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Finding it, and passing it on to you.

Steve Van Nattan








Discussion of pictures of Jesus

By Steve Van Nattan--
Editor-- Blessed Quietness Journal


Something has been agitating me for some time, and I want to get it off my chest.  I hope this convicts some of you and encourages others.  

Recently, I was tuning a piano in an Episcopal church.  I tune pianos to meet our family's needs, while I pastor a fellowship which meets in the homes.  In the Episcopal church all purpose room was a picture of Jesus, and it was the most grotesque picture of Christ which I have ever seen.  Jesus was depicted as standing by a fishing boat holding a net.  The concept there was OK, but, friends, the demonic grin on the face of this alleged Jesus was horrid.  It made Jesus look like he had just been given a furlough from "B" Ward of the State Mental Hospital.

Now, I would fully expect Episcopalians to want a deranged Jesus, for they are deranged spiritually.  They walk the pagan labyrinth, they gather in witches and queers as much as 50% of their local attendance, and Freemasons are exalted there.

But, I have seen many other profane pictures of Jesus.  There is the sick pasty gray Jesus of the Roman Catholic Church who is pulling His chest open to allegedly show His heart to the viewer.  There is the hard faced 55 year old worn out married man of the Mormon Church,  And, there is the Jesus picture of the Branhamites which they brag on because William Branham claimed God told him it was an exact copy of Jesus.  Funny thing though-- Branham's Jesus still looks like a German Gringo white man, NOT a Jew.

I also note the dead Jesus hanging on the cross in Catholic churches. Jesus is NOT dead-- He is risen and seated at the right hand of the Majesty on high.  He will NEVER climb up on your filthy cross in the Catholic Church or on your wall in your home.  His work on the Cross is finished, as He said in His own words as He died on the cross.  What blasphemy.

Also, we have all seen the plaster of Paris Jesuses being sold in Catholic book stores. These pagan trinkets also lend damage to the person of Christ in that hey give children life long mental imagery of God which is plastic and degrading. Turn over one of those plastic Jesuses you stick to your dashboard in your automobile, and you will realize it was made in Hong Kong by Buddhists. And, I bet you think that plastic Jesus will sort of add security to your travel. How stupid. How utterly stupid!!!

Because of the profane attack on Jesus Christ in these false and degraded representations, I offer an alternative.  I suggest that if you want to get an idea what Jesus looked like, go around to the nearest Orthodox Jewish synagogue. You see, Jesus WAS and IS a Jew. When Jesus Christ appears in power and great Glory at the end of the Great Tribulation, it will be to set up His glorious Kingdom with the Jews in restored Israel.

Can you imagine that this Jesus will be Black or Chinese?  Or will he look like Prince Philip strolling along with his hands behind his back?  NO!!  Jesus Christ will be easy to look at by any Jew in the vicinity of Jerusalem.  NEVER in the Bible does the narrative indicate that even the hateful Pharisees complained that Jesus did not look authentic, very Jewish.

So, I now offer you a couple of pictures of Jews.  I tried to find pictures in which the authentic Semitic appearance was not marred by intermarriage over the ages.  WARNING:  Someone may be tempted to reproduce one of these pictures and hang it on the wall.  What a fool thing to do.  I put these here to do three things:

1.  Show you that you should not have ANY pictures hanging around which allege to be Jesus.

2.  Show you that, in the coming Kingdom of Messiah, you are going to be dealing with a Jew.

3.  The White Race is NOT the measure of all things good and glorious.


These are Yemenite Jews. I chose this picture because the Yemenite Jews were the least corrupted by outside blood over the centuries. Jews from Europe and Russia and the Slavic world had lived there for over 45 generations from the captivity of Israel to 1948. There was a lot of intermarriage, and the average Zionist today looks like an Anglo-Saxon hybrid. Jesus would have looked purely Semitic, and the three men in the photo would then look a lot like Jesus. I WANT my Jesus to look like a Jew-- I expect He will have hands like a carpenter, not a whiskey sipping IMF banker.

In the picture of the Jewish boy, you see the custom of letting a young man, one who has passed his Bar Mitzpha-- coming of age, as he is invited to read the Law.  In this case, the young man is probably observing the Feast of Tabernacles. This would have been the experience of Jesus as a young man in the account of Luke, Chapter 2.  So, read this chapter from the King James Bible, and contemplate the real Jesus of Galilee--  A Jew of pure blood line from father Abraham, the first Hebrew.

Luke 2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;
23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)
24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.
25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,
28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;
35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;
37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.
40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.
41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.
42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.
43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.
44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.
45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.
46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?
50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.
51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

Here is another hint at what a Jew of Jesus' day looked like:

Acts 21:37 And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said unto the chief captain, May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou speak Greek?
38 Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers?

Paul was mistaken for an Egyptian. At about this era, 60 AD, Egypt had long been Arabized. So, a full blooded Jew of the times of Paul and Jesus could be mistaken for an Egyptian. Think about that for a while-- it will enlighten you :-)


Do you have a Gringo Jesus hanging on the wall of your home?  Would you please consider taking the thing down, and learn to form your mental pictures of Jesus and the Bible characters by reading your Bible?



Here is a response to the above article.  

Tom asked that he remain concealed since he could get some trouble is he were identified. Thanks Tom for the added thoughts:

From: "Tom"
To: Steve Van Nattan
Subject: Gringo Article
Date: Mon, 9 Nov 1998 05:44:56

Dear Steve,

I was on your website today and was reading about the German Jesus. I am in total agreement about these pictures.

Most people of the religious world are ignorant of God's Word and thus are ignorant of Jesus' geneology. Ask a Catholic about what religion Jesus was and they will tell you "Catholic." TBN has these religious pictures plastered on their new set in Nashville. Jan the Jezebel of Revelation 2:20 picked it out. (Read the verse and tell me that she is not the Jezebel that Jesus is speaking of. All who will commit adultery (spiritual fornication) with her will be cast into great tribulation.)

Of course, anyone who will but take the leisure of opening the Bible will find out Jesus is of the tribe of Judah, a descendent of the Davidic line, the son of David (meaning the Messiah) and the son of Abraham (meaning Jewish)...the Word was made flesh.... Jesus the promised Messiah of whom the Jewish prophets prophesied would come. When the Jews would cry out to Him "Son of David" they were acknowledging that He indeed was the Messiah.

Although Jesus came into the world, the first time, in the most humble of circumstances as the Lamb of God, when He returns to earth after the Seven Year Tribulation, He is coming as KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS and with the great armies of Heaven! (All the athiest broadcasters and reporters will run like mad men and will try to hide.)

After Jesus' Resurrection, He was not recognizable. His own disciples did not recognize Him. To say He looked average, like someone in a local synagogue, might not be truthfully scriptural.

During His earthly ministry, He said to Matthew "Follow Me" and Matthew left immediately and followed Him. John the Baptist said "Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world." The Bible tells us in Mark 9:15 "And straightway all the people, when they beheld Him, were greatly amazed, and running to Him saluted Him."

Jesus' appearance was indeed Jewish but He was and is and always will be God, and Matthew followed Him because he saw in Jesus something that he had never seen in anyone before..."In Him was life; and the life was the light of men."

The Bible tells us what Jesus looks like in Revelation in the Glory.

According to Revelation 1:14, Jesus has white hair and eyes like flames of fire, feet like brass, voice as the sound of many waters... and His countenance is like the sun. When He comes back to rule, He is coming in great glory and every eye shall see Him. Again in Revelation 19:11 we see the same description..... many crowns upon His head.

When John saw Him, he fell at His feet as dead!

You might want to make mention of this verse in your article. There will be no mistaking Jesus for another.

His appearance is exclusive and can never be mistaken.

The Bible tells us in Revelation 20:11 that at the Great White Throne Judgement... "from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away".... The Lord's presence is awesome and all will know and recognize that HE is LORD over all!

Whether or not He has carpenter hands or not is irrelevant.... the point is that He has nail prints in His hands and feet as a reminder to all who will behold Him that He alone paid the price for our sins on the cross and that He rose from the dead and lives forevermore. "Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and death."

Keep the Faith

Jesus is coming back real soon!!!! :)

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