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Thursday, November 23 2017
The Roman Emperors: Titus
"I have made but one mistake"
Titus was the tenth Roman Emperor after Julius Caesar. From the Biblical historic and prophetic perspective, Titus is most relevant from his years as a Roman general when his father Vespasian was Emperor. It was Titus that commanded the Roman forces that destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple - exactly as prophesied by Jesus Christ nearly 40 years before.
The destruction of the city also included the fulfillment of the prophecy that those who heeded the Messiah's prophecy about the coming destruction would not themselves be destroyed in it.
The Messiah's warning, nearly 40 years before the event happened (see Roman Emperors: Vespasian for the eyewitness account by Josephus of that destruction of the city):
"24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple.
The saving, by the Savior's words, of those who heeded His warning;
"Under the reign of Vespasian, Rome declared war against the Jews because of their repeated revolts, and General Titus besieged the city of Jerusalem 70 A.D. It is said that eleven hundred thousand [i.e. one million, one hundred thousand] Jews perished in the six month siege, but the church there escaped the horrors of the siege by following the instruction of Christ in Matthew 24, and fleeing to the mountains beyond the Jordan. This timely retreat was made to the small town of Pella." (Hugh Smith's History)
Titus reigned for only a little over 2 years, from June 79 to September 81. He died of possibly natural causes, of a fever. His last words were: "I have made but one mistake." He died before he could say what his "one mistake" in life had been.
Fact Finder: Why did the LORD bring about the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem - twice?
This Day In History, November 23
912: Otto I ("Otto the Great") was born. As German king, he was the Holy Roman emperor from 962 to 973 (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1174: Saladin captured Damascus. During the peak of his power, Saladin led the Muslim nations against the Church of Rome's European "Crusaders" (see The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy; see also Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs).
1248: Seville surrendered to Ferdinand III of Castile after a two-year siege.
1510: Ottoman Empire armies (The Empires Of Bible History And Prophecy) sacked Kutaisi (today in European Georgia).
1531: In Switzerland, the Peace of Kappel was signed, ending the second civil war and ensuring Roman Catholic areas were recognized as part of the Swiss Confederation.
1616: Prospero Alpini died at age 63. The physician and botanist is credited with the introducing of coffee and bananas to Europe.
1654: French mathematician Blaise Pascal, 31, underwent a profound religious conversion. He abandoned science, stating that "the Christian religion obliges us to live only for God, and to have no other aim than Him."
1890: Princess Wilhelmina became Queen of the Netherlands at the age of 10 upon the death of her father William III. Her mother, Queen Emma, acted as regent until 1898.
1924: Edwin Hubble's discovery that the Andromeda Galaxy, which had been believed to be merely a nebula within our galaxy (known as the "Milky Way"), is actually another galaxy, and that the Milky Way is only one of a vast number of galaxies in the universe, was first published (see also Job 38: What Are The Hunter and The Seven Sisters Doing In Heaven?).
1936: The U.S. abandoned the U.S. embassy in Madrid, Spain because of the civil war there.
1947: Officials at Jerusalem's Hebrew University first learned of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Originating sometime between 200 BCD and 70 AD, they had been found the previous year by two Bedouin boys in a cave near Qumran (the author of Daily Bible Study viewed some of the Dead Sea Scrolls when they were on exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada from June 2009 to January 2010).
1959: General Charles de Gaulle, President of France, declared in a speech in Strasbourg his vision for a European Union: "Europe, "from the Atlantic to the Urals."
1979: Thomas McMahon was sentenced to life in prison for the assassination of Earl Mountbatten, cousin of Queen Elizabeth.
1980: A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Eboli in southern Italy, killing 2,735 people and injuring at least 7,500. It was Europe's most severe earthquake since 1915.
1985: 58 people were killed when Egyptian commandos stormed a hijacked Egyptair airliner in Malta.
2005: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was elected President of Liberia, thereby becoming the first woman to lead an African country.