*BEST OF DTB #42* The case for December 25th, 2 BC

Posted by John Benko - December 17th, 2013

(Editors note) Please check out the radio program “The case for 12/25″ (blogtalkradio) located on the right of the page. Just push play and follow along with John’s excellent show notes “The Case for December 25, 2 B.C.”

I have been asked by a number of people, rather, told by a number of people that the Catholic Church opened the doors to pagan influence beginning with the celebration of Christmas.

Some of them have developed wild imaginative developments showing some connection with the old Babylonian mystery religion with Christmas.

Sir Arthur Weigall, a noted Archeologist, said:

December 25th was really the date, not of the birth of Jesus, but of the sun-god Mithra. Horus, son of Isis, however, was in very early times identified with Ra, the Egyptian sun-god, and hence with Mithra…

Is he correct with this assessment? Anti-Catholics say the following:

“In the end the effect is the same: “Christmas” is the birth not of the “son of God” but of the sun. Indeed, there is much evidence—including many ancient monumental alignments—to demonstrate that this highly noticeable and cherished event of the winter solstice was celebrated beginning hundreds to thousands of years before the common era in numerous parts of the world. The observation was thus provably taken over by Christianity, not as biblical doctrine but as a later tradition in order to compete with the Pagan cults, a move we contend occurred with numerous other “Christian” motifs, including many that are in the New Testament”.

I know some Christians who have this mindset! John and I give what we believe strong evidence that Christ was born on Christmas Day. This is attested by what we want to show through science, the bible, Jewish tradition, and history. You can check out this radio program in the Archives and follow along with John’s Christmas story.

The following is a defense for the historic truth behind Christmas.  The opponents of Christmas coming from various points of view have a deep bias against the Catholic Faith.  They have a canned ready response to Christmas and we see this all the time from Atheists to Anti-Catholic Protestants.

Two things to consider that is happening almost simultaneously yet independent of each other that bares much into this discussion:

October 3 B.C. The Day of Atonement-Yom Kippur, the busiest Temple day of the Temple year (Luke 1:10) sometime late March early April. The Angel of the Lord appeared to Zachariah and announced the coming of John the Baptist.

September 3 B.C. The planet Jupiter was in conjunction with Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation of Leo-Leo the Lion. This would be the star the wise men would follow leading them to Bethlehem. They followed the star for about 16 months until the Star rested over Bethlehem for six days beginning on Dec 25, 2 B.C.

For many Catholics, it matters not the actual day, so they do not get into the arguments but are often stumped when pressed about the “pagan” roots of Christmas. 

The following research points to reliable, historical facts taken from scripture, history, tradition, and science.

“The Case for December 25, 2 B.C”.

Year after year, I hear the same arguments against the traditional date of December 25th as the date of the birth of Christ. Many of these arguments are based on incorrect interpretations and flawed logic. Some are downright silly.

The purpose of this article (and the accompanying show) is to refute the nonsensical claims that Christmas is derived from paganism. That case we will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Misconception #1 December 25th was only chosen because it coincided with a Roman pagan feast.

Though it is true that December 25th was a pagan feast under the Roman calendar, the same is true of just about every other day on the calendar. It is also true that the early church made December 25th a Holy day of obligation, at the council of nicea in 325 AD, as a strategic move to prevent Christians from attending that pagan feast, but that does not mean the date was chosen for that purpose.

The truth is that the celebration of December 25th as the Nativity of Our Lord can be traced back at least to 125 AD and the institution of the Midnight Christmas Mass by Bishop Telesphorus of Rome. Early Church Fathers Tertullion, Hippolytus, Cyril of Alexandria, and John Chrysostom all identified either December 25th or January 6th as Christ’s date of birth. Pope Julius in the 4th century examined census documents brought by Titus to Rome to calculate the birth date of Christ and he, also, arrived at the date December 25.

In fact, as far back as we can go, only two dates were generally excepted- December 25th and January 6th, with the majority adhering to the December date. This is why the early church established this space of time as the Christmas season.

In the 2nd century, a massacre in the catacombs on December 25th was recorded as having occurred on the date of the Nativity.

Alfred Edersheim, a Messianic Jew, wrote, “There is no adequate reason for questioning the historical accuracy of this date. The objections generally made rest on grounds which seem to me historically untenable.”

Again, this does not prove that December 25th was in fact the birth date of Jesus Christ. however, it does prove- beyond a shadow of a doubt- that the celebration of Christmas on December 25th, predates the edict of Milan by at least 200 years and can be placed within less than a century from the death of the Savior.
Misconception #2 There is nothing in Scripture that suggests late December as the birth of Christ.

This misconception springs from the assumption mentioned above that the date was chosen out of thin air or specifically to compete with (or worse yet, to incorporate) the pagan feasts. The fact is that the Biblical case for a late December Nativity is very strong.

The biggest misconception occurs with Luke chapter 1 and Zachariah’s service in the Temple.

5* In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, * of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.
8 Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty, 9* according to the custom of the priesthood, it fell to him by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense.

Abijah was one of the 24 Priestly courses established under King David. You can read about it in 1 Chronicles. The rotation began with the start of the Jewish year. Abijah would have served in the 8th and 32nd weeks of the regular rotations, excepting the three major feast days. This filled the 51 weeks of the Jewish Calendar.

The biggest mistake many people make is that they go by the Priestly schedule set forth in 1 Chronicles 24:7-10 and apply it to Jesus time. The problem is that after the Temple was destroyed on the 9th of Av, B.C. 586 (Tish’a B’ Av), and rebuilt, this day of destruction became a fast day and was established as the new beginning day of the rotation.

We know that this new rotation was still in effect in 70 AD because the first course was serving on the 9th of Av of that year when- incredibly- the Temple was destroyed on the same day. Historical records prove this.

This means that Zechariah’s course would have been serving their second go around about October 2nd- 9th, commencing with the day of Atonement- Yom Kippor. As the busiest Temple day of the Temple year, it certainly would explain why the whole multitude was in the Temple (Luke 1:10).

The Scriptures tell us that Elizabeth was in her sixth month when Mary conceived ( Luke 1:26-35). That put us to Late March/ Early April. Add 9 months for her pregnancy and bang- Late December, Early January.

Misconception #3 The shepherds could not have been tending their sheep in the dead of winter. So Jesus must have been born in the spring or summer.

This argument really backfires on those who make it.

Southern Israel’s weather in late December is actually quite mild and would have have actually been the very best time for grazing sheep. This argues for the second course of Abijah in the Temple. If it had been the first course, it would have occurred in about February. Not only is this inadequate to explain the large multitudes, it places the sheep in the fields in late spring during the dry season when the fields would be barren.

The second- and even stronger- argument is the area of Israel that is cold and snowy- the hill country. If we are to believe that Jesus was born in spring or summer, then we must believe that Mary traveled to the hill country by herself, in the dead of winter, to visit her cousin Elizabeth.

Misconception #4- Herod’s death Herod the Great died in the spring of 4 BC and this does not fit with a winter birth because the Scripture says that his death occurred soon after Jesus’ birth.

It was commonly believed that Herod the Great died following an eclipse in March of 4 BC. However, the Jewish writer Josephus doesn’t give the date per se. He simply mentions an eclipse and other events.

The late Father William Most, one of the preeminent Scripture scholars of our time has much to say on this.

The date of the birth of Christ hinges on just one thing, the statement of Josephus (Antiquities
17. 6-8) that Herod died shortly after an eclipse of the moon. Astronomers supply the dates for such eclipses around those years: None in 7 or 6 BC. In 5 BC, March 23: 29 days to Passover. Also in 5 BC, Sept 15: 7 months to Passover. In 4 BC, March 13: 29 days to Passover. In 3 and 2 BC, no eclipses. In 1 BC, January 10: 12 1/2 weeks to Passover.
Josephus also tells what events happened between the Eclipse and the Passover (cf. Martin pp. 85-87). They would occupy probably about 12 weeks. Martin also, pp. 99-101, shows that the eclipse of Sept 15, 5 BC could not fit with known data, especially the fact that Herod was seriously ill in Jericho (over 800 feet below sea level) when the eclipse happened – but Jericho was a furnace of heat at that time, Sept 15. Herod would not have stayed there when he could have had the much better climate of Jerusalem. But if the eclipse was in midwinter — Jan 10 — Herod would find Jericho comfortable.
So Herod died in 1 BC, and the birth of Christ cannot be put too much earlier than that.

For a Scripture scholar of Father Most’s stature to insist on the January, 1 BC date as the death of Herod lends great credence to this position.

Further, Father Most addresses 2 of the most common objections;

Objection 1: Josephus gives two indications of the length of the rule of Herod: A) He says Herod had a reign of 37 years from the time he was proclaimed king by the Romans and; B) 34 years after the death of Antigonus, which happened just after Herod took Jerusalem.
These would make the death of Herod come in 3 BC. But there was no eclipse of the moon in that year. Nearest one was March 13, 4 BC- – so scholars said they had stretch the statements of Josephus.
Reply to objection 1: Herod took Jerusalem late in 36 BC. Josephus says Herod’s siege of Jerusalem was during a sabbatical year, and 36 was a sabbatical year. Otherwise would need to be 7 years before or after 36. Also, all sabbatical years ended on Yom Kippur. Josephus said Herod’s capture of Jerusalem coincided with Yom Kippur. He and the Jews would remember it well, for it was an outrage to press a siege on Yom Kippur. Josephus said it was 27 years to the day that Pompey committed his abominations, which he did in 63 BC. This gives again 36 BC for Herod’s capture of Jerusalem. If we use the common accession method of counting years of rule, the date to start his 34 years is the first of Nisan in 35 BC. So Herod’s 34th year of rule would start with the 1st of Nisan in 2 BC. and end with first of Nisan in 1 BC. Now 34 years after 35 BC would give 1 BC for the death and end of the reign of Herod, his death, soon after the eclipse of Jan 10, 1 BC.
Objection 2: Herod’s three successors, Archelaus, Antipas, and Philip, seem to have their reigns starting in 4 BC.
Reply to objection 2: Herod had two sons, Alexander and Aristobulus by Mariamme, a Hasmonean. They were popular with the people, but Herod had designated Antipater his oldest son as his successor, who saw the 2 sons, Alexander and Aristobulus as a threat to him — so he made false charges, led Herod to have them executed. Antipater became co-ruler with Herod in 4 BC. But Antipater plotted to kill Herod, who found out, had him executed in 4 BC.
Archelaus and Antipas were sons of Herod by Malthace, a Samaritan. Philip was a son by Cleopatra of Jerusalem. Archelaus, Antipas and Philip counted their reigns as starting also in 4 BC. However, antedating reigns was common, as coins show, and Herod gave his kingdom to them before his death. It was tactical to antedate the reigns of these three to the death of the two “royal” sons, Alexander and Aristobulus, who were of Hasmonean descent, so that Archelaus, Antipas and Philip would seem successors to these two.
This reason was intensified by the fact that Herod had been demoted by Augustus in 4 BC. Herod had sent troops to Arabia to end activities of robbers and to collect a large debt owed him by the Arabian ruler. Syllaeus the Arabian misinformed Augustus about Herod’s actions–Herod really had permission from the governors of Syria for that. Augustus wrote to Herod: “Whereas of old he [Augustus] had used him as his friend, he should now use him as his subject.” This was politically devastating. He had to have Caesar’s representatives for Syria hear the case against Alexander and Aristobulus and the trial was held in Beirut. Later before executing Antipater, Varus governor of Syria heard the case. Also in 4 BC began the joint rule of Antipater with Herod.

Misconception #5 The Census. The Census could not have occurred in the winter and Quirinius was not Governor until 6 AD.

Once again, Father Most dashes this myth.

We know from an inscription from Paphlagonia in Asia Minor — cf. Lewis and Reinhold, Roman Civilization, Source Book II, pp. 34-35 — that in 3 BC all the people took an oath of allegiance to Augustus. The same oath is also reported by the Armenian historian Moses of Khorene, and by the later historian Orosius.
Augustus was to receive the great title of Pater Patriae on Feb. 5, 2 BC. So the actual governor of Palestine, probably Varus, would have had to go to Rome for the festivities, and since sailing on the Mediterranean stopped about Nov. 1, and did not resume until Spring, he must have gone in the early fall of 3 BC. But Quirinius was nearby, had just finished a successful war against the Homonadenses. So he was left as acting Governor. Luke does not use the noun governor, but the participle, “governing”.

Therefore, it is highly possible, even probable, that Quirinius would have been acting as Governor for the implementation of the census in late 2 BC.

The clincher

Now that these misconceptions have been dispelled, I would like to give the amazing evidence that I believe clinches it. The Star of Bethlehem.

Coinciding almost precisely with the time Zacharias would have been serving in the Temple, a mysterious star began rising over the middle east in what is now probably Iraq. This star was in fact the planet Jupiter. It would continue it’s rise for about 9 months.

What happens next is simply astounding. Again, Father Most;

In the evening of June 17, 2 BC, there was a spectacular astronomical event in the western sky. Venus moved eastward seemingly going to collide with Jupiter. They appeared as one star, not two, dominating the twilight of the western sky in the direction of Palestine. This conjunction had not happened for centuries, would not happen again for more centuries.
Jupiter was considered the Father, Venus the Mother. Then not many days later, Venus came within .36 degrees of Mercury. On Sept 11 came the New Moon, the Jewish New Year. This happened when Jupiter, the King planet was approaching Regulus, the King star. Further, there were three conjunctions of Jupiter and Regulus within the constellation of Leo, the lion which was considered the head of the Zodiac.
Now Gen 49:10 had foretold there would always be a ruler from Judah, whom Jacob called the lion, until the time of the Messiah. Leo was dominated by the star Regulus, which astronomers called the King Star. The Magi, being astronomers and astrologers, would surely read these signs. (The three conjunctions with Regulus were Aug 12, 3 BC; Feb. 17, 2 BC, and May 8/9 2BC). In Hebrew Jupiter was called sedeq, righteous, a term specially pertaining to the Messiah.
On Sept 11, Jupiter was close in the constellation of Virgo, the virgin. On Sept 3 of 3 BC Jupiter was in conjunction with Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation of Leo–Leo the Lion, which was associated with Kings, and the Lion of Judah, as foretold by the dying Jacob in Egypt in Genesis 49. 10.
Also, on Dec. 25 of 2 BC, Jupiter stopped for 6 days over Bethlehem.

The only thing that could add to this would be a neon sign saying Jesus Christ, born here December 25.

The June convergence of Jupiter and Saturn would have been so spectacular as to dwarf anything before or since. It also would have coincided with the birth of John the Baptist. The Magi would certainly have seen this as the sign and began their journey which would have led them to Jerusalem. As they arrive in Jerusalem and inquire about the child, Herod asks them when they first saw the star at it’s rising. This would have been about 15 months. It is not a stretch to say that Herod rounded this figure off to 2 years to determine which children to slaughter.

The star then went before the Magi and rested over Jerusalem on December 25th. It was about a 6-12 day journey from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. This does not take us beyond January 6th- the traditional day of the visit of the Magi.

It is less than a week to the eclipse that marks God’s judgment on the life of Herod for his abominable crimes.

After this, anyone who says there is no case for December 25th just isn’t being honest.

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* BEST OF DTB #63* The Guardian Angel: Where Are Our Shephards

Posted by John Benko - February 13th, 2011

“The grass withers, and the flowers fade, but the word of God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8

YOU ARE GOING TO DIE!!! WHAT THEN??? MANY MAY GO TO HELL BECAUSE OF THE SHEPHERDS AND OTHERS CALLING THEMSELVES CHRISTIAN WITHIN HIS CHURCH.

Pray with me: Most gracious Heavenly Father, we cry out for the faithfulness of the Shepherds to return and be like the faithfulness of Christ. May the Holy Spirit give them the strength to separate again from the world so that they serve you by tending your sheep. The Children are dying and losing their souls because of the lack of true Shepherds, turn the Shepherds back to a valiant faith that can face the confusion and conflict. Father give your Shepherds strength to overcome temptations and help them to return to fidelity in you. May those that Shepherd have self sacrifice and a denial of self as you protect them from evil. Let the Shepherds pick up their cross and again follow you. May the light of your Truth shine through their lives and return them to good works as defined by you, not man. They have but human hearts with human frailty, and have been weak in times of trouble and sorrow. In thought, word, and deed, give them a desire and your Grace to steadily grow in holiness. Increase their wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of your Truth. Let your will be done in their lives, so that your sheep are protected. Give them the strength to lead the sheep into the battles that put the lives and souls of your children at risk.

Bottom line, pray, stand, and act. And when you do anything, do it to honor and glorify the Lord, always seeking that HIS will be done.

Understand this right now, stop and pray that you understand what I am about to tell you. It is so important that you repent and pray that you will be humble, it is hard for many and for many different reasons.

For a Shepherd it can be a thorn in the side, for a servant warrior for the Lord it can make his warrior attributes with little or no effect, the power of God will not be with the proud.

Humility must be one of the greatest attributes of the Shepherds that are servant warriors for God. God will use the humble, but each of us have to understand that pride is an abomination to God.

To the Shepherd and the servant warrior, blessed be the day when the two are one, as long as it is in humility and seeking to honor and glorify God. You have heard it said, “Pride goes before the fall”, and to paraphrase Paul, you can be right, but at the same time very wrong in the eyes of God, if you do not lead all things with love and forgiveness. Also, understand that the words in the article can cause a strong reaction.

May each of our brothers that are ignorant, or weak in any way, by the grace of God understand the beauty and love of the chastisement within this article. May I someday join each person that will feel offended with the truth in the words that follow, committed to Jesus, and placed in the hands of God, who is our refuge and our strength. Remember those that have a warrior spirit and will feel a carnal pull toward pride, need to remember your wretchedness in the eyes of God up to the point of your submission to the Holy Spirit, and that you do nothing of any good toward man that is not a gift of grace from God. Let the words of Mary ring in your ears as you read on, “this is my son, do what he says.”
Like Paul said to the Galatians, “ Have I now become your enemy because I am telling you the truth?” They killed Jesus for telling the Truth, they killed the Apostles for telling the Truth, they killed the prophets for telling the Truth, many Christians are being killed or imprisoned today for telling, seeking or standing for the Truth. Lord, may I always speak your Truth with boldness, where ever that may take me.

May every word of every article we give to you in this DeeperTruthblog. bear witness to the Truth, to give honor and glory to God. Our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ wishes that none would perish, may you have eyes to see and ears to hear His Truth. WOE!!! To the Shepherds and people that call themselves Christian, that do what is right in their own eyes.

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12
“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6
“This is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” John 3:19

Light is Truth, darkness is a lie, and so we have a battle between the Truth and a Lie, the light and darkness, the good and the evil***many Shepherds need our prayers as Satan wishes to destroy them so that he can scatter the sheep. Bishop Fulton Sheen has told us that it is our obligation as the lay, to speak to the clergy if they are not doing what Jesus would do as taught in HIS bride.

Understand, knowing the Truth is important for you? Understand, your actions make a difference? We are at WAR for the lives and souls of the children, and no matter what rhetoric is used to distract you to other compassionate issues, if we do not address these things first, we dishonor God and He will never bless us or our nation.

Rev. Charles Finney said it this way, “If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discernment, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is denigrate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in Christianity, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall, the pulpit is responsible for it.”

Shepherds do not love you if they do not tell you the Truth of God, just so your feelings would not be hurt, and you ended up in hell for eternity, what kind of love would that be? With love and forgiveness we come following our Teacher, who said, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Shepherds must like Jesus did, use HIS commandments as a schoolmaster. They must bear witness to the truth and not care if anyone likes them or not. The Shepherds must expose evil and help their sheep develop a rightly formed conscience, and then if their sheep are not following the commands of Christ, they must correct them and rebuke them if necessary, or they do not love them.

If you are a Shepherd please listen, change, and act with courage, to what Jesus said, “All power is given unto Me in heaven and earth. Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Matthew 28:18-20

Now, what are you waiting for? To know this, how does it hold that Christians and Shepherds do nothing? You might say, what do you mean, do nothing? We send some money to the missions, we have wonderful committee meetings and festivals, we give food to the local pantry, we help the widows and orphans, and we are involved in all the mercy ministries. By all means, do not neglect these things, yet there are lives and souls perishing, and to know what to do and not do it, is it not said to be a sin by God? As children’s souls are at risk of going to hell for eternity and children are murdered daily, do you think it will be a good idea to hang on to the thought that you will tell Jesus you fed the hungry, clothed the naked, while children went to hell? Will Jesus tell many Shepherds and sleeping Christians because of the Shepherds, to go over with the goats, that He does not know you?

I judge none of your hearts. Jesus has given me a gift to love you, but you must judge yourself, before Jesus does. I do judge out of love, your actions or lack of. Look around you; do you not understand the times at all? Are you willing to hear a prophetic warning, or do you just want your best life now? Do you want the truth, or just to feel good?

Put things in order, seek first HIS kingdom and HIS righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Open your ears and hearts to the following truth.

“It is impossible to further the common good without acknowledging and defending the right to life, upon which all the other inalienable rights of individuals are founded and from which they develop… Only respect for life can be the foundation and guarantee of the most precious and essential goods of society, such as democracy and peace.” (John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae 101)
“Laws which authorize and promote abortion and euthanasia are therefore radically opposed not only to the good of the individual but also to the common good; as such they are completely lacking in authentic juridical validity. Disregard for the right to life, precisely because it leads to the killing of the person whom society exists to serve, is what most directly conflicts with the possibility of achieving the common good.” (John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae 72)

Prayer should be our first response in any crisis. Don’t wait until things are hopeless. Pray daily for God’s guidance. Our problems are God’s opportunities. Shepherds please lead the sheep in prayer and do it like Jesus. Finish like Jesus, “not my will, but yours be done.” Then get up, like Jesus, and go to the Cross, teaching the sheep to go to the cross with our actions, and not just words. Having a willingness to give our lives for the lives and souls of HIS children is to have life with Christ.

” ‘Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD : As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, because my flock lacks a shepherd and so has been plundered and has become food for all the wild animals, and because my shepherds did not search for my flock but cared for themselves rather than for my flock, therefore, O shepherds, hear the word of the LORD : This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against the shepherds and will hold them accountable for my flock. I will remove them from tending the flock so that the shepherds can no longer feed themselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths, and it will no longer be food for them. Ezekial 34:1-10

Pray for our Shepherds and lift up their arms in the battles that rage, help them to stay in line with the teaching of the Church, edify them, expect them to love you enough to tell you the truth when you are disobedient, and encourage them to stand, lead, and take action against abortion, the homosexual agenda, pornography, government indoctrination in schools, pagan and atheistic influence, and other weightier issues of the day.

As the times become darker and more dangerous, Christians must have hope and confidence, that God has never abandoned His people, and indeed, He never will.

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ commands us to be ever-watchful for His return, and ever-mindful that we have no lasting place on earth. When we have in our spirit a heavenly orientation, we can have true happiness in this world, recognizing the rewards of heaven have no proportion to the light sacrifices of life. Come Lord Jesus, Come.

Now listen to the wisdom of Solomon, “Whatever you do, do it with all of your might, for there will be no work, or planning, or knowledge, or wisdom, in the grave, where you are going.” Did I mention that you are going to die? What then?


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