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Monday, December 11 2017

Hometowns: Bethsaida

"Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter"

Bethsaida was a fishing village ("Bethsaida," as it is rendered into English, means house of fishing in Hebrew; see also Why Were The First Apostles Fishermen Instead Of Carpenters?) on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee (which as actually a freshwater lake through which the Jordan River flows). It was not far, about 3 kilometers / 2 miles, east of Capernaum.

Bethsaida was the home town of the apostles Philip, Peter, Andrew - and very possibly John (pronounced yeh-ho-naw in Hebrew) and James (pronounced yaw-awk-kobe i.e. Jacob in Hebrew):

"1:43 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.

1:44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 1:45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." (John 1:44-45 KJV)

Bethsaida

The people of Bethsaida became well-familiar with the miraculous power of the Messiah. Two of the Messiah's most well-known miracles (see also The Messiah's Beginning Of Miracles) were done at or near Bethsaida.

The healing of a blind man of Bethsaida:

The Shore of Bethsaida

"8:22 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. 8:23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.

8:24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.

8:25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. 8:26 And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town." (Mark 8:22-26 KJV)

The miraculous feeding of a multitude with "five loaves and two fishes" happened near Bethsaida.

"9:10 And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida. 9:11 And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.

9:12 And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place.

9:13 But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat.

And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people. 9:14 For they were about five thousand men.

And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company. 9:15 And they did so, and made them all sit down. 9:16 Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude. 9:17 And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets." (Luke 9:10-17 KJV)

With knowledge and proof comes responsibility. Many people witnessed the miracles of the Messiah, to which many believed, but many others chose to make themselves ignorant ("ignorant" means to ignore what has been made known). For that, they received a stark condemnation from the LORD (see the Fact Finder question below).

"10:13 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 10:14 But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you." (Luke 10:13-14 KJV)

Fact Finder: What did the Messiah command His servants to do when they encounter people who choose to be too stubborn to listen to the Truth?
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This Day In History, December 11

361: Julian (known as "the Apostate") entered Constantinople (named after the Roman Emperor Constantine; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs) as sole Emperor of the then collapsing and fragmenting Roman Empire that was then being superseded by the so-called "Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

630: Muhammad led an army of 10,000 to conquer Mecca. The religion that he created, known as "Islam," quickly spread across the Middle East, Africa and southern Europe (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South).

Islam
969: Byzantine (East Roman Empire) Emperor Nikephoros II Phokas was assassinated by his wife, Theophano, and her lover, the later Emperor John I Tzimiskes.

1205: John Grey, Bishop of Norwich, was elected Archbishop of Canterbury. He was later rejected by Pope Innocent III.

1640: English Puritans introduced the "Root and Branch" petition to the Long Parliament in London.

1688: King James II abdicated the British throne.

1792: King Louis XVI of France was put on trial for treason.

1845: The Sonderbund was established by the 7 Catholic Swiss cantons to oppose anti-Catholic measures by Protestant cantons.

1845: In India, Sikhs crossed Sutlej and made a surprise attack on the British, starting the Anglo-Sikh War.

1899: During the second British-Boer War, the British under Methuen attempted to advance and were defeated with the loss of over 1,000 men by 9,000 Boers under Cronje at the Battle of Magersfontein.

1901: Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi flew a kite fitted with an aerial from the Cabot Memorial Tower on Signal Hill in Newfoundland which enabled him to receive the world's first transatlantic radio message. Sent from Cornwall, England, it consisted of 3 dots, the Morse Code signal for the letter "s".

1917: British forces under General Edmund Allenby liberated Jerusalem (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).

The Liberation of Jerusalem

1930: The Bank of The United States in New York failed and closed all of its 60 branches. The bank had over 400,000 depositors.

1931: Britain's Statute of Westminster gave complete legislative independence to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, and Newfoundland.

1936: Britain's King Edward VIII told a radio audience that he was abdicating the throne to marry U.S. divorcee Wallis Simpson. Edward had reigned for only 11 months, the shortest reign since that of Edward V in the 15th century. George VI, father of Elizabeth II, became king.

1937: Italy withdrew from the League of Nations.

1941: Germany and Italy declared war on the United States; the U.S. then declared war on them. Poland declared war on Japan. Cuba, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Guatemala all declared war on Germany and Italy.

1941: Japanese forces occupied Guam.

1948: Newfoundland signed an agreement to become Canada's 10th province.

St. John's
1955: Israeli forces attacked Syrian positions on the Sea of Galilee.

1961: Captured Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was found guilty and sentenced to death by a court in Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah). He was hung in May of the next year.

Not all of Hitler's Nazi war criminals were executed however. Many were welcomed to other countries where they were made "heroes." A prime example of that is the Nazi "scientist" Wernher von Braun.

In 1959 U.S. President Eisenhower signed an executive order to enable Wernher von Braun (the developer of the rockets that Hitler used to bomb Britain) and other "rehabilitated" Nazi war criminals to work at NASA to develop the U.S. space program. Many who knew the truth about Wernher von Braun referred to him as the "NASA Nazi."

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Wernher von Braun

1962: Arthur Lucas and Ronald Turpin were hung at Toronto's Don Jail (Turpin murdered a Toronto police officer while fleeing an armed robbery; Lucas, who was a U.S. citizen from Georgia, murdered an undercover U.S. narcotics officer from Detroit while he was visiting Toronto). There were 710 executions in Canada between 1867 (when Canada became a self-governing member of the British Empire) and 1962 when the death penalty was abolished.

1967: The Concorde, a joint British-French development and the world's first supersonic airliner, was formally introduced in France.

1973: West Germany and Czechoslovakia signed a treaty nullifying the 1938 Munich Pact which sanctioned Hitler's seizure of the Sudetenland.

1983: The first visit to Lutheran church by a pope was made by Pope John Paul II in Rome.

1991: European Community leaders signed the "Maastricht Treaty" which aimed for a common foreign policy and a single currency by 1999.

2001: China joined the World Trade Organization.

2008: Bernard Madoff was arrested and charged with securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme (some debt-swamped countries are using the same principle to delay economic collapse - using more borrowed money to just be able to pay the interest on the massive debt that they already have).





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