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
Once upon a time a stranger rode into town on an unbroken young donkey amid welcoming cheers from the populace.
(John 12:12-13) 12 The next day* the great crowd** that had come to the festival, on hearing that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 took the branches of palm trees and went out to meet him. And they began to shout: “Save, we pray you! Blessed is he that comes in Jehovah’s*** name, even the king of Israel!” NWT
* The day after he arrived at the home of Lazarus
** Some read great multitude, large crowd, much people or other variants.
*** Most On Line Bibles read Lord, except the NKJV and NLT, which use LORD in the manner of the AV OT, while the NAS deviously hides that by capitalizing entire quotes from the OT. Disgusting! Lord usually depicts Jesus in the NT. Accordingly, most translators of the above verse serve up complete contextual nonsense since Jesus came NOT in his OWN name, but in the name of his Father, who has His OT presence as: LORD. All NT quotes from the OT ought therefore use LORD capitalized or small caps, or in fact use the actual English name Jehovah, as did the NWT in the above quote and as translated in the:
Aramaic Bible in Plain English: 13 took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, and they were shouting and saying, Hosanna! Blessed is he that comes in the name of THE LORD JEHOVAH, The King of Israel!
He really was no stranger, having been talked and gossiped about for neigh on four years since John the Baptizer began his preaching tour. So, he was certainly familiar to those who looked to him for a freedom they had difficulty defining other than from the Roman yoke. Yet he was an alien stranger nonetheless, because he was not of Adam's family.
Though of the same species, he was: The very first of a new human race. How so?
Though the human genome is passed on through both parents, life itself is transmitted only via fathers, with the ovum just passively alive long enough to receive the active sperm-cell having life in itself*, also just long enough to pass it on to the next generation.
* a phrase, or similar, Jesus used in John 5:26.
The ovum that gave rise to Mary's firstborn Jesus, having all the required racial
and tribal ingredients, did not receive life from any descendant of Adam, but directly
from God as did the first Adam. That is why Paul used the phrase the last Adam when
referring to Jesus in
1 Corinthians 15:45 here from the KJV:
And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
and the NKJV:
And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life–giving spirit.
and from the NWT:
It is even so written: “The first man Adam became a living soul.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
Unfortunately, that verse suffers from apostate doctrinal editing as do others in the NT to camouflage Jehovah's purpose in providing Jesus, the last Adam, to die in place of His only-begotten life-giving angelic spirit son actually offered for the world of Israel —John 3:16.
Except for the New World Translation, which fails to note this, NT translations generally set the words became or was made apart from surrounding texts with italics, brackets or other means, since these do not have a place in the original Greek text.
Ah, but here from Young's Literal Translation of 1862 for the actual sense:
so also it hath been written, ‘The first man Adam became a living creature,’ the last Adam is for a life-giving spirit, (1 Corinthians 15:45).
That stranger's ride into town amid cheers from the crowd soon terminated at the gallows of his execution.
Having given his life for the lives of both, Jehovah's only begotten spirit son by proxy and His firstborn son Israel, there was for that sheep Jesus no turning back into life for them to retain theirs. That simple.
Jehovah had indeed provided the last Adam Jesus to die in place of or for a life-giving spirit who had been offered by God for the ‘world’ of Jehovah's government*, adornment and decoration* Israel so that his purpose attain perfect fruition.
* Strong's 2889
After the departure of Jesus (Elijah-the type) into death, God's only begotten son (Elisha-the type) inherited the mantle of all that Jesus had been, became and accomplished.
It was he who subsequently manifested himself to the disciples in all manner of personas, as he had done on many previous occasions in the Old Testament, before presenting the value of the blood of the lamb Jesus, who would need to have remained dead since his life was in the blood* yet to be presented to God in heaven for the life for life, soul for soul transaction to be finalized.
* Leviticus 17:11: For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh atonement by reason of the life. ASV
Yes, just as the animal offered under the Law remained dead forever so that Israel could retain theirs for yet another year, so it was for the sheep (animal) Jesus whose lifeblood was offered just once as Israel's final, permanent atonement by the one who had inherited the office of the High Priest from the dead Jesus at the Elijah/Elisha handover.
Jesus had to remain dead for his lifeblood to retain its life-giving properties so that an entirely separate individual, in his office of High Priest, could present the life in the blood of Jesus he had inherited along with the anointing for Kingship and High Priesthood, to Jehovah in the Most Holy of His heavenly residence. Jesus' blood now belonged to the heavenly High Priest. It was therefore now temporarily his own long enough to present it to Jehovah in the heavenly Most Holy of His presence.
The only begotten spirit son of God was now in a position to continue the ride he had inherited from that familiar stranger Jesus, who had begun that journey into the royal city Jerusalem some 2000 years ago.
It is all happening at the one time: The ride, the building of the royal city, the calling of the constituent elements of that city dead and alive to the consummation with their bridegroom rider as he fashions the Bride into the kingdom for the 1000 years to undo all the damage rebellion had wrought upon heaven and earth.
As he rides into that yet to be completed town, a Great Crowd of the chosen little flock of kingdom heirs still alive in the flesh welcome him in anticipation of what awaits them:
After these things I saw, and, look! a great crowd*, which no man was able to number,
out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne
and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes; and there were palm branches in their
Revelation 7:9 NWT
* Just as when Jesus rode into town some 2000 years earlier, we see a large group
of people of
unknown size holding palm branches.
Just like the much larger crowd of Israel under the Mosaic Law resting in the sleep of death when Jesus arrived in town, the greater portion of the chosen little flock of 144000 are likewise still in their graves* at the imminence of Christ's Heavenly Kingdom when the original only begotten heavenly son and archangel Michael rides into the heavenly city of his making.
* –Revealed at the opening of the sixth Scroll ‑ Revelation 6:9-11
This is all a part of the progressive revealing of the content of the great Israel scroll of Revelation 6:1-16:21.
Jehovah's wrath and anger with His treasured inheritance, the flock of Jacob, is still very much alive and well.
In Revelation, Jehovah spells out the details of their final demise in the flesh and the ultimate realization of His original purpose for Israel to be that nation of Kings and Priests He covenanted with at Sinai (Exodus 19:3-8), which was kept alive by Jesus ‘covering’ for their sins in Atonement ‑Ezekiel 16:63; Galatians 4:4-5; Hebrews 9:15; 1 Peter 2:9.
you may wish to link to the expanded subject of the Great Crowd welcoming the royal rider as he enters the city.