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Washing Of Hands, Pontius Pilate, Cut Off Hands?, Guilt Of The Jews, Passing The Buck, Crafty Perversion Of Christian Doctrine, The Willingness Of Jesus Christ, Ignorance And Accountability, False Ministers Of Light, Persecution Of Children Of The Lamb, Apostasy And Mark Of The Beast, The Lord's Hands Of Blessing And Healing, The Apostles Lay On Hands To Heal, Laying On Of Hands To Receive The Holy Ghost God's Divine Wrath Meted Out And Revelation's Second Harvest
While the hands of the Jewish Elders had been bloodied for many centuries prior to the arrival of Christ, they made every attempt to self-righteously conceal this fact, by boasting of their ability to keep the Mosaic Law. Being as the physical is a manifestation of the spiritual, it should come as no surprise that one way in which these Children of the Goat attempted to conceal their murder of the Children of the Lamb, was through the tradition of the washing of hands. Through this and other acts, they convinced the common people of their goodness and holiness. Consider the following verses:
"Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread . . . These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man."
Matthew 15:2, 20, KJV
"And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault. For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders. And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables. Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."
Mark 7:2-7, KJV
We are also told that the men-pleasing Roman procurator, Pontius Pilate, who preferred to be a friend of the Jews, instead of being a friend of God, also tried to rid himself of the guilt of having Jesus' Blood on his hands. This he did, when he bowed to political correctness, and performed the following symbolic act, as he gave Jesus into the hands of the Children of the Goat:
"When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it."
Matthew 27:24, KJV
As we know, Jesus often spoke in very cryptic language, in order to hide the true meaning of His words from those who were not meant to understand them, or who would not accept the truth of His words anyway. Such is the case with the following words He spoke in Matthew chapter eighteen:
"Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire."
Matthew 18:8, KJV
These words have undoubtedly been difficult to understand for many Christians. Is Jesus suggesting that we literally cut off our hands or our feet if we commit sin with them, in order that we might be found worthy of Eternal Life? Is the Lord suggesting that we are to literally follow the precepts of the Mosaic Law, even as the Muslim Arabs do today in our modern world? Based upon everything I have stated thus far, I am of the opinion that this is not the case whatsoever. What the Lord is really stating, is that we should separate ourselves from those who have unclean hands and unwashed feet. In other words, He is referring to those who have not accepted Him as their Saviour; and who thus do not walk down the Path of Life. For a much clearer understanding of how our feet are related to this issue, please refer to the revelatory article "Are You Clean Every Whit?". For the time being, consider the following verse:
"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,"
2 Corinthians 6:17, KJV
As I point out in other articles such as "Is God A Racist?", and "Revelation's Babylon the Great", try as they may, the unbelieving Jews cannot possibly conceal their bloodied hands, or rid themselves of their guilt, except by one means alone. Through their own pride and evil hearts, they brought this guilt upon themselves, when they foolishly cried out:
". . . His blood be on us, and on our children."
Matthew 27:25b, KJV
The only way that these stubborn Children of the Goat will ever be able to cleanse their bloodied hands, is by drawing close to God, and to His Holy Throne of Grace, through their humble acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ. Only in this way will their hands finally be cleansed, and their hearts purified; for as James wrote:
"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up."
James 4:7-10, KJV
Sadly, the vast majority of Jews, particularly those in the state of Israel, are not yet prepared to do this. Not only that, but they are still trying to convince the world that their hands are clean; by trying to transfer their guilt to a second party; that is, to the Romans. What is so sad about this fact, is that through their crafty placement of false preachers and teachers in certain Christian churches, these wicked workers of darkness have even begun to convince some naive Christians of this very same thing. It wasn't really the Jews' fault that Christ was crucified, they claim; it was the fault of the Romans. This is a blatant lie, which I will prove in a moment.
It has also come to my attention, that some misguided Christians even go so far as to now claim that we are all responsible for Christ's death. Whether we are Jewish, or a Gentile, or a Roman who lived during the time of Christ, we all carry equal guilt, they say. We all have bloodied hands. They would have us to believe that there is no difference. While it is indeed true that we are all sinners, again, this belief is a blatant distortion of the truth, and it is not supported by the Holy Scriptures. On the other end of the spectrum, we find those who claim that no one carries any guilt for Christ's Crucifixion, because Jesus laid down His life of His own accord. Some of the verses they twist in order to support this false belief are the following:
"No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father."
John 10:18, KJV
"He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth."
Isaiah 53:7, KJV
While it is indeed true that Jesus gave His life willingly for the sins of the world, it is also true that God still had to use a human vehicle in order to accomplish His Divine Purposes. Jesus willingly went to the slaughter in order to atone for the sins of the world, but there still had to be a butcher; and as we saw in part one, that executioner was the weak Roman procurator Pontius Pilate; who was pressured into performing his evil deed, by the Jewish Elders, through mob rule and political correctness; that is, by proving that he, Pilate, was still a friend of Caesar's. While the Jews, and even some misguided Christians, try to now say that we all carry equal guilt for the Crucifixion, please notice very carefully in the following verses, to whom Jesus attributes the greater sin:
"Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar."
John 19:10-12, KJV
"If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father."
John 15:22-24, KJV
"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved."
John 3:19-20, KJV
So as you can plainly see, yes, Jesus did in fact give His life freely, but the jealous Jews chose to forcefully take it from Him, when they first laid their bloodied hands upon Him in the Garden. Later, they delivered Him into the hands of Pilate, in order that He might be crucified; even against Pilate's wishes; and this is why Jesus very clearly states that it is upon the unbelieving Jews, that the greater sin, and the greater guilt, falls. Jesus said "he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin". Do you know why Jesus said this? Do you know why Jesus said that the Jews had no cloak for their sin? Obviously, it is because they had a greater knowledge of the Truth. Not only did they have the Scriptures; not only did they have Moses and the Prophets; but they had seen Him work many miracles before their very eyes; and still they did not believe.
The Children of Darkness, the Children of the Goat, knew exactly what they were doing; yet they did it anyway. God can only hold people accountable for how much Truth they possess. This is why the Apostle Paul also stated regarding his former persecution of the Saints:
"And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief."
1 Timothy 1:12-13, KJV
While Peter tried to excuse the unbelieving Jews in order to win them to Christ in Acts chapter three, when he preached to the Athenians on Mars' Hill, the Apostle Paul boldly asserted that the time of ignorance was past; and that it was now time for all men everywhere to repent, and to accept Christ. Later, in his Epistle to the Corinthians, Paul also said that now is the day of Salvation:
"And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;"
Acts 3:17-19, KJV
"And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:"
Acts 17:30, KJV
"(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)"
2 Corinthians 6:2, KJV
Returning for a moment to the Lord's trial, when Pilate tried to do what was right, even being warned by his very own wife, who was it who cried out in protest? John writes "but the Jews cried out". That is Scriptural fact which no one can change. Jesus said that the greater sin is upon the Jews, and we should believe it; no matter what any of these modern false prophets and teachers might try to say. Those who say and teach such things are in great error; and they are false ministers of light; of whom the Apostle Paul told us to be warned;
"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."
2 Corinthians 11:13-15, KJV
Not content with having murdered the Prophets of old, with having laid their hands upon the head of John the Baptist, and then with laying their already-bloodied hands on the very High Priest of God, Jesus Christ Himself, the wicked Children of the Goat continued their evil persecution of the innocent Children of the Lamb in the Book of Acts. Time and time again they threatened the Disciples. In some cases, as with James, who was beheaded by Herod, and Stephen, who was stoned to death by the Jewish Elders, they were killed; while at other times, they were dragged before the Jewish Elders, and threatened and beaten, and sometimes thrown into prison; sometimes to be miraculously rescued by the Lord's Angels. Consider the following verses:
"But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake."
Luke 21:12, KJV
"And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide."
Acts 4:3, KJV
"And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison."
Acts 5:18, KJV
"Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church."
Acts 12:1, KJV
"And when he was come unto us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles . . . And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him,"
Acts 21:11, 27, KJV
"And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans."
Acts 28:17, KJV
"And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands."
2 Corinthians 11:33, KJV
Moving up to what may be the very near future, we discover that even after the Lord has severely punished the wicked spiritual children of Azazel the scapegoat, for having dared to put their filthy hands upon His children and persecuted them lo these many centuries, they still will not repent of their evil deeds. Notice that the murder of God's lambs is counted among the works of their hands:
"And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts."
Revelation 9:20-21, KJV
What I also find quite significant, is that this is directly related to the Mark of the Beast. Because they have already yielded themselves to Satan in their minds, and through the evil works of their hands, could this be why they will also so willingly accept the Mark of the Beast, which many, like myself, believe may be an actual biochip implant which will connect everyone into the worldwide electronic credit system of the Beast? Remember the verse I shared in part one about revolting more and more into total apostasy:
"Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint."
Isaiah 1:5, KJV
"And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six."
Revelation 13:16-18, KJV
"And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years."
Revelation 20:4, KJV
While I have thus far shown how the forces of darkness have totally reversed the ancient rites of the high priest, so that now the Children of the Goat lay their hands upon the heads of the Children of the Lamb, in order to blame them for the woes of the world, there is another brighter side to this story as well. In the New Testament, we discover that Jesus laid His hands upon different people in order to bless them; such as in the example of the small children. At other times, it was in order to heal a certain person of a bodily and/or a spiritual affliction. Consider the following verses:
"Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence."
Matthew 19:13-15, KJV
"And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them."
Mark 10:13-16, KJV
"And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them."
Luke 24:50, KJV
And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live."
Mark 5:23, KJV
"And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? . . . And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them."
Mark 6:2, 5, KJV
"And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly."
Mark 8:22-25, KJV
"Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them."
Luke 4:40, KJV
"And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God."
Luke 13:13, KJV
As the Lord Himself had promised, His followers performed even greater works than Himself, for as Jesus had said, He had to return to the Father. This is also covered in the article "Are the Gifts of the Spirit for Today?". Consider the following verses where we see that, contrary to the Children of the Goat who lay their hands on people in order to commit evil, the Children of the Lamb lay their hands on people in order to do good:
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."
John 14:12, KJV
"They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."
Mark 16:18, KJV
"And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch."
Acts 5:12, KJV
"Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands."
Acts 14:3, KJV
"And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:"
Acts 19:11, KJV
"And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him."
Acts 28:8, KJV
"Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
James 5:14-16, KJV
In the Book of Acts, after the Holy Spirit had been imparted to the Disciples on the Day of Pentecost, this very same Gift of the Spirit was transferred to others through the act of laying one's hands upon another. When I received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost many years ago, this is precisely how it was done with me. While the following verses show how the Holy Ghost was received through the laying on of the Apostles' hands, please note that this particular request was actually made by evil Simon the Sorcerer; who was soon found out. We never hear of him again after Peter exposes his wicked heart:
"Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them."
Acts 6:6, KJV
"Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money."
Acts 8:17-20, KJV
"As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus."
Acts 13:2-4, KJV
"And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied."
Acts 19:6, KJV
"Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery."
1 Timothy 4:14, KJV
"Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands."
2 Timothy 1:6, KJV
"Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment."
Hebrews 6:2, KJV
So while God's children are commanded to lay hands upon a person in order to heal and to impart the Holy Ghost, the disobedient and unbelieving children of the world do it in order to hurt and to do wrong. What these foolish Children of the Goat do not realize, is that when they lay their filthy hands upon the Children of the Lamb, they are committing a very grave error, because the Scriptures plainly tell us:
"Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm."
Psalms 105:15, KJV
While these foolish people may not realize it now, once their cup of iniquity is full, they are going to fall into the Hands of a wrathful God, and they are not going to like it! As the Apostle Paul wrote in his Epistle to the Hebrews:
"It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God . . . For our God is a consuming fire."
Hebrews 10:31, 12:29, KJV
In the Book of Revelation, after the Harvest of Souls takes place at the end of this current system of man, when Christ returns for His beloved children, we are told that a second harvest will take place. We might refer to this harvest as the Harvest of Wrath. In the fourteenth chapter we find the following verses which describe it:
"And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb . . . And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs."
Revelation 14:9-10, 17-20, KJV
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