What country was never brought to total submission by the great Roman Empire? A country like that is unique in history. There must be something very special about such a country. This page, like
Royal Soap: Britains-Founders of the Roman Church deals with the events surrounding the establishment of Christianity and the churches of England and Rome. We'll also be looking at
29th Chapter of Acts
Isn't it interesting that the Romans never meddled in their subjects' religious practices. "Whatever your religion, fine. Just don't rock the Boat." Even the feisty Jews were tolerated for a long time. Only two religions did the might of Rome try to eradicate. Christianity, and it's foster-mother Druidism. Nearly 80 years of war couldn't do it. It's an old fight between twin brothers, Jacob (England) and Esau (Rome).
Before we get into Paul going to Britain, let's do a short review of some of the other pages in this section on Britain.
To help get a wider perspective on these family doings, check out the
genealogy chart which links the Royal family with Jesus' family.
- The evidence establishes the fact that much time was spent by
Jesus in England, at a place called
Glastonbury, England . His visits and stays were overseen by his guardian and great uncle Joseph of Arimathea.
- Joseph of Arimathea ran the tin trade between England and the whole Mediterranean area. He had a great fleet of ships, and was a Minister of Mines for the Roman Empire. He was also one of the richest men in the world. After the Resurrection, he and twelve others went to England. With the help of some of his companions, Joseph established seminaries and sent out hundreds of missionaries to Europe, Ireland and elsewhere.
- Roman Emperor Claudius took up the war against England that Julius Caesar began in 53 B.C.
- British and Roman intermarriages:
Arviragus, Silurian (Wales) King is given Venus, Emperor Claudius' daughter during peace negotiations at Rome in a six month hiatus of hostilities.
Gladys Pomponia Graecina, the sister of Caradoc, Pendragon and Military Dictator of England, marries Aulus Plautius, supreme commander of the Roman forces in England.
Gladys-Claudia, the daughter of Caradoc, is not only adopted by Emperor Claudius after her father's defeat, but marries Rufus Pudens, the aide-de-camp of the Roman Commander, Aulus Plautius.
- Caradoc's family, four generations were taken captive to Rome, when he was betrayed by his cousin Aricia Queen of the Brigantes.
- Caradoc delivers his famous speech to the Roman Senate, and unlike any other captive in Rome's history, is granted life and a mere seven year "house arrest" in Rome, after which he is allowed to return to England with the promise never to fight against Rome again.
- Caradoc and his family establish residence at the already existing Palatium Britanicum (Palace of the British) nearby to the Emperor Claudius' home.
- A couple of Caradoc's children and the four sainted children of Claudia and Pudens establish the Christian sanctuary and place of worship at the Palatium Britanicum. These are all eventually martyred.
- Paul spent his time in Rome at the home of his mother Priscilla or the Palatium Britanicum. He taught the children of Claudia and Pudens, and ordained Caradoc's son Linus first Bishop of Rome.
Here is a passage that establishes Paul's preaching on his first visit to Rome.
17-And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
18-Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me.
19- But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar: not that I had ought to accuse my nation of.
20-For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.
21- And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee.
22-But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest; for as concerning this sect we know that every where it is spoken against.
23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.
These last two verses of Acts have been in question since they appeared in the Bible.
30-And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,
31-Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.
It is well argued that Paul, the Firebrand of Christianity, would never have just sat around the house waiting for folks to come and hear him. This is a man that walked 2000 miles preaching and establishing churches. This is a man that was "driven" by the Holy Spirit. It is totally of of character for Paul to have done what these last two verses say he did.
Clemens Romanus, who is mentioned by St. Paul, states in his epistle, the genuineness of which has never been questioned, that Linus was the brother of Claudia. "Sanctissimus Linus, frater Claudiae." Clemens succeeded Cletus within twelve years of the death of Linus, as third bishop of Rome. He had also been associated with the British missionary Mansuetus, in evangelizing Illyria. His sources of information are, therefore, unquestionable. St. Paul lived, according to all evidence, whenever he was at Rome, whether in custody at large (libera custodid) or free, in the bosom of the Claudian family. There is no dispute that Claudia herself was purely British, and whether Linus was her son or brother, the British character of the family, and the close, the domestic ties of affection between such family and St. Paul. are equally manifest.
It may be suggested that Linus, the first bishop of Rome, was, however, some other than the brother of Claudia, mentioned by St. Paul. Not so; for if the above authorities permitted a doubt to remain, the evidence of Irenaeus as to their identity is conclusive. "The apostles," writes Irenaeus, A.D. 180, "having founded and built up the Church at Rome, committed the ministry of its supervision to Linus. This is the Linus mentioned by Paul in his Epistle to Timothy.
Everything invited Paul to Britain, to follow the bishop he had already commissioned for the work of the Gospel therein, and to be the guest of the royal parent of Claudia. Considering the combination of circumstances which now favoured the execution of his long-cherished design of visiting the West of Europe, we should regard it much more extraordinary if the Apostle had not come to Britain than we do his coming here. When to this circumstantial evidence we add the written testimonies we have adduced of Eusebius, Theodoret, Clemens, and others, that he positively did preach in Britain, we see fair reason for concurring in Bishop Burgess's conclusion, though the bishop had but a part of the evidence we have collected before him, "That we possess as substantial evidence, as any historical fact can require, of St. Paul's journey to Britain."
There are six years of St. Paul's life to be accounted for, between his liberation from his first imprisonment and his martyrdom at Aquae Salviae in the Ostian Road, near Rome. Part certainly, the greater part perhaps, of this period, was spent in Britain, in Siluria or Cambria, beyond the bounds of the Roman Empire; and hence the silence of the Greek and Latin writers upon it.
Paul's greetings in both the books of Timothy and Romans indicate his relatives.
II Tim 4:
19-Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.
21-Do thy diligence to come before winter. Eubulus greeteth thee and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren.
Here again in Romans are listed members of Paul's family.
3.Greet Priscilla and Aquila" my helpers in Christ Jesus:
4 Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.
5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my well beloved Epaenetus, who is the first fruits of Achaia unto Christ.
We must keep in mind Paul's mind set when it came to preaching. Paul went with the Spirit. He showed no hesitation to act. He didn't persist in his idea of going to Asia. He didn't question his vision of the Macedonian asking for help. He set out immediately.
6-Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,
7-After they were come to Mysla, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.
8- And they passing by Mysla!a came down to Troas.
9-And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; there stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.
10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endevoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them. Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia.
The following passage shows more than an idea of going to Spain. It looks to me as long time plan to visit that area. This must have been a result of the Spirit's direction.
22-For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you.
23-But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come unto you;
24-Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company.
28- When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit I will come by you into Spain.
Paul was definitely planning a trip to Spain. He was not going to sit around Rome for two years.
The general conclusion arrived at by the writers who have previously investigated this final part of our question may be given in the words of Capellus: "I scarcely know of one author, from the times of the Fathers downwards, who does not maintain that St. Paul, after his liberation, preached in every country in Western Europe, Britain included." "Of St. Paul's journey to Britain," writes Bishop Burgess, "we have as satisfactory proof as any historical question can demand." The same view is substantially maintained by Baronius, the Centuriators of Magdeburg, Alford or Griffith, next to Baronius the most erudite of the Roman Catholic historians, Archbishops Parker and Usher, Stillingfleet, Camden, Gibson, Cave, Nelson, Allix, etc.
But the question arises, So what if the Bible leaves out all that stuff? It doesn't seem very basic or important to the message of God's Kingdom or His salvation. Why muddle our brains with all that history?
God has definite reasons for everything that He does. Not telling about England and Paul's visit and work there is surely a good way to make certain facts commonly unavailable. We even did that same thing in America. US history books used to leave out the persecution of the Indians. Here's what Dr. Gene Scott says in the introduction to Morgan's book.
"Sometime in the late 1700's and before 1800, C. S. Sonnini published his copy of Sonnini's Travels in Turkey and Greece. Interleaved was a copy of that manuscript found in the Archives of Constantinople presented to him by the Sultan Abdoul Achmet. He was traveling during the reign of Louis XVI, who reigned from A.D. 1774 to A.D.1793. He published his travels between those two dates, 1774 and 1793. It's absurd to think that he deliberately invented the manuscript. He was a Frenchman! What possible object could he have in glorifying the English, their mortal enemy? What did people know or care about the message he was going to proclaim from this chapter? Moreover, if he had possessed the necessary knowledge to perpetrate a literary forgery, would he, if he was that unscrupulous, have resisted the temptation to glorify his own country in preference to England, particularly with the heritage of early Christians in the southern valleys of France, down to Marseille?He obtained some ancient manuscript, hidden all those years. In that manuscript, Acts had a 29th chapter. It reads, "And Paul, full of the blessings of Christ, and abounding in the spirit, departed out of Rome, determining to go into Spain, for he had a long time proposed to journey thitherward, and was minded also to go from thence to Britain." Now here is the kicker if you believe Lev. 26, the promise of God linked with the curse of God, that once his people entered the Promised Land and disobeyed Him he would punish them seven times; seven times three hundred sixty or twenty-five hundred and twenty years (write that on the margin of your Bible). In 721 B.C. history records the fall of Israel to the Assyrian king. By my count, if we add 2520 years of hidden truth, it brings us to 1800. You have to adjust that year as you go from I B.C. to I A.D., which is not two years, but one year. From 721 B.C. to 1800 is twenty-five hundred and twenty years. The seven times lost identity was destined to end in that year. Sometime between 1774 and 1793, Sonnini, traveling in the Middle East discovered the manuscript in the archives of Constantinople. It was published and translated into English sometime late in l799, available at the earliest about 1800. If this manuscript had been allowed to circulate, the certain declaration of God through the prophet Hosea that the lost tribes would be lost, be known as not having obtained mercy, scattered, known not as God's people, the hiding and losing of these people until the appointed time, would have been forfeited. Their cover would have been blown." Dr. Gene Scott
Any scholar can determine that the gospel was to go to the Lost Tribes first; from which...to the world. Jesus says very plainly that the focus of the Gospel was to be the Kingdom that was known as the House of Israel. He could have very easily used the single word Israel. there is a reason for defining Israel with the word "House." We are not to confuse the House of Israel with the whole nation of Israel, which included all twelve Tribes. Too many ignorant scholars have blanketed the whole nation of Israel with the name Jews. The Jews were only those from the Tribe of Judah. Not even Benjamin, technically, were Jews; even though they were lumped for a while in with Judah before the Babylonian captivity.
24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
5- These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying. Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
6- But go rather to the lost sheep of the House of Israel
21-And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.
15-But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
16-For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.
8- Now I say that 'Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:
9-And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name
10-And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people.
11-And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people.
12-And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles put their trust.
16-And other sheep have I, which are not of this fold: them also I must I bring and they shall
hear my voice; and there shall one fold and one shepherd.
49- And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that year, said unto
them, Ye know nothing at all,
50-Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whoIe nation perish not.
51-And this spake he not of himself: but being the high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;
52-And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad
I Peter 2:
25-For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
Almost no one knew that England was the center of the Lost Tribes . But the 29th Chapter of Acts makes the folks of England, people of Israel: the House of Israel. Remember, it's Luke writing; and quoting some of the verses just mentioned.
What could be clearer than these first two verses of the 29th chapter of Acts?
Verse 1. And Paul, full of the blessings of Christ, and abounding in the spirit, departed out of Rome, determining to go into Spain, for he had a long time proposed to journey thitherward, and was minded also to go from thence to Britain,
Verse 2. For he had heard in Phoenicia that certain of the children of Israel, about the time of the Assyrian captivity had escaped by sea to "The Isles afar off' as spoken by the Prophet Esdras, and called by the Romans - Britain.
In the following verses some verifiable events occur, by which we can take this lost chapter of Acts as authentic. The location of St. Paul's in England, the timing of the discovery of the Sonnini manuscript, and the census prophesied by Paul. England, up to the prophesied time, had not taken a census. And please notice that none of the 29th chapter of Acts goes against the Canon of Scripture. Here are the next ten verses.
Verse 3. And the Lord commanded the gospel to be preached far hence to the Gentiles [nations], and to the lost sheep of the House of lsrael [Act 9:15, 22:21]
Verse 4. And no man hindered Paul; for he testified boldly of Jesus before the tribunes and among the people; and he took with him certain of the brethren which abode with him at Rome, and they took shipping at Ostrium and having the winds fair were brought safely into a haven of Spain.
Verse 5. And much people were gathered together from the towns and villages, and the hill country; for they had heard of the conversion of the Apostles, and the many miracles which he had wrought.
Verse 6. And Paul preached mightily in Spain, and great multitudes believed and were converted, for they perceived he was an apostle sent from God.
Verse 7. And they departed out of Spain, and Paul and his company finding a ship in Armorica sailing unto Britain, they were therein, and passing along the South Coast, they reached a port called Raphinus. (This is the Roman name for Sandwich, in Kent. In Saxon times there was, still standing in Sandwich, an old house called the "House of the Apostles" and tradition has it that Paul was one of the Apostles).
Twenty-five hundred and twenty years from 721 B.C. when the capital of Samaria fell, a manuscript is discovered and the prophet's test is met. Peace, numbering, and in the seventh numbering an understanding of their inheritance is possible.
God is Faithful "His Word to perform." A multitude of Old Testament prophecy is directed at the House of Israel. these prophecies are unfulfilled in ANY population group but the Celts and Scythians; England, northwest Europe and the United States. Scholars claim that five sevenths of Scripture is understood only by applying the information about the Lost Tribes. Even full understanding of Jesus and his mission on earth can not be had without factoring in the Lost Tribes teaching.
All this to keep His word to the House of Israel and accomplish His purpose of bringing the message of His coming Kingdom to the people of earth.
Or is all this just coincidence? I'm telling you, God is Real and He keeps His word. Here's a little capper: Jeremiah 51:20 is fulfilled in Constantine and the nations of the Lost Tribes. If one looks down the corridors of history, one finds that the Israelites of England and the US and their traditional allies of northwest Europe have always been the ones to relieve humanity of tyrannical oppression. Who beat up Napoleon? The Kaiser? Hitler, et al? There have been many who have decried the fact that these Israelite nations have become the World's Policemen, but there's no denying that they are carrying out a 2500 year old prophecy.
- 1-God hides away "seed" Christianity in the center of the Lost Tribes., England
- 2-He "damps" the effect of Rome through intermarriage between the top levels of the government and the military.
- 3-And establishes a haven for the Roman church.
- 4- He sends His main Apostle to the Lost Tribes in Britain.
The two main sources of information on this page: "The Drama of the Lost Disciples," by George F. Jowett, and "Did the Apostle Paul Visit Britain?," by R.W. Morgan.
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