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"History is very near to poetry, and may be considered in some sense to be poetry in prose." -Quintillian
Jesus came in the "fullness of time" according to the Bible. Unconscious to the builders yet framed by the handiwork of an almighty maker of the ages, the world was ready for the gospel to be preached to all nations and history records a world that was "turned upside down" with the message about Jesus Christ.
Adventurers like Philip of Macedon, conquerors like Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar, philosophers like Socrates and Plato, military leaders, administrators, soldiers, merchants, slaves and all kinds of people who knew so little and cared less about God's plan and the promised Jewish Messiah, yet were the unconscious builders of a bridge between east and west which the great gospel of the Kingdom of God would pass on to achieve world dominion.
The general rise and fall of empires were all predicted by the ancient Jewish prophet Daniel, who might be considered the "empire predicting prophet" because while he was living in Babylon as a wise man in the palace of king Nebuchadnezzar (Nabu-kudurri-usur II) he prophesied by the Word of the Lord concerning the rise and fall of many world governing empires that would appear after Babylon, namely Persia, then Greece, then Rome, and sometime far into the future (the last days) there would be a second Roman Empire. He even went so far as to give the exact time that the Jewish Messiah would die (be "cut off"). According to Daniel chapter 9 there would be 69 weeks or sabbatical years (7 year periods) after the proclamation of Artaxerxes Longimanus (ruler of Persia) for the Jews to restore and rebuild Jerusalem (cf. Neh 2:5). According to history, Jesus died on Passover of that same year.
Daniel also spoke of the Kingdom that would ultimately one day rule the world:
Dan 7:13-14 "I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed."
My purpose in this general survey of ancient Rome is to give a simple panorama of the history and events that took place in forming Rome and her empire. I've tried to make all of my help programs simple, somewhat informative, and honest. But what really matters is what they do for you. Please let me know what you think. The easiest way is to use email: firstname.lastname@example.org". . . God be gracious to you . . ." (Gen 43:29)
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