Evidence Outside of the Bible

Was there evidence outside the Bible of the life of Jesus?


“Non-Christian writers”

“The main sources we have for knowing about Jesus come from the writings of Christians, and especially from the New Testament itself. But did any writers outside the church say anything at all about him?

Obviously the birth, life and death of the founder of what was then merely another Jewish sect did not greatly interest historians and writers in the Roman Empire. Yet several authors of the time refer to Jesus, and two of them, living within a century of Jesus’ birth, are of particular interest.”

“Josephus”

“Josephus was a cynical Jewish historian who became a member of the Roman civil service. He was no friend of the growing Christian faith, rather the opposite. But in his work entitled “The Antiquities of the Jews”, he records the following information about Jesus:”

“At this time there was a wise man who was called Jesus. And his conduct was good and he was known to be virtuous. And many people from among the Jews and from the other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned him to be crucified and to die. And those who became his disciples did not abandon his discipleship. They reported that he had appeared to them three days after his crucifixion and that he was alive.”

“So here we have a non-Christian writer telling us that Jesus lived, did good, had a following, suffered, died and was reported alive. Josephus had no Christian axe to grind, yet his record agrees substantially with the four gospels.”


“Tacitus”

“Tacitus was a Roman historian who married the daughter of the Governor of Britain. In one of his writings, he mentioned the execution of Jesus at the order of Pontius Pilate. In AD 115, he recorded the persecution of Christians in Rome by the Emperor Nero. This is his account:”

“Nero..punished with the utmost refinement of cruelty a class hated for their abominations, who are commonly called Christians. Christus, from whom their name is derived, was executed at the hands of the Procurator Pontius Pilate in the reign of Tiberius.”

“How we know about Jesus”

“So through the writings of the first Christians and at least two authors outside of the Christian faith, we are able to know about the life and words of Jesus Christ. Our knowledge of Jesus is far from being shaky or uncertain. Critical study of the gospels has shown that, even though we cannot prove beyond all doubt the truth of every single detail, they contain a reliable core of historical information about Jesus.”

Source:  Original Pilgrim:  https://www.youtube.com/user/originalpilgrim

The Genesis Timeline

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The first intro of 10 steps – that will begin opening up Scripture and prophecy to you in a way you never knew before! :o)


“The Genesis Timeline unravels much of the prophecy that is unfolding all around us as God’s Kingdom hurtles towards us breakneck speed, and bringing a Day of Judgment, unexpectedly, to a sleeping world.

Each lesson is to be taken in connection with the other pieces, for the picture that they make up as a whole. I have tried to make them easy-to-understand, and so have laid them out in 10 fairly simple lessons. These lessons start off very simple, but bear with me as the simplicity of the first 3 or 4 lessons provide the foundation to the prophecies contained in the rest of them – that will blow your mind!

This was a gift from the Holy Spirit to me, when I decided back in 2007, that I wanted to take a good, square look at Scripture – starting from Genesis – and miss nothing! (lol!)

Why I thought this was even possible after over 2000 years of scholarly study, I do not know .. but I just knew that I had missed out on so much, and I wanted to learn His Word, and see what there was to find. And as I read through Genesis, in wanting to keep track of everything, I started writing down the numbers, the lineage, taking copious notes, and trying to see what there was to see. And as I did so, I began noticing sequences, similarities, “coincidences” … especially with the numbers!

At the time, my mind was fired up trying to start up the state’s first Messianic-Jewish Synagogue, and I was learning a lot of things about the Jewish perspective and use of these numbers.

A friend from Texas, introduced me to the use of ‘gematria’ in Judaism and showed me some amazing things – which glorified G-D and blew my mind away!

A combination of gematria and the patterns in the numbers I was writing down, took more shape, and G-D, in His mercy, led me on to other very educated men who taught me more!

‘The Genesis Timeline’, as I call it, began to take shape; but what also began to take shape – was the message of what I was seeing.

In November of 2007, I began to send out highly-alarmed emails, warning people that something of highly prophetic significance was going to happen in 2008 – if I was reading these numbers right .. and of course, that is exactly what happened!

It is also at around this time, that a direct demonic attempt was made on my life, because of the work involving the Messianic Synagogue (which never took off anyway, but the experience sharpened my faith – beyond all description!).

After this, one day, I bought myself a copy of the Stones Edition of ‘The Chumash’ .. I was just in there, saw it, didn’t know what it really was, but felt I should buy it, even though it was $50, and right there – as I was thumbing through the pages in ‘Barnes & Nobles’ – was the Genesis Timeline .. all laid out in black and white!!!

They’d had this information all this time – and never knew what they had!”

by Original Pilgrim


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