Transcript from show #291.
(Please note that the transcripts are written pretty well as they were delivered on air).
This program continues on various series of different topics on theology such as end times, prophecies, daily living, etc. as the subject matter comes up.
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As I explained a few weeks ago radio shows from #288 to 290 were lost for technical reasons, so I am glad to be able to pick up again the transcripts of the shows today from #291 onward. Please note that this radio show is actually part 2 of #290 that was lost. So the transcript following hereon begins at that point. (If you would like to hear the previous show (#290), let me know through the contact form on this web site and I can arrange to send you the mp3).
Alright... as I mentioned in the last program, I will begin a new series covering the historical events that were going on in the time leading up to the Messiah's Visitation to this earth. It is fascinating to see how God had everything lined up to make the way for the Lord's visit to this earth.
And so this first program of the series covers the historical events before and after the Lord's visitation between 300 B.C. And 300 A.D.
First, let's listen to the opening music, prayer and worship time...
(Opening Music interlude on the live radio show)
Let us pray...
The Lord's Prayer...
Praise God Doxology...
So as I said above, this program will begin with the historical events between 300 B.C. and 300 A.D that surrounded the coming of Christ during his time on earth, circa 6 B.C. to circa (27) A.D. It is awesome and fascinating how God's historical timing and everything else is so purposeful and precise.
I've always been interested in history and the more that I read up on it the more it proves to be totally fine-tuned with His divine design and intentions.
I told you the story of the professional individual I recently was asking if she was “a woman of faith”, because that's what she refers to me as. Her answer was that she was not. But on furthering the conversation, she did add that she was born in a Catholic environment, but quickly admitted that her belief was in science only.
My response was “If it wasn't for God, we would have no science. -- we would have nothing to analyze.”
Science came along with the physical world that He created. Unfortunately the created world fell to sin early on, and has been suffering the ravages of sin eversince -- “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” (Romans 8:22).
But God had a plan of deliverance and that's what we are told about in the Word of God.
I've always been interested in history, especially since I became a believer in 1981 and especially as it pertains to God's Story – and it's all in the Word of God.
Just a few weeks ago, I took an opening course in Ancient Christianity from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, which was founded in 1844 by members of the Free Will Baptists. The college's required core curriculum includes courses on the Great Books, the U.S. Constitution, biology, chemistry, and physics, which is a great place to begin furthering knowledge in these areas.
The course in Ancient Christianity got me going on to deeper studies of my own in the history of the Roman Empire which was the historical interval at the time of our Lord' first coming (his second coming will be at the end of the book of Revelation).
So before I get to the time of the Roman Empire at the time of Christ, I will give a brief outline of what went on during the 400 years between the Old and the New Testament.
But first let's listen to this...
(Music interlude on the live radio show)
Ok, so let's get started on this fascinating journey of divine history...
So we have a tremendous panorama of historical events taking place from Genesis 1 to the Revelation of the end times.
The first stage of that covers some 4,000 years of Bible history. And we'll get to some of that in overview later on... but right now we're focusing on the years 300 BC just prior to the Lord's visit to this earth. As I said I will glean this from the events taking place during the 400 years of time between the Old and the New Testament.
A lot of people ask why was there 400 years between the Old and the New Testament which end with the book of Malachi... well, a lot of historical event took place during that time. The road had to be paved for the coming of the Lord.
That time period is often referred to as the years of silence. The reason is that during that time, there was no prophecy or direct revelation from God—at least not from the secular point of view.
Although there was no inspired prophet in the land of Israel during that time, it was filled with historical activity, providentially preparing the way for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ to deliver the mission of The Gospel – or the Good News directly from the Throne of God.
We'll begin this particular time-frame today from the time of when Nineveh was destroyed by the Medes and Babylonians, about 600 years before Christ's visit.
In about 587, Jerusalem was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar.
In about 559 the Persian Empire began through Cyrus inheritance.
About 539 B.C. Balylon fell to Cyrus.
About 530-522 saw the conquest of Egypt.
In 515 B.C. the second temple was completed by Jews in Jerusalem.
From between 486-465 we have the time of Esther.
Around 480 to 424, we read about much military achievements from Xerxes 1, to the Greek naval victory at Salamis, then Artaxerxes 1 ruling Persia, during the time of Nehemiah.
From about 334 to 311, we see Alexander of Macedon, known as Alexander the Greek who conquered the East, and Seleucus conquered Babylon which began the Seleucid dynasty...
Then in about 223 to 198, Antiochus the 3rd (also known as Antiochus the Great) ruled the Seleucid of Syria, then defeated Egypt and gained control of Palestine.
From about 175 to 142 B.C. history covers Antiochus (IV) also known as Antiochus Epiphanes who ruled Syria; here Judaism is proscribed.
About 167 we read about Mattathias and his sons rebelling against Antiochus which is the beginning of the Maccabean revolt.
We've all heard of these names and places if we've been Christians studying the historical Bible. This is just a quick overview to take us through the roughly 300 years before God's visit to earth in the form of the physical Jesus Christ that we have been so appreciatively following since our experienced of being born-again by the power of His death and resurrection. For those who are not familiar with the story hang in we'll get to that also.
Now we are at circa (or around) 142 to 76, getting very close to the time of Christ our Lord walking this earth;
We have Simon the High Priest who founded the Hasmonaean dynasty;
John Hyrcamus who expanded holdings of the independent Jewish state;
The rule of Aristobulus';
then the Rule of Alexander Jannaeus...
And now from about 75 to 67, we have Salome Alexandra ruling, Hyrcanus II being the High Priest;
The Aristobulus II and Hyrcanus II dynastic battle;
Pompey's invasion of Palestine and the beginning of Roman rule;
From 63 B.C. to 37 B.C., subject to Rome, Hyrcanus II rules;
Antipater increases in power;
The Parthians conquer Jerusalem and establish Aristobulus II as High Priest and King.
And 37 to 4 B.C. we see the son of Antipater, Herod the Great ruling as king subject to Rome.
This began a fairly peaceful period of time during which our Lord came to earth as the Jewish Rabbi we read about in the Gospel Mission from God...
Now as we can all recognize, we are in Jesus' time of birth. Herod the Great ruling at this time is the one who put all the boy children under 2 years of age to be mercilessly killed, because he was threatened on hearing there was a new king born who might take his place... imaging that!
This is only a quick overview of the years leading up the our Lord, gleaned from my King James Bible from a special edition of the Open Bible published by Thomas Nelson Inc. In 1975.
It's amazing how throughout history there's been wars and rumours of wars, and afflictions and tribulation.. even through today and will continue to be until our Prince of Peace returns.
So we'll pick up from here right after this..
Alright so this is when Jesus came down as a Baby in the Manger to be the Saviour of the World-- a world full of wars and take overs both on the national and individual basis...as it is today, a world that Paul the apostle would write about some 60 years later in the book of Romans--which we will look at later on.
So, it is here at the very beginning of the Roman Empire that we see the story of Christ's birth, his life and triumphant death and resurrection. There are not many names in the rise of the Roman Empire so far that we recognize in the story of Jesus, but there are more to come in the ensuing Gospels reported by the disciples and apostles of Christ.
For instance, we read about Herod a lot in the gospels of Matthew, Luke and the book of Acts, some 30 years later. For example, we read about the time when the two enemies, Herod and Pilate, were made friends over the accusations and trial of Jesus. It says in Luke 23:
And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate.
2 And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.
3 And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he (Jesus) answered him and said, Thou sayest it.
4 Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man.
5 And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place.
6 When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean.
7 And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time.
8 And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, (i.e.: he had desired to see him for a long time) because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.
9 Then he questioned with him in many words; but he (Jesus) answered him nothing.
10 And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him.
11 And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.
12 And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.
13 And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people,
14 Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him:
15 No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him.
16 I will therefore chastise him, and release him.
17 (For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)
18 And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas:
19 (Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.)
20 Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them.
21 But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.
22 And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go.
23 And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.
24 And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required.
25 And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will.
(Luke 23, verses 1 to 25.)
And so leading up to this we read about Jesus' life from the beginning of his ministry, travelling across Israel from Galilee to Juda, to Perea, right up to his final week at Jerusalem, from the triumphant entry to his betrayal, the last supper, the grief of Gethsemany, the arrest and desertion, his trial, Jesus before Pilate and Herod, the mockery of the Roman soldiers, his leading to Golgotha via Dolorosa... then the events of his last 6 hours, then 3 hours on the cross, his burial...
And then we read the events of his resurrection right through to the ascension....his appearance to the disciples, the 500 and then the command of the Great Commission in Matthew, Mark and Luke.
We read in Matthew 28, verse 16 to 20:
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go [c]therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
So this is a quick overview of the life of Jesus from about 6 BC to about between 27 to 33 A.D. (depending on the exact year of his birth), during the time of this phase of the Roman Empire that began around 63 B.C. when Pompey conquered the people of Phonecia, Coele-Syria, and Judea for the Roman Republic, and Roman annexation of the Seleucid Empire and of Judea as a client kingdom.(Wikipedia).
Jesus was born in about 6 B.C. because we know that Herod the Great died in 4 B.C. which we have to assume that it was very shortly after he decreed the death of the boy children up to two years of age.
After that in the Bible, we have the records of the letters from the apostles of how we should live our lives as followers of Jesus Christ and then the book of Revelation which tells us about the events of the very end times and the second coming of our Lord.
For a good study of the life of our Lord within the Four Gospels written and delivered by the four evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, I highly recommend my book “The Horizontal Chronology of the Four Gospels” which you can find on my web site TimingRevelation.com.
Please note that this is not to be taken as a study of the Roman Empire. There are actually various time-lines pertaining to this great Empire spanning according to historians some 1,000 years, depending on the stages of the developments.
According to one google search, “famously Rome began in 753 BCE, and 1,229 years later, the last Roman emperor in the Italian peninsula was deposed and the empire came to an end (at least the western half of it, as the eastern half persisted in various forms until 1453).”
The purpose for the time of the Roman Empire here is to give a overall view of where in history our Lord's visit to this earth took place and what was going on historically speaking immediately around His visitation.
And again, we ran out of time.
Before I dismiss the service today, I want to read to you the Blessing that was read to the people of God in Numbers 6:24-26 which is the benediction from God to you today:
“The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace."
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