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Thursday, December 21 2017

Hometowns: Capernaum

"And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast ... That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet"

The ancient city of Capernaum was located on the northern shore of the Sea Of Galilee (which is actually a freshwater lake i.e. "8:22 Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake" Luke 8:22 KJV) near where the sources of the Jordan River (and other streams) enter from the north.

The Jordan River then exits out through the southern shore of the lake and then flows southward to Judea, before terminating in the Salt Sea / Dead Sea (see also What Does The Bible Call The Dead Sea?). The Sea / Lake of Galilee could be regarded as the northern part of the Jordan River.

Capernaum

Capernaum was located along a primary road between Damascus in Syria (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria and The Syrian Tongue Of Jesus) and places southward, not only around the lake (see Hometowns: Magdala), but far throughout Samaria, Judea and beyond (see also Israel's Journeys Along The Fertile Crescent).

Magdala

Capernaum was the Messiah's prophesied home town during the years of His Ministry. He owned or leased (or possibly built) a house there i.e. "2:1 And again He entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that He was in the house." (Mark 2:1 KJV).

"4:13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: 4:14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,

4:15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

4:18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. 4:20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.

4:21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. 4:22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him." (Matthew 4:13-22 KJV)

Capernaum

The "conservative" (i.e. they were conserving the errors and self-righteous traditions that they had created for themselves) religious authorities of Judaism (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism) were headquartered in the south, at Jerusalem (see Why Was The South A Dangerous Place?). They had a contempt for the people of the north, in Samaria and Galilee because they regarded them as inferior immigrants (humans quickly forget their own foreign origins; see The Origin Of Israelites And Jews) and arrogantly looked down upon them as "Samaritans" (see The Origin Of The Samaritans).

Boat Those political and religious circumstances should have made it easier for many of those of the north to accept the Messiah's teaching, including even some of the Roman occupation troops as in the example of the Centurion from the garrison at Capernaum - which, for some, it did.

"8:5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, 8:6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

8:7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

8:8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 8:9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

8:10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 8:11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

8:13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee.

And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour." (Matthew 8:5-13 KJV)

The people of Nazareth did not see as many miracles even though the Messiah lived there for about a quarter century. As we read, His Ministry began when He left Nazareth - their violent reaction to His preaching was actually the reason that He left (see Hometowns: Nazareth). Unfortunately, for them, Capernaum rejected Him too (see the Fact Finder question below).

Fact Finder: Why did Capernaum become a ruin?
See Why Did Capernaum Fall?


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This Day In History, December 21

68: Vespasian (see The Roman Emperors: Vespasian), a Roman general, entered Rome and was proclaimed Emperor by the Senate (see The Politics Of Rome).

Vespasian

640: Muslim forces captured the "Babylon Fortress" in the Nile Delta after a seven-month siege (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

1140: Conrad III of Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) besieged Weinsberg.

1620: 103 English "Pilgrims" of the Mayflower made landfall in "New England" to establish English royal colonies there (see also The Pilgrims and Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

The Mayflower

1872: The HMS Challenger, commanded by Captain George Nares, sailed from Portsmouth, England on the Challenger expedition.

1883: The Royal Canadian Dragoons and the Royal Canadian Regiment, the first permanent force cavalry and infantry regiments of the Canadian Army, were established.

1898: French scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discovered radium.

Pierre and Marie Curie

1908: Klara Hitler, mother of Adolf Hitler, died of breast cancer at age 47. It was after his mother's death that Adolf Hitler began his homeless hobo years in Vienna, Austria (Hitler was born in Austria, not Germany) where he developed his warped psychological basis of his supposed "socialist" (NAZI is the abbreviation for his National Socialist party) and anti-Semitic (his resentment toward Jewish shopkeepers, while he was living on the street and in homeless shelters) attitudes (see Why Does Satan Love Liars? and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion; also The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator and Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).

Klara Hitler

1910: 2,500,000 plague victims were reported in the An-Hul province of China (see also Leviticus 13: Bacteria).

1946: An earthquake and tidal wave killed hundreds of people in Japan.

1948: Ireland declared itself a republic, rather than a dominion, and withdrew from the British Commonwealth.

1958: Charles de Gaulle (an ancient geographic name; see the map below) was elected the first President of the France's Fifth Republic.

Gaul

1967: Louis Washkansky, the first human heart transplant patient, died 18 days after the operation by Dr. Christiaan Barnard in Cape Town, South Africa.

1975: Terrorists of the "Arm of the Arab Revolution" led by "Carlos the Jackal" raided the OPEC headquarters in Vienna and held 11 oil ministers and their staff hostage.

1986: 500,000 Chinese students gathered in Shanghai's People's Square calling for democratic reforms, including freedom of the press.

1988: Pan-Am flight 103, a Boeing 747, was blown up by on-board bomb over Lockerbie, Scotland. 259 passengers and crew, and 11 other people on the ground, were killed by the Muslim terrorist bomb.

1991: 11 of the former 15 Soviet republics proclaimed the birth of the Commonwealth of Independent States and the death of the USSR. Of the other 4 former Soviet republics, 3 Baltic states were already independent and Georgia chose not to join the Commonwealth.

USSR

1993: President Boris Yeltsin abruptly abolished the former KGB security police, saying the huge force Russian citizens feared for decades was "incapable of being reformed."

1995: Bethlehem was transferred from Israeli to "Palestinian" control (see also Bethlehem In History And Prophecy and Where Is Palestine?; also Jordan's West Bank Invasion).





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