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The Dragon Had but a Short Time

Dragon -- Revelation 12

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As I conclude this study on Revelation 12, we come to the place where the dragon realized he was cast to the earth, and he knew that he had only a short time left, before he would be bound (cf. Revelation 20:1-2), so he persecuted the woman (the elect) who brought forth the male Child, Jesus (Revelation 12:12-13). This literally played out in the life of Herod the Great after he failed to discover where Jesus (“he who was born King of the Jews” – Matthew 2:1-2), was living (Matthew 2:7-8, 11-12, 16). Joseph had taken Jesus and Mary to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-14). It wasn’t until about a year later that Herod was stricken terminally ill, and he knew he had but a short time left before he would die. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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What About the Reigns of Herod’s Sons?

Israel Museum

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Many scholars have used the length of the reigns of Herod’s sons, which information can be found in Josephus’ histories, to configure Herod’s death to March 13, 4 BC. However, since the eclipse that occurred at the Feast of Purim in 4 BC cannot be used to point to Herod’s death, due to the impossible time restraints involved between it and the Passover (28 to 29 days),[1] we must rethink why the reigns of Herod’s sons point to the year 4 BC, because, as I have said several times in this series, once “you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”[2] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Josephus’ Eclipse Showing Herod’s Death

Herod's Eclipse

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On the night following the day Herod executed two distinguished rabbis and about 40 of their students there was a lunar eclipse. This is the only eclipse Josephus mentions in his works, and he says Herod died shortly afterward (about two weeks). This eclipse could not have been the one that occurred on the Feast of Purim in 4 BC for reasons stated HERE, and as I said there once “you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”[1]. Additionally, the rabbis and their students were executed according to Jewish law.[2] If Herod was careful to act according to Jewish custom, he would not have executed the rabbis contrary to Jewish law on an annual Feast Day (Purim),[3] which is necessarily so, had Herod executed the rabbis immediately before the eclipses of 4 or 5 BC. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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When Did Herod Die?

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Herod didn’t die in 4 BC as is commonly believed, and I hope to prove that here. I hope to prove it beyond doubt with the information we have from Josephus together with ancient Jewish tradition. Josephus speaks of a lunar eclipse just before Herod’s death. A few hours before the eclipse, Herod executed two beloved rabbis and about 40 of their students for destroying the golden eagle Herod had placed over the eastern gate of the Temple. Had Herod executed these men just before the eclipse in 4 BC, he would have done so on the Feast of Purim. A riot surely would have occurred had he done so. In fact, a sizable revolt did erupt over these things just after Herod’s funeral during the Feast of the Passover, when so many of the pilgrims visiting Jerusalem were stirred up by Jewish zealots. After putting down the revolt, Archelaus left for Rome to formally receive his government from Caesar. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Silent Night

La vierge aux raisins
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Matthew is quite unlike Luke in his presentation of the birth account of Jesus. In Matthew Jesus’ birth is shrouded in mystery! In his first chapter he presents Jesus ancestry in a manner that both offends the reader and compels him to decide one way or another about Jesus. He is the King in a manger—God become man—the response to the curse of God or he is none of these. Chapter one brings us to Jesus’ birth, and chapter two begins with: “Now when Jesus was born…”, leaving this silent night in which the birth had taken place without a word of explanation. Luke fills in the gap, but Matthew leaves the reader at the gap which turns out to be a kind of gate through which only the believer may pass through.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2010 in Christianity, Christmas, Religion

 

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Jesus Came to an Unprepaired Nation!

As I consider the fact that the royal visit of the magi to Jerusalem, I have to wonder about how little the Jewish nation was prepared to meet their Messiah. After all, Daniel had predicted the very day he would arrive upon the scene. If the very day of his arrival had been prophesied centuries earlier, why were the Jews so unprepared? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2010 in Christianity, Christmas, Religion

 

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Fixing the Date of Herod’s Death-Part 3

The third eclipse under our consideration for the one to which Josephus referred, occurred on September 15th in 5 BCE. However, although it allows enough time for all the events to take place that surrounded Herod’s death, it must be excluded for another reason. Josephus recorded that on the day of the execution the high priest, Matthias, was deprived of his office, because the sedition occurred within the Temple compound. Therefore, Herod gave the office of high priest to Matthias’ brother-in-law.[i] That is, Matthias was removed from office on the day of the eclipse according to Josephus. If the eclipse that occurred just prior to Herod’s death was the one that occurred on September 15th, another inconsistency would arise. Josephus records: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2009 in Christmas, Religion

 

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