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   CHILD OF THE LAMB OR CHILD OF THE GOAT? : PART 1



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Published On : January 16, 1999

Last Updated : January 3, 2009

Two Atonement Goats, Sin Blamed On Azazel, Watchers Bound In
Prison, Rebellious King Saul, Stubborn Apostasy Of The Jews,
The Prophet Jeremiah In Prison, Stubborn Goats And Yabbuts,
Blood Atonement, High Priest And Priests, Bloodied Hands Of
The Jews, Washing Of Hands, Pontius Pilate, Cut Off Hands?




As I point out in the series 'The Lamb Of God Was A Goat!',
as well as in 'Judgment Of Azazel: Scapegoat Of The High
Priest', part of the sacrifices which were performed on the
annual Day of Atonement in ancient Israel, involved the use
of two goats without spot or blemish. The first goat, which
was slain upon the sacrificial altar, was symbolic of the
Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, which would occur some fifteen
hundred years later. The second goat, on the other hand, was
not killed; but rather it was let go into the wilderness,
after a certain rite was performed over its head. Allow me
to share with you again some of the verses found in the Book
of Leviticus:

"But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat,
shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an
atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into
the wilderness...And when he hath made an end of reconciling
the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and
the altar, he shall bring the live goat: And Aaron shall lay
both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess
over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and
all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them
upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the
hand of a fit man into the wilderness: And the goat shall
bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not
inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness."
(Leviticus 16:10, 20-22)

While the first goat was pictified as being void of sin, and
was thus slain as an acceptable means of atonement for the
sins of the people, their sins were actually transferred to
the head of the second goat. In other words, similar to the
manner in which we use the word 'scapegoat' in our modern
day, the blame for the sins of the people, was cast upon the
second goat, and not upon the first goat. As you'll discover
when you read the aforementioned articles, the reason for
this, is that the second goat represents Azazel; who was one
of the principle leaders of the Fallen Angels who rebelled
against the Lord in Genesis chapter six. It is because he
was largely responsible for the wickedness which was wrought
by man in the years prior to the Flood, that in the Book of
Enoch, we are told that all sin should be ascribed, or
attributed, to Azazel:

"And again the Lord said to Raphael: 'Bind Azazel hand and
foot, and cast him into the darkness: and make an opening in
the desert, which is in Dudael, and cast him therein. And
place upon him rough and jagged rocks, and cover him with
darkness, and let him abide there for ever, and cover his
face that he may not see light. And on the day of the great
judgement he shall be cast into the fire. And heal the earth
which the angels have corrupted, and proclaim the healing of
the earth, that they may heal the plague, and that all the
children of men may not perish through all the secret things
that the Watchers have disclosed and have taught their sons.
And the whole earth has been corrupted through the works
that were taught by Azazel: to him ascribe all sin.'"
(Enoch 10:4-9)

At this current time, Azazel and all of the other Watchers,
that is, the rebellious Angels, have not yet been punished
for their crimes against humanity. As I explain in 'Judgment
Of Azazel: Scapegoat Of The High Priest, according to Enoch,
Peter and Jude, while Satan is still free to roam the Earth
at this time, for a great while now, his subordinates have
been held in chains of darkness, in a special holding place
which is located somewhere deep within the Earth. I discuss
this topic of the subterranean prison in more detail in the
article entitled 'Hell And The Lake Of Fire'. We are given
the understanding that Azazel and his demonic hordes will
remain there until the Day of the Great White Throne
Judgment; at which time they will face the wrath of the
Almighty God:

"For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for
the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to
death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which
also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which
sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of
God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a
preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by
water." (1 Peter 3:18-20)

"For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them
down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to
be reserved unto judgment;" (2 Peter 2:4)

"And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left
their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains
under darkness unto the judgment of the great day."
(Jude 1:6)

If there is one characteristic which is quite often used to
describe a goat, it is that, similar to a mule or donkey, it
can be an extremely stubborn and rebellious creature. We are
all familiar with the fact that elderly people are sometimes
referred to as 'you old goat', because they are stubborn and
very set in their ways. How fitting then that Azazel should
be depicted by the very same creature, due to his rebellion
against the Lord. In the Old Testament, we find quite a few
different stories which deal with the sin of rebellion. When
the moment arrived for the Prophet Samuel to rebuke old King
Saul according to the Word of the Lord, he told the rejected
king the following words, which clearly reveal how seriously
the Lord views the sins of stubbornness and rebellion:

"For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness
is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the
word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being
king." (1 Samuel 15:23)

Upon studying both Biblical and secular history, one quickly
discovers that the Jews have always been a very rebellious
and stubborn people. Time and time again the Lord has had to
rebuke and chastise them for their waywardness. I point this
out in a number of different articles, such as in the series
'The Fruits Of Disobedience', as well as in 'The Children Of
God And Politics'. Prior to the Assyrian invasion during the
days of the Prophet Isaiah, the northern kingdom of Israel
had fallen into such deep apostasy, that the Lord inspired
the Prophet to write:

"Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and
more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint."
(Isaiah 1:5)

In the previous verse, the word 'revolt' is derived from the
Hebrew word 'carah'. Pronounced saw-raw', this word means
apostasy, defection, turning aside or withdrawal. While
performing Scriptural research for this current article, I
made a rather interesting discovery. In a number of places
where the word 'imagination' is used in the Authorized King
James Bible, the actual Hebrew word used is 'sheriyruwth'.
Pronounced sher-ee-rooth', this Hebrew word actually means
stubbornness, hardness or firmness. Out of the nine times
that it is used in the Old Testament, seven times it is
found in the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah. As it is well
known by most Bible students, this book contains a message
of strong rebuke and impending doom for the land of Judah.
Consider the following clear examples which prove this
point:

"But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked
in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart,
and went backward, and not forward." (Jeremiah 7:24)

"But have walked after the imagination of their own heart,
and after Baalim, which their fathers taught them:"
(Jeremiah 9:14)

"Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked
every one in the imagination of their evil heart: therefore
I will bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which
I commanded them to do; but they did them not."
(Jeremiah 11:8)

"This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk
in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other
gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as
this girdle, which is good for nothing."
(Jeremiah 13:10)

"And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye
walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that
they may not hearken unto me:" (Jeremiah 16:12)

As I explain in the aforementioned articles, despite the
Lord's serious warning to repent, the Jews of Jerusalem and
Judah did not repent of their sins. In fact, rather than
repent, they hardened their hearts even further; and on at
least two separate occasions, they laid hands upon God's
Messenger, Jeremiah, and threw him into prison. Consider the
following verses:

"For then the king of Babylon's army besieged Jerusalem: and
Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the prison,
which was in the king of Judah's house."
(Jeremiah 32:2)

"Moreover the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah the second
time, while he was yet shut up in the court of the prison,
saying," (Jeremiah 33:1)

"Wherefore the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote
him, and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan the
scribe: for they had made that the prison...Moreover
Jeremiah said unto king Zedekiah, What have I offended
against thee, or against thy servants, or against this
people, that ye have put me in prison?"
(Jeremiah 37:15, 18)

"Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of
Malchiah the son of Hammelech, that was in the court of the
prison: and they let down Jeremiah with cords. And in the
dungeon there was no water, but mire: so Jeremiah sunk in
the mire." (Jeremiah 38:6)

It was because of their continuous stubborn rebellion, and
their complete defiance of the Lord's wishes, that finally,
after forty years of warning by the Prophet Jeremiah, the
Lord allowed Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar to make three
successful invasions of Jerusalem. The final one resulted in
the complete destruction of the city around the year 587 BC
according to modern historians. Following the Seventy Years
of Captivity, during which time a large percentage of the
Jerusalemites were held as prisoners in Babylon, the Lord
spoke the following through the Prophet Zechariah, in which
He referred to the rebellious children of Judah as goats:

"For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have
seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in
vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were
troubled, because there was no shepherd. Mine anger was
kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for
the LORD of hosts hath visited his flock the house of Judah,
and hath made them as his goodly horse in the battle."
(Zechariah 10:2-3)

The purpose for sharing all of the previous information with
you, is to make several important points. The first one is
this: As I explain in the in-depth series 'The Lamb Of God
Was A Goat!', in the Lord's eyes, there are basically two
kinds of people in this world. As Jesus Himself explains in
the following story found in Matthew chapter twenty-five,
those who hear and obey the Voice of the Lord, are sheep. In
other words, they are the Children of the Lamb. On the other
hand, those who rebel in stubborn unbelief, are goats; that
is, they are the Children of the Goat. In short, either one
chooses to follow the Spirit of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of
God, in total humility and submission, or else one chooses
to stubbornly follow the spirit of Azazel; who as we have
seen, is the goaty subordinate of Satan:

"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the
holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of
his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and
he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd
divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the
sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then
shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye
blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you
from the foundation of the world:...Then shall he say also
unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into
everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:...
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the
righteous into life eternal." (Matthew 25:31-34, 41, 46)

While Azazel and his hordes may currently be restrained in
the Lord's prison, his spiritual children are everywhere;
and they have been around for a very long time. I refer to
these Children of the Goat as 'yabbuts'. This is because it
seems that no matter how much Biblical truth one shares with
them, their reply is always the same. They claim to believe
in what you say to a certain point, but then, just like a
goat, they say 'Yeah, but...'. Just like the spiritual goats
that they are, they are always saying 'Butt...butt...but!'
Sadly, the Biblical record clearly indicates that the Jews
may be the chief of the children of Azazel; after all, they
were the ones who killed the very Lamb of God. Jesus clearly
knew that they were not of God; this is why He told them the
following in the eighth chapter of the Gospel of John:

"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your
father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and
abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.
When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a
liar, and the father of it...He that is of God heareth God's
words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of
God." (John 8:44, 47)

Jesus plainly told them that they were not of God. He told
them that they were murderers and of their father the devil.
As I point out in such articles as 'Revelation's Babylon The
Great Whore', in Matthew chapter twenty-three, the Lord
fully exposed the bloody hands of the Children of the Goat:

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye
build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres
of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our
fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the
blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto
yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed
the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the
damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you
prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye
shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in
your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That
upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the
earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of
Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple
and the altar." (Matthew 23:29-35)

The previous verses are directly related to the next point I
wish to make with you. This point revolves around the rites
which were to be performed with the two goats, by Aaron the
High Priest on the Day of Atonement. After sacrificing the
first goat, which was innocent of the sins of the people,
the High Priest had to do certain things with the blood of
the animal, as we see in the following verses:

"And he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle
it with his finger upon the mercy seat eastward; and before
the mercy seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with his
finger seven times. Then shall he kill the goat of the sin
offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within
the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of
the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before
the mercy seat:...And he shall go out unto the altar that is
before the LORD, and make an atonement for it; and shall
take of the blood of the bullock, and of the blood of the
goat, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about.
And he shall sprinkle of the blood upon it with his finger
seven times, and cleanse it, and hallow it from the
uncleanness of the children of Israel."
(Leviticus 16:14-15, 18-19)

This is not the only example where certain things had to be
done with the blood of the animal which served as the sin
offering. When Aaron and his sons were first consecrated as
the priests of the Most High God, a bullock and two rams
were used as an atonement for their sins. In that case, we
read the following regarding what had to be done with some
of the blood from the animals:

"And he brought the bullock for the sin offering: and Aaron
and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the bullock
for the sin offering. And he slew it; and Moses took the
blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about
with his finger, and purified the altar, and poured the
blood at the bottom of the altar, and sanctified it, to make
reconciliation upon it...And he brought the ram for the
burnt offering: and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon
the head of the ram. And he killed it; and Moses sprinkled
the blood upon the altar round about...And he brought the
other ram, the ram of consecration: and Aaron and his sons
laid their hands upon the head of the ram. And he slew it;
and Moses took of the blood of it, and put it upon the tip
of Aaron's right ear, and upon the thumb of his right hand,
and upon the great toe of his right foot. And he brought
Aaron's sons, and Moses put of the blood upon the tip of
their right ear, and upon the thumbs of their right hands,
and upon the great toes of their right feet: and Moses
sprinkled the blood upon the altar round about."
(Leviticus 8:14-15, 18-19, 22-24)

Another example where we see the blood of the sacrificial
animal being used in this way, is in the ritual which was
required for the cleansing of lepers. In the fourteenth
chapter of the Book of Leviticus, we find the following
verse:

"And the priest shall take one he lamb, and offer him for a
trespass offering, and the log of oil, and wave them for a
wave offering before the LORD: And he shall slay the lamb in
the place where he shall kill the sin offering and the burnt
offering, in the holy place: for as the sin offering is the
priest's, so is the trespass offering: it is most holy: And
the priest shall take some of the blood of the trespass
offering, and the priest shall put it upon the tip of the
right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb
of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right
foot:" (Leviticus 14:12-14)

It is no coincidence that just as the blood of this he lamb,
or young ram, was used for the cleansing of the lepers under
the Levitical Law, Jesus Christ, the true Lamb of God, also
received Power from His Father, to heal lepers. As you can
also see from the previous verses, while in the series 'The
Lamb Of God Was A Goat!', I emphasize that a goat was used
as the primary means of atonement for sin throughout the Old
Testament period, bullocks and rams were also used for the
same thing in certain rituals; however, as Paul states, none
of these, be they bullocks, rams, or goats, are necessary
any longer; for our Lord Jesus Christ has made the Final
Sacrifice for sin, once and for all:

"For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats
should take away sins...For by one offering he hath
perfected for ever them that are sanctified."
(Hebrews 10:4, 14)

As we saw earlier, having performed the necessary rites with
the first innocent goat, Aaron was to lay his hands on the
head of the second goat, and then pronounce all of the sins
of the people over it. He was to lay blame on the scapegoat
before releasing it into the wilderness. As the Apostle Paul
makes clear, Aaron was symbolic of the one true High Priest
who was to come; that is, Jesus Christ; and in a sense, his
sons who performed the priestly services with him, were also
symbolic of all of the people of God who not only place
their faith in the Blood of the Sacrificial Lamb of God, but
who will also someday themselves be priests unto God, under
Jesus Christ, our High Priest. Consider the following
verses:

"But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the
angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and
honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for
every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and
by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to
make the captain of their salvation perfect through
sufferings...Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of
flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the
same; that through death he might destroy him that had the
power of death, that is, the devil;...For verily he took not
on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of
Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made
like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and
faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make
reconciliation for the sins of the people."
(Hebrews 2:9-10, 14, 16-17)

"Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly
calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our
profession, Christ Jesus;" (Hebrews 3:1)

"Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is
passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold
fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which
cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but
was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin."
(Hebrews 4:14-15)

"Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made
an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec."
(Hebrews 6:20)

"Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We
have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of
the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;" (Hebrews 8:1)

"But Christ being come an high priest of good things to
come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made
with hands, that is to say, not of this building;"
(Hebrews 9:11)

"And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father;
to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
(Revelation 1:6)

"And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we
shall reign on the earth." (Revelation 5:10)

"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first
resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but
they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign
with him a thousand years." (Revelation 20:6)

Having now explained these things to you, consider the irony
of the situation. That lying serpent, Satan, has totally
reversed everything in our modern day. In fact, he has been
doing it for thousands of years. Just as Aaron, a Child of
the Lamb, had to bloody his hands with the innocent blood of
the first goat, and then lay his hands upon the head of the
second goat, in order to cast the blame for the sins of the
people upon it, Satan's false high priest, and priests did,
and continue to do the very same thing. As we saw earlier,
since the days of the ancient Prophets, the Children of the
Goat, Azazel, have been laying their filthy hands upon the
Children of the Lamb, just as Aaron laid his hands upon the
head of the goat, and they have been killing them ever
since.

We have already covered the story of the Prophet Jeremiah;
and we have also seen what Jesus had to say regarding these
deceptive murderers who killed the many other Prophets who
were sent to them by the Lord. The height of their crimes
came almost two thousand years ago when Caiaphas, the false
high priest of Satan of that time, along with all of the
other Temple priests and Jewish Elders, laid their bloody
hands upon the Lord Jesus, and made false accusation against
the true High Priest from Heaven; who gave His Blood as a
Ransom for many. Consider the following verses:

"And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The
Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men:"
(Matthew 17:22)

"But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the
multitude, because they took him for a prophet."
(Matthew 21:46)

"Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep
on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and
the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners...And
Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then
came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him."
(Matthew 26:45, 50)

"For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of
man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill
him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third
day." (Mark 9:31)

"And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on
now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come;
behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of
sinners...And they laid their hands on him, and took him."
(Mark 14:41, 46)

"Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of
man shall be delivered into the hands of men." (Luke 9:44)

"And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought
to lay hands on him; and they feared the people: for they
perceived that he had spoken this parable against them."
(Luke 20:19)

"Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of
sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again."
(Luke 24:7)

"Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he
not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was
his Father, making himself equal with God." (John 5:18)

"After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would
not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him."
(John 7:1)

"Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth
the law? Why go ye about to kill me? The people answered and
said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee?"
(John 7:19-20)

"And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might
kill him; for they feared the people...When I was daily with
you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me:
but this is your hour, and the power of darkness."
(Luke 22:2, 53)

"Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him,
because his hour was not yet come. ...And some of them would
have taken him; but no man laid hands on him."
(John 7:30, 44)

"These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in
the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was
not yet come." (John 8:20)

"Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and
foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands
have crucified and slain:" (Acts 2:23)

While the hands of the Jewish Elders had been bloodied for
many centuries prior to the arrival of Christ, they made
every attempt to self-righteously conceal this fact, by
boasting of their ability to keep the Mosaic Law. Being as
the physical is a manifestation of the spiritual, it should
come as no surprise that one way in which these Children of
the Goat attempted to conceal their murder of the Children
of the Lamb, was through the tradition of the washing of
hands. Through this and other acts, they convinced the
common people of their goodness and holiness. Consider the
following verses:

"Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the
elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread...
These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with
unwashen hands defileth not a man." (Matthew 15:2, 20)

"And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with
defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found
fault. For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash
their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the
elders. And when they come from the market, except they
wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which
they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and
pots, brasen vessels, and of tables. Then the Pharisees and
scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to
the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen
hands? He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias
prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people
honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from
me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for
doctrines the commandments of men." (Mark 7:2-7)

We are also told that the manpleasing Roman procurator,
Pontius Pilate, who preferred to be a friend of the Jews,
instead of being a friend of God, also tried to rid himself
of the guilt of having Jesus' Blood on his hands. This he
did, when he bowed to political correctness, and performed
the following symbolic act, as he gave Jesus into the hands
of the Children of the Goat:

"When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that
rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his
hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the
blood of this just person: see ye to it." (Matthew 27:24)

As we know, Jesus often spoke in very cryptic language, in
order to hide the true meaning of His words from those who
were not meant to understand them, or who would not accept
the truth of His words anyway. Such is the case with the
following words He spoke in Matthew chapter eighteen:

"Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them
off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter
into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or
two feet to be cast into everlasting fire." (Matthew 18:8)

These words have undoubtedly been difficult to understand
for many Christians. Is Jesus suggesting that we literally
cut off our hands or our feet if we commit sin with them, in
order that we might be found worthy of Eternal Life? Is the
Lord suggesting that we are to literally follow the precepts
of the Mosaic Law, even as the Muslim Arabs do today in our
modern world? Based upon everything I have stated thus far,
I am of the opinion that this is not the case whatsoever.
What the Lord is really stating, is that we should separate
ourselves from those who have unclean hands and unwashened
feet. In other words, He is referring to those who have not
accepted Him as their Saviour; and who thus do not walk down
the Path of Life. For a much clearer understanding of how
our feet are related to this issue, please refer to the
revelatory article 'Are You Clean Every Whit?'. For the time
being, consider the following verse:

"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate,
saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will
receive you," (2 Corinthians 6:17)

In the second half of this article, we will continue our
discussion by taking a further look at the guilt of the
Jews, as well as cover such topics as passing the buck, the
crafty perversion of Christian doctrine, the willingness of
Jesus Christ, ignorance and accountability, false ministers
of light, the persecution of the Children of the Lamb, the
Apostasy and the Mark of the Beast, the Lord's Hands of
blessing and healing, the acts of the Apostles, God's Wrath
and the Second Harvest, the Great White Throne Judgment and
the Lake Of Fire, the laying on of hands suddenly, and
committing ourselves into Jesus' Hands. I trust that you
will join me.

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