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26. Jos. Ant.
The First Year of the vulgar Christian Ere begrens
Lake, i. By geeasion of the Passover our Lord goes up
the doctors in the temple.
Argistus dies, and Tiberius sueeeeds himn.
Josephus, called Caiapkas, is made high-priest of
Towards the end of this year, Pontius Pilate is
John the Baptist begins to preach and to baptize in
coming after him may be made known unto Israel.
Spirit descending and remaining on him, the same is
he which shall baptize with the Holy Ghost.
out of the water, and praying, the heavens are open-
in whom I am well pleased.
fasteth forty days and forty nights, and is tempted by
After this, our Lord returns into Galilee.
John gives testimony to our Saviour, passing by
ledge him to be the Messias, and become his dis-
Christ, at a marriage in Cana of Galilee, turueth
The First Passover of Christ's public Ministry,
Jesus cometh to Jerusalem at the time of the Pass-
The Seventh Age of the World. after CHRIST 30. John,ii.13. temple (understanding the temple of his body), and in
three days be will raise it np. Mat. xiv. Herod the tetrarch casteth John the Baptist into
3. prison for reprehending bis incest with his brother Mark, vi. Philip's wife, and other evils done by him.
17. Luke, iii.
19. John, iv. Christ discovers himself to the woman of Samaria.
7, 42, 31. Luke, iv. He goes throughout all Galilee, teaching in the 43.
synagogues, and working miracles.
Matthew called to be a disciple.
v. 1, compared with iv. 3, 5, from which the
begins. John, v. Jesus comes up to Jerusalem at the time of the 1.
feast, and heals on the sabbath-day a man that had
God was his Father.
Christ, out of the multitude of his disciples, chooseth 13.
twelve, whom he calleth apostles; nainely, Peter, Mat. v. vi. Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, vii.
Thomas, James the son of Alpheus, Simon called Luke, vi. Zelote, Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot. 20. ix. 1. Tothese our Saviour chiefly directs his discourse in that Mark,vi.7 glorious, full, and admirable sermon on the mount. Mat. x. 1. Jesus sends his twelve apostles by two and two to
preach, and heal the sick. xiv. 9.
John the Baptist is beheaded in prison, by Herod's
command. 32. Mat. xiv. Jesus feeds five thousand men, besides women and
15. children, with five barley loaves, and two little fishes. Mark, vii. He refuses to be made a king.
12. John, vi. 1, 15.
The Third Passover of Christ's Ministry, JOHN,
vi. 4, from which the Third Year of the Seven.
tieth Week of Daniel begins. Mat.xvii.1 Jesus is transfigured on the mount : Moses and Mark,ix.1. Elias are seen to talk with him; and a voice from Luke, ix. heaven is heard a second time, saying, This is my
28. beloved Son; hear bim.
The Seventh dge of the World. after CEZIST 32. Mat. svii. Christ payeth tribute to Cæsar.
24. Luke, is. A certain village of the Samaritans refuseth our 51. Saviour entertainment in his way to Jerusalem; the
disciples desiring to call for fire from heaven to con
sume them, are severely reprehended. 1. I.
The seventy disciples are sent out by two and two
to work miracles, and to preach. 33.
xi. I. Christ teacheth his disciples to pray.
concerning the death of Christ.
Christ restoreth to blind Bartimæus his sight. 46. John, xii. Mary, the sister of Lazarus, anoints our Saviour's 3. feet with costly spikenard, and wipeth them with the
hair of her head.
Mark, xi. tade spread their garments in the way, and cry Ho-
Isa. lii. the temple, and casteth out those that bought and sold
laketh occasion to show the power of faith.
over was sacrificed, 1 Cor. v. 7, and so an end is
niel's last Week begins, Dan. ix. 27. xxvi. On the first day of unleavened bread, when the Mark, Passover of the Jews was to be slain (April 2), in the
xiv. evening, Jesus eateth the Passover with his disciples, Luke,xxii. and institutes the sacrament of his body and blood in
bread and wine. John, xii. Christ washeth his disciples' feet, and exhorteth
them to humility and charity. xviii. In the self-same night Christ is betrayed by Judas,
mocked, buffeted, and spit upon by the soldiers. Matthew, Next day he is condemned by Pilate, and crucified ;
xxvii. the sun during the crucifixion is darkened, and the Mark, xv. vail of the temple rent in the midst. Christ, praying Luke xxiii for his enemies, gives up the ghost. Joseph of AriJohn, xix. mathea begs the body, and lays it in a new sepul
Ps. xxii.chre. VOL. IV.
The Seventh Age of the World. after CHRIST 33. Matthew, On the third day, the next after the Jewish sabbath
xxviii. (April 5), Christ riseth from the dead ; his resurrecMark,xvi. tion is declared by angels to the women that came
Luke, to the sepulchre. Christ first appeareth to Mary
Magdalene, and afterward to his disciples, and dineth
Christ bringeth his apostles to mount Olivet; com
mandeth thein to expect in Jerusalem the sending Matthew, down of the Holy Ghost; sends them to teach and xxviii. baptize all nations, and blesses them; and while they
behold, he is taken up, and a cloud receives him out of their sight. After his ascension his disciples are warned by two angels to depart, and to set their minds upon his second coming; they accordingly return, and, giving themselves to prayer, choose Matthias to be an
apostle in the place of Judas. Acts, ii. On the day of Pentecost (May 24) the Holy Ghost
descendeth on the apostles in the form of cloven tongues, like as of fire, and enableth them to speak all languages. Peter the same day preacheth Christ and the resurrection, and about three thousand be
lievers are added to the church. iii. Peter, by faith in Christ's name, healeth a lame
The rulers of the Jews, offended at Peter's sermon, and his miraculous cure of the lame man, cast both him and John into prison; upon their examination, they boldly avouch the lame man to be healed by the name of Jesus, and that by the same Jesus we must be eternally saved. After this the Jews forbid them to speak any more in that name; but the apostles answer, That it is fit they should obey God rather than men. They are threatened, and let go.
Ananias, and his wife Sapphira, for their hypocrisy, are suddenly struck dead.
The apostles are again cast into prison by the highpriest, but an angel sets them at liberty, and bids them preach the Gospel to the people without fear; being taken again teaching in the temple, they are brought before the council ; where, by the advice of Gamaliel, a Pharisee and doctor of the law, they are delivered.
The nuinber of believers increasing at Jerusalem, the apostles ordain seven deacons, who should distribute the alms of the whole church to the widows, and poorer sort of believers. Stephen, one of these deacons, having confounded some that disputed with him, is by them falsely accused of blasphemy, and brought before the council, where he reprehends their rebellion, and murdering of Christ. Whereupon they
The Seventh Age of the World. after Cheist! 34. Acts, vii. east bim out of the city, and stone bim; be in the
mean time praying for them.
A great persecution of the church at Jerusalem
folloss after the death of the first martyr, Stephen. 5, Philip, one of the seven deacons, preacheth at Sa
maria, and converteth many; worketh miracles, and healeth the sick. Simon the sorcerer, seeing the wonders that are done by Philip, believeth, and is
The apostles at Jerusalem, hearing that Samaria had received the faith, send thither Peter and John to confirm and enlarge the church. The apostles, by prayer and imposition of hands, confer the Holy Ghost on all believers. Simon Magus offers them money, that he may receive power of conferring the same, whose impiety is sharply reproved by Peter. Having completed their ministry in those parts, they relurn to
Jerusalem. 26. An angel sendeth Philip to teach and baptize the
Ethiopian eunuch. ! is. I, 1 Saul, a violent persecutor of all that call on the
name of Jesus, and one who consented to the death of
Stephen, goes pow towards Dainascus, with commis1
sion from the bigb-priest and the council, to appre
hend all Christians in those parts, and to bring them 1
, bound to Jerusalem; on the way he is miraculously converted by a voice from heaven; and tbree days after baptized by Ananias at Damascus, where he preacheth the Gospel of Christ with great boldness, to : the astonishment of those that knew upon what desigu
he was sent thither. 38. Aets, ix. Saul having preached the Gospel at Damascus a
Į 23. long time, the Jews lay wait to kill him, but he es2 Cor. xi. capeth from thence, and comes to Jerusalem ; there he
32. sees Peter, and James the brother of our Lord, and Gal. i. 18. abides with them fifteen days. Here he speaks boldly
in the name of Jesus, and disputes with the Grecians, or rather Jews that used the Greek tongue. These
also coosult how they may kill him. Acts, While Saul prays in the temple, he is in a trance, :xxii. 17. and the Lord appears unto bim, and bids him to de
part from Jerusalem, because they will not receive his ix. 30. testimony; adding, that he will send him to the GenGal. i. 21. tiles. Saul, leaving Jerusalem, goes to his own country,
Tarsus, and from thence travels into Syria and Cilicia. Acts, is. Peter visits the churches of Judta, Galilee, Sa.
32, maria, &c. At Lydda he cureth Æneas of the palsy;
36. and at Joppa restoreth Tabitha to life. 41.
At Cæsarea, Cornelius, a centurion, by prayers and alms, finds favour in the sight of God, and is com