Friday, January 17, 2014

Was Jesus Forsaken? Part 2

This morning (several days ago now*) the LORD caught me concerning my first post on Psalm 22, and what I had typed.  He pricked me by His Spirit and reminded me that He was pouring out His wrath against the sins of men, while His Son was on the cross.  So do I retract what I said about the Father looking lovingly on while His Son laid down His life?  I do not.  I think that while the Father poured out His wrath, He was acting in Agape (unconditional love) for humanity, His creation, and though He still loved the Son perfectly, the Son, Yeshua became the object of El Elyon's most horrific wrath!

News travels quick!  Already news of this insight made its way to my pastor, and he disagreed with me, saying that "If God did not turn away from Jesus, then what was the Wrath of God?"  Which brings up an interesting question, and I'm not sure I've got the answer, though I can attempt to formulate an answer.  "How was the wrath of God poured out on Yeshua?"

When Jesus, or Yeshua, died on the cross, he died as the fulfillment of the sacrificial Passover lamb.  Yeshua was the lamb to which the Hebrew sacrifice pointed.  He was the fulfillment!  Yeshua was the perfect fulfillment!  When the sacrifice occurs, what happens?  The Passover lamb is slain, with its blood collected by priests in goblets, and then sprinkled on the altar, (according to one Passover site).  The animals entrails were removed, washed, and its fat offered on the altar as an aroma pleasing to God (Gen. 8:21, Lev. 1:9, 14, 17; Lev. 3:5 etc.).

But as for the Passover ritual, I see nothing more required of the sacrificial victim.  Now, we know that after Messiah had been crucified, he descended into hell.  And most think that he suffered the torments and suffering of hell for us in our place.  Ineed, I believe that Scripture teaches that Messiah died as a substitute for our punishment (Rom. 3:25, Heb. 2:17, 1 Jn. 2:2, 4:10).  But did he suffer the torments of hell?  Is that taught in Scripture?  Peter tells us that Messiah, being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit, made proclamation to the spirits in prison (i.e. hades or Sheol).  But it's a mystery what really transpired during this time.  The apostle Paul, quoting from the Psalms, teaches that Yeshua, when he ascended, he led captive a host of captives.  This is typically understood as the inhabitants of Paradise (a.k.a. Abraham's Bosom), which was located in center Earth, along with Hades.  Remember, Yeshua said to the thief who demonstrated faith in Him, "Today you will be with Me in Paradise!" (Lk 23:43).

So we know that on that day, Jesus accompanied the thief (Insurrectionist) into Paradise, in the central part of the Earth.  (The Bible far surpasses Science!  That "molten core" model of the earth that is taught as fact in public schools is a anti-christ theory of science that says the God's word is untrustworthy!  But as we've seen, the further science advances, the more it proves the Bible!  With the development of molecular science and our discovery of the most basic level of cells/molecules, that they are irreduclibly complex!  This means that at their most basic level, molecules must have all the variant complex components to function.  It's sorta like the mouse trap.  Without the spring, a mouse trap still looks like a mouse trap, but it doesn't work!  All its components must be in place.  In molecular science, we see this to be true of all molecules at their simplest levels.)

Peter tells us that Yeshua descended and made proclamation to the spirits in prison (i.e. hades, or sheol)!  So at some point, Yeshua arrived in Paradise, the destination of the thief on the cross for his faith in Messiah (notice, he wasn't baptized, or said the name Jehovah to be saved, simply faith in Yeshua as Messiah!), and at some other point in his two days in the belly of the earth (i.e. center earth) he traveled to hades to preach God's victory to the imprisoned fallen angels and fallen souls of men awaiting judgment.  Then again, Paul tells the Ephesians that when He ascended (40 days later?) He led captive a host of captives, taking with Him paradise to heaven (2 Cor. 12:4; Rev. 2:7).

But as far as I can tell, the idea that Yeshua Messiah suffered the torments in hell, is foreign to the Biblical text.  I think it can be easily mis-read into the Biblical text, but this is where it is critically important to have good Biblical hermeneutics.  And this is what I'm striving to do.  If any of you sees something I miss, or clearly sees an error in my theology, I encourage and invite dialogue.

Blessings as we near the return of Messiah; after the One-World leader emerges!  :-)

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