Testament, the numerical value of the Greek letters in almost every phrase having to do with Christians are multiples of 144, assigning the Greek letter alpha a value of 1, beta a value of 2, gamma 3, etc. There are many other numbers related to other things, such as 40 being the number for waiting periods. There are several books on this subject.
The numerical values of almost every phrase about fish in the New Testament having to do with saving people for the Lord are multiples 153. Examples are
“casting nets into the sea” in Matthew 4:18 (153 X 4)
“the narrow door” in Matthew 7:13 (153 X 13)
“fishers of men” in Mark 1:17 (153 X 14)
“… and straightway they left their nets and followed Him” in Mark 1:18 (153 X 36)
“… you will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call His name Jesus” in Luke 1:31 (153 X 37)
“… enter by the door into the sheepfold” in John 10:1 (153 X41)
“Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find fish” in John 21:6 (153 X 27)
“… and they were not able to draw the net because of the many fish which were caught” John 21:6 (153X 47)
“… drew the net to land, full of large fishes, one hundred and fifty three” John 21:11 (153 X 54)
“drew the net” John 21:11 (153 X 8)
After Jesus met with Thomas and the other disciples, He showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberius, but this is how He showed Himself:
They were all sitting together the night before, Simon Peter the Rock and Thomas who is called The Twin, Nathaniel from Cana of Galilee, James and John the sons of Zebedee and two other disciples. Simon said, “I am going to catch fish.” And they said to him, “We are coming too.” So they climbed into the boat and fished all night, but caught nothing.
When it became morning, Jesus stood by the seaside but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. And Jesus said to them, “Boys, what do you have to chew on?”
They said, “Nothing.”
He said to them, “Cast your net on the right side of the boat and you will find fish.”
They cast their net, and were not able to pull them out because of the great number of fish that filled the net.
Then John, the disciple whom Jesus loved told Peter, “This is our Lord!”
When Simon heard that it was The Lord, he wrapped his robe around his waist since he was athletic, and dived into the sea to come to Jesus. But the other disciples came by boat a couple of hundred arms lengths, dragging the net of fish. When they landed they saw a charcoal fire burning with a fish and some bread laid on it.
And Simon the Rock went and pulled the net to shore, full of large fishes, a hundred and fifty-three! And in spite of this weight, the net did not break.
Jesus said, “Come, break your fast.” But not one of them dared to ask who He was, for they all knew that He was our Lord. Then Jesus came close and took the fish and bread from the fire and gave it to them.
This was the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after He rose from dead.494
494. John 21: 1-14.
“Shepherd My Sheep”
As they ate breakfast, Jesus said to Simon the Rock, “Simon, son of Jonah [meaning the Dove, effervescent as the Holy Spirit], do you have more compassion for me than for the others?” He answered, “Yes my Lord, you know that I have great affection for you.” Jesus said to him, “Shepherd my rams [Male sheep].”
Then Jesus asked a second time, “Simon, son of the Dove, do you love me?” He answered. “Yes indeed, my Lord, you know that I love you.” And Jesus said, “Shepherd my sheep.”
Then Jesus asked a third time, “Simon, son of the Holy Spirit, do you love me?” It affected Simon that He had asked him three times, and he said to Him, “My Lord, you have wisdom over everything and you know that I have great love for you.” Jesus replied, “Feed my ewes [female sheep]. Truly I say to you, when you were a boy, you used to tie up your girdle by yourself and you walked wherever you pleased; but when you get old, you will stretch out your hands and others will tie your girdle and take you where you do not wish to go.” He said this to show by what death it was destined for Peter to glorify God.
Then Simon turned around and saw the disciple John whom Jesus loved coming after them, the one who leaned on Jesus’ breast at the Last Supper and asked Jesus, “My Lord, who will betray you?”
When Peter saw John, he asked Jesus, “My Lord, where is he going?” Jesus answered, “If it pleases me that I would have him remain until I come, what difference is that to you? You just follow me.”
This word went out among the brothers that this disciple would not die. But what Jesus said was not that he would not die, but, “If it pleases me that he would remain until I come back, what difference is that to you.”495
495. John 21:15-23.
Then the eleven disciples went to a mountain in Galilee where Jesus told then that He would meet them. When they saw Him, they worshipped Him, but some of them had mixed feelings. Jesus came up and spoke with them, and He told them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me, and just as my Father sent me, I also am sending you.
“Go to all the people in the world and preach my gospel and faith to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit and declares it shall be saved; but whoever does not believe it will be condemned and held accountable.
“Teach them to obey everything that I have commanded you. Wonders will follow those who believe these things. In my name they will cast out demons and speak with new languages. They shall take up serpents [Aramaic meaning they will deal with evil people]; and if they drink any deadly poison, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.496
“They will lay hands on the sick, and they will be restored. Lo, I am with you always, to the end of the universe.”497
After that, Jesus appeared to more than five hundred brethren at once. Then He appeared again to James, and then to all the apostles. And some time later, He appeared to Saul, the Pharisee, who then became the greatest theologian of all history.498 [Some time After this He appeared to John and dictated the book of Revelation.]
Aramaic speaking people used an idiom, ‘take up snakes’ to mean ‘deal with evil
people’. Because of this idiom, some Christian cults mistakenly handle poisonous
snakes and die. In Luke 4:12 Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 6:16 and said, “It is
written that you should not tempt the LORD your God. In Acts 28:3-5, Paul picked
up a poisonous snake by mistake when he reached into a bundle of sticks and it bit
his hand. Paul shook his hand and threw the snake into the fire, and he felt no
harm. This was not tempting God; it was an accident and God protected Paul.
"Drink any deadly poison" means that people accuse you falsely.
497. Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:15-18.
498. 1 Corinthians 15:6-8.
Until the day when he ascended, after He had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen through the Holy Spirit, the very ones whom He had shown himself alive after He had suffered, with many wonders during forty days, He talked with them concerning the kingdom of God.
He performed many other miracles in the presence of His disciples that are not written in this book. There so many that if they were written one by one, not even this world could contain all the books that would be written. Even those written are so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. And when you believe, you will have everlasting life in Jesus’ name.
As He ate bread with them, He commanded them to not depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, the one of whom they had heard about from Jesus.
“For,” He said, “John baptized with water, but you will be baptized by the Holy Spirit a few days from now.”499
While they were assembled there, they asked Jesus, “Our Lord, will you come at this time to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
Jesus answered, “It is not for you to know the time or the seasons which the Father has placed under His authority. When the Holy Spirit comes into you, you will receive power and you will be witnesses to me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and even to the farthest parts of the earth.”
After He had said these things, He ascended while they were looking at Him. A cloud received Him so that He was hidden from their sight. But while they were looking steadfastly up toward heaven, two men were standing beside them. And these men said to the disciples, “Why are you standing there gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus who has ascended from you up into heaven will come in like manner, just as you have seen Him ascend into heaven.”
They returned to Jerusalem with great joy. Then they went out and preached in every place. And Jesus helped them and strengthened what they said by the miracles that they performed. And they were often in the temple, praising and blessing God.500
20:30, 31; John 21:24, 25; Acts 1:1-5.
500. Mark 16:19, 29; Luke 24:50-53; Acts 1:5-11.
In the book MORE THAN A CARPENTER by Josh and Sean McDowell, they tell us that while Jesus walked the earth, He had no characteristics of the concept of the Messiah that all Jews, including Jesus' disciples, were hoping to come to free the Jews from the Roman Empire and become king of the entire world. When Jesus was crucified, the disciples may have viewed Jesus as a great prophet, but not the Messiah. During the crucifixion the disciples hid and Peter denied knowing Him.
When Jesus claimed repeatedly to be God's Son, and even to be God ("I and my Father are one in John 10:30)". In Luke 22:70, when they asked Him if He was the Son of God, He said to them, "You rightly say that I am." This angered the Jewish leaders and caused them to crucify Him.
When Jesus told the disciples that He would be put to death and would rise in three days, they did not understand what He was talking about. When Jesus was tortured and crucified, the disciples must have felt that even though Jesus had performed many miracles and taught the greatest lessons ever on how to live, Jesus was an ordinary human like the prophets before Him. The disciples then went back to their previous occupations.It was only after Jesus was resurrected and appeared to the disciples and to many others that the disciples boldly went and preached the gospels and willingly gave their lives for Jesus. It was only after Jesus rose from the dead and appeared on many occasions to the disciples that the disciples believed that Jesus was both God and the Son of God.
The disciples then went all over the world preaching, healing and bringing thousands of people to believe in Jesus and follow Him, even though many of them were being tortured and put to death for their faith.501
A Pharisee named Saul of Tarsus was filled with anger against the disciples of Jesus, and was pleased to have a part in the murder of Stephen.502
And as Saul journeyed, he was near Damascus when suddenly a light from the sky shone all around him. Saul fell to the ground and then heard a voice saying, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? You hurt yourself by kicking against the pricks.” Sticks with pricks on the end were used to keep oxen in line, and if an ox kicked against the pricks it would hurt itself.
“Saul answered, “Who are you, Lord?” And Jesus answered, “I am Jesus of Nazareth who you are persecuting. Get up now and go to the city, and there you will be told what to do.”
The men traveling with Saul were speechless because they could hear the voice, but could see no man. When Saul got up, he was blind, so the men journeying with Saul led him to Damascus. Saul was unable to see for three days, during which time he did not eat or drink water.
Jesus appeared in a vision to a disciple named Ananias, and told Ananias to go to a street named Straight and ask at the house of Judah for Saul of Tarsus, where he would be praying and has seen in a vision a man named Ananias, who would lay his hand on him to restore his sight.
Then Ananias said, “My Lord, I have heard of this man and how much misery he has brought to your saints in Jerusalem. He has authority from the high priests to bind all those who call on your name.”
Jesus answered, “Arise and go! He is the agent that I have chosen myself, to carry my name to the Gentiles and kings and children of Israel. I will show him what great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.”
Ananias then went to that house and laid his hand on Saul and said, “My brother, our Lord Jesus who appeared to you when you were coming has sent me to restore your sight, and to have you filled with the Holy Spirit.”
In that hour, something like scales fell off of Saul’s eyes and his sight was restored and he got up and was baptized. Then Saul ate and was strengthened and remained there several days with the disciples in Damascus. From that time on, Saul preached in the Jewish synagogues about Jesus, and then went throughout the world preaching and healing and writing letters to the churches he founded, which has become the greatest writings ever written.
Then John, the disciple whom Jesus loved the most suffered in prison with Peter and was miraculously freed.
John was then boiled in oil by the Romans, and was not harmed according to Tertullian (160-220 AD), a Christian scholar who wrote:
'Since, moreover, you are close upon Italy, you have Rome, from which there comes even into our own hands the very authority [of apostles themselves]. How happy is its church, on which apostles poured forth all their doctrine along with their blood; where Peter endures a passion like his Lord's; where Paul wins his crown in a death like John's [the Baptist]; where the Apostle John was first plunged, unhurt, into boiling oil, and thence remitted to his island-exile.'
After John was miraculously not killed by the boiling oil, he was exiled to the island of Patmos, where Jesus appeared to him in a vision, and dictated the book of Revelation to John.
Since that time, Jesus has appeared in visions to millions of Christians over the past two thousand years. Psalm 83 lists all the enemies of Israel today and that will be destroyed. As the book of Revelation reveals, Jesus will now appear to all Christians in the very near future. The predictions in Revelation of the coming New World Order, their destruction and the return of Jesus, which are now taking place at a rapid rate, were also prophesied with extreme accuracy in many other places in the Bible, such as Matthew 24, Ezekiel 38, and Jeremiah 49:36-38, where Elam is Aramaic for Iran and a portion of Iraq:
‘Behold, I will bring upon Elam the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and will scatter the people to all the winds; and there shall be no nation whither the dispersed ones of Elam shall not come.
‘I will cause Elam to be defeated before their enemies and before those who seek their lives; and I will bring evil upon them, even my fierce anger,’ says the LORD; ‘and I will send the sword after them till I have consumed them; I will set my throne in Elam, and I will destroy from thence the kings and the princes,’ says the LORD.503 This is a prediction that Islam will be destroyed.
book of The Acts of the Apostles.
502. Acts 8:1; 9:1.
503. Translated by Lamsa, ibid.
Was Jesus only another human, or was He really God come to earth as His own Son? Was He both God and a human?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, the very manifestation of God. Everything came into being by His hand and His manifestation and His Word, and without Him and His Word, nothing would ever exist that exists. The life was in Him and that spark of life was the life and the light of humanity. That light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it.
There was a man sent by God whose name was John [the Bapist]. John came to testify concerning that light so that every human being might believe by John's testimony. John was not the light, but he testified concerning the light.
The light is the true light, which gives understanding to all humans who come into the world. The Word, the light, the manifestation of God came into the world, and the people came into the world by His hand, but the people did not know Him. He came to those He created, but the world did not know Him. But to those who did believe him, he gave power to become children of God, especially those who believed in His name. These are those who did not become so through blood or the desires of the flesh, nor by the will of humans, but those who were born of God.
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we saw His glory, a glory that was uniquely of the nature of the Creator, full of grace and truth and truth and blessing.504
Jesus told John in His Revelation on Mount Patmos, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, who was, and who is to come. I am he who lives and was dead, and behold I am alive forevermore. Amen.505
Did you hear the angels singing when you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior who gave His blood to pay for all of your sins? Well they sang and they hear all your thoughts, just as God hears you. During the coming Tribulation God will hear you and protect you and supply all your needs, but He has given us forewarning so that we will be prepared.
In Revelation Chapters 13 through 20, Jesus warns us of the coming Tribulation and prophecies what we need to do to prepare for it. Jesus tells us not to let the evil One World Government put the mark of the beast on your right hand or on your eyebrow, or you will go to hell. And if you do not let them put the mark on you, you will not be able to buy or sell.
This means that you must have either a 3.5-year or seven-year supply of food and water before the Tribulation starts, which could be any day now. You can store food, if you have time, but what about water? You need a swimming pool or a lake, pond, stream or river nearby for water and a means to boil the water or filter it so you can drink it. If these are not available, you need to drill a well down into the ground water and you need a pump to pump that water up by hand so you and your family and Christian friends. Don’t worry about the non- Christians for they will have the mark of the beast and will be able to buy and sell whatever they want. But your money will be totally devalued, and you will not be able to buy anything. A Spirit-filled evangelist asked the Lord if the Rapture would occur before, during or after the Tribulation. His answer was, “Get ready.” That could mean any of the three times of the Tribulation.
To pump the water up, you need either a hand pump or an electric pump. You will have no electricity for the electric pump unless you prepare yourself with an alternate energy supply. That supply cannot be an electric generator, as you will not be able to buy fuel. It could be wind, solar or the latest means of extracting energy from the atmosphere, which is utilizing the atmospheric energy that produces lightning. If you do this, you can also have hot plates for cooking and boiling water and room heaters for heating your home in the winter. Do not rely on natural gas because you will not be able to buy propane and a propane tank or gasoline tank will not last for forty two months or seven years.
What about you who cannot afford these things? If you really believe in God and Jesus, you are the fortunate ones. Give everything you have to help God’s chosen people, the Israelites and God will provide all of your needs. In Genesis 12:1-3 God told Abraham that He will bless those who bless Abraham’s descendants and curse those who curse Abraham’s descendants. Trust in God and believe that He will provide all your needs. This is the time when Jesus separates the sheep from the goats – those who follow Jesus and trust Him and those who do not. Jesus said that this time will be more difficult than any other time in the history of the earth.
You who are rich and can afford these luxuries are the unfortunate ones, for it is easier for a rope to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich person to get into heaven. Pray without ceasing. Give all that you have to help other Christians and to help the Israelites. Get rid of all your money in this way, for your money will be totally worthless during the Tribulation. Are you a sheep or a goat?
Jesus tells us that if we remain faithful to Him for the three and a half to seven year period of the tribulation, we will be taken up into the clouds (1st Thessalonians 4:13-17) and will live with Jesus on earth for the next thousand years. If you are beheaded because of your loyalty to Jesus, you will reign in heaven, so praise God either way. We are not to know when any of this happens because Jesus wants us to be ready at all times, not just at the last moment so we can squeak by. This is explained in Chapter 157. You must be a light for the world and full of the Holy Spirit.
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