Last Week of Jesus’ Life

The Last Week of Jesus Life Part 2

The last battle Jesus fought on this earth was advanced by Him, not Satan. He laid down His garment of the Lamb Slain and had taken up His mantle as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah!! Revelation 5:5 The war God had returned to heaven, assembled His forces, addressed His commander in chief, and attacked in the city of His death, where it seemed as if He had been finished.
Armageddon was the day of trouble or distress of a rushing assembly (as troops into an excited crowd, a mob violence) to kill their King on a mountain. Revelation 8:8, 17:15;Jeremiah 51:25-45; Genesis 22:11-14 This was not just a battle, conquest, or victory; this is the greatest battle ever fought, the greatest victory ever won!! Christ had fought Satan in life as a lamb, using prayer; His greatest weapon was love, not a sword. He had fought suffering for others, not destroying others. Matthew 20:28 This was the day the Son of God poured out His soul unto death. Isaiah 53:12 He carried the battle to Hades when the Lion of the tribe of Judah advanced His forces to the outskirts of Satan’s throne room. While on earth, Christ had fought against the Herods (7 of them who were the heads of the beast/government Israel), the Caesars (10 of them who had given Israel power to rule by proxy); now He with 72,000 mighty angels was at the outskirts of Satan’s throne. Revelation 12:9 Christ had come to get what belonged to Him!! He entered the strong man’s house, Matthew 12:29, destroyed Satan’s power that had restrained His servants (separated from His love because NO sacrifice had been offered to satisfy the demands of the eternal Godhead. Hebrews 10:5-10; Matthew 16:18. Satan had had the power of death, Hebrews 2:14, and the time of his reign had ended, Revelation 1:18. Christ had now been made perfect. Hebrews 5:8-9 “It is finished,” Greek word teleo-it is accomplished, the goal has been reached, He cried, warning Satan He was on His way!! By the suffering of death, for the first time an offering was made to God, the Father which would give Him amnesia and man amnesty, Hebrews 8:12, so the souls of all men AND they in prison (under the rule and power of Satan) could ascend when Christ ascended from this place. Matthew 27:52. Satan had bruised Christ head (had caused Him to be put to death) now Christ had stung Satan’s heel (taken from Satan the power of death) 1John 3:8; Matthew 16:18. This is the reason Christ cried out with a LOUD voice; “it is finished”!! John 19:30; Revelation 16:17.Acts 13:25-35
They had fought against God, nailed God to the cross, mocked God in the flesh, laid Him in the tomb, and sealed it tightly. They rejoiced and sent gifts one to the other. Revelation 11:10 They thought they had won. While they relished in their victory Christ had conquered death, hell and the grave, cast the old serpent, Satan, off his throne to roam on the earth until His Second Coming, led captivity captive (taken they who belonged to Him to the Paradise in the third heaven), and had given gifts (miraculously to the apostles and they on whom they laid hands) to men!! While they gloated over His death that had occurred on earth He ascended upon high, sat down at the right hand of the Father, purged our sins, expecting to rule until His enemies be made His footstool-WHO WON THIS BATTLE? The answer came on the day of Pentecost when the commander in chief of God’s Army, the honorable Holy Spirit, came in miraculous form on 12 unlearned and ignorant Galileans who spoke in 17 different languages to thousands in the city of Jerusalem, the year, A D 33; and invited them to be ransomed (by the blood of Christ) which they cold meet when baptized for the remission of sins to the first “marriage supper of the Lamb, for His bride had made herself ready.” Revelation 19:7; Acts 2:42; Matthew 22:1-13; Romans 7:4 ETERNITY HAD PLANNED, PREPARED, AND WAITED FOR ‘THE DAY OF THE LORD,’ all the prophets from Samuel and all that had spoken had prophesied of these days, Acts 3:24, Christ had spent 40 days telling His chosen apostles it was coming to Jerusalem,
this truly was “the day, which the Lord had made.” Truly, we can rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:25 This truly is the day of battle of God, the Almighty!! “And there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.” Revelation 16:17-21 “He had born our sins in His own body on the tree.” 1 Peter 2:22-24 “All the reproaches of them that reproached Thee fell upon Me.” Romans 15:3 “God saw the travail of His soul and was satisfied.” Isaiah 53:11 Thanks be unto God who gives us all things, in Christ.

The Last Week of Jesus Life

From John 12:1, we learn that Jesus came to Bethany six days before the Passover. Bethany was the home village of a very infamous family whom Jesus had befriended. It was the home of Martha, Mary, Lazarus, and Simon the Leper. Little is known of the other village mentioned by Matthew, Mark, and
Luke as being on the road from Jericho to Jerusalem, Bethany was situated on the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives about two miles from Jerusalem. It seems that Jesus arrived in Bethany late on the day we call Friday and spent the Sabbath in the home of His friends. During the week now about to begin, Jesus spent the nights in Bethany. Jesus entry into Jerusalem is recorded by all four gospels, but only Matthew, Mark, and Luke give details of His preparation for this fantastic event. Jesus reached Bethany six days before the Passover. He had an appointment with God!!
On Sunday, as is generally understood, He made His so called triumphal entry into Jerusalem. On Monday He cleansed the temple; on Tuesday His call came, the hour had come!!. John 12:23 This was the week of weeks, the week man was going to kill his God! It was also the week of the greatest story that would ever be told. 2 Corinthians 4:7 The same week pictured in Revelation 16:16-21, “when men gathered together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue, Armageddon.” Armageddon in Hebrew is composed of two words; har which means a mountain or hill and mcgiddow (spelled migiddio), to gnash with mob violence. It was the day man in mob violence rose up against his God!! This mountain was first introduced to us as Mt. Moriah, where Abraham was going to offer Isaac whom God refused, showing us the picture of Christ as a ram caught in a thicket (wearing a crown of thorns). Genesis 22: 13
Chapter 12 of Revelation tells of the battle fought at the birth of Jesus. This was not His earthly birth, This was the birth that gave Him life from the dead. He became the firstborn from the dead, Colossians 1:18, from this birth Christ is caught up to God and to His throne to rule all nations with the rod of iron. Revelation 12:5 Paul relates “that the resurrection of Christ was the time Christ was begotten of God” and confirms it with a prophecy from David. Acts 13:27 Christ could now enter Hades and take away the keys of hell and death from Satan, bind Satan (the strong man, Matthew 12:29) so He could take those who were His (called captivity captive, Ephesians 4:4) and give “gifts to men” (baptize the apostles in the Holy Spirit-Acts 1:4-8). He had to complete the victory against Satan, destroy his power over death (Hebrews 2:14) so His statement to Peter in Matthew 16:18, “the gates of hell shall not prevail (separate) against it (the Church of Christ)” would be factual!! Christ bruised the head of the devil, He did not destroy him, what He destroyed was the power of death Satan had held because man had sinned and no sacrifice had ever been offered that would allow God to overlook sin, just roll it ahead. Satan was cast out to the earth in this war “going about seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 When Christ hanged upon the cross, He became our “antihistemi”-stand-in. “The reproaches of them that reproached Thee fell upon Me.” Romans 15:3, Psalms 69:9. The greatest of all days had come, “the day of The Lord” Acts 2:20 THIS is/was the “day that the Lord had made, Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” The conquest of this day gave Christ the greatest power in heaven and on earth, it secured the greatest salvation, and brought to our planet the commander of the ARMY of the great Jehovah, the Holy Spirit, that began the invasion of the Church of Christ!! With the Holy Spirit came the Church of Christ, readily identifiable by their number (Revelation 7:4), their names written on their foreheads (according to the promise given to the Church of Christ at Philadelphia (Revelation 3:12), and the accompaniment of harpers playing their harps (praying their prayers, Revelation 5:8-9) We do not need to be told the meaning of the new song, for we have heard it twice before, once sung by the heavenly angels to celebrate the victory of the Lamb, and once sung by the conquerors themselves in the proleptic vision in which they appeared with the palms of victory that could-not yet to be sung.Revelation 7:9 The song, no man could learn except the redeemed. (We will study more on this, later,)
During His ministry Jesus avoided Jerusalem, now He “set His face toward Jerusalem.” Luke 9:51 It was time for Him to die!! He had come to purchase the “pearl of great price.” Matthew 13:46