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Sunday, December 25 2016
Why Did They Go Home To Bethlehem?
"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: To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child"
Joseph of Nazareth (see Joseph Of Nazareth) was a carpenter by trade. As such, the more forested (at the time) hill country of Galilee was a prime place to work, rather than in the hotter, drier areas of the south, in Judea.
Nevertheless, when people moved to other places, they did not stop being who they were, so when a national census was declared by the imperial Romans, Joseph and Mary (see What Does The Bible Really Say About Mary?), who were of the tribe of Judah, traveled to the city of their ancestors in Judea (see Judah's Homeland).
Galilee was historically the tribal lands of other tribes (see The Israel Lottery), but after the "lost ten tribes" were taken away (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes), the land was inhabited by people from Babylon who became known as "Samaritans" (see The Origin Of The Samaritans) because they settled first in Samaria, the central area of Israel between Judea to the south and Galilee to the north ("4:15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles" Matthew 4:15 KJV).
A Roman emperor declared the census (see The Birth And Childhood Of The Messiah), but the birth of the Messiah had already been declared by the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour) centuries before (see the Fact Finder question below).
"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 genealogy of the Messiah is from Abraham (see the series of studies for Abraham, beginning with A Biography Of Abraham: The Genealogy Of Abram) who lived in the time before Israelites and Jews existed - they were the descendants of Abraham's grandson Jacob (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria) and great-grandson Judah (see The First Jews and Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings). King David of Judah was chosen from the Messianic branch of Abraham's descendants (see David's View From The Cross).
"1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Fact Finder: Who decided that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem?
This Day In History, December 25
274: Roman Emperor Aurelian (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) declared the pagan Sol Invictus ("the invincible sun," from which the heathen "Sunday" originated; see Why Observe The True Sabbath?) to be the state religion of the Roman Empire and the "Church" that it created for itself (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
336: The first documented observance of "Christmas" in Rome, observed at the time of their sun god (Sol Invictus) festival (see Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate? and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
496: Clovis and 3,000 of his warriors were baptized into the Church of Rome. Clovis is considered to be the founder of the Frankish kingdom (see the map below), the first Church of Rome king of the Franks, and the only orthodox "Christian" ruler in the west.
597: England adopted the Julian calendar (see How Did Rome Change True Time? and The Restoration Of The True Week And Month Is Coming).
795: Adrian I, pope 772-795, died. His relationship with Charlemagne "symbolized the medieval idea of union of church and state in a united Christendom." He was elected with the support of the Frankish party at Rome (see Emperors and Popes).
800: Pope Leo III crowned Charles, King of the Franks (subsequently called Karl der Grosse / Charles the Great, or Charlemagne) "Emperor of the Romans." Some consider this date to be the beginning of "The Holy Roman Empire" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). The iconography of the Middle Ages shows the Emperor, not the Pope, as "Peter's representative." The emperor was often portrayed as standing alone as "God's earthly vicar" (listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1100: Baldwin of Boulogne, one of the leaders of the Church of Rome's first "Crusade" was crowned the first King of Jerusalem (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1635: French explorer Samuel de Champlain died at age 68. He was the chief founder of "New France" in North America (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1651: The General Court of Boston levied a five shilling fine on anyone found "observing any such day as Christmas" (see Could Santa Claus Have Become The Pope?).
1926: Hirohito became emperor of Japan.
1941: With France under German occupation at the start of the Second World War, many "Free French" forces retreated to the tiny French islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon off the Canadian east coast (St. Pierre and Miquelon are to this day owned by France).
1950: Scottish nationalists stole the Stone of Scone (the "Coronation Stone" or "Stone of Destiny") from the British coronation throne in Westminster Abbey. Weighing 485 pounds / 220 kilograms, it was recovered 4 months later.
1977: Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel met with Egyptian President Sadat in Egypt.
1989: Romanian dictator Nicolea Ceausescu and his wife Elena were executed by a rebel firing squad during the overthrow of the communist government.
1991: Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev resigned amidst the political death of the "Soviet Union." The USSR lasted for 70 years; it collapsed due to national bankruptcy.