This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
Edited*: January 23 2017
* editing/adding pages & tuning my English.
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
Whose Prayer was it?
Not a question of authorship.
John recalled it under inspiration and wrote about it in his gospel.
Who prayed it and when?
For the background of the answers you may wish to search the NT at your heart's delight, likely in vain, for it was edited to be profoundly out of sync with the OT.
The people I used to associate with in belief and practice what they had taught me in my original biblical innocence, have removed all OT types and antitypes that conflict with their doctrinal mindset.
Foremost of these is the Abraham–Isaac–Sheep drama as a type of the pinnacle of all antitypes: Jehovah/Yahweh – His only begotten son Michael – and the sheep Jesus.
They published their abandonment of this dramatic type and its fulfilling antitype in Letters from Readers in the March 2015 Watchtower.
For supporting evidence of its validity, you may wish to access relevant pages & sub-pages on this website via the above menu.
Please find John 17 farther down the page from the New Heart English Bible simply because it avoids Trinitarian capitals. Please note my adjacent commentary column.
You will need to read it perhaps more than once from any of your personal Bibles and note the many chronological aberrations.
I mean, here the Christ is praying in the presence of his disciples about having formerly associated with them. Totally weird! But oh, so true.
Yes! As the last verse of chapter 16 and the first of 18 clearly shows, Jehovah's only or solely-begotten angelic son was right there in the company of Jesus' disciples when he offered this prayer.
But he was not Jesus. The last Adam Jesus, man and ‘lamb’ (John 1:29), especially created by Jehovah from outside Adam's human family to be a sacrifice, remains dead forever, because he had died to save God's only-begotten heavenly son actually offered for the world of Israel (John 3:16).
It was that only begotten who came down from his heavenly realm to encourage Jesus' disciples, as he had on many previous occasions and specifically to lead Israel out of Egypt the first time and on into their promised land.
John was inspired to report on matters yet future the other three Gospellers were not privy to; note that he recorded his gospel & epistles near the end of the 1st Century.
Under inspiration, John oscillated between
1. His time with the last Adam and lamb of God Jesus
2. His time with God's restored only begotten whose company he enjoyed for some forty days along with Jesus' other disciples and many new ones . . . and
3. His experiences during the early decades of Israel's Great Tribulation.
The resulting amalgam of Jesus' words with those of the freed only-begotten makes for fascinating reading and a greater understanding of the manner in which Jehovah implemented His inimitable purpose — link.
Jehovah's only begotten son had already been rewarded with full sonship as the forerunner, the first one of many in Jehovah's divine family of Gods, when Paul was blinded by a vision of that son's glory. But that was decades after he had ascended into the most holy of his father's presence in heaven to present the blood of the sacrificed Lamb Jesus and become the first true, of the same divine kind son of Jehovah.
It was John's privilege to record many of the disciples' experiences and interactions with the now restored only-begotten angelic son of God during the 40 days between Jesus' sacrificial death and the ascension of Jehovah's only-begotten son.
Please remember that he was still angelic at that time, because the reward of his elevation to divine son of God kind had to wait until he delivered the value of Jesus' blood to Jehovah's heavenly Most Holy in his temporary role as the final High Priest inherited from Jesus.
Here see and learn from John 17, contextually framed by the last verse of the previous chapter and the first of the next — from the NHEB without trinitarian capitals:
I truly wish that I have made a positive contribution to the lives of the many desiring to understand their Creator and His purpose. Atheists may need to wait a little longer.
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