This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
From where were Jesus' disciples to gather others to join them?
Here for the assignment and the criteria Matthew 28:19-20:
9 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. —NKJV.
A little aside here about the tie up between the age that was to end and the disciple making.
Jesus spoke quite extensively about that age and its end in Matthew 24 using the same Greek word on both occasions irrespective of what translators deemed it to mean according to their doctrinal tastes.
While Israel's exclusive access to their New Covenant had ended with the first Gentile Cornelius' anointing, Jehovah graciously extended ease of access to the still contiguous Jewish community until they were scattered at the Romans in 70 CE.
This assignment to make further disciples of the disciple-maker kind was solely to gather sufficient additional disciples to complete the little flock out of redeemed Israel to whom God intended to give the Kingdom. —Luke 12:32.
For the things Jesus had commanded or enjoined upon his disciples, please click here.
The tribal power brokers of the growing church/state amalgam, driven by ambition to not just lord it over a little flock, needed scriptural justification and so made sure translators edited the relevant texts to read make disciples of all the nations rather than make disciples from out of the only people who could possibly understand the Good News of their redemption: those in the Diaspora dwelling in among the ethnic mix of the all the nations on earth.
Jesus had only come for these and sent his disciples likewise only to Israel.* The
apostles always went to the local Synagogues scattered throughout the Roman empire.
Only Jews and proselytes had enough prerequisite knowledge for the Good News to
make any sense at all.
* Matthew 15:24; 10:5-6
To make disciples of all the nations is the most ridiculously stupid nonsense ever to burden mankind. To Eskimo, Pigmy or German along with everyone else not of Israelite stock or proselyte, the Good News were absolutely meaningless.
Here is verse 20 of Matthew 28 again for the actual Greek words used in the NT with Strong's numbers:
19 "Go <4198> (5679) therefore <3767> and make disciples <3100> (5657) of all <3956> the nations <1484>, baptizing <907> (5723) them <846> in <1519> the name <3686> of the Father <3962> and <2532> of the Son <5207> and <2532> of the Holy <40> Spirit <4151>, —– NKJV
Here for the definition and choices of words at translator's disposal via Strong's definitive dictionary of Greek Bible words:
Please note C H Spurgeon's comments above ñ Who was Mr Spurgeon?:
Now for the nations, people definition :
Must keep in mind that for everything Christian, the OT was the foundation. Where the NT differs from the prophetic types and intent of the OT, it has been suitably edited to benefit the tribal religious leaders of the Church/State amalgam, whatever the denomination.
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