This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
Last-edit: March 20 2018
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
Anointed Jesus' profound Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Without clearly understanding to whom the Apostles were writing, their audience, nothing they say will make any sense. So, please avail yourselves of a little education about: Plural pronouns.
Paul said the following to his anointed Thessalonian brothers, kingdom heirs and
fellow members of the little flock to be given and be the Kingdom of God*:
* Luke 12:32
But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 NKJV
What was that hope?
To become true sons of the God kind (link) and rule alongside their forerunner only-begotten son of God (after Jesus had died and remained dead for all this to take place) as part of Jehovah's original purpose for creating humans - please see here.
With this preamble in place, fully cognisant now of Paul's words above, why did Jesus sorrow like one without hope of ever living again and seeing the results of his magnificent, selfless sacrifice of himself? —–– here for the actual report:
39 Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him. 40 When He came to the place, He said to them, "Pray that you may not enter into temptation." 41 And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, "Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done." 43 Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. 44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 45 When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow. 46 Then He said to them, "Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation. Luke 22:39-46 NKJV
Jesus' ID: He was an entirely separate creation by Jehovah, hence: The last Adam as the inspired Paul identified him in 1 Corinthians 15:45:
45 So also it is written, The first man Adam became a living soul. The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. link
Why last Adam? To answer that one would need to discover and learn how the first Adam was created.
I did: Soil from the earth and life from God.
To match the creation of Adam #1, one needs to find out how Adam #2 was made.
I did: Soil from the earth and life from God.
Wow! Now, that was easy!
But where in the bible do we find Jehovah taking soil from the earth, shaping another Adam and animating him?
Nowhere! . . . But here's a clue from David's Psalm 139:
13 For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Thy works, And my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from Thee, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth. NAS
Like Adam I, Adam #2 was also woven from the soil of the earth, but in the womb of Mary and likewise given life directly by God without a human intermediary.
Jesus/Adam-II is thus a new creation of God with no descent from Adam #1, not even via Mary his mother, because legitimate descent counts only from the life-giving father.
Because Jesus* was from outside of the human race descended from Adam #1, he is the
perfect antitype of the sheep that saved Abraham's only-begotten son Isaac, also
descended from outside Adam's human family, being a sheep and all that ;-)
* John 1:29
A look at Paul’s words to the Jews in Hebrews 11:17-19 ascertains who was the type:
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac; and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son;* 18 it was he to whom it was said, "IN ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS SHALL BE CALLED." 19 He considered that God is able to raise men even from the dead; from which he also received him back as a type NAS
* For a definition of only-begotten please click here
So, why Jesus' agony in the Garden?
Consider it viewed from the Isaac type: the sheep caught in the thicket.
Where did that finish up?
Dead and consumed by fire.
Where then ought that sheep of John 1:29 finish up?
Please allow the sheep to answer, as reported in John 6:48-59:
48 “I am the bread of life. 49 YOUR forefathers ate the manna in the wilderness and yet died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that anyone may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread he will live forever; and, for a fact, the bread that I shall give is my flesh in behalf of the life of the world.” 52 Therefore the Jews began contending with one another, saying: “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53 Accordingly Jesus said to them: “Most truly I say to YOU, Unless YOU eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, YOU have no life in yourselves. 54 He that feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has everlasting life, and I shall resurrect him at the last day; 55 for my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 He that feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood remains in union with me, and I in union with him. 57 Just as the living Father sent me forth and I live because of the Father, he also that feeds on me, even that one will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. It is not as when YOUR forefathers ate and yet died. He that feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59 These things he said as he was teaching in public assembly at Ca‧per´na‧um. NWT 1984
And here from the NKJV:
48 "I am the bread of life. 49 "Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 "This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. 51 "I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world." 52 The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, "How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?" 53 Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. 54 "Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 "For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. 56 "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 57 "As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. 58 "This is the bread which came down from heaven — not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever." 59 These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.
That sheep was also consumed, eaten and, like all food that give/prolong life, shall remain dead for evermore, while the life saved, remains saved.
Like the sheep that saved Abraham's only-begotten-son Isaac remains forever dead
in the type, so it is in the antitype where Jesus the sheep died by proxy to save
the life of the Only-Begotten-Son of God actually offered to save God’s firstborn
* Exodus 4:22
Now where does that leave us with Jesus' despair in the Garden?
Let's read the very first quote at the beginning of this page 1 Thessalonians 4:13 again, but this time from the New World Translation 1984 ed.:
13 Moreover, brothers, we do not want YOU to be ignorant concerning those who are sleeping [in death]; that YOU may not sorrow just as the rest also do who have no hope.. . .
Jesus the sheep drafted from outside the human race of Adam #1, was executed a sinner* against the Law he was never under or obligated to keep since he was not a part of the world* of Israel while in it*
* 2 Corinthians 5:21 For God made him who knew no sin, to be sin for us; so that
might be made the righteousness of God in him.
* Strong's <2889> 1. organised arrangement of things; Government. 2. Decoration; ornament
* Here from John's Gospel:
8:22-23: So the Jews said, "Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?" 23 He said to them, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world <2889>; I am not of this world <2889>.
15:18-19 (Jesus' words to his disciples): "If the world <2889> hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world <2889>, the world <2889> would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world <2889>, but I chose you out of the world <2889>, therefore the world <2889> hates you.
17:14-16: (Jesus speaking to Jehovah about his disciples) I have given them your word, and the world <2889> has hated them because they are not of the world <2889>, just as I am not of the world <2889>. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world <2889>, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world <2889>, just as I am not of the world <2889>.
Jesus' profound agony in the Garden was no play-acting deceptive performance. It was real, because he was never to live again!
All his experiences in Israel were that of a virile human male, whatever his mission, with all attendant needs and desires like carpentry, marriage and fatherhood.
Place yourself into that situation and you'd also be similarly distraught.
Please continue getting a feel of God's grand purpose!