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Tuesday, October 24 2017

When Did Cocky Peter Chicken Out?

"Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice"

The apostle Peter was not a coward. His courage and his character were strong. But on the night that the Messiah was arrested by the corrupt High Priest's private army (see Passover: What The Messiah Did On The Evening Of Nisan 14 and Nisan 14: The Day Of The Crucifixion Of The Son Of God), Peter became confused when the LORD commanded Peter to not defend Him.

There was however another lesson provided, particularly for "in your face" Peter. Peter was "cocky" to a point beyond righteous self-confidence. The Messiah provided Peter, and everyone else, with a lesson about the depth of true courage - and He used a "chicken" to do it.

Rooster

"26:30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

26:31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. 26:32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.

26:33 Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.

26:34 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

26:35 Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples." (Matthew 26:30-35 KJV)

When the mob arrived, Peter did the right thing - he attempted to defend the King. But to Peter's shock, the King told him to surrender, to which "they all forsook him, and fled" - also exactly as the LORD had prophesied. Peter became confused, not a coward.

"14:43 And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.

14:44 And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely. 14:45 And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him. 14:46 And they laid their hands on him, and took him. 14:47 And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.

14:48 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take me? 14:49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled. 14:50 And they all forsook him, and fled." (Mark 14:43-50 KJV)

The apostle John and the apostle Peter had very similar backgrounds - they were both fishermen of the lake of Galilee. But John simply did things - without the mouthy bravado of Peter.

Peter's famous denial of the Messiah happened along with John not denying the Messiah. Amidst the very dangerous frenzy, everyone knew who and what John was i.e. John "was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest" - but John didn't flinch or deny. As such, it was John that enabled Peter to enter, where, unlike John, Peter denied even knowing Jesus.

"18:12 Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him, 18:13 And led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year. 18:14 Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.

18:15 And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest. 18:16 But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter." (John 18:12-16 KJV)

Peter's first denial (one can only wonder what John was thinking as he watched the pitiful spectacle of, perhaps the first time ever, he saw "cocky" Peter turn "chicken").

"18:17 Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art not thou also one of this man's disciples? He saith, I am not.

18:18 And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself." (John 18:17-18 KJV)

And again (was John by then thinking, What the hell are you doing??)

"18:25 And Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. They said therefore unto him, Art not thou also one of his disciples? He denied it, and said, I am not." (John 18:25 KJV)

And again, the third time - exactly as the Messiah prophesied. Peter, upon hearing the crowing rooster, immediately grievously repented.

"18:26 One of the servants of the high priest, being his kinsman whose ear Peter cut off, saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with him?

18:27 Peter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew." (John 18:26-27 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why was Peter crucified?
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This Day In History, October 24

69: The Second Battle of Bedriacum. The Danube armies under Antonius Primus, an ally of Vespasian (see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?), defeated the forces of Emperor Vitellius (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire).

439: The Vandals (a Germanic tribe; the term vandalism" originated from the Vandals) captured the North African city of Carthage from the Romans. The German Empire later succeeded the Roman Empire of history and prophecy (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1147: After a 4-month siege, "Crusaders" led by Afonso Henriques reconquered Lisbon (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

Crusaders

1273: Rudolf of Hapsburg, a Swiss count, was crowned king of Germany at Aachen, Charlemagne's old capital. Rudolf was the first Hapsburg to be "Holy Roman Emperor" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1360: The Treaty of Calais was signed by Edward III of England and John II of France, allowing England to retain certain French territories. The Hundred Years War, begun in 1337, continued until 1453.

1537: Jane Seymour, the third wife of England's King Henry VIII, died 12 days after giving birth to Prince Edward, later King Edward VI.

1601: Tycho Brahe died at age 54. The Danish astronomer made many important discoveries of the heavens during his career (many things of which were already well-known to those to read and believed the Holy Bible - see No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible).

1648: The Thirty Years War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Westphalia between France and the "Holy Roman Emperor" at Munster. After 3 decades of war, Germany was left devastated by sword, fire and plague.

1755: At the time when northeastern North America was divided into "New England" and "New France," a British expedition against the French-held Fort Niagara was repulsed.

1795: Poland ceased to exist as an independent nation when Russia, Prussia (which is in Germany; not to be confused with Russia) and Austria negotiated the Third Partition.

1920: Alexander, king of Greece 1917-1920, died at age 27 from infection after being bit by a pet monkey.

1921: The Nova Scotia working fishing schooner Bluenose (the Bluenose worked as an actual fishing schooner between races) defeated the U.S. racing schooner Elsie to win the International Schooner Championship. The Bluenose (which is pictured on the Canadian dime coin) remained undefeated in every race, against all comers, that it ever entered, including every year's International Schooner Championship, for its entire working life over the next 17 years.

The Bluenose

1922: The Irish Parliament adopted a constitution for an Irish Free State, which formally came into existence in December.

1929: "Black Thursday" on the U.S. stock market, leading to the Great Depression. New York Stock Exchange prices collapsed with nearly 13,000,000 shares changing hands in panic selling.

1944: U.S. warplanes sank the Japanese battleship Musashi, one of the largest ever built, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf during the Second World War. The U.S. aircraft carrier Princeton was also sunk. More than 30 major U.S. and Japanese warships were sunk in the battle, including Japan's last 4 aircraft carriers. After this battle, the depleted Japanese naval forces resorted increasingly to Kamikaze suicide attacks.

Many U.S. and Japanese aircraft carriers sunk in battle during the war. Japan lost over 20 aircraft carriers (including those that were involved in the attack on Pearl Harbor), while the U.S. lost over 12 (including the Hornet, Langley, Lexington, Princeton, Wasp and Yorktown).

Lexington

1945: The founding of the United Nations.

1946: A camera on board a German V-2 rocket (used by Adolf Hitler to bomb Britain until the end of the war in 1945; see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) took the first photograph of Earth from outer space.

1947: During the "red scare" hysteria of U.S. McCarthyism (that some historians have likened to the Salem "witch hunts" of centuries before), Walt Disney testified before the House "Un-American Activities Committee," where he named Disney employees that he accused of being communists (Disney was actually making the accusations against labor union members who worked for his company as artists and actors - McCarthyism was a convenient and profitable "union busting" tactic by Disney).

The term "McCarthyism" was defined as "the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence." Named after mentally-unstable Republican U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin (who was later discredited and censured before he died of alcoholism at age 48), it resulted in thousands of U.S. citizens wrongly accused as communists or communist sympathizers and subjected to "big brother" investigations and questioning before government or private-industry panels, committees and agencies. Many innocent people had their lives and careers destroyed by the mass hysteria.

McCarthyism

1964: Northern Rhodesia became independent from the British who established civilized government for the country; it thereafter became known as the Republic of Zambia.

1973: Israel's Yom Kippur War (an invasion by Arab nations on the Day of Atonement) ended (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

1980: Poland's communist authorities granted recognition to the new independent trade union "Solidarity."

2003: The supersonic Concorde airliners made their last commercial flight.

2008: The "Bloody Friday" when many of the world's stock exchanges experienced the worst declines in their history.





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