Passion Week: Monday

April 6, 2009

[Nota Bene: Monday’s, Tuesday’s, and Wednesday’s Scripture did not necessarily happen on those days, but they did occur sometime betwixt Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday.]

“Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw [it], they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this [which is done] to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” – Matthew 21:18-22


8 Responses to “Passion Week: Monday”

  1. Did you know that the fig tree tells us when the crucifixion happened? The Holy Spirit revealed to us (plural) that Jesus was crucified on August 17. I heard this revelation in 1983 but it was only from 1999 to 2003 that I checked whether there is any ring of truth in it or not. True enough, the revelation is correct.

    August is a summer month. The fig tree put on leaves and its fruits are harvested during summer. The story of this cursing occurred during summer. Jesus must have be crucified in summer and not in spring. I posted a blog at wordpress relating the parable of the fig tree to the crucifixion. Please read my blog. Your comments are most welcome.

  2. liberexmachina Says:

    It helps to provide the link to your blog if you want me to read it. No matter. A quickish search brought it up.

    Friday is the “Day of Preparation” in the Hebrew sense of the word, for Friday sundown begins the Sabbath and you need to prepare for such things. Ergo, the crucifixion would have to happen on a Friday:

    “Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.
    There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation [day]; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.” – John 19: 41-42 (KJV)

    While I would be willing to consider August 17th as the date Jesus was crucified due to the strangeness of translating dates betwixt calendars and I get frustrated with the strange method to determine Easter every year, I tend to agree with your commenter. The dates do not matter; the important thing is Jesus’ sacrificial act of atonement itself.

  3. peacecrusader Says:

    I agree with you that Friday is the “Day of Preparation” for the regular weekly Saturday Sabbath. But did you know that there are also days which are considered as Sabbath? These are the annual festivals, such as New Year’s Day (Rosh Hashanah), Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), the first and last days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Pesach) and the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), Harvest Festival (Shavuoth), and as found out in this study, the monthly New Moon Festival (Rosh Hodesh). So the day before these feasts, which are Sabbath days, are also “Day of Preparation”. And when Jesus was crucified, it was the “Day of Preparation” for next day’s New Moon Festival. That festival was held on Elul 1, 3760 or August 18, 1 BC. Therefore, Jesus was crucified on August 17, 1 BC as revealed by the Holy Spirit.

    We, Christians, will become united if we observe the crucifixion on the same date. The Western Churches like the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches would be observing it with the Eastern Orthodox churches on the same date. Then, as Jesus said, we will become one like the Father and Jesus are one (John 10:30).

  4. liberexmachina Says:

    Would everybody observing Easter at the same time really unite us? We already do the same for Christmas, Epiphany, and Annunciation, not to mention all of the various saint feasts that everybody observes in some fashion.

    The crucifixion would have to happen during the week of Passover (Pesach), for:

    “Ye know that after two days is [the feast of] the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.” – Matthew 26:2 (KJV)

    All that being said, why obsess over a date? Paul notes in Titus:

    “But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.” – Titus 3:9 (KJV)

    Meaning, we should not focus our attention on ancillary aspects of the faith (like the calendar). Our eyes should be on the prize. As Paul wrote in the previous part of Titus:

    “Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, [but] gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, [and] hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. [This is] a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.” – Titus 3: 1-8 (KJV)

  5. peacecrusader Says:


    We will try to unite all Christians, at least, in the celebration of important feasts, such as:

    Christmas on the date that the Holy Spirit revealed—May 23. I have proven this to be true and correct.

    Epiphany – The Holy Spirit revealed this to us too. June 6. Two weeks after Jesus was born.

    Annunciation – (sometime in August) – Maybe August 17 as well for a birth on May 23.

    Don’t you think Christians are presently divided because we are not in agreement with each other on some significant occasions? People are confused that is why some don’t even celebrate any at all.

    Remember, these were revealed by the Holy Spirit Himself. And I have proven them to be correct after about twenty years since I first heard them. Who do we listen to: our fellow human beings or the Holy Spirit? (Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 29, 3:6, 13, 22)

  6. liberexmachina Says:

    I don’t think dates of observance is a dividing issue (other than the 7th Day Adventists, who view worshiping on Sunday an abominable practice).

    To answer your other query, we should turn to the Scripture:

    “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” – 1 John 4: 1-6 (KJV)

    Just because something claims to be the Holy Spirit does not necessarily make it so. Mohammad fell for something claiming to be the Archangel Gabriel. Joseph Smith fell for something claiming to be an angel, too. Even “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:14 [NIV]). A Spirit needs to be tested. How well what says jives with Scripture and other believers’ thoughts on the matter should be part of that testing. I agree that humans are fallible; I’m not sure which human is wrong in this case.

  7. peacecrusader Says:

    Isn’t it obvious that Christians are divided? Why are there Roman Catholics, Baptists, Pentecostals, Eastern Orthodox, Methodists, etc.? Why is there a proliferation of churches? What do these churches use? The same Holy Bible but differing in their interpretation. Who should we listen to? Do we have to be united as one? Who can unite us? Who can tell us which is true and which is false? Man? Or the Holy Spirit? Please read Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29, 3:6, 13, 22.

    Regarding the Seventh Day Adventists, I will tell you that even during the time of Jesus, His followers were already practicing a Sunday Sabbath. Not Saturday but Sunday! I can show and prove this to you.

    How can you know the true God from the false gods? Very simple and logical. Even without using any holy scripture of any religion. The true God can prophesy whereas the false gods cannot. Please remember this. This is the hallmark of the true God. He can prophesy, and because He is Almighty, He can make what He prophesies to happen.

    Archangel Gabriel came from the true God. Proofs. Because of Zechariah’s unbelief that his old and barren wife would conceive and give birth to a baby boy to be named John, he became mute. The Blessed Virgin Mary to prove that what the archangel Gabriel told her is true that she would give birth to a baby boy to be named Jesus, she travelled to the Hill Country of Hebron in Judea, about four days walk away, to check that her old and barren cousin Elizabeth was really six months pregnant. To prove that the holy spirit we talk to is really the true Holy Spirit, He gave 19 prophecies published in the Philippine Panorama, the Sunday magazine supplement of a Manila Daily in 1980. They have happened or are happening. Some are AIDS, global warming, new and mysterious diseases, proliferation of unwed and young mothers, etc. Please read my geocities website.

    You are correct to doubt and test every spirit. 1 John 4 tells us how to, but we should not ignore ALL spirits. Are Archangels Gabriel and Michael evil? Is the Holy Spirit evil? Check them with the prophecies they declare like Zechariah and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

  8. liberexmachina Says:

    It is obvious that the “visible church’ is divided, but the “invisible church” (once you take out all the posers) is unified around Christ. Unified does not mean agreeing with each other 100% of the time, it means we can come together and worship the God of the universe, even with our quibbles (that will disappear on the other side of this life). Our fallible, sinful nature created the proliferation of visible churches, because once man gets into something, it will no longer be perfect.

    My example of the Seventh Day Adventists was to show that, in general, we are in agreement of most of the dates of observance. The exception proves the rule and all that.

    So, you are just relying on the spirit’s ability to tell the future (which is what a prophesy is)? The spirit’s ability to prophesy alone cannot be trusted. Consider Saul and the Witch of Endor:

    “Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, [there is] a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor. And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me [him] up, whom I shall name unto thee. And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die? And Saul sware to her by the LORD, saying, [As] the LORD liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing. Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel. And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou [art] Saul. And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth. And he said unto her, What form [is] he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he [is] covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it [was] Samuel, and he stooped with [his] face to the ground, and bowed himself.

    And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do. Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy? And the LORD hath done to him, as he spake by me: for the LORD hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to thy neighbour, [even] to David: because thou obeyedst not the voice of the LORD, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the LORD done this thing unto thee this day. Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow [shalt] thou and thy sons [be] with me: the LORD also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.

    Then Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore afraid, because of the words of Samuel: and there was no strength in him; for he had eaten no bread all the day, nor all the night. And the woman came unto Saul, and saw that he was sore troubled, and said unto him, Behold, thine handmaid hath obeyed thy voice, and I have put my life in my hand, and have hearkened unto thy words which thou spakest unto me. Now therefore, I pray thee, hearken thou also unto the voice of thine handmaid, and let me set a morsel of bread before thee; and eat, that thou mayest have strength, when thou goest on thy way. But he refused, and said, I will not eat. But his servants, together with the woman, compelled him; and he hearkened unto their voice. So he arose from the earth, and sat upon the bed. And the woman had a fat calf in the house; and she hasted, and killed it, and took flour, and kneaded [it], and did bake unleavened bread thereof: and she brought [it] before Saul, and before his servants; and they did eat. Then they rose up, and went away that night.” – 1 Samuel 28: 7-25 (KJV)

    Divination is a sin. Yet Saul went to one that practices divination. It is important to note that the diviner DID give him what will happen to him. If the prophesy does not jive with Scripture or requires one to sin, it is not from God.

    Testing is not ignoring; testing is determining whether the spirit comes from “above” or “below”. My examples of Mohammad getting his “divine word” from “Gabriel” and Joseph Smith getting the same from “Uriah” (If I remember properly), were examples of something that was not what it claimed to be (demons, delusions, take your pick) tricking them into their respective falsehoods. I could make a nice list of reasons why those words are not from God, but I am short on time. The point is: it does not jive with Scripture. You even prove my point by asking me to see if it jives with the prophesies given to Zechariah and Mary (that’s from the Gospel of Luke).

    Again, providing a link would help if you want me to read something you wrote.

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