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Thursday, December 8 2016
Paul's Arrival At The Appii Forum And The Three Taverns
"And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii Forum, and the Three Taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage"
The apostle Paul's journey to Rome was hardly a vacation. It began with his arrest in Jerusalem on false charges, and then over two years of imprisonment while awaiting his "trial" (see The Court Of Felix - Where Politics Trumps Truth and Porky's Court). When Paul appealed his charges to Caesar, as was the right of all Roman citizens (Paul was a Benjamite of Judah who was born in Roman-occupied Turkey; see Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings and Why Didn't The Romans Torture The Apostle Paul?) he was shipped to Rome as a prisoner. The voyage was interrupted by a great storm that caused the ship to fortunately run aground on Malta (see Paul's Cyclone). After months on Malta, Paul continued on, as a prisoner, on another ship.
Paul's arrival and overland journey to Rome are documented in the verses of Acts 28 below and illustrated on the satellite photograph and the map below. The points of his land journey as stated in the Scriptures:
Paul's journey along the west coast of Italy ended with his arrival at Rome. The apostle's arrival did not happen by chance (see Why Was Paul Sent To Rome?).
"28:11 And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux.
Fact Finder: What happened that caused some of the true Church of God at Rome to become deceived followers of the Roman Empire's state-religion Church of Rome?
This Day In History, December 8
395: China's Murong-Xianbei state Later Yan was defeated by its former vassal Northern Wei at the Battle of Canhe Slope.
757: In China, Du Fu returned to Chang'an as a member of Emperor Xuanzong's royal court, after having escaped the city during the An Lushan Rebellion (see also The First Chinese American War).
1432: The first battle between the forces of Svitrigaila and Sigismund Kestutaitis was fought near tOszmiana, thereby beginning the Lithuanian Civil War.
1813: The first public performance of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.
1854: Pope Pius IX proclaimed the anti-Biblical heresy of the "immaculate conception" of Mary (see What Does The Bible Really Say About Mary?).
1869: The Vatican I Council began in Rome (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1907: Gustaf V acceded to the Swedish throne.
1912: The German Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) held an Imperial War Council of its members to discuss the possibility that war might break out. It did two years later, in the First World War.
1914: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the German cruisers Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Nurnberg, and Liepzig were sunk by Britain's Royal Navy at the Battle of the Falkland Islands.
1915: The poem In Flanders Fields first appeared in print, in Punch magazine. It was written by Canadian medical officer Lt. Col. John McCrae at Ypres, Belgium.
1940: During the Second World War, a heavy overnight raid by German bombers on London caused the first serious damage to the House of Commons and the Tower of London.
1941: The first large Nazi death camp, Chelmno, started functioning. There were to be 6 such death camps: Chelmno and Auschwitz in the Polish territories incorporated into Germany, and Treblinka, Sobibor, Majdanek and Belzec in the Polish "General Government" area. Besides these 6 "death camps", there were to be 1,634 "concentration" camps and their satellites, and over 900 "labor" camps. Of the over 8,860,000 Jews in countries of Europe directly or indirectly under German control, over 5,930,000 were murdered during the war (see The Character Assassins and The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator; also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1948: South Korea was recognized by the United Nations (see Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).
1965: The Vatican II Council officially closed after over 3 years.
1971: During the Indo-Pakistani War, the Indian Navy launched a major attack on West Pakistan's port city of Karachi.
1974: A plebiscite abolished the monarchy in Greece.
1978: Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir died in Jerusalem at age 80.
1980: Former Beatle John Lennon was shot to death at age 40 while entering his apartment building in New York City.
1991: Russia, Byelorussia and the Ukraine formed the Commonwealth of Independent States.
2004: The Cuzco Declaration was signed in Cuzco, Peru. It established the South American Community of Nations.