The Angel Moved The Stone – But Why?


I write on the Saturday of Easter weekend (as the westernised version of events has it) and it is no coincidence I am sure that in my recent re-reading of the gospel of Matthew I arrived today at the final two chapters, the account of the trial, crucifixion and resurrection of the Son of God.

As always, the bible text itself corrects so many popular bible myths that have been introduced over the centuries. We must not base our beliefs on myths or religious paintings, but the word of God.

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The Forgotten God?


pentecostwrite this more as a question than an answer. Something is not right! Let me just share my thoughts with you a little.

I have been reading the Acts of the Apostles, subsequent to the Gospels. After the death and resurrection of Jesus, obviously his followers were overjoyed to see him again, and possibly thought he would now stay on earth and set up the Kingdom.

Jesus told them that day would come, but not yet. Actually he was going back to heaven to be with the Father. BUT, he said “I will not leave you [like] orphans [comfortless]; I will come to you”. Then he described the coming of the Holy Spirit:

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you….I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you… and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. …These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

Returning – But How?

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The earliest Christian books ever found


Possibly the earliest Christian writing in existence has been found in a Jordanian cave. A group of 70 or so “books”, each with between five and 15 lead leaves bound by lead rings, has been discovered in Jordan.

Margaret Barker, an authority on New Testament history, points to the location of the reported discovery as evidence of Christian, rather than purely Jewish, origin. “We do know that on two occasions groups of refugees from the troubles in Jerusalem fled east, they crossed the Jordan near Jericho and then they fled east to very approximately where these books were said to have been found,” she says.

My own first reaction was excitement, followed by anxiety that the books might be lost due to cash incentives or religious fervour to cover up the truth these books might reveal.

I was also glad to see at last the kind of sealed book that the writer of Revelation was familiar with.  (Notice how it is sealed with sevel seals?). And is this the kind of “little book” that the angel read from in Revelation Chapter 10?

The director of Jordan’s Department of Antiquities says the books might have been made by followers of Jesus in the few decades immediately following his crucifixion. “They will really match, and perhaps be more significant than, the Dead Sea Scrolls”.

The books, or “codices”, were apparently cast in lead, before being bound by lead rings. Their leaves – which are mostly about the size of a credit card – contain text in Ancient Hebrew, most of which is in code.

One of the few people to see the collection is David Elkington, a scholar of ancient religious archaeology who is heading a British team trying to get the lead books safely into a Jordanian museum.

He says they could be “the major discovery of Christian history”. He believes the most telling evidence for an early Christian origin lies in the images decorating the covers of the books and some of the pages of those which have so far been opened.

“It’s talking about the coming of the messiah,” he says.

Philip Davies, Emeritus Professor of Old Testament Studies at Sheffield University, says the most powerful evidence for a Christian origin lies in plates cast into a picture map of the holy city of Jerusalem.

“As soon as I saw that, I was dumbstruck. That struck me as so obviously a Christian image,” he says. “There is a cross in the foreground, and behind it is what has to be the tomb [of Jesus], a small building with an opening, and behind that the walls of the city. There are walls depicted on other pages of these books too and they almost certainly refer to Jerusalem.”

Never has there been a discovery of relics on this scale from the early Christian movement, in its homeland and so early in its history.

Read the BBC News account here

More photos and another account here

Another account with photos here

There are a couple of early videos on YouTube, and this one has an annoying text-reader voiceover, BUT, it’s still worth watching: