Revelation 15 – The Seven Plagues & Ancient Papyrus Say Jesus Christ Was Married?

Finger Pointing UpI don’t believe Jesus was married, or He would have told us.   Like when He was on the cross He said,

“When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!” (Jn 19:26).

God created marriage and it wasn’t for the purpose of having sex.  Marriage is about love, Jesus did not marry any one person, He loves everybody.

Today marriage is abused and sex is overrated; rarely is love involved, but lust and lust leads to problems.  A simple analogy is rotten food.  If you eat rotten food your body will be infested with diseased bacteria equals illness and possibly death.

Speaking of death, scientists fear our future, so tomorrow we’ll look at…

Revelation 15
The Seven Plagues

1 7 Angels with 7 Plagues
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1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.

15:1-8 – introduces the last of the three sevenfold series of judgments – the plagues, or vials of wrath.

2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

“Song of Moses” – see Ex 15; Deut 32.  Ex 15:1-18 was sung on Sabbath evenings in the synagogue to celebrate Israel’s great deliverance from Egypt.

“Song of the lamb” – the risen Lord triumphed over His enemies in securing spiritual deliverance for His followers.

4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy Judgments are made manifest.

2 7
The SEVEN Plagues of Egypt (after which the Israelites were free, and the Egyptians spared)
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5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:

“Tabernacle of the testimony” – the dwelling place of God during the wilderness wandering of the Israelites.  It was so named because the ancient tent contained the two tables of the Testimony brought down from Mount Sinai (Ex 32:15; 38:21; Deut 10:5).

6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.

7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth forever and ever.

8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

Ancient Papyrus Say
Jesus Christ Was Married?

3 A fragment
A fragment of papyrus, known as the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” has been analyzed by professors at Columbia University, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who reported that it resembled other ancient papyri.
Not everyone agrees with what is said in the article or the following videos.

Some say,
“In the text, Jesus appears to be defending her against some criticism, saying ‘she will be my disciple’. Two lines later he then tells the disciples: ‘I dwell with her.’

If genuine, the document casts doubt on a centuries old official representation of Magdalene as a repentant whore and overturns the Christian ideal of sexual abstinence.

It elaborates an ancient and persistent undercurrent in Christian thought that Jesus and Magdalene were in fact a couple, as picked up by Dan Brown in the plot of his best-selling thriller The Da Vinci Code.”

An ancient, business-card-sized papyrus fragment that appears to quote Jesus Christ discussing his wife is real, Harvard University announced Thursday.

The fragment caused international uproar when it was revealed by a Harvard historian in September 2012, with prominent academics and the Vatican swiftly deeming it a forgery.

Harvard officials said scientists both within and outside the university extensively tested the papyrus and carbon ink of the badly aged fragment, dubbed the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.”

The document, written in Coptic, a language of ancient Egyptian Christians, is made up of eight mostly legible dark lines on the front and six barely legible faded lines on the back.

The handwriting and grammar were also examined over the last year and a half to confirm its authenticity. Scientists have concluded the fragment dates back to at least the 6th to 9th centuries, and possibly as far back as the 4th century.

The document was never meant to prove Jesus was married, Harvard Divinity School professor Karen L. King emphasized Thursday. Instead, she argued, it’s meant to highlight that some early Christians may have believed Jesus was married.

The distinction is significant because debates over sexuality and marriage have dominated contemporary discussions about Christianity; the Catholic Church cites Jesus’ celibacy as one reason its priests must not have sex or marry.

“The main topic of the fragment is to affirm that women who are mothers and wives can be disciples of Jesus – a topic that was hotly debated in early Christianity as celibate virginity increasingly became highly valued,”

King, whose specialties include Coptic literature, Gnosticism and women in the Bible, said in a statement Thursday.

“This gospel fragment provides a reason to reconsider what we thought we knew by asking what the role claims of Jesus’ marital status played historically in early Christian controversies over marriage, celibacy, and family.”

The legible lines on the front of the artifact seem to form a broken conversation between Jesus and his disciples.

4 The back side
The back side, or verso, of the papyrus is so badly damaged that only a few key words – ‘my mother’ and ‘three’ – are decipherable.
In a forthcoming paper in the Harvard Theological Review, Professor King speculates that this so-called ‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ may have been tossed on the garbage ‘because the ideas it contained flowed so strongly against the ascetic currents of the tides in which Christian practices and understandings of marriage and sexual intercourse were surging.’

Professor King downplays the fragment’s validity as a biographical document, saying that it was probably composed in Greek a century or so after the Crucifixion, then subsequently transcribed into Coptic.

The fourth line of the text says,

“Jesus said to them, my wife.”

Line 5 says,

“…she will be able to be my disciple,”

while the line before the “wife” quote has Jesus saying,

“Mary is worthy of it”

and line 7 says,

“As for me, I dwell with her in order to …”

…the possibility that past plagues could be be duplicated today?

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