No! It was an offering of the ultimate expression of love and covenant obedience!
From my book “The Nazarene”… click here.
How Yahusha arranged his own death as an offering of love to save his brothers
One of the most basic tenants of the Faith of the Nazarenes, is that Yahusha was the Fulfillment of the Promise to The House of Zadok to be the Eternal High Priest. Yahusha’ offered his life as a ‘living sacrifice’, his life was not taken unwillingly as a ‘human sacrifice’. I will demonstrate that Yahusha arranged his own execution out of love to fulfill his role as The Branch in covenant with Yahuah.
John 10 – The Good Shepherd and his sheep who enter through the Narrow Gate of Passover
“1 Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate (Passover by Mikveh, Circumcision, and Offering), but climbs in by some other way (Easter or Seder), is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who (properly) enters by the gate (giving his life as an offering on Passover) is the Shepherd of the (rest of the) sheep. 3 The gatekeeper (Yahuah) opens the gate for him (the Shepherd Yahusha who leads us out of a life of bondage into a new life of freedom from sin by his Passover example), and the sheep (we too are lambs of Yahuah) listen to his (Yahusha’s) voice (example). He calls his own sheep (Passover Lambs) by name and leads them out (of this physical world and into The Kingdom of Yahuah through walking The Way on Passover). 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them (as the Forefather of Everlasting Life Isaiah 9:6 laying down his life as an example to follow: offering his life as a living sacrifice and suffering at the stake on Passover), and his sheep follow him (in the Passover example he set of Mikveh, Circumcision, and Offering) because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6 Yahusha used this figure of speech (Mystery Language Alert!), but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them (1 Cor. 1:23). 7 Therefore Yahusha said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am (My example is) the gate (the Passover Lamb and true and living way to follow) for the (rest of the) sheep (lambs of Yahuah). 8 All (pagan god-men, incarnated ‘God in the flesh’) who have come before me (claiming to be the Christ) are thieves and robbers, but the (true) sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate (the Passover Lamb and the way or the example to follow); whoever enters through me (follows My reverent submissive example on Passover) will be saved (from death. Yahuah will save them as He did Yahusha Hebrews 5:7-11 raising the human Messiah granting him eternal life… the meaning of Passover). They will come in (by following Yahusha’s example Mikveh, Circumcision, and offering their lives as a living sacrifice on Passover) and go out (into The Kingdom of Yahuah), and find pasture (rest). 10 The thief (incarnated demi-gods) comes only to steal and kill and destroy (by abolishing Passover for a sacrifice of a pig on Easter); I have come (to set the example and show the way i.e. Shepherd) that they may have (eternal) life (by following My example), and have it to the full (fulfillment of The Heavenly Scroll CAPRICORNUS). 11 “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life (as a living sacrifice on Passover to pay the dowry for his Bride) for the sheep (to follow as an example, as he Shepherds us through the gate, we are all Passover Lambs).
The Messiah was not “sacrificed” by another to a ‘god.’ He came to give his life as an offering to show us The Way! The problem is, I know of no teacher on Earth that properly teaches The Way through The Narrow Gate… the example of Mikveh, Circumcision, and Offering on Passover. To understand “why” Yahusha gave his life, we must know The Way and the purpose of The Messiah to fulfill The Plan of Salvation written in the stars. I produced the following video, watch it before going any further or you will never understand what Yahusha came here to do and why he gave his life on Passover.
Yahusha was fulfilling The Heavenly Scroll which declares that eternal life will spring from the death of The Branch/Groom who pays the dowry for his Bride with his own life to redeem her from death as her High Priest.
“25 Husbands, love your wives, just as the Messiah loved the body and (willingly) gave himself up for her (as the Passover Lamb) 26 to make her holy, (ritually) cleansing her by the washing with (living) water (Mikveh), through the commandments (circumcision of heart) 27 and to present her (properly) to himself as a radiant assembly (Bride), without spot or wrinkle or any other blemish (as spotless Passover Lambs of Yahuah), but holy and blameless (on Passover).
The Heavenly Scroll
VIRGO: A young maiden will give a virgin birth (the Branch will open her womb and be the firstborn and heir) to a beautiful glorious and righteous branch. The seed of the woman will be a man of humiliation to rise to be the desire of nations and will become exalted first as shepherd (High Priest/Spring Feasts) then as harvester (Conquering King/Fall Feasts). LIBRA: The scales demand a price to be paid of this seed (he must pay the dowry with his life), the wood of the sacrifice to carry; the victim will be slain and purchase a crown. SCORPIO: There is a conflict between the seed and the serpent leading to a struggle with the enemy; the enemy is vanquished. SAGITTARIUS: The double-natured seed (King and High Priest) triumphs as a warrior and pleases the heavens, builds fires of punishment, casts down the dragon. CAPRICORNUS: Eternal life comes from his death, he’s the Arrow of God, he is pierced, yet springs up again in abundant life. AQUARIUS: He pours out “living water” from on high, humanity drinks of the heavenly river and the faithful live again, he is the deliverer of the good news (Gospel), Carrying the wood of the sacrifice over the earth. PISCES: The Redeemer’s people multiplied, supported and led by the Lamb, The Bride is exposed on earth, the Bridegroom is exalted. ARIES: The Lamb is found worthy, the Bride is made ready, Satan is bound, the strong man triumphs. TAURUS: The conquering Ruler comes, the sublime vanquisher, to execute the great judgment, he is the ruling Shepherd King. GEMINI: The Marriage of the Lamb, the enemy is trodden down, the Prince comes in great Glory. CANCER: The great Bride, the two Houses of Judah and Israel are united, they are brought safely into the kingdom. LEO: The Lion King is aroused for rending, the Serpent flees, the Bowl of Wrath is upon him, his Carcass is devoured. The Lion of the tribe of Judah rules as King.
Yahusha then entered into a covenant with The Creator in Zechariah Chapter 3 that “IF” he fulfills his role as High Priest and pays the dowry willingly to redeem his Bride in fulfillment of The Heavenly Scroll, “THEN” Yahuah would declare him The Branch (the fulfillment of The Word of His Testimony written in the stars), seat him King over His Household, and forgive the iniquity and remember the sins of his Bride ‘no more’ and his Bride would live again.
We see that it was not a “human sacrifice” where a man is unwillingly sacrificed to a god by another man, it had to be Yahusha’s choice out of love to die to fulfill The Heavenly Scroll to redeem his Bride. For more on the covenant between The Messiah and The Creator to be “the Branch” click here.
Yahusha’s sin forgiven through Mikveh, Yahuah consecrates Yahusha High Priest directly, and enters into The Yahushaic Covenant to “forgive our sin.”
1 Then he showed me Yahusha the high priest standing before the angel of YHVH, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. 2 YHVH said to Satan, “YHVH rebuke you, Satan! YHVH, who has chosen Jerusalem (because Satan is attempting to get Yahusha NOT to empty himself of his right to the throne and take the kingdom by force Matthew 4:9), rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire (Yahusha had been in the desert for 40 days with little food Matthew 4:2)?”
3 Now Yahusha was dressed in filthy clothes (metaphor of sin Isaiah 64:6) as he stood before the angel. 4 The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then YHVH said to Yahusha, “See, I have taken away your sin (Yahusha had just been Mikveh’d clean of his sin by John to fulfill the Righteous Requirements of The Law Matthew 3:13-17 and Ezekiel 36:24-31), and I will put fine garments (of the High Priest) on you.” 5 Then I said, “Put a clean turban (of the High Priest Hebrews 4:15) on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him (in the garments of the High Priest), while the angel of YHVH stood by. 6 The angel of YHVH gave this charge to Yahusha (here is The Yahushaic Covenant!) 7 “This is what YHVH Almighty says: ‘IF (Yahuah makes a conditional promise, a COVENANT; that Yahusha must give his life to pay the dowry willingly to fulfill The Plan of Salvation ) you will walk in obedience to me and keep my requirements (of The Branch foretold in The Heavenly Scroll to come FIRST as Suffering Servant and die THEN Conquering King to rule AND walk with no sin as High Priest Hebrews 4:15), THEN (here is the promise if he fulfills The Heavenly Scroll as The Glorious Righteous Branch Virgo and gives his life out of love to pay the dowry to redeem his Bride) you will govern my house (i.e. King over the government that will govern creation Isaiah 9:6 and Constellation LEO) and have charge of my courts (Eternal Judge 2 Cor 5:10), and I will give you a place (right hand of YHVH Mark 16:19) among these standing here 8 “‘Listen, High Priest Yahusha, you and your associates seated (who came) before you (probably Adam, Enoch, Moses, Elijah, etc.), who (those seated before him) are men symbolic of things (foretold in the stars) to come (they were not The Branch just shadows/prototypes): I am going to bring (you from this point forward IF you fulfill this agreement and give your life willingly to pay the dowry) My servant (Isaiah 61), The Branch (he is The Messiah and fulfillment of The Heavenly Scroll Virgo). 9 See, the stone I have set in front of Yahusha! There are seven streams of living water (eyes) on that one stone (witness written in stone as Yahusha was full of the 7 Spirits Revelation 5:6), and I will engrave an inscription on it,’ says YHVH Almighty, ‘and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day (Jeremiah 31:34 – Yahuah will fulfill His promise to “forgive our iniquity and remember our sin no more” in a NEW covenant with Yahusha).
Yahusha then literally arranged his own death to save his brothers and manipulated the unbelieving Jews into killing him on Passover to fulfill The Heavenly Scroll as the Feast Cycle is an annual celebration of The Plan of Salvation laid out in “shamayim/stars”!
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
1 John 3
16 By this we know what love is: Yahusha laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.
No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again (Yahuah’s promise if he obeyed and gave his life). This command I received from my Father (Zechariah Chapter 3).”
1 Timothy 2:6
who (Yahusha/The Branch) gave Himself (willingly) as a ransom (dowry) for all (his Bride) — the testimony of Yahusha (The Heavenly Scroll) that was fulfilled at JUST THE RIGHT TIME.
44 and whoever (fulfills The Heavenly Scroll) wants to be first (rule as The Lion of the Tribe of Judah/LEO) must be the slave of all (first come as The Suffering Servant to die for his Bride LIBRA). 45 For even the Son of Man (ORION in The Heavenly Scroll) did not come (the first time in the 4,000th year as foretold in The Heavenly Scroll to die at the end of The Age of Aries the the Lamb click here) to be served (as Conquering King TAURUS), but (to empty himself of his right to rule VIRGO and) to serve (as The Suffering Servant CAPRICORN), and to give His life as a ransom (dowry CAPRICORN) for many (to redeem his Bride from death and call her out from among the nations Age of Pisces).”
14 Yahusha (emptied himself of his right to rule mankind VIRGO) gave himself (willingly to Yahuah as High Priest) for us to redeem us (pay the dowry PISCES) from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people (Bride/PISCES) for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
Yahusha was willingly fulfilling The Heavenly Scroll… on purpose!
Plan of Salvation written in the stars
We never quite get the real story from our modern-day teachers and anti-messianic “Jews” who deny the Messiah and leave us all questioning the sacrifice of Yahusha. We have erred in our understanding of the Plan of Salvation, and run the very real risk of falling out of Covenant with Yahuah in our ignorance (lack of Knowledge). Worse yet, we are being led to commit blasphemy against the Spirit of Yahuah by modern translations.
How did Yahusha give his own life?
Yahusha knew from the prophecy of Daniel that the first half of his ministry as The Suffering Servant would be 3.5 years before he was “cut off”. His ministry began when he was adopted by Yahuah by walking The Way and he was declared The Passover Lamb by John (when he was ‘baptized’). Yahusha knew the exact Passover that he must give his life to fulfill Daniel’s prophecy (the one 3.5 years from his Mikveh).
Yahusha orchestrated the events during that Passover to ensure he would be killed ON PASSOVER. He intentionally rode a donkey through the Gates in front of the High Priest. He usurped the fake High Priest’s authority (because Yahusha was the real High Priest: see Zechariah Chapter 3), infuriated the ruling Temple Elite on the “big day” each year putting him on “the most wanted list” of the High Priest to want him dead.
Then he went to the Temple and disrupted the money flow on the most lucrative day of the year… Passover! The day when everyone in Israel had to make sacrifices. The Temple Elite would not allow outside animals to be used as sacrifices, you had to BUY them from the Temple Elite. This was their “commercial Christmas” and Yahusha put a stop to it, intentionally putting him on the “most wanted list” of the Temple Elite, making them want him dead!
Then Yahusha made arrangements with Judas (his most trusted ally as Judas was a Scissori / assassin trained in such covert missions against the Roman sympathizing Jews), to have himself “captured” on the eve of the preparation day, knowing they would have to try him immediately and then execute him with the planned executions later that day on Passover or face a revolt among the people.
He had a hand in it all… so that he could “give his life to save his brothers” and fulfill The Heavenly Scroll and the covenant he entered into with Yahuah. He was NOT “sacrificed by another” he willingly laid down his life and did it intentionally.
Then I said, ‘Here I am–it is written about me in the heavenly scroll– I have come to do your will, my God! (Matthew 6:10)
Your kingdom (proclaimed in shamayim/heaven/the stars) come, Your will be done, on earth as it is (written) in (the) heaven(ly scroll).
With that introduction, I will turn it over to Biblical Scholar and Historian Robert D. Mock, MD to tell us all “the rest of the story”…
The Fulfillment of Passover
by Robert D. Mock MD
Let us turn our attention to the events which led up to the crucifixion. Galilee and Judea were astir, for it was a Sabbatical Passover that occurred every seven years. According to Mosaic Law, every seventh year the land would rest, with no cultivation. The only produce during that year that could be grown, was that which grew naturally, whether it was fruits or grains.
As such, the population would have to stockpile provisions for that seventh year. During this time, the land stood at rest, and the population was on a year long Sabbatical. During this time, eager followers of any Messianic or Hasmonean aspirant to the throne flocked to their cause. Those who were Torah students would spend the year in the rabbinic schools of Torah study. These were peak years for the Zealot’s cause, with their obsessed goal to free Judea from Roman rule. The Sicarii were always available to promote the cause of freedom even if it meant a quick assassination of an opponent.
We see Yahusha heading to Jerusalem, and for the first time he cautions his disciples to arm themselves, if nothing more than self-defense. Peter takes on the stance of a personal bodyguard of Yahusha. Prior to Yahusha’s arrival, word reaches him of the death of several Zealot patriots, which give every appearance that the perimeters of Jerusalem, or at least the City of David, had been secured in anticipation of a general uprising. Then the battering rams were brought into the Kidron Valley. Soon the strong tower of Siloam toppled and with it the death of eighteen Zealot defenders.
The 8th of Nisan (Aviv) – Yahusha at Bethany
“Then, six days before the Passover, Yahusha came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom he had raised from the dead.”
It was now six days before the Passover (8th of Nisan), and Yahusha was arriving in Bethany. At this time he was a hunted man. Ever since the resurrection of Lazarus, a few days’ prior, the Jewish leadership, were plotting to put Yahusha to death.” (John 11:53)
John 11:49-50; 53-54
“And one of them, Caiphas, being the high priest that year, said to them, ‘You know nothing at all, nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish…Then, from that day on, they plotted to put Him to death. Therefore, Yahusha no longer walked openly among the Jews (because it was not yet time to die), but went from there into the country near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim, and there remained with His disciples (until he could arrange his own death on Passover to fulfill The Heavenly Scroll “at just the right time” 1 Timothy 2:6).”
In the few days prior to the Passover, Yahusha had escaped with his disciples to a wilderness town of Ephraim. (John 11:54). There they waited out the days before the Passover. The tension was high. The suspense was intense.
The city of Jerusalem was abuzz. Pilgrims by the hundreds of thousands were thronging into the city. As with every year, this was the day when they anticipated the announcement of the coming of the Messiah. Would this be the year? The pilgrims in route would collect palm branches and cedar boughs to bring with them in anticipation of the Messiah. As with every festival, every living space a pilgrim resided. There they entered the mitzvah baths to purify themselves. And then at the temple, they awaited and watched for the coming of the Messiah. The whole populace was also in anticipation of whether Yahusha would come to the feast. Also the chief priests and Pharisees were also waiting, for ‘if anyone knew where he was, the word was out that he should report it, so that the temple leaders might seize him. (John 11:35)
“Then they sought Yahusha, and spoke among themselves as they stood in the temple, ‘What do you think – that he will not come to the feast?’ Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a command, that if anyone knew where he was, he should report it, that they might seize him (their intention was not to kill him on Passover, they were manipulated into that by Yahusha who did not allow himself to be captured until the Eve of Passover).”
The 9th of Nisan (Aviv) – Yahusha as Guest of Honor with Simon the Pharisee
On the eve of the fifth day before Passover, Yahusha was a guest of honor in the home of Simon, in a celebration feast. There, Mary Magdalene, the sister of Martha and Lazarus was also an honored guest. She opened an alabaster vase with a pound of spikenard and anointed the head and the feet of Yahusha, in the manner of anointing a king.
“And when Yahusha was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table.”
“Then, six days before the Passover, Yahusha came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Yahusha, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray him (at Yahusha’s request), said, ‘Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?’”
The 10th of Nisan (Aviv) – Yahusha Arrives in Jerusalem as a King of the House of David
It was on the evening prior to the day of the lamb selection by the high priest, Yahusha made special preparations with his disciples (talmidim) for the events of the next day. It was a secret mission. Yahusha knew that on the fourth day before the Passover, the High Priest was to leave the city through the north gate as he went to the sheep herds and inspected the yearling flock for the most perfect lamb of the season. With this in mind, Yahusha then laid out his strategy with his disciples (to usurp the High Priest’s Authority so that he would want to kill him).
This morning of the 10th day of Nisan awakened. The sky was crystal clear, the cool early spring breezes swept down through the Kidron valley. The ripened barley was waving at the base of the Mount of Olives in the Field of Ashes. As directed, the chosen disciples found a donkey with a young colt tied in a doorway near an open street. On the side of the Mount of Olives, the disciples (talmidim) awaited their master.
Within the city of Jerusalem, the crowds of pilgrims were in anticipation of a great procession with the arrival of the Pesach Lamb. Every year, four days before Passover, a vast entourage of cohanim (priests) would file out of the Herod’s Temple. Instead of exiting out of the gate nearest the Temple on the western wall and walking over the overhanging bridge over the Tyropean Valley that connected the Temple Mount with the Upper City, the procession of hundreds of cohanim (priests) paraded out of the Royal Stoa’s western gate entrance, where the vast temple market place, the Bazaar of Hanan (Ananus the Elder) was located. There they walked down the wide staircase over what is known as the Robinsons’ Arch, turning south, then west and finally north as they connected with the main north-west street of Jerusalem, the Damascus street going to the north gate, known as the Damascus Gate.
The procession entered the Upper City, where the densely packed homes, had the appearance of an impenetrable wall. To the left was the tall imposing Hasmonean Palace, built over a hundred years prior looming high on the horizon.
The cohanim (priests) began to line the sides of the Damascus street, two by two, maintaining positions on either side of the street, as they rocked back and forth with palm fronds in their hands. As the cohanim positioned themselves, the high priest and his entourage made its way north to the north gate. Outside the city they inspected the flocks of yearling lambs to find the most perfect lamb. Year after year this custom was dramatized on the fourth day prior to Passover. Inside the city, the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who flocked to the city had already arrived, each one bringing a palm frond or cedar bough, they had collected in route to the Holy City. The whole city was lined with greenery as they placed these boughs outside the residence that they were staying.
The eager cohanim (priests) awaited the return of the high priest. When Caiphas, the high priest entered the Damascus Gate bringing the selected lamb by his side, the cohanim at the gate began shouting, “Hosanna to the Highest! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed be the kingdom of our father David that is coming! Hosanna in the Highest!” (Mark 11:9-10) Upon hearing the shout the people in the city, those who had already purified themselves in the mitzvahs in the southern part of the city, ran out into the street, also bringing their fronds and started shouting, “Hosanna in the Highest!”
Outside the Damascus Gate, to the east of the city, the disciples on the Mount of Olives were waiting to rendezvous with Yahusha. We now have a whole group of disciples (talmidim), a mother donkey and her two-three year old colt. A blanket is put over the colt and Yahusha quietly puts his hand on the colt’s mane. This was the colt’s first riding experience. The quietness of the master was transmitted to the colt as he mounts and they begin the descent into the Kidron Valley into the city.
In unison, as cued by the Rabbi Yahusha, the disciples begin to shout, “Hosanna in the Highest! Blessed is he who comes in the name of our Lord!” The flocks of pilgrims join in the chant as Yahusha and the talmidim (disciples) went around the northern part of the Temple Mount, below the base of the Antonia Fortress towards the Gate of Damascus.
In the meantime, the Caiphas, the High Priest, has now exited the Northern Damascus Gate and was heading out to the fields to inspect the flocks of yearling lambs. The chant intensified, the cohanim at the Gate hear the chant and began to shout, “Hosanna in the Highest! Blessed is he who comes in the Name of our Lord!” The chant now cascaded like a domino down the Damascus street all the way to the wall to the temple mount. Suddenly, the cohanim at the gate realize, they have been fooled. This was not the return of the high priest. This was Rabbi Yahusha and his disciples. Some of the Shammaite Pharisees, the dogmatic sticklers of church protocol and defining the letter of the truth, challenged Yahusha, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” Yahusha shouts back to them over the swelling cries of the multitude, “If these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” (Luke 19:40)
The people began to flock out of their homes, grabbing their palm fronds outside the doors and the shouting swelled throughout the city. Anticipation was high! The whole land had heard of the teachings of the great Rabbi Yahusha. Was this not a Sabbatical year, a special year in which the whole land rests? Were not rumors abounding throughout the land that the Messiah would come in the on the Shabbat of years?
Not only was it a Sabbatical year, it was a Sabbatical Passover, which only occurred every seven years, the Highest Passover when pilgrims throughout the Diaspora flocked to the Holy Land. The city was swollen with pilgrims throughout the world; Macedonia, Crete, Parthia, Rome, and Ethiopia. Each pilgrim from their own countries, each with their strange costumes akin to their native land, many trying to remember a bit of Hebrew they rarely used, occasionally breaking into the tongue of their land of residence, all producing a cacophony of sound and sight.
You can almost see a cohanim, rocking back and forth with their palm fronds, breaking the rhythm, leaning over and peering up the street. Where is the priest? Where is the Lamb? Suddenly they see. What! “Rabbi Yahusha riding a colt. followed by mother ass. and a whole entourage of His disciples!” What is this!
The crowd became ecstatic; the town was in a tumult. They shouted, “Hosanna in the Highest! Blessed is he who comes in the name of our Lord! Blessed be the kingdom of our father David that is coming! Hosanna in the Highest!” Jumping in glee they threw off their cloaks, so that the Messiah could ride over on a garment-laden path. Yes, said the Zealots, this is our man! We have sealed the perimeters of the city, and the revolt is ripe to take the city in the name of Yahuah. Yes, said the Sicarii, we have waited for him. Now we can destroy the hated Romans and the traitorous temple leaders, the Herodians, and the Sadducees, who have played into and have been bought by the blood money of the Romans. Yes, said the peasants and the populous! Here is the Messiah, who will bring in the Kingdom of the God of Israel. The crowds thronged behind Yahusha as he headed south to the Temple Mount and the Royal Stoa. The people, the cohanim were swept up in vast tide of humanity. Guess what?
Caiphas, the high priest was returning from the northern fields with the Passover Lamb in hand and as he entered the northern Damascus Gate, the street was empty. What’s going on! When he hears that Rabbi Yahusha has entered the city as a royal aspirant to the throne of David, the Messiah who is come, he was furious.
Type met antitype at this moment. The Passover Lamb met the Lamb of Yahuah!
Yahusha on the other hand, passed under the Robinson’s Archway of the Royal Causeway and dismounted at the base of the assent to the Royal Stoa of the Temple. Up the vast gateway he climbed. This entry gate was awe-inspiring with polished limestone capped with fold plated Corinthian capitals. Into the Royal Stoa, he strode. It was a long hallway projected out before him with four broad columned aisles. There in the quietness of the Royal Stoa, in the stillness of the hour, in the temple of his Father, he prayed. It was getting late, so he left the Temple and walked over to Bethany.
The 11th of Nisan –Yahusha Throws out the Moneychangers
The next day, Yahusha returned to Jerusalem and entered the temple. Along the street the merchants were setting up their stalls to begin the commercial activity of the day. The lower market was a very busy area. There were cheeses in mounds, baskets with all manner of fruit in them, jars with wine and various types of grain bread lying in piles on the side. Merchants from the east were unloading a wagon of silk, as farmers and traders jostled as they weaved in and out of the crowds. Here they came to a large plaza with a monumental stairway leading up to the double gate of the temple mount.
Straight ahead was the main entry into the Temple courts. This area should have been an area of peaceful repose, to bring one into a spirit of meditation before entering the House of the Yahuah. Yet instead of the quiet meditation, He remembered there in the Royal Stoa, there was frenzied commotion. The clanging sounds and rabble of commercial activity abound. To the right and left were the moneychangers, exchanging the coin of the empire, each bearing the image of Caesar into the silver temple shekel. The walls were lined with small cages of doves and pigeons, where the newly delivered moms were bargaining for a thank offering to celebrate the happy conclusion of their pregnancy. Oxen and sheep were lining the halls bellowing in the aroma of a barnyard. Let us imagine the Houston Live Stock Show in the grandeur of the Temple of God, and we can visualize in part what Yahusha saw.
Yahusha squinted his eyes and then His face began to flush with anger. He picked up a whip and began overturning tables, chasing out the merchants, with sheep, oxen, and pigeons careening in three directions. In a provocative show of force, he threw out the money exchangers and the commerce in the temple courts suddenly ceased.
The 11th to the 13th of Nisan – the Attempted Revolt by the Zealots
For three days, the sacrificial system ceased (enraging the Temple Elite costing them a fortune) and it appeared that Yahusha had full control of the Temple compound. He spent the time preaching and healing the masses of pilgrims.
With an estimated one million attendees to the Passover, a three-day shutdown was a major financial blow to the high priest Caiphas and the House of Ananus, along with the Sadducean authorities, who made millions of shekels for their own personal bank portfolios. Yet the Sadducean Temple guards, and the Roman cohort of troops (about 500), made no attempt to arrest Yahusha because they feared the people who were in sympathetic support of the ministry of Yahusha (this is ‘why’ Yahusha had to orchestrate his execution at night on the Eve of Passover because he knew they would have to try him in private and quickly).
“Now when the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He was speaking of them. But when they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the multitudes, because they took Him for a prophet.”
Was Yahusha the Nazarene an armed revolutionary? No! Though anti-Christian literature later would depict Him as such, we must understand the political and seething cauldron that Jerusalem was in that day. The Zealots as can be suspected (Luke 23:19) took advantage of the political environment to seal the perimeters of the city, in hopes of staging a political coup. They were hoping to force Yahusha to make a rightful claim to the throne of David. Knowing His allegiance with the multitudes, His powers over nature, His ability to heal, and raise the dead to life, there was every expectation that this claimant, Yahusha, would succeed and lay full claim to the Messianic legacy.
Everything appears to go as planned by the Zealots. Yet Yahusha, when he took control of the temple complex, instead of making an armed political coup against the Sadducean Temple Guard and the limited Roman garrison in the Antonia Tower, He instead began to heal the sick and minister to the spiritual and physical needs of the people. A live proclamation of the true “Kingdom of God” was demonstrated during those three days prior to the Passover feast in the courtyard of the temple. There was always swift retribution to any aspirant to the throne of David by the Romans, yet Yahusha, recently anointed in Bethany, made a peaceful yet highly visible entrance as a new claimant to the throne of David. The governor of Judea, the Procurator Pilate, would later say, “I find no fault in him (he was found innocent of violence).” That a revolt was thwarted is known by the legal swap of Bar-Abbas, the grandson of Judas of Galilee, the famed revolutionary in 6 CE, who revolted with the census of Rome. Now his grandson was plotting an armed revolutionary overthrow of the Roman. While Bar-Abbas was set free, Yahusha was hung on a tree with two of Bar-Abbas’ revolutionists.
By the 14th of Nisan, the Zealot forces went into retreat without the full support of Yahusha and the thousands of the supporters of His cause. Yahusha had come as the “Prince of Peace” not as a fiery messianic warlord, like David. The revolt in the making fizzled out. The price of the failed revolt, was the lifeless body of Judas, hanging from a tree in a potter’s field.
The Four Days of Inspection
According to the Mosaic instructions on the observance of the Passover, the lamb was to be inspected by the High Priest and cohanim for four days before the Passover slaying of the lamb. For four days, Yahusha was also inspected, interrogated, accosted, intimidated, and challenged by the Pharisees, scribes and lawyers.
From the 11th to the 14th of Nisan, the Passover Lamb stood in the inner temple arena and was scrutinized by the high priest and Sadducees. On these same four days, Yahusha stood in the outer courts of the temple, ministering to the populous and repeatedly responding to the inspecting challenges by the rabbinic masters of law, halakhah, temple authority, and religious dogma, or eventually in the judgment hall of Pilate listening to the slanderous accusations against Him.
What was the Nature of these Challenges by the Pharisees, Herodians, Sadducees, and Scribes
The first challenge against Yahusha was on the authority of Yahusha, and who gave Him his authority? (Matt 21:23-27, Mark, 11: 27-33, Luke 20:1-8)
Yahusha’ rebuttal was initiated by telling the parable of the landowner of the vineyard, whose tenants slew the land owner’s son. (Matt 21:33-46, Mark 12:1-12, Luke 20:9-19)
Yahusha then spoke a parable of the king preparing a wedding feast for his son, the heir apparent. The invitees to the feast either ignored the invitation or killed the servants who brought the invitation. A guest without a wedding garment is cast out. (Matt 22:1-14)
The second challenge was concerning three questions by the Pharisees, Herodians, and scribes to Yahusha and the one question by Yahusha to his challengers.
The first question was by the Pharisees and Herodians concerning paying taxes to Caesar. (Matthew 22: 15-22, Mark 12:13-17, Luke 20:20-26)
The second question was from the Sadducees concerning the resurrection (Matthew 22:23-33, Mark 12:18-27, Luke 20:27-38)
The third question was from the scribes about the great commandment. (Matthew 2:34-40, Mark 12:28-43, Luke 20:39,40)
Yahusha then sent the challenge to the Pharisees, scribes and Herodians concerning the Messiah’s ancestry. (Matthew 22:41-46, Mark 12:35-37, Luke 20:41-44) In a final rebuttal, Yahusha proclaimed the “woes” upon the scribes and pharisees. (Matt 23:1-39, Mark 12:38-40, Luke 20:45-47)
And so while the selected Pesach lamb was being examined by the temple authorities, during these same three days Yahusha was scrutinized on whether his teachings were according to the halakhah of the Torah. He was challenged on his spiritual and ancestral authority plus his civil responsibility as a dependent of Rome. Here he met face to face with his accusers which included: the temple lawyers, the scribal codifiers of the law, the Pharisees of the House of Shammai who controlled the Synagogues in Judea in this era, the controlling Sadducean authorities of the House of Ananus and the Herodians who ruled parts of Judea as administrative representatives of Rome.
In the inner courts, the high priest could find no fault with the selected Passover Lamb and on the 14th of Nisan, Passover, slew him on the altar of the Lord. On the outer courts of the Temple, the religious leaders and the civil governor could find no fault in Yahusha, and hung Him on one of two sites: the Mount of Olives at the site of where the “red heifer” was burnt and the ashes were collected or on Mount Moriah where Abraham slew the goat in substitution for his son, Isaac on the altar to the Lord.
You see, today we have forgotten what our King did for us that Passover. He literally arranged every aspect of his death to ensure he “willingly gave his life” and that it could not be seen as a human sacrifice… but an obedient “living sacrifice” in love by The Coming King of Kings who must die to be found worthy to rule… exactly “on time” as the Age of Aries transitioned to The Age of Pisces and “the lamb died”…
PISCES: The Redeemer’s people multiplied, supported and led by the Lamb, The Bride is exposed on earth, the Bridegroom is exalted. ARIES: The Lamb is found worthy, the Bride is made ready
Now you know… “the rest of the story“!
Rav Sha’ul the Nazarene