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Thursday, April 20 2017

Paul's Voyage On The Ships Of Alexandria

"The centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing into Italy; and he put us therein ... But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. ... they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves ... And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle"

The ancient port city of Alexandria was the capital of Egypt from about 330 BC during the era of the Greek warlord Alexander the Great (see The Prophet Daniel: The Ram and The He Goat) - the city was named after Alexander. After the death of Alexander, Egypt became a domain of the Ptolmies, another Greek dynasty (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids). One of the most famous of the Ptolmies was Cleopatra (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The Years In Cleopatra's Egypt).


Alexander the Great and the Greek Empire existed during the approximate three centuries between the end of the Old Testament record and the beginning of the New Testament record. As such, Alexandria is not mentioned by name in the Old Testament because it didn't exist yet, but the city is mentioned in the New Testament documents.

Apollos, an abbreviated version of the Greek name Apollonius, was a Jew from Alexandria who became a devout convert, and then teacher, of Christianity: "A certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the Scriptures."


"18:24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.

18:25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. 18:26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

18:27 And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace: 18:28 For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ." (Acts 18:24-28 KJV)

The apostle Paul's fateful voyage to Rome involved two ships of Alexandria: "The centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing into Italy; and he put us therein." That first ship was lost in the storm.

"27:1 And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus' band. 27:2 And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched, meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia; one Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us.

27:3 And the next day we touched at Sidon.

And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself. 27:4 And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under Cyprus, because the winds were contrary. 27:5 And when we had sailed over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia.

27:6 And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing into Italy; and he put us therein." (Acts 27:1-6 KJV)

Paul's shipwreck happened at the island of Malta. After three months, his voyage continued on another ship of Alexandria that had spent the stormy months at port there: "And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle."

"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." (Acts 28:11-14 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why did the LORD send Paul to Rome?
See Why Was Paul Sent To Rome? and Romans 1: Paul's Letter To The True Church Of Rome

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This Day In History, April 20

295: The 8th recorded passage of Halley's Comet.

Halley's Comet

1139: The Second Lateran Council opened in Rome (see also The Struggle For The Papacy).

1453: The last major naval battle in Byzantine (i.e. the East Roman Empire) history occurred; three Genoese galleys escorting a Byzantine transport versus the Ottoman blockade fleet (see also The Fall Of The Muslim Empire and The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1505: Jews were expelled from Orange Burgundy by Philibert of Luxembourg (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).

1534: French explorer Jacques Cartier set sail from St. Malo to explore the eastern coastline of Canada (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).


1653: In England, Oliver Cromwell expelled the "Long Parliament" for trying to pass the Perpetuation Bill, which would have kept Parliament in the hands of a few members only.

1657: The English navy, under Admiral Robert Blake, destroyed the Spanish fleet in Santa Cruz harbor, Tenerife.

1689: The siege of Londonderry began when supporters of James II attacked the city. The population nearly starved to death before the siege was lifted on July 30.

1769: Pontiac, Chief of the Ottawa Indians, was murdered by an Illinois Indian. In 1763 he had led an uprising against the British garrisons in North America.

1770: English explorer James Cook discovered what is today the coast of New South Wales, Australia.

1792: France declared war on Austria, Prussia and Sardinia in the War of the First Coalition.

1809: Napoleon fought the Austrians at the Battle of Abensberg in Bavaria.

1862: Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard complete the first "pasteurization" (named after Pasteur) experiments (see also Leviticus 13: Bacteria).

1902: Pierre and Marie Curie isolated the radioactive element radium (see also What Does Earth Mean?).

1910: Halley's Comet 29th recorded perihelion at 87.9 million kilometers (see also What Are The Hunter and The Seven Sisters Doing In Heaven? and What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).

1918: During the First World War (1914-1918), Manfred von Richthofen (the famous "Red Baron") shot down his 79th and 80th opponents - his final victories before being shot down and killed by a Canadian fighter pilot, Captain Roy Brown, the next day.

Brown and the Red Baron

1940: The first electron microscope was demonstrated.

1945: Near the end of the Second World War (1939-1945), Soviet troops began their counter-attack on Berlin (see Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).

1947: King Christian X of Denmark died.

1957: Comet Arend-Roland made its closest approach to earth. It was discovered the previous November by Belgians S. Arend and P. Roland. It was remarkable for its anomalous second tail which appeared as a sharp spike aimed at the sun (see also The Sun In History And Prophecy).

1973: The Canadian Anik A2 became the world's first commercial satellite in Earth orbit. A series of Anik satellites were launched from 1972 to 2013.

Anik Satellite

1978: Korean Airlines flight 007 was shot down by Soviet fighter jets after the airliner strayed over Russian airspace.

1989: The last Canadian $1.00 bill was printed. It was replaced by a $1.00 coin that became known as the "loonie" (as did the Canadian dollar itself) because of the engraving of a swimming loon (a fish-eating diving bird of the northern hemisphere) on one side of the gold-colored coin.

1999: The Columbine High School massacre in Colorado: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shot and killed 13 people and wounded 24 others before committing suicide.

2010: The Deepwater Horizon oil well exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, beginning an oil spill that would last six months.


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