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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?).
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.
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).
"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 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."
"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?
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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!
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?
This Day In History, January 4
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).
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).