In Matthew 16 Jesus walked with His disciples to a place in Northern Israel called Caesarea Philippi. It was a very evil location at that time. False gods and idols were worshipped there along with animal sacrifice. The gates of hades was a reference to a large cave located there. When they arrived, Jesus asked a question, “Who do people say that I am?” The disciples answered and then He asks another question. A more personal question, “Who do you say that I am?” As if to ask who He is in light of all these false gods and idols. Peter answers, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus then goes on to tell them that no man revealed this truth. Peter heard directly from God the Father.
Jesus then tells them what He plans to build and the authority it will have on the earth. It is not church. That word was added to our Bibles and it is not the word Jesus spoke. It couldn’t be…the word church did not become a word in any language until nearly 300 years later. So, if it isn’t church, what is it?
We have been living under a false identity as church for far to long. This is Satan’s original deception in the Garden of Eden and he is still using the same tactics today; keeping people ignorant of who they are and what Jesus said He was building. Jesus was challenged, attacked and murdered for His identity…by religious people by the way.
As a man thinks within himself, so is he, Proverbs 23:7. What we believe about ourselves is who we become which also dictates what we do. Discover what Jesus said He would build.
Above is a short video that was recorded on location in Israel at Caesarea Philippi. I wrote a book that details what Jesus said He would build and how it was God’s plan from the beginning of creation. Here is a link for the book – Ekklesia
Pictures of Caesarea Philippi