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Saturday, March 17 2018
Out Of Egypt Have I Called My Son
"When he arose, he took the young child and His mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the LORD by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called My son"
When most people think of Egypt in the Bible, they focus on the Pharaohs - the actual Egyptian kings who ruled their own people, in their own land (see Children Of Ham - The Origin Of Egypt And Iraq). While that history of Egypt did indeed extend far back over the centuries, by the time of the Messiah, Egypt, like Judea, was under Roman rule. But just beginning as such. For the most part, Egypt was still under Greek cultural influence at the time that the Messiah was taken to Egypt to escape Herod's assassination attempt upon Him - where He remained until it was Herod that was dead.
"2:7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 2:8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
Alexander the Great was a young Greek king who made Greece into an Empire that extended across southern Europe, north Africa (including Egypt - the city of Alexandria, Egypt is named after that Greek king), and far across the Middle East right to India.
When Alexander died in his early thirties, without royal heirs, his empire was divided into four major sections (see "A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids" in the Fact Finder question below). Egypt came under the control of Ptolemy, one of Alexander's generals. From him came the Ptolemaic Dynasty that ruled for three centuries, until the murder of Caesarion (Ptolemy XV), the 17 year old son of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar, by order of Octavian in 30 B.C. Octavian is better known to readers of the Holy Bible as Caesar Augustus - the Roman imperial king who declared the census that resulted in the Messiah being born in Bethlehem, exactly as prophesied (see Why Did They Go Home To Bethlehem?).
As such, the Messiah's few years in Egypt did not get Him out of the jurisdiction of the Roman Empire, but it did get Him safely out of the jurisdiction of Herod - and into the land of Cleopatra (see the Fact Finder question below to understand what "Cleopatra" actually means).
Fact Finder: What was the primary effect of the Greek and Roman Empires on the fulfillment of prophecy?
This Day In History, March 17
45 BC: Julius Caesar defeated the Pompeians at the battle of Munda in Spain. The Pompeians, led by two sons of Pompey the Great, lost over 30,000 men. It was one of a number of battles of Caesar's civil war (that began when he led his troops, from their assigned sector, across the Rubicon River in defiance of the Roman Senate) that turned the Roman Republic into the malignant Roman Empire (see The Roman Emperors: Julius Caesar and The Messiah And The Caesars; see also The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus).
180: Marcus Aurelius died, thereby leaving Commodus as the sole emperor of the Roman Empire (see Romans: In The Heart Of The Beast).
455: By means of the support of the Roman Senate (see The Politics Of Rome), Petronius Maximus became emperor of the Western Roman Empire.
461: The traditional date of the death of St. Patrick, the "patron saint" of Ireland.
624: Led by Muhammad, the Muslims of Medina defeated the Quraysh of Mecca in the Battle of Badr (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1337: Edward III created the Duchy of Cornwall for his eldest son, Edward, who was later made Prince of Wales.
1805: The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as President, was proclaimed to be the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King.
1808: The Revolt of Aranjuez; it forced the abdication of Charles IV of Spain.
1861: Victor Emmanuel was proclaimed the first king of Italy, uniting most of Italy under the House of Savoy.
1914: At the start of the First World War (1914-1918), Russia increased the number of active duty military personnel from 460,000 to 1,700,000 (see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars and Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1942: Nazis began deporting Jews to the Belsen concentration camp (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1948: The "Brussels Treaty" was signed by Britain, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. They agreed to take whatever action necessary in the event of a renewal of German aggression, and to come to the defence of each other if attacked by any aggressor in Europe i.e. the Soviet Union. It was a shadow of NATO which came a year later.
1957: An airplane crash in Cebu, Philippines killed Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay and 24 others.
1959: The Dalai Lama fled from Tibet to India.
1969: Golda Meir (born Golda Mabovich in Kiev, Ukraine, Russian Empire) became the first female Prime Minister of Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).
1992: In South Africa, a referendum was held to end apartheid.
1992: A suicide car bomb attack on the Israeli Embassy attack in Buenos Aires, Argentina killed 29 people and injured 242.
2011: During the Libyan civil war, the United Nations Security Council proclaimed United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, authorizing UN military intervention to protect civilians in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (see also Libya In History And Prophecy).