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Josephus on John the Baptist   6 comments

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“The Beheading of John the Baptist” by Massimo Stanzione, 1634

Psalm 105: 15:  “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.”

This is from Wikipedia:

An account of John the Baptist is found in all extant manuscripts of the Jewish Antiquities (book 18, chapter 5, 2) by Flavius Josephus (37–100):[26]

“Now some of the Jews thought that the destruction of Herod’s army came from God, and that very justly, as a punishment of what he did against John, that was called the Baptist: for Herod slew him, who was a good man, and commanded the Jews to exercise virtue, both as to righteousness towards one another, and piety towards God, and so to come to baptism; for that the washing [with water] would be acceptable to him, if they made use of it, not in order to the putting away [or the remission] of some sins [only], but for the purification of the body; supposing still that the soul was thoroughly purified beforehand by righteousness. Now when [many] others came in crowds about him, for they were very greatly moved [or pleased] by hearing his words, Herod, who feared lest the great influence John had over the people might put it into his power and inclination to raise a rebellion, (for they seemed ready to do any thing he should advise,) thought it best, by putting him to death, to prevent any mischief he might cause, and not bring himself into difficulties, by sparing a man who might make him repent of it when it would be too late. Accordingly he was sent a prisoner, out of Herod’s suspicious temper, to Macherus*, the castle I before mentioned, and was there put to death. Now the Jews had an opinion that the destruction of this army was sent as a punishment upon Herod, and a mark of God’s displeasure to him.”[27]

Refusing to Hear
Who was Flavius Josephus?
The Archko Volume—Historical Evidence of Jesus Christ
Pilate’s Report on the Arrest, Trial and Crucifixion of Jesus
The Spirit of a Prophet
Wearing a Rough Garment

“Preachers make pulpits famous; prophets make prisons famous.”

–Leonard Ravenhill

*The Fortress of Machaerus
Machaerus–Bible Architecture
Reject God’s Prophets At Your Own Peril
Of John the Baptist, and the Baptism of Our Lord (Book of the Bee)

The Destruction of Jerusalem, 70 A.D.   Leave a comment

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Flavius Josephus describes the destruction of Jerusalem:

The Wars of The Jews--by Flavius Josephus–Written in 75 AD


Proof that Matthew 24 was fully fulfilled in 70 AD

Brief summary of Josephus’ record:The Judgment on Jerusalem according to History and Destruction of the temple
Heavenly phenomena
  • A star resembling a sword
  • A comet
  • A bright light shining around the altar and the temple
  • A vision of chariots and soldiers running around among the clouds and all cities of Palestine.
Earthly phenomena(reported by priests)
  • A quaking
  • A great noise
  • The sounds of a great multitude saying, “Let us remove hence.”

The above is an excerpt from this:

Josephus:  The Wars of the Jews
Who was Flavius Josephus?
The Archko Volume—Historical Evidence of Jesus Christ
Pilate’s Report on the Arrest, Trial and Crucifixion of Jesus

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Chronology of the Signs of Josephus and Other Events – DWS

By Ernest L. Martin, PhD, 1982

Sometime in Sabbatical Year 62/63 C.E. Mystery revealed to Paul and others
Spring 62 C.E. Before the Signs Death of James the Righteous (Jesus’ half-brother)
Fall 62 C.E. (continues to 70 C.E.) Sign 7: Joshua begins his prophesying
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Spring 63 C.E. Sign 3: Lamb born from a cow inside the Temple
Late 65, early 66 C.E. Sign 1: Star like a sword and comet appear in night sky
Spring 66 C.E. Sign 2: Brilliant light on altar and sanctuary of the Temple
Spring 66 C.E. Sign 4: Doors of Eastern Gate open on their own
Spring 66 C.E. Sign 5: Chariots and armies seen in the sky throughout Judea
Spring 66 C.E. Sign 6: Voice from Inner Court, “We are leaving from here.”
Fall 70 C.E. Sign 7: Jerusalem surrounded, Joshua dies, city and Temple destroyed

Signs of the Times in the First Century

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A couple of days ago (Thanksgiving Day), a friend of mine told me about the Comet ISON.  You could see some of the comet near the sun in the early afternoon; we were looking at it in Bellevue, Idaho.  It looked like the tail of the comet was multicolored:  green, blue, yellow—I think.  Maybe this is a portent from the Lord about more judgment and destruction on the United States because of the wickedness of this nation.

Comet ISON

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