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WHO IS “THE ROCK”?

Matthew 16:13-:18  [Full Chapter]

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
Transliteration: petra
Phonetic Spelling (pet’ra)
Short Definition: rock

“Peter”, Greek is defined:
‘Petros: “a stone” or “a boulder,”
Peter, one of the twelve apostles
Transliteration:  Petros  Phonetic Spelling: (pet’-ros)
Definition: Peter, a Greek name meaning rock.
Short Definition: Peter
Christ was referring to His father.  Petra  a (large mass of) rock; not Petros, “a stone” or “a boulder”.

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.

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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 

Matthew 7:22-23 King James Version (KJV)
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

I titled this site Jester’s mace in reference to 1 Corinthians 4:10: “We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.”
I earnestly want Him to direct my paths; being under the liability of original sin, our walk (indeed) is a constant tug of war between our failing flesh, and the Spirit.  We gain ground, yet it is impossible to go one day without falling short of the perfection.  Our every effort is tainted.

[ Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”]

As of late, I note another bout of issues attempting to assault me simultaneously.  This is nothing new; after all we are told to expect adversity, trials and tribulations in this world.  Contrary to the old song, Life is NOT “just a bowl of cherries” (1931) rather, it is far more accurate to refer to it as Spiritual Boot Camp.

I dare not make an attempt to prophesy.  In observing the signs of the times, this once free country, now a de facto police state, has largely turned away from its Christian roots; in my opinion, we find ourselves fast approaching another turning point: Whether America turns her face toward Him, regains both her moral compass, and the Constitutional awareness set forth by the Founding Fathers, or falls into an abyss without hope of recovery. Presumptive candidate Donald Trump said he’s never sought forgiveness for his sins.  [See CNN]

That is scary; belief in God is not enough. We need to pray that he awakens from that spiritual blindness.
Again, my opinion, there is Biblical evidence as to why America is not directly mentioned in Bible prophecy:
It is quite simple, you can’t have a free country, and a one world government.  The Bible tells of that event, so it is a foregone conclusion that at some point, America as we knew her will cease to exist.
I do stop to examine myself, and all to painfully realize how much ours is an imputed righteousness, that of Jesus Christ, and we cannot bring anything to the table.

Ephesians 2:8-9 King James Version (KJV)
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Let Him keep us ever mindful, and vigilant, as a watcher on the wall. Amen.

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Fox News Biggees Surrendering on Marriage
By Steve  Pauwels / 30 March  2013

I was more disappointed than shatteringly surprised when Bill  O’Reilly and Megan Kelley essentially raised the white flag the  other night, or at least went AWOL, on the battle for authentic marriage.  Guesting on Mr. O’s eponymously titled  Factor  program  Tuesday evening, Fox News ’ fetching,  mid-afternoon anchor  volunteered, “I had an interview with Tony Perkins … What is it about calling …a  gay union a marriage that offends you? How does it hurt a traditional  …marriage?…  I didn’t hear anything articulated that was particularly  persuasive.”

To which O’Reilly, nearly exploding out of his chair, added ecstatically,   ”I agree with you a hundred percent!  … The compelling argument is on  the side of homosexuals … ‘We’re Americans, we just want to be treated like  everybody else.’ …. And to deny  that, you’ve got to have a very  strong argument … the other side hasn’t been able to do anything but thump the  Bible.”

What’s perplexing is when a national media figure who, for a decade,  has  doggedly sniffed-out pernicious “secular progressivism” abruptly takes a powder  on the “defense-of-traditional-marriage” front. Towns should be able to host a  Christmas creche and reference the word “Easter” in their school programs,  blasts Bill O – but the post-modern hijacking of marriage is no big deal?
Philosophically consistent that ain’t.

Folks regularly go on about how “smart” is Ms. Kelly. And — contrary to  self-congratulating  Leftists’ cheap shots — O’Reilly is no dummy, either;  he normally acquits himself pretty skillfully in unpacking the issues. If,  however, either of them actually buys the shabby, short-sighted humbug  they proffered in this back-and-forth? Seems they’re not quite as  bright as advertised.
The more “compelling” brief is found among the heralds of  pro-”homosexual-marriage”? Well, I suppose so —  if one  assumes sloppily splashing around unreflective chatter about  “equality” and “rights” qualifies as a “compelling” argument for officially  rejiggering what all of recorded history has confirmed to be civilization’s  bedrock institution.

First  off, the Fox talkers’ imperious dismissal of “bible thumping”  rebuttals of fake, i.e. “same-sex”,  matrimony shouldn’t be conceded.  I apologize to no one for shaping my life around the unshakable truths of  Scripture — and I’m in pretty impressive company. Most of our Founders — perhaps  all of them? — would find it alarmingly scandalous that  Judeo-Christian principles are being written out of the modern  public-policy discussion. Glance at the historic record: biblical wisdom was a  welcome and indispensable contributor to  the establishment of our Constitutional Republic — facile,  “separation-of-church-and-straight” mythology notwithstanding.

John Adams, for instance: “Americans did not invent this foundation of  society. They found it in their religion [Christianity].”
Next,  the ages ( personal experience, biology, every major religion and  reams of recent scholarship) have thumpingly ratified the  husband/wife-led family as the preferred agency for  propagating and  caring for the human species. The “state” can’t  and shouldn’t take an  interest in formally acknowledging that, Mr. O’Reilly? The U. S. Government, Ms.  Kelly, is out-of-line in endorsing it? Seriously?

I’d say common sense demands as much. And, by the way, the Constitution  comfortably permits it.
Do our founding documents explicitly authorize the Federal government to give  thumbs up to “heterosexual marriage ? Of course not — and what  pro-marriage advocate is asserting otherwise? Our Constitution/Bill of Rights,  however, do charge “general government”, in its various departments, with   raising up and maintaining military defenses, crafting tax policy,  setting immigration law, etc. In a nod to the irreplaceable union  of husband and wife as the hub of child-rearing and anchor of a stable  society, wherever public policy in these and multiple other areas intersects  with matters nuptial it may, and should, encourage the institution.

Benefits for military spouses and government employees? Tax-filing provisions  for married households? Exactly whom a legal immigrant is permitted to bring  along into the country? Any of countless scenarios in which marital status  potentially impinges on a citizen’s interaction with her government necessitates  that federal law clarify: what is a husband? wife? family? What comprises a  marriage?

These  terms have centuries-underscored meanings. Despite the caterwauling of  take-no-prisoners homosexual supremacists, leaders and lawmakers should make  distinctions based on those meanings. Practicality, in fact, obliges they do so  — as does prudence and morality.  Natural marriage plays a  demonstrably crucial, salutary role in cultivating well-ordered,  well-oiled communities. Governments wisely and rightly boost it.
Yet, blithely chirping about “equality” and “rights” overturns all of the  above, correct? Neutralizing what used to be obvious to everyone?

Okay – along that line of reasoning: VA benefits currently are accorded only  those who’ve done their duty in the armed forces but not to school teachers,  non-profit employees, plumbers. Where’s the “equality” in that? Shouldn’t they  enjoy the same government-conferred “rights” of any armed-services  member?
I smell “civilian-a-phobia”!

What “right” do the unemployed have to their “unemployment compensation” when  laboring Americans have no access to same? Can’t “unemployed” be extended to  take in the “under-employed”? The “unsatisfactorily-employed”?
Why should business owners or investors enjoy tax-breaks denied mere  weekly-paycheck earners? Sounds like a 14th Amendment  ”equal-protection”  outrage to me!!

Do some egalitarian-minded singles feel Constitutionally snubbed when the  government extends to their married peers special advantages?  What of the  spinster who insists she is devotedly “married” to her three cats – and expects  Uncle Sam to honor that status?

Ludicrous? Only by degree: the evangelists of “gay marriage”, after  all, traffick reflexively in this same species of loopy reasoning and  language hijinks. Our elected officials and courts draw lines all the time,  distinguishing one set of individuals from another based on their activities,  how they live, what they pour into society or take from it. Those formulations  long have included marriage — an arrangement once assumed beneficial to America  and thus promoted by American polity.
Suddenly, we’re arbitrarily informed that’s no longer copacetic.

Memo to Bill O’Reilly and Megan Kelly: It’s really not all that complicated;  some might actually find it downright  “compelling”.
And for the record: I didn’t thump my Bible; not  even once.

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