Matthew’s account of Judas is the historical event while the one in Acts is forward-looking towards those whom Judas has become “guide” to… even today. They come to take the real Jesus out of the lives of many….even today.
The end of Judas was strangulation….and the end of his followers is also always destruction.
We must avoid things “strangled”….avoiding them and their lifeless teachings as they go in the footsteps of Judas and meet the same shared end: destruction as the “son of perdition”.
Acts 1:16 KJV (16) Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have
been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake
before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.
Many are following in the footsteps of Judas in behavior even today as they come to take THE Jesus (the real Jesus) out of the lives of many whom they are deceiving with a “kiss” of the flattering lips.
Multitudes even today are still following in the way of Judas as he “went before them”...the multitude.
They come with a feigned “kiss”…flattery…in order to take the real Jesus out of our lives (the keeping of His daily sacrifice in our lives) so that His eternal life is extinguished out of many lives that they are deceiving. Hence, the “field of blood” as multitudes are mortally perishing from off this earth under their “pastoring”.
Luke 22:47-48 KJV (47) And while he yet spake, behold a multitude,
and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and
drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. (48) But Jesus said unto him,
Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?
Many reckon (“number”) that those who come along in the way of Judas (following the example of Judas) are true apostles…truly sent by Christ. Even though Judas was chosen by Jesus, he was a “devil”.
Acts 1:17-18 KJV (17) For he was numbered with us, and had obtained
part of this ministry.
The following in Acts 1:18 speaks of the lack of mercy…the lack of compassion… of those who are following after Judas. Jesus had compassion always for the people but Judas did not care as he was a thief.
They who follow Judas rush headlong after the reward of iniquity. They purchase a field of blood with the reward of iniquity as multitudes of people are taken advantage of (making merchandise of them) and they perish under their rule as they never hear the preaching of the Word of Truth…the gospel of our salvation in the here and now.
They “burst asunder in the midst” and all their “bowels gush out”….that is to say, they have no pity… no mercy, no compassion… as it all has gone out of them as they deceive others in order to get money. They don’t care as they are “thieves”…just as Judas didn’t care and was a thief.
(18) Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and
falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels
The “field of blood” is the “flock of the slaughter” as many perish now ( perishing without the eternal life of Jesus being made manifest in the mortal flesh of their congregations) under their “care” as pastors of the churches.
Zechariah 11:4-5 KJV (4) Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the flock
of the slaughter;
Their own shepherds/pastors pity them not = “he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out”.
They have no compassion upon those they are deceiving while they enrich themselves by making merchandise of the flock.
They rejoice instead. Interestingly, “Judas” means “let Him be praised” as they praise God for their riches: “blessed by the LORD for I am rich”.
(5) Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and
they that sell them say, Blessed be the LORD; for I am rich: and their
own shepherds pity them not.
The “rich men” in James 5 are also those rejoicing shepherds (Blessed be the LORD, for I am rich) who are currently “pasturing” the flock of the slaughter as the eternal life of the real Jesus is never made manifest in their mortal flesh.
The flocks are dying without hearing the Word of Truth from their teachers.
They are the “flock of slaughter” today. Their mortal flesh perishes from off this earth when Jesus came into this world to save this world. They purchase the “field of blood” as many whom they are deceiving and made merchandise of are perishing.
James 5:1-6 KJV (1) Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your
miseries that shall come upon you. (2) Your riches are corrupted, and
your garments are motheaten. (3) Your gold and silver is cankered;
and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat
your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the
last days. (4) Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down
your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries
of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of
The “rich” pastors rejoice in their activities….nourishing their hearts….but as in a “day of slaughter” as the multitudes are dying without the eternal life of Jesus.
(5) Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have
nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
They condemn and kill the Just One (Jesus) out of the lives of many as His eternal life is not being made manifest in the mortal flesh of any of those that they are deceiving.
(6) Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist
He…His eternal life that we are to share with Him…is being cut off out of the land of the living.
No where are we finding the manifestation of His eternal life in the mortal flesh of any one as there is a massive deception/war of Satan being waged against His people.
Isaiah 53:6-9 KJV (6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have
turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the
iniquity of us all. (7) He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet
he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and
as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
(8) He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare
his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for
the transgression of my people was he stricken.
He makes His grave with the wicked and with the rich in His DEATHS….plural in Hebrew….as multitudes are being led down the broad way to their mortal destruction from off this earth by the lead of false prophets who are following in the footsteps of Judas.
(9) And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his
death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his
Judas was the “son of perdition”. Just as Judas “strangled” himself, their “end” is also a shared destruction with Judas. We must avoid things “strangled”. We must avoid them or share also in their destruction.
Their end is destruction…just as Judas showed us…. as they mind earthly things (getting paid in order to get their earthly needs met). They are pasturing the "flock of slaughter" as the eternal life of Jesus is not being made manifest under their "care" as the keeping of the daily sacrifice is being removed from their congregations. Hence, they are "enemies of the cross of Christ".
Philippians 3:17-21 KJV (17) Brethren, be followers together of me,
and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. (18) (For
many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even
weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: (19) Whose
end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in
their shame, who mind earthly things.)
They are not looking for the Lord to change our mortal humiliated-by-sin bodies to be fashioned like unto His. According to the “working”…the keeping of the daily sacrifice in our mortal bodies….He is able to subdue all things unto Himself.
(20) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for
the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: (21) Who shall change our vile
body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according
to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto
We are to keep His daily sacrifice (the powerful working of the cross of Christ) in our lives….ALWAYS bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus…so that the eternal life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body…in our outer mortal flesh for all to see.
Without this "working" of the cross of Christ in our lives, we perish.
2 Corinthians 4:10-11 KJV (10) Always bearing about in the body the
dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made
manifest in our body. (11) For we which live are alway delivered unto
death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made
manifest in our mortal flesh.
If we “fall asleep” to the “working”, then the followers of Judas can come to take Him out of our lives so that His eternal life never is made manifest…and we perish.
His life “goes away”…it shrinks out of view in this earth by those multitudes that are following in the footsteps of Judas...the teachers.
Matthew 26:24-25 KJV (24) The Son of man goeth as it is written of
him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had
been good for that man if he had not been born. (25) Then Judas,
which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto
him, Thou hast said.
No one has His eternal life in their company...the "field of blood".. with the “son of destruction”. His “habitation” is desolate and no man dwells therein. We perish along with them in their churches without the eternal life of Jesus being made manifest in our mortal flesh.
Acts 1:19-20 KJV (19) And it was known unto all the dwellers at
Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue,
Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. (20) For it is written
in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man
dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.
If we stay awake to the keeping of His daily sacrifice in our mortal bodies (“I sat DAILY with you teaching in the temple”…that is, the temple of the mortal body) , they cannot come forth to deceive us and take Jesus out of our lives.
Yet, they come with swords (causing divisions among us) and with staves (that is, with crosses….preaching another Jesus and another gospel).
Matthew 26:55 KJV (55) In that same hour said Jesus to the
multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves
for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye
laid no hold on me.
Judas came with a feigned “kiss” …flattering lips….of a “friend”. But we are to salute one another with a holy kiss.
Romans 16:16-18 KJV (16) Salute one another with an holy kiss. The
churches of Christ salute you.
Judas came with multitudes (and still is) with “swords”….as they cause divisions among us. We must avoid such because they are the “son of perdition”….the ones leading us to our own destruction along with them whose end is destruction. We are to avoid things “strangled”….those who follow in the footsteps of Judas.
(17) Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and
offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid
Their “kiss” = good words and fair speeches.
(18) For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but
their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the
hearts of the simple.