June 26, 2015
Mid-Level Solar Flare (Photo by NASA)
Scorching heat afflicts Samaritans, Romans slay 11,600
June 26, 67 A.D. Jerusalem
Samaritan fighters retreat to their holy mountain (John 4:20-21), Mount Gerizzim , where they are surrounded by Roman armies. Vespasian considers venturing up the mountain but instead instructs Cerealis, the commander of the fifth legion, to wait it out. Record high temperatures (Revelation 16:8-9) that day caused them to become "inflamed with a violent heat" at top of the mountain. Some died, others surrendered to the Romans. Cerealis went up the mountain and offered the dehydrated and heat-stricken Samaritans conditions of peace. Unfortunately, they stubbornly refused and as a result, the remaining 11,600 were killed. Recall when Jesus declared the Gospel to a woman in Samaria 37 years earlier, and as a result, "Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him..." (John 4:39-42).
Steve Sabz is the author and founder of Science and Bible Research. He is a professional educator with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from William Paterson University, where he also completed graduate level courses in Human Physiology and Endocrinology. Steve has been studying theology since 2015 and has successfully completed seminary level courses in Textual Criticism, Biblical Hermeneutics, Eschatology, Puritan Theology, Ancient Church History, Soteriology, Biblical Theology, Prolegomena, and Biblical Greek from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve is also the author of Evolution's Complexity Problem: See How Evolution Falls Apart At Its Beginning and End Time Rewind: An Exploration In Bible Prophecy And The Fate Of The World.