In the first century there were multiple apostles, each directly sent out by Messiah to act in His Name. How were all of these apostles able to deal with potential conflicts of authority to harmoniously build up the one Body of Messiah? Some modern scholars say that such a conflict brought about a rift between the Jerusalem apostles and Paul whereby Paul went off on his own to found a new religion called “Christianity.” In this program we trace the inspired record of Paul’s life and find that charge to be groundless. Not only that, but we find that Paul and all of the apostles worked out the great questions that confronted them in a harmonious way reflecting the deep commitment to the one Body of Messiah that characterized all of them. What is it really like to be an apostle? In this program you will get a Scriptural, and a very profound, answer.
Davidic aspirations ran high among the Jews of the first century, fueling a parade of Davidic contenders for the messianic throne. This misplaced messianic fervor proved to be a catalyst to rebellion and insurrection against the Roman super-state, bringing on harsh reprisals and the eventual destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple in 70 CE. Some of the Davidic players commented on in this program include Menahem, the grandson of Judas the Galilean, John of Gischala, and Simon bar Gjora. In fact, you will learn that there was a Davidic king on the Throne in Jerusalem at the time of its destruction! You will be amazed to hear what happened to him and his administration following the Roman victory. You will also learn that a Davidic dynasty of Y’shua’s family continued among the early believers into at least the fourth century, at which time they were driven underground after a final and fateful meeting with Pope Sylvester of the Roman Church. Some desposynos discussed in this program include Symeon son of Joseph’s brother Clopas, Yeshua’s cousin and the successor to James the Just after his martyrdom; also the grandsons of Jude, the Lord’s brother; Thebouthis, a Davidic rival to Symeon who introduced heresies among the believers; also comments on the whole line of desposyni including such names as Zachary, Joseph, John, James, Joses, Simeon, and Matthias – all the way down to the fateful meeting of a delegation of Nazareans headed by a member of the Lord’s family named Joses with Pope Sylvester in 318 CE. This program contains a lot of vital “Church History” that definitely is NOT the same ol’ story you heard in Sunday School!