Judas Iscariot: Evidence of Conspiracy

Judas Iscariot - Evidence of Conspiracy

OneCloudyDayAL.com : By Nathan E. David

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Have you ever considered the mind behind the conspiracy that guided Judas Iscariot's soul into eternal damnation?

I Timothy 6:10

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Judas Iscariot betrayed Christ for a mere thirty pieces of silver. This was a time in history when Israel had been waiting for the Messiah, a king who they believed would lead them to conquer their enemies. It was a time where people had heard that the Messiah had been born, a time so evil that Herod himself had ordered the two year slaughter of all of the children born within Bethlehem and within all of the coasts, a command issued by Herod when he learned that his plan to secretly slaughter the Christ child had been spoiled, little did Herod know, by angels.

The Jews totally missed the boat, when Christ came to them with God's message to love their enemies. Christ came to them as a stumbling block to the wise, a fool to the prudent, and a blasphemer to the high minded. They never saw Him coming! Even the disciples struggled with some of this, as even Peter took his sword and cut off the ear of one of the soldiers who came to arrest Jesus just prior to the crucifixion.

What did Christ teach when he prophesied about the Great Tribulation? What was the purpose of his teaching of this prophecy? Wasn't Jesus teaching about the prophecy so that we who follow him CANNOT be deceived by the antiChrist? Doesn't His prophesied Word create that barrier of protection for us, that we CANNOT be deceived, who believe?

Mathew 24:24-25

24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

25 Behold, I have told you before.

What separates us from the lost? Is it not what we believe? Is it not that we trust in, cling to and rely on every Word that comes from the mouth of our Lord? When Christ prophesied that he was to be crucified, was it not one of His greatest faithed disciples, Peter, who tried to deny His words, a rebuke for which Jesus then had to rebuke him as Satan?

Mathew 16:22-24

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

23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offense unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men

24 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.

Seeing how volatile even-Peter was with following our Lord, how much more worldly could we consider that Judas Iscariot might have been, a man predestined, via prophecy, to be Christ's betrayer?

The Power of a Name

The very name "Judas Iscariot" exemplifies that Judas was not only the betrayer at the instant that he delivered his mocking kiss to Jesus, but that Judas's whole identity in the world was marked of betrayal. "Judas," the betrayer's first name, means "held out." The name descends from the name "Judah," which means "praise." "Judas" means "held out" in the sense that Israel "held out" praise for God. "Judas" is a very honorable name. "Iscariot," however, means "for the world." When the two names are put together, the betrayer's name becomes "held out for the world." "Held out for the world" is who Judas Iscariot was, and it also is that which he did. He held out for the world, for worldly gain.

Mathew 16:14-18

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.

In the above passage, when Jesus renamed Simon Barjona to Simon Peter, the name change came about while Jesus was teaching about Peter's faith (hence, Christ taught in another passage that "my sheep know my voice"). In looking at the overall picture of the above passage, it more than reasonable to assert that Jesus certainly sparked a thought process within Judas such that Judas's conscience would offer to guide him to seek resolution about his own, very worldly name. Leading up to Jesus's renaming Peter, in verse seventeen, Jesus had just made a point of the unspoken word, whether God's whisper (since "Simon" does mean "hearer"), or as one's conscience. Regardless of which, the unspoken Word is that which led to Peter's first confession that Jesus was the Christ, (which he still is!) Jesus knew Judas's heart, but God in Christ knew ahead of time that Judas would not obey any unspoken Word. Had Judas been one of Jesus's sheep, then he, Judas, would have known God''s voice and changed his name, but he was NEVER "known" of God. Judas's one concern was his appearance before men. Christ never renamed Judas Iscariot, because Judas was never honorable nor worthy of a Christian name. That does not mean that God did not plead with Judas, via his conscience, up to some point. It just means that however God pleaded with Judas to come in out of his selfishness and unrighteousness, Judas was not open to Him. God is a fair and just God, so it is reasonable to believe that God pleaded with Judas too, up to Judas's point of no turning back.

When Peter accepted his new name from Christ, don't you think that the other disciples who witnessed the event considered the meanings of their names as well? Wouldn't you have? I did, which is why I EVENTUALLY legally changed my last name (my birth name) from Griffith, meaning "son of rough" to David, meaning "to love." Luke 3:5 says that "God is going to smooth out our rough ways," and Daniel 8:21 describes the "rough goat," which is symbolic of the King of Grecia. Being connected to "rough" by my last name just did not sit well with my conscience, so I had an attorney to petition the Blount County Court in Oneonta, Alabama in 2002, to legally change my last name. Prior to my name change, my last name was a stumbling block for many years. I sincerely prayed about my last name twice before changing it. I received God's answer both times that I prayed, but I rejected His answer the first time it was offered.

*NOTE: Oddly enough, President Barack Hussein Obama descended from an Arab tribe named the Luo tribe, where "luo" is the Greek word meaning "rough" in Luke 3:5. The LUO tribe was particularly known for its slave trading. (Consider, also, comparing the U.S.'s spiraling economy during the Obama years to that of Greece at that same time in history! There is a definite sign here!) Barack Hussein Obama, aka Barry Soltero, also sought to legally change his name, but he did not do so for Christ. He did so for his non-Christian, Muslim, father's heritage, or yet - possibly also, in part, for the sake of helping the politics within his family in Kenya, since some of Obama's family hold political office, and at least one of them has benefited from Barack Obama's campaign help in Kenya. Obama's name change was the opposite of mine. Mine REVEALED strife among my family; it did not glaze over it. Please note that I do not consider Obama "the anti-Christ false prophet," but I do consider him anti-Christian, and possibly a false prophet among many. To me, Obama is better connected to the prophecies by linking him to the rough goat in Daniel 8, given his family history, and given that the U.S.'s economic spiral matched that of Greece during the time of his presidency.

Judas Iscariot, plainly and simply, was a man marked for hell. His every motivation in life was about the world, not about God. He was not Spiritually minded toward God. I sincerely believe that had Jesus not exposed Judas's betrayal for what it was, and spoiled Judas's plans, Judas never would have rationalized within himself that he was a marked man for his deeds, and he thus would not have come to the conclusion within himself that his only way out of the mess that he'd created for himself was to hang from a rope in a tree, so he did take that headlong dive with that rope coiled around his neck.

If even-Simon Peter could rebuke Jesus's prophesied words about the coming crucifixion, and proclaim that he would fill the role instead, then how much more might Judas have thought that he could take over in Christ's stead after the betrayal? If you recall verse 23, above, when Christ rebuked Peter he said "for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men."

Mathew 24:24-25

24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

25 Behold, I have told you before.

What I believe was going thru Judas Iscariot's mind, leading up to the betrayal, was that he believed that if he were to betray Jesus with a kiss, right there in front of all of those soldiers who had come to make the arrest, then Jesus's disciples would think of him, Judas, as being brave and courageous, brave and courageous enough to become the new leader of the church in Jesus's stead. Look above to Mathew 24:24 (the verse that probably REALLY should be considered "the golden rule!"). Do you see the bold faced word "SIGNS" in that verse? Judas's kiss was not only the mark of betrayal, but it also was the "sign" unto the unbelieving soldiers.

When the anti-Christ displays signs, in Mathew 24:24, it is done in order to deceive the non-believers, for Christ has already promised us that WE CANNOT BE DECEIVED, in Mathew 24:25, where he said, "if it were possible." God is good; isn't He!

The Apostle Paul described the anti-Christ as being exposed "the son of perdition," which also is the name given to Judas Iscariot. Here is what Paul said about the anti-Christ son of perdition:

II Thessalonians 2:4

4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

I believe that Judas absolutely conspired, within himself (or the demons within him), that he would live a double life of betrayal and mischief, that he would have the soldiers in his pocket - with whom he could manipulate people by using elements of the worldly powers, and that he, Judas, would ALSO have the trust of Jesus's disciples - who stood there in amazement as he so-bravely and courageously kissed the master right there in front of those very armed soldiers. (I did not capitalize master in that last sentence because it is Judas's thoughts that I am describing).

Not only did Judas act in disbelief when the soldiers came to Jesus to make the arrest, but so did Peter, also, act in disbelief. Peter's act of disbelief, however, was a true act of courage and bravery, yet based on worldly instincts that Peter had been taught in the Synagogues prior to his meeting Jesus. Peter's act of smiting the ear of the soldier was not considered a "betrayal," but a sin of not unto death. Judas's act, however, was not instinctive as was Peter's. It was plotted, planned and cowardly.

This clarification really sums up the differences between Christians who still make mistakes, and those who willingly and scornfully sin, while plotting and accusing Christians of all being hypocrites. (I actually had one hypocritical pastor log onto this web site, only to read some of my blogs about false teaching and then use it to allege false accusations against me to my face! I immediately shook the dust from my feet of what he called "his" church, and I never looked back!)

Luke 22:48

48 But Jesus said unto him, "Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?"

Notice that Jesus made a point of not only exposing that Judas was the betrayer, but also of Judas's manner of betrayal. Jesus was, even at that moment, still working Judas's conscience, showing that he knew Judas's mind, but Judas was beyond reach. His destiny had been forseen.

Beware of Satan's Conspiracy!

Satan's conspiracy to destroy man and rule as God is in the making right now. So much does the world look on as so many non-Christian charities are popping up, as Satan conspires to undermine God's church on earth! Every good work, and every good deed, performed by the hands of the non-Christian charity, is just another one of Judas's kisses. Most charities emerge in some individual's name, and that name is not Christ,

Have you ever met someone who works for a non-Christian charity who is high minded and rebuking of the church? One woman I know, who is a volunteer for a non-Christian based charity, once mockingly stated on a social network, "Well our manager said that if the churches would do their job we wouldn't have a job." Their every work is just another of Judas's kisses!

So yes, there most certainly is a conspiracy going on in the world today. It can be as subtle as being in the form of a non-Christian charity (or good deeds organization), or it can be as outwardly evil as athiest Madalyn Murray O'Hair's 1955 lawsuit against prayer in public schools, the lawsuit which led to the Supreme Court ruling that eventually cast prayer in school by the wayside.

Once more, when Ronald Reagan was running for president of the United States, did he not at least run on a platform that offered to re-institute prayer in our schools? How long has it been since we have had a presidential candidate offer to reinstate our rights to pray within our schools' walls?

What Judas did was conspire, plot and execute. He was only allowed, however, to execute a small part of "a" plan, which Judas did not know was God's plan. Jesus spoiled Judas's plan when he exposed that Judas's kiss was betrayal rather than love. Even righteously intended planning, more times than not, gets cast to the wayside, at least in part, as it is SO HARD not to plan a work for God that does not wind up being a plan unto self. How much more might Judas have conspired to do evil? Jesus said that the world hates the believer. We should NEVER take for granted how much evil can come from a non-Christian based charity or good deeds organization!

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