Just as the scribes had condemned their leadership in the Pre-exilic and Post-exilic eras they also condemned the governance and authority of the Pharisees and Sadducees. They were impoverished under the harsh rule of Herod the Great and made slaves to their own society. Their lives became bitter with hard bondage and they were displaced from their agrarian subsistence and force to live in urban cities. Conditions were so bad that many claimed to be a long awaited messiah and went around preaching to the entirely illiterate population.
Writing much later the gospels literalized the struggle of the population and rightly so. They were united as one, one person, as they had been under judges. It was the only way to allegorize their downfallen and brutalized state of affairs. Paul and John of Patmos acknowledged that there was no literal Christ. It was a massive movement against the principalities and high places. Paul experienced firsthand the oppressive ruler-ship of James and Peter. He was on the frontline and saw the rising swell against the newly appointed Roman procurators who were replaced one after another in the 5th decade due to incompetence. He saw the impending fall of Jerusalem. Nothing could be more horrific to the Jewish nation. Resurrection of the rebellion was squashed after complete persecution called crucifixion of the 4th decade. Paul and John of Patmos acknowledge the comprehension of Daniel who was at one with the writing of the ancient scribes. He appreciated the writing of the OT ceremonial years of kings in what they called sacred time – before chronological time. Daniel had placed the history of the two Temple eras in a period of 490 years (threescore and ten symbol of Dan. 9:24-27). Kings and Chronicles was the source of this renowned life-fulfilling construction of God’s locomotion. Paul’s epiphany was that of leaving the culture of the Pharisees for that of the common ordinary citizen.
John of Patmos foreshadowed similar transitions would reoccur as the world ascended from national to universality where we are at today. And he described in Revelation the upheaval by metaphors from the OT of hail and fire. This real coming Reformation is avoided for as long as possible in the darkness that has engulfing the entire planet – causing a great wastage of our ascension to a higher level of humanity.
The personification was a way of bringing to Light to the struggle that humankind faces when confronted by pseudo philosophical and theological leadership. But this foundation is about to be broken as we ascent to heavenly things.
Lateralization enabled the gospels to clarify the belligerence of the Jewish governance a dissension from the time of Judas Maccabees’ great victory. John in the final gospel, written between AD 100 -120 highlighted that the story was not about Rome at all but the houses of Jewish merchandise:
• Nicodemus, a man of the Pharisees, answered, “How can these things be?” (John 3:9)
• “Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John” (John 4:1)
• “Simon … should betray him” (John 6:71)
• “The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him” (John 7:32)
• “The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true” (John 8:13)
• “They understood not” (John 8:27)
• “They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind” (John 9:13)
• “And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?” (John 9:40)
• “Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where he were, he should shew it, that they might take him” (John 11:57)
• “The Pharisees therefore said … the world is gone after him” (John 12:19)
• “Pharisees they did not confess him” (John 12:42)
• “Judas … received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees” (John 18:3)
• “Pilate … I find in him no fault at all” (John 18:38)
• “Then said the chief priests … Write … I am the King of the Jews” (John 19:21)
In Revelation Jesus Christ is the “Word” of the inkhorn of God, created and built by the Scribes down through the centuries of time. In this we have the glory of God.