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Caesarea – Sparking the Gentile Revival

To say that Caesarea was a city built for a king would not be simple hyperbole. Herod the Great had plenty of money and wanted to spend it. He spent it on building projects. He built a palace in Jerusalem, a magnificent winter palace in Massada, and his own Israeli capitol city. He called it Caesarea to honor the Roman Caesar and to make it very clear that this would not be just another religious village in Judah. His capitol city was to be as Roman as anything in the empire. It would be a beautiful port on the Mediterranean that would see trade and commerce from Asia, Africa, and Europe all passing though this strategic location. By the time Jesus was teaching in the Galilean hillsides this sparkling new city was merely 50 years old.

Then why is this historical site important to Christians?

It was in city we see the sparking of the gentile revival. In Acts 10 we are introduced to a Roman Centurion named Cornelius. He was Italian and not a Jew but found himself stationed in the capital city of Israel. While there he became intrigued with the Jewish religion and began seeking God through charitable giving and religious ritual. God noticed and reached out to him in love. You can read about this account in Acts 10:1-8. Subsequently God sent one of His greatest apostles, Peter, to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to this seeker. Cornelius was believed on Christ, was filled with the Holy Spirit and baptized in water signifying his new faith. This all happened in the very Roman (Gentile) city of Caesarea.

Paul’s 2 year Imprisonment

There was a wonderful deacon/evangelist named Philip who lived here and often allowed the Apostle to stay with him during Paul’s missionary travelings. It was here that Agabus warned Paul in Acts 21 against going back to Jerusalem and again where the apostle ended up spending 2 years imprisoned before being sent to Rome for trial. Since this was the Roman Capitol in the area its obvious that this is where Paul would have made his plea to Felix and Festus.

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    James Pfeiffer
    January 9, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    It must have been a trip standing there in the middle of all that history…very cool

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    Alan
    January 9, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    It is always good to find out that one has yet so much to learn, it keeps us hungry for the Word of God. Jumping in the lions den on the internet keeps me always going back to my studies to conformer bible truths. Just got through taking on the doctrine about the disciples of Peter vs. disciples of Christ, I hope it brings fruit. famous religious men often make big mistake like Aquins, Scofield, Darwin, Russell, Smith and many others have made mistakes in concerning the scripters. In doing so have lead many away from the truths of Gods Holy Word blinding others from the truth, leaving them in a sea of darkness. Therefore leaving the cults a large mission field at the doorsteps of the church today. A religious world lost without Jesus Christ. Human reasoning apart from Gods Holy Word often give assumption misleading outside of Gods intensions in scripture to compromise others thanking outside of His Holy intent.
    That is why our study of Gods sound doctrines must be first to plant ourselves upon solid ground before we can help others to come to knowledge of Gods truths. That is why throwing ones self into the lions den can be very painful without the hole armor of God fully emplaced. that’s why studies like these are so important to a growing Christian.

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