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Tuesday, December 27 2016
A Biography Of Jesus Christ: How Long In Bethlehem?
"Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel"
The most-famous birth of all time was that of the Messiah in Bethlehem of Judea - not Bethlehem of "the West Bank of Palestine" (see Where Is Palestine? and Jordan's West Bank Invasion). "Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem" (see Why Did They Go Home To Bethlehem?).
"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.) 2:3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
The Birth was immediately announced first to nearby shepherds (see The Bethlehem Shepherds Prophecy) who were tending their flocks in the same area that the Messiah's royal ancestor, King David, kept flocks as a youth (see The Anointing Of David). The shepherds witnessed the Messiah as a newborn infant in the famous manger (see The King Who Was Born In A Barn and Did Mary Really Ride A Donkey Into Bethlehem?).
"2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 2:9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
The Magi, or "Wise Men," arrived months later because of the great distance that they had to travel after they were told that the Birth had occurred (see Why Did The Magi Come?). By the time that they arrived, the family was in a house, not a stable ("when they were come into the house") and the Messiah was, as we will get to, somewhere up to two years old ("they saw the young child").
Notice also that the prophesy of Micah 5:2 (quoted in verse 6 below) was fulfilled in Bethlehem: "And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel."
"2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
The age of the Messiah when He fled Bethlehem, up to two years old, is evident from Herod's assassination decree, "and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men."
"2:13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
Fact Finder: What was the "Rachel's children" prophecy that is stated in verse 18 above?
This Day In History, December 27
537: The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey was completed. The Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica (church), later became a Muslim mosque. It is today a museum (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1512: The Spanish Crown issued the Laws of Burgos. They governed the conduct of settlers (who the native people came to view as invaders in their homelands) toward native people in the "New World."
1741: Prussian (not to be confused with Russian - Prussia is in Germany) forces took Olmutz, Czechoslovakia.
1822: Louis Pasteur, the French chemist and bacteriologist, was born. He originated the heat process known as Pasteurization, used to destroy micro-organisms in certain foods and drinks.
1825: The first public railroad using steam locomotives was completed, in England.
1831: The British survey ship HMS Beagle set sail from Plymouth, England, on its scientific voyage around the world. On board was a young naturalist by the name of Charles Darwin (see Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists).
1922: The Japanese Hosho was commissioned. It was the first purposely-built aircraft carrier in the world (earlier carriers were converted ships e.g. the first U.S. aircraft carrier was a converted bulk coal carrier). During the Second World War (1939-1945), Japan lost over 20 aircraft carriers (including those that were involved in the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941), while the U.S. lost over 12 (including the Hornet, Langley, Lexington, Princeton, Wasp and Yorktown).
1927: Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Soviet Communist Party, marking a victory for Joseph Stalin.
1929: Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin orders the "liquidation of the kulaks as a class." The kulaks were peasants who owned property that they worked for, but were regarded as a threat to socialism.
1945: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) was established.
1949: Indonesia became independent from the Netherlands by decree from by Queen Juliana.
1966: The Cave of Swallows, the largest known cave shaft in the world, was discovered in Aquismon, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
1972: Lester Pearson died at age 75. The 14th Canadian Prime Minister (1963-1968) was awarded the 1957 Nobel Peace Prize (back in the days when the recipient had to actually do something for peace) for his efforts to resolve the Israeli Suez Crisis of 1956.
1972: Belgium became the first NATO country to establish diplomatic relations with East Germany.
1978: King Juan Carlos ratified Spain's first democratic constitution.
1979: Soviet forces invaded Afghanistan. Hafizullah Amin, President of Afghanistan, was executed. The U.S. condemned the Soviet invasion until it did so itself a few years later.
1995: Israeli troops withdrew from Ramallah, completing the handover of 6 "West Bank" towns to the "Palestinians" ("Palestine" is merely a variant English-language rendering of "Philistine"; see Jordan's West Bank Invasion and Where Is Palestine?).
1996: Rwanda's first genocide trial opened with the accused facing charges for their part in the slaughter of 800,000 Tutsis in 1994.
2007: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated.
2008: Israel began a 3-week military operation on Gaza - "Operation Cast Lead" (see also Gaza In History And Prophecy).