Constantine the Great and Christianity.


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Constantine Monument in the city of York.
The Roman Emperor Constantine, called the Great, was born in the city of Nish [1] February 27 272 and died at age 65 on May 22, 337, in Pontus. Son of Constantius, to his death he was elected Caesar troops from July 25 to 306.
At the beginning of the fourth century, the Empire was ruled by a tetrarquía:
a. A Caesar Augustus and the Western Roman Empire
b. A Caesar Augustus and the Eastern Roman Empire: It covered Bretania, Spain and Portugal, France, the Netherlands, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Corsica and Sardinia, Malta, all of North Africa [3].

Flag of the Western Roman Empire. [2] It is also the image that Constantine used on the shields of his army (Labarum).

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Since the beginning of the Tetrarchy in 305 until the unification of the empire under the absolute rule of Constantine in 326 passed 29 years of wars, intrigues, murders, betrayals and endless dramas. Constantine represents the birth of absolute monarchy by divine right hereditary. During his reign he introduced important changes affecting all levels of society in the late empire. Court reformed the laws and structure of the army. Constantine moved the capital of empire to Byzantium which renamed it Constantinople. He died, of disease in 337, 31 years after he was named emperor in Britain. At the end of his life and just before he died was baptized to die as a Christian.

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ImageMap of the Eastern Roman Empire and the West.

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Persecution of Christians in the centuries I-II


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The time of the early Christian Church

According to the Gospel of Luke (2.2) the birth of Christ in Bethlehem had Logar under Emperor Caesar Augustus.

ImageCesar Augusto.

In the time of Jesus, the Jewish people were subjected to the Roman power that held sway through their solicitor or governor. The Roman authorities demanded personal and territorial taxes for Caesar, and in-kind contributions for the maintenance of its occupation troops. The first Christian communities lived in the Jewish-Roman world, or just pagan. It is useful to know this world to grasp the novelty of Jesus, his options and commitments inevitably hurtful character of his prophetic denunciation, the scope of its announcement: «the term is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God comes, Amend and have faith in the good news «(Mark 1: 15). The actions of Jesus of Nazareth affected in one way or another Palestinian life, its institutions, social groups, religious, political and then linked with religion. When the canonical gospels were written had been at least 35 to 60 years after the death of Jesus. The cultural environment in which the gospels were written has a conceptual and symbolic universe, and modes of expression very different to that of today.

ImageScribes of The Passion of Mel Gibson.
Jesus was against the «immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness» (Mark 7.20 to 23) that existed in Palestine. No approved the Romans oppress the Jewish people. But in those days, who were imposing heavier burdens to people and throwing desasistiéndolo to poverty, helplessness and hopelessness were the religious and political leaders of his people who, according to Jesus, instead of being shepherds were «thieves and bandits employees (Matthew 23 The Woes against the Pharisees). » Jesus heard the cries of the marginalized by religion and society of his people, and chose them even at the cost of his life. In small territories conquered by the Roman armies, the emperor from Augustus, year 29 BC, appointed a Prefect or Governor as his representative to direct everything. From 6 to 41 years the Prefect of Judea was called Attorney. The Roman Procurator of Judea is the supreme military power, but depends on the Roman legate of Syria. It is also the fiscal agent of the Roman emperor, collects all the taxes that Jews have to pay the Roman imperial treasury. Under his command are the tax collectors, backed by his soldiers. The civilian judiciary is exercised by the council, but the Roman Procurator reserves implementing the death penalty.

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The cult of the goddess Asherah: Is this thing of the past or current?


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A brief study of the cult of the Canaanite goddess Asherah, by Adrian Pablos & Fabian Massa.

About this Canaanite goddess Wiki reports the Christian Dictionary:

Heb. Asherah [the plural is * asherim and Asheroth; ugar. Aserat; Amarna Letters, * and * Ashratu Ashirtu.

1. Phoenician goddess of vegetation called «Asherah of Tyre» in an Ugaritic text. Ugaritic literature refers to it as the «lady of the gods», the «lover [bride] of gods [of heaven]», and as the mother of 70 deities, but its most distinctive title Ashirat sea «Mrs. [who walks] of [the] sea.»

Baal and Asherah were the most important gods of fertility in Canaan and in the region of present day Palestine. Their worship often included sexual acts with a priest or priestess, to which they had to give an offering. This basically was becoming a sexual activity that was done for money, which is why the worship relates these gods with prostitution.

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The dispersion of the World Middle East.


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A brief reflection on the spread from the Middle East to the World, De Pablos Adrián and Fabian Massa.

In Genesis 10.32 Scripture says that the nations were scattered on the earth after the Flood, and within the scope of Genesis, «the whole earth» is the Middle East. But the phrase has a literal reading and aims to spread globally, but for this you need to take a look over a much longer time.
Normally, all the maps that are included in the Bible concerning the nations of Gen. 10 include:
  1. Near East, with the limit the mouth of the Tigris and Euphrates.
  2. In Africa only Egypt and Libya.
  3. The Arabian Peninsula.
  4. Near East to Greece.
  5. The maps that describe Paul’s travels to Spain cover (Tarshish in the OT, eg Gen. 10.4) as well as showing the territories comprised within the Roman Empire at its greatest extent:

THE WOMAN RIDING THE BEAST


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3 Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast. The beast was covered with blasphemous names * against God, and had seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and decked with gold, precious stones and pearls. In her hand a golden cup full of abominations and filthiness of her adulteries. 5 On the forehead was written a name of mystery:Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes
and land abominable idolatries. Rev. 17.3 – 5. NIV

The Woman on the Beast is Europe

John the Theologian, author of the book of Revelation, can not openly say that the Roman Empire was mounted on Satan uses the figure of the woman on the Bestia. The woman is none other than Europe, unified today in the EU, accounting for resurgence of the ancient Roman Empire. The Beast is a system of government that will impose the New World Order.

Since ancient times there were other attempts of this New Order: Addresses denounce the prophet Daniel in the year 539. C.:

1. The 1st Beast (Dan. 7.4) is a description of the sphinx represents Assyria and the Assyrian Empire which dominated the Middle East between 813 and 609 a. C.

2. The 2nd Beast (Dan. 7.5) the Bear of the Medo-Persian Empire (559-530 BC) This empire smashing three kingdoms to arise (three ribs): Lydia, Babylon and Egypt.

3. The 3rd Beast, the leopard with four wings and four heads, refers to the Greek Empire. Alexander the Great conquered the known world in just twelve years (323 a.) Before dying, divided his empire among his four generals (the four-headed winged leopard). Ptolemy in Egypt, Seleucus in Syria and Babylon, Cassander and Lysimachus Thrace Macedonia and Greece.

4. The 4th Beast was the Roman Empire (Daniel 7.7) 27 BC – 476 d. C.

The story then contemplate a great attempt between 1939 and 1945 in the 2nd World War, where Adolf Hitler who wanted to resurrect the ancient Roman Empire and impose a government that lasted a millennium. Thank God he failed.

Satan will try again and this time will be successful, although very little time: Jesus will win again. The latter refers attempt prophecy of Revelation 13.
Then we have The Beast is a system of government that will impose the New World Order.

This new order, you will:

1. A single currency (the Euro is the 1st test)
2. A unique constitution (as U. E)
3. One flag (as U. E)
4. One official religion (Ecumenism is already working on it)
5. A single computer system (Will Microsoft?)
6. Total control over all economic and financial transactions (? Verichip?)

In Greek mythology, Europa (egr. Old: Εὐρώπη Europe) was a Phoenician woman beautiful. The myth says that the god Zeus, who wanted her sexually, in order to possess concocted the following strategy: It turned into a beautiful white bull, mingling with the cattle that grazed near where the beautiful girl playing with her maidens. While Europe and his entourage picking flowers near the beach, she saw the bull, caressed his sides and, noticing that he was meek, sat on it. Zeus took that opportunity: he ran to the sea and swam to the island of Crete leading Europe in the back. Already in Crete, Zeus revealed his true identity, and Europa became the first queen of the island [1].

Rape of Europa: This iconic sculpture welcomes you to the people, is a figure on the old entrance to the town of Nerja, lends character and cultural landmark the entire municipality. Nerja told her in 1984, thanks to Aurelio Teno, Cordovan sculptor and painter, born on September 7, 1927 in Villanueva del Duque
[1] http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europa_ (mythology% C3%)