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Thursday, April 14 2016
Luke 2: The Birth And Childhood Of The Messiah
"And she brought forth her firstborn son ... And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon Him"
The land of Israel was under Roman occupation at the time of the Messiah's first coming (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Roman Judea and Israel In History and Prophecy: Herod). By no coincidence, it will also be under "Holy Roman" occupation at the time of His second coming (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation and The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South).
So it was then that a former Roman general, Octavian, then Rome's first imperial "Caesar" with the assumed name Augustus (to see what Caesar Augustus actually looked liked, from a sculpted portrait in his own time, see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars), declared a tax census that provided for the fulfillment of the Messiah being born in Bethlehem (see Bethlehem In History And Prophecy).
"2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2:2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
The shepherds of Bethlehem were given to be the first witnesses of the Messiah's birth. The shepherds themselves were prophesied, by the Bethlehem shepherd who became King David, centuries earlier (see The Bethlehem Shepherds Prophecy). Although often incorrectly portrayed as such, the Magi, or "Wise men," did not arrive until months later due to the distance of their journey (see Why Did The Magi Come?).
"2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
The royal Levitical priesthood was established long before by the LORD God - who was born as the Messiah (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour). The Messiah Himself, even as an infant, observed all that He, as the LORD God, commanded the Israelites to do (see The Messiah's Levitical Birth).
"2:21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
The only recorded event of the Messiah as He was growing up was the incident at the Temple when He stayed behind after the family group ("they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance") had begun their journey back to Nazareth after they observed Passover in Jerusalem. Ironically, some of those in the Temple who were so amazed at His teachings were among those who, less than 20 years later, had Him assassinated for teaching the same Truth (see The Night Of The Messiah And The Lynch Mob).
"2:41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.
Fact Finder: The verses above say that "they sought him among their kinsfolk." Who were His kinsfolk?
This Day In History, April 14
43 BC: The Battle of Forum Gallorum. Mark Antony (see also The Cleopatra Connection), while besieging one of Julius Caesar's assassins, Decimus Brutus, in Mutina (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars), defeated the forces of the consul Pansa, but was then defeated by the army of the other consul, Hirtius.
69: Vitellius, commander of the Roman armies of the Rhine, defeated Emperor Otho in the Battle of Bedriacum. Vitellius then seized the throne of Emperor.
70: The Siege of Jerusalem. Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, encircled the Jewish city with four Roman legions (see A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots and The Sieges Of Ariel - Past And Future).
193: Septimius Severus was proclaimed Emperor of Rome by the imperial army in Illyricum (in the Balkans).
1028: Henry (Heinrich) III, a son of Conrad, was chosen king of the Germans (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1205: The Battle of Adrianople was fought between the Bulgarians and the "Crusaders" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1471: Battle of Barnet. In the English Wars of The Roses, a momentous victory for the Yorkist king Edward IV over his Lancastrian opponents under the Earl of Warwick, the adherents of Henry VI. Warwick was killed and Edward IV resumed the throne.
1611: First known use of the word "telescope" (see also Parabolic Prophecies)
1828: Noah Webster obtained a copyright for the first edition of his dictionary.
1849: Hungary declared itself independent of Austria with Louis Kossuth as its leader.
1865: Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at the Ford Theater in Washington. Lincoln died the next day and was succeeded by Andrew Johnson.
1871: Parliament passed a bill to create a uniform currency in Canada.
1894: The first public showing of Edison's kinetoscope (moving pictures).
1912: The Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland. The collision tore a 91 meter (300 foot) gash in the hull during the British ocean liner's maiden voyage, to New York City. It sank the next day.
1931: In Spain, under pressure by Republican forces for his abdication, King Alfonso XIII left the country while refusing to abdicate; he never returned. General Francisco Franco later reinstated him as a Spanish citizen and restored his confiscated property, but he eventually abdicated his rights to his third son, Don Juan.
1945: The Imperial Palace in Tokyo was damaged by B-29 bombers.
1948: A flash of light was observed in the crater Plato on the moon (likely a large meteorite striking the surface).
1981: Completion of the first space shuttle flight, the Columbia.
1986: In retaliation for the April 5 bombing in West Berlin that killed two U.S. military men, U.S. President Ronald Reagan ordered a bombing raid against Libya that killed 60 civilians.
1994: In one of numerous "friendly fire" incidents of the war, two U.S. warplanes shot down 2 U.S. Army helicopters, killing 26 servicemen.
2010: A magnitude 6.9 earthquake in Yushu, Qinghai, China killed 2,700 people.