Pertaining to his ministry Christ said:
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
Sadly, we see houses that claim to be houses of God but are built upon a foundation made up of traditions of men and their own social status. (Example: the catholic "church" claims Peter, the so called "first pope", is The Rock of The church which depends upon perversion of Matt 16.)
Matt.16:13-18 "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 (Petros), and upon this rock (Petra) I will build my church; and the gates of hell (hades/ The Grave) shall not prevail against it."
Yeshua (Jesus) is the foundational Rock of Christianity, and it is Yeshua that the grave ("gates of hell"/ hades) had no authority over. THAT IS THE GOSPEL & foundation of "Christianity" or The "Church"... Acts.4:8-12/ Heb.2:14/.. "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." THIS IS THE ROCK, This is the foundation of Christianity (Church of Messiah). It is The Messiah who overcomes the grave (Not Peter).
Peter here is the Greek - Petros (#4074)- a (piece of) rock / larger than the Greek lithos - stumbling stone/ and compared to "Cephas" (an Aramaic term) which means rock and a name used to mention Peter as well/Clephas is NOT the word used here in any of the earliest texts of Matthew. We dont have these texts in Aramaic. The Peshitta is a Translation To the Aramaic From the Greek ("N.T." of the Peshitta) and a translation From the Hebrew (texts) to Aramaic (the "OT" of Peshitta) ! So to make a case on how "Cephas" could have or couldnt have been used is nothing more than conjecture. "A piece of (The) Rock, A member of the many membered body of "Christ- son of The Living G-D."
Rock here IS the Greek - Petra (#4073)- a (mass of) rock
THE ROCK is not one of the disciples/ Apostels, Prophets... We are told who/What The Rock is over and over again and told that those outside the covenant have another rock.
...If Peter were "The Rock" of Christianity, then why just a few verses later do we have Christ rebuking the fruits of Satan in Peter? (Peter being an instrument of Hasatan). Christ had just shared the concept that he would be crucified and Peter began to argue saying Vs.22 "Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee."
Matt.16:23 "But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men." (Ps.118:8)
Are these fruits of Satan through Peter the fruits of "The Rock" of Christianity? NO
Is being an open instrument unto Satan the Rock of the Catholic "church"?.....
These fruits were those contrary to Christianity and Christ. Those of raising up man over God. To this day the Catholic church does this when it come to The Rock. To further show that Peter was not yet perfected in Faith we also have Matt.26:69-75/ Luke 22:31-32 where Peter denies Christ thrice.
Peter was a disciple at this time (not an Apostel/ Pentecost). Peter was one of the Many members (Pieces of rock- petros) of The Body (Church) of Messiah. Peter was always quick to give Glory to God rather than to be raised up himself (example the foot washing story). Peter would be offended at the Catholic Church using his name of out context to pervert "The Rock" of Christianity (in his name). Peter didnt come in his own name.
Beware of traditions of men ( Mark 7:13, Col.2:8, Jer.17:5, Ps.118:8 for a FEW examples)
_______Christ Is Our Foundation_________
Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; / Matt.21:24
1 Corinthians 3:11
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1Cor.3:3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11).)
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God? / Matt.16:13-18/ * Luke 6:47-49
Spiritual Israel- Gal.3:24-29 / 1 Cor.3:16-17 / 1 Cor.6:19 / Matt.21:42/ 1 Peter 2:5
suggested blog: Two candelsticks (witnesses): http://friendsnchrist.ning.com/profiles/blogs/2-witnesses-candlesti... ..We know that God is omnipresent
*Physical Temple (Mount) / Foundation
Most Holy Place in Judaism (Holy of Holies) is Jerusalem, said to be the place in which 1) Adam was created of the dust, the area where 2) Isaac was bound, 3) Location of the Temple (שכינה) navel of the world & capital 4) Location in which offerings/ sacrifices were made and prayers ascend from, same 6) tribal Territory in which Christ was Born, and crucified (king line).......
A territorial prize occupied or conquered by a long succession of peoples—including Jebusites, Israelites, Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Romans, Byzantines, early Muslims, Crusaders, Mamluks, Ottomans, British, Israelis—the Temple Mount has seen more momentous historical events than perhaps any other 35 acres in the world.
________________Mount Of Olives________________
King David, weeping and barefoot, climbed up the Mount of Olives to lament the conspiracy of Ahitophel with Absalom (2 Samuel 15:30-32). This shows the mount of olives to be a well respected place of worship.
1 Kings 11:7-8 tells us that King Solomon built palaces of worship at the Mount of Olives for the pagan gods that he and his wives worshipped. The mount came to be called the Mount of Corruption but King Josiah destroyed these high places of worship to Chemosh, god of Moab, and to Molech, god of the Ammorites (2 Kings 23:13-14).
Ezekiel’s vision of the glory of God and His resting place among the Israelites forever is another Bible reference to the Mount of Olives (Ezekiel 11:22-23).
The Mount of Olives occupies a special place in early Christian tradition. According to Acts 1:9-12, it was a Sabbath’s day journey (2,000 cubits) from Jerusalem, and it was also the place of the Ascension. On its slopes lay Bethpage, Bethany and Gethsemane. Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem began on the Mount of Olives (Matthew 21:2, Mark 11:1, Luke 19:27-38). The mountain is also the traditional site where Christ foretold the destruction of Jerusalem known as the Olivet Discourse (Matt.24:12, Mark 13:1-4 ). And on the Mount of Olives the Lord sat with His disciples and told them of the signs of His coming and the of the end of the age (Matthew 24, Mark 13 (Luke 21).
It is indicated in scriptures that Christ kept solitary time and performed His night prayers at the Mount of Olives ( Luke 21:37-38, Jn.8:1 ). Matt.26:30 tells us that on the Mount of Olives, Christ and His disciples sang a hymn together. These are in keeping with what is written in the Bible that the mountain was the place where people went to worship. And so also, it was on the lower slopes of the Mount of Olives, at the Garden of Gethsemane where Christ prayed before His trial and crucifixion. Here he was arrested by Roman guards while with His disciples (Matt. 26:30, 36-45).
The Mount of Olives was a special place for Christ. From the eastern mountain He could look towards the site of the Holy of Holies, the mercy seat representing the place of the Throne of God in His capital city Jerusalem. It also represents the place of the Holy Ark in heaven (Revelation 11:15-19; Revelation 21:1-3, 10). From the Mount of Olives, Christ could pray towards the very seat of the kingdom He was sent to prepare and to restore also for a people He was sent to save.
And so Israel and the foreigners who pilgrimage to Jerusalem are also mandated by the word of God to pray towards the Temple site for a special hearing and granting of favor for prayers from God. King David, King Solomon, Daniel, Jonah, Hezekiah, Jehoshaphat and many others in the Bible did so pray towards the Temple site in Jerusalem. 2 Chronicles 6:20-41 and 7:12-16, 1 Kings 8:29-49. Psalm 5:7, Psalm 3:4, Psalm 28:2, Psalm 138:1-2, 2 Samuel 22:7, Jonah 2:4, 2 Chronicles 20:9, Daniel 6:10.
From the specially spiritually strategic point of the Mount of Olives and from Mount Zion, prayers can also arise to God in more direct relevance to Revelation 5:8 and Revelation 8:3-5.
The site of the glorious return of Christ to battle the nations that strive against Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:3, Zechariah 14:3) and of His triumphal second coming as King over the whole earth will be the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4,9). He will come as lightning that comes from the east (Matthew 24:27)/ But note the anti will come with ovservatin and a and angel of light like this discription of Christ/, the mountain east of Jerusalem, the Mount of Olives.
1Pe 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded
1Co 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
Rom.9:33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed