Sadly I have heard certain traditions of men claim that Peter is the Rock on which The Church is built upon. Lets take a look at the physical and Spiritual context of Israel and its Foundation.
Parable/ Buildinging Upon Rock vs. Sand- Matt.7:24-25
Matt.16:13-18 "When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell (hades/ The Grave) shall not prevail against it."
Yeshua (Jesus) is the foundational Rock of Christianity, and it is Yeshua that the grave ("gates of hell"/ hades) had no authority over.
Peter here is the Greek - Petros - a (piece of) rock / larger than the Greek lithos - stumbling stone/ and compared to Cephas a Greek term which means rock and a name used to mention Peter as well/
Rock here is the Greek - petra- a (mass of) rock
If Peter were The Rock of Christianity, then why just a few verses later do we have Christ rebuking the fruits of Satan in Peter? Christ had just shared the concept that he would be crusified and Peter began to argue saying Vs.22 "Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee."
Matt.16:23 "But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men." (Ps.118:8)
Are these fruits of Peter the fruits of The Rock of Christianity? NO
These fruits were those contrary to Christianity. Those of raising up man over God. To this day the Catholic church does this when it come to The Rock. To further show that Peter was not yet perfected in Faith we also have Matt.26:69-75/ Luke 22:31-32 where Peter denies Christ thrice.
Peter was a disciple at this time (not an Apostel/ Pentecost). Peter was one of the Many members of The Body (Church). Peter was always quick to give Glory to God rather than to be raised up himself (example the footwashing story). Peter would be offended at the Catholic Church using his name of out context to pervert the Rock of Christianity.
Beware of traditions of men ( Mark 7:13, Col.2:8, Jer.17:5, Ps.118:8 for a FEW examples)
_______Christ Is Our Foundation_________
Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; / Matt.21:24
1 Corinthians 3:11
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1Cor.3:3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11).)
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God? / Matt.16:13-18/ * Luke 6:47-49
Spiritual Israel- Gal.3:24-29 / 1 Cor.3:16-17 / 1 Cor.6:19 / Matt.21:42/ 1 Peter 2:5
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*Physical Temple (Mount) / Foundation
Most Holy Place in Judaism (Holy of Holies), said to be the place in which Adam was created of the dust, the area where Isaac was bound, captial of all Israel of which Adonai spread his skirt over (married), same Territory in which Christ was Born (city of David) and crusified........
King David, weeping and barefoot, climbed up the Mount of Olives to lament the conspiracy of Ahitophel with Absalom (2 Samuel 15:30-32). This was because it was place where people used to worship God.
1 Kings 11:7-8 tells us that King Solomon built palaces of worship at the Mount of Olives for the pagan gods that he and his wives worshipped. The mount came to be called the Mount of Corruption but King Josiah destroyed these high places of worship to Chemosh, god of Moab, and to Molech, god of the Ammorites (2 Kings 23:13-14).
Ezekiel’s vision of the glory of God and His resting place among the Israelites forever is another Bible reference to the Mount of Olives (Ezekiel 11:22-23).
The Mount of Olives occupies a special place in early Christian tradition. According to Acts 1:9-12, it was a Sabbath’s day journey (2,000 cubits) from Jerusalem, and it was also the place of the Ascension. On its slopes lay Bethpage, Bethany and Gethsemane. Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem began on the Mount of Olives (Matthew 21:2, Mark 11:1, Luke 19:27-38). The mountain is also the traditional site where Christ foretold the destruction of Jerusalem known as the Olivet Discourse (Matt.24:12, Mark 13:1-4 ). And on the Mount of Olives the Lord sat with His disciples and told them of the signs of His coming and the of the end of the age (Matthew 24, Mark 13 (Luke 21).
It is indicated in scriptures that Christ kept solitary time and performed His night prayers at the Mount of Olives ( Luke 21:37-38, Jn.8:1 ). Matt.26:30 tells us that on the Mount of Olives, Christ and His disciples sang a hymn together. These are in keeping with what is written in the Bible that the mountain was the place where people went to worship. And so also, it was on the lower slopes of the Mount of Olives, at the Garden of Gethsemane where Christ prayed before His trial and crucifixion. Here he was arrested by Roman guards while with His disciples (Matt. 26:30, 36-45).
The Mount of Olives was a special place for Christ. From the eastern mountain He could look towards the site of the Holy of Holies, the mercy seat representing the place of the Throne of God in His capital city Jerusalem. It also represents the place of the Holy Ark in heaven (Revelation 11:15-19; Revelation 21:1-3, 10). From the Mount of Olives, Christ could pray towards the very seat of the kingdom He was sent to prepare and to restore also for a people He was sent to save.
And so Israel and the foreigners who pilgrimage to Jerusalem are also mandated by the word of God to pray towards the Temple site for a special hearing and granting of favor for prayers from God. King David, King Solomon, Daniel, Jonah, Hezekiah, Jehoshaphat and many others in the Bible did so pray towards the Temple site in Jerusalem. 2 Chronicles 6:20-41 and 7:12-16, 1 Kings 8:29-49. Psalm 5:7, Psalm 3:4, Psalm 28:2, Psalm 138:1-2, 2 Samuel 22:7, Jonah 2:4, 2 Chronicles 20:9, Daniel 6:10.
From the specially spiritually strategic point of the Mount of Olives and from Mount Zion, prayers can also arise to God in more direct relevance to Revelation 5:8 and Revelation 8:3-5.
The site of the glorious return of Christ to battle the nations that strive against Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:3, Zechariah 14:3) and of His triumphal second coming as King over the whole earth will be the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4,9). He will come as lightning that comes from the east (Matthew 24:27)/ But note the anti will come with ovservatin and a and angel of light like this discription of Christ/, the mountain east of Jerusalem, the Mount of Olives.
Documentation within the catholic creed that the catholic church indeed does pervert Matt. to Claim that Peter (petros) is The Rock (Petra) /of the church, rather than a piece of rock (petros) or member of The Body. - (Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 552) Ps.118:8/ Jer.17:5 / Ps.40:4/ Ps.146:3 (physical / mortal man) No other foundation can man lay than that which is Messiah. Christ is the foundation of Christianity. NOT Peter. Peter would be greatly disturbed that traditions of men have seeked to put him in Messiah's postion.
Shuckling (shokeling)/ Shoklen
It is believed to increase concentration and emotional intensity. It is seen as an expression of the soul's desire to abandon the body and reunite itself with its source. It's not mandatory.
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
We can tell alot just being keeping an eye on Jerusalem.
And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down ( Mark 13:2 / Luke 21:6 )
The True Kingdom will not meet such a fate. The Messiah shall be the light there of (King of kings and Lord of lords)
In 1968 the ground in front of the Kotel was excavated to reveal two of the buried rows of stone. The wall then consisted of seven layers of huge, "Herodian" stones from the Second Temple, above which are four layers of smaller, less extravagant stones from the Roman period. The upper stones were constructed later.
Travelers over the centuries used to marvel the immense dimensions of the lower stones - average height 1 m and length 3 m, but some as long as 12 m. and weighing over 100 tons
"Three distinct sections of construction are visible in the prayer portion of the Western Wall today. The lowest seven courses (blue box in photo below) were constructed by King Herod in the 1st century B.C. The wall above this was destroyed, probably mostly in the Roman destruction of A.D. 70. Arab rulers in the 7th-8th centuries rebuilt part of the wall and these stones are visible above the Herodian stones (between blue and red boxes)."