Secret societies were also looking the sudden appearance of a Promised Redeemer. However, their Promised Redeemer was not the One promised through Biblical prophecy; rather, their Promised Redeemer was a man who had reached perfection upon whom the ultimate Christ Consciousness would descend at the right moment in world history to lead the world into its foreseen "Golden Age". In other words, this counterfeit Christ for whom the Pagans were awaiting is the Anti-Christ. Satan had cleverly dispersed the prophecy of the coming Redeemer in many secret societies of that day. The Wise Men who came to Bethlehem seeking the king which had been born, had been awaiting for the Pagan Redeemer. More specifically, they were knowledgeable of the remarkably precise prophecy in Daniel 9:24-26, and they realized the world was within a man's lifetime of fulfillment. These men were members of the Pagan sect called the Zoroasters. This Persian sect were among the Wise Men of Babylon in Daniel 2:1-18. In fact, these Pagans classified Daniel as being a Wise Man in the same mold from which they were cast; as such they were very familiar with Daniel's writings, including the prophecy of the Seventy Weeks of years in Daniel 9:24-26.
The Jewish secret society, the Kabbalah, were looking for a Promised Redeemer of the same type as other secret societies. These Jews were awaiting for a man to arise from within a secret society, a mighty, rich ruler king in Israel, a warrior who would triumphantly lead Israel out of Gentile domination, ruling from the House of David forever.
They were horrified when Jesus' birth was announced to humble shepherds instead of to the ruling council of the Kabbalah. They rejected the very idea that the Promised Redeemer could possibly be born to peasant parents in a stable. Oh, no, their Redeemer would be born of secret society parents, who were wealthy, influential, and powerful. And, surely, this Redeemer would be born in a palace. Thus, they initially rejected the idea that Jesus could be the Christ.
Later, when Jesus began His ministry, these Jewish Kabbalists were further horrified at the prospect that Jesus might be the Promised Redeemer. In addition to his humble background, Jesus revealed hidden spiritual truth directly to the masses of the people. The Pharisees knew Jesus had learned the truth contained within the Old Testament; they assumed Jesus had learned it from a secret society somewhere. However, Jesus was not keeping these truths secret from the masses, but was eagerly and daily revealing it to them. Remember, secret societies require their members to keep all the secrets to which they have been exposed absolutely to themselves. The severe oaths, which every member of secret societies take, call for painful death to be executed if anyone revealed any secrets of the society to a nonmember. Thus, the Pharisees believed Jesus to be worthy of a severe and painful death.
Members of secret societies loathed the average citizen. They deliberately attempted to mislead them spiritually, and they built up social barriers to keep the masses separate from the members of the societies. Thus, when Jesus began to associate with the common people, and especially with the most sinful of the common people, the Pharisees knew Jesus could not be their Promised Redeemer. The Pharisees had carefully mislead the common people through the creation of the Talmud. The daily living restrictions of Talmudic law were so restrictive as to bind the people in absolute bondage to the Pharisees. The Talmud had also hid God's Divine Truth contained within the books of Moses. And Jesus responded dramatically to these "Traditions of Men", condemning them with extremely strong words. The Pharisees counterattacked with plots to kill Him.
In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. BELIEVE today. The time is short.
So There You Have it!
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In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)