John 11:16, “Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
Look at Thomas’ name — it means “twin” and Thomas was ALSO KNOWN as Didymus which is the Greek word for the Hebrew name, “Thomas” – So in his identity we see the principle of establishing — because out of the mouth of two or threeWITNESSES is a thing ESTABLISHED. (Deuter. 17:6; Deuter. 19:15; Matthew 18:16; 2 Cor. 13:1)
The other night, the LORD showed me a scroll being unfurled in the heavenlies with the words written on it, saying:
“NO MORE DOUBTING THOMAS’S!!”
Even as I pondered it, the Holy Spirit impressed the urgency to write it down and to seek the Father for His Word on it.
Several days have passed and today, the Holy Spirit took me to CHAPTER 5 of the book of the prophet, Zechariah for the interpretation as it is two-fold.
What I saw was the antidote for the condition of the whole world.
Zechariah 5:5-11, “Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goes forth. And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goes forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth. And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sits in the midst of the ephah. And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof. Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven. Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah? And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar (location of the tower of Babel): and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.”
Even as the name Thomas was doubled, so is wickedness which is personified by the two women in Zechariah’s vision.
The “seed” or offspring of the wicked women are doubt and unbelief and their father’s name is fear and it is he who is the father of all lies. (John 8:44)
YET Zechariah gives us the answer BEFORE we see the wickedness established in our lives for in Zechariah CHAPTER 4, we see:
Zechariah 4:7, “Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.”
Consider Thomas’s words as Jesus went to raise Lazarus from the dead; consider too his words after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Consider the resultant actions of those Jews who were WITNESSES to the RESURRECTION power of Almighty God by His Holy Spirit which operated with fullness in Jesus Christ….both in raising Lazarus from the dead and Christ from the grave. They believed.
John 11:1-45 (Amplified Bible)
NOW A certain man named Lazarus was ill. He was of Bethany, the village where Mary and her sister Martha lived.
This Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped His feet with her hair. It was her brother Lazarus who was [now] sick.
So the sisters sent to Him, saying, Lord, he whom You love [so well] is sick.
When Jesus received the message, He said, This sickness is not to end in death; but [on the contrary] it is to honor God and to promote His glory, that the Son of God may be glorified through (by) it.
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. [They were His dear friends, and He held them in loving esteem.]
Therefore [even] when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He still stayed two days*** longer in the same place where He was. ***a day is as 1,000 yrs.
Then after that interval He said to His disciples, Let us go back again to Judea.
The disciples said to Him, Rabbi, the Jews only recently were intending and trying to stone You, and are You [thinking of] going back there again?
Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? Anyone who walks about in the daytime does not stumble, because he sees [by] the light of this world.
But if anyone walks about in the night, he does stumble, because there is no light in him [the light is lacking to him].
He said these things, and then added, Our friend Lazarus is at rest and sleeping; but I am going there that I may awaken him out of his sleep.
The disciples answered, Lord, if he is sleeping, he will recover.
However, Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that He referred to falling into a refreshing and natural sleep.
So then Jesus told them plainly, Lazarus is dead,
And for your sake I am glad that I was not there; it will help you to believe (to trust and rely on Me). However, let us go to him.
Then Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, Let us go too, that we may die [be killed] along with Him.
So when Jesus arrived, He found that he [Lazarus] had already been in the tomb four days.
Bethany was near Jerusalem, only about two miles away,
And a considerable number of the Jews had gone out to see Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother.
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet Him, while Mary remained sitting in the house.
Martha then said to Jesus, Master, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.
And even now I know that whatever You ask from God, He will grant it to You.
Jesus said to her, Your brother shall rise again.
Martha replied, I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
Jesus said to her, I am [Myself] the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on) Me, although he may die, yet he shall live;
And whoever continues to live and believes in (has faith in, cleaves to, and relies on) Me shall never [actually] die at all. Do you believe this?
She said to Him, Yes, Lord, I have believed [I do believe] that You are the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One), the Son of God, [even He] Who was to come into the world. [It is for Your coming that the world has waited.]
After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, privately whispering to her, The Teacher is close at hand and is asking for you.
When she heard this, she sprang up quickly and went to Him.
Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the same spot where Martha had met Him.
When the Jews who were sitting with her in the house and consoling her saw how hastily Mary had arisen and gone out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to pour out her grief there.
When Mary came to the place where Jesus was and saw Him, she dropped down at His feet, saying to Him, Lord, if You had been here***, my brother would not have died.***Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
When Jesus saw her sobbing, and the Jews who came with her [also] sobbing, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. [He chafed in spirit and sighed and was disturbed.]
And He said, Where have you laid him? They said to Him, Lord, come and see.***Luke 9:1-2, “Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.” 1 Corinthians 15:20-28, “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.”
Jesus wept.***And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you
The Jews said, See how [tenderly] He loved him!
But some of them said, Could not He Who opened a blind man’s eyes have prevented this man from dying?
Now Jesus, again sighing repeatedly and deeply disquieted, approached the tomb. It was a cave (a hole in the rock), and a boulder lay against [the entrance to close] it.
Jesus said, Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of the dead man, exclaimed, But Lord, by this time he [is decaying and] throws off an offensive odor, for he has been dead four days!
Jesus said to her, Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe and rely on Me, you would see the glory of God?
So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.
Yes, I know You always hear and listen to Me, but I have said this on account of and for the benefit of the people standing around, so that they may believe that You did send Me [that You have made Me Your Messenger].
When He had said this, He shouted with a loud voice, Lazarus, come out!
And out walked the man who had been dead, his hands and feet wrapped in burial cloths (linen strips), and with a [burial] napkin bound around his face. Jesus said to them, Free him of the burial wrappings and let him go.
Upon seeing what Jesus had done, many of the Jews who had come with Mary believed in Him. [They trusted in Him and adhered to Him and relied on Him.]
See again the slowness of Thomas to SIMPLY believe and trust the WORD of GOD. God is not a man that He can lie.
John 20:1-31 (Amplified Bible)
NOW ON the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been removed from (lifted out of the groove across the entrance of) the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, whom Jesus [tenderly] loved, and said to them, They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him!
Upon this, Peter and the other disciple came out and they went toward the tomb.
And they came running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and arrived at the tomb first.
And stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not enter.
Then Simon Peter came up, following him, and went into the tomb and saw the linen cloths lying there;
But the burial napkin (kerchief) which had been around Jesus’ head, was not lying with the other linen cloths, but was [still] [rolled up (wrapped round and round) in a place by itself.
Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, went in too; and he saw and was convinced and believed.
For as yet they did not know (understand) the statement of Scripture that He must rise again from the dead.
Then the disciples went back again to their homes (lodging places).
But Mary remained standing outside the tomb sobbing. As she wept, she stooped down [and looked] into the tomb.
And she saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
And they said to her, Woman, why are you sobbing? She told them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.
On saying this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing [there], but she did not know (recognize) that it was Jesus.
Jesus said to her, Woman, why are you crying [so]? For Whom are you looking? Supposing that it was the gardener, she replied, Sir, if you carried Him away from here, tell me where you have put Him and I will take Him away.
Jesus said to her, Mary! Turning around she said to Him in Hebrew, Rabboni!–which means Teacher or Master.
Jesus said to her, Do not cling to Me [do not hold Me], for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to My brethren and tell them, I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.
Away came Mary Magdalene, bringing the disciples news (word) that she had seen the Lord and that He had said these things to her.
Then on that same first day of the week, when it was evening, though the disciples were behind closed doors for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, Peace to you!
So saying, He showed them His hands and His side. And when the disciples saw the Lord, they were filled with joy (delight, exultation, ecstasy, rapture).
Then Jesus said to them again, Peace to you! [Just] as the Father has sent Me forth, so I am sending you.
And having said this, He breathed on them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit!
[Now having received the Holy Spirit, and being [led and directed by Him] if you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of anyone, they are retained.
But Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples kept telling him, We have seen the Lord! But he said to them, Unless I see in His hands the marks made by the nails and put my finger into the nail prints, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe [it].
Eight days later His disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, though they were behind closed doors, and stood among them and said, Peace to you!
Then He said to Thomas, Reach out your finger here, and see My hands; and put out your hand and place [it] in My side. Do not be faithless and incredulous, but [stop your unbelief and] believe!
Thomas answered Him, My Lord and my God!
Jesus said to him, Because you have seen Me, Thomas, do you now believe (trust, have faith)? Blessed and happy and to be envied are those who have never seen Me and yet have believed and adhered to and trusted and relied on Me.
There are also many other signs and miracles which Jesus performed in the presence of the disciples which are not written in this book.
But these are written (recorded) in order that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ (the Anointed One), the Son of God, and that through believing and cleaving to and trusting and relying upon Him you may have life through (in) His name [through Who He is].
Romans 10:16-21 Amplified,
But they have not all heeded the Gospel; for Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed (had faith in) what he has heard from us?
So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).
But I ask, Have they not heard? Indeed they have; [for the Scripture says] Their voice [that of nature bearing God’s message] has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the far bounds of the world.
Again I ask, Did Israel not understand? [Did the Jews have no warning that the Gospel was to go forth to the Gentiles, to all the earth?] First, there is Moses who says, I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation; with a foolish nation I will make you angry.
Then Isaiah is so bold as to say, I have been found by those who did not seek Me; I have shown (revealed) Myself to those who did not [consciously] ask for Me.
But of Israel he says, All day long I have stretched out My hands to a people unyielding and disobedient and self-willed [to a faultfinding, contrary, and contradicting people].
John 1:12-18, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that comes after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”
Luke 24:25-27, “Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.”
John 15:26-27, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeds from the Father, he shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.”