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Saturday, January 21 2017
We Have No King But Caesar
"Behold your King! But they cried out, Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him ... Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar"
When the apostle Paul (see Paul, The Apostle To The World) was arrested on trumped up ("invented as an excuse or a false accusation," "fraudulently concocted" The Miriam-Webster Dictionary; see also The Character Assassins) charges, he had a conversation with a Roman military officer who was about to torture him to "make him talk" ("he should be examined by scourging; that he might know wherefore they cried so against him" verse 24 below).
The centurion didn't realize that Paul, having been born in Roman invaded and occupied Turkey, was a Roman citizen, albeit by invasion - it was only legal to torture people of other nations, not the "little god" citizens of Almighty Rome (Rome at that time was at its peak of power, from which it thereafter quickly rotted and collapsed from within; see The Politics Of Rome and What Did A Father Of Democracy Predict About It?).
While many people regard freedom to mean "the power to act, speak or think without externally imposed restraints" (The WordWeb Dictionary from Princeton University), the Romans used the word freedom to describe their political-military system - it became a label for a brutal, arrogant system of malignancy. And they actually believed it.
"22:24 The chief captain commanded him to be brought into the castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourging; that he might know wherefore they cried so against him. 22:25 And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned?
That Roman officer was an immigrant (the original meaning of "foreign legion") who was granted citizenship after hard service in the Roman army - perhaps even leading troops into his actual native-born country - where he would have been plainly viewed as a disgusting traitor, not a "hero." But he nevertheless had his parroting of the required "patriotic" jingo ("a vociferous supporter of policy favoring war, especially in the name of patriotism") down pat. And so did Paul in his response that he was born "free" (i.e. born with a political and military malignancy toward everyone else) - in his native country that had been invaded and occupied by the "free" Romans.
Neither of them seemed to have realized, just yet, how retarded and defective the asinine ("Showing a lack of intelligence or thought; stupid and silly" The WordWeb Dictionary from Princeton University) propaganda had made them.
"22:28 And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom.
Paul later, with his conversion, was healed of the brainwashing and made truly free (see Why Were The Prophets Of Truth Hated?), as were a number of Roman soldiers - including some of those who tortured and executed the Messiah (see also Peter's Lesson With Cornelius The Centurion).
Paul however had an earlier and more infamous participation of a declaration of allegiance to Romanism. Paul was not yet converted at the time of the Messiah's Crucifixion. Saul, as he was then known, was then a Jerusalem Pharisee who participated in the assassination of the Messiah, knowingly condemning, not only one of their own to death, but the actual leader of their own nation, with the putrid chant "We have no king but Caesar."
Rome, and Satan the father of lies, had really done a powerful brainwashing job on them, thereby making them, at that time, a nation of spineless fools who regarded those who were truly patriotic among them to be "traitors" to their Roman masters. Even Pontius Pilate plainly knew it, and regarded them in that contemptuous way with his pleading question "Shall I crucify your King?" Their response? "We have no king but Caesar."
"19:8 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid; 19:9 And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer. 19:10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?
Fact Finder: What's going to happen to all of man's toy countries when the LORD returns to establish His Kingdom on His Earth?
This Day In History, January 21
763: The Battle of Bakhamra during the Alid Revolt (an uprising by the Hasanid tribe of the Alids against the governing Abbasid Caliphate) between Alids and Abbasids near Kufa ended in an Abbasid victory.
1189: The Third Crusade began with the united military forces of King Henry II of England, King Philip II of France, and the "Holy Roman" Emperor Frederick Barbarossa (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). Also known as the King's Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1356: King Edward de Balliol vacated his throne to Edward III of England after his authority over Scotland declined in favor of the supporters of King David II.
1525: The Swiss Anabaptist Movement was founded when Felix Manz, Conrad Grebel, George Blaurock, and about a dozen others baptize each other in the home of Manz's mother in Zurich (see Anabaptists).
1542: The Bill of Attainer was passed by Parliament against Queen Katherine Howard.
1549: The first (of four in total) British Acts of Uniformity were passed by Parliament, requiring the Anglican Church to use the Book of Common Prayer (later called the First Prayer Book; see also Is 'Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust' Really In The Bible?).
1604: Tsar Ivan IV defeated the False Dimitri, who claimed to be the true tsar ("tsar" is the Russian version of "caesar").
1720: Sweden and Prussia signed the Treaty of Stockholm to end their "Great Northern War." Prussia was a key German kingdom in the German Empire ("Reich"; see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1793: King Louis XVI of France, who ruled from 1774 to 3 years after the revolution of 1789, was executed for treason. He was decapitated with the newly-invented guillotine.
1924: Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin died of a stroke at age 54.
1936: After the death of his father King George V, Edward VIII became king. He resigned the throne later that year to marry Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced US woman. Edward was succeeded by George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II.
1942: German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (the "Desert Fox") mounted a counter attack against British forces in North Africa.
1950: Eric Arthur Blair died at age 46. Best known by his pen name, George Orwell (a name inspired by the Orwell River in England), the English writer was the author of numerous famous works, including the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four from which the terms "Cold War" and "Big Brother" originated.
1959: Hollywood movie maker Cecil de Mille died. He is most famous for his 1956 film The Ten Commandments.
1965: The Prime Minister of Persia (known today as Iran; see also Ancient Empires - Persia), Hassan Ali Mansur, was assassinated.
1976: The supersonic Concorde airliner made its first commercial flights. Two of the aircraft flew from London to Bahrain and Paris to Rio de Janeiro.
1977: Almost all Vietnam War draft evaders were pardoned by President Jimmy Carter.
1984: Britain's first "test-tube" triplets (two boys and a girl) were born in London.
2003: A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck the Mexican state of Colima. It caused 29 deaths destroyed about 10,000 homes.