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Thursday, February 23 2017

Who Didn't Show Up In Court?

"And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee"

Upon his return to Jerusalem from his third missionary journey (see Paul, The Apostle To The World), the apostle Paul was arrested by the Romans at the behest of the Jewish religious council (see The Prophecy Of Paul's Arrest). They then regarded Paul as a heretic, just as they (and Paul himself, when he was a member of them before his conversion) had blasphemously regarded the Messiah as a heretic (see The Trial Of The Centuries).

The Romans declared Paul innocent of any wrongdoing, just as they had declared the Messiah innocent of any wrongdoing, but because Paul was being abused by the Roman trial system with a lengthy politically-motivated wait in jail (see The Court Of Felix - Where Politics Trumps Truth and Porky's Court), Paul claimed his legal rights as a Roman citizen (which the Messiah did not do; see Why Didn't The Romans Torture The Apostle Paul?) - to appeal to Caesar. They couldn't deny his request, so Paul made his famous voyage to Rome (see Why Was Paul Sent To Rome?), which included the also famous shipwreck on Malta (see Paul's Cyclone). After 3 months, Paul's voyage continued from Malta.

Romans

"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. 28:12 And landing at Syracuse, we tarried there three days. 28:13 And from thence we fetched a compass, and came to Rhegium: and after one day the south wind blew, and we came the next day to Puteoli: 28:14 Where we found brethren, and were desired to tarry with them seven days: and so we went toward Rome. 28:15 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. 28:16 And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him." (Acts 28:11-16 KJV)

Even when Paul arrived at Rome, his Roman captors wanted little to do with him. Perhaps they knew that Paul had already been declared innocent by a Roman governor in Judea ("26:31 And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds. 26:32 Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar" Acts 26:31-32 KJV). Paul was being held as a prisoner of his accusers, not of the Romans.

"28:17 And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. 28:18 Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me. 28:19 But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of. 28:20 For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain." (Acts 28:17-20 KJV)

When a trial is held, accusers must appear in court. None of the religious council of Judea showed up or even communicated with the Jewish leaders in Rome ("And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee"). The Jews of Rome therefore became Paul's liberators.

"28:21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 28:22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.

28:23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 28:24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. 28:25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,

28:26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: 28:27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

28:28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it. 28:29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves." (Acts 28:21-29 KJV)

Paul wasn't just set free; he became free to preach the Gospel - just as was intended by the LORD when He arranged for Paul's journey to Rome (see the Fact Finder question below).

"28:30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, 28:31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him." (Acts 28:30-31 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why did Jesus Christ have Paul sent to Rome?
See The Messiah's Appearances To Paul Before And After The Crucifixion


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This Day In History, February 23

303: Prior to its creation of a perverted version of Christianity for itself (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), Emperor Diocletian began the persecution of unspecified "Christians" in Rome (see also The Church Of God At Rome).

532: Byzantine (he Eastern Roman Empire) Emperor Justinian I proclaimed the construction of a new Orthodox "Christian" basilica in Constantinople (today known as Istanbul, Turkey). It became known as the Hagia Sophia. It later became mosque (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) and is today a museum.

Roman Empire

1455: Johannes Gutenberg printed the first book with the newly-invented process of movable type - the Bible.

Gutenberg Bible

1554: Mapuche forces under Lautaro defeated the Spanish at the Battle of Marihuenu in Chile.

1574: The Fifth War of Religion began in France.

1820: The Cato Street Conspiracy, an attempt to assassinate British Cabinet ministers, was foiled with only hours to spare.

1861: After seceding from Mexico in 1836, and then being annexed by the U.S. in 1845, Texas became the 7th state to secede from the U.S. and join the Confederates States of America.

Mexico

1887: An earthquake killed about 2,000 people in the French Riviera.

1898: In France, novelist Emile Zola was imprisoned for writing his "J'accuse" letter accusing the government of anti-Semitism and wrongly jailing Captain Alfred Dreyfus.

1903: While under U.S. military occupation, the puppet government of Cuba at the time leased Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. "in perpetuity." It is today the site of the infamous U.S. concentration camp (Legal Definition: "A penal camp where political prisoners or prisoners of war are confined, usually under harsh conditions") where prisoners have been tortured, killed or indefinitely incarcerated without charge or trial. Outside of the walls of the Nazi-like camp is a bizarre official sign that proclaims "Honor Bound To Defend Freedom."

Cuba

1919: Benito Mussolini left the Socialists and founded the Fasci del Comattimento (Fascist) party in Italy (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?).

1934: Leopold III became King of Belgium.

1942: A Japanese submarine shelled an oil refinery in Santa Barbara, California, the first Japanese bombs to hit U.S. the continental U.S. during the Second World War.

1944: Russia's Josef Stalin forced 1 million Chechens into exile. He dissolved their republic while accusing them of collaboration with Nazi Germany.

1970: Guyana, formerly British Guiana, became an independent republic within the British Commonwealth.

1987: Ian Shelton, a Canadian astronomer from Winnipeg, discovered the first supernova since Kepler's observation in 1604 while working at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. The star, Sanduleak 69 202 in the Large Magellanic Cloud, is estimated to be 160,000 light years away i.e. the image of it that is seen today left 160,000 years ago.

1996: Pope John Paul II issued an updated code for electing popes, introducing modern comforts for cardinals in conclave and reaffirming rules against electronic bugging to safeguard their secrecy.

1998: Osama bin Laden (born in Saudi Arabia) published a fatwa of jihad against all Jews and "Crusaders" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).





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