God Personalized his kingdom in two personalities. First, John the Baptist. His arrival as Messiah’s forerunner roused excitement never seen in Israel since Malachi preached. Then, when Herod Antipas stilled his influence, the Christ he introduced Personalized God’s Kingdom as the eternal seismic Krakatoa of the Sunda Straits, as shattering Santorini of the Aegean, as explosive Vesuvius of Italy.
As this writer has repeatedly demonstrated in his four volume Their Own Best Defense, no explanation of Jesus Christ in the Gospels that differs from Their Explanation of Jesus Christ will ever explain the Jesus Christ of History!
We understand Satan’s rabid hatred of Jesus. He’s the only person Satan hates with an equivalent fear. He knows that the historic Christ of the Gospels dooms him to Hell. The voices of every demon Jesus exorcised in his ministry proves that he also doomed them to Hell. Without exception they recognized Jesus as the lightning and thunder of damnation. Critics who discredit the supernatural origin of Jesus, who deny the supernatural acts of Jesus, who reject the supernatural death and resurrection of Jesus, have less awareness of Christ’s deity than demons; and less fear of the Christ than the devil! Who would want to have less awareness and fear of Jesus than they?
Much more can be said on this point, but.... End Part IV