What Did Jesus Really Look Like? A Look at the Bible Facts

Does Jesus look like what most pictures of Him reveal?  Did Jesus have long hair and wear a white robe as the pictures and movies portray?  Did He look different from the rest of the Jews or was He no different from those of His day?

Did Jesus Have Long Hair?

I believe that we will be shocked on the day that we see Jesus Christ.  Hopefully you will see Him on the day of His return as your Savior and not as your Judge, but we’ll discuss that later but right now we are asking if Jesus had long hair.  The Bible is silent on the length of His hair but there is no reason to believe that He had the long, flowing locks of hair that the movies portrayed Him as having or the thousands of pictures that display Him with long hair.  Jews of the day never wore their hair long.  In fact Paul knew that it was customarily a shame for a man to have long hair (1 Cor 11:14) and knowing that Jesus was a carpenter, having long hair would have gotten in the way of His work.

I believe that we will be shocked on the day that we see Jesus Christ.

Jesus:  A Man’s Man

Jesus was not the effeminate looking man that most images reveal Him as.  He was a carpenter and carpenters in those days not only worked with wood, they worked with stones.  They had no power tools of course so the wood had to be cut by using hand tools and great physical labor which must have took long, tedious hours to work with.  The wood was not like what we see today; two by fours or four by sixes.  They worked with large timbers of roughhewn wood.   These timbers had to be cut down by hand and they had to be sawed down into workable sections.  They had to be debarked and sanded.  And carpenters in those days worked with stone more than they did wooden beams.  And these stones were just not simple stepping stones or mortar bricks but more like boulders and these boulders had to be chiseled and cut down to size.  Every bit of the carpenters work was extremely labor intensive and so we should realize that Jesus had to have been a big, strong man with great physical strength, yet He kept this strength under control in what is a good description of meekness:  Strength under control.  So we see that Jesus was a man’s man and may have had the body of a heavy construction worker.  He must have been an imposing physical specimen.

Did He Look Different from Fellow Jews?

Time and time again, the New Testament records that Jesus slipped away into the crowds and that the religious officials, when looking for Him, frequently couldn’t find Him?  Why was this so?  Because Jesus must have looked much like any other rabbi of the day with a robe yes, but not with the long hair that we think He wore.  There are dozens of accounts where Jesus simply slipped away and blended into the crowds:

John 5:13 “Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place.” 

Luke 4:30 “but he slipped away through the crowd and left them.”

John 7:11 “The Jews were looking for him at the feast, and saying, “Where is he?”

John 11:56 “They were looking for Jesus and saying to one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think? That he will not come to the feast at all?”

If Jesus had a long, white flowing robe and He had long hair, He would have been easy to spot, since historical accounts show that the Jews in Jesus’ day had short hair. He likely had a beard but so did many of the Jewish men in that day.   There is every indication that Jesus was hard to pick out of a crowd but when He wanted to be seen, He was able to make Himself visible.

Not Much to Look At

Isaiah described Jesus as looking like an ordinary man and that there nothing special in His appearance that would make Him stand out.  Isaiah described Him in 53: 2b “he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.”  He wouldn’t fit in well with the prosperity preachers on TV.  He wouldn’t make a popular itinerant preacher today.  He wouldn’t be getting millions of hits on YouTube.  This is because Jesus was not especially handsome and there was “nothing special in His appearance that would make Him stand out” which matches with the many New Testament references of Him easily slipping through the crowds.  He was not desirous to look upon nor had no beauty (in the Jewish vernacular this means that He wasn’t handsome).  Jesus’ humanity made Him out to be no different looking than any other man of the day.  Otherwise, we really don’t know what Jesus looked like other than He was an ordinary looking man, that He was strong and extremely physically fit and that He was able to blend in with the crowds very easily.  The Bible is silent on exactly what He looked like and if the Bible is silent on His exact appearance, then God apparently doesn’t think it’s important for us to know.

Conclusion

We do know exactly what Jesus looks like…at least today.  Here is the only appearance of Jesus that anyone needs to know for sure and since it’s revealed in the Bible, God did think this was important enough for us to know.  John describes Jesus and when he saw Him he fell down on his face as a dead man as we read in Revelation 1:13-18:

“in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters.  In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.”

That is what Jesus looks like today.  If you have failed to repent, there is still time but if you don’t, He will appear to you as described above but He will be your Judge and it will not go well with your soul (Rev 20:11-15) but if He is your Savior today, your future is so amazing that I can’t even describe it.  Everyone will see Jesus someday and will know exactly what He looks like.  It doesn’t matter what He looked like on earth but it will matter for all eternity what He looks like now.  Today, He is your Judge or He is your Savior.  It’s your choice.

Article By Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Senior Writer at What Christians Want to Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Blind Chance or Intelligent Design

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  • Travelingstu

    Mmmm, you’ve used the word “Facts” wrongly in your title. Just because it was written in the Bible does not make it a “Fact”.

    • Mary Tilley

      Actually BECAUSE it was written in the Bible, makes it a fact. The words therein, are words written by men, yes; however, they were instructed yo write them by God. God is all knowing, so using the argument that men are fallible and may have written their own thing regardless of what God wanted wouldn’t apply here because God being that he was, is, and always will be all knowing meant he chose scribes he knew wouldn’t change a word that he instructed them to write. It’s a neat modern day argument, but I’m sorry, it doesn’t hold water.

      • Travelingstu

        Wow. So everything that is written in the Bible is fact? That’s a very simple world view point that you have and a lovely circular argument that will keep you save in your ignorant mindset. God is not all knowing because God, and all the Gods before and after, are creations of the human mind. Regardless, I am honestly interested, do you actually believe and follow everything that you read in the Bible without question? Subject: Re: New comment posted on What Did Jesus Really Look Like? A Look at the Bible Facts

        • Kim Holland

          Yes everything in the Bible is a fact. If it wasn’t, why do we base our life on it. And yes, my family and many others that I know are living by the Bible and doing what it says in it’s pages, no pork or other animals that are not allowed, we keep the Sabbath (Saturday), we don’t keep pagan holidays (Easter, Christmas), we keep the feast days, no tattoos or piercings, and we follow ever word that we can to the best of our understanding. Most people say they follow the Bible and love Christ and yet they won’t do as they are asked to do to go to the Kingdom, because they are comfortable in the life they know and expect him to save them. You cannot go against the rules and expect a reward at the end.

          • Travelingstu

            Hi Kim, your conviction is refreshing. There are too many false cafeteria Christians who only want to follow the Lord’s rules that suit them. But, just because you base your life on the Bible does not make the content fact. Your statement
            “Yes everything in the Bible is a fact. If it wasn’t, why do we base our life on it” is circular reasoning and does not prove the validity of anything in the Bible. The same line of reasoning can be used by a follower of the Koran, the bhagavad gita or the Torah, but does that make their book any more true than the Bible? Just because they follow their particular book and base their life around it, does that make their book fact? The answer is no. Just because people follow a book and believe it to be true does not make the contents within it fact.

          • Kontrahtah Kon

            Very interesting question you have brother travelingstu, You have a very good argument there, But let me ask you, What do you believe and Why?

          • Jessa Recana

            are you a seventh day adventist believer as i am

          • http://www.facebook.com/dommbelle MrsDomJones

            actually, as a christian, I must disagree with everything you said….everything you do is understood to be the law of Moses….we are no longer under the law of Moses. We are now under the law of Grace. Jesus came and fulfilled the law and shed his blood as the ULTIMATE sacrifice. We can now eat pork if we want, & celebrate holidays if we want. Paul says, everything is permissable, but everything is not beneficial. So it’s up to you to decide what you will eat and what holidays you will celebrate. Romans says those who only eat vegetables are weak in their faith. It’s because they are still trying to follow the laws that Jesus came and fulfilled already.

          • Frank Lockwood

            Conveniently, the Romans (and the rest of us heathens) can now eat pork, though God had forbidden it for thousands of years.

            Oh, and we can dispense with circumcision as an unnecessary inconvenience, even though God supposedly said it was a perpetual sign between himself and his people, words to that effect.

          • Frank Lockwood

            Kim Holland’s remark is a clear example of how modern Christians do “pick and choose,” we all pick and choose which scriptures to buy into. Kim rightly says that the bible proscribes pork. Mrs.Dom Jones says, “As a Christian, I must disagree with everything you said.”

            I could easily rest my case about the “picking and choosing” thread right here and now.

            Almost no-one in modern evangelical community incorporates all elements of the bible into their worldview, because doing so would introduce too many irreconcilable conflicts.

      • Kontrahtah Kon

        Amen to you brother.

      • Frank Lockwood

        Wow, we have a lot of work to do.

    • Kontrahtah Kon

      I can understand your confusion brother travelingstu, My faith is I believe in Lord Jesus Christ who is our savior, and i believe in our Almighty heavenly father in heaven. But just to clear the confusion, The Bible is the TRUTH and the TRUTH will set you free.

      • Frank Lockwood

        The truth will set you free. The bible, on the other hand, just may confuse you. For example, and I quote another source but it is so obvious and you can check out the details yourself in the bible: “Luke’s account of the death of Judas in Acts 1:18 is scarcely reconcilable with Matt 27:3-10.” They contradict each other, which would be normal if two people, writing some 30-50 years later would get the details confused. This does not square with the notion of a perfect god writing a perfect bible though. And this is only one of dozens of examples in the New Testament.

  • Theophile

    Hi Jack..

    Perhaps if You step back & consider the vow of the Nazarite, You know, no drinking or partaking of the fruit of the vine… no hair cutting… Ya think Jesus also being from “Nazareth” could be a clue as to that?

    • BigN

      Theophile, John the Baptist was the one with the Nazarite vow. Remember

      Matthew 11:18-19

      18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children.

      • Frank Lockwood

        True, NickRepublic. And one thing that has puzzled me is, what were these locusts that the baptist ate? I have read that they were a kind of berry. I don’t know what kind of locust trees they had, but the black locusts that we have in eastern Oregon, eastern Washington (and which I think were imported from Russia) are supposed to have poisonous berries. So I am still wondering, what was it that he ate?

        • Guest

          Locusts were insects in the Bible. They were similar to grasshoppers. He ate insects and honey.

          • Frank Lockwood

            Dear Guest: If that is the case, that he was eating insects, locusts, and honey, well the honey part is okay maybe but the locusts present a problem if they are saying that John the Baptist was a Nazarite. Even if he were not a Nazarite, I think it presents a problem, because Jews were commanded not to eat things that crawled around on their bellies, things that creep or crawl on their bellies as grasshoppers surely do. If you have evidence otherwise, please let me know. Thanks.

          • MsAnthropicGeek

            I thought he was allowed to in order to sustain to do His Holy work? I am still trying to understand who my Father is, and fill myself everyday, not just once with His Holy Spirit. I recently converted because of an event.
            I am a scientist who saw things that should not be in what we know as a physical realm, and they were NOT as we are. They were malevolent, and I was horrified. I did what I never did before. I went to the top, the MOST HIGH instead of man and asked for guidance and help, and I don’t know how long I was “out”, but I saw things that makes more sense than any scientific discipline.
            Beware because the devil has many shapes, he’s very persistent, and he can will us to see and do things that don’t make sense you at all. That separation from the Lord Almighty is real. If the antithesis was the Way and the Word, and the Message, then do you think He’s hedonistic, and all that is worldly??

    • Frank Lockwood

      Also, Theophile, I have seen claims that Jesus was a vegetarian. Maybe he was, but if so, why did he prepare a meal of barbecued fish for the disciples, as recorded? However, the picture that we have of Christ may actually be a composite. I think a lot of stories circulated about him, some of which hit a nerve with people of the first century, and thus became popular. Later, they of course had to pass the test of Roman censorship.

    • Paulette Rawlins

      Jesus also celebrated the Passover, which was a meal with lamb, which is something that the Hebrew peoples were told to celebrate in remembrance of the death angel passing over and NOT killing their 1st born, and for helping them to cross over the Red Sea. Jesus then became our Passover Lamb!

  • http://youtube.com/user/BowmanFarm Brian Bowman

    it will not go well with your soul (Rev 20:11-15)

    “It is between fifty and sixty years since I read it [the Apocalypse], and I then considered it merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams.” ~Thomas Jefferson, letter to General Alexander Smyth, Jan. 17, 1825

    • Frank Lockwood

      It’s not the ravings of an idiot: It is a type of literature, a genre of literature that was common to the era, particularly among the Jews, and it was, really, a work of art. It certainly was not meant to be taken as a prophecy of things that would happen 2,000 years later. Readers of that time, no doubt understood that this was not “literally” a dream even. The apocalyptic dream-like stories were fiction designed to propose explanations of God’s divine plan in mysterious and highly metaphorical language. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the company. : )

      • Jack Wellman

        So true sir. If the Book of Revelation is the ravings of an idiot, and I do not believe it is, then they are calling the author of this book by the same name and that is Jesus Christ Himself, since it is HIS revelation and not John’s at all.

        • Frank Lockwood

          Jack Wellman: “since it is HIS revelation and not John’s at all.”

          Jack, I am wondering how you can know this book is properly understood as HIS revelation, other than by the fact that it makes this claim.

          You are no doubt aware that the Book of Revelation was excluded from the cannon for hundreds of years, until after Augustine wrote “The City of God” or around then. At least, this has been my understanding. Is that incorrect?

          It is my understanding that the church finally admitted the book based upon the possibility that it could be interpreted as allegories, metaphors and such, not literally. So the church has had a problem with the book all along, and only accepted it once it was interpreted other than literally.

          Now we have a movement that wants to try to make it literal again, just exactly what the church tried to discourage in the first place.

          What we tend to forget about the book, is that it is literature.

          The type of literature known as apocalypse followed certain rules and patterns, and there are a number of examples apparently, in Jewish writings.

          Again, an apocalypse, as I understand it, is semi-fictitious literature to promote a certain religious point of view. Taken literally, the pov of Revelation was considered by the church for the first several hundred years to be inconsistent with the gospels.

          If we are going to call it “the Word of God,” we must at least do so with that kind of understanding of the book.

  • Jack Wellman

    If Jesus was a Nazarite, then why did He turn water into wine and had wine at the Passover meals? I thought that the Nazarite vows would prohibit that. Thanks Theophile.

    • Guest

      He was of Nazareth, a city, not a Nazarite. That was Samson. Nowhere in Scripture does it ever say Jesus was a Nazarite or took the Nazarite vow.

    • Frank Lockwood

      I am with you on that issue, Jack. Either he was not a Nazarite, or else people had fogotten what the vows of the Nazarites were, which is not likely.

      • Jack Wellman

        Thank you Mr. Lockwood. It is amazing how well you summed up this my friend by your comment. I appreciate it sir.

    • Martin Browne

      Jesus wasn’t a Nazarite. He was a NazarENE, ie. from Nazareth, but he wasn’t a NazarITE.

      • Jack Wellman

        Spot on Martin. Thanks, I agree and never said Jesus was a Nazarite…He was a Nazarene and really and it was written “When Jesus “entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds said,“This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee” (Matt 21:10-11).

  • JJ truth

    Jesus looked like Troy Polamalu bronze skin and wooly hair, a Semitic Jew. The Rev. 1:13-18 passage refers to the transformed Jesus with the white hair —not the one who walked the earth.

    • sampson3121

      he said that the jews of that time didn’t wear their hair long. and if it’s wooly hairy and dark brown skin, he was a black man. black people have wool nappy hair like a sheep’s hair, wool hair. and we are dark brown.
      not saying it’s fact..but that’s the conclusion i come too.

      • JJ truth

        Depends on whatever races have burnished bronze complexions Arabs? Malayasians? Africans? Mixed races?. Semitic peoples were Afro-Asiatic. Rev. 1:14 The Bible describes often makes distinction in reference to blacks as Cushite tribes Genesis 10:6-20. But both Egypt & Israel had been subjected to thousands of conquests by the time Jesus appeared on the scene. So the nation of Israel & Egypt had been mixed with other races. If the Israelites were really black why would Miriam make a fuss about Moses’s 2nd wife, an Ethiopian woman? Miriam was later cursed with leprosy whitened skin for railing against black skin. Also Jesus was a Nazarene meaning under the Nazarene vow he couldn’t cut his hair, didn’t drink and abstained from women. Jews under the Nazerene vows had long hair. John the Baptist also had long hair. Read the Bible and stop inserting your own biases.

        • sampson3121

          if

          Jesus wasn’t Black or negroid/Ethiopian, how could he have passed as a Egyptian. same with Moses, did he not grow up as an Egyptian? the pope and many others in Europe to this day prey to a black Madonna and baby Jesus. why?Ashkenazi people claim to be of the Hebrews, yet when i look at the art of the time, the Hebrews look African…and i don’t mean sub Saharan, i mean Nubian. why is that. if it were another people, it would only take one of these facts to make a strong case. and please don’t get me wrong for asking these question. Africans have had their gods stolen in the past, you know Isis and baby Horus…sounds like another story that came much later…doesn’t it?

          • JJ truth

            First of all, ancient Egypt was sub-Saharan in origin which was termed the “old kingdom” but before Moses during the period of Jacob & Esau Egypt had been conquered by the Hittite Kingdom in Asia, and after that by the Assyrian Kingdom (Asian). Jesus came around 1600-2000 years after Moses. By the time Jesus Christ appeared ancient Egypt had been conquered by Canaanites/Hyksos (Asian), Libyans (African), Nubians (African), Babylonians(Asian), Achaemenids (European), Persia(an empire spreading from Asia to Europe many of its kings were black or mixed) (Macedonian Greece (European) and the Romans (European). These ancient races were mixing. The painting of the black Madonna was posed for by a caucasian model(the features)& the style is pre-renaissance religious painting. The artist painted her with sepia which was his vision. No painter ever saw the Madonna every painting reflects the artist’s vision—not truth. I’ve studied ancient Egypt & ancient world history & have a strong grasp of Biblical history. However, the focus is Jesus Christ. First of all, Jesus & God ARE real and they are Spirit beings. So for me the race issue is not vital because God has no race. But the humanity God would most likely have put on would have been the most unassuming one and, therefore, reflective of that time. It would not surprise me, if God would take on a form that was a mix of all races. The historical records show the Jews of the ancient times were very much a mixed race people. The Bible is the best record of Jesus Christ, not Egyptology. As for the issue of wooly hair well, the late Muammar Gaddafi had “wooly hair.” Egypt’s gods weren’t stolen but with conquest a nation’s culture is greatly influenced & it changes. A nation adapts to other cultures & customs adding here & there or abandoning styles of worship & customs. Some things are retained while others become hybrids. These so-called gods fell out of favor. Seems you’re worshiping “blackness” and it is your God rather than the LORD God Almighty who reigns in heaven. You’re dismissive of time & place. Jesus Christ was from the Middle East—which is in Asia & next door to Africa. Its unlikely Jesus was black since the “one drop rule” didn’t exist. But if that’s the only way you can worship him— then so be it. Its the same for many whites who won’t worship a non-white Jesus. Christianity is an Eastern religion. Well I’ve posted my contribution. Thanks for your input. Time for silence. I’ve posted too much. Enjoy your day.

          • sampson3121

            first of all, i don’t worship jesus or any other fictitious gods. second there is nothing proving Jesus even existed…unlike the Horus and Isis, there are no sculptures or painting from that time, that show he existed. many people in europe pray to the black god…(yes their is more than one statue and pictures of Isis and Horus..oops! i mean the Madonna and Jesus. history has been highjacked by Europeans, so i don’t believe a word anyone says that follows the European interpretation of ancient Africa and so called Middle East. have you read the works of Ivan Van Sertima? Google him, and tell me what you think..i will say it’s nice to hear from someone that’s open minded and has some knowledge of the European interpretation of Africans History.
            check him out, and we will carry on our discussion. peace!
            you tube has a few of his lectures .

          • Frank Lockwood

            The people who wrote the gospels were smart on this one account: If they had described Jesus physically, some people would have been able to boast that he was “just like them,” and, by implication, “not like those others.” The way they left if out, perhaps intentionally, all people can invent the Jesus that they need in order to identify, in order to feel comfortable with him.

          • sampson3121

            they said his hair was like white woolen hair, and feet like burnished brass….by the way brass is brown and burnished brass is a dark brown. won’t even get into the white woolen hair interpretation.

          • Frank Lockwood

            When did he ever pass as an Egyptian? By the way, in the first Century, Egyptians could be of any color, just as Americans can be of any color.

          • sampson3121

            Moses grew up as an Egyptian,long before the Persians where in Egypt. Joseph and Mary hid Jesus in Egypt. yes the Egyptian’s had different shades of black, like black people today…we have different shades of black , the Persian empire came just a few hundred yrs BC. when i see movies about Jesus portrayed as a white person only and everyone in the story is white, i think about the location of the story…i tend to believe that the people looked more like me than you. guess who’s playing Noah in the movie of the same name…Russel Crow! get my point! now people can say what does it matter, well it matters to a people that have had a lie about their contribution to the history of the world hidden, why is it when they show Africans, they go to the unga bunga tribe?
            and rewrite history by replacing the Afro people that ruled the land back before the Persians came? the people in Egypt today had nothing to do with the Pyramids or anything else you see from the ancient Egyptians. Europeans have wiped and re wrote history to suit their needs. and made Africans out to be stupid, with no contribution to the history of mankind. enough lies. the popes pray to the black Isis and Horus..oops sorry i mean Madonna and baby Jesus, why don’t you? and please don’t think I’m being a hater of the white race, cause I’m not…i just think young Africans living around the world need to know how important they are and what their ancestors accomplished. it was only when Micheal Angelo painted Jesus, that we started seeing him as white. many European countries pray to the Black Madonna. so if Moses was seen as an Egyptian , what does that say about the Hebrews and their color? and Jesus.

          • Frank Lockwood

            Wow, Sampson. Guess something struck a nerve with you. All I said (I think it was all I said) was that nobody knows for sure what Jesus looked like. If scientists should find his remains some day, let’s hope they can do a DNA test and that may give us some clues about his ancestry, but even then it will not be definitive. P.S. I don’t worship a “White” Jesus.

          • sampson3121

            sorry, not really talking about you in general.

          • Frank Lockwood

            I do enjoy the image of an elderly Black man sitting on the very throne of Jehovah though. That must really have stuck in the craws for some of our Southern “brothers.”

        • Frank Lockwood

          Honestly, how in the world did you get those descriptions of Jesus? Surely not from the Bible, at least, not without a lot of conjecture. We simply do not know. We assume he had a human body, that’s about it.

  • Erol Sayan

    I don’t Understand it. The Bible with according to Mathew, peter, Luke and John are all individuals who happened to be born centuries after jesus died. it’s always the third person writing according to but who is the real author? None of these individuals were alive in his time and we’re centuries apart and some scholors state they did in fact live in his time which I find extremely obsurd. Who is the author because when I read according to, it’s hearsay or gossip and there is no way to ask or interrogate the author let alone prove the source is remotely accurate. Can someone give me an explanation because I have never ever in my life given an answer to that even remotely sounded logical.

    • Roro Mili

      I hope this helps, Erol. There are four Gospels. There is no Gospel according to Peter. Peter was a Disciple of Christ, one of the Twelve Apostles, not born centuries later. None of them were.

      Matthew; Was a former tax collector who was called by Jesus to be one of the Twelve Apostles.

      Mark; Was a follower of Peter (Again, one of the Twelve Apostles) and so an “apostolic man”.

      Luke; Was a doctor who wrote what is now the book of Luke to a friend
      Theophilus. Also believed to have written the book of Acts (or Acts of
      the Apostles) and a close friend of Paul of Tarsus. Was Luke alive in Jesus’ time? A precise answer is unknown, but a likely answer is yes.

      (Luke 1:1-4) 1 Whereas many have undertaken to compile a statement of the facts that are given full credence among us, 2 just as those who from [the] beginning became eyewitnesses and attendants of the message delivered these to us, 3 I resolved also, because I have traced all things from the start with accuracy, to write them in logical order to you, most excellent The·oph′i·lus, 4 that you may know fully the certainty of the things that you have been taught orally.

      Luke was not an eyewitness of the life of Christ. He was a companion of Paul who also was not an eyewitness of Christ’s life. But, both had ample opportunity to meet the disciples who knew Christ and learn the facts not only from them, but from others in the area. As far as dating the gospel goes, Luke was written before the book of Acts and Acts does not mention Nero’s persecution of the Christians in A.D. 64 or the deaths of James (A.D. 62), Paul (A.D. 64), and Peter (A.D. 65). So, we can conclude that Luke was written before A.D. 62.

      John; Was a disciple of Jesus and possibly the youngest of his Twelve Apostles.

      Another interesting consideration:

      None of the gospels mention the destruction of the Jewish temple in 70 A.D. This is significant because Jesus had prophesied its destruction when He said, “As for these things which you are looking at, the days will come in which there will not be left one stone upon another which will not be torn down,” (Luke 21:6, see also Matt. 24:1; Mark 13:1). This prophecy was fulfilled in 70 A.D. when the Romans sacked Jerusalem and burned the Temple.

      • Frank Lockwood

        Roro is right, the gospels were not written hundreds of years later, but they were certainly written long after the death of Jesus.

        Also, just because they did not mention the destruction of the temple does not mean they were not aware of it, and in fact there are allusions to that if you know how to look for them.

        The gospels, the earliest of the NT writings were written by Paul, I think that was some years after the event of Christ (I want to say 50 or 51 CE at least), and he never saw Christ in the flesh but he apparently did see Steven being stoned to death. The other books were written even later than that according to most secular biblical scholars, perhaps 25 or thirty years after the events they described, so you can be reasonably sure that little or nothing in the New Testament is verbatim the words of Jesus. More like, what they remembered him saying.

        Go listen to a sermon sometime; have someone record it. Then come back a year later and try to repeat it verbatim and you will see what I mean.

        Those who believe in a book that was more or less dictated by God through the Holy Spirit are bound to interpret the bible accordingly. To them, any “prophecy” must have been written beforehand, in their view, and thus predicted the destruction of Jerusalem. Those with a more naturalistic approach (that’s me) believe that they may well have been describing events that were taking place before their eyes, veiled as prophecies.

        But there is, of course, the possibility that Jesus foresaw the destruction of Jerusalem. Probably a lot of others did too, which is why the Zealots sometimes murdered other Jews who did not want to participate in the rebellion. Some Jews saw the rebellion as endangering the nation, and in fact, they were correct.

        Well, there’s a lot to be said. I invite any of you to read “From Jesus to Christianity” by Michael White, and then get back to me.

        • Frank Lockwood

          Correction: Excuse me, I meant to say the Epistles, not the gospels. Paul did not write any gospels per se, although he mentioned ideas that were also expressed in the gospels, which appear to have been written later.

      • Frank Lockwood

        Actually, there is a Gospel of Peter, but it is not considered genuine, and it is not in the several different Christian cannons.

        Neither are the books of James and certain others considered genuine, and others are of unknown authorship, such as Hebrews, the book of John and many others.

        We now know that the “early church” misidentified several authors. For example, they assumed that the authors of the Gospel of John, and Johns 1 & 2, and the author of Book of Revelation were the same person. Historians and scholars specializing in the period of the early church have pretty much proven that this is probably mistaken.

        Likewise, many have taught that Paul was the author of Hebrews and certain other books, but they were mistaken. Even some bearing his name were probably not written by Paul.

    • kennypainter88@yahoo.com

      God geve them the noweage to right the bible how could matt mark in john ben born after Jesus if thay wear weth hem all the way to hes deth on the cross.

  • Roro Mili

    Excellent insight. Very intriguing. Offers much to ponder. Thank you.

  • eddy

    rev. 1:13 – 18 he says: ” i am the first and the last”. that means he is the alpha and the omega. So wasn’t the revelation describing God rather Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

    • Frank Lockwood

      It is my understanding that the church — for over 350 years — generally did not accept the book of Revelation as scripture, perhaps because of its radical nature and anti-Roman implications.

      That all changed when Augustine promoted interpreting the book as symbolic, rather than literally vengeful.

      Prior to that the church, by and large, considered the content to be contrary to the Gospel of Peace. Note that, at the time, the church was trying to establish itself as respectable (i.e., trying to demonstrate to the Romans that it was not revolutionary society).

      Many scenes in Revelation seemed contrary to the peaceful admonitions of the gospels: The battle scenes, the thousand years of peace (culminating in gory vengeance), the blood-curdling Marriage Supper of the Lamb (where they were to eat the flesh of Kings and Princes), when literally taken, all seemed extreme and contrary to the mission of the church … at first.

      When the expectations of the Millennium — a thousand years of peace — did not come to pass, Revelation fell even more out of favor until Augustine more or less rescued the book, three hundred something years later (He was born in AD 354.).

      Although Augustine expanded upon a metaphorical/symbolic basis for Revelation, it seems ironic to me that the fundamentalist and evangelical strands of Christianity have rather recently revived the literal approach to understanding the book.

      Correct me if I am wrong.

  • sampson3121

    so we do know what jesus looked like. burnished bronze skin, and wool hair. sheep wool is nappy, and so are black peoples hair. black people also can be described as having a burnished bronze skin tone. wooly hair+burnished bronze skin+location just outside of africa= jesus was black. i don’t know any other race of people with nappy hair like a sheep, unless they are black or have black mix in them.

    • Martin Browne

      No, Jesus wasn’t black. Your reasons and logic there are pretty shaky.

      • Jack Wellman

        You are so right Martin…there is zero evidence that Jesus was black.

        • angeluya

          Its so funny when people complain about him being white then plp say color doesnt matter. So if thats the case it should not matter him being black. He was taken to egypt at the time the king was killibg boys 2 year and under egypt at the time wad all black it was easy to hid him among other dark skin plp and you guys kill me with this arab look at the truth behind the true hebrew israelites the biggest secret the world hid. Lets see will any of you white truley bow to a black messiah if color does not matter

          • Jack Wellman

            Does the color matter as much as Who He is. It is a matter of grace and not race but Jesus wasn’t white and there is no reliable historical evidence that He was black. If He was, please provide some reputable historians please.

          • Heb927

            Jack,

            You wrote and article about it, so obviously it does. Denial is deep on this site.

          • Jerry Franklin

            The denial is so deep that we can really feel sorry for not all but some white people. The article talks about being shocked. Who will be shocked by a white Jesus- whether he is handsome or ugly. He will still be white.

          • sampson3121

            when a race of people are looked at by the world as being inferior and treated as such, and a culture has been ripped from them to serve others with false truths? yes it matters to them but not the ones who’s lies have given them the fruits which they use to in slave the minds of the true Hebrews and every culture that looks at a blond hair blue eyed Yeshua.
            thieves in the temple.

          • sampson3121

            Africa….is black! Egypt was black, the original people from Africa to china, and America were black. look it up…what’s stopping you?

          • Larry B

            Right on point Sampson3121!!!

          • Jerry Franklin

            It is also written, the Hebrew people were constantly being mistaken for Egyptians. Moses (Ex. 2:19), Paul (Acts 21:38), and obviously Joseph (his brothers did not know him from the OTHER Egyptians).

          • Larry B

            I again I repeat Mr Wellman, Jesus, Joseph, and Mary could not have hidden from the soldiers of King Herod in Egypt if they were any color but black. We know for a fact that the Egyptians during that period in history were all dark skinned people.

          • Jerry Franklin

            You just noted in your article how Revelation chapter one describes him. What mental images come to your mind when it talks of wool and hair in the same sentence? Nothing is being taken out of context. Expound on that, PLEASE.

          • Jack Wellman

            By the way, I would bow to Him no matter what color because color is not important.

          • Frank Lockwood

            Exactly.

          • Jerry Franklin

            Time is about to tell.

          • Jack Wellman

            Amen Mr. Franklin. The way the world seems headed it sure seems close to His return, although no one knows exactly when.

          • Jerry Franklin

            I agree with you 100% on that one. Romans 14:11 and Isaiah 45:23 specifically states that. You will bow. Like I said on another post, there will be no problem for us IF he is white (because we have seen the pictures- sarcasm heavily intended). However, on the other hand, if he is not white… Now we are back to that statement you put under the picture- which we have all seen– many times over.

          • Jack Wellman

            Amen Mr. Franklin. Spot on sir. And now I get it. The picture was not put up by me. That picture is not from me but from the man who posted this (my editor) at our sister website. I wished really that there were NO picture for we can’t speculate at all. I wish there had been no picture and no caption. Those words were from me but they were in the article and I never intended to put them below a picture that was provide from our (apparently very inaccurate!) picture image library. My apologies sir for responding so late. He doesn’t even look near a Jew to me! I finally see what you are saying sir and so please forgive my late response (alas, the cause of being a bi-vocational pastor). It is very hard keeping up with replies (this article alone has nearly 150!). I am sorry for that image even being there.

          • Frank Lockwood

            I do not know exactly how the supposed killing of the infants got into the bible, but history records nothing of that.

            It seems inconceivable that something that monstrous could happen without a mention of it somewhere in texts from the era, other than by the book of Mathew.

            Likewise, it is hard to imagine that Mark, Luke and Paul’s writings would fail to mention it at all.

            I suspect that this was interpolated or inferred by Christians who were misinterpreting some passages from the Old Testament.

            Herod was certainly capable of such an act, but it does seem suspicious that no-one else thought it worthy of a mention.

        • Heb927

          Jack,

          Thanks. I will however go with what God himself says. His hair like wool and his skin like burnished bronze. That is the way he described himself. Are their other meanings to these attributes, I’m sure their could be, but since the word of God is the truth, the first reading is true and the double meaning would also have to be true. The scriptures give a general view of Christ not an identifiable attribute of Christ.
          Some of you people are in so much denial about your own prejudice I wonder if you are actually saved at all.

          • Jack Wellman

            Now we have reduced this discussion as to whether someone is saved. Really? I do agree that the Scriptures are silent on his identifiable physical attributes, but was He not Jewish and of the tribe of Judah?

          • Frank Lockwood

            Does anyone here know when the book of Revelation was written? My understanding is that, at the earliest, it was written in the year 100 or later. So somebody (we don’t know who, except that he went by the name John) wrote an apocalypse.

            We know from historians of the period that the apocalyptic was a Jewish form of fiction used to present a religious/political point of view!

            And in this apocalypse, the author paints a picture of an old Black man representing God, just as the seven stars represent the seven churches.

            Now we have someone claiming this is a physical description of Jesus, even thought is highly doubtful that the author ever saw Jesus, other in this vision.

            So in spite of the fact that the vision is most likely but one more of the literary devices John uses, we are here arguing over what Jesus looked like physically, based upon this fictitious work!

            I am willing to concede that the author used the image of an elderly man of color to represent God. What I am not willing to concede is that this tells us anything whatsoever about the physical appearance of the man Jesus.

            Non of the gospel writers seemed to know what Jesus looked like, or if they did, they did not mention it.Seventy years later the odds of someone knowing were not improved.

          • Jack Wellman

            Great points sir. I believe that the description of Jesus in Revelation is not about what He looked like in His human form, as a Man but I believe that someday the Bible says that “We will see Him as He is…” and that is the main thing that I look forward too. Not to see just His physical, human body but His glorified one that I shall fall down before. Great questions Mr. Lockwood. Here is my answer. I don’t know but I believe we will know someday.

          • Frank Lockwood

            Mr. Wellman: If what you just wrote is true, one must still wonder why John chose those particular images to represent the image of Christ, or of Jesus, or of God.

            I don’t have a problem with a Black Jesus, but I also have to consider the words the “other” John attributed to Jesus, saying, “The flesh profits nothing.”

            Perhaps this does not mean that the flesh is unimportant to us, just that it does not accomplish what Christ desires.

            The flesh, as I see it, is my body; it is this physical existence. So Jesus seems to be saying that this “hunk of meat” is relatively irrelevant to the program and will soon decay; it is surely nothing to get sentimental over, though we all seem to do this, myself included. I still have photos of my deceased wife of 38 years, for example.Those images remind us of the whole person. The photo is but an image, but that image brings back a lot of memories, a lot of sentiments and feelings.

            I think the bible is pretty clear that the physical appearance of Jesus is not of utmost importance, yet we all seem to want to “see him with my own eyes,” that is, see a physical person. In the case of doubting Thomas, to touch the wounds in his hands and in his side.

            The truth is, we find it difficult, impossible really, to conceive of the next life or of a second coming of Christ. His Presence is all that matters, and he said he would be present any time two or three of us are gathered in his name.

            What we wait for, however, is not the physical appearance of a human body, it is the Spirit of the Lord, the Glory of the Lord, to fill all the earth.

            But for this to happen we will have to discard many or most of our notions of God.

            The Spirit of God compels people from within: His ideal world cannot be imposed from some external source or authority, be that an army, a church or religion, not even by a human Messiah who rules the earth with a “rod of iron.”

            A lot of Christians think that they can bring about God’s kingdom with earthly wars, but this is never true:

            “We do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses,” the bible says. I think this is a good plan.

            I have even seen web pages by a cult that thinks it is supposed to rule and reign in Christ’s stead, physically, until he comes. As I understand it, they planned to use political and military power to accomplish this, to impose their vision of Christ”s Kingdom. That was a dangerous approach, in my opinion. It has been tried before, I might add.

          • sampson3121

            if flesh isn’t important then why are we always seeing a white man as the son of God? if it didn’t matter then why ?
            were talking of a land that is,,,well Africa….yes i know it’s the middle east now but it wasn’t always. please research this area and you will see. it matters to a race of people that deserve respect……..a Russian Jew? huh? lies must stop.

          • Truth

            You don’t even believe in Christ!!! who gives you the right to make such a statement?

          • Jerry Franklin

            The scriptures are not silent. How is it you understand Isaiah and can not comprehend Revelation? Hair- wooly BLACK MAN. burned brass- colored feet BLACK MAN. You will agree that the skin on his face closely resembled those burnt- looking feet. Look at my picture- I’m just saying.

          • Jack Wellman

            Thanks friend. I too think that what matters is what Jesus will look like when He returns and if He won’t say Matt 7:21-23 or Matt 25:32. Does it really matter what He looked like in the flesh, instead just what will He say to you when He appears! Heb 9:27, thanks friend. You get it! Even your signature, Heb 9:27 ties directly in with what I am saying.

          • Jack Wellman

            Thanks friend. I too think that what matters is what Jesus will look like when He returns and if He won’t say Matt 7:21-23 or Matt 25:32. Does it really matter what He looked like in the flesh, instead just what will He say to you when He appears! Heb 9:27, thanks friend. You get it! Even your signature, Heb 9:27 ties directly in with what I am saying. Opps…double clicked!

          • Larry B

            Jesus, Mary, and Joseph could have not fled to Egypt if they were not of dark skin. We know for a fact that the Egyptians were a dark skinned race of people.

        • sampson3121

          there is more than him being white or arab.
          next you will tell me that the original Egyptians that made the pyramids weren’t black. thieves in the temple.

        • Larry B

          Jesus, Mary, and Joseph could not have hidden in Egypt if they had been White. We know for a fact that the Egyptians during that time were Black, case closed.

        • Jerry Franklin

          What does hair like wool look like. Let’s google burnt brass and see what that looks like. Why was the statement put under that white Jesus. There will be no shock if you thought he was going to look Brad Pitt and he winds up looking like George Clooney.

          • Jack Wellman

            I believe Jesus was not white but looks like Jews of today since He too was fully (100%) Jewish (Matt 1). Thank you Mr. Franklin. I never insinuated that He was white at any time and if it came out that way, I am sorry sir.

        • Larry B

          There is plenty of evidence proving that Jesus was black. It’s a no-brainer!!!

        • melsbabysis

          He would not have been white. Not from that region.

      • Jerry Franklin

        For your sake, I hope he is not black. We have been bombarded with the white images, we won’t be shocked if he really is. However, on the other hand…..

      • Larry B

        Jesus was in fact a dark skinned man from the tribe of Judah. The Bible clearly states what his appearance was. Wall carvings found in the Roman catacombs where the Christians gathered show Jesus as a dark skinned man.

    • Truth

      Jesus isn’t African he is Palestinian

      • Larry B

        Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were from the tribe of Judea and they are described in the Bible as being “black like ovens.” Original man created on this earth was dark skinned. It’s a plain and simple fact.

        • Truth

          Larry you suffer from what many white Americans suffer self pride you want Jesus to be black so you can feel justified Jesus was a Jew where in his words did it say he is African or Ethiopian. Africa is modern day Ethiopia Jesus and his mother did have olive skin look at the Palestinians they have more Jewish blood then any other race of people

          • Larry B

            I hope you realize now that the dark skinned Palestinians are right there in Palestine but they are treated as minorities. They are called Cush which is the same as the “N” word used in America. BTW I am a true Black American. The first people to inhabit what is now called the USA were Africans. We were here long before the Native Americans. Lots of facts have been left out of American History.

        • Frank Lockwood

          Like ovens? Book and verse please!

          And please do not take offense: I am neither agreeing nor disagreeing: I just want to know what your reference is.

      • Jerry Franklin

        Actually, he is neither one.

        • Truth

          Jesus was Jewish. Jewish people today aren’t the Jewish people from the bible Palestinians have more Jewish blood

  • Frank Lockwood

    About Jesus being “not much to look at.” There are at least two possible reasons that we have no physical description of Jesus, the first being that there may have been no such person, or that the person was so obscure that no one writing about him really had any idea what he looked like.

    A second reason, of course, might be that physical appearance was not that important to the writers. In which case I would agree that Jesus appearance must not have been unusual.

    However, any description based upon Isaiah is, frankly, suspect.

    Once the Jesus movement decided to promote the idea that the crucified man, Jesus, was indeed the Christ (the Messiah), they began searching the scriptures for any evidence they might find to support their theory.The association of Christ with the Isaiah verses held such similarities to the crucifixion that were too much to pass over, so the church assumed from early on that these passages were with reference to a crucified Christ.

    It seems doubtful to me that this interpretation would have occurred to the author. As is well known among theologians, the church also misunderstood verses found in the Septuagint with regard to the Virgin Mary, in order to support their theory of the godhood of Christ. Scholars have since compared the Septuagint with earlier manuscripts so they know that what began as a translator’s error ended up as a major doctrine of the early church.

    A good primary source for the history of the early church might be Michael White’s “From Jesus to Christianity.” Relatively easy to read/follow, with plenty of documentation.

    • Jessa Recana

      I like you’re comments Sir. It means you are reading the bible too, I am Seventh Day Adventist believer.

      I’ve seen Jesus Christ in my dream actually it was my childhood wish to see him and to talk to him face to face. And that wish was fulfilled on April 26, 2014. When I open this up to someone she taught I was crazy she never believed me. About his real / exact image as I’ve seen him he was good looking and very handsome. But no one can paint or draw his exact image because he doesn’t want to be painted. He erased it from my mind same also to those people who saw him through visions or dreams. But if there is someone chosen who could paint him and I could see it I can tell if it is him (Jesus) or not. All of the pictures you see now isn’t his exact image all of those was imaginations they keep on trying to figure out his face but couldn’t.
      When you are with him you will feel peace and tranquility and you know that he isn’t man. The person you are with isn’t a man.NO ONE IS WORTHY to portray as him.

      Christ was a tall man,his white robe, had fair skin( I am Filipino so fair for me is brown or bronze Jesus skin is like that becasue it wasn’t black) ,
      a
      long nose,his eyes even if we talked face to face and eye to eye as he was holding my shoulders (so you can imagine how close we were that time) I’m not
      certain of it’s color, auburn or brown
      colored
      hair parted in the middle and
      falling
      to his shoulders it was straight no curls , and a beard with
      a
      natural part at the chin, and a
      mustache that circled down to
      meet
      his beard .
      Note: most Jews
      have
      brown eyes, as did his mother
      Mary,
      but remember Christ was only half
      Jew, his Father, God the Father,
      was
      not a Jews.
      this is how I described Jesus in
      my dream but he was too
      handsome .

      • Frank Lockwood

        Jessa, that was your personal vision of Christ, not an objective perspective, and your mind apparently attached physical characteristics to the Christ so that you could relate to him.

        Many other people sense or believe that they have encountered the living Christ, some in dreams, yet their idealization probably is not identical to yours. If God is a Spirit, it follows that you have taken a spirit and given Him physical properties in order to meet your own needs.

        Because we do not have a physical Christ to relate to, we all create, or our minds create, idealizations that we mistake for the actual thing.

        If Christ is the “express image of God” as the Good Book says, then he is not actually God, but an accurate image or reflection of God, just as the Bible says he is!

        But for many humans, Christ is indistinguishable from God, and their visions or mental images of him take the place of the “real thing,” whatever that is.

        God is beyond physics, and beyond mind.

        Cheers …

        • Jessa Recana

          First I am a believer of God. Maybe, but he appeared to me four times in dreams. Two from Satan, It was just a very big snake with many heads. The one above that was my first encounter of him. My first dream: is that I saw myself when I was a kid like only six or seven years old, and me in my age now. He said that they were watching me and is pleased. I was puzzled so I asked him who is with him and then he point his finger in the clouds at first I didn’t see anything but after a few seconds I saw blurred images then it gets clearer and clearer then I saw the angels they were all smiling at me and I know there is someone in front of them I didn’t see him even his image. After that Jesus touch my shoulders and I woke up.

    • Lisa Newey Muhar

      Frank, go pray. You are propagating the disbelief in the infallible word of God and you are yourself pretending to be smarter than God, SHAME ON YOU!

      • Jack Wellman

        Well said Lisa. Everyone will have to give an account someday and bend the knee and confess that Jesus is Lord. I would rather be you or me on that day and bend the knee today and know Him as Savior than someday know Him as Judge (e.g. Rev 20:11-15). Thank you for your words of wisdom.

  • Frank Lockwood

    Jack Wellman, if you and I are ever going to “see” Jesus, it will be with the eyes of the Spirit, not with these marbles in our foreheads. As Paul noted, the flesh is nothing: It is the spirit that counts. He was most likely saying this in response to James and John and others in Jerusalem who could brag that they had seen him in the flesh. Paul said they did not have anything on him at all.

    Later on, the author John came along and wrote “that which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the spirit is spirit.”

    Paul himself wrote that there is an earthly body and there is a spiritual body, and that they are not the same. He said he would not try to describe the spiritual body, but that when we see him we shall be like him. Seeing him, in other words, is a life-transforming experience.

    • Heb927

      Frank,

      You offer very little if any actual scriptures to support your statements and when you do you take them way out of context. Have you been born of the water and the Spirit?

      • Frank Lockwood

        Perhaps this will help, as I think it describes very well what Paul believed about the nature of the resurrected body. Earthly bodies are physical, resurrected bodies, in contrast, are spiritual according to Paul.

        1 Corinthians 15:35-58 New International Version (NIV)

        The Resurrection Body

        35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” 36 How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. 39 Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. 40 There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. 41 The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.

        42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.

        If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”[a]; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we[b] bear the image of the heavenly man.

        50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

  • Frank Lockwood

    RE: Revelation 1:13-18 The passages is not and was never meant to be a physical description of Jesus Christ, and to interpret it that way is to slaughter the message. He holds stars in his hand, which are the seven churches: The entire passage (said to have been written around 95 CE) is chock full of metaphors and similes: The golden sash, the white hair representing wisdom and antiquity, eyes being flames of fire, feet made of ornamental metal, voice is water and so on and so forth. People who derive from that the physical details of Jesus or of God are missing the point.

  • Destin

    “For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: He hath no form nor comliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him” Isaiah 53:2

  • Ron Wright

    Khazar Russian’s took the Jew’s religion then bought Israel in
    1900s,that’s one reason people think Jews are of white skin ,the truth
    is the Ethiopian people are the true Jews.
    Jesus is of African decent,as long as we live the lie the longer the cures will last,
    Hair of wool is not a saying, it is truth.You
    must research history,satan mocks GOD all the time,God’s children are
    always poor & unjust in this matrix you call the system,when you see
    a white Jesus in a Church they call them self mocking God,do not be
    angry they do this to you because you love Jesus & Jesus walks with
    you, jealousy is why they are angered.
    Black & white Brothers never be afraid of truth it benifit us all.

    • who_am_I

      Completely wrong in in every conceivable way.

      • Brian Kelly

        well it wasn’t completely wrong, considering that Jesus was from the middle east, so he had dark almost black skin.

        • Martin Browne

          No, light brown skin, similar to someone like Osama bin Laden. Not ‘almost black’, that’s ridiculous.

          • paris

            Never met a light skinned black person? We’re all over! Lol

        • angeluya

          If we agree he white then you will say color dobt matter same the same thi.g when its said he black he was taken to egypt ti hid among black egytians
          at the time of luttle boys being killed face up

    • A Young BlackMan

      Yeshua is his real name (Jesus) is a translation from Greek meaning ” Zeus son” first, the letter “j” wasn’t invented until the 15th century way past the death and resurrection of Christ .Yeshusa is a African name Historical fact : blacks were the first race.. when we migrated further north our pigment changed due to harsh cold (cavemen ) ok so to break this down …. Moses took the slaves to the promise land (Israel )from Egypt at that time everybody was people of color . other then the ones who migrated up north and came back down to places like (Rome Greece ect) well while Moses was traveling we all know some didn’t believe in the promise land and settled in various places like Ethiopia ect.( okay now common sense has to play at some point . you have a country like Rome who “RAPE & PILLAGE “) so Moses makes it to the promised land and many years later the white complexion Romans mate, rape .. everything we already know .. and now the Jews are white or tan complexion over many many years (remember Moses and Yeshua never shared the world together ) ok now we have young Yeshua (Jesus )born in Africa in the Tribe Of Judah (never seen a white man in a Tribe before ) studied in Egypt . Yeshua (Jesus) mission was to save who so ever believeth in him but more so to help his fellow Jews who lost their way. Think of today’s society and race is our biggest issue for a reason … This Black man claiming he is the son of God in front of a bunch of “noble white Jews”. The end result ,the white jews could not accept a black God. But their was some whites who did … the Romans ….. The Romans … After stealing killing murdering they came to the Glory of God … But as many dont know Constantine was of color and his roman follows would not follow a black Yeshua (jesus) so they changed his complexion to suit their congregation (their are black jesus photos older then Leonardo’s paitings) also the sabbath was changed as well to suit the work week (God put remember the sabbath and keep it holy for a reason friday noon to saturday not SUNDAY) Lord knew someone would change it (smh) See the is a relevance to the color of our savor is very important ( the meek shall inherit the earth ) if we knew that we been oppressed since the days of our Lord and savoir what would you think the outcome would be (the meek might have inhered the earth alot sooner) But he did come with the intention that race shouldnt matter (but God knows it matters) Black Fact : if we mate with any race we are the dominate gene thats because we all was the same race at one point ….Deny that Have a blessed day !!!!

  • elizabeth Eva Young

    @ sampson … please enjoy
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYD9J9Qfe0k

    Michael Tellinger is living in the most amazing times and is teaching us things, he himself might not have seen this video but I’m sure he knows the history of what he is finding and sharing with the world. How will they tell the Christians that Jesus was not white, being Egyptian is being a tanned colour.

    When Jesus Christ changed his religion when the Hewbrews did not recognize him he did not change his colour.

    P.S. the second coming of christ could imply being spiritually awake in Christ consciousness with the energy of Ison … Ison is not a comet, comets don’t orbit the sun.

    Christ said that what has been hidden shall be revealed, he also said that he never said anything in secret or hidden but always spoke openly and truthfully.

  • Persuasive

    We pray that one day if we make it to HEAVEN we may see in person ,the sacrede face , and woons of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. I recommend that all of you watch “THE PASSION OF CHRIST”. AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! “AMEN I SAY TO YOU”

  • Persuasive

    Wait and see. Wait and see.

  • Persuasive

    Just Beleve!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Just Beleve!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jessa Recana

    I’ve seen Jesus Christ in my dream actually it was my childhood wish to see him and to talk to him face to face. And that wish was fulfilled on April 26, 2014. When I open this up to someone she taught I was crazy she never believed me. About his real / exact image as I’ve seen him he was good looking and very handsome. But no one can paint or draw his exact image because he doesn’t want to be painted. He erased it from my mind same also to those people who saw him through visions or dreams. But if there is someone chosen who could paint him and I could see it I can tell if it is him (Jesus) or not. All of the pictures you see now isn’t his exact image all of those was imaginations they keep on trying to figure out his face but couldn’t.
    When you are with him you will feel peace and tranquility and you know that he isn’t man. The person you are with isn’t a man.NO ONE IS WORTHY to portray as him.

    Christ was a tall man,his white robe, had fair skin,
    a
    long nose,his eyes even if we talked face to face and eye to eye as he was holding my shoulders (so you can imagine how close we were that time) I’m not
    certain of it’s color, auburn or brown
    colored
    hair parted in the middle and
    falling
    to his shoulders it was straight no curls , and a beard with
    a
    natural part at the chin, and a
    mustache that circled down to
    meet
    his beard .
    Note: most Jews
    have
    brown eyes, as did his mother
    Mary,
    but remember Christ was only half
    Jew, his Father, God the Father,
    was
    not a Jews.
    this is how I described Jesus in
    my dream but he was too
    handsome .

    • Sunder

      His skin was like polished bronze(shiny tan maybe even a bit darker, not too much though)[Just look at the colors online for Burnished Bronze]

      Wool can also be wide curly hair which can in time get longer too as it curls. It can also be very soft or semi soft. Perhaps platinum plus type hair too.

      Eyes like a flame of fire means He could have had beautiful slanted eyes that were piercing to the person who witnessed his magnificence.

      I still love the Lord nonetheless.

      • Sunder

        Oops, I’m new, didn’t mean to quote you.

    • Sunder

      I mean didn’t mean to quote you just speaking in general.

    • Lisa Newey Muhar

      This was a lie of Satan. Jesus was not a handsome man.

  • Cory

    He’s wasn’t Jewish, as that are the Jews mislabeling him; otherwise, they would have freed him from the bondage of Pilot’s sentencing him from the people over Barabbas to be exonerated. Jesus was an “Israelite” which I define as “Heavenist.” Translates “superhuman god of the universe and king to a kingdom sovereignty of immoral light.” A term never used on Earth before. Mary was not Jewish, his mother. She was Irish descendent that lived in Israel. We know and read a lot of information about Jesus’s life, but we haven’t gathered enough sufficient details relevant about is mother, Mary’s past. Who was Mary’s mother? And where did Mary really come from before she gave birth to Christ in the New Testament years preceding her birth announcement after her sister Elizabeth with John the Baptist (Jesus’s cousin)? It doesn’t say and there is no record of Mary’s past even as a little girl of her younger life. She had bluish/hazel green eyes like the sea, there are no natural people ever in history that are not of Jewish bloodline with either blue or green eyes, either than Mary and her son Jesus passed down hereditarily to Christ. They were gentiles, outcasted migrated from another land or country to Israel. He had bluish/near hazel green if eyes. Blue is the color and symbol of Pisces.. the fish or Poseidon in Latin/Neptune of Roman Mythology… also mysterious, yet enchantingly mystical. I’m of Irish bloodline or druid…. The druids were immortal children with supernatural power or energy (as seen in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys with Kevin Sorbo), some in the form of men because they have not sinned and are virgins, stereotyped and banished to have their share of adult manhood among immoral mankind, or reward for hard effort of work performed. Strange but… “CORY” means “Hollow” in Hebrew… “Our father for art though in heaven. “HOLLOWED” BE THY NAME….” And in English if you do a reverse-check… “CORY.” It’s me.

    • pmack smith

      Cory, your’e a little off!

    • Martin Browne

      Bro you need to chill the fuck out.

  • Troll

    Pshht, what about Flying Spaghetti Monster?

  • Danny

    Agreed, apart from the fact that Jesus was a muscular man. This would mean beauty, and Jesus was not beautiful, according to Isaiah. I have seen plenty of construction workers who are just thin, even though they are very strong from hard work. On the fact of Jesus being black, if He was, at least He was not a beautiful black man, since the Bible says He was not beautiful. So no beautiful skin color.

  • A Young BlackMan

    People Yeshua is his real name (Jesus) is a translation from Greek meaning ”
    Zeus son” first, the letter “j” wasn’t invented until the 15th century
    way past the death and resurrection of Christ .Yeshusa is a African name
    Historical fact : blacks were the first race.. when we migrated further
    north our pigment changed due to harsh cold (cavemen ) ok so to break
    this down …. Moses took the slaves to the promise land (Israel )from
    Egypt at that time everybody was people of color . other then the ones
    who migrated up north and came back down to places like (Rome Greece
    ect) well while Moses was traveling we all know some didn’t believe in
    the promise land and settled in various places like Ethiopia ect.( okay
    now common sense has to play at some point . you have a country like
    Rome who “RAPE & PILLAGE “) so Moses makes it to the promised land
    and many years later the white complexion Romans mate, rape ..
    everything we already know .. and now the Jews are white or tan
    complexion over many many years (remember Moses and Yeshua never shared
    the world together ) ok now we have young Yeshua (Jesus )born in Africa
    in the Tribe Of Judah (never seen a white man in a Tribe before )
    studied in Egypt . Yeshua (Jesus) mission was to save who so ever
    believeth in him but more so to help his fellow Jews who lost their way.
    Think of today’s society and race is our biggest issue for a reason …
    This Black man claiming he is the son of God in front of a bunch of
    “noble white Jews”. The end result ,the white jews could not accept a
    black God. But their was some whites who did … the Romans ….. The
    Romans … After stealing killing murdering they came to the Glory of
    God … But as many dont know Constantine was of color and his roman
    follows would not follow a black Yeshua (jesus) so they changed his
    complexion to suit their congregation (their are black jesus photos
    older then Leonardo’s paitings) also the sabbath was changed as well to
    suit the work week (God put remember the sabbath and keep it holy for a
    reason friday noon to saturday not SUNDAY) Lord knew someone would
    change it (smh) See the is a relevance to the color of our savor is very
    important ( the meek shall inherit the earth ) if we knew that we been
    oppressed since the days of our Lord and savoir what would you think the
    outcome would be (the meek might have inhered the earth alot sooner)
    But he did come with the intention that race shouldnt matter (but God
    knows it matters) Black Fact : if we mate with any race we are the
    dominate gene thats because we all was the same race at one point
    ….Deny that Have a blessed day !!!!

    • Lisa Newey Muhar

      There is absolutely no proof of this, and all this does is serve to offer up more rhetoric of race. Jesus was not born in Africa. We did not all start out as Africans OR APES. Being brown or tanned skin does not MEAN or translate to BLACK. This sounds like some black panther/Mendelian theory designed to turn people against the white race. It is like saying that Blacks were actually bred to be work horses, as the theory goes, and were not ever actually a race, but a cross breed for slavery. Theories say, we have the same DNA make up as an ape, therefore man came from Ape. PLEASE.

  • Frank Lockwood

    The Bible contains testimonies concerning God, and it proposes religious interpretations of historical and personal events. Are we in agreement so far?

    But, does it also contain only absolute truth without errors of any kind?

    If you say “Yes,” you have a lot of explaining to do.

    One might start at this web site:

    http://www.freethoughtdebater.org/2011/12/30/bible-errors-and-contradictions/

    • Lisa Newey Muhar

      Yes, the problem is not in the bible, the problem is in the interpretation. The bibles we read today, I personally only use the KJV, as the other version omit verses, change meanings, and change language.

  • paris

    What other races has hair like wool besides black people? going through this post people act like lighter shades of black don’t exist.. what are thoughts on this?

  • Raul Perez McSaint

    That picture above of Jesus is actually a fake! That was modelled on the son of a Pope, by the name of Cesare Borgia! as a jew and a member of the semitic tribes, he could be black or a negrense by complexion, and during palm Sunday, people had to go on higher grounds to see him, meaning he was a short fellow, probably 5’3” or 5’4” in height!

    • Larry B

      The image of Jesus was changed by Pope Alexander VI. Prior to that the Christians were worshiping Jesus in his true image as a dark skinned man from the tribe of Judah. There are still churches in Europe now that display Jesus and the Black Madonna, especially in France.

  • Truth

    John tells you what Jesus looks like in revelation 1 Jesus looked like a Palestinian because they a the real Jewish people

    • Larry B

      The original Jewish nation fled to Africa. The oldest Jewish communities on earth are located in Africa. They are the true descendants of the land which is now called Israel.

      • Truth

        Larry B there is truth in your words but it needs more truth. Your thinking of Ethiopia when the queen of the south came to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Remember brother Solomon people didn’t want him to be with her so he sent her off with the best he has. But remember brother God has always kept a select few that where obedient in the promise land. Don’t you know the Christian in Israel can trace their roots back to Jesus. Don’t you know those people are the Palestinians. As far as the Jewish people you see today they aren’t real Jews. They trace their roots to Russia and Poland only a select few have that bloodline and they are the ones that control everything. Don’t you know these people been a burden to the world. But God can be the only one to judge them. You see what happened in world war 1 and 2 which they manipulated to their favor. You can also see what happened to America as soon as we aligned ourselves with them the American dream died research what I say brother

        • Larry B

          First of all the name “Africa” was given to the continent by the Romans. Africa was also called Kemet, Libya, Ortegia, Corphye, Egypt, ETHIOPIA and/or Sedan, Olympia, Hesperia, Oceania, and Ta-Merry. I agree that some of the descendants are in what is now Palestine but many also fled to what is now called Africa. When Jewish scholars want to trace their roots, they go to present day Africa. Americans and Europeans assume the Bible is about them but it is about African history. I agree that we are definitely on the “same page” concerning what is happening with Israel/Palestine conflict.

          • Truth

            Larry B you know your right!!!! My concern is we are not preaching the gospel to his true descendent we are so concerned with the Zionist regime. Larry B what do you think Jesus means when he refers to the people that calls themselves Jews but are in the synagogue of Satan? Larry B also I would love your opinion on the Talmud. Also do you think the Talmud is more important than the Torah? Lastly Jesus says the whole world would turn their backs on mystery Babylon. What does that mean in your opinion.

          • Truth

            I just realized Larry how right you are, thank you so much for spreading light. How many times did the bible have its people flee to Africa. Even Jesus went to Africa when he was a little boy. I also realized when the Egyptian first saw white people they thought they were God’s. My point Alexander the great!!!

  • Truth

    Jewish people today aren’t the Jewish people in the bible nor do they follow the Torah. The Jews you see are of Russian and Polish decent. That’s why Jesus constantly says they call themselves Jews but are in the synagogue of Satan. Do your history searching on Christian Palestinians

  • Larry B

    We are all “one race,” the human race. Civilization as we know it today began in Africa with dark skinned humans. This is how the creator did it. 90% of the world’s population are people of color. It’s a simple concept. “Race” is a man-made concept. It all began in Africa. Wake up people!!!

    • Guest

      erm, no. People started out light and the sun made them dark.

  • Larry B

    The image of Jesus was changed by Pope Alexander VI when Europe gained control of the Christian Church and changed the appearance of Jesus to be White. Prior to this Jesus had been worshiped by all in his true form when he walked the earth. Jesus was a dark skinned being we he walked this earth. It’s a no-brainer.

  • M. Hamilton Stevens

    I agree Jesus probably didn’t look African, but he definitely didn’t look European either! I am sure he was brownskinned and had course hair like everyone else in the region. I have been to Egypt and Jordan and most of the people there are as dark or darker than a Manila Envelope. I just think it scares SOME (not all) white people that Jesus could not look like a Bee Gee.

  • Jerry Franklin

    For those of you who know of the original movie “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” that is what the shock will be like. Jack hinted towards this very fact without saying it explicitly. Revelation (to reveal) gives a clear indication that Jesus was and is a Black man. Let’s prepare everyone now by STOPPING the LIE and TELLING the TRUTH. If you are suppose to equip and encourage, stop being evasive. You expounded on what the scriptures said in Isaiah. You were shrewd/conniving (you choose) as far as Revelation is concerned.

  • Adrian McCoy

    The Bible says feet like brass “BURNED” in a furnace! He is a black man!

  • Adrian McCoy

    When you burn something it turns black. And don’t say it doesn’t matter what color he is because if it didn’t matter then God would not have had the prophet describe him in detail, he wants you to know what he looks like!

  • Jim

    Many skeletons have been found of males who lived in the time of Jesus and in the same place as Jesus. They average 5 feet to 5 feet 3 inches. The typical male weighed between 100 and 103 pounds.

    • Guest

      Maybe, but so what?

  • Jim

    It’s not important. It’s just that we know that he did not look like how he is so often portrayed in art or movies. Jesus’ message has nothing to do with his appearance.

    • Jack Wellman

      Absolutely true my friend.

  • Luke

    I think I may have been chosen to repair this broken earth, through my story the story of the truth. I’m told no more lies, time for the liars to confess we must stop this violence and hate before we all die. I know all the secrets the lies and the hate, I found the cure for disease and happiness and ultimately life! I know the story of the bible and I have never read a single page, you are being fooled into lying and you are all stuck living an eternal sin here in hell on earth I am the Luke, I survived the mental torture the testing by telling the truth now I know everything the secrets and lies but i also hold the recipe for the cure. Look i made it look here its me, I know all the secrets better prepare your lies to tell. I know the solution to end all the hate, the lies are the evil stop them and stop lying tell the truth we have seen enough dieing!
    I have never been to church or such a place, I am 35 in September and I just felt as though someone is telling me all the truth in everybody’s lies its as if I have never heard lies only the truth my whole life, I never thought of anything about religion but somehow I know what happened. I can write my life story into a bible that would be my life in a story the truth.


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