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Who Do Men Say I Am?


And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am? (Mark:8:27)


According to the Strong’s Concordance, the name Caesarea is the name of two places in Palestine, which would explain the phrase, “And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea,” since Caesarea is, “Two” places or towns in Palestine.


However, it doesn’t explain the phrase, “And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi!”


What does it mean, Caesarea Philippi? Philippi is a name of a person, according to the Strong’s Concordance.


And they answered, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets. (Mark:8:28)


There seems to be a, “Disconnect” when it comes to the meanings of the name “Elias.”


In answer to the question, “Whom do men say that I am? The character Jesus’ disciples answered, “John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets.”


John the Baptist, according to the New Testament scriptures, was a man, a man considered by some to be a “Prophet.”


The name Elias means, God of Jehovah.


The phrase, “And others, One of the prophets,” indicates that the disciples of the character Jesus believed that Elias was something other than a prophet and something other than a man who some considered a prophet.


So, why did the authors of the Strong’s Concordance put, “Elijah” in brackets in the meaning of the word/name Elias, thrice?


Elias – Of Hebrew origin [H452]; Helias (that is Elijah) an Israelite.

H452 - From H410 and H3050; God of Jehovah; {Elijah} the name of the famous prophet and of two other Israelites: - {Elijah} Eliah.


How could Elias be Elijah in any stretch of the imagination?


Beware the leaven of the Pharisees; religious leaders and the leaven of the scribes; authors of both, the Holy Bible and the Strong’s Concordance!


And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ. (Mark:8:29)


Christ – to smear or rub with oil that is (by implication) to consecrate to an office or religious service: - anoint; anointed that is the Messiah an epithet of Jesus.


And he charged them that they should tell no man of him. (Mark:8:30)


Again, the character Jesus seems to want to avoid being, “Known.”


In the Gospel of Mark, chapter one verses twenty-three through twenty-five and verse thirty-four, the character Jesus encounters an unclean spirit:


And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, (Mark:1:23)


Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. (Mark:1:24)


And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. (Mark:1:25)


And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him. (Mark:1:34)


Again, in chapter three verse eleven:


And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God. (Mark:3:11)


And again, in chapter five verses six and seven:


But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, (Mark:5:6)


And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. (Mark:5:7)


Notice in every encounter with an unclean spirit or devil, the character Jesus is recognized.


Thus far, only the unclean spirits “Know” who and what the character Jesus is.


Then he asked his disciples, “Whom do men say that I am?”


Verse twenty-nine:


And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ. (Mark:8:29)


Peter - a (piece of) rock (larger than a stone (literally or figuratively): - (mill- stumbling-) stone; as a name Petrus an apostle: - Peter rock.


Only Peter and the unclean spirits recognize the character Jesus?!


And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. (Mark:8:31)


The phrase, “And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things,” indicates that, the character Jesus and the Son of man are two different beings.


In the New Testament of the King James Bible, the, “Elders” are the Sanhedrin.


The word/name Sanhedrin is not found in the Strong’s Concordance or in the Holy Scriptures.

Like the character Jesus, they didn’t and still don’t want to be, “Known!”


And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him. (Mark:8:32)


But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men. (Mark:8:33)


The character Jesus called the character Peter, Satan, because he, “Savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men?!


And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Mark:8:34)


Cross - a stake or post (as set upright) that is (specifically) a pole or cross (as an instrument of capital punishment); figuratively exposure to death that is self-denial; by implication the atonement of Christ: - cross.


The phrase, “Let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me,” is found in all three of the Synoptic Gospels which means it is something that the character Jesus probably said.


For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. (Mark:8:35)


For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark:8:36)


World - orderly arrangement that is decoration; by implication, the world (in a wide or narrow sense including its inhabitants literally or figuratively [morally]): - adorning world.


Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mark:8:37)


Soul - From G5594; breath that is (by implication) spirit abstractly or concretely (the animal sentient principle only; thus, distinguished on the one hand from G4151 which is the rational and immortal soul; and on the other from G2222 which is mere vitality even of plants: these terms thus exactly correspond respectively to the Hebrew [H5315] [H7307] and [H2416]: - heart (+ -ily) life mind soul + us + you.

G5594 - to breathe (voluntarily but gently; thus differing on the one hand from G4154 which denotes properly a forcible respiration; and on the other from the base of G109 which refers properly to an inanimate breeze) that is (by implication of reduction of temperature by evaporation) to chill (figuratively): - wax cold.


Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. (Mark:8:38)


Matthew


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? (Matthew:16:13)


In the Gospel of Mark:


And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ. (Mark:8:29)


When asking his disciples whom do men say I am, the character Jesus doesn’t say, “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. (Matthew:16:14)


Elias – God of Jehovah; {Elijah} the name of the famous prophet and of two other Israelites.

Jeremias - Jah will rise.


In the Gospel of Mark:


And they answered, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets. (Mark:8:28)


In the Gospel of Mark, there seemed to be a, “Disconnect” between the word/name “Elias.”


Here, in the Gospel of Matthew, the “Disconnect” is made more, “Disconnected” by adding the name, “Jeremias,” which is, I suppose, Greek for Jeremiah, an Old Testament prophet.


He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? (Matthew:16:15)


And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. (Matthew:16:16)


In the Gospel of Mark:


And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ. (Mark:8:29)


As is the “Pattern,” the author of the Gospel of Matthew changed what the author of the Gospel of Mark wrote, the phrase, “The Son of the living God” was added and the character Peter, in the Gospel of Mark, is now, “Simon Peter,” in the Gospel of Matthew.


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. (Matthew:16:17)


Barjona?! Who is this Simon that the author of the Gospel of Matthew is referring to?


The word, “Barjona” is either made to look like a last name or it’s made to look like it should be understood as the, “Spirit” of, since, if it isn’t a last name, it’s spelled with a capital “b” for no apparent reason.


The word, “Barjona” is only found in the Gospel of Matthew chapter sixteen verse seventeen which means the character Jesus probably didn’t speak those words.


Any word or phrase that can be found only in the Gospel of Matthew or only in the Gospel of Luke or only in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke the character Jesus, probably didn’t say or do whatever was written!


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. (Matthew:16:18)


Church - a calling out that is (concretely) a popular meeting especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both): - assembly church.


Whoever edited this section of the Gospel of Matthew, didn’t quite understand the meaning of the word/name Peter.


Had they known that the word/name Peter meant; a “Piece” of rock, they wouldn’t have written, “Upon this rock I will build my church,” unless it was going to be a very small church! Lol!


And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (Matthew:16:19)


Keys – to close (literally or figuratively): - shut (up); a key (as shutting a lock) literally or figuratively.


AND THERE IT IS, THE AGENDA WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR!


When anything is written, after the fact, that is, twenty to forty years later, the facts can be manipulated to create any, “Scenario” the author desires.


That’s why they say, “If Actors are kings! Writers are gods!”


Okay, they don’t say that, but you get the point?!


By the way, the word, “Prevail” is also only found in the Gospel of Matthew, which means verses eighteen and nineteen of the Gospel of Matthew chapter sixteen probably didn’t happen either.


Verses eighteen and nineteen:


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. (Matthew:16:18)


And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (Matthew:16:19)


Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ. (Matthew:16:20)


In the Gospel of Mark:


And he charged them that they should tell no man of him. (Mark:8:30)


The phrase, “Tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ,” is unique to the Gospel of Matthew which means the character Jesus probably didn’t say it.


From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. (Matthew:16:21)


Raised again - to waken (transitively or intransitively) that is rouse (literally from sleep from sitting or lying from disease from death; or figuratively from obscurity inactivity ruins nonexistence): - awake lift (up) raise (again up) rear up (a-) rise (again up) stand take up.


Here, in the Gospel of Matthew chapter sixteen verse twenty-one, is where the “Greatest Harm to Christianity,” occurred.


Here is where putting words in the mouth of the character Jesus, caused the worst damage:


From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. (Matthew:16:21)


In the Gospel of Mark:


And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. (Mark:8:31)


Let’s make this perfectly clear!


The character Jesus and the Son of man are two distinct individuals!


The character Jesus is a, “Flesh and Blood Human Being!”


The Son of man is a, “Spirit Being.”


The author of the Gospel of Matthew “Totally Misinterpreted” what the author of the Gospel of Mark wrote.


Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. (Matthew:16:22)


Rebuke - to tax upon that is censure or admonish; by implication forbid: - (straitly) charge rebuke.


In the Gospel of Mark:


And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him. (Mark:8:32)


The phrase, “Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee,” is unique to the Gospel of Matthew which means the character Jesus probably didn’t say it.


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. (Matthew:16:23)


Offence – A scandal; a trap; a stick (bent sapling) that is snare (figuratively cause of displeasure or sin): - occasion to fall (of stumbling) offence thing that offends stumbling-block.


In the Gospel of Mark:


But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men. (Mark:8:33)


In the Gospel of Matthew, the way the verse is structured; without the words, “But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter,” one could get the “Impression” that the character Jesus, “In Just” or with less “Intensity,” said, “Get thee behind me, Satan.”


The phrase, “Thou art an offence unto me,” is unique to the Gospel of Matthew and the phrase, “He rebuked Peter,” was taken out of the Gospel of Matthew which means, the character Jesus probably said what is written in the Gospel of Mark but didn’t say what is written in the Gospel of Matthew.


Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Matthew:16:24)


For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. (Matthew:16:25)


The author of the Gospel of Matthew changed what the author of the Gospel of Mark wrote, just a little:


For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake andthe gospel's, the same shall save it. (Mark:8:35)


That little change makes a big difference!


Having a large group of people willing to give their lives for the character Jesus, who was a flesh and blood human being, is totally different than having a large group of people willing to give their lives for the “Message” that the flesh and blood human being, the character Jesus, was sent to deliver!


Worshipping a flesh and blood human being is the “Problem!”


Discerning the message of the flesh and blood human being that it just so happened, a voice from heaven said, “Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased,” is the “Answer!”


Beware the leaven of the religious leaders and of the “Edited” Gospels!


For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew:16:26)


In the Gospel of Mark:


For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark:8:36)

Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mark:8:37)


For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. (Matthew:16:27)


In the Gospel of Mark:


Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. (Mark:8:38)


There is no mention of the character Jesus saying, “He shall reward every man according to his works” in the Gospel of Mark.


The idea of “Working for a Reward” when the character Jesus, “Cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels,” is, “Bribery,” a fleshy concept!


The author of the Gospel of Matthew, “Skipped Over” the whole, “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation,” thing!


The author of the Gospel of Matthew does, however, use the word, “Adulterous” twice:


But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: (Matthew:12:39)


A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed. (Matthew:16:4)


The “Curious Thing” is, both times the word, “Adulterous” is used in the Gospel of Matthew, the two verses, although in two different chapters, are almost identical.


Another, “Curious Thing” is the fact that the phrase, “There shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas, can only be found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke….


Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom. (Matthew:16:28)


The phrase, “Till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom,” is not a thing!


It is only mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew and therefore, “Null and Void.”


Luke


And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am? (Luke:9:18)


In the Gospel of Mark:


And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am? (Mark:8:27)


In the Gospel of Matthew:


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? (Matthew:16:13)


They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again. (Luke:9:19)


In the Gospel of Mark:


And they answered, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets. (Mark:8:28)


In the Gospel of Matthew:


And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. (Matthew:16:14)


The phrase, “That one of the old prophets is risen again,” after the phrase, “But some say, Elias,” in the Gospel of Luke;” the phrase, “others, One of the prophets,” after the phrase, “But some say, Elias,” in the Gospel of Mark chapter eight verse twenty-eight and the phrase, “Some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets,” after the phrase, “Some, Elias,” in the Gospel of Matthew chapter sixteen verse fourteen, indicates that Elias is not John the Baptist or one of the old “Prophets.”


Otherwise, the authors of the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke could have and probably, should have just said:


“Some said, Elias, one of the prophets.”


He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God. (Luke:9:20)


Short and sweet: Totally unlike the author, “Authors” or “Authorities” of the Gospel of Luke.


And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing; (Luke:9:21)


Straitly - to tax upon that is censure or admonish; by implication forbid: - (straitly) charge rebuke.


Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day. (Luke:9:22)


In the Gospel of Mark:


And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. (Mark:8:31)


In the Gospel of Matthew:


From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. (Matthew:16:21)


The author of the Gospel of Luke “Stuck” with the author of the Gospel of Mark in using the “Correct” phrase, “That the Son of man must suffer,” instead of the phrase used in the Gospel of Matthew, that he, the character Jesus, must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer.”


And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. (Luke:9:23)


In the Gospel of Mark:


And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Mark:8:34)


Can a person even, “Take up his cross,” daily?


For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. (Luke:9:24)


In the Gospel of Mark:


For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake andthe gospel's, the same shall save it. (Mark:8:35)


The author of the Gospel of Luke, “Went With” the author of the Gospel of Matthew on this one.


In the Gospel of Matthew:


For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life formy sake shall find it. (Matthew:16:25)


The fact that the author of the Gospel of Luke wrote the phrase, “Shall save it” and the author of the Gospel of Matthew changed what the author of Mark wrote from, “Shall save it” to the phrase, “Shall find it,” means the three authors are being consistent as far as the “Pattern” is concerned, therefore, the phrase, “And the gospel's,” in the Gospel of Mark was added much later by a scribe….


For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? (Luke:9:25)


In the Gospel of Mark:


For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark:8:36)


In the Gospel of Matthew:


For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew:16:26)


The phrase, “Lose himself, or be cast away,” is unique to the Gospel of Luke which means the character Jesus probably didn’t say it.


For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels. (Luke:9:26)


In the Gospel of Mark:


Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the gloryof his Father with the holy angels. (Mark:8:38)


The author of the Gospel of Luke changed the scripture to say, “When he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.


For whatever reason, the authors of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke keep trying to give the character Jesus, “His Own Glory!”


In the Gospel of Matthew:


For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. (Matthew:16:25)


The name “Jesus” is defined as; Of Hebrew origin [H3091]; Jesus (that is Jehoshua) the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites.


The phrase, “The name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites,” indicates that the name “Jesus” is just another name.


The meaning of the name, “Jesus,” however, is a completely different story:


Of Hebrew origin; H3091: Jehovah-saved, indicates what the “Gospel” is all about, that is, God and the “Son” of God are to be “Thanked, Worshipped, Loved and Remembered,” not the character Jesus!


But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God. (Luke:9:27)


The phrase, “I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here,” is unique to the Gospel of Luke.


In the Gospel of Matthew:


Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom. (Matthew:16:28)


The phrase, “There be some standing here,” is unique to the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, which means the character Jesus probably didn’t utter those words.


Beware the “Leaven” of the “Editors” of the Gospels of the King James Version of the Holy Bible as well as the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the bible…