DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY!
The Christian community that have come to understand the supernatural Bible changes is the same community that will be willing to pray and ask for understanding concerning the forgotten supernatural vessel of the Holy Bible.
We are warned of being turned aside to myths and fables. So let me careful in sharing what I believe this supernatural vessel is. Careful not to point you toward myths and legends but toward the Word of God as I was. I have noticed the term Holy Grail has been commonly used when describing new important discoveries in many different fields. When I first began to research this supernatural vessel of God, I came across this term and related myths and legends many times. One in particular led me to Leonardo Da Vinci's depiction of the Last Supper. When I began to study the Christian painting the Lord showed me that we have forgotten what this scene depicts. You may ask how can this be? This is one of the world’s most famous paintings which happens to be a Christian scene depicting the Last Supper Jesus had with His disciples. Is it actually possible we could be wrong? The Lord showed me the truth. This is not the last supper before Jesus was crucified, it’s the last meal He ate with His disciples after His resurrection and before His ascension. How could this be forgotten? It is commonly known and we are led to believe Da Vinci was inspired by the events surrounding Matt. 26.
Matthew 26: 17-30
Jesus Celebrates Passover with His Disciples
17 Now on the first day of the Feast of the Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?”
18 And He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples.”’”
19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover.
20 When evening had come, He sat down with the twelve. 21 Now as they were eating, He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.”
22 And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and each of them began to say to Him, “Lord, is it I?”
23 He answered and said, “He who dipped his hand with Me in the dish will betray Me. 24 The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.”
25 Then Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, “Rabbi, is it I?”
He said to him, “You have said it.”
26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed[b] and broke it,and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.28 For this is My blood of the new[c] covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
The fact that the cup used for the wine at what we are calling a depiction of, “The Last Supper before Jesus was crucified” is not on the table should give cause for concern. Another fact that has recently been brought to the world’s attention is that they are eating fish and not a traditional Passover meal. The supper Jesus had with His disciples before He was crucified, per scripture, was eaten in the evening. But we can see that Da Vinci intended daylight be reflected in the windows behind Jesus. Also, notice a woman is at the table with the eleven apostles. So, from these facts we should assume that this painting is not a depiction of the meal that was eaten by Jesus and His disciples before he was crucified.
With this information we must refer to the written word of God to see if the apostles ate a meal at a table where fish was served? Does the Bible in fact show that a meal was eaten after Jesus had risen from the dead and before He ascended to Heaven? If we could find that meal would it answer the question of why one of the apostles held his finger up as Jesus laid His hand on the table. And if we could find these answers, we might understand the intentions and inspiration of Leonardo Da Vinci and put an end to the claims of secrets concerning our Lord, Jesus Christ.
I have included the scriptures that answer these questions, it is important they are read to bring to our remembrance what has been forgotten. Truth matters and those things we have forgotten concerning our faith are often used against us. The intent of course is to get us to question our faith. The Lord reminds me to show you if this can be forgotten and overlooked, so also can a supernatural vessel of God found in the Holy Bible.
The end of each of the four gospels depict events of the risen Christ that led up to His ascension. In the Book of Matthew, after Jesus had risen from the dead, Mary Magdalene was told to gather the apostles in Galilee. It is important to note this, as she would be with the apostles when Jesus appeared to them and answers the question of why Mary Magdalene is depicted in the Da Vinci painting.
Matthew 28 (New King James Version)
He Is Risen
1 Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door,[a] and sat on it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4 And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.5 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”
8 So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. 9 And as they went to tell His disciples,[b]behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”
In the book of Mark there is an account of Jesus being gathered with the eleven at a table after He had risen from the dead. It is Mary Magdalene who told them that Jesus would meet them in Galilee and that is why she is depicted in the painting. But it is in the books of Luke and John that we will see all that He did at the table.
Mark 16 (New King James Version)
Mary Magdalene Sees the Risen Lord
9 Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. 11 And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe. 12 After that, He appeared in another form to two of them as they walked and went into the country. 13 And they went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either. 14 Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they[b] will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Christ Ascends to God’s Right Hand
19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.[c]
There is also another account of Jesus as He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table in the Book of Luke. Again, I would also say that Mary Magdalene was present with them as she was the first Jesus appeared to and was told to gather the disciples.
Luke 24 (New King James Version)
Jesus Appears to his Disciples before he Ascends
36 Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” 37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”40 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.[f] 41 But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” 42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb.[g] 43 And He took it and ate in their presence.
In the final two chapters of the Book of John we can see why Leonardo Painted one of the apostles (Thomas) with his finger held up. We will also learn that the last time Jesus ate with the disciples was actually The Last Breakfast before He ascended to Heaven.
John 20 (New King James Version)
John 20 24-29
Seeing and Believing
24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” 26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” 27 Then He said to Thomas,“Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas,[d] because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Breakfast by the Sea
1 After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately[a] got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. 4 But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.” 6 And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. 7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. 8 But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. 9 Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” 11 Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty- three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”—knowing that it was the Lord. 13 Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. 14 This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.
Look again at Leonardo Da Vinci’s Painting after reading these scriptures and it is his obvious inspiration and intention that he painted a scene that depicted the events surrounding the risen Christ. Da Vinci was inspired from each of the four gospels with an emphasis on John 20: 20-29 (the unbelieving Thomas) and the fish He ate with them before He ascended. Look at the manner that Jesus has His hand laid upon the table as Thomas readies himself to place his finger in the holes of His hand. We have been led to believe Judas had his finger up signifying he would be the one who betrayed Jesus, but this is not true. Those who appear with Jesus at this table are the eleven and Mary Magdalene who was told to inform them that He had risen and would be ascending to His Father. The reaction of the apostles is appropriate because they are witness to Him who was crucified and now has risen from the dead and sits in their presence.
There has been some discussion as to the deterioration of the original painting. As you can see, I have replaced what has faded away and been forgotten in the painting, the holes of His hands.