The True Satan

Those who defy the will of GOD and who are mindful of earthly things, and those who pretend they have free will, Jesus calls them Satan, which makes the word satan simply a title given to someone and not a real name of a being.

Matthew 16:23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an obstacle in my path, because the way you think is not God’s way but man’s.”

We all know the word Satan so very well in the bible having been mentioned several times, but do you know who he truly is? In this article we will look into some of the deeper things of Satan and his real identity.

Satan is a Grigori (Watcher)

Let’s begin in the Book of Job where Satan was described as having a role of a Grigori or a watcher, therefore Satan is just an angel, a creation, and not some evil counterpart of Yahweh which religions taught us about him.

Job 1:6-7 One day the Sons of GOD came to attend on Yahweh, and among them was Satan. So Yahweh said to Satan, ‘Where have you been?’ ‘Round the earth,’ he answered ‘roaming about.’

‘Sons of GOD’ is translated here as ‘angels of GOD’. ‘Roaming’ is the work of the watchers. Having mentioned Satan as an angel, a fallen angel to be more specific, we now determine which angelic order Satan belongs to.

Satan is a Cherub

Ezekiel 28 calls Satan as the “king of Tyre”, and in the following verse, Satan was referred to as present in the Garden of Eden, and we all know in the Book of Genesis who tempted Eve in Eden.

Ezekiel  28:13 you were in Eden, in the garden of GOD…

Genesis 3:1 The serpent was the most subtle of all the wild beasts that Yahweh GOD had made. It asked the woman, ‘Did GOD really say you were not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?’

The serpent is here used as a disguise for a being hostile to GOD and an enemy of man; this being identified with the Adversary or the Devil as in Job 1:6 above. When Adam and Eve was expelled in the Garden, Yahweh posted cherubs (not one, as per the contemporary bibles, but more than one) and the flashing sword (Abaddon the Destroyer). If we combine Genesis and Ezekiel, we will know Satan is specifically a cherub.

Genesis 3:24 He banished the man, and in front of the garden of Eden he posted the cherubs, and the flame of a flashing sword, to guard the way to the tree of life.

Ezekiel 28:14 I had provided you with a guardian cherub; you were on the holy mountain of GOD; you walked amid red-hot coals;

Although GOD did not specifically said Satan was the guardian cherub, but GOD said Satan walked amid red-hot coals, which proves that Satan is indeed a cherub.

Ezekiel 10:2 He then said to the man in white, ‘Go under the chariot, beneath the cherubs; take a handful of burning coal from between the cherubs and scatter it over the city’. He went in as I watched.

Some people actually claim Satan is only a man, not an angel nor a cherub for that matter as per this verse.

Ezekiel 28:2 ‘Son of man, tell the ruler of Tyre, “The Lord Yahweh says this:

Being swollen with pride, you have said: I am a god; I am sitting on the throne of God, surrounded by the seas. Though you are a man not a god, you consider yourself the equal of God.”

But if you look at the description of Ezekiel and John to a cherub, it has four faces and one is like a man.

Ezekiel 10:14 Each cherub had four faces: the first face was the face of the cherub, the second face the face of a man, the third the face of a lion, the fourth the face of an eagle.

Revelation 4:7 The first animal was like a lion, the second like a bull, the third animal had a human face, and the fourth animal was like a flying eagle.

As per the “man” in Ez. 28:2, GOD said he was a man not a god, it is because the fallen angels, including Satan, will be made mortals by GOD as part of their punishment come judgment day, and they will die and burn in hell like a man, and no longer immortal angels.

Psalm 82:6-7 I once said, ‘You too are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you’, but all the same, you shall die like other men; as one man, princes, you shall fall.

Satan is a Principality

When GOD divided the nations, HE set angels as rulers on every nation. The “sons of GOD” mentioned in the verse below means the angels, the heavenly courtiers, and in context they are the guardian angels of the nations. GOD assigned angels before called “principalities” as care takers of every nation. These principalities were included in the fall of the angels, primarily Satan himself. However, even though there are angels guarding each nation, Yahweh takes care of HIS chosen ones, regardless of which country they live in.

Deuteronomy 32:8 “When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when He divided the sons of men, He fixed their bounds according the number of the sons of GOD; but Yahweh’s portion was His people, Jacob His share of inheritance.”

We can determine the specific country where Satan presides by how GOD describes Tyre. Although the name of the country is not specifically mentioned since countries were named as they were only recently in the history of civilization.

Ezekiel 27:3-4 Say to Tyre, that city standing at the edge of the sea, doing business with the nations in innumerable islands, “The Lord Yahweh says this:

Tyre, you used to say: I am a ship perfect in beauty. Your frontiers stretched far out to sea; those who built you made you perfect in beauty.

Ezekiel 27:25-27 The ships of Tarshish crossed the seas for you trade.

Then you were rich and glorious
surrounded by the seas.
Out to the open sea your oarsmen rowed you.
The east wind has shattered you,
surrounded by the seas.
Your riches, your goods, your cargo,
your crew, your sailors,
your caulkers, your commercial agents,
all the soldiers
you carry with you, the whole host
who are aboard:
all will sink surrounded by the seas
on the day of your shipwreck.

Ezekiel 28:11-13 The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows, ‘Son of man, raise a dirge over the king of Tyre. Say to him, “The Lord Yahweh says this:

You were once an exemplar of perfection,
full of wisdom perfect in beauty;
you were in Eden, in the garden of GOD.
A thousand gems formed your mantle.
Sard, topaz, diamond, chrysolite, onyx,
jasper, sapphire, carbuncle, emerald,
the gold which your flutes and tambourines are made,
all were prepared on the day of your creation.

Isaiah 14:11-12 Your magnificence has been flung down to Sheol
with the music of your harps;
underneath you a bed of maggots,
and over you a blanket of worms.
How did you come to fall from the heavens,
Daystar, son of Dawn?
How did you come to be thrown to the ground,
you who enslaved the nations?

From the above verses, we can conclude several roles of Satan being a cherub/principality and from these biblical points, we can determine the country on which Satan is a principal of.

  • Satan is the most beautiful angel GOD created. And out of his perfect beauty, he fell in love with himself, and combined with his power and beguiling tongue (wisdom) and wealth (gems), his pride grew out of proportion which led to his demise. GOD is only telling us that too much beauty (love of the flesh), wealth and power is a sign of His punishment. That is why in Matthew 4, Satan tempted Jesus three times: in the flesh (turning stone into bread); wisdom in angelic worship (throw Himself down to let angels catch him); and power/wealth (kingdoms of the world) – the three sides of the Pyramid representing satisfaction of the flesh, angelic worship, and power/wealth which the society of Satan, the Illuminati/Freemasons, all possess.
  • Satan was once a cherubim “entertainer” in heaven. Ez. 28:13 and Is. 14:11 describes Satan as a being with musical instruments in his body, such as flutes, tambourines and harps. Aside from musical instruments, several gems also were attached to his body, representing him to hold the authority of all the wealth of the world, which only makes sense being the “prince of the world” as the Lord Jesus called him.
    Isaiah 23:16 Take your lyre, walk the town, forgotten whore. Play your sweetest, sing your songs again, to make them remember you.
  • Ez. 27:3 mentioned he is a “ship”, which represents a “trader” doing business with “innumerable nations” of the world. Satan therefore invented the commercial, trading, financial and entertainment industries of the world as part of his agenda of worldwide control.
  • Ez. 27: 3 says he is “Standing at the edge of the sea” while Ez. 27:25 and 27:27 describes him as “surrounded by the seas”. If we say “edge of the sea” it could mean one of the four points of the compass or four directions of the wind, drilled down by Ez. 27:26 as the “east wind”. From these we can conclude the country of Satan (Tyre) is “standing at the edge of the east and surrounded by the seas”.
  • There are so many countries in the East, but let’s be more specific by determining the number of “gems” Satan’s “mantle” is composed of. In Ez. 28:13 his mantle is composed of “a thousand gems”. Mantle is defined as “the cloak as a symbol of authority”. Therefore Satan has authority over a thousand “gems”, which we all know, there is no such thing as a thousand named gems, for there are only less than a hundred known gems and jewels and only nine of them are major ones. Now we are led to conclude that these “gems” literally mean “islands”, or a thousand islands which form Satan’s mantle, or his symbol of authority. By the way, “a thousand islands” doesn’t necessarily mean exactly 1,000 but more or less 1,000 as we will find out next.
  • The question is, which country in the “east” that is “surrounded by the seas” and is formed with “thousand islands”? There are a few countries in the east surrounded by the seas, namely, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan and the Philippines but among them all, there is only one country made of thousand islands, the Philippines, which is made up of 7,107 islands.

Isaiah 11:11 That day, the Lord will raise his hand once more
to ransom the remnant of his people,
left over from the exile of Assyria, of Egypt,
of Pathros, of Cush, of Elam,
of Shinar, of Hamath, of the islands of the sea.
He will hoist a signal for the nations
and assemble the outcasts of Israel;
he will bring back the scattered people of Judah
from the four corners of the earth.

Isaiah 13:2 On a bare hill hoist a signal,
sound the war cry.
Beckon them to come
to the Noble’s Gate.

Isaiah 24:15 Therefore in the islands they give glory to Yahweh,
in the islands of the sea, to the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel.

Satan is the Principality of the Philippines

Although Satan is the “prince of the world” which gives him authority over all worldwide affairs, he is specifically assigned as the principality of the Philippines. We can determine that from the national flag and the seal of the President of the Philippines.

Seal and Flag of Philippines

  • The pyramid in the flag and seal is symbol of Illuminati / Freemason.
  • The Sun is a symbol of Horus, an Egyptian GOD said to have the sun as his right eye and the moon as his left eye, thus the “eye of horus” in the Pyramid. However, make it known that the eye actually is the representation of the right eye of the Antichrist, the counter-shepherd of the Lord Jesus Christ, which Yahweh will remove from him.
    Zechariah 11:17 “Trouble is coming to the worthless shepherd who deserts his flock! May the sword strike his arm and his right eye! May his arm wither entirely, may his eye be totally blinded.
  • The 8-rays of the sun in the flag is taken from Rev. 12:3 as the 7 heads of the dragon (Satan) plus 10 horns or 17 in total (1 + 7 = 8).
    Revelation 12:3 Then a second sign appeared in the sky, a huge red dragon which had seven heads and ten horns, and each of the sevens heads crowned with a coronet.
  • The 3 stars is in Rev. 12:4 symbolizing the “third” of the stars (angels) he “dragged” which means he will be able to convince one-third of the angels in heaven (aside from those he already fooled during the first fall), through the Antichrist to join them come Armageddon.
    Revelation 12:4 Its tail dragged a third of the stars from the sky and dropped them to the earth, and the dragon stopped in front of the woman as she was having the child, so that he could eat it as soon as it was born from its mother.
  • The 79 small stars in the seal is 7 + 9 = 16 (1 + 6 = 7 heads) plus 3 big stars (79 + 3 = 82 or 8 + 2 = 10 horns).
  •  The use of a 5-pointed star is in Is. 14:13-14 where he said “I will” 5 times, and also the 5 corners of the Pyramid (the four corners of the base plus the top). The 5-leaf clover is also a symbol of Satan.
    Isaiah 14:13-14 You who used to think to yourself,
    “I will climb up to the heavens;
    and higher than the stars of God
    I will set my throne.
    I will sit on the Mount of Assembly
    in the recesses of the north.
    I will climb to the top of thunderclouds,
    I will rival the Most High.”
  • The beast in the middle of the seal is half lion (Antichrist) and half dragon (Satan) when they combine their powers come Armageddon (Rev. 13:2) through the spirit of Satan entering the body of the Antichrist.
    Revelation 13:2 I saw that the beast was like a leopard, with paws like a bear and mouth like a lion; the dragon had handed over to it his own power and his throne and his worldwide authority.
  • The sword which the beast is holding, as in “the flaming sword” of Genesis 3:1, is Abaddon the Destroyer, The True Antichrist.

So looking back at the seal of the President of the Philippines, having the Lion (symbol of the Antichrist) and Dragon (symbol of Satan) combined, as per the book of Revelation, it only means both Satan and the Antichrist will originate from the Philippines come the day the prophet Daniel spoke of.

Daniel 8:9 From one of these, the small one, sprang a horn which grew to great size towards the south and east and towards the Land of Splendour.

Isaiah 13:5 They come from a distant country,
from the far horizons,
Yahweh and the instruments of his fury
to lay the whole earth waste.


The Angelic Name of Satan

The real angelic name of Satan has been removed from the bible by the Scribes in order to hide his true identity. But the original Genesis text specifically named Satan as Samael or Sammael, which means “adversity of GOD”.

Original Genesis 4:1 And Adam knew his wife Eve, who was pregnant by Sammael, and she conceived and bare Cain, and he was like the heavenly beings, and not like earthly beings, and she said, I have gotten a man from the angel of the Lord.

Cain and Abel are twin brothers, sons of Samael from Eve, after Satan taught eve to “eat” the fruit of the forbidden tree (literally, taught her the art of “sex”), in which Eve also gave to Adam, not literally gave him the “forbidden fruit”, but the forbidden knowledge of sex, in which Eve produced their first true son Seth.

The “tree of life” is our DNA structure and the “forbidden fruit” is the art of reproduction which Satan taught (“made to eat”) to Adam and Eve. Thus the source of GOD’s wrath, the first and original sin of man was “sex”.

Because of Satan’s desire to rival GOD and create “life” by himself wherein he and his angels (Gen. 1:26 “let US make…”, “us” here refers to Satan and his angels) successfully created the dinosaurs, Cro-Magnons, etc. millions of years before Adam, BUT NOT good enough, for he can never equal GOD (a pot can never rival the potter). In order to insult Satan and in order to show who GOD really is, GOD created the true Adam (Gen. 2:7) and brought HIS true children “born from heaven” in the midst of Satan’s creations and offspring: the Giborims and the Nephilims (the Two Towers of Freemason), including Cain.

But don’t get me wrong, don’t think Satan has the power and free will to do as he pleases. GOD has planned everything since the beginning of time. Everything is destined to happen. GOD allows everything to happen for a purpose. GOD is the beginning and the end of everything. Period.

Elihu in the Book of Job is Samael

Job chapters 32-37, as per The Jerusalem Bible, “Elihu’s intervention comes unexpectedly, nor is it referred to in the epilogue. Elihu’s argument, style and vocabulary are very different from those of the dialogue, and certain passages anticipate the speech of Yahweh. The speech of Elihu, therefore, seems to have been added to Job by another author.”

Truly, Elihu is no other than Samael himself. If anyone has true wisdom, one will be able to determine that his words are full of misleading thoughts and lies. Because if chapters 32-37 were originally in the Book of Job, then why didn’t Yahweh mention the name of Elihu in the last passages in Job 42:7-9 and it was only Job’s words that were proper in the ears of Yahweh?


Peter the Rock – Mat. 16:18 Demystified

Peter the Rock – Matthew 16:18 Demystified

Matthew 16:18 So now I say to you: You are Peter (1) and on this rock I will build my Church (2).

(1) Neither the Greek word ‘petros’ nor even, as it seems, its Aramaic equivalent ‘kepha’ (rock) was used as a person’s name before Jesus conferred it on the apostles’ leader.

(2) The Hebrew ‘qahal’ which the Greek renders as ‘ekklesia’ means ‘an assembly called together’; it is used frequently in O.T. to indicate community of the Chosen People, especially the community of the desert period [Ac 7:38]. Certain Jewish groups (among them the Essenes of Qumran) regarded themselves as the chosen remnant of Israel [Is 4:3] which was to survive in ‘the latter days’. These had also used the term that Jesus  now adopts to indicate the messianic community, the community of the ‘new alliance’ sealed with His blood [Mt 26:28; Ep 5:25]. By using the term ‘assembly’ side by side with that of ‘kingdom of heaven’ [Mt 4:17], Jesus shows that this eschatological community (community of the ‘end-times’) is to have its beginnings here on earth in the form of an organized society whose leader he now appoints [Ac 5:11; 1 Co 1:2].

I have posted here a copy of a very interesting article by one David Stark which obviously did not completely explain the true meaning of this verse. We were left here hanging on the true identity of the “rock” which the Lord Jesus mentioned whom He will build his assembly of chosen ones. With all due respect, I copied the article without permission from the author for the sake of my continuation, and to archive his noteworthy article in case it gets deleted. His unedited text follows:


by David Th. Stark

The Church of Rome says that because the Aramaic/Syriac original of Matthew 16:18, underlying the existing Greek text, uses the word KE’PHA’ both as the proper name given to Simon bar Jonas and as the word for the Rock upon which Christ promised to build His Church, that therefore Peter (Aramaic, Ke’pha’) is the rock and the foundation of the Church. Rome bases many of its claims of papal supremacy on this identification of the Apostle Peter with the Rock mentioned by Christ in this passage of Matthew’s Gospel. If the defenders of Rome are wrong at this point then their argument that Peter is the Rock fails.

1. The Greek text is the inspired original of the New Testament. No Aramaic underlying text is extant. Though there are Syriac/Aramaic translations of these original Greek texts they cannot be relied upon to accurately represent any supposed original Aramaic usage. They are merely uninspired translations of the original Greek text and may or may not represent any Aramaic/Syriac original.

2. The Greek text of Matthew 16:18 uses two separate (different) Greek words in the passage.

Petros, the name given to the Apostle
Petra, the word used for rock

Rome says that “Peter” (PETROS) is merely the masculine form of the feminine noun PETRA, and therefore means the same thing. But…

3. Classic Greek authors (before the New Testament was written) treat the words PETROS and PETRA as two different words.

According to Liddell and Scott:  Petros, …(distinct from Petra)…

Hom. IL. 16.734; 7:270; 20.288
E. Heracl.1002, “panta kinesai petron” …”Leave no stone unturned”
cf. Pl. Lg. 843a
X. HG 3.5.20 “Petrous epekulindoun” “They rolled down stones.”
S. Ph 296 to produce fire “en petroisi petron ektribon”
Id. OC 1595 of a boulder forming a landmark
[the usual prose word is lithos]”
from: A Greek – English Lexicon, complied by Henry George Liddell and Robert Scott, pg. 1397- 8, Pub. by Oxford, at the Clarendon Press.)

NOTE: Petros, a stone, a smaller movable stone (Heracletes uses it in the phrase “leave no stone unturned”). So, a “Petros” is a stone which can by turned over, hence, a movable stone. Petra, a large massive rock, a large boulder, a foundation stone.

The word “Petros” is only used in the Greek New Testament as a proper name for Simon bar Jona. Petros is not merely a masculine form of the word Petra, but is a different word with a different meaning, though both words are derived from a common root.

4. The wording of Matt. 16:18 uses two different Greek words. If Jesus was referring the second word to Simon Peter he could have said “epi tauto to petro” (using the masculine gender in the dative case) the same word as Petros. But what he said was “Epi taute te petra” using Petra, a different Greek word.

5. The usage of two different words in the inspired Greek original, if representing an Aramaic original (which is in no case certain) would seem to point to the usage of two separate Aramaic words in this passage.

6. The Peshitta Syriac translation of the New Testament in Matthew 16:18 uses kepha’ for both Greek words petros and petra. Is this accurate, or could it be a mistranslation of the original Greek Text?

7. The proper translation of Petros is Ke’pha’. On this we have the authority of the Word of God itself in the Greek original of the New Testament, where the name “Ke’pha” (in the English Bible “Cephas”) is six times given as the Aramaic equivalent to Petros for the name of Simon bar Jonas (John 1:42; 1 Corinthians 1:12; 3:22; 9:5; 15:5; Galatians 2:9). So, we can say, based upon the authority of the original Greek of the New Testament that Petros, the name given to Simon bar Jona by the Lord Jesus (John 1:42) is the correct translation of the Aramaic/Syriac word Ke’pha’. Greek: Petros = Aramaic: Ke’pha’ (“Cephas”)

But what of the Greek word Petra? Is it correctly translated as Ke’pha’?

There is nowhere in the Greek New Testament where the word Ke’pha’ is given as the correct translation of the Greek word Petra. In order to determine the Syriac/Aramaic word which best translates the Greek word Petra we will have to look at the translations of the Greek New Testament which were made in the first five centuries of the Christian Church to determine how the Greek word Petra was understood.
Greek: Petra = Aramaic: ?

8. In the Peshitta Syriac New Testament the Greek word “PETRA” is translated by the Aramaic word SHU`A’ as in Matthew 7:24-25 meaning a massive rock or a boulder.

PETRA is used 16 times in the Greek New Testament:
Of those times it is translated in the Peshitta Syriac
9 times by the word SHU`A’ ,
6 times by the word KE’PHA’ and
1 time by the Hebrew root word ‘ABENA’

Of the ten times PETRA is used in the Gospels it is translated:
7 times by the word SHU`A’
(Mt.7:24, 25; Mk.15:46; Lk 6:48[2x];8:6, 13)
3 times by the word KE’PHA’
(Mt.16:18; 27:51; 27:60)

Of the three times KE’PHA’ is used to translate PETRA in the Gospels:
[1] in Mt. 27:60 the parallel passage in Mark’s gospel (Mark 15:46) more correctly uses SHU`A’ to translate PETRA.
[2] in Mt. 27:51 the word KE’PHA’ is used to describe the rocks (plural) which were broken at the earthquake when Christ died (and hence, these rocks became movable)
[3] the other passage is Mt. 16:18 where KE’PHA’ is used to translate both PETROS and PETRA.

In all other places in the Gospels the Greek word PETRA is translated by the Syriac word SHU`A’, meaning “a massive rock.”

KE’PHA’ is used in the Syriac N.T. as the translation of both the Greek words LITHOS and PETROS.

The Greek word LITHOS, which means “a stone” (generally of a size which could be picked up or moved) is ALWAYS translated by the Syriac word KE’PHA’.

As LITHOS in classical Greek is the common prose word for “a stone” (see the quote from Liddle and Scott’s Lexicon, above) and PETROS is more common in poetry, this shows that the definition of KE’PHA’ as “a stone” is correct. The Syriac KE’PHA’ is equivalent to the Greek LITHOS, a movable stone.


The Syriac word SHU`A’ is NEVER used to translate the Greek word LITHOS. Because a LITHOS is NOT a large massive rock, but a SHU`A’ is. The Syriac KE’PHA’ is correctly used to translate the Greek words LITHOS and PETROS because these are movable stones.

9. The fact that the Greek text of the New Testament uses two separate Greek words in the passage [Matthew 16:18] indicates that any underlying Aramaic/Syriac original (if there was one, AND THIS IS FAR FROM PROVEN) also must have used two separate words.


a. A reconstructed Aramaic/Syriac of the passage would properly be:

“You are KE’PHA’ (a movable stone) and upon this SHU`A’ (a large massive rock) I will build my church.”

This is in exact correspondence to the original inspired Greek text:

“You are PETROS (a movable stone) and upon this PETRA (a large massive rock) I will build my church.”

b. The Peshitta Syriac New Testament text, at least in its extant MSS, mistranslated the passage in Matthew 16:18, incorrectly using the Syriac word KE’PHA’ for both Greek words PETROS and PETRA.

c. The Church of Rome bases its doctrine of Peter being the Rock upon which the Church is built on this mistranslation and/or a falsely reconstructed Aramaic/Syriac original, ignoring the distinctions in the Aramaic language.

d. The Greek text does not teach that Peter is the rock. The rock is either Peter’s confession of Christ, or Christ Himself, in Peter’s answer to Jesus’ earlier question “Who do men say that I the Son of man am?”

Article of David Stark ends here. My continuation of his explanation follows.

I sincerely agree with Mr. Stark about his conclusion that the original inspired Greek text of Matthew 16:18 should mean:

“You are PETROS (a movable stone) and upon this PETRA (a large massive rock) I will build my church.”

If all the English texts which gave an impression that Peter is the rock the Lord Jesus will build His Church upon, He could have simply said: “You are Peter the Rock and upon you I will build my Church.” But in the original Greek text, although the “movable stone” is indeed Simon Peter, the “massive rock” definitely is not Peter. So who is this massive rock whom the Lord Jesus mentioned that is not Simon Peter?

The bible will solve this riddle with just a couple of verses by Paul and John.

If you look at item no. 7 above of David’s article, he mentioned a verse of Paul which used the word “Cephas”, and which he mentioned to be written in the Greek equivalent Petros (or Aramaic Ke’pha).

1 Corinthians 15:4-5 …that he was buried; and that he was raised to life on the third day, in accordance to with the scriptures; that he appeared first to Cephas and secondly to the Twelve.

I sincerely believe Paul did not mean Peter or the Greek word Petros to be the “Cephas” here, because he specifically mentioned Jesus appeared next to the Twelve apostles which includes Peter (Petros) “AFTER” he appeared to “Cephas”. Because if it was Peter first, and he is not part of the next Twelve, then that makes the number of apostles equal to Thirteen. And definitely Paul is not part of the Twelve apostles during the resurrection as Judas was replaced by Matthias in Acts 1:26, which makes them still a solid Twelve (one apostle/pastor for each of the 12 tribes of Israel who are Jews), while Paul eventually became the pastor for the Gentiles, which makes them a total of Thirteen apostles. But we all know it was not to Paul whom Jesus appeared first, and more so Paul cannot be “Cephas”.

Therefore, we can confidently assume “Cephas” here mean Petra (?) and not Petros (Peter) which leads us back to the riddle, who is this Petra in 1 Cor. 15:5 and Mat. 16:18?

This riddle is solved by John’s account of the resurrection in John 20:11-18.

John 20:18 So Mary of Magdala went and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord and that he had said these things to her.

If John said it was Mary Magdalene who saw the Lord Jesus first, then Paul could be lying in 1 Cor. 15:5 if he meant Peter (Cephas) saw the Lord first? On the other hand, if Paul is right and it was Cephas who saw the Lord first, then John could be lying about Mary? In either scenario, then the Holy Spirit could be the one lying to us, which can never be the case because the Holy Spirit is the GOD of Truth Himself.

In short, both Paul and John’s accounts are correct, only on one side Paul meant by “Cephas” to be Petra in its Greek equivalent, which is the same on the other side as Petra in Matthew 16:18, bridged by the account of John 20:18 to be Mary Magdalene and NOT Simon Peter.

As closing remarks, Matthew 16:18 could plainly have been spoken by the Lord Jesus as follows:

“You are PETROS (Peter, a small rock) and upon PETRA (Mary Magdalene, a massive rock) I will build my Church.”

Which the Romans, by their failure to stop the spread of Christianity, rode along with the trend and established the Roman Catholic Church. And from this one statement of the Lord, for having hated so much the Lord Jesus, they chose the angel Mary Magdalene instead to be their goddess, which came to be popularized as the Queen of Heaven, the Virgin Mary of the Catholic.