WHO IS “THE ROCK”?
13 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?
14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 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.
18 “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.”
Peter’s confessional statement (verse 16) is clearly answered by Christ in the next verse, showing that God the Father had revealed Christ’s identity to him.
Bear in mind that this started off the shores of the Sea of Galilee, verified in the previous chapter, 39th verse, having fed the multitude with seven loaves of bread and some fishes:
Matthew 15:39 King James Version (KJV) 39 And he sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala.
The first verse, Matthew 16:1 KJV is continued verification: 16:1 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.
Pharisees and Sadducees would not be anywhere remotely near Rome. Evidence clearly showing that the conversations were nowhere near Rome!
Moreover, In Strong’s Concordance:
“Petra” Greek, is defined:
petra: a (large mass of) rock
Phonetic Spelling (pet’ra)
Short Definition: rock
The Roman church, which insists it was first, ignores Biblical fact: The disciples of Christ started many churches in the middle east; being indwelled with the Holy Spirit, they were made able to converse with the residents in their own language, witnesses to Jehovah God. Several of their names are the titles of books in the New Testament; Corinthians, (Corinth) Galatians, (Galatia) Ephesians, (Ephasis) Philippians, (Philippi in eastern Macedonia) Colossians, a city about 100 miles east of Ephesus, (church of Colossae) and Thessalonians, (Thessalonica).
It was 313 AD when the Co-Roman Emporers, Constantine and Licinius, signed the Edict of Milan, which finally ensured religious tolerance for Christians.
Although the Matthew passage has been misconstrued to mean that Peter was “the rock”, we find the true meaning of who IS the rock, found in Deuteronomy 32:
Deuteronomy 32:1-40 King James Version (KJV)
32 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
3 Because I will publish the name of the Lord: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
5 They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.
6 Do ye thus requite the Lord, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee?
7 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.
8 When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.
9 For the Lord’s portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.
10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.
11 As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:
12 So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.
13 He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock;
14 Butter of kine, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the fat of kidneys of wheat; and thou didst drink the pure blood of the grape.
15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.
17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.
18 Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.
19 And when the Lord saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters.
20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.
21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.
22 For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.
23 I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them.
24 They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.
25 The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs.
26 I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men:
27 Were it not that I feared the wrath of the enemy, lest their adversaries should behave themselves strangely, and lest they should say, Our hand is high, and the Lord hath not done all this.
28 For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them.
29 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!
30 How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their rock had sold them, and the Lord had shut them up?
31 For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.
32 For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter:
33 Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.
34 Is not this laid up in store with me, and sealed up among my treasures?
35 To me belongeth vengeance and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.
36 For the Lord shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left.
37 And he shall say, Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted,
38 Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offerings? let them rise up and help you, and be your protection.
39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.
40 For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.
Jesus meant His father, NOT Peter. This is not negotiable. Also, I was motivated to use most of this entire passage because largely, our country has nearly mirrored the disobedience of His people, and unless we do a turnaround, and repent, certainly will, (if not already have,) incur His wrath, not blessing.
Sadly, this excerpt from the Washington Times, with news of blatant Apostasy:
By Cheryl K. Chumley – The Washington Times – Monday, June 9, 2014
“For the first time in Vatican history, the pope allowed for the reading of Islamic prayers and Koran readings from the Catholic facility.”
Read more: The Washington Times