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Friday, January 4 2013

The Caesar Questions

The Messiah, Who will be the King of the greatest Empire that will ever exist (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God), was born in occupied territory of the most powerful human empire that ever existed - based upon the fact that the religion that Rome created still controls billions of humans today, Roman Catholic and "Protestant," in countries all around the world (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and What Is The Mark Of The Beast?).

The Roman term "Caesar" originated from Julius Caesar, who was assassinated by Roman Senators, in the Roman Senate, about forty years before the Messiah was born. Jesus Christ knew two Caesars during His human lifetime, Augustus, who reigned at the time of the Messiah's Birth, and Tiberius, who reigned during the time of the Messiah's Ministry and Crucifixion (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).

The Roman Empire

Both Augustus and Tiberius are recorded, specifically by name, in the Holy Bible. Caesar Augustus:

"2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world [i.e. the conquered territories of the Roman Empire; see the map below] should be taxed. 2:2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 2:3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee [see Joseph Of Nazareth], out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 2:5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 2:6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn." (Luke 2:1-7 KJV)

Tiberius was in the fifteenth year of his reign (i.e. Augustus reigned for about the first half of the Messiah's life, Tiberius reigned for about the second half of the Messiah's life) when John the Baptist, and then the Messiah, began their ministries (see Jesus And John: Similarities And Differences and The Ministries Of The Two Greatest Prophets).

Augustus

"3:1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea [see Israel In History and Prophecy: Roman Judea], and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, 3:2 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. 3:3 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; 3:4 As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying,

The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight [see Ahead Of The Prophet]. 3:5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; 3:6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

3:7 Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 3:9 And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire [see Will Jesus Christ Obey Your Christian Religion?].

3:10 And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?

3:11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.

3:12 Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do?

3:13 And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.

3:14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do?

And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.

3:15 And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not; 3:16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: 3:17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable [see What Happens After The Messiah Returns?]. 3:18 And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people.

3:19 But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done, 3:20 Added yet this above all, that he shut up John in prison.

3:21 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, 3:22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased." (Luke 3:1-22 KJV)

The Messiah lived His entire human life under Roman rule. Notice carefully that, when the Pharisees attempted, with a loaded question about Caesar, to get Him to say something that could get Him into trouble with the Romans (He didn't take the bait because He needed to die for Passover, not for politics), the Messiah said "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's."

Caesar Coins

"22:15 Then went the Pharisees [see Who Was Their Messiah?; also Why Did The Sadducees Fear The Messiah?], and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. 22:16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. 22:17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?

22:18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness [see What Does Wicked Mean?], and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? 22:19 Show me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. 22:20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?

22:21 They say unto him, Caesar's.

Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.

22:22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way." (Matthew 22:15-22 KJV)

Notice that His accusers lied about their Caesar question to get Him into trouble with the Romans anyway (which was allowed to happen because it was then Passover). As we read above, the Messiah plainly said "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's," while they said "We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar." Pilate however discerned who was not telling the truth, and so declared "I find no fault in this man." Pilate didn't fear the riotous mob.

"23:1 And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate. 23:2 And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.

23:3 And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews?

And he answered him and said, Thou sayest it.

23:4 Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man." (Luke 23:1-4 KJV)

Pilate then had the bound detainee tortured, with the intent to then release Him.

"19:1 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. 19:2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, 19:3 And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.

19:4 Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him. 19:5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!" (John 19:1-5 KJV)

For whatever it was that made him so, Pilate feared Jesus more then than before ("When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid"). Pilate feared Jesus more than he feared the mob.

Tiberius

"19:6 When the chief priests [see How Did The Messiah's Levite Priesthood Change?] therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.

Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.

19:7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

19:8 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid; 19:9 And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer. 19:10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?

19:11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin." (John 19:6-11 KJV)

The leaders of the frenzy then resorted to a threat, implying that Pilate was taking the side of someone who was challenging Caesar's rule i.e. "If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar." The tactic worked; while Pilate feared Jesus more than the mob, he feared the Caesar more than he feared Jesus.

"19:12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar." (John 19:12 KJV)

Pilate then asked the mob a Caesar question, to which they replied with a double pathetic (they chose allegiance to a foreign invader over both the Messiah and their own nation of Judah) answer, "We have no king but Caesar."

"19:13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. 19:14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!

19:15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him.

Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King?

The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. 19:16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified.

And they took Jesus, and led him away. (John 19:13-16 KJV)

Fact Finder: How could the census that was decreed by Caesar Augustus have created an official record of the birth of the Messiah in Bethlehem?
See Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?


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This Day In History, January 4

46 BC: Julius Caesar defeated Titus Labienus at the Battle of Ruspina (see also The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).

41: The Roman emperor Caligula was murdered (see also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).

771: Upon the death of his brother Carloman, Charlemagne becomes sole ruler of the Frankish Empire - that grew into the so-called "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire).

871: The forces of Ethelred of Wessex were defeated by a Danish invasion army at the Battle of Reading.

1493: Christopher Columbus set sail from the New World to return to Spain on his first voyage of discovery (for a map of the four voyages of Columbus, see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1528: Ferdinand of Austria, brother of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (see The Holy Roman Empire), outlawed the Anabaptists.

1642: King Charles I of England ordered the arrest of members of Parliament, triggering England's civil war.

1643: Isaac Newton was born. According to Carl Sagan in Cosmos (listen also to our Sermon The Creator of Cosmos), Newton was "so tiny that his mother told him years later, he would have fit into a quart mug. Sickly, feeling abandoned by his parents, quarrelsome, unsociable, a virgin to the day he died, Isaac Newton was perhaps the greatest scientific genius who ever lived" (see also No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible).

1754: King's College was founded in New York. After the revolution of the New England colonies, the college was expropriated and renamed as Columbia University.

1861: The Confederate States of America were formed, first consisting of South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana - in effect, a rebellion against the states that had rebelled against Britain.

1863: During the U.S. Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln ordered General Ulysses Grant to revoke Grant's infamous "General Order Number 11" that expelled all Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky.

1912: The moon made its closest approach to the earth in the 20th century, 438,249 km. / 272,315 miles.

1944: The British Fifth Army launched an attack upon Monte Cassino, Italy. On the same day, Soviet troops crossed the former Polish border.

1948: Burma withdrew from the British Commonwealth and became independent after more than 100 years of British rule.

1951: During the Korean War, Chinese and North Korean troops captured Seoul, South Korea from United Nations forces.

1974: Richard Nixon refused to deliver evidence subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.

1990: Panamanian President Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. invasion forces after taking refuge in the Vatican Embassy.

2010: The Burj Khalifa, in the United Arab Emirates, was officially opened. At 829 meters / 2,723 feet in height, it is the world's tallest building (in comparison to former record holders, the World Trade Center Towers in New York were 1,368 feet high and Canada's CN Tower is 1,815 feet tall).





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