God’s Many Proofs

15 May

Another source of invigoration for me is the knowledge that there is only one book on the planet that speaks truth in all things, God’s Word! The Bible. And God gives historical information to verify the prophesies of God and their fulfillment. Not that they are necessary, but our heart somehow rejoices in them.

Later I will write a much more in-depth accounting of God’s preservation of His word. How that through Alexander the great the most precise language in the world, “Greek”, was spread across the world before our Lord and Savior’s coming to earth, and even more indepth how that the Hebrew  language was lost and that even the Sanhedrin of Israel did not have knowledge of the Hebrew. But here I will outline briefly a study that has been ongoing.

The conquests of Alexander the great were both prophesied by God (in Daniel) and used to promote and preserve His word.

In the book “Alexander the Great, by The Rev. John Williams” (copyright 1902), the author outlines how it is that a man of twenty years of age conquered the known world before dying at the age of 32. The author outlines the many battles and shows beyond a shadow of a doubt how that God worked miracles in Alexander’s life in the glorious victories that where won. That alone was stupendously uplifting to me.

But then on page 181 of the same, the author describes Alexander’s march on Jerusalem.

Alexander upon beginning this his fifth campaign was determined that he was going to destroy Jerusalem based on the stance of the Jews which he took as insubordination to mankind. He further had this feeling reinforced when his battle at Tarsus being one of the more gruesome he faced, caused him to need supplies so that he sent a plea ahead to Jerusalem for supplies and when Jerusalem turned him down, well you can imagine the fury. So fierce was his reaction that the kings and leaders of his army were salivating at the opportunity that was about to be afforded when they would obviously ransack and pillage Jerusalem.

Now in Jerusalem the high priest Jaddeus, called the terrified people to prayer and to make supplication to the Lord for their dilemma. That night God came to Jaddeus in a vision and told him to fear not but to open the gate of the city and put on their celebratory robes and go out and meet Alexander when he should come. So Israel was able to breathe a sigh of relief.

So when Alexander approached the city, his generals drooling, Jaddeus came out of the city with all the people. Much to the generals surprise “Alexander advanced alone and prostrated himself before the holy name, and was the first to salute the high priest.” The kings and others with Alexander, “doubted the soundness of his intellects.” When Alexander was asked why he prostrated himself, “he answered I did not prostrate myself before him, but before the God with whose priesthood he has been honored.”

Alexander proceeded to tell them “for while I was in Dios, in Macedonia, I saw him in the same dress in my dreams” He further expounds on how his expedition to conquer Persia was taken under divine providence. Wow what a testimony!

Alexander then proceeded to follow the priest into the temple and he gave sacrifice and gave honor to the priests. The priests in turn showed Alexander where it was written in Daniel that victory was his with Persia.

The author then makes reference to Josephus and his comments. So turning to a copy of Josephus “Antiquities of the Jews” Book XI, Chapter VIII, I find Josephus recounting of the encounter of the Jews with Alexander the Great. (To read yourself go to: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2848 here you will have options to download a free Kindle or Illustrated HTML of Josephus works.)

The prophesy of Alexander is clear that it is a greek who is to conquer Persia. Both in the Greek and the Hebrew at the reference shown to Alexander:  Daniel 8: 2-8, 21  “2 And I saw in a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, that I was at Shushan in the palace, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in a vision, and I was by the river of Ulai. 3 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. 4 I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great. 5 And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. 6 And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power. 7 And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand. 8 Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.”

Verse 21 “And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. 22 Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power”

Now History shows that at the height of his glory Alexander the great was killed and four Kings stood in his stead. Daniel died in 534 B.C. and Alexander was born in 356 B.C.

Somehow I suppose this narration loses some of its benefit without having made the journey, but the fact remains there is not another book under heaven where so many truths are verified by the surrounding authors and circumstance that have no explanation other than being from God.

Praise the Lord for His Mercy!!

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