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Wednesday, December 20 2017
"And He came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene"
Nazareth is located in Galilee, about half-way between the saltwater Mediterranean Sea to the west and the freshwater "Sea" of Galilee to the east (the Sea of Galilee is actually a lake, through which the Jordan River flows).
Nazareth was built along a hill that extends upward from about 300 meters / 1,000 feet to 490 meters / 1,600 feet above sea level. As such, Nazareth overlooks the Jezreel Valley and the Valley of Armageddon (see the map below).
Although born in Bethlehem (see Hometowns: Bethlehem and A Biography Of Jesus Christ: How Long In Bethlehem?), the Messiah was miraculously conceived in Nazareth.
"1:26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 1:27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 1:28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
After His time as an infant in Bethlehem and Egypt (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The Years In Cleopatra's Egypt), Nazareth was Messiah's home town for about 25 years - until His Ministry began (see the Fact Finder question below).
"2:19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 2:20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life.
Fact Finder: Why did the Messiah leave Nazareth?
This Day In History, December 20
69: Roman emperor Vitellius was murdered and his body was dragged through the streets by the supporters of his rival Vespasian, who then became Emperor (see The Roman Emperors: Vitellius and The Roman Emperors: Vespasian).
1046: At the Synod at Sutri in Italy, German Emperor Heinrich (the German version of Henry) III dismissed Pope Gregory VI (see Emperors and Popes). Four days later, Clement II was elected as Pope. The German Empire became the successor of the original Roman Empire, also thereby inheriting the Church of Rome (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1192: Richard the Lion-Heart was captured and imprisoned by Leopold V of Austria while returning to England after signing a treaty with Saladin to end the Third crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1552: Katherine von Bora died at age 53. The former nun married Protestant reformer Martin Luther in 1525, when Luther was 42 and she was 26. They had 6 children.
1606: Patriotic English settlers for the Virginia Company, a joint stock company chartered by King James I (after whom the King James Version of the Holy Bible is named; see also Why Is God A King, Not A President?) earlier that year, left London to establish English royal colonies in the wilderness of "New England."
1699: Following the lead of the Church of Rome, Peter the Great announced a reorganization of the Russian calendar, decreeing that the new year would begin on January 1 instead of September 1 (see How Did Rome Change True Time? and The Restoration Of The True Week And Month Is Coming).
1780: The Fourth Anglo-Dutch War (1780-1784) began.
1860: In defense of slavery, South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union; it was not re-admitted until 1868, after the Civil War.
1919: Canadian National Railways was established. It is today North America's longest railway with 50,000 kilometers / 31,000 miles of track.
1922: Fourteen Russian republics were combined as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The USSR lasted 70 years before collapsing to the failure of socialism as a viable economic system.
1924: Austrian-born German Nazi party leader Adolf Hitler was released from Landsberg Prison (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and Why Does Satan Love Liars?; also The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator).
1933: The Nazi government of Germany announced that 400,000 citizens were to be sterilized because of "hereditary defects" (included in the "defects" were anyone who opposed the government; see also The Character Assassins).
1955: Cardiff was proclaimed the capital city of Wales, United Kingdom.
1973 In Spain, General Franco's prime minister and right-hand man, Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco, was assassinated as he rode through a Madrid street.
1983: Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and 4,000 PLO ("Palestine Liberation Organization"; "Palestine" is a variant English translation of "Philistine"; see Where Is Palestine?) loyalists were evacuated from Lebanon during an Israeli invasion (see also Jordan's West Bank Invasion).
1987: A collision between the Philippine ferry Dona Paz and a tanker caused the deaths of 4,386 passengers and crew, all but 11 aboard the ferry - the worst peace-time tragedy at sea. The Dona Paz was licensed to carry just 1,500.
1989: The U.S. invaded Panama to install a new puppet government after President Manuel Noriega began moving Panama toward a declaration of independence from the U.S.
1996: Astronomer Carl Sagan died at age 62 (listen to our Sermon The Creator of Cosmos).