What Did Jesus Christ Actually Say?
Jesus Christ remembered witnessing Satan's rebellion (see Satan's Choice), an event that occurred thousands of years before:
"And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." (Luke 10:17-20 RSV)
Jesus Christ plainly stated "before Abraham was, I am" - a statement that so enraged some of His fellow Jews, who should have easily recognized Him as their long awaited Messiah (He literally fulfilled every qualification in the Book - see Which Bible Did Jesus Use? and Aliyya and Haftara), but didn't, that they tried to stone Him to death for telling them the Truth:
"They answered Him, "Abraham is our father."
"Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do what Abraham did, but now you seek to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth which I heard from God; this is not what Abraham did. ... Your father Abraham rejoiced that he was to see My day; he saw it and was glad." (John 8:37-40,56 RSV)
"The Jews then said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?"
"Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am." So they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself, and went out of the Temple [see "My Father's House"]" (John 8:57-59 RSV)
A plain statement that Jesus had memories of the time not just before He was born, but before the world was born, even before "in the beginning" of time (time is little more than a measurement of physical change):
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This Day In History, September 4
476: Romulus Augustulus, 16, the last Roman emperor, was deposed. The date is considered by some historians as the "fall" of the Roman empire (it wasn't). See Ancient Empires - Rome and The "Holy" Roman Empire
925: The coronation of Athelstan, the first king to rule over all of England.
1189: King Richard I (the Lion-Hearted) of England was crowned in Westminster.
1609 English explorer Henry Hudson discovered a large, heavily wooded, nearly unpopulated island on the east coast of North America. Today, it is known as Manhattan.
1781: In southern California, Spanish settlers named their small (population 44) new settlement Los Angeles.
1783: The Treaty of Paris between the United States and Great Britain officially ended the Revolutionary War.
1820: Czar Nicholas of Russia claimed all territory from Alaska to Oregon, closing all Alaskan waters to foreigners. Russia sold Alaska to the United States in 1867. The territory became the 49th U.S. state in 1959.
1886: Apache chief Geronimo surrendered to U.S. troops in Arizona, ending the last major American Indian war. Geronimo later converted to (nominal) Christianity and became a prosperous farmer.
1888: George Eastman patented the first roll-film camera with the name Kodak.
1957: Ford started selling the Edsel, a medium-priced luxury car named after Henry Ford's son. The car proved to be so unpopular that it was discontinued 2 years later, in 1959.
1976: The unmanned U.S. spacecraft Viking II landed on Mars to take the first close-up, color photographs of the planet's surface.