Caesar Augustus: Who was He?
According to Christianity.about.com, the website stated that “Caesar Augustus brought organization, order, and stability to the Roman world. His establishment of a professional army ensured that insurrections were put down quickly. He changed the way governors were appointed in the provinces, which reduced greed and extortion. He launched a major building program, and in Rome, paid for many projects from his own personal wealth. He also encouraged art, literature, and philosophy. He was a benevolent dictator.
Caesar Augustus, the first emperor in the ancient Roman Empire, issued an order which fulfilled a biblical prophecy made 600 years before he was born.” What was the order he issued?
According to Luke chapter 2:1-7, Caesar Augustus, issued the first census ever. This account was in fact a record of the first fulfillment of the prophecy foretold.
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
So apparently, Joseph, Mary, Elizabeth, John the Baptist, & Zechariah were not the only people who knew the birth of Jesus, Caesar Augustus unknowingly played a big role to fulfill the prophecy as well. What an amazing time..
Tomorrow another historical figure will enter and raise our story to a greater climate. Watch out for it. It’s not over yet..
See you soon. Until then sleep tight and have a great night.