Who selected the Old Testament writers?
Of course it was God.
Who was it that selected the New Testament writers?
Of course it was also God!
Jesus himself decided the name of his book. We can see that from (Revelation 1, 2, 9.) It should be called JESUS’ TESTIMONY. Let’s find synonyms for the word “testimony”, to try to find out what the book, according to the name, should contain! I quote a number of examples from the thesaurus in Cappelen’s Lexicon:
Testimony, affidavit, confirmation, documentation, argument, statement, announcement, declaration, explanation, guidance, confession.
All these meanings of the word TESTIMONY, make it clear that the book was supposed to contain the teachings of Jesus – which came directly from his mouth. The meanings require his own words to be used for his own opinions. No outsider can, according to the name JESUS’ TESTIMONY, add to their own personal INTERPRETATIONS of what Jesus has said or meant. This was Jesus’ personal book, his guidance – to be written down exactly according to his statements.
The criteria for who could be chosen as an apostle instead of Judas are interesting and show what background the twelve apostles ought to have. Peter said about the new and twelfth apostle to be chosen—that he had to be:
“…one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us–one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” (Acts 1,21-22.)
Every time Jesus had taught the people through parables, it says that:
“He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.” (Mark 4:34)
When the apostles asked him why he spoke to the people in parables, he said:
“To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.” (Matt.13,10-11.)
So only the apostles got a clear insight into Jesus’ secrets.
There were only two of all the men who had been with the apostles and Jesus, who could be chosen as the twelfth apostle, namely Matthias and Joseph. They must have been with Jesus and listened when he explained to them about “the secrets of the kingdom of heaven”. Jesus knew that Judas was Satan’s servant, and God had of course chosen Matthias from the very beginning, and made sure that he received the same teaching as the others.
The twelve thus had very special knowledge about salvation, which no one else on earth had. They were specially chosen by God – before Jesus came to earth. For Jesus says to God about them:
“I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word… As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” (John 17, 6, 18.)
Jesus did not say this about or to anyone else on earth. The following text is proof of that:
“I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours…They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” (verses 9 and 16.)
Jesus did not pray for the world. But there was a special group he prayed for, apart from the apostles. He says of them:
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one…” (verses 20-21.)
Jesus therefore only prayed for the Christians who were converted to him, by the words of his apostles.
Present day, Christianity is divided into more than 60 000 different “types” or “denominations,” world wide. They are indeed not “one.” This clearly indicates that their teachings are not built solely on the words of the twelve apostles
But God had – through the prophet Isaiah – given strict instructions to those who were to compile the writings in JESUS’ TESTIMONY. He makes it clear that if the book was not compiled from the writings of the apostles, he was going to “thrust them into thick darkness.”.
“…And many shall stumble on it. They shall fall and be broken; they shall be snared and taken. Bind up the (Jesus’) testimony; seal the teaching among my disciples…To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn… They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against their king and their God, and turn their faces upward. And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into thick darkness.” (Isa.8,15-16.20.22.)
Because JESUS’ TESTIMONY is composed mainly of writings from other than Jesus’ apostles, the whole of Christendom is now unraveling. The preaching that is heard is in many cases so ungodly that true Christians are leaving the churches in droves.
Isaiah tells what will happen to the Christian nations that allowed Jesus’ teachings to be built around writings from men whom God had not chosen:
“They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against their king and their God, and turn their faces upward. And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into thick darkness.” (Isa. 8,21-22.)
It is written about ”The 10 lost Tribes” (Described by the scripture in the parable ”The prodigal son,”) that.
“…he gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need.” (Luk.15,13-14.)
Then it is that the prodigal son returns home to Israel. And from there the TRUTH – which The prodigal son had previously squandered away with harlots – reads:
”It shall come to pass in the latter days… many peoples shall come, and say: ”Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.” (Is.2,2.3.)
In the last days, therefore, the truth emanates from Israel, NOT FROM APOSTASE EUROPE – which reveals that European Christianity is partially false. Notice that the truth is described as GOD’S LAW and the LORD’S WORD.
The book JESUS’ TESTIMONY will become a perfect book, only when the writings of the apostles come to light. What else can it be but these hidden writings, Jesus points to in the following texts:
“For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.” (Luke 8,17.)
”I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hoards in secret places, that you may know that it is I, the LORD, the God of Israel, who call you by your name.” (Isa. 45,3.)