In the year 131, the Roman Emperor Hadrian established Aelia Capitolina, a pagan city built upon the ruins of Jerusalem. The name Aelia Capitolina is derived from Hadrian’s family name and the name of the Roman god Jupiter Capitolinus. A temple of Jupiter was built on the Temple Mount where Solomon’s temple once stood and Jewish people were forbidden to enter the city.

As Jewish believers could not enter Jerusalem, all that were left there were Gentiles.

The historian, Eusebius informs us that: “When the church was collected there of the Gentiles, that the first bishop after those of the circumcision was Marcus.” In other words it was 100 years after the time of Christ before Marcus would become the first non-Jewish, Christian Bishop of Jerusalem. One hundred years!

Edward Gibbon in his famous work entitled: “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”, tells us that at the persuasion of the new Gentile Bishop, Marcus, “The most considerable part of the congregation renounced the Mosaic law, the practice of which they had preserved above a century – and that by doing so they were allowed to inter the colony of Hadrian.

Let us consider what these references tell us. They tell us that for 100 years after the time of Christ, believers, both Jews and Gentiles, observed what Gibbon calls the Mosaic Law: they kept the commandments of God and had the faith of Jesus, just as saints are described in the Book of Revelation. We also learn that only if they rejected the Mosaic Law, the Torah, were they allowed to live in Jerusalem.

Today, we are being told that the Law was nailed to the cross, but history reveals that first century believers would not agree. If the commandments of our Creator were abolished at the time of the cross, those living in Jerusalem for the next 100 years knew nothing about that.

Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints; I’m Richard Rives with Just the Facts.

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