Here’s the biblical scoop on Judas Iscariot we likely won’t hear much about amidst all the hoopla surrounding the newly released heretical document, the so-called “Gospel of Judas.”
First of all, the name Judas Iscariot breaks down to mean “the man from Kerioth.” (Jer. 48:24)
Kerioth, as we know from the Old Testament, is east of the Jordan river and is part of Moab in Syria.
This means Judas was a half-breed Syrian Jew who, therefore, was indirectly kin to Nimrod, and Nimrod is a classic type of the Antichrist in the Bible.
In John 17:12, when Jesus Christ is praying to God the Father about the 12 apostles, saying in part, “none of them is lost, but the son of perdition,” he’s referring to Judas.
From the Apostle Paul’s revelation in II Thess. 2:3, we know “the son of perdition” is a title referring to the Antichrist.
“People, Judas Iscariot in your Bible is associated as a type of the Antichrist,” says my pastor, Richard Jordan (Shorewood Bible Church, Rolling Meadows, Ill.), in a study I have on tape. “What you’re dealing with back in Matthew 26, when Christ talks about one of the twelve called Judas who went into the chief priest, is a Satanic operation designed to cause and bring about the destruction of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the purpose and program of God Almighty.”
The Book of Matthew, as Jordan explains, “puts all the elements on the table for you. There’s the sovereignty of God and the foreknowledge of God—‘I’m going to go die.’ There’s the religious plot of the religious hierarchy. There’s the disciples just sitting around fat and happy, not knowing what’s going on. There’s that ‘little flock’ of people who really enter into it, and then there’s Judas and the Adversary coming in.”
Jer. 48:24, in referring to the judgment coming at the Second Coming of Christ, talks about the judgment being upon Kerioth and a broken-armed man.
Zechariah 11, which talks prophetically about Christ at His first advent, and the rejection of Him as Messiah, says in verse 12, “So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.”
The chapter goes on to talk about the “foolish shepherd,” and the “idol shepherd,” both of which are references to the Antichrist, who we know from Rev. 13 sets up an idol image of himself for people to fall down and worship.
“You’ve got a prophecy about the betrayal, and you’ve got the 30 pieces of silver, which is how much Judas is going to betray Christ for, and in the context the Antichrist,” explains Jordan. “In Exodus 21:32, you’ll see that 30 pieces of silver was the price paid for a slave when he was either killed or rendered useless. If a slave was killed, or fixed where they couldn’t work anymore, the guy had to pay 30 pieces of silver to his master. So what Judas sold Christ for was just the price of a useless slave. Not very much.”
When Jesus Christ is in the upper room having His last supper with His disciples, and says, “One of you is going to betray to me,” the disciples respond, “Lord, is it I,” but Judas says, “Master, is it I?”
“Jesus says in the upper room to his disciples, ‘You call me Lord and Master,’ and there’s only one of them who kept calling him ‘Master,’ ” says Jordan. “Judas Iscariot never could bring himself to call Christ ‘Lord.’ He just could never bring himself to be submissive to Christ as Lord, and there are seven different times where Christ tried to win Judas from doing his dastardly deed, and Judas went on in spite of all those attempts by the Savior to stop him. Judas went on his way and had his way in spite of the Savior’s attempt to change him.”
“I suppose when He says to Judas in Matt. 26:25, ‘Thou hast said,’ we’ll never really understand what that means. To live a godly, faithful life as the Savior did, and then at the very end to be betrayed by a trusted confidant—one who you thought enough of that you let him keep the funds for the group (Editor’s Note: Judas was the treasurer among the disciples). He was someone Christ had confidence in and then to be betrayed by him. That’s a heartache we’ll probably never fully understand and yet it’s there.”