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Look at how confident Paul was when he was shipwrecked...because God had promised he would go to Rome as well. How many trips did Paul make? The last was from Jerusalem to Rome but I think they stopped by Malta.
Actually come to think of it:
The 4 kingdoms are broken at once.Daniel 2
44And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
45Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
The 4 gospels line up with the 4 beasts of Daniel 7:
- The Lion with Matthew: Matthew is the only gospel to mention the Babylonian captivity. Jesus is the prophesied king.
- The Bear with Mark: although Medo-Persia isn't mentioned in Mark both the bear and the gospel mention to raise up.
- The 4 headed and winged Leopard matches Luke as Luke is often thought to be Greek and writes his gospel in a chronological order.
- Then the 4th beast matches John's gospel. I search the word Roman and found 1 match in the 4 gospels: John:
But in John 18 Jesus asked whom seek ye? The soldier said Jesus of Nazareth. He said I am he and they fell backwards. So the RomansJohn 11
48If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
don't stand a chance against Christ. In fact Jesus commanded them to let the disciples go.
So the synoptic gospels line up with the 3 synoptic beasts (they're similar because they can be described). John was different and so was the 4th Kingdom (diverse).
This way the Gospel hit every kingdom at once. I wonder if Acts illustrates just that. It begins with Jerusalem and God scatters the believers abroad. At the end of the book Paul is in chains in Rome after a long trip from Jerusalem. And the next book is Romans. But in Philippians he mentions to have preached to Caesar's household right?
Yes, in a sense "the Gospel hit every kingdom at once". You have an anticipation of that on the very day of Pentecost:
Act 2:9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,The Gospel then spread throughout all the areas dominated by the former empires. These regions were under the dominion of Rome. Rome was hit and the shockwave of the stone's collision on the feet of the statue pulverized the old order with the Sword of the Word.
Act 2:10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
Act 2:11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
Php 4:22 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household.We learn then that the Gospel message had reached even people within Nero's "household," that is, maybe some of his domestics, officers or perhaps even relatives. The Stone hit the heart of the Empire.
So the list of Kings in order is:Words Searched For: king of persia
3 But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, said unto them, Ye have nothing to do with us to build an house unto our God; but we ourselves together will build unto the LORD God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia hath commanded us.
5 And hired counsellors against them, to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.
6 And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, wrote they unto him an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem.
7 And in the days of Artaxerxes wrote Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of their companions, unto Artaxerxes king of Persia; and the writing of the letter was written in the Syrian tongue, and interpreted in the Syrian tongue.
24 Then ceased the work of the house of God which is at Jerusalem. So it ceased unto the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.
Last edited by gilgal; 04-20-2010 at 08:48 PM.
After the captivity many Jews were living abroad. I think it was necessary to have an international language to write the New Testament and to reach out to them. That came from the 3rd beast.
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