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Wednesday, November 1 2017
How Many Years Did Jesus Teach At The Temple?
"And all that heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers"
The Messiah was the Word of God (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation), born as a man (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: How Long In Bethlehem?).
"1:1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God ... 1:14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (John 1:1,14 KJV)
As such, the absolutely-pure and true Word of God never changed. Perfection simply IS - it doesn't change. It can't get better.
The Messiah's teaching at the Temple (see also Why Was The Messiah Drawn To The Heart Of The Temple?) spanned over 20 years, from the time that He was a boy at age 12, to that of a man of over age 30. But whether sooner, or later, He taught the only Truth that there is. The hostility toward Him only began at the very end (see also Why Did The Messiah Leave Nazareth?), at the time of the fulfillment of what He had been saying all along - that the teachers at the Temple agreed with because they recognized that what He was teaching was true and faithful to the Holy Scriptures. He wasn't a liberal or a philosopher. He wasn't creating a new religion or social movement.
Notice that the teachers were amazed that such a young boy could have the depth of understanding of the Scriptures that always took decades for others to achieve: "All that heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers."
"2:41Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. 2:42And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.
Even at the end when they were plotting to kill Him, they still admitted, despite themselves, that Jesus of Nazareth taught the Truth - just as He always had (some of the older ones no doubt remembered Jesus of Nazareth when He first taught at the Temple 20 years before, at age 12).
"20:21And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou the person of any, but teachest the way of God truly" (Luke 20:21 KJV)
But Truth had by then been defiled and perverted by politics and cheap personal ambition. Rather than rejoicing in the Word of God and the miracles that He did for all to see, they viewed Him as a competitor and sought to assassinate Him (see the Fact Finder question below).
11:47Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. 11:48If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation ... 11:53Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death." (John 11:47-48,53 KJV)
Fact Finder: Why was the Messiah assassinated?
This Day In History, November 1
79: Near Naples, Italy, Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the ancient Roman port city of Pompeii.
365: The Alamanni (a confederation of Germanic tribes) crossed the Rhine River and invaded Gaul. Roman Emperor Valentinian I took command of the Roman army to defend the Gallic cities. Germany later became the prophetic successor of the Roman Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1043: Holy Roman emperor Henry III (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) married Agnes of Poitou, a descendant of kings of Burgandy and Italy, to form an alliance designed to seal the empire's relations with the neighboring states to the west.
1512: Michelangelo's painting of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel ceiling was opened to the public.
1520: The Strait of Magellan, the passage south of mainland South America connecting the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans, was first discovered and navigated by a European, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, during the first around the world voyage.
1683: The British colony of New York (named after England's Duke of York and Albany) was subdivided into 12 counties.
1688: During the Glorious Revolution, William III of Orange departed from Hellevoetsluis in the Netherlands to assume the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland from King James II of England.
1762: French troops capitulated at Cassel and evacuated to the right bank of the Rhine during the Seven Years War.
1755: An earthquake destroyed Lisbon, Portugal and killed 60,000 people.
1765: The British Parliament enacted the Stamp Act, a tax on the New England colonies that helped to pay for British military defense of those same colonies against invasion by the powerful French and Spanish military presence in North America (see the maps of New France and Spanish Florida below).
The French held extensive colonies in what is today eastern Canada and Louisiana, while the Spanish (thanks to Christopher Columbus who claimed the entire "New World" for Spain and the Papacy; see the map of the voyages of Columbus at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy) held the vast Caribbean region from Florida to what is today Mexico, and south into South America.
Ironically, the tax to pay for the defense of the colonies became one of the major incitement tactics used by the leaders of the revolution. France eagerly assisted the insurgency (while hypocritically tolerating no independence for their own colonies throughout North America), with the intent to invade them once the British military connection could be broken. France couldn't carry through with their strategic plan because of the disastrous wars that the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte started in Europe and into Russia (the Napoleonic Wars, 1799-1815) that consumed the French army, culminating in the famous Battle of Waterloo (Belgium) in June 1815, during which Prussian (German) and British forces routed the French army under Napoleon.
1790: Edmund Burke published "Reflections on the Revolution in France" that predicted that the French Revolution would fail.
1800: U.S. President John Adams became the first President of the U.S. to live in the Executive Mansion, later renamed the White House. That original White House was burned to the ground by Royal Marines during the War of 1812 (1812-1814, started by U.S. President James Madison with the publicly-stated goal of annexing Canada and subjecting its people to colonial rule by politicians in Washington) in retaliation for the U.S. burning of the Parliament Building in York (known today as Toronto) earlier in the year.
1814: The Congress of Vienna opened with the purpose of re-drawing the European political map after the defeat of France during the Napoleonic Wars.
1856: Britain declared war on Persia (Persia is known today as Iran) after Persia invaded Afghanistan (see also Iran's Greatest Leader Was Pro-Zionist).
1869: Louis Riel seized Fort Garry (Winnipeg, Manitoba) during the Red River Rebellion.
1932: Wernher von Braun was named head of Adolf Hitler's (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) liquid-fuel rocket program that was used to bomb Britain (in which thousands of British civilians were killed and wounded) during the Second World War (1939-1945).
After the war, the "reformed Nazi" Wernher von Braun was admitted into the U.S. where the Nazi (he later admitted that he had been a member of both Hitler's political Nazi party and Hitler's war-criminal SS, "schutzstaffel" that murdered millions of Jews and other people in the Holocaust) worked on the development of NASA rockets (despite the opposition of those who knew the truth about "the NASA Nazi," including many Jews and Jewish holocaust survivors) and U.S. nuclear missiles.
1936: Benito Mussolini announced the formation of the "Rome-Berlin Axis."
1939: The world's first jet plane, the German Heinkel HE 178, made its first flight.
1950: Pope Pius XII declared "the assumption of Mary" (i.e. taken into heaven, body and soul, upon her death) to be definitive dogma for Roman Catholics. The false doctrine is blatantly contrary to the true Word of God in the Holy Bible (see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?).
1956: The Springhill Mining Disaster in Springhill, Nova Scotia killed 39 miners; 88 were rescued.
1959: Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens became the first goal tender to wear face protection in the National Hockey League.
1963: President Diem of South Vietnam was overthrown in a U.S.-staged coup. He was killed the next day.
1973: During the Watergate criminal investigations in Washington, Leon Jaworski was appointed as the new Watergate Special Prosecutor.
1984: Rajiv Gandhi was sworn-in as the Prime Minister of India amid anti-Sikh riots following the assassination of his mother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, by two of her Sikh bodyguards. Rajiv Gandhi was in later years also assassinated, by a suicide bomber.
1993: The Maastrict Treaty came into effect, creating a new European Union (a Biblically-prophesied event - see What Is The Mark Of The Beast?).