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Monday, June 10 2013
An Impartial Witness Of The Messiah
"Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure"
The text of the Holy Bible (see Holy Bible Reading Plan) is nearly half history. We know God's Law (see The Way To Salvation: Step 1), and we know Prophecy, by means of the historical record of the Holy Scriptures (the reason that some historians one day discover that they've become preachers and teachers of God's Word, without having had any intention of becoming so).
Historians, those apart from the Holy Bible itself, solidly-verify what is found in the Holy Bible. For example, the works of Titus Flavius Josephus, more popularly-known simply as Josephus, are an independent eyewitness account of the Truth found in the Holy Bible - including direct references to Jesus Christ, outside of the Bible itself, such as these from Josephus' Jewish Antiquities.
"Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was the Christ, and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men among us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians so named from him are not extinct at this day."
Josephus was a Levite (see Are Levites 'Jews'?), a "son of Matthias, a priest from Jerusalem" (i.e. the father of Josephus served at the Temple in the same way as the father of John the Baptist; see What Was Holy About Herod's Temple?). Josephus reached adulthood just at the time that the people of Judah finally stood up against the Roman occupation. As one of the military leaders of Judah, in Galilee, Josephus fought the Romans in the War of 66-73. Josephus didn't just write about the war, he lived it, just as he did the Christ-prophesied fall of Jerusalem. Josephus' wife and parents died in Jerusalem during that Roman siege - as recorded by Josephus (excerpt below).
"The battering rams began their thundering work"
The historical record by Josephus of the fall of Jerusalem is an eyewitness account of the fulfillment of the prophecy of it given by Jesus Christ nearly forty years earlier e.g. Christ's "There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down" of Matthew 24:2 (see the Fact Finder question below) was actually witnessed by Josephus with his description "the battering rams began their thundering work."
An excerpt from Josephus' The Wars Of The Jews:
"Nero died after having reigned thirteen years and eight days, and Vespasian, being informed of the event, waited for a whole year, holding his army together instead of proceeding against Jerusalem. Galba was made emperor, and then, after the defeat and death of the emperor Vitellius, Vespasian was proclaimed by the East. He had preferred to leave the Jews to waste their strength by their internal feuds while he sent his lieutenants with forces to reduce various surrounding districts instead of attacking Jerusalem. When he became emperor, he released Josephus from his bonds, honouring him for his integrity. Hastening his journey to Rome, Vespasian commanded Titus to subdue Judea.
Fact Finder: What did Jesus Christ prophesy about that fall of Jerusalem, that Josephus lived through? What did Jesus Christ say about a future siege of Jerusalem?
This Day In History, June 10
323 BC: Alexander the Great, Macedonian king, died at age 33 (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).
1190: During the Third Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), Frederick I Barbarossa drowned in the Saleph River while leading his army to Jerusalem.
1285: King Philip III of Spain was succeeded by Philip IV.
1307: Robert the Bruce, Scottish king fought an English attacking force of cavalry under Aylmer de Valence at the battle of Louden Hill in Ayrshire.
1503: Christopher Columbus "discovered" the Cayman Islands (it wasn't a discovery for the people already living there). All of the four voyages of Christopher Columbus to "America" were actually only to the islands of the Caribbean (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy and the map below).
1610: The first Dutch settlers arrived on the wilderness island that is known today as Manhattan.
1655: Jamaica was taken by the British after being held by the Spanish for 161 years.
1692: During the Salem, Massachusetts witch trials, Bridget Bishop was hanged at Gallows Hill for "certain Detestable Arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries."
1774: King Louis XV of France died of smallpox. He became king at the age of five on the death of his great-grandfather, Louis XIV.
1791: The British Parliament passed the Constitutional Act following the arrival in Canada of 10,000 more Loyalist refugees from the revolution of the New England colonies (most of the Loyalists were hard-working, conservative people who had been successful in their businesses, professions or trades in New England). The Act divided Canada into two provinces, Upper Canada with a capital at Newark (Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario) and Lower Canada with a capital at Quebec City ("Upper" and "Lower" Canada were geographic terms simply based on the flow of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River toward the Atlantic Ocean).
1794: Elizabeth, the sister of French King Louis XVI, was beheaded.
1796: Napoleon's Army of Italy defeated the Austrians under Baron Beaulieu at the Battle of Lodi, southeast of Milan. Over 2,000 Austrians were killed or wounded.
1798: British explorer George Vancouver died. He sailed with Captain James Cook to Australia and New Zealand and to the west coast of North America where Vancouver Island and Vancouver B.C. are named after him.
1809: Pope Pius VII excommunicated Napoleon for his decree to annex the Papal States as part of the French Empire.
1857: The Seepoys of India revolted against the British rule.
1871: France and Germany signed a peace treaty in Frankfurt by which France ceded Alsace-Lorraine.
1898: During the Spanish-U.S. War, U.S. Marines invaded Cuba.
1933: Nazis in Berlin burned books by Jewish authors, including those by Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1940: Winston Churchill took over as British Prime Minister after the resignation of Neville Chamberlain (see also A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1940: Germany invaded Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Belgium.
1941: Nazi government member Rudolf Hess flew a Messerschmitt fighter from Augsburg, Germany and parachuted out near Glasgow, Scotland, with his unauthorized "offer of peace" with Britain. He was imprisoned for the rest of his life.
1967: Day 6 of the "6 Day War." At the end of the conflict, Israeli casualties: 759 killed, about 1,500 wounded, 40 aircraft, 80 tanks. Arab casualties: 30,000 killed and wounded, over 450 aircraft, 1,000 tanks destroyed or captured. Within the newly captured territories, Israel also found itself with over 1,000,000 new Arab "subjects": 670,000 in the West Bank and Jerusalem, 356,000 in the Gaza Strip, 33,000 in Sinai, and 6,000 in the Golan Heights (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1989: The official opening of Skydome in Toronto.
2002: The first direct electronic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans was accomplished, in the United Kingdom.