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Sunday, October 29 2017
Emperor Constantine's Sun Dog
"Lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them"
On October 28 312 AD, Emperor Constantine won the Battle of the Milvian Bridge (a bridge over the Tiber River in Rome) against Emperor Maxentius, thereby making Constantine the sole ruler of the Roman Empire. After the battle, Constantine claimed to have seen a "cross" and a halo in the sky, along with some sort of message of "in this sign conquer."
The reality (i.e. what he actually saw) and credibility (i.e. whether he actually heard anything) problem with the claim is that the Messiah (see Nisan 14: The Day That The Messiah Was Crucified) was not crucified on the shape of cross that formed the basis of Constantine's version of Christianity - the Son of God was crucified on a "T" (like an uppercase T) shaped cross. Nor would the LORD provide a blessing of such a major military victory to someone who would go on to build the antichrist religion that would martyr true Christians and deceive billions of people through the ages (see Biblical Eras: The Roman Empire And The Church Of Rome).
Constantine thereafter also became the political force of the observance of the old Babylonian "sun day" throughout the Roman Empire (while outlawing the true Sabbath; see the Fact Finder question below). He also greatly increased the use of the sun-behind-the-head "halo" - the ancient tribute to the sun god "Sol Invinctus" (the "Invincible Sun").
But was Constantine an outright liar about seeing a sun cross on the day of the battle? Probably not, but what he saw has been seen by millions of people, ancient and modern. It's now called a "sun dog" (formally called a parhelion) - a natural atmospheric optical effect related to rainbows. An example is shown above, complete with the "cross" and "halo" - very impressive if you happen to believe in the "sun god," as Constantine did long before Battle of the Milvian Bridge."
Artists have also portrayed "sun dogs" long before photography was invented. The painting below was done in 1535.
It hasn't just been the Babylonians and the Romans who made sun worship their state religion. Ancient Israel and Judah, those with the least excuse, were also poisoned by it.
The warning from the LORD:
"4:15 Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: 4:16 Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, 4:17 The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air, 4:18 The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:
While the Emperor Constantine claimed that his "sun sign" was a blessing from the LORD, what Constantine did with his "vision" was actually a death-penalty offense in the eyes of the LORD.
"17:2 If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant, 17:3 And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; 17:4 And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel: 17:5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die" (Deuteronomy 17:2-5 KJV)
The Kingdoms of Israel (see Biblical Eras: The Lost Ten Tribes Of Israel - Why?) and Judah (see Biblical Eras: Babylon - Back To The Beginning) were destroyed by the LORD for their heathen sun worship.
8:16 And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.
This Day In History, October 29
539 BC: Cyrus the Great of Persia conquered Babylon. Cyrus thereafter permitted the people of Judah to return home after their prophesied 70-years exile in Babylon (see The Prophet Daniel: The Hand Writing On The Wall and The Prophecies Of Cyrus of Persia).
312: Constantine the Great entered Rome after his battle victory at the Milvian Bridge (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
437: Valentinian III, Emperor of the Western Roman, married Licinia Eudoxia, the daughter of his cousin, Eastern Roman Emperor Theodosius II.
969: Byzantine (East Roman Empire) forces occupied Antioch Syria.
1618: Sir Walter Raleigh was executed at age 66 for treason against King James I (of the King James Bible fame). Raleigh was a writer, statesman and explorer. He is noted for introducing potatoes and tobacco to England.
1709: The First Barrier Treaty; Britain agreed to support the restoration to the United Provinces of the fortresses that it had been granted by the Treaty of Rijswijk.
1727: A severe earthquake struck northeastern North America.
1762: The Battle of Freiburg. The Austrians were defeated by the Prussians under Prince Henry. It was the only Prussian victory without Frederick II in command.
1792: Mount Hood in Oregon was named after the British naval officer Alexander Arthur Hood.
1886: The first "ticker-tape parade" took place in New York City when office workers spontaneously threw ticker tape into the streets as the Statue of Liberty was dedicated.
While most are aware that the image was a gift from the Roman-Catholic people and government of France, very few are aware that the Statue of Liberty was a deliberate, as stated by its builders, reproduction of the ancient Roman goddess Libertas, idol-worshipping Rome's "goddess of freedom." A 2,000 year-old Roman coin from 42 BC, from the era of the birth of the Roman Empire, shown below, shows Libertas (including the idol's name, the Latin Libertas, in English meaning "Lady Liberty" right on the coin); the face and the crown are identical to the Statue of Liberty.
1889: The British South Africa Company, headed by Cecil Rhodes, was granted a charter by the British government. The charter gave extensive powers over the area which later became Rhodesia.
1911: Hungarian-born U.S. newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer died at age 64. The Pulitzer Prizes are named after him.
1922: Italian King Victor Emmanuel II called on Benito Mussolini to form a government.
1927: Russian archaeologist Peter Kozloff discovered the tomb of Genghis Khan in the Gobi Desert.
1929: Wall Street "Black Tuesday" marked the final collapse of the U.S. stock market and the beginning of the Great Depression.
1945: The first ballpoint pen went on sale, 57 years after it was patented.
1956: Israel invaded the Sinai in response to belligerent actions by Egyptian President Gamal Nasser, including refusing access of Israeli ships to the Suez Canal and Gulf of Aqaba, and forming a unified military command with Jordan and Syria. In the brief war that followed, Israeli, British and French troops landed in the Canal Zone.
By the end of the conflict, Israel had conquered the whole of the Sinai Peninsula and Gaze. It was the second major Israeli-Arab war since the founding of the modern state of Israel, as made possible by the British presence there after the end of the First World War (see The Balfour Declaration). Known as the Sinai War, it was code-named Operation Kadesh by the Israelis (whoever named the operation "Kadesh" was apparently unmindful of the historical reality that Kadesh was the place in the Sinai wilderness where the Israelites refused to obey the LORD and enter the promised land when they first had the opportunity to do so, and so were left to wander and die in the wilderness (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Sinai Journey).
1957: Prime Minister David Ben Gurion and a number of government members were injured when a hand grenade was thrown into Israel's Parliament, the Knesset.
1967: Expo 67, Montreal's World Fair, ended after over 50 million visitors.
1972: A "Black September" terrorist group hijacked a Lufthansa airliner as it flew over Turkey. They demanded the release of 3 of their members who were being held for the murders of Israeli athletes at the Olympics.
1999: A cyclone devastated Orissa, India (see The Origin Of Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons).
2012: Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast of the U.S, killing nearly 300 people and causing about $70 billion in damage.