Matthew 16:20  Jesus told his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah [CEV]

Matthew 16:20  Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ [KJV]


Did Jesus expect His Disciples to lie for Him?  Or is this a claim that He was not “the messiah”?


Is it only Pharisees who claim Jesus was "the messiah"?

The word "messiah" appears twice in the KJV version of the New Testament:

John 1:41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messiah, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.

John 4:25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.




Total KJV Occurrences: 2

messias, 2

Joh_1:41, Joh_4:25

The CEV version above translated “christos” as “Messiah” 67 times, which no other translator agreed with, and which is not a valid representation of the Word of God:



Total KJV Occurrences: 569

christ, 553


christ’s, 16




From G5548; anointed, that is, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus: - Christ.

Where did they learn about "the messiah", since it's not even discussed in the Old Testament?  From the Pharisees, who Jesus issued the following warning to us about: 

Matthew 16:6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.


In the Old Testament, of 39 occurrences of the Hebrew word "mashiyach", it's translated as "anointed" 37 times, once in reference to the king of Babylon who took the Israelites captive, and "Messiah" only twice:

Dan 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

Dan 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

This is the same word that appears as "anointed" in Leviticus 4:16, 1 Samuels 2:10, and 2 Chronicles 6:42:

Lev 4:16 And the priest that is anointed shall bring of the bullock's blood to the tabernacle of the congregation:

1Sa 2:10 The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.

2Ch 6:42 O LORD God, turn not away the face of thine anointed: remember the mercies of David thy servant.

Who are the "anointed"?  The priests are anointed of the LORD.  David refers  to Saul and to himself as "anointed of the LORD".  Even the Persian King Cyrus is referred to as "his anointed", proof that it's a translation "error" at least to presume it means "messiah" when Daniel used this word, twice.  If the LORD views both His priests and Cyrus as His anointed, then clearly it's a reference to someone who does His bidding, either good or bad, not just a "savior":

 Isa 45:1 Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;

Isa 45:2 I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:

Since John is the only one who used this term in the New Testament, twice, and since he interpreted it as "the Christ" and not simply "Christ", we now must suspect that "the anointed" is a reference to more than just Jesus.  Here is Arnold Kennedy on this vital issue:

As xristos [christos] is in the genitive case, it means ‘of’ or ‘belonging to’ an anointed. There is no sound reason why the AV should alter this to ‘with Christ’. Surely He cannot be regarded as a joint-heir to these promises.

Consequently, verse 17 is better translated:

"If we are children then we are heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs belonging to an anointed people."


The "joint" heirs refers to all of Israel, that is, the circumcised and the uncircumcised who constitute the two parts of the one anointed people.

God's Law commands us, His anointed, heirs to His Everlasting Covenant, the holy seed, the pure genetic descendants of Jacob and the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, that to make such an important change or addition to the Torah must have three witnesses.  Daniel would be a sufficient witness except that we now know that men, mere translators or church men, and jews, particularly Masoretic jews, changed his words to suit their biases, or worse.  God would be a sufficient witness but He never used this word to refer to any “Messiah”, ever.  And Jesus would be a sufficient witness but He too never is quoted as having spoken the term, phrase, or concept of "Messiah" except in the misquote above by zealous translators like the CEV.  We have only one witness, John, but his use of the term "messiah" appears to be a reference to all of the House of Israel, or part [the appolumi part] of the House of Israel, rather than to Jesus.

None of the "early church fathers" can be trusted to be witnesses to anything of God, particularly with regard to adding words, concepts, phrases, and sins to the Word of God.




From H4886; anointed; usually a consecrated person (as a king, priest, or saint); specifically the Messiah: - anointed, Messiah.

Total KJV Occurrences: 39

anointed, 37

Lev_4:3, Lev_4:5, Lev_4:16, Lev_6:22, 1Sa_2:10, 1Sa_2:35, 1Sa_12:3, 1Sa_24:5-6 (4), 1Sa_24:10, 1Sa_26:9, 1Sa_26:11, 1Sa_26:16, 1Sa_26:23, 2Sa_1:14, 2Sa_1:16, 2Sa_19:21 (2), 2Sa_22:51, 2Sa_23:1, 1Ch_16:22, 2Ch_6:42, Psa_2:2, Psa_18:50, Psa_20:6, Psa_84:8-9 (2), Psa_89:38, Psa_89:51, Psa_105:15, Psa_132:10, Psa_132:17, Isa_45:1, Lam_4:20, Hab_3:13

messiah, 2

Dan_9:25-26 (2)


  conclusion can only be that the concept of “messiah” is not of God, not of Jesus, not of the House of Israel, but is of jews, or zealous biased translators, or “early church fathers” who followed an obvious pattern of patting each other on the back as they moved further and further from the Word of God or Command of God, something Jesus heartily condemned the Pharisees for:

Jesus replied, "And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? Matthew 15:3

Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. Mark 7:13