It is written: “When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all else that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, ‘Surely he was the Son of God.'” -Matthew 27:54
“This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus [Yeshua] -Ephesians 3:6 The Peril of Unbelief- “Take care, brethren, lest (for fear that) there should be in any one of you an evil unbelieving heart, in falling away from the living God. -Hebrews 3:7-11
Facts: *Rome, to the present day, makes claim to being the “Eternal City” which reigns over the kings of the earth. (Rev. 17:18). The Roman Pontiff claims supreme and universal power over the whole “christian” church (CCC881, 882). The double headed eagle in the holy Roman Empire represents the “church” (religious) and the state (secular). Mission of the Holy See
*Jerusalem, City of David, is Biblically God’s Eternal City (2 Kings 21:4.) Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6) claims himself as Head of His Church through His Holy Spirit (John 14:17).
“But that alliance was a poisoned chalice. It meant that from the very beginning the power of Western Christendom was based on hierarchical power in Roman style, with the pope substituting for Caesar, rather than on the covenantal style of biblical and Jewish politics.” ” … Catholicism has never done justice to the biblical and Jewish understanding of covenant…” -Taken from Impossible People by Os Guinness. Copyright (c) 2016 by Os Guinness. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, P.O. Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515-1426. www.ivpress.com ; page 159
King (Christ) Jesus (Messiah, Savior of the world) comes to earth at the prophesied (God appointed) time, starting in form of a human baby, grows in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and men (Luke 2:52) to liberate the Jews (God’s own People) from their pagan Roman oppressors. The Jews are mostly expecting a political Jewish military type leader to save them; therefore, many do not recognize Jesus as true Messiah in his humility. Under Roman rule Jesus is killed, and buried. The Romans seal the tomb and keeps close guard to make certain Jesus stays dead in the grave or that Jesus’ body is not taken away so as to “fool” people into believing that he could possibly have risen from the dead (Matt. 27:65, 66). This Roman effort does not keep Jesus from coming up from the grave. Jesus is truly alive! The Roman guards at the gravesite shook and became like dead men (Matt. 28:4) and, later, to quiet this truth of Jesus resurrection, were paid money to spread a lie saying that Jesus’ body was stolen (Matt. 28:12,13). The Jews to this day have widely believed the lie. (Matt 28:15). This, however, is not enough to stop Christianity.
So,what more would the Romans have to do to stop belief in Jesus, eternal Savior of the world (Hebrews 13:8)?
The early Church is born with God’s power (Pentecost). The Roman authorities now have considerable challenge to stop the spread of Judaism/Christianity (remember is one not two religions); that is, a group of believers which was composed of Jews first and foremost with Gentile believers being grafted in. Tactics by the Romans to stop the Church Congregation from spreading would consist of persecutions and spreading error concerning the Lord… even to the extent of creating a false Church and Church system by which early converts would be subjected to abuse and lies instead of unconditional LOVE that was intended by Yeshua/Jesus. This would obviously cause division and people to turn away from “Religion.”
It is written: [Yeshua] “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.” -Matthew 12:30
Roman culture was not neutral with respect to the announcement of God’s reign in Christ. The Gospel of the kingdom is not just about a gift. It is about a change of allegiance. The declaration “Jesus is Lord” was understandably viewed as subversive and a threat to everything the Romans held dear. That’s why Christians had to die. That’s why tyrants such as Stalin and Mao tried to stamp out the Church. –The Threat of Jesus, Rev. Robert Lynn
Early Christianity gradually grew apart from Judaism during the first two centuries and established itself as a predominantly gentile (a pagan; a worshipper of false gods) religion in the Roman Empire. -Wikipedia
Original source > 67. … the hand of God, who guides the course of history, has set down the Chair of His Vicar on earth, in this city of Rome which, from being the capital of the wonderful Roman Empire, was made by Him the capital of the whole world, because He made it the seat of a sovereignty which, since it extends beyond the confines of nations and states, embraces within itself all the peoples of the whole world. The very origin and divine nature of this sovereignty demands, the inviolable rights of conscience of millions of the faithful of the whole world demand that this sacred sovereignty must not be, neither must it ever appear to be, subject to any human authority or law whatsoever, even though that law be one which proclaims certain guaranties for the liberty of the Roman Pontiff. Source: Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Letter UBI ARCANO DEI CONSILIO (On the Peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ), December 23, 1922. Note the remarkable wording used by Pius XI. He claims sovereignty over all the people of the world from his “seat” in the city of Rome!
Alert Warning! Here is evidence of the same spirit of unaccountability in the USA: Black’s Law Dictionary, 6th Edition defines Sovereignty as: “The supreme, absolute, and uncontrollable power by which any independent state is governed; supreme political authority; … The power to do everything in a state without accountability (emphasis added), to make laws, to execute and to apply them, to impose and collect taxes and levy contributions, to make war or peace, to form treaties of alliance or of commerce with foreign nations, and the like.”
America is a satellite of the Roman Empire!