Can’t Christianity read the Gospels. They fully support John of Patmos’ revelation of the 2nd beast – “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.” – Rev. 13:11 – this recalled beast only refers to the reign of the Pharisees and Sadducees (religio-civil governance).
The gospels were a personification of what had happened to their society from the time of Herod the Great – their agrarian self-sufficient secure society had gone backwards under the Hasmoneans and rapidly deteriorated by the turn of the millennium. The illiterate population was united as one, one voice.
With the ultimate destruction and burning of Jerusalem and in full awareness of midrashic Revelation they came to accept that no resurrection, no crossing of orthodoxy was remotely possible for aeons. They there looked to an apocalyptic fulfilment.
John’s fourth gospel reverted to the same spirited writing of Paul and John of Patmos – showing complete understanding of the other Gospels
The emphasis of all three Gospels in on the retrograde Pharisees and Sadducees – the two-horned beast. In the words of Mark are there for us to see:
• “And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes” (Mark 1:22)
• “What thing is this? what new doctrine is this?” (Mark 1:27)
• “And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the Sabbath day that which is not lawful? … The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath” (Mark 2:24–27)
• “And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him” (Mark 3:6)
• “That seeing they may see, and not perceive” (Mark 4:12)
• “For Herod feared John, knowing he was a just man” (Mark 6:20)
• “Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?” (Mark 7:5)
• “Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod” (Mark 8:15)
• “And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him” (Mark 10:2)
• “and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they condemn him to death, and shall deliverer him to the Gentiles” (Mark 10:33)
• “have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner” (Mark 12:10)
• “And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians” (Mark 12:13)
• “Then come unto him the Sadducees … If a man’s brother dies …” (Mark 12:18–19)
• “And they lead Jesus away to the high priest” (Mark 14:53)
• “Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done?” (Mark 15:14)
It is time spirited non-believers to open the book – seeing through the wall as our evolutionary road to ascent and not meekly accept the absurd literalism that church denominations still endlessly teach.