John's Last Days

John the Baptist had a very successful and famous ministry, some even thought that he was the long-awaited Messiah, a suggestion that John publicly corrected in no uncertain terms:

John's Last Days

John the Baptist was a fearless (of man, that is - he righteously feared God, which made him fearless of any man) servant of God. He spoke the Truth, plainly, bluntly, to all. That included to Herod Antipas, tetrarch of Galilee (see The Herods), who arrested and imprisoned John in the fortress of Machaerus, located in the southern part of Perea, east of the Dead Sea, the place where John would spend his remaining days:

The Baptism of Jesus, by John, was the point that marked the ending of John's ministry, and the beginning of Jesus' ministry. As John himself in effect stated above, the "world" was not big enough for both of them. It was not long after that John was imprisoned, as recorded in the verses above. Even in prison however, John did manage to keep informed of the progress of the just-beginning, as yet little-known ministry of The One that the famous John had prepared the way for:

John's inevitable martyrdom (God could have rescued him anytime, but why would He have done that? John by then had successfully fulfilled the reason that he was miraculously born to his past the time of having children parents i.e. Luke 1:7,11-17, see also Elizabeth) came about, despite Herod's fear that killing such a popular prophet would cause an uprising, through Herodias:

Fact Finder: In Matthew 11:14 (quoted above), Jesus Christ referred to John the Baptist as the "Elijah who is to come." What did He mean by "Elijah"?
See The Elijah To Come

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This Day In History, August 27

1626: The Danes were defeated by the Catholic League in Germany, marking the end of Danish intervention in European wars.

1776: The Battle of Long Island during the American Revolution began; it lasted until the 30th. To protect New York City and the lower Hudson valley from the British, George Washington sent a force to Brooklyn Heights on Long Island. The British under Sir William Howe laid siege.

1813: The Allies defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Dresden.

1828: Uruguay became an independent state.

1883: 36,000 people died in the eruption of a volcano on the island of Krakatoa; it produced the loudest noise to echo around the world in recorded history.

1892: Fire seriously damaged New York's original Metropolitan Opera House, located at Broadway and 39th Street.

1916: Italy declared war on Germany.

1928: The Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed in Paris by 60 nations, outlawing war and providing for the peaceful settlement of disputes. The Second World War followed a little over 10 years later.

1975: Haile Selassie, emperor of Ethiopia, died at age 83.

1979: Louis Mountbatten was killed by an Irish terrorist bomb in his sail boat in Sligo, Ireland.


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