Friday, March 31, 2017

The Introduction

I pray that you are as glued to this screen as I am. As I was reliving the things that I’ve learned about this power, over the last several years, I am more and more enthralled by its boldness and arrogance.  Hopefully, you were able to see the rise of this power in the last few posts. In this post, we shall describe a little more about its rise and how it is continuing to rise.

The little horn described in Daniel 7 began as pagan Rome. Much like the kingdoms that had come before it; its form of religion had not changed; the Caesars ruled and were worshipped. It was a civil power, set upon crushing and ruling the world, much like its predecessors. However, something different happened during this ruling kingdom.

It was within this time that Jesus Christ was born. Let’s read about it:

“In those days Caesar Augustus declared that everyone throughout the empire should be enrolled in the tax lists. This first enrollment occurred when Quirinius governed Syria. Everyone went to their own cities to be enrolled. Since Joseph belonged to David’s house and family line, he went up from the city of Nazareth in Galilee to David’s city, called Bethlehem, in Judea.  He went to be enrolled together with Mary, who was promised to him in marriage and who was pregnant.  While they were there, the time came for Mary to have her baby. She gave birth to her firstborn child, a son, wrapped him snugly, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the guestroom.”  Luke 2:1-7

Heretofore, Christianity was unknown, until by its authority, the authority of Pagan Rome. Jesus lived and was crucified, by this power. It was from that point that Christianity took its place.

“The Jewish leaders led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Roman governor’s palace. [a] It was early in the morning. So that they could eat the Passover, the Jewish leaders wouldn’t enter the palace; entering the palace would have made them ritually impure. So Pilate went out to them and asked, “What charge do you bring against this man?  They answered, “If he had done nothing wrong, we wouldn’t have handed him over to you. Pilate responded, “Take him yourselves and judge him according to your Law. The Jewish leaders replied, “The Law doesn’t allow us to kill anyone.” (This was so that Jesus’ word might be fulfilled when he indicated how he was going to die.)”  John 18:28-32

The plot thickens; now that Christianity has begun, let us see if it will make a difference now. Hummm?

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