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“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Mathew chapter 16:13-18).
Notice first of all Jesus asks his disciples whom do men
say that I the Son of man am? Because of various prophecies in the Old
Testament they came to the conclusion that Jesus was the fulfilment of one of
these. In verse 15 he makes it personal to his disciples and you can make it
personal to yourselves right now. But whom say ye that
I am? He has already told them who he is by saying I Am which is the name that
God gave to Moses in reply to who shall I say sent me when Moses returned from
“And Moses said unto God,
Behold, when I come unto the children of
So this was God in the flesh standing before them. Simon Peter in verse 16 Simon in Hebrew means he who harkens or listens. Peter means rock as in a solid stone. But later on in the verse Jesus addresses Simon Peter as Simon Barjona. Very interesting, as we know names all have hidden meanings in Hebrew. Here Simon means he who harkens or listens and Barjona means son of Jona. Jona means dove. The dove is symbolic of the Holy Spirit. So Jesus is saying here blessed are you who listen to the Holy Spirit, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you but my father in heaven. Now flesh and blood or man has not revealed it to you means the indoctrination of men you see man can teach this day and night in the flesh and get nowhere but when God himself through the Holy Spirit and His written word speaks directly into the innermost being of a person that’s Revelation.
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.” (John 16:13).
That’s what we all need because without that the bible is absolutely meaningless to the carnal mind. Verse 18 is the key to the true foundation that the Holy Spirit would like to lay in your inner most being right now if you have the ears to hear and the eyes to see. The rock is the revelation that not man but my father in heaven has shown you. Peter means a stone or solid rock. But this is not speaking of a solid foundation. Anything built in this physical realm is only temporal. This is speaking of a spiritual foundation. The Lord Jesus Christ.
“According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (I Cor -13):
You cannot build a foundation on prosperity or revival or healing or even faith. Who heals who prospers who revives? “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb12:2): Look to the Father for all things through His Son not man or pastor or priest. Jesus is our high priest.
“Church isn’t somewhere we go to but something we are.”
And on that revelation I will build my church. The word
church comes from the Greek root word ekklēsia
out or to call forth, to summon, to call together to assemble together.” It is not a building made with hands. It’s a people called
out and set apart by God. Now the doctrines of men will take this solid rock
and put a solid building made with the hands of man on it. The building is not
the church but the building is where the church meets. Jesus didn't talk about
church as a place to go to but a way of living in relationship to him and to
other followers of his. Asking us where we go to church is like asking us where
we go to be us. How do we answer that? We are us and where we go there we are.
'Church' is that kind of word. It doesn't identify a location or an
institution or a denomination, it describes a people and how they relate to
each other. A called out people called out of the world and all its ways,
called to be separate and to assemble together by God to meet regularly
together in the WORD of God not the WORLD. Daily if possible: And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and
fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every
soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that
believed were together, and had all things common; and sold their possessions
and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they,
continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and
breaking bread from house to house, did eat
their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favour
with all the people. And the Lord added to the
church daily such as should be saved. (Act
2:42-47). “And when he was demanded of the
Pharisees, when the
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus (Gal ). If you are a Jew reading this you NEED to leave your Jewish religion and move into Christ by accepting Him as your messiah. If you are a gentile reading this you NEED to leave your Gentile religion and move into Christ. Think about how many Gentile religions there are and how many false Christ’s there are within the gentile community. Not easy if you are deceived by one of THE false gospels/Jesus and spirit they preach 2 Cor 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. What about “neither male nor female.” Surely that counts us all out then? Consider this, the bible 2 Corinthians 11:4 talks about us being Sons of God and new creatures. 2 Cor 5:17:Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. The new creature in Christ is not a Jew or a gentile. They are neither male nor female but they are all new creatures made one in Christ by His Spirit leading them and teaching them through God's Son the word of God.
Note added: In Deut 28 concerning blessings and curses, all the time the Lord says IF you do this, or IF you do not, He never says you "have to" or you "must". We have that choice, and the result of the choice is either blessing or cursing. Jesus says the same IF in His teachings.
There is a
counterfeit church within the world in which the book of Revelation calls a
prostitute or Harlot and her main head that governs her body is called their
Mother Rev 17-5. She is a mystery that began pre flood in the Garden of Eden and has
developed through the pagan religions from the
Our world religions and world governments will come together as one and re emerge; they will be brought together as one into the original melting pot from which they were first cast from. They will be called in as a weasel bewitches it’s pray before it pounces on them to devour them. The original melting pot was the Roman empire and the pagan religion that rode on her which can be traced right back to the seed of the serpent of Genesis 3:15 through the line of Cain in the book of Genesis from the pre flood world that was judged of God apart from eight souls 1Peter 3:20. to the tower of Babel post flood Genesis chapter 11 which gave birth to the Assyrian empire then the Egyptians then the Babylonians then the Medes and the Persians then Greece then Rome and finally to the final world empire that we are seeing come together before our eyes these very days. There are two seeds according to Gen 3:15 being the seed of the woman for filled through the line of Seth to Abraham Isaac and Jacob right up to the messiah Christ Jesus and His bride and the seed of the serpent which will be for filled in the coming one world leader who: opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God and his bride being the whore of Babylon of Rev:17. One thing to take note of in the book of Revelation is what John sees in the spirit realm and then comparing it to the physical manifestation in this material world. Read 2 Corinthians 4:18 concerning the unseen realm of the spirit. For example in the spiritual realm/the unseen realm to the un regenerated person John sees in chapter seventeen a Dragon with seven heads and ten horns and a harlot sitting on the beast. We know that the physical manifestation of this is all the world governments coming together as one body consisting of the seven continents being divided into ten regions with ten kings ruling over each region. The woman is the physical manifestation of all the world religions coming together as one. Its seat of power will still remain a mystery until this is set up and the restrainer/who lets is removed/taken out of the way 2Thes 2:7.
2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.