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Friday, April 15 2016
Luke 3: John's Voice In The Wilderness Prophecy
"The Word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness ... 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"
The prophet John, the Levite (see What Did John The Baptist's Father Do At The Temple? and The Miraculous Birth Of John The Baptist) who became popularly-known as John the Baptist, began his prophesied prophetic ministry (see the Fact Finder question below) "in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar." Two imperial Roman "Caesars" reigned during the lifetimes of the Messiah and John the Baptist - Augustus and Tiberius (to see exactly what those men actually looked like, see the in-their-time sculptured portraits in the study A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
Augustus (who called the famous tax census that fulfilled the Messiah's prophesied birth in Bethlehem i.e. "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 ... 2:3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, 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" Luke 2:1,3-6 KJV; see also Bethlehem In History And Prophecy) reigned about 40 years, from 27 BC to 14 AD. Tiberius reigned for about 22 years, from 14 to 37 AD.
"3:1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, 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,
Although John was feared and hated by the corrupted religious "authorities" (see What Did The Pharisees Teach Differently From The Sadducees?) and then the Romans when they began to realize that John was also a political threat to their malignant regime (see Lethal Lust), he had a very popular ministry with the common people. When some of the Pharisees saw John's popularity, they came to his baptism to in some way profit from it - but John rebuked them for their hypocrisy, with a dire warning for them: "Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance ... the axe 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."
"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 axe 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.
As His own ministry was about to begin (see The Ministries Of The Two Greatest Prophets), the Messiah came to John to be baptized of him (to understand the reason why the sinless Messiah insisted that John baptize Him, see The Messiah's Baptism).
"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 3:21-22 KJV)
The legal and genetic genealogies of the Messiah are stated in Matthew (see Matthew 1: The Generations Of The Messiah) and here in Luke. For the reason that both are documented, see Primogeniture and Descent.
"3:23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, 3:24 Which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Janna, which was the son of Joseph, 3:25 Which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Amos, which was the son of Naum, which was the son of Esli, which was the son of Nagge, 3:26 Which was the son of Maath, which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Semei, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Juda, 3:27 Which was the son of Joanna, which was the son of Rhesa, which was the son of Zorobabel, which was the son of Salathiel, which was the son of Neri, 3:28 Which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Addi, which was the son of Cosam, which was the son of Elmodam, which was the son of Er, 3:29 Which was the son of Jose, which was the son of Eliezer, which was the son of Jorim, which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, 3:30 Which was the son of Simeon, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Jonan, which was the son of Eliakim, 3:31 Which was the son of Melea, which was the son of Menan, which was the son of Mattatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David, 3:32 Which was the son of Jesse, which was the son of Obed, which was the son of Booz, which was the son of Salmon, which was the son of Naasson, 3:33 Which was the son of Aminadab, which was the son of Aram, which was the son of Esrom, which was the son of Phares, which was the son of Juda, 3:34 Which was the son of Jacob, which was the son of Isaac, which was the son of Abraham, which was the son of Thara, which was the son of Nachor, 3:35 Which was the son of Saruch, which was the son of Ragau, which was the son of Phalec, which was the son of Heber, which was the son of Sala, 3:36 Which was the son of Cainan, which was the son of Arphaxad, which was the son of Sem, which was the son of Noe, which was the son of Lamech, 3:37 Which was the son of Mathusala, which was the son of Enoch, which was the son of Jared, which was the son of Maleleel, which was the son of Cainan, 3:38 Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God." (Luke 3:23-38 KJV)
Fact Finder: John the Baptist was a prophesied prophet. What did Isaiah say about John?
This Day In History, April 15
769: The Church of Rome's Lateran Council (named after the Basilica in which it was held) condemned the Council of Hieria and anathematized its iconoclastic (opposing religious idols and images) rulings.
1071: Bari, the last Byzantine-held territory in southern Italy, was surrendered to Robert Guiscard.
1450: French forces under Comte de Clermont attacked 4,000 English troops under Sir Thomas Kyriel at the Battle of Formigny during the last stage of The Hundred Years War.
1632: George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore, died at age 52. The English statesman was directly involved in the founding of the North American province of "Mary Land" (named after the Church of Rome's ideas of Mary; see also What Does The Bible Really Say About Mary?), which later became the state of Maryland. A former member of the English House of Commons, Calvert gave up his seat in 1625 after he declared himself a Roman Catholic.
1715: The Pocotaligo Massacre set off the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.
1800: James Ross discovered the North Magnetic pole.
1859: The first steamboat began operating on the Red River, carrying freight and passengers between Fort Garry, now Winnipeg, Manitoba, and St. Paul, Minnesota.
1861: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to put down the insurrection that later became the U.S. Civil War.
1865: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln died after being shot at Ford's Theater in Washington the previous night.
Ronald Reagan broke the so-called "year zero curse" in 1989 when he became the first U.S. President since 1840, who won a Presidential election in a year ending in a zero, to leave office alive (although not without incident - Reagan was also seriously wounded in an assassination attempt in March of 1981):
1980: Ronald Reagan
1880: William Gladstone became the Prime Minister of Britain.
1912: The British ocean liner Titanic sank on its first voyage after colliding with an iceberg. 1,523 of the 2,200 passengers and crew were lost.
1917: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the British defeated the Germans at the Battle of Arras.
1923: Insulin became generally available for people suffering with diabetes.
1927: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 began. It was the most destructive river flood in U.S. history.
1938: Francisco Franco's forces captured Vinaroz in the Spanish Civil War.
1941: During the Second World War, the Belfast Blitz. Over 200 bombers of the German Luftwaffe bombed Belfast, Northern Ireland, killing 1,000 people.
1942: During the Second World War, the George Cross, Britain's highest accolade for civilian gallantry, was conferred on Malta by King George VI for bravery in withstanding Italian and German attacks.
1945: Near the end of the Second World War, the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp was liberated by British forces.
1949: Pope Pius XII issued his second encyclical on "Palestine" (see Where Is Palestine?), titled Redemptoris Nostri, that urged Roman Catholics to exert every effort on behalf of their Scriptures-ignoring plan to make Israel's national capital, Jerusalem, into a corpus separatum - an "international city" (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Capital Of Judah).
1952: The first flight of the Boeing B-52 bomber. Named after the year that it began flying (i.e. B-52 is from 1952), the B-52 is still in war service today (the crews are often just half of the age of the airplane).
1969: 30 military and CIA crew members were killed when North Korea shot down a U.S. electronic surveillance plane in the Sea of Japan. The Nixon administration chose not to retaliate against North Korea and start another Korean War.
1997: Over 300 Islamic worshipers were killed and over 1,200 injured at a tent city on the plain outside Mecca. Most of the dead were Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. The fire destroyed an estimated 70,000 tents which they use for shelter in the final days of their Hajj.
1998: Cambodian "Khmer Rouge" leader Pol Pot died at age 73. He is reported to have been responsible for the deaths of up to 2 million people in the "killing fields."
2010: Volcanic ash from a volcano in Iceland caused airspace over Britain and much of Europe to be closed.