JESUS - What was his real Mission on Earth?
We know that Jesus lived because the well-known first century historian Flavius Josephus mentions him in his works as “a great teacher and healer from Gallilee”. But we have no knowledge of the rest of his life from birth until his baptism by John the Baptist, when his ministry began. The Bible is silent on this period with only a brief mention of him at the age of twelve and that only in St Mark’s Gospel.
If the nativity story were just a fairy tale aimed at young children, without Church backing, they would soon be asking awkward questions of the parent narrating the story.
If a star stood over the manger where the baby lay, why did the three wise men have to divert their journey to ask Herod where they could find him? Surely the star was showing exactly where he was?
What sort of star hovers over an individual building anyway? I’ve never seen one that low!
If the wise men were so wise, why did they ask the evil and quite ruthless King of Judaea where the new King of Israel had been born? Was that not bound to provoke him into some sort of dangerous action?
By the time the wise men had travelled to Bethlehem via Herod’s palace, surely the baby would already have left the manger to go home? It was only a one-day census, not a week’s annual holiday trip.
The kids should have killed that fairytale almost before it had even started! Except that no one was telling the story until long, long after Jesus had been taken up to heaven, after his resurrection, otherwise he would certainly have had something to say about it before he went!
There is no mention of him at all in history books until he was approximately 30 years old! Indeed he might not have existed at all for the first 30 of his 33 years of presumed life on earth, prior to his crucifixion in approximately 33 AD. His birth might have escaped the notice of history books but there are a number of other basic historical discrepancies which are virtually impossible to explain.
Firstly, there is no record of Herod killing children under two years old, in spite of the fact that there are many other atrocities by this cruel ruler recorded in recognized history books. Moreover, Herod appears to have died four years before Jesus was born. According to the dating system, which was re-started from zero, especially to coincide with the birth of Jesus, Herod died in 4BC!
Jesus’ birth date has subsequently been arbitrarily altered to “around 7 BC” to account for this apparent anomaly!
There was almost certainly no census between 8 BC and 6AD because the latter was well documented by Josephus and a census was normally only carried out every 14 years. Furthermore Luke states quite categorically that the census at the time of the alleged birth was the first one by Quinarius, after he was elected Governor of Syria, which is unanimously agreed by historians to have been in 6 AD.
It is said a “star” hovered over Bethlehem, and specifically over the stable where Jesus was. Stars do not “hover” anywhere. They rise in the sky, seem to travel across it as the earth rotates and finally set in the sky as morning approaches. A bit of fanciful thinking here, unless this was a UFO! And if something was hovering as a marker over the stable, why did the three "wise" men find it necessary to ask Herod where they could find the “child who was to become king of the Jews”. Of all the people to ask, Herod must have been the worst, as well as one of the most inaccessible!
Jesus was definitely not born in December, as The Bible would have us believe, because Mary and Joseph were supposed to be in Bethlehem for a census when he was born and these were never held in winter, because the weather would have been too cold. At Census time, it was always the case that there was “no room at the inn” and most people were accustomed to “camping out” in the many caves in the hills surrounding the town. The census would have been in the summer.
For Jesus to be the predicted Messiah, according to The Bible, he should have been descended from “the line of David”. Since it was Joseph who was a descendant of David, the decision to declare the event an immaculate conception was an extremely bad decision because Jesus was not then fulfilling the prophecy of being descended from David and could not therefore have been the predicted Messiah. Some claim that Mary was also of the line of David but in Israel, in those days the "line of David would have been the male line. The female line did not count!
It would seem likely that the whole nativity story is just that; a story invented long after the alleged event when no one could agree exactly when it was supposed to have happened, or what else was going on at the time!
Joseph is said to have decided to "reside in Nazareth" on the family’s alleged return from Egypt in “order to fulfil the prophecy” that Jesus was a Nazarene, thought at a later date to mean that he was from Nazareth. However, there is now considerable evidence that Nazareth did not exist prior to 300 AD so there is considerable doubt that this part of the scriptures is true. Is it just another vain effort on the part of early church leaders to alter the story to fulfill a prophecy for an event which didn’t happen?
The question of Jesus being a Nazarene is now thought to mean that he was connected to the Essenes which was one of the three sects at the time, the other two being the Sadducees and the Pharisees. Members of The Essenes were commonly referred to as Nazrenes, not a far cry from a “Nazarene”.
These simple but multiple errors all point to the nativity being a much later concoction of an apparently obvious event, after Jesus rose to fame as a prophet and healer in the three years or so of his recorded ministry. He existed, so he must have been born like everyone else, mustn’t he? But this is not necessarily the case. Jesus wasn’t like anyone else, was he?
So, if he was not born here as we understand from the Bible, wheredid he come from? It would make more sense if he was born other than on this earth and then sent here to do a specific job. Indeed this is exactly what he said in his teachings and we will examine these claims in due course.
We have a detailed description of how he ascended into Heaven. In Acts 1 v 9 it says: And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come (again) in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
If this is how he departed in AD 33 and how he is predicted to return in the future, then is it not likely that this was how he arrived in the first place, approximately 3 years previously?
He seems to confirm this in John 8v23 when he says: “You are of this world; I am not of this world.” He also says in John 8 v14“I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.”
If he was born on Earth he surely wouldn’t say he was “not of this world”. That is a statement by someone who travelled to Earth from somewhere else, rather than being born here as a baby. It would perfectly account for the known historical fact that he suddenly appeared in history, aged approximately 30 years old and left again aged 33.
He confirms this again in John 3:13. Here, the apostle John recorded Jesus as having said to Nicodemus: “No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man” Jesus is obviously referring to himself because he always insisted he was “The Son of Man” not “The Son of God”, as many people still maintain.
He clearly says that he came from heaven but he also seems to say that before he came here, he had already ascended into heaven before that! This means he must have been here previously! If he was indeed here previously, does this throw any light on his statement in Revelation 22 v13 which says: "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last."
If he is coming to collect us in the future and he was here previous to his arrival in 30 AD, maybe he was first here when Man was created on earth? Maybe he had a part in the creation? He would then be “the beginning and the end” as far as mankind’s life on earth is concerned.
We will examine the similarities between the descriptions of the two events, the first being the creation of man in the Garden of Eden at the beginning of life on earth and the arrival of The New Jerusalem in the End Times. The description of both the Garden of Eden and the New Jerusalem seem to be identical! The Beginning and The End!
Let us pose a simple question. If you were going to send someone to earth to carry out an important mission, would you choose to send a fully-grown adult with all the knowledge and experience needed to carry out a unique mission, or would you create a baby, in an earth woman’s womb, who after birth would need a lifetime’s training for the mission? And who on earth would be qualified to administer that training?
Surely it would be much better to send someone who knew at first-hand what the Kingdom of Heaven was all about!
Jesus, at the age of 30 appeared to know all about heaven when he rebukes his disciples in John 3.12 saying: “I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell ye of heavenly things”?
How would he know about heavenly things unless he had been there himself? And for further confirmation that he came directly from Heaven as an adult, consider:
John 6.38: “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me” And also:
John 17.5: “Father glorify me in your own presence with the glory which I had with you before the world was made”
Jesus seems to confirm that he arrived directly from Heaven on a number of previous occasions, as well as this one.
And finally, what about the one who was sent “to prepare the way” for Jesus. If Jesus was sent to earth as an adult, rather than being born here, surely the same logic should apply to John the Baptist, who would have arrived shortly ahead of Jesus. Is this confirmed in John 1 v 6-8 ?
“There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, (Jesus) so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.”
It had been prophecied that Elijah would be sent to "prepare the way" and many would not accept Jesus as the Messiah because Elijah had not come. Jesus, however maintained that Elijah had come but had not been recognised. That is, that John the Baptist was, in fact, Elijah.
Since Elijah was known to have been taken up to Heaven while he was still alive, if John the Baptist was in fact Elijah, (are we going to contradict Jesus?) then John had also been sent direct from Heaven (as a human who had never died) and had not been born here!
But what was his mission? Certainly not, as the Church would have us believe, to die for our sins because to die, knowing that he would immediately be resurrected, would hardly be a sacrifice on either his or his father's part. Surely to redeem our sins requires that we acknowledge them and repent, which according to the Book of Revelation, is exactly the chance we will all be given on the last day. Please refer to Judgement Day
His mission was twofold.
Firstly, to announce the reality of a physical resurrection. He even demonstrated the reality of The Resurrection to prove his point!
Secondly he wanted to prepare us for His return, so that we should not be "caught unawares" John was given the information about his return and about the resurrection, which he duly recorded in the Book of Revelation.
In order to make sure that people would believe the prophecy of His return, he gave a series of prophecies about events which would happen prior to His return, but would not be capable of interpretation before they had actually happened. When they were seen to be fulfilled in amazing detail, then people would, hopefully believe in his predicted return and have time to prepare.
If you haven'y already read them, start with the first prophecies chronologically: The Creation of the State of Israel in 1948, followed by The War in Heaven, fulfilled at the start of the Gulf War in 1990.