THE AFRICANS IN THE BIBLE

1568307998234350287588732800503.jpgGod declares to African people in Psalm 68:31 that “Cush shall reach out arms to God as early Church loved this promise, saw a black man help Jesus carry Cross. considered Cush to be a metaphor for the Gentile Bride of Christ. The Psalms predicted that one day people would recognize the spirituality of the Cushites, and declare that they had been born anew in Zion in Psalm 87:3-6. Isaiah said God will bring remnant from Cush in Psalm 11:11, redeemed people bring gifts to Zion in Psalm 18:1-8. Zephaniah said from beyond rivers of Cush, God’s people bring offerings in Zephaniah 3:10. Amos expresses God’s concern for Cush: “‘Are you not like Cushites to me people of Israel?’ says the LORD” Zephaniah 9:7.15683073793472425722686661667645.jpg

Biblical scholars are aware ‘Cush’ refers to all of Africa, sometimes to all Africa except Egypt, and sometimes to ancient Nubia, stretching from modern Aswan in the north to Khartoum in south. Most of this area lies in the Sudan. But how is the general reader to understand Cush and Cushite used 57 times in Hebrew Bible are in a designation for an African nation and people? Some versions of the Bible translate “Cush” as “Ethiopia,” but this does not ordinarily designate the modern country of that name. David Adamo suggested the best translation is simply “Africa.” All of us have a right to know and applaud important biblical role played by Africans. People of the African descent claim the deep roots of their ancestors in the Bible.15683069277985189522243142459692.jpgAfrica is in Old Testament from Genesis one of rivers of Eden is around whole land of Cush, and another encircled land of Havilah that yielded gold, onyx and bdellium in Genesis 2:10-13. These products found in antiquity in the area known as the Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia. Tigris and Euphrates rivers located in Babylonia, shows good reason to believe rivers of Eden lay in Africa. We are told oldest human remains may be traced to Africa. Hagar, the Egyptian concubine of Abraham, derived her ancestry from south of Egypt. She alone of all the Bible characters gives God a name in Genesis 16:13. Like Abraham, she meets God in and is given a promise her progeny will become a great nation in Genesis 21:18.15683105750826963769477824241236.jpgmmmmmMoses’ Cushite wife aroused jealousy of sister Miriam in Numbers 12:11-16. Miriam, who resents her black sister-in-law, becomes white with leprosy until she mends her ways. This Cushite wife Zipporah is Moses’ father-in-law Jethro the priest, who instituted  judicial, administrative and sacrificial patterns of Israel in Exodus 18:1-27. He and his family received the exiled Moses during Moses’ forty years as shepherd in Sinai. Zipporah had understood importance of circumcision and performed the ritual on their sons in Exodus 18:1-27. Cushite wife helps Moses looks to father-in-law for guidance and direction in Numbers 10:29-32; Judges 1:16.15683067809035397664470500877270.jpgWhen Israelites settled land of Canaan there were Africans among them. Some  left Egypt with Israelites at the time of Exodus; others came military invaders in 1 Kings 14:25-28; 2 Chronicles 12:2-3; 14:9-15; cf. 16:8. The Ethiopian colony at Gerar buffer between Egypt and Judah. Ethiopians became permanent residents in Palestine, remaining there until time of Hezekiah in 715-685 BCE. “Journeyed to entrance of Gedor, the east side of the valley, to seek pasture for their flocks, where they found rich, good pasture the land was broad, quiet, peaceful, former inhabitants of Ham in 1 Chronicles 4:39 -40. Group of Philistines, Arabs, settled near Ethiopians in 2 Chronicles 21:16.15683060779121682956306936306740.jpgPersons of African descent appear took active role in Israel’s social and political life. A bride in Song of Solomon is black and beautiful in Songs 1:5. A Cushite who possessed tact, discretion and high position in the royal court appeared as a trusted courtier sent to tell David news of Absalom’s death in 2 Samuel 18:19-32. Africans enjoyed royal favour, as Solomon married an Egyptian princess in 1 Kings 9:16, 24; 2 Chronicles 8:11 and received Queen of Sheba in 1 Kings 10:1-13; 2 Chronicles 9:1-2. Influential queen ruled African peoples both sides of the Red Sea. Queen Sheba, may well have come to Solomon to negotiate and trade treaty with his growing maritime power. Tested him with hard questions, in the end she told him all that was in her heart. It appears that in this black woman Solomon found a kindred spirit with whom he could discourse freely.15683118638493056538262816214734.jpgThat relationship was sexual evidenced alliance did indeed produce children as the ruling class black Jews. Zephaniah, a descendant of Hezekiah, is called son of Cushi and brings the special prophecies of Cush in Zephaniah 1:1; 3:10. Jehudi, a courtier sent to Jeremiah with message from Baruch to King Zedekiah had the  Cushite ancestor in Jeremiah 36:14. And Baruch stands before the king, reading the words of God but king slashes scroll cast into fire in Jeremiah 21, 23. Ebed-Melek, confidential advisor of the king, is identified as Cushite four times in Jeremiah 38:7, 10, 12; 39:16. Believing Jeremiah was bringing God’s authentic voice to Judah, Ebed-Melek risked his life to rescue the prophet from cistern and secure for him a hearing with the king. Jeremiah commends the courtier’s faith in Jeremiah15-18, proclaims to him special covenant of God’s protection.156833171072865783293502443737.jpgIn Genesis 16 Hagar meets God who has promised to provide for her and son. 15683285280597530140274396867836.jpgIMG-20190912-WA0008.jpgIMG-20190912-WA0009.jpg15683283082642766521076979514161.jpg15683284047696941858969006489791.jpg15683969308308576360979223589953.jpg15683063656013498788289630592015.jpgCushite pharaohs ruled over Egypt, they contracted military alliances with both Israel and Judah, especially during the time of Twenty-fifth or Cushite Dynasty. Sabacho in 716-701 BC, is So in 2 Kings 17:4 contracted an alliance against Assyria with Hoshea, king of Israel, while Tirhakah (690-664) came to aid Hezekiah as Jerusalem was beseiged in 2 Kings 19:9; Isaiah 37:9. A mortuary figurines of Tirhakah reveal his African features of enormous statue still towers above great temple complex at Karnak.15670948767161078613926685946495.jpgThe kingdom of Cush continues to play a role in New Testament we read of the conversion of the Candace’s Ethiopian treasurer in Acts 8:26-39. Candace was the royal title of Queen Mother of Nubia powerful African nation located in what is Sudan. Greek was spoken in the court, so the chamberlain would have had no problem reading a Septuagint version of the prophet Isaiah; and Philip, a Greek-speaking Jew, easily communicated the Gospel to him. Candace wielded the real political, military power from capitol city in Meroe while her son served as a religious figurehead. Royal mother gifts to God on behalf of the kingdom sent by her chamberlain with gift to Jerusalem.Tirhakah_artTirhakah

Tirhakah, king of Ethiopia, waged war against Sennacherib during the reign of King Hezekiah of Judah (2 Kings 19:9; Isaiah 37:9) and drove him from his intention of destroying Jerusalem and deporting its inhabitants, according to blacksinthebible.org. God used this African king to protect the Jews as HIS chosen people. Also the Arts civilization flourished at high level throughout her realm, twice her forces engaged the Roman army in battle.15683124595885667631283936059650.jpgTo the north Cyrene, capital city of the Roman province Cyrenaica famous for three schools of philosophy and native sons excelled in medicine, mathematics, rhetoric and literature. Most famous or illustrious of these was the astronomer Eratosthenes, who in approximately 200 BC computed circumference of earth with remarkable accuracy. The brilliant Hellenistic poet Callimachus, director of library at Alexandria acquired the great reputation for versatility of aptitudes. And the athletes from Cyrene excelled in Olympic competition especially in horse chariot racing. Ships carried corn, oil, wool from fertile fields of Cyrene and contraceptive sylphium to Rome. Cyrene maintained a monopoly on the herb until became extinct over harvest in AD 200. Citizens of Cyrene roamed far and wide through Mediterannean world merchants, athletes, philosophers and orators, mercenaries, entertainers. The Jewish community of the city had a deep interest in Judaism and produced an important literature including a five-book history of Maccabees by Jason the Cyrenian in 2 Maccabees 2:43. The close ties with Jerusalem is Simon of Cyrene Libya helped carry the Cross of Jesus. A devout Jew goes to Passover, Jerusalem. He became a believer his sons known to Christian community in Mark 15:21; cf. Romans 16:13.1568307998234350287588732800503.jpgAn African synagogue of the Cyreneans and Alexandrians, first objected to the preaching of Stephen in Acts 6:9, other natives of Cyrene were early adherents of Christianity and carried good news to Cyprus in Acts 11:19-26. The Cyrenians and Cyprians travelled to Antioch with innovated Gospel approach to the non-Jewish Greeks. The revolutionary action drew attention of the Jerusalem Council, and Barnabas was dispatched to assess this new development. Convinced of the authenticity of the mission, Barnabas strategized with the leaders and went to Tarsus to seek out Paul. Implementation of African’s dream require involvement of multinational and multicultural task force. As the church at Antioch prayed, searched the Scriptures and strategized for a full year core of leaders developed. Of the five named, two Africans Lucius of Cyrene and Simon called the Black in Acts 13:1-2. Translations fails to inform us “Niger” is Latin for “Black” Simon of Cyrene. Missionary agency in large part initiated, strategized, promoted directed by Africans. The story of Acts tells us Paul and Barnabas promptly sent to Cyprus, home of some members of the Antiochene community in Acts 13:4-12. Archaeological evidence of arrival of the Gospel in Cyrene by the end of first century AD Christian burials inside the Jewish cemetery at Cyrene.15684580861912112964805784651956.jpgByzantine writer on interpretations of Biblical questions in the first half of the third century of the common era. Suidas (s.v. Ἀφρικανός) says Africanus was a Libyan philosopher supported by Julius’ works written in Greek shows author’s knowledge of Latin. He was a native of Latin North Africa the son of Christian parents from a noble family. Took part in expedition with Septimius Severus  against Osrhoene in 195. Is a friend of Abgar VIII. of Edessa whose materials from his works in archives of city. These relations reveal Oriental knowledge of Syriac, fourth chapter of his Κεστοί, he gives Syrian name of a fish. Familiar with conditions of Jews in Babylon in the Susanna Epistle Jews were living under their own jurisdiction in Exile. His works in Biblical criticism Hebrew language known. He was presbyter and bishop of Emmaus (Nicopolis) Palestine headed embassy to Rome on behalf of city. He was contemporary and friend of Origen lived in emperors Heliogabalus and Alexander Severus times. Africanus highly valued in Christianity of interest to Judaism. These works are: five books, founder of Church history, predecessor of Eusebius, source and pattern for the Byzantine chronographers for extracts from his work preserved fragments. His history of world seven epoch weeks like Jewish “Lepto Genesis” Jubilees, earliest history of human race, Jewish history synchronised general history. Put Moses 1,020 years before first Olympic date of Justus of Tiberias. Africanus source are traced various facts found in Africanus’ history parallel Josephus. In Biblical stories Africanus legends origin found in the Apocalypses and the Midrashim.15683064907397689947182494053598.jpgAFRICANS IN THE EARLY CHURCH15684524981767689343288530996876.jpg1568453317180494040346684595245.jpgClement of Alexandria in 150-215 was a Christian philosopher with keen desire to win pagan intellectuals to Christ. He directed catechetical school, Alexandria and wrote important exhortations to the heathen and Christians calling them to a more perfect life in Christ. Another African, Origen in 185-254, became the director of a catechetical school at age 18 was finest mind the church produced in 300 years. Origen highly successful in debating Jews, pagans, Gnostics credited with destroying Gnosticism. Important biblical scholar, theologian, an exegete, pioneer in biblical criticism produced Hexapla comparing six version of Bible.15684526730534572263193667551376.jpg15684528353382475705494581185241.jpg15684525396155447266077609462099.jpg15684527520384885477447801125455.jpg1568452774226694314850693388142.jpgIMG-20190913-WA0002.jpgHe influenced theological thought for centuries. Tertullian in 160-225 a pagan lawyer converted to Christianity. He authored the apologetic and theological, controversial works, first theologian to write in Latin. He formulated doctrine of Trinity, and coined nearly a thousand new words to explain Christian truths. Athanasius in 296-373, was Bishop of Alexandria and a major theologian and writer. He was the chief upholder of the doctrine Christ was both man and God and principle opponent of the Arian doctrine Jesus was man not God. As a very young deacon, he was influential at the Council of Nicea. And opponents referred to him as the “black dwarf.” He was repeatedly exiled and persecuted, but his principles ultimately prevailed at the Council of Constantinople in 381.15683136550409031563494505743307.jpgCyril, who died in 444 was a Bishop of Alexandria. He brilliantly represented, systematized teachings of Athanasius and Alexandrians. He was a vigorous opponent of heresy. Perpetua, Felicitas two martyrs died in Carthage arena in 202. Their story was widely used in the winning of others to Christ. Cyprian Bishop of Carthage died martyr in 258. Possessed profound knowledge of Scriptures, wrote important theology, fought heresy, and insisted on unity of the Church. Lactantius in AD 317 is best known for his Institutes, described as the “most comprehensive apology Christianity created before the end of the time of persecution.” The major theme of Institutes is justice. Lactantius insisted that God had given humanity a way of life open to all people regardless of race, education, sex, colour or creed. St. Maurice of Aganum born about 287, a Roman general who refused to kill Christians during a slave revolt in Gaul. He told the emperor Maximian: We cannot obey you without denying God, Creator of all things is our Master and yours if you acknowledge it or not. He was slaughtered by imperial decree with his regiment for defense of slaves.15683063971748743997771719083155.jpgG. Marius Victorinus in 280-363 was a neoplatonist professor of rhetoric with a brilliant record philosopher scholar. Educated in Africa but taught in Rome, wrote theological, devotional works, led to conversion of Augustine. Augustine in 354-430, Bishop of Hippo, was one of the Doctors of the Church. A profoundly influential theologian, he dealt with three heresies: Manichaeism, Donatism, and Pelagianism. Augustine remarkable insight into the human heart and soul. His most famous work is Confessions, describing his conversion to win others to Christ by detailing the philosophical basis for Christianity. And Monica in 331-387 was Augustine’s prayerful and powerful mother. Zeno of Verona was the bishop of Verona from 362 to 375. Over hundreds of his tractates survive and collection of sermons. Optatus of Melevis was Bishop in North Africa. He worked to reconcile Christians during Donatist Schism, and was influential in the East and West as well as in Africa. He died before 400 AD. By 480 Victor of Vita Bishop in the province of Byzacena. He described survival of Church during invasion of vandals. Saw persecution as religious and political. Bishop Vigilius of Thapsus participated in religious synod between Arians and Orthodox in 484. Produced important theological and ecclesiastical works.15683134503836206460010102808726.jpgFulgentius of Ruspe in 467-533 a Roman civil servant resigned his post to enter priesthood. In 507 was elected bishop of Ruspe. Later driven out of Africa by the Vandals, instrumental in popularizing Augustine’s work. Three early African popes: Are Pope Victor I in AD 189-199 popularized Latin as common language of church making  Christianity more democratic and accessible to ordinary people. Pope Melchaides in 311-314, also known as Meltiades persecuted prior to reign as pope, considered one of African Christian martyrs. Pope Gelasius I in A.D. 492-496 worked to settle conflicts in church and believed “civil and sacred powers of divine origin is independent each in its own sphere.”15683136036864992702812355303110.jpgLet us thank God for the important role played by Africans in Bible and early Church. Let us share Good News Christ died to redeem people of all races and nationalities. Let us proclaim that God’s love knows no boundaries. And let us affirm the amazing diversity of God’s creation! CBE advances the Gospel by equipping Christians to use their God given talents in leadership and service regardless of gender, ethnicity, or class. Together with supporters and ministry partners from 100 denominations and 65 countries, CBE works to inspire and mobilize women and men with Bible’s call to lead serve as equals in Christ.IMG-20190913-WA0001.jpgIMG-20190913-WA0000.jpgPaul says in Colossians 4:9 “Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you and Paul says in Philemon 1:10 Onesimus has become a son to him. Why did Jesus and Hebrews turn white in history books of Albinoes as Hebrews and Blacks originally lived and ruled in countries taken by thirty years war on continent and British civil wars of the 1600s. These race wars with religion are focal points Europe’s ancient Black and Catholic Rulers. Albinos chased out of homeland in Asia by Mongols into Black lands of Europe brought massive influx of millions of Albinos changed Europe in over two thousand years. Since then they portray Jesus and Hebrews white in books to impersonate history.

Some Black Verses In The Bible

Job 30:30, “My skin is black.
Song of Solomon 1:5, “I am black, lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, like the tents of Kedar, like the curtains of Solomon.

Solomon 1:6,“Don’t stare at me because I am black for sun burns me. Mother’s  sons angry with me made me caretaker of their vineyards but I must take care of my own vineyard.

Job 30:28, “I mourn for comfort, I stand in the assembly and cry out for help.
Lamentations 4:8, Appearance is black like soot, They are not recognized in the streets; Their skin is dark, their bone is like that of wood.

Africans In Bible And Early Church

JESUS’ MOUNT ZION 144,000

20190907_175937.jpgJesus and 144,000 Jews on Mount Zion  in GREAT TRIBULATION so unscathed. Jesus works with them at Mount Zion in Israel. In Revelations 5:​9, 10; 20:6, they are in Israel with Jesus on Mount Zion. The 144,000 Jews in Revelation 7:4, Revelation 14:​1-3 with the Lamb, Jesus standing on Mount Zion in Israel. The 144,000 work with Jesus in John 1:​29;  1 Peter 1:​19 in the literal physical Israel Mount Zion on earth. Jesus joins 144,000 before unleashing GREAT TRIBULATION to the maximum intensity. Jesus goes to Israel during ministry of 144,000 with them to give them to evangelise. Earth is joined to heaven in Psalm 2:6; Hebrews 12:22 so Jesus comes and goes to earth from heaven. The 144,000 Jews sealed means they have special protection from God’s judgment against wicked and antiChrist in GREAT TRIBULATION of Revelation 6 : 17. For seven years warn Israel of the judgment of God against all those who reject God and Jesus to complete plan of salvation for Israel. Daniel 9:24–27 says 144,000 first fruits, Revelation 14:4 are REDEEMED in Israel in Zechariah 12:10 and Romans 11:25–27. 15678760027586619305401476038262.jpg15679334750041544978209387909551.jpgWomen priests evangelize too. So 144,000, sealed in Revelation 7:3 completed BEFORE 4 angels Released in Trumpet 6 & Woe 2 in Revelation 9:13. Then the  6th angel blows trumpet and a voice 14 says RELEASE 4 angels bound in great river Euphrates. 15 Those 4 angels kill a third of mankind. After 144,000 in post-rapture world proclaim gospel of Jesus to the world during great tribulation period. Their ministry bring countless multitudes from every nation, tribe, people, language, in Revelation 7: 9 receive Christ. In the Bible they play an important role in restoring nation of Israel and world in the final days before the Second Coming physically of Jesus to earth. 144,000 unannounced on TV but known when Jesus takes CONTROL on earth during final 1,335 days of GREAT  TRIBULATION on earth. The 144,000 Jews preach to Jews and all the nations, encounter Jesus preaching repentance to receive Gospel of Kingdom of God. In  Revelation 14:6 Three angels flying with ETERNAL GOSPEL proclaim to who live on the earth to work with 144,000 and the two witnesses to win countless the multitudes of saints from all nations, kindred, tongues appear to before God, GREAT TRIBULATION souls saved. So sealed 144,00 Redeemed from earth go before throne singing exclusive new song. Christians see 144,000 after rapture and the GREAT TRIBULATION of the judgement wrath of God to destroy people, trees. 144,000 Jewish converts of 12,000 from 12 tribes, Israel evangelize Jews, Gentiles save countless multitude all in white in heaven, Revelations 7:1-4.15678752442271673699280881626181.jpgIMG-20190902-WA0011.jpg1567875739736784344249470041369.jpgIMG-20190902-WA0013.jpg20190903_091613.jpgIMG-20190907-WA0004.jpgIMG-20190907-WA0005.jpg15679456673828355860852592776047.jpg15679458530822187249850544869101.jpg15679468646322125256681700529078.jpg15679537804548540671690504974507.jpgIMG-20190902-WA0014.jpg15678757633772723000347447199095.jpgIMG-20190908-WA0006.jpgIMG-20190902-WA0012.jpgIMG-20190908-WA0000.jpgThe 144,000 have testimony of Jesus as witnesses to testify about Jesus’ Gospel concerning God in Revelations 1:9. John is told to worship God by angel to keep words of this book in Revelation 19:10. Saints worship God like Jesus did doing God’s so believers, angels are the “sons of God” in Genesis 6:2,4, Job 1:6;  2:1; Job 38:7. In Luke 1:35; 3:38 Jesus and Adam created directly by God. Those saved or born again are sons of God in Luke 20 : 36, John 1:12; Romans 8:14, and Romans 8:19; Galatians 3:26. Believers in Christ  by faith also believe in the Testimony of God concerning Son in John 1:1;John 5 :9-10. Peter told Cornelius in Acts 10:25-26 worship God not man. Lystra people told by Barnabas and Paul in Acts 14:10-15 worship God, serve no other gods in Exodus 20:3. Jesus refused to worship satan said, Go away its written ‘Worship LORD God serve HIM only in Matthew 4 :10. Revelation 7:1-4 says Jesus, 144,000 standing on Temple Mount Zion, Israel.156787582259121615811016526371.jpg15679340158457240328684188222444.jpg15679339571308971641764648968398.jpg15679338838705427554890681789378.jpg15678778472037811424408330642529.jpg 20190907_183841.jpgTestimony of Jesus Hebrew μαρτυρία  martyria is to testify about Christ Jesus is reason for testimony of Jesus and God. Jesus is source of testimony to God and spirit of prophecy. The testimony about Jesus is spirit of prophecy by Holy Spirit through Spirit of Christ in John 14:18; Romans 8:9; 1Peter 1:11. The source of prophecy in Revelation 1:1-2 is Jesus so Testimony of Jesus cause persecution,  martyrdom of these saints in Revelations 1:96:911:712:11, 12:17 and 20:4. So Christ suffered many things to enter His Glory in Luke 24:25. 144,000 with Jesus during Second Coming and in “New Heavens,” heavenly government ruling the “new earth.” Holy righteous earth brings God to dwell in Jerusalem Israel in Isaiah 65: 17;2 Peter 3:​13. Jesus reigns with chosen kings, priests for 1,000 years in Israel till war with Gog and Magog Armageddon battle takes place. Then Revelation 19:1 says Heaven rejoices at fall of ‘Babylon,’ loud voice of multitudes said “Alleluia, Salvation, GLORY, HONOUR, POWER,  belong to the LORD God. 2 So True and righteous are HIS judgments. As God is judging to avenge blood of HIS servants shed3 Shouted, ‘Alleluia’ as smoke rises up forever. 4 So twenty-four elders, four living creatures fall down, worship God who sat on throne say, “Amen! Alleluia!” 5 A voice from throne said, “Praise our God, all you HIS servants all who fear HIM both great and small. These GREAT TRIBULATION saints and other saints in Christ resurrect in eternal life in God’s Kingdom. God’s CHOSEN 144,000 Jews are only Males from Israel. God LOVES Jews and will NOT replace them with any church or Jehovah’s witnesses or anyone claiming to be chosen. God KNOWS the 12 tribes and chooses them to do HIS end time work for HIM. So Christian believers are grafted in God’s Covenant with Israel so Jews and the Gentiles are ONE IN CHRIST. God has mansions for countless multitudes from all nations, tribes and languages and so Jesus welcomes all.

Courtesy of Book Excerpts:

Brown, We are Not Afraid of antiChrist

ISAIAH QUMRAN CAVE TEXTS

15675038823374640821258272163795.jpgIsaiah texts found in the Qumran caves in Israel talk about Jesus blessings in the last days. Messiah Jesus will establish His rule over Jerusalem as center of all world government for Jews and Gentiles in Isaiah 2:2–4, 11:10, 42:1. In the last days mountain of the LORD’s Temple will be established as highest of all mountains. Exalted above hills, and all nations will stream to there. The law will go out from Zion word of LORD from Jerusalem in Isaiah 2:2–3. Israel in endtimes of GREAT TRIBULATION and great distress in Matthew 24:16-21. After 62 weeks Messiah cut off by the people of the prince who destroyed city and the sanctuary. Isaiah 14:1 says God will fully restore Israel with Gentiles grafted in and their Covenant land restored.156750413455744591763124215406.jpg15675040054922384650299807268041.jpgIMG-20190901-WA0001.jpgThey make covenant with many for one week but in middle of week puts end to sacrifice and offering. The abomination sacrilege destroy but God’s annihilation poured on one who destroys’” in Daniel 9:26,27. GREAT TRIBULATION prophecy of Daniel, Jesus and John in Revelations are days of great testing, trial hardships. 1567504767055561015587967803398.jpg1567321233522944788266481653304.jpg15675144717012126230166156195684.jpgGod sends Elijah, Moses and 144,000 to evangelise in GREAT TRIBULATION so countless multitudes will be saved. But it is such desperate times, people will go into caves, rocks holes on earth because of the fear of God’s wrath. The earth is shaken by earthquakes, storms, tsunami fires, volcanoes floods etc. That DAY will cast away idols and go in clefts of rocks and crevices because of the fear of God rising to shake earth in Isaiah 2: 19-21.20190903_105307.jpgIMG-20190903-WA0012.jpg1567504237063528231591623493837.jpg15675054080973635894150619713187.jpg156750616883473278782334855259.jpg15675039440192476232508297509974.jpgIMG-20190901-WA0002.jpgIn time of GREAT TRIBULATION as Jesus foretold the world will face adversities in Matthew 24:25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon, stars on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity. The sea and waves roaring; 26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and expectation of things coming on earth for powers of heavens will be shaken. 27 They will see the Son of Man coming in CLOUD with POWER and GREAT GLORY. 28 When these things happen, look up lift up your heads your redemption is near, says Luke 21:25-28. 15673211596177715165354755398018.jpg15675050718586564726076222229271.jpgGod’s SOVEREIGN plan brings justice to end evil on earth to stop the persecution hatred of Jews and the Gentiles grafted in. People will try to escape God’s wrath so beg to die unable to do so, “and say to mountains, “Cover us to hills “Fall on us in Hosea 10:8. Kings of earth, great men, nobles, rich, mighty, slave, free, hides in caves, rocks, mountain from the FACE of ONE seated on THRONE from Wrath of Lamb Jesus on GREAT DAY of WRATH in confirms the Bible in Revelation 6:15-17.20190903_083435.jpg15675060476288002142079633414469.jpgThat DAY people seek death don’t find it death flees from them in Revelation 9:6. Isaiah prophecy on God’s WRATH, Jesus Jeremiah, prophets true. Jesus says, This happens but not yet end in Matthew 24 : 6. GREAT TRIBULATION to happen since beginning of world not happen again in Matthew 24:21. In GREAT TRIBULATION of those DAYS  sun is darkened, moon not give light, stars fall from heaven and powers of heavens will be shaken by God in destructions. 15675047096255877361278943320957.jpg15675057097442760130497633119311.jpgThen Sign of Son of Man will appear in heaven as all tribes on earth will mourn and SEE the Son of Man coming in cloud of heaven in POWER and GREAT GLORY. God will send His angels with the great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other in Matthew 24:29-31. The great DAY of God coming is a DAY of wrath, troubles and distress, devastating storm, desolation,  gloom, clouds thick darkness and alarm against fortified cities and high towers. 15675057790182376890532777751609.jpg15675057495836494388495567429033.jpgIsaiah 53:4-5 prophesied “Surely Jesus bore our griefs and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him. And with His stripes we are healed. Christ Jesus came to save headland deliver all who accept Him. But Time of distress for mankind oblivious to sin against God their blood poured out like dust and flesh like dung. Their silver or gold unable to save on the DAY of God’s WRATH on earth in Zephaniah 1:14-18. God’s believers don’t be afraid on a DAY for all those who reject Jesus’ salvation. Time will be up if they don’t repent and and seek God for Mercy and forgiveness and salvation in Christ. Jesus Reigns on earth from Mount Zion headquarters in Israel. So saints, kings, queens in God’s Eternal Kingdom rule, Second Coming physically in Jerusalem millennial rule20190904_193239.jpgGod says PRAY for the PEACE of Jerusalem in Psalm 122:6-9: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.’ For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say, ‘Peace be within you.’ For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your prosperity.” Praying for peace and good to come to God’s HOLY CITY also benefits those who PRAY. God promised blessings on those who bless Israel and curses on those who curse Israel Genesis 12:3. Jerusalem is center of God’s Kingdom to Jews first and to all Gentiles who follow Jesus. Pray for her peace, security and God’s intervention.

RAPTURE IN OLD TESTAMENT

15672370860535019645294786693426.jpgIn Genesis 5:24 is Enoch Rapture in Old Testament in the Bible. He is father of Methuselah. 22 Enoch had other sons and daughters. 23 Enoch lived 365 years 24 Enoch walked faithfully with God and God took Enoch ALIVE INTO HEAVEN. 15672365925587898306374661535365.jpgIMG-20190831-WA0008.jpg15674108695864640672295618527068.jpgIMG-20190831-WA0010.jpg1567239629111486286446325781575.jpg15672415486782599209011934091001.jpgIMG-20190901-WA0023.jpgIMG-20190901-WA0015.jpgIMG-20190901-WA0005.jpgIMG-20190901-WA0013.jpgIMG-20190830-WA0007.jpgArchangel Michael raised Moses body in Jude 1:9, 22-24 into heaven after Moses died and was buried by God. In Jude 1: 9 the archangel Michael defeated devil to resurrect body of Moses to heaven. God archangel to raise Moses later God sent him to earth in transfiguration of Jesus on mountain. In GREAT TRIBULATION Moses will come physically to earth died in Bible in Deuteronomy 34. Its Michael who contends with satan to raise body of Moses. Met Jesus in transfiguration to teach CHANGED Glorified body as Jesus CHANGED into Rapture body. The devil tried to stop CHANGE of Moses’ body to resurrect to heaven. Moses is one of two witnesses with Elijah plus 1444,000 Jews will save Israel in GREAT TRIBULATION. Daniel shows angels fight battles over souls in spiritual battles for nations God WINS to defeat demons or satan always.
15673517430315149089358604545701.jpgIn Malachi 4 God talks about Moses and Elijah and Malachi 3:14 reminds people to hold on by faith in God. Some said, Its futile to serve God gain nothing obeying HIM so moaned before LORD Almighty 15 That evildoers prosper and put God to test yet get away with it. So Faithful Remnant 16 who fear the LORD spoke to God HE listened and heard them. The Remembrance list was made so God to will save Remnant on Day of LORD. 17 God will Preserve them as Treasured possessions of God. So will be spared like the compassionate father spares a son serving him. 18 God spares all the righteous but wicked destroyed.IMG-20190901-WA0056.jpgMalachi 4:1 Day will burn as furnace arrogant evildoers as stubble set on fire by LORD Almighty no root, branch  left. 2 All who fear MY NAME are like Sun of righteousness rises with healing in His wings. 3 As well-fed calves will trample wicked ashes under soles of feet on DAY LORD Almighty acts. Remember laws of MOSES I gave him at Horeb for Israel. Malachi 4:5 says God will send Elijah to earth before the coming of the dreadful DAY OF LORD. Is one of two witnesses expected in endtime. In passover Seder meals the Fifth Cup of wine bears the name of Elijah because is forerunner to prepare the way for Messiah. So custom is pouring wine in Elijah’s cup and the doors left opened for Elijah to come in. 1567369955392991235139924879597.jpgThe Messianic kingdom’s great hope for Jews every day and every Shabbat is the return of Elijah. “May he soon come to us, with Messiah son of David,” Jewish people sing. The Son of David will come to rule in a kingdom “the wolf will dwell with lamb, leopard lie down. Families set empty seat at Seder table for Elijah. The door opened call to Elijah Eliyahu, Eliyahu! expect Elijah to enter and dine with family. A cup of wine is poured in Cup of Elijah then sing Psalms 115–118 for final redemption: “I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD in Psalm 116:13. The stone the builders rejected became cornerstone; Messiah Hosanna Lord, save us now We pray. Lord grant us success Blessed is He who comes in name of the LORD, Psalm 118:22–26. Sabbath Havdalah, Elijah is in prayer: May Elijah the prophet, Elijah the Tishbite, Elijah of Gilead, quickly in our day come to herald redemption. May Merciful One send us Elijah the prophet. May he be remembered for good and let him bring us good tidings, deliverance, consolation.”-13. Elijah will truly return.15673724176658140483336182118637.jpgThe witnesses torment evil doers three and a half years. Moses and Elijah finish repentance warning God asked them to do in 1260 days. God finishes fulfillment warnings. In Revelations 11:7 the beast kills them, not buried three days so God resurrects them. So resurrection causes fear in all witnessing their revival. And they ascend to heaven. In the next hour, a great earthquake occurs and kills 7000 men destroyed, a tenth of city. Righteous saved praise God in Revelation 11:12-13. So 5 ELIJAH before GREAT dreadful DAY of the LORD comes 6 HE will turn hearts of parents to their children and hearts of children to parents; or strike land by total destruction.” In Revelations those who harm God’s two witnesses or hurt them fire proceed out of their mouths to devour enemies. Jews pray 3 times daily for return of Moses Elijah and Messiah’s coming. Moses and Elijah will rapture later into heaven by completing work. 15672372964932804153681439839009.jpg15672430673481759853046761426153.jpgIMG-20190831-WA0012.jpg15672371768211587031269967099957.jpg
1567250952611554580358399491041.jpgIMG-20190831-WA0016.jpgIMG-20190831-WA0017.jpg
IMG-20190831-WA0013.jpgIMG-20190831-WA0014.jpg15672451563424127691004506109989.jpgIMG-20190901-WA0029.jpgIMG-20190901-WA0025.jpgIMG-20190901-WA0039.jpg20190831_104813.jpgIMG-20190903-WA0001.jpg15672488778164789516421857147924.jpgIMG-20190823-WA0006.jpgIMG-20190831-WA0015.jpgIMG-20190831-WA0007.jpg15673366567095011226711118768251.jpg1567351531045741537183152611798.jpg15673521959425950312954129064346.jpgThe Bible is inspired Word of God in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 profitable for teaching, for reproof, and correction, training in righteousness; 17 so the man of God is adequately equipped for every good work. The purpose of God’s Rapture of believers IN CHRIST to heaven alive to escape wrath of God on earth. Rapture is Harpazo in Greek, Rapio in Latin. God is takes believers IN CHRIST to heaven ALIVE. In John 14:2-3, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 Corinthians 15:51-58. Saints of God IN CHRIST “in moment of twinkling of an eye” in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52. In John 14:2-3 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. In Rapture Christ will not land on Earth. All see Christ COMING OUT of HEAVEN to catch up His saints. All in Christ going up with Christians at His appearing. But others left behind deeply grieved! Christ gives all caught up to heaven REWARDS in marriage supper Lamb celebrations.  With super abundant foods in heaven.IMG-20190831-WA0006.jpgAfter 7 years all will RETURN to Earth with raptured saints of Christ to set up His earthly millennial Kingdom. Saints rule and reign with Christ in a SECOND COMING at Mount Olives. Judgment war of Armageddon takes place on those left behind after rapture of saints. The Great COMFORT in Rapture in 1 Thessalonians 4:18, Christ returns in CLOUDS so grief, sorrow, pain on earth ends. In the Great tribulations in Matthew 24:29 some will mourn at the sight of Jesus in Matthew 24:30, men faint from fear by the things coming in endtime world in Luke 21:26.15672440312998404118163690920597.jpg Rapture of church is quick in John 14:2-3; and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; and in 1 Corinthians 15:50-58. SECOND COMING of Christ ON EARTH in Zechariah 14:1-14; Matthew 24:29-44; Matthew 25:31-46; Mark 13:24-27; Luke 21:25-36 and in Revelation 19:7-8 lands physically on the mount Olives in Israel. The Marriage of the Lamb of God Jesus is in Heaven for Raptured saints bride of Christ in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. In Revelation 19 : 11-21 the SECOND COMING of Christ the RAPTURED saints, heavenly hosts come to Israel for the battle of Armageddon in Revelation 20:1-6. Jesus starts His 1,000 year reign of Christ in the millennium. So satan is bound, saints rule and reign with Christ Jesus “immediately after the Great tribulation in Matthew 24:29. And in those days in Mark 13:24 events of a SECOND COMING of Christ happens on earth after GREAT TRIBULATION. Those in Christ hope for eternal PERFECT life of joy, laughter, abundance in heaven.15672386443272292238299670539634.jpg15672379410677247913733474778709.jpg15672367065198258138989892995159.jpg15672382151966967531598298726574.jpg15672381158085352610148189880036.jpg15672378115344577136702381654594.jpg15672368039126298242409380007340.jpgIMG-20190831-WA0003.jpg15672380449602735576743577132811.jpg20190903_083227.jpg15672381537031333644505251467490.jpgThis list of endtime prophecies in Bible is to educate world to bring awareness and better understand ongoing events unfolding daily. God uses many signs to alert the world and wonders in heavens to show various endtime birthpang pain earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, drought, famines, mudslides, sun scothing people to death among other natural disasters: IMG-20190825-WA0011.jpgIMG-20190825-WA0010.jpgIMG-20190831-WA0011.jpgIMG-20190831-WA0005.jpg15680883415385503417051937463914.jpg15680883656302074302606130262635.jpgBillions of people will be left behind for they prefer to remain on earth during a time of GREAT TRIBULATION. Jesus said tribulations are going on since creation but in end times evil unseen before will happen during GREAT TRIBULATION. It is reason Jesus takes BELIEVERS ALIVE to heaven as happened to Enoch, Elijah, Jesus with saints raised together in the Rapture. GOD is the same yesterday, today and forever so all IN CHRIST who believe in accepting Christ escape to go to live with Jesus in heaven and in the Presence of God, GLORY to God.

JESUS’ BIBLE ARCHAEOLOGY

IMG-20190823-WA0006.jpgIMG-20190828-WA0015.jpg15670181022068472870892802949715.jpgJESUS WAS BORN IN AUGUSTUS CAESAR’S TIME
IMG-20190818-WA0014.jpgJesus Bethlehem Star in Herod Roman ISRAEL15665444585456037928711354045433.jpgBC= (Before Christ) AD =(Ano Domini)15665438173193802429330246765213.jpgIMG-20190818-WA0015.jpgIMG-20190818-WA0016.jpg     CE = (Current Era is same as AD)IMG-20190818-WA0012.jpgIMG-20190818-WA0019.jpgIMG-20190826-WA0001.jpg15668144222191724282044097895602.jpgJesus’ Nativity Grotto Manger built in cave the place of His birth in Israel at Bethlehem celebrated globally today.1566423816977775302544281360036.jpgThe walls are protected by the heavy leather drapes backed with asbestos. Grotto Manger is covered by marble. 15664241738113112520822431802471.jpgThe 14-point silver star marble floor Grotto Nativity words “Hic de Virgine Maria Jesus Christus natus est,” Jesus Christ was born by the Virgin Mary. 15664247415413966455054614853852.jpgBethlehem Church of Nativity altar is a cave rectangle 12 by 3 metres rock trough replaced by marble. On feast days cave is lit by 48 hanging lamps.15664825904808576486757094227569.jpg 15664265948953064182727094918725.jpgA small altar in Grotto of Manger is dedicated to Adoration of Magi, Three Wise Men in Matthew’s Gospel from the East to worship newborn Jesus.15664267378333176950932698485893.jpgThe crosses on original grotto pillar.15664262814155682875504643502475.jpgThis original manger feeding trough rock cut by Bedouins found in Megiddo like one Jesus slept in. Grotto was enlarged for pilgrims. Silver manger replaced stone trough of Jesus bed.15664736799232959997281084708902.jpgNearby Church of Nativity Bethlehem a cave on Milk Grotto street hollowed out of soft white rock sacred to Christians.IMG-20190822-WA0002.jpg1564765725974608829493392566377.jpgHerod was killing infants so Jesus lived in secret cave hide outs done to escape Jesus’ death before going into Egypt for many years until Herod died. So family returned to Jerusalem but moved back to live again in Nazareth hometown.156648475499118206631917729006.jpgChurches are built on many places Jesus lived as a child and to His adulthood. So people visit the various places and of His ministry on earth. Home of Jesus in Nazareth is like this ancient house.15665031256949219574567600189324.jpg15663236614986317289956720022642.jpg15662362640174233423692023829914.jpg15662362348833108589619410840358.jpg15662361693593675924940286115312.jpg15664940828772395510996587276684.jpg15662365140781068905542913250518.jpg1566236478995994813015487377863.jpgpictures-jesus-photos-images-jesus-christ.jpg15663394616698521787745321239378.jpgOn third day of wedding in Cana, Galilee mother of Jesus and disciples told Jesus, “They have no wine.” Jesus said to her, “Woman why concerned my hour has not yet come.” in John 2:1-4. She told them to do what he says so Jesus asked them to to fill jars with water He turned to wine.15669358452308775356471386031975.jpg15669357895561757365477922007520.jpgExcavations at Khirbet Cana in lower Galilee show evidence its town Jesus’ first miracle performed. There is discovered large Christian underground veneration complex site of worship in Cana of Galilee of early Christians. IMG-20190828-WA0010.jpg15670082031233262210970988777229.jpg15670082904218773792228080786170.jpg15670085105472130690804631178149.jpg15668144879756191493016025430071.jpg15670107870142772919909853508456.jpg1567011653567850557501939099228.jpgWidow’s coins minted for Alexander the Great in 336-323 B.C. used in Jesus’ time. Her offering pleased Jesus as she gave her all cheerfully and freely to God. In Mark 12:41 – 44 and Luke 21:1-4 Jesus in the Temple in Jerusalem specified two mites, in Greek lepta, worth quadrans. Is the smallest least value Roman coin in circulation in Judea about sixth of a day wage. Jesus sat near treasury and saw crowd put money into treasury. The rich put in large sums but poor widow put in two small coins. Jesus told His disciples, ‘This poor widow put in more than all the others who gave surplus wealth. So contributed her all though poor. Others gave to show off wealth proudly but she gave from her heart all her little to God.15663249773947962716299888396233.jpgIn Capernaum Jesus preached, taught in synagogues Gospel good news, healed diseases, cast out demons. Synagogue in Capernaum with an artist’s impression.15663358055988475408216808120575.jpg15663358238894987569791949183702.jpg15664172581063736700920800346121.jpgCapernaum Byzantine Christian Church 15663326512346522450012154860155.jpgByzantine church home of Peter & Jesus.15663243739756729027642452721728.jpg15670815546847062269346887881642.jpg15662898597205896586587013407161.jpgMagdala stone from ancient synagogue to rest Torah on. Used during time of Jesus when they went into synagogue.15652753242012541944933542349369.jpg1567088090316862647094541099186.jpg15670876243245119766838690711785.jpg15670889467298907210550841406749.jpg15670851991408588309565971821284.jpg15670856556857654663206755445214.jpg15670885202274300226693725603084.jpg15670831312008915914056587105187.jpgJesus cast out Gadarene demoniac’s evil legion spirits run into pigs and drowned in sea, saved an evangelist in his town. 15670822830504673379061637071824.jpg15670836703732572662902447410981.jpg15670835520678301324301608397543.jpgJesus’ said prodigal son repented, went back to his father for forgiveness. So all mankind given chance to repent and go back to God the Father through Jesus to obey all God’s commands in the Bible. 156708789663047215162505234737.jpgTransfiguration of Jesus glory radiance on mountain in Matthew 17:1–8, Mark 9:2-8, Luke 9:28-36; 2 Peter 1:16-18.15662912546075529512496030354082.jpgAs many times as Israel did not remain loyal to God exiled many times. Temples of Solomon and Herod destroyed. In 70 AD after 40 years as Jesus predicted fell destroyed by Romans rumbles remain. These are coins used during Jesus’ time.15662925580936803512405705657561.jpg156629322900342107636046674473.jpg15662926940426063586077841079287.jpgJESUS PAID TEMPLE & ROMAN TAXES15662926500811374526630168511865.jpg20190828_221510.jpg15670111831725599063996389985364.jpg15662925241803434292147364051315.jpg15668405886782239637014589755044.jpg15668487695326259794423146412809.jpg1566845019009123509438516231754.jpgIMG-20190827-WA0000.jpg15668159100026310704675091084098.jpgJesus said in Luke 17:2 in the Bible that if anyone hurts a child its better that a millstone was hanged about his neck to be cast into the sea than to offend little children. Jesus said do not cause a little child to stumble to lose faith in God. If a person does incurs the wrath of Jesus so better large millstone hung round neck.15668165507422226521038688812880.jpg15668160172793661401119101523099.jpgIMG-20190826-WA0011.jpg15668415689723957343237436326019.jpg15668371309423068194743376001348.jpgThis small ceramic and glass flasks pear shaped bottles dated to a period in time. Includes time of Yeshua from 50 BC till beginning of 2nd century AD type of jar used in Luke 7:37 to anoint Jesus’ feet.15668160745238101147809458323887.jpgPrecious oils cost lots of money as made from essential fragrance perfumes that anoint the body or used for embalming dead with perfumed oils during Biblical times. In Matthew 28:1, Luke 24:1, John 20:1.women took oils to prepare Jesus’ body after death but He had risen.15668490394053975909664804014148.jpgIMG-20190826-WA0014.jpg15668491466145424823508162907642.jpg15668483234634864725718773270260.jpg15668445698841008633996223022033.jpg20190820_223424.jpg15670852934774798800673806614724.jpgJesus healed the cripple waiting 38years by this ancient Pool of Bethesda ruins in Old City Of Jerusalem. Bethesda ruins in Israel excavated shows buildings, places Jesus walked and ministered. People all over go to Jerusalem three times a year for feasts God required Jewish males do.15670922314977885903453516038122.jpg15670882522765652044414096832105.jpg15666404128014194366947009658658.jpgIMG-20190829-WA0012.jpg15663181940934169181263354126930.jpgIMG-20190827-WA0001.jpg15668450565778109949425112341738.jpg15668418821692915175104095000323.jpgJersusalem Garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed before trails, crucifixion and His resurrection. This is Mount of Olives in Jerusalem amazing urban garden, very famous place where Jesus prayed as His disciples slept but angel comforted Him.IMG-20190828-WA0008.jpgIMG-20190828-WA0009.jpg15664135414271097513066499190994.jpg15664131185097414822708197235281.jpgMatthew 27:57-61 says a rich man from Arimathea Joseph disciple of Jesus went to Pilate for Jesus’ body. So Joseph took Jesus’ body wrapped in linen cloth and placed Him in his own NEW TOMB CUT OUT OF A ROCK. He rolled big stone at entrance of tomb and put body in. Mary Magdalene and other Mary sat opposite the tomb. Jesus died 3 p.m. as Passover Sabbath in John 19:31 begun at sunset Joseph acted quickly in John 19:38 went to Pilate discreetly. Luke 23:50 – 51, says Joseph was member of Sanhedrin ruling council of Judaism buried Jesus in cave fulfills prophecy Jesus buried with rich.15663180686217434891882956545879.jpg15664188782057439064172452035796.jpg15662947799909184051289945294166.jpg15664160380952703210444056131719.jpg15664177960142525595668191577811.jpg20190912_095055.jpgEpoch Times says tomb was opened in October 2016 said to be where Jesus lay for three days after Crucifixion. Tomb was subject to a restoration project in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City. Fredrik Hiebert of National Geographic was part of the team and explained: “Tomb destroyed many times by fire, earthquakes and invasions over the centuries. It is a fake tomb created by the high priests to save face by embarrassment of resurrection of Jesus Christ. Paid soldiers to deceive people Jesus did not rise from death in Matthew 28:11-15. A violent earthquake and angel rolling stone from Jesus’ tomb guarded by governor’s soldiers shocked by fear collapsed to ground in Matthew 28:2-4. The angel told women at tomb Jesus had risen from death sent to tell His disciples. Guards at tomb went to tell chief priests what happened. 12 The chief priests and elders gave soldiers a large sum of money, 13 “Told to say, ‘His disciples came at night to steal body as while asleep.’ 14 If governor hears truth you will be in trouble.” 15 The soldiers took money did as instructed. This story known among Jews to this day Matthew wrote rumour in his gospel. If disciples stole Jesus body grave robbing is serious offence of death sentence? How did the guards asleep SEE who rolled the huge stone of tomb to lift Jesus? Why did they get away with not guarding Jesus’ body of death penalty? Guards said, disciples took Jesus body why did the authorities not deal with them to put them on trial?
Apostles were persecuted so put on trial for preaching Jesus is alive if they knew Jesus was not raised? The TRUTH is the stone rolled by angels Jesus came from tomb ALIVE by VICTORY over death. Chief priests tried to cover up truth with a lie for they did not believe Jesus arose from death. They hate Jesus seen radical who could upset social order in city of Jerusalem and followers threat to them. They did not believe in resurrection and chief priests felt guards of tomb lied and story will bring more people to Jesus to replace them as expected King of Jews. Its fake “Tomb” not used by Jesus so real tomb used is empty and in Jerusalem. 15662943207971563147261305293085.jpgAncient retaining wall uncovered under City of David during last century arrow on right in 1 Chronicles 11:8 shows city built from supporting terraces. Millo is extended by Joab to repair City. 7 David, resident in fortress City of David told his soldiers whoever takes rest of city will be captain. Joab son of Zeruiah, nephew of King David, commander of army won took city extended upwards. King David conquered Jerusalem in 2 Samuel 2-5 in Canaanite royal city Joab took Millo.15666400248286791627505959410494.jpg15662314547413347899319819000870.jpg15662945597882388846102832295170.jpg1566231546768786128824024332029.jpgIMG-20190820-WA0006.jpgPool of Siloam is a rock-cut pool on the southern slope of City of David. Siloam Pool is where Jesus Cured blind man in Biblical Archaeology. A Canaanite pool built by King Hezekiah’s Lower Pool. Is significant in John 9:7 mentioned in the Bible the pool is near the Temple sites.15662961420895759387409267980938.jpgThe Triple Gate on the Temple Mount is at the Royal Stoa southend of Solomon’s Colonnade by stairway of worshippers to outer courtyard of the Temple Mount. This Triple Gate is “Beautiful Gate” in Acts 3:2: the beggar healed by Peter and John in Solomon’s Colonnade Acts 3:1-11. The Temple Gate has a highly decorated stone called “The Beautiful Gate.” Jesus and apostles walked through this gate led to outer courts of Solomon’s Porch early church in Jerusalem met daily.  15662984895838916042761061226141.jpg15662992301654758318511346102690.jpgRobinson staircase once widestone arch stood at southwestern corner of  Temple Mount. Built as expansion of the Second Temple by Herod the Great at the end of 1st century BCE completed in at least 20 years after his death. This massive stone span constructed with retaining wall of Temple Mount. In ancient Jerusalem’s Lower Market area by Tyropoeon street to Royal Stoa complex esplanade Mount. overpass destroyed during Great Jewish Revolt, a few decades after completion.15662989486731074866030682879497.jpgThe Mikvah in first century used in days of Jesus south of Temple Mount at base of Double Gate stairs. Used to baptize some of 3,000 new Jewish believers on Day of Pentecost in Acts 2. Water is used by Jews for ceremonial washing, ritual baths to purify before or after if events make them unclean. Judaism requires submersion in a mikvah. Temple Mount south filled with mikvah to baptize the converted Jews in Jesus’ name change as a sign of new faith. Mikvah’s source is running water, spring, or fresh water rain. Mikvah large to immerse people. Stairs used to descend in and out of the mikvah. A wall separates the clean side from the unclean yet to be cleaned.15663136444944018069398915433631.jpgIMG-20190818-WA0017.jpg15670888942508890919960644943674.jpgIMG-20190827-WA0009.jpgIMG-20190827-WA0026.jpg15663164477812878629231246823882.jpgIMG-20190827-WA0022.jpgIMG-20190818-WA0013.jpgIMG-20190818-WA0020.jpgIMG-20190818-WA0018.jpg1566233011094615817986516559480.jpg15662092444831610928066468387198.jpg15662132613634254343354155873501.jpg15662184773413084311194003862594.jpg15662133863335980419097039675382.jpgIMG-20190818-WA0022.jpgJewish proselyte male converts from the whole world go to Jerusalem Passover.IMG-20190829-WA0014.jpg15674099287478925127510311752197.jpg15670927147571808113465177764769.jpg15670928244454442280400405526663.jpg15670930145905241487063085671002.jpg15670944795622528301894066437933.jpg15670943561933930112097596112003.jpgETHIOPIAN Eunuch baptized by Phillip15670946683088724137789873070593.jpg15670947325128349577097322478541.jpg15662319479053946165838556539094.jpgIMG-20190827-WA0031.jpg15662531969842340283848650706831.jpg15670879889012480806963422995676.jpgIMG-20190818-WA0021.jpg15666369890558135462993977521811.jpgIMG-20190818-WA0023.jpgThe Exodus ends 400 years of slavery for the descendants of Israel in Egypt.156623163646838325166646868832.jpgJourney of Abraham Isaac and Jacob. In Genesis 15:13 The LORD Elohim told Abraham, For four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in other countries enslaved and mistreated. 14 I will punish nations you served as slaves and come out with great possessions.15662205129971715746272086909865.jpgIMG-20190824-WA0001.jpg15666407099056762572369719790770.jpg15 You will live in and be buried at a good old age. 16  Your fourth generation descendants will go back for the sin of Amorites.” 17 At sunset, Presence of God by fire passed between Sacrifice by Abraham to God sealed the Covenant.15670880467304502790752470356315.jpg15666408718284068419412156589777.jpg18 The LORD God’s COVENANT to Abram said, “To your descendants I GIVE lands between Nile, Euphrates,19 Kenites and  the Kenizzites,  Kadmonites  20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites  21Amorites, and Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.” You will be father of all nations grafted in Covenant with Israel as countless as sands of seas and stars in the heavens. 4000 years ago, God in the Garden of Eden, PROMISED Seed (Jesus) of woman (Mary) will restore all mankind to God after sin of Adam and Eve. Jesus’ Victory over sin and death brings mankind to God as Second Adam the Only Way God Chose to restore HIS of Gift eternal Life. 15670795163494228425110843377816.jpg15634398664748753317748116550906.jpg20190718_095342.jpg15669012257071536523316912386443.jpgIMG-20190827-WA0011.jpgIMG-20190827-WA0007.jpg15668153479111273704434683951209.jpgIMG-20190827-WA0012.jpgArchaeologists discover new finds at sites in the lands of the Bible but most do make the news headlines. Scholars show the relevant discoveries as Sodom and the Exodus routes that happened. A trail of evidence exist of ancient Jericho, Israelites, and David’s City as great king. New discoveries in 20 years highlights recent finds to the claims of the Bible an Experienced archaeologist David Graves assembled a helpful collection of some discoveries journeys confirm in history biblical events and people past. Explore new archaeological discoveries, pottery, inscriptions, seals, ossuaries, coins, and manuscripts, and artifacts. Presented a short history of archaeology, outlining characteristics and role in Christianity. in meticulous excavation methods used to explore significant manuscripts for the transmission of Bible. And insightful books illustrate the archaeological finds in photographs, detailed maps, charts and tables, glossaries defined technical archaeological terms of extensive study footnotes and bibliography. Invaluable resource provide information to help us understand the cultural and historical background of Bible archaeology. This is resource for people to know more about archaeology and the Bible, in seminary courses, college classrooms, church groups or personal study.

 

Author of Biblical Archaeology Book

DAVID E. GRAVES (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) involved in teaching Bible and archaeology for more than thirty-five years and is currently an Assistant Professor at Liberty University Online, Rawlings School of Divinity. He is one of the worlds leading experts on Sodom. Has taught archaeology at Oxford University, England; provided tours of the Ashmolean and British Museums; traveled extensively in the Middle East; and been involved in Mount Ararat research. He is currently a supervisor at the Shiloh excavations, Israel and was part of the team who discovered and excavated the Dead Sea Scroll cave Q12 near Qumran, Israel (Jan 2017) and Tall el-Hammam (Sodom), Jordan (2005-2015); and is a member of the Near East Archaeological Society (NEAS). He is the author of Seven Messages of Revelation and the Vassal Treaties: Literary Genre, Structure, and Function; Key Themes of the Old Testament and New Testament; The Location of Sodom; and has authored a number of articles on the Bible and archaeology.

HISTORY OF JESUS IN EGYPT

15650236527013619008052888259795.jpgAccording to Coptic Church is ‘altar’ of Mary in Al-Muharraq Monastery. The site where the Holy Family is believed to have settled for a period of more than six months; and the altar-stone was the bed on which the Infant Saviour lay. So the Al-Muharraq Monastery is located, in the land of Egypt’s exact geographical center. According to Matthew’s Gospel a flight of Holy Family into Egypt to seek refuge as an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said,”Rise, take the child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him in Matthew 2:13. On their flight, Holy Family fled by night from Bethlehem and so returned when Joseph told in a dream it was safe to take the Saviour back to the land of His nativity. The Holy Family in Egypt in exile from Palestine lived at Matareya, a few miles northeast of Cairo. A fountain and a Sycamore tree they rested under exists as baby Jesus’ miracle. So they left the desert behind and made their way southwards crossing Nile eastern bank, to Matareyah and Ain Shams or ancient  Heliopolis site oldest in history ancient times since Jeremiah 43:13. The district suburb today’s Cairo miles city center.Virgin Mary's tree in MatariyaThe Holy Family avoid pagan areas and looked for places of Jewish settlements. Historical sources reveal Holy Family’s stay at Matareyah. Apocryphal gospel of Matthew, Coptic and Egyptian synaxar details Holy Family places. Matareyah, tree stands today, visited, called ‘Mary’s Tree’ as Family rested in shade. Infant Jesus caused water to flow from spring. He blessed it, drank from it and Mary washed His clothes, poured the washing water on ground and from spot fragrant balsam blossomed. It is used for healing and pain soothing properties of a balm essence prepared in scents of perfumes of holy Chrism. Southwards crossed Nile eastern bank, Matariya and Ain Shams ancient Heliopolis Cairo 10 km city. At Ain Shams large Jewish community, had temple Synagogue of Unias for worship. The Family rested shade of infant Old Cairo in Zeitoun landmarks of a Coptic heritage marking paths Holy Family. It is area called Old Cairo, Misr el Kadima, locations brief visit by Holy Family. The Governor of Fustat enraged their idols  fell at Jesus’ approach sought to kill the Child. Took shelter in the cave Church of Abu Serga St. Sergius built. And they  moved south Maadi to Memphis capital of Egypt. Boarded a sailing boat up Nile to southern Egypt. Historic church built on the spot they embarked dedicated to virgin is “Al Adaweya,” Virgin’s Church “of Ferry.” Maadi, Arabic, “the crossing time.” Stone steps lead down to River’s bank used by Holy Family accessible to pilgrims through the Church courtyard.15650274286609034532649623462935.jpg15650239357008186881934449794928.jpgOn Friday the 3rd of the Coptic month of Baramhat, 12 of March, 1976, a Bible floated along ripples of Nile to bank by the Church opened to Isaiah 19:25 says: “Blessed be Egypt My People.” The Bible is in glass in Sanctuary of in the Church. Sail-boat docked at village of Ashnein El Nassara or Deir el Garnous Monastery of Arganos 10 km west of Ashnein El Nassara near Maghagha. Western wall of church of Virgin deep well provided Holy Family with water needed. Then to a spot Abai Issous, “the Home of Jesus,” the site of present-day Sandafa village, east of Al Bahnassa 17 km west town Beni Mazar. To Samalout cross the Nile again to east bank of River Monastery of Virgin near Gabal al Tair east Samalout, thousands of birds. Holy Family rested in cave in ancient Church there. Coptics say Holy Family rested in the shade of the Mountain, Jesus stretched His little Hand to hold the rock about to fall from mountain-side imprint of His palm still visible. The Holy Family passed laurel tree south of Gabal El Tair by Nile from Mountain to Nazlet-ebeid Minia Bridge.The recorded events testify of townsfolk infuriated when their stone statue of a  local idol cracked and fell. They evicted Holy Family from town. A historically recorded incident dating to that period refers to devastation of Qussqam, and Coptic tradition asserts the ruin befell the town was the consequence of the violent rejection of their gentle visitors. The tree bows to worship Jesus passing Tree branches downwards on ground and upwards covered in green leaves called: “al abed” or “Worshipper.” They pass Beni-Hassan, town Al Ashmounein or Hermopolis Magna. Jesus’ Presence triggered idols to crumble as foretold by the prophets of old. So the townsfolk in consequence, turned angry, aggressive, and the Holy Family turned their backs on town and headed southwards. Their idols fell but blessed Al Ashmounein by Dairout Um Nakhla Jesus’ spring water flows. Sailed across Nile 10 km south to Qussqam or Qost-Qoussia stone statue of idol cracked and fell so evicted Holy Family from town. Qussqam in Coptic tradition ruin consequence of rejection of Holy Family in land to built “Altar to LORD in midst of the land of Egypt.
15650137815178169806773825198128.jpg15650137416176017490009855160550.jpg15650139764656406210421673527323.jpgContinued southwards, the Holy family passed Fortress of Babylon in Old Cairo, and saw pyramids of Giza. According to tradition there used to be a palm tree at Giza under which Blessed Virgin Mary nursed Baby Jesus. This palm tree in the region bearing fruit. Holy Family moved south, reaching Cairo suburb of Maady district Memphis capital of Egypt. Maadi crossing doorway step by Nile as Joseph acquainted with sailors of Nile boats. So Holy Family taken south to Upper Egypt with the historic church built on spot they embarked.dedicated to the Blessed Mother, ‘Al-Adaweya’.Virgin’s Church ‘of the Ferry.’ Maady, derives from Arabic word means ‘the crossing point. There  stone steps lead down to the River bank used by Holy Family and the pilgrims through Church courtyard. On Friday 3rd of Coptic month of Baramhat 12 March, 1976, Bible floated on ripples of Nile to bank by Church. This opened Isaiah miracle occurred Friday on Nile to bank below the Church. Was opened to Isaiah 19: 25 says, “Blessed be Egypt My People.” Bible in glass in Sanctuary of the Church for all to see. And at Jesus’ entrance in country, all idols of the land of Egypt fell with a crash, shattered and broken upon their faces. Some received cures of leprosy, demoniac deliverance by His word. Route as travelers of Sinai from Palestine to Egypt cross Nile from infanticide fury of King Herod. The Holy Family avoid public paths of passing to cross Sinai. In Egypt, are chronicled by Theophilus, twenty-third Patriarch of Alexandria in 384 – 412 A.D. He testified on eve of sixth of Hator Coptic month of November details Holy Family’s journey to and from was Egypt recorded.

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Apocrypha Infancy Gospel of James says Holy Family fled together with Salome, Mary’s midwife. They made their way through Judaic desert to Jordan valley. Majority of images show their journey travelling in one direction and return to the Holy Family to The Holy Land. Then Holy Family proceeded from Bethlehem to Gaza, to El-Zaraniq Floussiat twenty-eight miles west of al-Arish, near oasis of Ain Hagla to Jordan River. A church honours Holy Family to mark the place where the Holy Family rest. Ain Hagla or Kalamonia means ‘good abode.’ To  northern Sinai reached Farma ancient Pelusium mid – way between al-Arish and present-day Port Said. The Greek monk Epiphanius Hagiopolites eighth century and Western monk Bernard the Wise in 870 AD mention in their writing the Holy Family stopped in the city. The church is dedicated to Mary as an angel gave message to Joseph to leave Egypt to ancient city of Hebron one of the oldest cities of the world of Holy site for Jews, Christians and Muslims is the cave of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, Lea’s resting place bought from Ephron, son of Zohar cave of Machpelah owned at the edge of field. Sell at its full price for a burial place in Genesis 23:9. Holy Family continued journey to Ashkelon where Samson slaughtered Philistines by The Spirit of LORD upon him killed thirty men and despoiled and gave their garments to those who answered his riddle in Judges 14:19. On twenty-fourth day of Coptic month of Bashans to first of June, Coptic Church celebrates entry of Lord Jesus Christ to Land of Egypt. On that day churches pray doxology saying  “Rejoice, Oh Egypt; O, people of Egypt and all Children of Egypt who live in its borders, rejoice lift up your hearts, for the lover of all mankind, He is before the beginning of ages, has come to you.”7

Addeir Al-Moharraq – Al-Qussia – Assiut  is the place they stayed in Assuit known as Al-Qussia or Al-Muharraq Monastery later built and still stands today. All the places mentioned are significant in the history of Egypt for centuries. The Pope Francis made Egypt the Roman Catholic pilgrimage route to celebrate Jesus, Son of God. Millions retrace the steps of the Holy Family in Egypt on map including numbers of the thirty places associated with their flight map route in Egypt. In various places Holy Family discovered many springs and wells in the area of the Nile delta and valley. And so many villages mention of a palm tree, which offered shade to the Holy Family and nourished them with its fruit as well. In the years between 7 – 4 BC when Gaius Turranius was governor in Egypt, the Holy Family crossed narrow Isthmus of al Qantara where Abraham in Genesis 12:10 Jacob and sons traveled to Egypt. Since creation, famines people of Israel travelled to Egypt freely or sent into the captivity God allowed to correct them to follow God exclusively. Moses was also in Egypt and as part of Garden of Eden is fertile so popular rulers took it over many times fighting battles of conquest.1565023204177488196839903038456.jpg
15648316192607707449909183363327.jpg20190803_193407The Coptic Synaxar calendar of saints records Tal Basta is seventy-two miles northeast of Cairo Egyptian town visited by Holy Family.  Oral traditions say that in Tal-Basta or Basta Jesus made spring well up from ground. and His presence triggered idols to crumble, as foretold by the prophets of old. The townsfolk, in consequence, turned malevolent and aggressive, whereupon the Holy Family turned their backs on the town and headed southwards. Reached Mostorod which later received name Al-Mahmma north west of Cairo. Al-Mahmma means ‘the Bathing place’ a name given to the town because the Virgin Mary bathed yhe Christ Child and washed His clothes there. On their way back into Palestine, the Holy Family stopped once more at Mostorod and caused a spring to gush from earth still flows forth today. There  are many walks credited to baby Jesus’ stay in Egypt still in existence today and used by many people for healing and to quench physical and Spiritual thirst. 15650136314072668717207106597809.jpg15650131602917997655590875821286.jpg15650137058841916118992256363270.jpg15650138379915733734401461513335.jpg15647671716299194124761044331387.jpgTheir flight continued to Belbeis where Mary Tree used by local citizens for the cemetery. The tree was removed in 1850 from the corner of Al-Ansârî Street. The other stories relate to token memorials of Jesus at Meniet Samanoud and Sakha, Burullus. The journey north to Meniet Samanoud is where the local population received them with kindness and good hospitality that earned them a deserved blessing. There is a large granite trough according to local belief used by Mary to knead dough and a water-well Christ Child, Himself, blessed still seen today. A
footprint of Christ child imprinted on a rock is stored to see  by many people in the Coptic Church in Egypt. According to Bishop Zacharias of Sakhâ Holy Family travels from Samanoud to Burullus via Sakha that tradition says Jesus left His footprint on rock. So place called Bikha Isus Pekha Issous or Lysous Footprint of Jesus. The rock is preserved hidden for centuries until 1984 in public in Sakha recorded in document of philus’ vision attested by Coptic practice Christians. 15650135107787450424615441894790.jpg15650135434734516151163585908850.jpg15650135901896726421233761475197.jpgThey journeyed into Wadi el-Natroun  and arrive at Wadi El Natroun Natroun Valley after crossing the Rosetta branch of the Nile to western Delta heading to south into Wadi El-Natroun Al Asqeet in the Western Desert of Egypt. In.earliest decades of Christianity, desert expanse to Wadi El-Natroun site of settlements and later many monasteries. And Jesus blessed desert and future settlements so monks occupy the four Wadi ‘n-Natrun  monasteries. Continued southwards the Holy family passed Fortress of Babylon in.Old Cairo and saw pyramids of Giza. According to tradition there used to be a palm tree at Giza under which Mary nursed Baby Jesus. This palm tree was tree in the region bears fruit eaten.On arrival at Wadi El-Natroun Natroun Valley after crossing the Rosetta branch of the Nile to the western Delta headed south into Wadi El-Natroun called Al Asqeet in Western Desert of Egypt. And on to Al Bahnassa and Samalout went on from there to spot later named Abai Issous, “the Home of Jesus” the site of present-day Sandafa village, east of Al Bahnassa some thirteen miles west of town of Beni Mazar. The Blessed Mary took her Son and watched over Him for God gave Him wisdom to teach all, this 
is still true to believers. They went from Bahnassa to Samalout and crossed Nile again from that town to spot on the east bank of the River where the Monastery of Virgin now stands upon Gabal Al-Tair Bird Mountain east of Samalout, south of Meadeyat Beni Khaled. Holy Family rested in cave located inside the ancient Church. Gabal Al-Tair is called Gabal El-kaf Palm Mountain. Coptic tradition say the Holy Family rested in the shade of the mountain, Jesus stretched His little hand rock to stop from mountain side so His imprint of His palm is still visible.

When they resumed their travels, the Holy Family laurel tree a stone’s throw south of Gabal El-Tair, along pathway flanking the Nile and leading from the mountain to Nazlet-Ebeid and the New Minia Bridge of today. That tree bowed to worship Lord Christ as passing. The tree is unique all branches downwards, trailing on the ground, turn upwards again, covered i  cloak of green leaves. They call tree Al-Abed “Worshipper.6

Minya – Sondos Ahmed Continuing their journey through Upper Egypt crossing to west side of the river to Assuit, where they stayed for six months. The longest spent in the place during their journey through Egypt is where Joseph had the dream in which an angel told him that Herod the great was dead and was safe to return to Palestine. After spending more than three years in Egypt the Holy Family started the journey back, taking the same route to Palestine. The place they stayed in Assuit is Al-Qussia, where Al-Muharraq Monastery later built and still stands today. Once more by crossing the Nile, back to its west bank, the Holy Family traveled southwards to town of Al-Ashmounein or Harmopolis Magna but did not tarry long there. Left behind fallen idols to Dairout Al-Sharif like Al-Ashmounein Greek named Philes and to Qussqam or Qost-Qoussia. There exists a story of the warm welcome Holy family refugees moved to the next stop at Meir or Meira west of Qoussia. They found a kind hospitality so the town and people were abundantly blessed. Destination in the land of Egypt is a place they built an Altar to the LORD in the land of Egypt in Gabal Mount Qussqam. The Monastery of Al-Moharraq was built around area where Holy Family remained over six months. Their time spent in the cave in the Coptic era the altar of the Church of Mary and the altar stone was the resting place of the Child Jesus during months He dwelt there. Some refer to it as the Second Bethlehem. It is believed is the spot Al-Moharraq Monastery stands and angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, and said “Arise, take the young Child and His mother and go back to the land of Israel for they are dead all who seek the young Child’s life says Matthew 2:20. The church dedicated to Blessed Mary in Dair al-Moharraq was the first church built in Egypt. It is believed that it was built immediately after St. Mark’s arrival in Egypt around 60 AD. Return route deviated from one they came. It took them to city of Assiut and blessed locations commemorate the Christian buildings of mountaintop convent of the Virgin Mary chastity meditating to God.415647695989351293166802210656252.jpg15647718419366416825063876946834.jpg15647712266209045641125033054206.jpg15647716181057066058634311693047.jpg1564771488438193546246232715775.jpg15647722291825170952994978781330.jpgBiblical history says at the end of it all, they arrived home in Joseph’s old house in small town of Nazareth in Galilee. It’s from the land of Jewish Palestine where message of Christ in fullness of time will be heard. Journey from Bethlehem and a return to Nazareth lasted over three years and covering about 1242.80 miles. They travelled on a donkey and sailboat on Nile. These 25-stop-journeys in Egypt churches and monasteries from Gaza to North Sinai through Wadi Al-Arish and Al-Farama Pelusium southeast in a Nile Delta. They stopped at Al-Basta on their way in a place of monastery first home to of worship plus meditating to God. A flight into Egypt Al-Matarya district and Al-Zaytoun stops of Holy Family journey in Toman Bey Street Al-Zaytoun Church some church visitors report sightings of appearing near the church’s domes.IMG-20190805-WA0009.jpg15647696687232513344905955504971.jpg
Virgin Mary Church at Zaytoun Moving on to “Old Cairo” (Al-Fustaat), the Holy Family stayed for a short period of time in cave turned later to Abi Serja Church, inside Roman Fortress of Babylon. After they moved on to Al-Maadi district and stayed in location later turned to “Virgin Mary” Church. Sailed a boat south the Nile stream crossing east bank of river. Where Monastery of the Virgin on top of Gabal Al-Kaf is now located. Gabal Al-Kaf translates Mountain of the Palm is where Jesus is left imprint of His palm on the stones of mountain. Continued their journey through the Upper Egypt crossing back to western side of river to Assuit they stayed six months. It was the longest period spent in the same place during the journey through Egypt. And is where Joseph had a dream an angel told him that Herod the great was dead so safe to return to Palestine. After they spent more than three years in Egypt it then Holy Family started their journey back taking same route to Palestine. The place in Assuit is known as Al-Qussia or Al-Muharraq Monastery later built and still stands today. Place stayed in Assuit Al-Qussia Al-Muharraq Monastery was later on built and still stands today.7
Addeir Al-Moharraq – Al-Qussia – Assiut  As Pope Francis made it Roman Catholic pilgrimage route is expected to promote religious tourism in Egypt. Eight stops of the 25 chosen to form the main stops of these pilgrimage route. The pilgrimages starts in the city of Al-Arish, North Sinai, crosses to Eastern Delta of Nile reaching Wadi Al-Natroun. Number of important Coptic monasteries include the St. Mary Church in Mostorod, Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church and Garnos Monastery. In living history the Bible is confirmed as Joseph was warned in dream. Herod died the family returned from Egypt in 4 BCE. Herod Archelaus succeeded his father in Judea so they went to Galilee. Archelaus was so cruel in response to people’s complaints in 6 AD is deposed  by Augustus and banished to Vienne  in Gaul. Galilee was ruled by Archelaus brother, Herod Antipas. Matthew 2:23 says the return to Nazareth fulfilled the prophecy, “He shall be called Nazarene” in Isaiah 11:1, “A shoot will come from stump of Jesse from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.” Hebrew word “branch” means nezer and His disciples called the Nezarenes. Acts 24:5 says, What do You want with us Jesus of Nazareth, Master of the disciples. The Church of Nazarene and disciples of Jesus were as originally called the Nezarenes. Jesus calls Himself Nazarene to Paul in Acts 22:8 when he confronted Paul on way to Damascus to persecute the Christians.  The journey of Holy Family in Egypt is recorded by the Coptic Church follows exact path taken. 15647655726303558687336232351551.jpg15650134058157648650473818335824.jpg15650145416886883446397429289675.jpg15650146754766124226511878336471.jpg15650144556876398706482817113942.jpg15650143884118620840048854420774.jpg15650134365218379220791181379860.jpgIMG-20190802-WA0024.jpgJourney starts from Bethlehem to Gaza to El Zaraniq Floussiat 37 km west El Arish. To northern Sinai in Farma or ancient Pelusium mid-way between El Arish and Port-Said. To Tel Basta near Zagazig, in Sharqiah Governorate about 81 km northeast of Cairo, Jesus’ water sprung from ground. Into Mostorod 10 km from Cairo called Al Mahamma, the Bathing place, Mary bathed Christ Child and washed His clothes. On way back to Palestine Holy Family passed Mostorod again and spring gushed from the earth, flowing till present day. Northeastwards to Belbeis (ancient Philippos), back into Sharqiah Governorate, at a distance of about 55 km from Cairo. They rested in  shade of tree called, “The Virgin Mary’s Tree.” Holy Family continued journey north and passed by Zagazig. In Meniet Sammanoud Meniet Genah they passed by town Daqadous the church of Mary is found water-well Holy Family drank. Crossed Nile to city Sammanoud in the Delta were received with kindness and hospitality. A large granite trough used for kneading dough and the water-well Christ Child blessed. To north-west, Holy Family traveled Sakha, in lake-district of Burullus, present-day Governorate of Kafr El-Sheikh. Jesus Foot PekhaIssous  is Holy Child’s footprint marked in relief rock. The rock is preserved, hidden for centuries unearthed on 27 September 1984. Towns and cities in Governorates of Gharbia, Kafr El –Sheikh traditions say used to the Belqas wastelands. St. Bishoy - Wadi NatrounFrom Sakha, came to Wadi El Natroun (Natroun Valley) after crossing Rosetta branch of Nile to Western Delta, south to Western Wadi El Natroun (Scetis) so  crossed the Rosetta branch of the Nile to the Western Delta, and headed south into Wadi El Natroun (Scetis) in Western Desert of Egypt. Passed by the spring of Al Humra, infant Jesus caused a water spring from ground the well called Beer Mariam (Mary’s Well) today.  Christian Wadi El Natroun is site of the monastic settlements and commemoration of the Holy Family’s passage in valley. So left desert southwards across Nile, eastern bank to Matariya, Ain Shams ancient Heliopolis in Cairo, 10 km from the city center. At Ain Shams Jewish community, temple Synagogue of Unias for worship. In Matariya tree  day called the “Mary’s Tree.” The Family rest in shade and the infant Jesus caused water to flow from spring they drank and blessed. Mary washed His clothes, poured washing water on the ground spot is the fragrant balsam plant blossom. Healing, pain soothing balm is essence used in scents and perfumes of holy Chrism. In Old Cairo, Holy Family rested in Zeitoun, to Cairo landmarks of a Coptic heritage marking paths Holy Family. In called Old Cairo, Misr el Kadima brief visit by Holy Family. Governor of Fustat idols  fell at Jesus’ approach sought to kill the Child. Took shelter in the cave Church of Abu Serga St. Sergius. They moved south Maadi, Pharaonic to Memphis capital of Egypt. Boarded a sailing boat Nile to southern Egypt. Historic church built on spot embarked dedicated to “Al Adaweya,” Virgin’s Church “of Ferry” in Maadi, Arabic word “crossing time with stonesteps lead to River’s bank by Holy Family or pilgrims in Church courtyard.15650231719345177325429646183144.jpg15647746591524750616617573836161.jpg15648206312166047298118212240313.jpg15648205249871418165775925570653.jpg15647750292113261430125356731064.jpgOn Friday the 3rd of the Coptic month of Baramhat, 12 of March, 1976, a Bible floated along ripples of Nile to bank by the Church opened to Isaiah 19:25 says: “Blessed be Egypt My People.” The Bible is in glass in Sanctuary of in the Church. Sail-boat docked at village of Ashnein El Nassara or Deir el Garnous Monastery of Arganos 10 km west of Ashnein El Nassara near Maghagha. Western wall of church of Virgin deep well provided Holy Family with water needed. Then to a spot Abai Issous, “the Home of Jesus,” the site of present-day Sandafa village, east of Al Bahnassa 17 km west town Beni Mazar. To Samalout, crossed Nile again to spot on east bank of River the Monastery of the Virgin stands Gabal al Tair east Samalout, thousands of birds there. Holy Family rested in cave in an ancient Church there. Coptics say Holy Family rested in shade of the Mountain, Jesus stretched His little Hand to hold rock about to fall from mountain-side on them imprint of His palm still visible. The Holy Family passed the laurel tree  south of Gabal El Tair by Nile from the Mountain to Nazlet-ebeid Minia Bridge. 15647657550798137027371597634471.jpgThe tree bowed to worship Jesus as He was passing Tree branches downwards on the ground and upwards covered in green leaves called: “al abed” or “the Worshipper.” Passed by Beni-Hassan to town of Al Ashmounein or Hermopolis Magna. There idols fell but they blessed Al Ashmounein to Dairout Um Nakhla Jesus spring of water flow. Sailed across Nile 10 km south to Qussqam or Qost-Qoussia infuriated stone statue of idol cracked and fell evicted the Holy Family from town. Qussqam, Coptic tradition asserts ruined as consequence of violent rejection. The Holy Family in the land of Egypt, built “altar to the LORD in midst of the land of Egypt.” The Gabal (mount) Qussqam, named from town laid waste, is 327 km south of Cairo, Governorate of Assiut, Monastery of Al Muharraq west foothills of the Mountain.15647670730353519001504066386624.jpg15650125485287456901946279490158.jpgBuilt the area where Holy Family stayed six months in a cave Coptic altar Church of Virgin Mary monastery compound. Is altar stone resting place of Child Jesus during months there. Monastery and its surrounding Coptic Christian ethos. It is spot Al Muharraq Monastery an angel of LORD appeared to Joseph in a dream and said: “Arise and take young Child and His mother into the land of Israel; for they are dead which sought young Child’s life, in Mathew 2:20. They return journey on the same route but deviated slightly from first Western Mountain, 8 km southwest of city of Assiut. Location commemorated by Christians building a mountain-top Convent of Mary. In Old Cairo Matariya Mahamma retrace steps journey across Sinai into Palestine. The return journey Jesus to Israel in 4BC as Herod died to Nazareth. The Gospel in Luke 2:22-40 Mary and Joseph took their Infant Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem  after forty days of His birth to complete Mary’s ritual purification of childbirth. Perform the redemption of the firstborn son in obedience to the Leviticus 12, the  Exodus 13:12–15. Luke says Joseph and Mary provided for poor people instead of lamb sacrifice in Temple. Leviticus 12:8, sacrificing of pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.” In Leviticus 12:1- 4  event takes place forty days after birth for male child. Presentation celebrated forty days after birth of Christ. Jesus in temple encountered Simeon. The Gospel records Simeon promised ” not to see death before sees Lord’s Christ” in Luke 2:26. Simeon prayed, blessed Jesus, told future of Jesus Mary kept in her heart. 15648316192607707449909183363327.jpg

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