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Wednesday, June 15 2016
Acts 14: The Return Of The Home Town Apostles
"And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation, a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus ... Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia"
Barnabas was born on Cyprus, a major island nation in the Mediterranean Sea off the west coast of Israel. Paul was born in Tarsus, a city in the region of Cilicia, in what is today Turkey, which is located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, north of Cyprus. Both can be seen in the satellite photograph below.
The first missionary journey of Barnabas and Paul was a voyage to their home countries, Cyprus and Turkey (see The First Voyage Of Barnabas and Saul). As always, regardless of where they went, there were the wise people who loved the Truth, and there were the fools who detested it.
"14:1 And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.
The problem was often not that the people had no religion, but rather that they had idol religions. When Paul, by means of the Holy Spirit, healed a man, many of the people, rather than recognizing that it was Power from the only True God, proclaimed that it was done by their "gods" Jupiter and Mercury (a strange habit of present-age scientists who claim to reject "religion" but often name planets and scientific programs after non-existent "gods" e.g. Mercury, Jupiter, Apollo, Venus, Gemini etc.).
"14:8 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked: 14:9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, 14:10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.
Barnabas and Paul then retraced their route back to Antioch in Syria (see Where Believers Were First Called Christians).
"14:21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. 14:23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed. 14:24 And after they had passed throughout Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia. 14:25 And when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down into Attalia:
Fact Finder: Why was the New Testament recorded in the Greek language?
This Day In History, June 15
763 BC: The Assyrians (see Jonah: Three Days And Three Nights and Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes) recorded a solar eclipse (see also When Do Eclipses Happen On The Christian Holy Days? and What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?) that was later used to determine the dates of other events in the history of ancient Mesopotamia i.e. Iraq (see also The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq).
923: King Robert I of France was killed at the Battle of Soissons.
1184: King Magnus V of Norway was killed at the Battle of Fimreite.
1215: King John sealed the Magna Carta, the "Great Charter" of English liberties, at Runnymede, near Windsor. The Magna Carta was a key building block of constitutional law in the English-speaking world that many countries, even centuries later, used as the basis of their Constitution - while often ignoring or failing to credit the principles of the Magna Carta that they copied and claimed as their own.
1381: The Peasants Revolt ended in Britain with its leader Wat Tyler being beheaded in London.
1389: The Ottoman Empire defeated the Serbs and Bosnians at the Battle of Kosovo (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1467: Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, died; he founded the Burgundian state that rivalled France in the 15th century.
1520: Pope Leo X excommunicated Martin Luther for refusing the Pope as his leader. Luther nevertheless maintained almost all of the Church of Rome's antichrist doctrines, as do the "Protestant" churches of today (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Antichristians).
1567: Mary, Queen of Scots, was captured at the battle of Carberry Hill, near Edinburgh.
1744: British Admiral George Anson returned to England after circumnavigating the globe in an expedition that lasted nearly four years.
1846: The Oregon Boundary Treaty was signed by Queen Victoria and U.S. President James Polk. The treaty set the boundary between British North America and the breakaway colonies at the 49th parallel from the crest of the Rockies to the middle of the channel between Vancouver Island and the mainland.
1888: Crown Prince Wilhelm became Kaiser Wilhelm II, the last Emperor of the German Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1898: A tidal wave killed 22,000 people in Japan.
1992: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it is "permissible" for the U.S. to "forcibly extradite" anyone from other countries without any regard for the sovereignty of those countries - while at the same time proclaiming it illegal for any other country to do the very same thing to anyone in the U.S. (see also The Real Supreme Court).
1994: Israel and The Vatican established full diplomatic ties.
2002: An asteroid missed the Earth by only 121,000 kilometers, about 1/3 the distance between the Earth and the Moon.