New Testament VIOLENCE
The Fig Tree
In Matthew 21:18-19 Jesus cursed a fig tree because it didn’t bear fruit.
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. Matthew 21:18
It then withered and died. Mark further stated that it was not the season of the fig (Mark 11:13).
And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. Mark 11:13
Jesus violated a commandment of the Torah of not destroying fruit trees. This commandment even applies to fruit trees of your enemies in times of war. If he was the “Son of God in the flesh” couldn’t he have made it bear fruit instead?
There is a story in the Talmud where Rabbi Yosi’s son wanted to feed his workers. There was a fig tree there and Rabbi Yosi, who was very spiritually advanced, cried out to the fig tree “Fig tree, fig tree, send forth your fruit.” Then the fig tree put forth fruit and they ate.
Maybe it was a bad hair day for Jesus and he was not up to producing good miracles that day.
Take my enemies, who would not have me rule over them, bring them here, and kill them before me. Luke 19:27
This is a concluding statement of a parable that Jesus was telling regarding a nobleman who became king. The point of the parable is that the Jewish people rejected him as king and hence the decree of judgment concerning the unfaithful and disobedient. This mirrors what Matthew wrote,
“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Matthew 12:30
He who does not abide in me is thrown away like a withered branch. Such withered branches are gathered together, cast into the fire and burned. John 15:6
This statement by Jesus demonstrates that the Jews and others that do not follow him are enemies that deserve to be burned. This statement was used by the Catholic Church to justify their practice of burning people alive at the stake (especially women).
Sell Your Clothes and Buy a Sword
… and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one. Luke 22:36
This clearly refers to the physical world of Jesus’s kingdom and not the spiritual world.
Use the Sword
Think not that I have come to send peace to the world. I come not to send peace, but the sword. Matthew 10:34
and next verses …
I came to turn ‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
A person’s enemies will include members of his own family.’ Matthew 10:35-36
One of Jesus’s disciples in fact did in fact do just this by cutting off the ear of a servant of the High Priest with the sword. Luke 22:49-50; Matthew 26:51.
Use the Whip
And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple. John 2:15]
Hate your Neighbor
“If anyone comes to me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26
Do he say that??? ………. After all his love thy neighbor talk……..
Make Them Blind
For judgment I have come into this world, that those that do not see may see, and those who see may be made blind. John 9:39
This statement contradicts the statement by Jesus;
‘Judge not that you may be judged.’ Matthew 7:1
Suffer the Wrath of God
He who believes in the son has everlasting life. But he who does not believe in the son shall not see life, but shall suffer the everlasting wrath of God. John 3:36
‘Love thy neighbor’ only applies to people who believe in Jesus, otherwise a persons fate is suffering the everlasting wrath of God.
This position is in conflict with the Jewish Talmud which states,
The righteousness of nations will have a share in the World to Come. Tosefta, Sanhedrin 13
Any individual, whether Jew or Gentile, man or woman, servant or maid can bring the Divine presence upon himself in accordance with his deeds. Tana DeBei Eliahu Rabba 9
Jesus, Did you Forget???
Whoever hates his brother is a murderer. 1 John 3:15
Husbands love your wives. . . . For no man ever yet hated his own flesh. Eph. 5:25, 29
Resist not evil, but whoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. Matthew 5:39
All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52
And suddenly there was with the angels a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace. Luke 2:13, 14
Honour your father and mother. Eph 6:2
Jesus Casts the Swine to their Death.
32 He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. Matthew 8:32
13 He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. Mark 5:13
33 When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned. Luke 8:33
Jesus Overturns the Money Tables
Jesus created a violent disturbance making people lose money at a time when thousands gathered in Jerusalem for Passover.
12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. Matthew 21:12
15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, Mark 11:15
45 When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. Luke 19:45
15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. John 2:15
Don’t Give to Cesar
Jews at that time of horrible Roman occupation and confiscation believed that nothing rightfully belonged to Cesar. Jesus was saying that what the Romans were taking were not theirs. He was saying DON’T pay Romans anything. The things that were Caesar’s ……. was violence.
And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him. Mark 12:17
The Terrorist Jesus
In 175 B.C.E.,Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the son of Antiochus III invaded Judea.
Judaism was outlawed. In 167 BCE Antiochus ordered an altar to Zeus erected in the Temple. He banned circumcision and ordered pigs to be sacrificed at the altar of the temple. The sacrifice of pigs to the Greek gods was standard ritual practice in the Ancient Greek religion.
In 165 B.C.E. the Jewish revolt against the Seleucid monarchy was successful. The Temple was liberated and rededicated.
In 63 B.C.E. Judea and the Galilee area was conquered by the Roman General Pompey. In B.C.E. 31 the areas were ruled by Herod the Great until his death in 4 C.E. After his death a Jewish uprising happened again that the Romans crushed.
Zealot John the Baptist
In 26 C.E. John the Baptist preached that God was going to help to establish a Jewish, non-Roman Kingdom, and that kingdom was at hand. John the Baptist was very popular among the people and they regarded him a prophet, one of the highest honors.
The New Testament states his beheading was because he was in mere opposition to the King’s niece’s marriage.
For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife: for he had married her. Mark 6:17
Historian Josephus reported that the ruler Herod Antipas beheaded John the Baptist in 29 C.E. because the Romans feared he would lead another anti-Roman uprising. Antquities, Josephus 18:5:2
John’s cousin Jesus, continued to preach the same. Jesus would even pray, ‘let you will be done “on earth” as it is in heaven.’ Jesus violently turned over the tables filled with money at the Temple. Pontius Pilate arrested and executed Jesus for his claiming to be king and opposing Roman taxes.
4 After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover. Acts 12:4
Why Jesus was a Terrorist.
Everyone referred to Jesus as if he were the King. The titles were Christ, King of Israel, Son of David, Son of God, Son of Man. These all are titles referring to an earthly kingdom.
CHRIST – Jesus asked Peter who he was and Peter answered, “You are the Christ.” Christ is a Greek word that means the Messiah. Peter knew that Christ was the title given to every King of Israel. Peter would follow what Jesus said to do and not what Rome said.
KING OF ISRAEL – Nathanial, a disciple of Jesus told Jesus, “You are the King of Israel”. Messiah means anointed King, one who has a claim to the throne of David, a throne that rules an earthly kingdom.
Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. John 1:49
SON OF DAVID – Two blind men begged Jesus to heal them. They called out to him, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us.” This statement shows that Jesus had claimed the throne of David.
SON OF GOD – This was an honorary title given to every Jewish King of Israel. It alludes to the fact that they were descendants from King David and acted piously as if they were God’s son. Psalm 2:7 refers to God’s son. Psalm 2 is recited at every coronation of the King of Israel. “Son of God” is a royal title given throughout the centuries to the reigning King of Israel.
SON OF MAN – This is a name given by Daniel the Prophet to the Messiah regarding his kingship and that all nations and tongues would recognize his dominion and his reign would be established forever. Daniel 7:13, 14. By Jesus using this term he was claiming to be the Messiah and claiming dominion over the nations of the world, including Rome. And people were following him.
Jesus He Tried
According to prophesies of Zecharaiah, Jesus tried to do and fulfill them himself so he could be the Messiah.
1. Zecharaiah stated that the Messiah would ride into Jerusalem on a donkey,
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey. Zecharaiah 9:9.
7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. Matthew 21:1, 2, 7.
Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey,
2. Zecharaiah stated that the Messiah would wage a violent war against all those nations who were against Israel,
9 On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem Zechariah 12:9-10
Jesus was preaching this.
3. Zecharaiah stated that this war would start on the Mount of Olives,
On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. Zecharaiah 14:4
Jesus was arrested on the Mount of Olives where he was with his many followers,
30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. Matthew 26:30, 36
14 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Mark 14:25. 26.
I guess things just didn’t work out like Jesus wanted.
Romans sent a cohert (a very large number of soldiers somewhere between 300 and 600 soldiers) to arrest Jesus. They feared his many followers would fight the arresting soldiers when Jesus would be taken into custody.
47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people Matthew 26:47
43 Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders. Mark 14:43
52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? Luke 22:52
12 Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound him John 18:12
Charges against Jesus
Opposed Taxes (OUCH!!!) –
And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Messiah, a king.” Luke 23: 2
Perverting the Nation –
12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. Matthew 21:12
Forbidding to give Tribute to Cesar – (ouch again)
17 Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”
And they were amazed at him. Mark 12:17
Saying He is a King –
37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” John 18:37
And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King. Luke 23:2
The High Priest said he was a threat to the Jews.
If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation. John 11:48
A Zealot threat to the Temple and Israel
The High Priest stated, “If we let him [Jesus] alone like this, everyone will believe in him and the Romans will come and take away both our place [the Temple] and the nation. It was expedient that one man should die for the people,” John 11:48, 50
Sign Posted on the Cross
Pontius Pilate wanted everyone to know the reason Jesus was crucified. He attached a board at the top of the cross that said “King of the Jews”
26 The written notice of the charge against him read: the king of the jews. Mark 15:26
Rome was making a statement to all the Jews that this man was executed for sedition, and someone better think twice if he wants to go down that same path.
The Term “King”
Josephus used the word “king” as a leader of a band of insurgents. It was a leader by force with others following him. A “created king immediately.” Antiquities of the Jews, Josephus, 17:10:8
When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone. John 6:15
Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.” John 1:49
The Two Thieves Crucified with Jesus
Correct translation of “thieves” is armed rebels.
Thieves was the word translated in Luke 23:32, Matthew 27:38, Mark 15:27. However the well known historian of that time Josephus used the same word many times to mean armed rebel against Rome, i.e.
Cumanus sent his troops against the sizable force of Jewish peasants and their brigand leaders [christian word for thieves]. Antiquities of the Jews, Josephus, 20:6:3
High Priest Along with the Romans
The High Priest and the Sadducees joined the Romans to be against the disciples.
And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them, Acts 4:1
An Angel broke out Peter and the apostles from jail and were told to go preach in the Temple.
19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. 20 “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.” Acts 5:19
Peter and the other apostles were flogged for whatever they were preaching. The well respected Gamaliel of the Sanhedrin compared Peter to a well known zealot and stated at that time,
For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought. 37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed. Acts 5:36-37
38 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. Acts 5:38
When Peter was later arrested they bound him then chained him to two Roman soldiers. In addition to that they placed two Roman soldiers at the door of his cell. I’m sure there were many other soldiers near by. They were expecting trouble in the form of a large number of men similar to the 400 men that rallyed for Theudas.
6 The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Acts 12:6
At Peters trial by the Jewish High Court (the Sanhedrin) the leader of the Pharisee Party, Gamaliel compared Peter to Theudas, the current leading anti Roman zealot. He also compared Peter to Judas of Galilee who founded the Zealot Party. Peter was considered to be a dangerous anti Roman zealot.
Paul was arrested because he was a leader of other zealots.
“We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect” Acts 24:5
He was arrested on the Mount of Olives where Zechariah believed God would begin the messianic war against those opposing Jerusalem.
35 When Paul reached the steps, the violence of the mob was so great he had to be carried by the soldiers.
36 The crowd that followed kept shouting, “Get rid of him!” Acts 21:35-36
38 “Aren’t you the Egyptian who started a revolt and led four thousand terrorists out into the wilderness some time ago?” Acts 21:38
Unable to find Paul, some Jews dragged Jason and some brothers before the city officials shouting, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too. Jason has harbored them, and these are all acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king, Jesus.” Acts 17:6 to 8
Remember in the past Paul would go to Damascus, a foreign nation, and illegally kidnap and execute Christians who fled Judea because of their anti-Roman zealotry. Acts 9:1, Acts 20:26, Acts 22:4, Acts 22:20, 1 Cor 11:32
Jesus’ Disciples had Rebel Nicknames
Five of Jesus’ disciples had zealot nicknames.
Simon the zealot, Matthew 10:2.
Peter was called bar-Jonah written bariona. Bariona in Aramaic means zealot. Matthew 16:17.
Judas was referred to as “Isacariot,” Isacariot is a transliteration from Latin to Aramaic means “dagger-man.” Scarius was applied to zealots opposed to the Roman rule of Judea. Mark 3:14, Matthew 10:2
John and James the sons of Zebedee were referred to by their nickname “boanerges” which means “son of fiery zeal” or “sons of thunder” [bener ra’ash]. This was a name given to the warrior zealot. Mark 3:17
Death of James
Jesus’ brother James was executed by the King Harod in 62 C.E. because he was a threat to the Roman security interests.
And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. Acts 12:2
After the Death of Jesus
After the death of James, the Zealot Party lead a revolt in 66-70 C.E. which resulted in the destruction of the Temple.
The Zealot and Pharisee Parties led an uprising against Rome in 132-135 C.E. which resulted in the total destruction of the whole country of the Jews at that time.