is: is there ever in human history
such a great upheaval in religion, politics and life as to justify such a
passage. There is.
|In 313 AD
Constantine issued the Decree of Milan, declaring an end to the Diocletian
persecution and that his mother’s faith, Christianity, should be the official
religion of the empire.
|IN 321 AD he decreed
that Sunday should be a day of worship; no labor to be done. (Christians had observed it long before
that -- despite what the Seventh Day Adventists say).
|In 325 AD he
abolished gladiatorial combat -- which had existed as sport in the empire for
over a thousand years. This was a
major demand of the Christians. It was
the equivalent of Clinton issuing a total ban on abortions today.
|Also in 325 AD, in
the town of Nicea, he called the first general council of the church since
the destruction of Jerusalem. This
council denounced Arianism (and thus upheld the Trinity). In so doing, he also gave the excuse to the
Jehovah’s Witnesses to misinterpret
and later reinstate Arianism as their doctrine.
|In AD 331 he
abolished all pagan religions, and ordered that all temples be converted to
churches or razed to the ground.
reorganized the empire into four prefectures -- an organization unknown and
not thought of until then.
|Finally -- he moved
the capital city from Rome to Constantinople (then Byzantium, now Istanbul).
|There you see
it: total upheaval in religion and
politics. No wonder the existing
princes and kings cried to the “mountains” (the government of the day) for
protection! (Note that there is no
angelic equivalent to this cry; there
is no shout of victory at this point from heaven. The reply to these must be: “you ain’t seen nothing -- yet.”