Updated: Jan 26
Did you ever wonder about the entire ramifications of Jesus birth, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension? Did you ever think that there was more to it other than a means of salvation? Did you ever think the actions of Jesus tell a different story other than calling out someone’s sinful ways? Did you ever think that what Jesus might be doing is telling us what life was to become living here on earth? Did you ever think that there was way much more to the story than what has been given in Scriptures? We ask that you keep these entire questions in mind as you go through the next several History Rebuilt Parts as we explore many pieces of history we have not been told in our history books or the pulpit.
We will look at the church entrenchment right after the death of Jesus in this Part. We ask that not only you consider the above questions in reading the discussion herein but you keep an open mind about the subject presented and consider how this discussion fits into the story narrative of Jesus and our current history.
Let’s first define the church. What do you think the church is? How would you define the church?
So let’s walk back in time a bit to bring all this into perspective for the church at the time of Jesus life and death on earth. So we will walk down memory lane from Noah and the flood.
We know that Noah had three sons. Seth was the chosen one for the bloodline of Jesus and the other two sons, Japheth and Ham, would follow the traditions of the religious beliefs leading up to the flood – Satan Bloodline. We are told in Genesis 10 that the sons of Noah rested in an area called Shinar and there built a Tower to the Heavens called the Tower of Babal and because they did so they used the Tower as to represent God and from that God changed their speech and disbursed them throughout the world. It was this event that all nations were created. Genesis 11:1-9 KJV “And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.”
So after the flood the sons of men built the Tower of Babal to worship. It was Nimrod who lead the construction of the city of Babylon and the Tower of Babal. The very focus here after God had destroyed all evil was to recreate it.
Conceit of the People
It was towards the end of Peleg’s life that something happened which changed the social life of all men on earth.
After the Flood, man had again begun to multiply and fill the earth. They all spoke one language and understood one another well. The generations of people before the Flood had been interested only in themselves; they thought of themselves as supermen and lived each one for himself alone; they used violence and force against their weaker neighbors, paying no attention to laws and rules. The new generation of mankind was different. They stressed the opposite code of living. The individual did not count for himself; he counted only as part of the community, and he had to subject his own interests to those of the group. Had they confined themselves to this kind of social life, all might have been well. But they overdid it. The tremendous strength that grew out of their organization and goodwill made them proud, and their pride made them turn against God.
They decided to build a tower which was to reach to heaven, to make them equal to God, and at the same time, to make it possible for them to stay together. This symbol of their divine strength, as they thought, was to be built in the valley of the Land of Shinear.
God decided to destroy their arrogance by destroying their ability to understand one another. He, therefore, confused the people by splitting them up into seventy different nations and tribes, each with a language of its own, (hence the name Babel, meaning “confusion”).
When this happened, the project of the Tower had to be given up. The various groups migrated in different directions and settled in all parts of the world. The Tower itself was partly burned and partly swallowed by the earth.
But even this severe punishment did not bring the people back to the ways of God. During the time of Nimrod, who was the grandson of Ham, the wickedness of the people increased tremendously. Nimrod had inherited the clothes of Adam, made out of the skin of the Serpent, and he was unconquerable. All the animals of the world obeyed him and kings recognized his rule. He proclaimed himself god, and images of his face were shown all over the country. People had to serve him and bring him offerings.
It was in this age of idolatry that a new star appeared on the horizon-the only shining star in a dark sky.
So it was not up until Abram son of Shem that an individual begin to worship the one true God. Because of Abram worship God made himself know to Abram. Genesis 12: 1-8 KJV “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came. And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land. And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him. And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the Lord, and called upon the name of the Lord.”
So God entered into a Covenant with Abram and changed his name to Abraham and it was from Abraham staying faithful to God that the Israel Nations came from and Jesus was born from. This was the only linage out of the three sons of Noah that had remained true to the One True God. So throughout the history before Jesus birth we know that the only group of people worshiping the One True God was Abraham linage. All others were worshiping Idols.
So we can know more into the makeup of the church in the days before Jesus, during the Jesus time on earth and after he ascended into the Heavens.
The Church before Jesus
We know that the 14 tribes of Jacob had only one part that survived the historical conquests from Noah until Jesus birth. We know that the only two tribes survived were Benjamin and Judean tribes. However, when we look at history the Benjamin tribe was disbanded and scatted with the Judean tribe remaining together until the accession of Rehoboam, David's grandson, in c. 930 BCE the northern tribes split from the House of David to constitute the northern Kingdom of Israel. The tribe of Benjamin remained a part of the Kingdom of Judah until Judah was conquered by Babylon in c. 586 BCE and the population deported. It was the tribe of Benjamin and Judah that today’s Israel consists of. The Jewish people gain control over their territory and religion for a while during the Hasmonean Dynasty. By 100 B.C., the Hasmoneans had managed to regain control of the territory that had once been controlled by Israel and Judah and even some territory that those kingdoms had never controlled.
However, the Hasmonean success proved short-lived. As Roman power grew in the Mediterranean, the Hasmoneans soon found themselves overmatched. The Roman general Pompey took advantage of a Hasmonean civil war to launch a military expedition into lands controlled by the Hasmoneans. Jerusalem fell to Pompey in 63 B.C. and from that point on the territories that the Hasmoneans controlled was effectively under Roman rule.
So as we can see the tribe of Judea was the only surviving tribe that lasted until the birth of Jesus. It had to because it carried the bloodline for Christ. This was the only group of people that continued to worship the One True God. All other peoples, even the church, were idol worshipers.
The Church Make-up at Jesus Time on Earth
We really have to look no further that King Herod to find this out. Matthew 2:1-12 KJV “1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard [these things], he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, [in] the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found [him], bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.” Acts 12: 19-24 finishes the story. KJV “And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that [they] should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and [there] abode. And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because their country was nourished by the king's [country]. And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. And the people gave a shout, [saying, It is] the voice of a god, and not of a man. And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost. But the word of God grew and multiplied.”
So Herod built the temple in Jerusalem that was there at Jesus birth. It was the second temple built. Upon Herod's death, the Romans divided his kingdom among three of his sons and his sister: Archelaus became ethnarch of Judea, Samaria, and Idumea; Herod Antipas became tetrarch of Galilee and Peraea; Philip became tetrarch of territories north and east of the Jordan; and Salome I was given a toparchy including the cities of Jabneh, Ashdod, and Phasaelis.
So one might still need more information to see a pagan church before Jesus birth and during Jesus life on earth and after he ascended to Heaven. So we will look at the worship rituals compared to the early tabernacle and first temple to that of the second temple built by Herod.