PAUL THE FALSE PROPHET
The Pharisees Recruit Paul
The Pharisees were forced after Stephen’s killing to conduct a campaign of murder and mayhem. Paul did this for about ten years in which he attempted to force people to recant and curse Jesus. Because Jesus had told his followers to migrate when persecuted, and given that they were dispersed and that the Romans would probably only tolerate a certain level of civil disturbance, the persecution was sporadic and limited.
The Pharisees could see that their efforts to halt the Orthodox Jews from accepting Jesus as the Messiah was failing and not succeeding in its goal. It was then that they conspired to plant Paul into the Jesus Jews. His mission was to realise their earlier false charges against Jesus and Stephen. He would mislead the Jesus Jews away from Jesus and plant within them doctrines whereby the Orthodox Jews would believe that Jesus was an accursed apostate and a false messiah.
He achieved this principally by misrepresenting Jesus’ survival from crucifixion as death and resurrection. Thus he could allege Jesus was accursed. Since no orthodox Jew would accept an accursed Messiah - for reasons explained here - it would act to turn the Jews away from Jesus' message:
Gal 3:13 KJV Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that hangeth on a tree…
Did Paul concoct his vision of Jesus?
Georg Friedrich E. William Wrede (10 May 1859 – 23 November 1906) a German Lutheran theologian in his book, Paul, states:
‘The obvious contradictions in the three accounts given by Paul in regard to his conversion are enough to arouse distrust.’
We fully agree with these sentiments. Acts presents Paul’s three accounts of his conversion on the road to Damascus. Its record of Paul’s lies is irrefutable since Acts is a portrayal of him by his supporters and friends, to whom he was a hero and super-apostle. If these accounts prove he is a liar, then a liar he must be.
The first account is the author narrating Paul’s conversion story to the reader. The second account is Paul himself narrating his conversion to a mob in Jerusalem, angry for his preaching against Moses’ Law, the Temple and Jewish customs. The third account is the most embellished; Paul gave this before King Agrippa. This was after Paul’s trial before the Sanhedrin, where the Pharisees disrupted the proceeding and refused to convict him.
In our book, we chart all the discrepancies between Paul’s three accounts of conversion. We have numbered fifteen fundamental and major points of discrepancy between the different accounts.
Did the disciples accept Paul as an apostle?
Paul’s claims of discipleship didn’t wash with Jesus’ true disciples:
Acts 9:26 RSV And when he had come to Jerusalem he attempted to join the disciples; and they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple.
Thus they rejected him at first, and were wary of him. In our work we chart their writings against him, throughout the epistles of James, Peter and John in particular, as well as in the Book of Revelation.