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Wednesday, October 25 2017

What Did Jesus Christ Do To The Christian Hunter?

"Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord"

Saul was a yet-unconverted Pharisee in Jerusalem (Nicodemus, to whom the famous John 3:16 lesson was given, was a converted Pharisee and associate of Saul; see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16? and What Did Joseph And Nicodemus Do With The Messiah's Body?) at the time of the Messiah's Crucifixion.

Saul was not only involved in the judicial murder of Jesus of Nazareth, but also many others of the Messiah's disciples thereafter. Saul was a participant in the stoning of Stephen, one of the first seven deacons (see also Why Were They Called Deacons?).

Stephen

"7:58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. 7:59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. 7:60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep." (Acts 7:58-60 KJV)

"8:1 And Saul was consenting unto his death.

And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.

8:2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.

8:3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison." (Acts 8:1-3 KJV)

Saul then pursued the Believers (see Where Believers Were First Called Christians) that had fled Jerusalem ("they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria"). Like no other, Saul made himself a Christian hunter.

"9:1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, 9:2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem." (Acts 9:1-2 KJV)

Saul then sought authority to arrest Christians up in Syria and bring them back to Jerusalem to be slaughtered. In effect, Paul also made himself a bounty hunter.

"9:1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, 9:2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem." (Acts 9:1-2 KJV)

Light

Saul's reign of terror and murder was ended by Jesus Christ, as He appeared from Heaven, on the road to Damascus. Although the Voice was not immediately recognized by Saul, he had heard it many times before: "I am Jesus whom thou persecutest." The Christian hunter was then face down in the dirt, blinded by the Light.

"9:3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 9:4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

9:5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord?

And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

9:6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?

And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

9:7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.

9:8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. 9:9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink." (Acts 9:3-9 KJV)

Saul

The conversion of Saul the Christian hunter into the apostle Paul then began. From that time on, Paul would find himself frequently persecuted and imprisoned, just as he had done to others: "For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for My Name's sake."

"9:10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias.

And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.

9:11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, 9:12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.

9:13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: 9:14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.

9:15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: 9:16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.

9:17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

9:18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized." (Acts 9:10-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: How did the apostle Paul's ministry begin? Who helped Paul?
See The Meeting Of Paul And Barnabas and The Ministry Of Paul And Barnabas


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This Day In History, October 25

473: Emperor Leo I proclaimed his grandson Leo II as Caesar of the Byzantine (i.e. East Roman) Empire.

Byzantine Empire

732: Charles Martel, ruler of the Franks (a confederation of Germanic people who settled in central Europe), defeated the Saracens (an ancient European term for Arabian people of the Middle East) at Poitiers.

Europe

1147: Seljuk Turks (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) annihilated an army of Church of Rome "Crusaders" under the command of German King Conrad III at the Battle of Dorylaeum (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1154: Henry II was crowned becomes King of England.

1415: The Battle of Agincourt, in France. A bloody victory of 12,000 English led by Henry V over 60,000 French in the middle period of the Hundred Years War. The 3-hour battle resulted in the deaths of the French forces leader Charles d'Albret, 12 other members of the highest nobility, 1,500 knights, and 4,500 men-at-arms. The victory was made possible by a new British weapon - longbows, that devastated the enemy sword-armed armored knights at a distance. The English losses were negligible.

Battle of Agincourt

1555: Charles V (a Hapsburg) abdicated as Holy Roman Emperor. His son Philip II received Spain, the newly-discovered continent of North America (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy), Italy and the Netherlands, while his brother became Holy Roman Emperor as Ferdinand I (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1616: Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog made a second-recorded landfall by a European on the Australian continent, at the later-named Dirk Hartog Island off the West Australian coast.

Australia

1671: Giovanni Cassini discovered Iapetus, a moon of the planet that humans call Saturn.

1747: The British fleet under Admiral Sir Edward Hawke defeated the French fleet at the second battle of Cape Finisterre.

1760: King George III of England was crowned. The King's reign was marred by the rebellion of a violent minority of the inhabitants of the New England colonies that Britain founded and built in the wilderness of north-eastern North America over a century earlier.

The United Empire Loyalists were conservatives (honest, hard-working, successful people of all walks of life i.e. farmers, merchants, tradesmen, educators) who moved to Canada from the New England colonies because they saw no need for a rebellion and were brutally persecuted by rebel forces (see When Do Liberals Become Conservatives?). Totaling about 40% of the population of the New England colonies, they were later known as United Empire Loyalists.

When the U.S. invaded Canada a few years later, in the War of 1812 (1812-1814), United Empire Loyalists and their adult children and grandchildren served among the British Army and Canadian militias that successfully defended Canada from U.S. annexation (the publicly-stated goal of U.S. President James Madison when he started the war).

United Empire Loyalists

A plaque in Hamilton, Ontario (as well as many others across Canada) commemorates the United Empire Loyalists:

"This monument is dedicated to the lasting memory of

THE UNITED EMPIRE LOYALISTS

Who, after the Declaration of Independence, came into British North America from the seceded American colonies and who, with faith and fortitude, and under great pioneering difficulties, largely laid the foundations of this Canadian nation as an integral part of the British Empire.

Neither confiscation of their property, the pitiless persecution of them by their kinsmen in revolt, nor the galling chains of imprisonment could break their spirits, or divorce them from a loyalty almost without parallel.

No country ever had such founders --

No country in the world --

No, not since the days of Abraham."

1813: During the War of 1812 (1812-1814; declared by U.S. President James Madison with the stated purpose to annex Canada), Canadian militia and Mohawk allies repelled U.S. invasion forces in the Battle of Chateauguay.

1854: During the Crimean War at the Battle of Balaclava, Lord Cardigan led the famous "charge of the Light Brigade" cavalry against the Russians.

1861: The Toronto Stock Exchange was established

1900: Britain's annexation of the Boer Republic came into effect. The territory was renamed Transvaal.

1923: Dr. Frederick Banting and Dr. J.R. Macleod of the University of Toronto were awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for their discovery of the hormone insulin. The discovery made possible more effective control of diabetes. Banting shared his part of the prize money with his assistant medical researcher and student Charles Best who Banting credited with being a co-discoverer of insulin.

1936: The government of Germany and Italy declared their formation of the "Rome-Berlin Axis" (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative? and The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator).

Hitler

1950: Communist Chinese forces crossed the Yalu River into North Korea (see Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).

1951: Winston Churchill was re-elected as Prime Minister of Britain after 6 years out of office.

Winston Churchill

1955: Austria was reinstated as a sovereign country when the last World War Two allied occupation forces left.

1971: The United Nations General Assembly voted to remove Taiwan from the U.N. and to admit communist China in its place.

1983: U.S. troops invaded Grenada to stop alleged Cuban and Soviet influence on the tiny Caribbean island. Britain was not informed before the invasion even though Grenada was a member of the British Commonwealth.

2004: Cuban President Fidel Castro banned the U.S. dollar from Cuba. Nearly 40 years earlier, the U.S. had already declared a trade embargo with Cuba after the Cuban revolution overthrew the Mafia (the Cuba scenes in the "Godfather" movies are actually historically correct) and CIA-backed fascist dictator Fulgencio Batista Zaldivar (see also Why Are Politicians Called Left Or Right?).





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