That is a wonderful answer. After all, we know that Christ's entire purpose for coming was to defeat the works of the devil, and die in order that we may live.
Christ had to come at a time in which the Genesis prophecy could be fulfilled:
Gen. 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel
Christ had to come at a time when it would be possible for Him to be crucified for all of man's sins, and where He could destroy the works of the enemy -- so that he could conquer death and be given authority over it.
One thing that I have been mulling over for some time is the fact that Christ came to establish the new covenant. It was that covenant which saves us. For 2000 yrs., mankind was under the law. We all know that the law was initiated to lead man to Christ -- to show him his own inadequacy. We all know that, because of pride, man has a natural tendency to rely on his own efforts. For 2,000 years, God was showing man his own inadequacy before sending Christ.
Perhaps God had to wait 2,000 yrs. to send Christ so that in no way, shape, or form, mankind could say "well, I could have done it by my own efforts if you'd given us time to perfect it." Perhaps God waited all that time to show man that it was impossible for him to ever achieve perfection through the law, apart from Christ.
Just a thought
Great thread, with responses that point out how it was God's perfect timing regarding the fulfillment of OT prophesies as well as the ripeness of society having a common language and Roman roads for easier travel, etc.
The fact that crucifixion had to be developed to also fulfill prophesy reminds me of another facet about that particular point in time. The Roman tyranny was the prophesied "beast" which was unlike the others. It was way more fearsome.
Rome was basically the old New World Order. They had a more complete census and taxing system than even Alexander's empire and had their one world government and a universal religion. Although you could have your own religion, it came with restriction that final obeisance was to Caesar. Control by man was the main thing.
The return of the Lord also will be during a New Whirled Order. This one too has been prophesied and the signs of its forming are everywhere. The coming of Christ then and in the future are filled with many similarities.
A new NWO with a new anti-christ will be very bad news, except for the fact that the Lord will return to set it all straight. We know how the story ends for we've read the final chapter.
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