Alice C. LinsleyJesus said, "If I am not doing the works of My Father, then do not believe Me. But if I am doing them, even though you do not believe Me, believe the works themselves, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I am in the Father.”
The meaning of Jesus' words were clear to the Jews. Paul explains, "Jews demand signs" (1 Cor. 1:22). Jesus said, “Unless you people see signs and wonders you will not believe.” (John 4:48) Jesus tells them to consider the signs, and the religious leaders tried to seize Him again. (John 10:38)
According to John, this is the second time they attempted to seize Jesus. The first time is described in John 7:30-31 - "So they tried to seize Him, but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come. Many in the crowd, however, believed in Him and said, 'When the Christ comes, will He perform more signs than this man?"
John highlights seven signs to testify that Jesus is the Son of God, the long-awaited Messiah. However, as John himself admits there were many more signs. He explains, "Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written."
"The Ancient Man danced on the serpent, who still spewed poison from his eyes and hissed loudly in his anger, and he trampled down with his feet whatever head the serpent raised, subduing him calmly as if he were being worshipped with flowers. Kaliya, his umbrella of hoods shattered by the gay dance of death, his limbs broken, vomiting blood copiously from his mouths, remembered the Guru of all who move and are still, the Ancient Man, Narayana, and he surrendered to him in his heart." (Srimad Bhagavatam 10:6)
The sign of his descent to Sheol
Among Jesus' ancestors, the ruler's resurrection was essential for the salvation of his people. The people were to follow their risen ruler from this world to the next. For the Hebrew, salvation was never private or individual. Heavenly recognition of a people depended on the righteousness of their ruler-priest, and the perfectly righteous ruler-priest would be known by his resurrection. He alone would have the power to deliver his people to the Father.
Great care was taken in the burial of these ruler-priests. The prayers that were offered at the tombs are evidence that the people hoped for resurrection. These prayers were written on the walls of the tombs and have been collected into volumes that can be studied today. The volumes include The Pyramid Texts (2400 BC), The Coffin Texts (2100 BC), and the Book of the Dead (1500 BC).
In the volumes mentioned above, there is a great deal of descent-ascent language. Utterance 214 of the Pyramid texts bids the deceased king to "ascend to the place where your father is." He is to "betake himself to the Mansion of Horus which is in the firmament" (Pyramid Texts, Utterance 539).
The descent-ascent language is similar to what is expressed in Ephesians 4:8-10.
This is why it is written:
“When he ascended on high,
he took many captives
and gave gifts to his people.”
(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the depths of the earth? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)
Paul speaks of the ascent-descent in Romans 10:6-8.
‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). Paul poses this rhetorical question to show that only God can fill all things in heaven and in earth and below the earth. "He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things." (Eph. 4:10)
"I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of Days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire." (Daniel 7:9)Daniel 7:13-14 continues:
and behold, with the clouds of heaven
there came one like a son of man,
and he came to the Ancient of Days
and was presented before him.
And to him was given dominion
and glory and a kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him;
his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one
that shall not be destroyed.
Daniel 7:14 parallels Psalm 145:13: "Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations."
Messianic passages such as this have parallels in ancient Horite Hebrew texts. Consider how Horus, the archetype of Christ, describes himself in the Coffin texts (Passage 148):
I am Horus, the great Falcon upon the ramparts of the house of him of the hidden name. My flight has reached the horizon. I have passed by the gods of Nut. I have gone further than the gods of old. Even the most ancient bird could not equal my very first flight. I have removed my place beyond the powers of Set, the foe of my father Osiris. No other god could do what I have done. I have brought the ways of eternity to the twilight of the morning. I am unique in my flight. My wrath will be turned against the enemy of my father Osiris and I will put him beneath my feet in my name of ‘Red Cloak’.
In the Horite Hebrew tradition, Horus rises with the sun as the lamb and goes as a ram to the place of rest with the setting of the sun. This belief reflects the solar symbolism of the Proto-Gospel. Horus, the son of the High God, was shown riding with the Father on the celestial Sun boat. The boat of the morning hours was called Mandjet and the boat of the evening hours was called Mesektet. While Horus was on the Mandjet, he is depicted as a lamb. While on the Mesektet, he has the head of a ram.
Horus was called the Lamb in his weaker (kenotic) state, and he was called the Ram in his glorified state. Both are associated with the death and resurrection symbolism of the Horite Hebrew. This is likely what Jesus meant when he said, "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad." (John 8:56)
When John pointed to Jesus and called Him the "Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world", he identified Him as the fulfillment of the sign. John writes: "Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God." (I John 5:5)
The sign of the Ram is the resurrected strength promised to those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Judaism rejects the early Hebrew belief in the Son of God. The belief in God Father and God Son is what sets Christianity and Judaism apart.