Cut off His Head! John the Baptist

by Steve Ray on August 30, 2015

Beheading of John the Baptist
August 29

Beheading sm.jpgWhy was John so special? He was the last of the Old Testament prophets and the first of the New. He was the first to proclaim the news that Jesus was the Messiah, the Lamb of God. He was 100% from the lineage of Aaron the High Priest.

Where was he born and what do we know about him? He was born in Ein Kerem west of Jerusalem. Prior to birth he was sanctified in the womb by the Holy Spirit when the Blessed Virgin Mary arrived for the Visitation. He later left for the wilderness where he probably associated with the Essenes at Qumran. Jesus probably met him in the Wilderness. He ate locusts and wild honey so he was a manly man!

Why was John beheaded–getting mixed up in morality and politics John did not get beheaded for preaching Christ, per se, but for criticizing the King. It is similar to us today criticizing and immoral government that requests we deny our consciences to follow their laws. John lost his head for criticizing the powers that be in government. 

What sources do we have outside the Bible? The Jewish historian Josephus tells us about John, especially his death which took place in Herod’s Fortress of Machareus on the east side of the Dead Sea in modern country of Jordan

Where is the head of John the Baptist today? There is a lot of controversy on this matter and many have claimed to have his skull. I would not be willing at this point to vouch for any of them.

To learn more about John, see my DVD Jesus, the Word Became Flesh and see where he was beheaded — filmed on location.  Click here.

Below: The remains of Herod’s Fortress of Machaerus where John was beheaded and what it looked like at the time of Christ.

As it was in the time of Christ

How Marchareus looks today

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Our 1st Two Days in Mexico City

by Steve Ray on August 29, 2015

Steve at Diego Rivera's "Man, Controller of the Universe"

Below Janet and I are here in Mexico City exploring, touring and setting up for future pilgrimages to this marvelous city. Guadalupe is amazing and exceeded our expectations as has the whole city here.

Below is a video to share a bit of what we’re seeing and doing. Below that video is a 2nd short clip of me eating grasshoppers and avocado at a nice restaurant here. This is something will have to make available for our pilgrims to try next year :-)

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On our Way Guadalupe…

by Steve Ray on August 28, 2015

A lot of our pilgrims have asked us about Guadalupe as a pilgrimage destination. Janet and I are on our way down now to investigate hotels, agents and guides, restaurants and sites.

We are going to make this pilgrimage
more than just a few days at Guadalupe. We’re also going to include some wonderful cultural things and trips out into the mountains to visit the local people and their colorful celebrations, devote Catholic Faith, along with gorgeous shrines and churches.

Stay tuned for videos and updates. To see our current pilgrimages visit www.FootprintsOfGod.com.

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Planned Parenthood & Pontius Pilate

August 27, 2015

  Planned Parenthood and Pontius Pilate by Dr. Edward Peters The first Station of the Cross, “Jesus is condemned to death”, recalls one of Western history’s most iconic acts of antinomianism, Pontius Pilate washing his hands of Jesus’ blood (Matthew 27: 24). Pilate’s cowardly and contemptuous abandonment of an innocent man to death stands—and will stand [...]

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Updated List of All Steve’s Talks for Conferences and Missions

August 25, 2015

We just updated the list of all the talks Steve gives at events, missions, conferences, etc. Check it out here.  If you’d like Steve to speak at your event – or to recommend him for an event – visit InviteSteve.com.

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Interesting Insight: Abortion, the Annunciation and the Visitation

August 24, 2015

After a talk I gave at the Cathedral in Gaylord Michigan on Saturday, an insightful man named Richard Grammens and his wife Mary Jean approached me. He told me to think about the “size  and condition” of Jesus in the womb when John the Baptist recognized the Person and Personhood of Jesus in hte womb. [...]

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He Circumcised Himself! Ouch!

August 21, 2015

I received this e-mail from a priest friend of mine. Not sure what to think about it :-) “I have to share a short  inspirational story.  My brother has been involved in a prison ministry for many years in our home parish area.  They recently watched the Footprints of God program on Abraham.  “One of [...]

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A Letter that Brought Tears of Joy to my Eyes. Hope you enjoy it too.

August 21, 2015

UPDATE: I was able to stop at ave Maria Radio today and meet Erik. What a handsome gentle giant. We hugged and talked for a while and I was delighted. ************************ “I’m sure you get tons of emails about how you’ve touched peoples lives. I would have liked to tell you this story in person, [...]

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Funnest Homily on the Beatitudes – EVER!

August 20, 2015

Hang on to your hats and get ready to make hand gestures. This no average homily. Fr. Scott Courtney has been our pilgrimage chaplain many times and everyone loves his homilies. Enjoy this homily on the Beatitudes delivered at the Mount of Beatitudes on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

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The Eucharist and the Fathers of the Church: Article by Steve Ray

August 19, 2015

The Eucharist and the Fathers of the Church, by Steve Ray The word “Eucharist” was used early in the Church to describe the Body and Blood of Christ under the forms of bread and wine. Eucharist comes from the Greek word for “thanks” (eucharistia), describing Christ’s actions: “And when he had given thanks, he broke [...]

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On Relevant Radio at 9 AM Eastern – “Rivers of the Bible”

August 18, 2015

You can listen to the archived show of Rivers in the Bible here. It starts at 03:00 minutes into the show. It is a fun show with a lot about the geography and meaning of the Holy Land. Click here to see Steve eat the grasshopper at the Jordan River as mentioned today on Relevant [...]

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There are Two Seas in Palestine – Which One are You Like?

August 17, 2015

I am doing a show on Relevant Radio about the “Rivers of the Bible” at 9 AM Eastern at RelevantRadio.com. I will soon post the link to listen to the archived show. We mentioned on the show when Steve at a grasshopper at the Jordan Rive like the John the Baptist did You can see [...]

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Me Preparing for the Coming Persecution :-)

August 17, 2015

Our documentary on King David-Solomon and our DVD on Apostolic Fathers who were martyred for the truth of Christianity required that I rent a lion for some of the scenes. I was so close I could smell the lion’s breath. What a terrifying thing to fall into the jaws of such a powerful beast. I [...]

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Countdown to Persecution in America

August 17, 2015

Two excellent articles (Part I and Part II and Part III). There is no doubt our society is rapidly moving away from it foundations and turning into an intolerant, secular society. When that happens Christians are the first to suffer. Over the last few years I have been giving a talk entitled “Swimming Upstream: Living a [...]

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Test Drive It! A Catholic Library Synced on my Laptop, iPad and iPhone

August 11, 2015

I’ve waited 20 years for this. I have the fantastic Verbum Catholic and Bible Software. They are doing it right! It is thoroughly Catholic — to my great joy. It continues to grow in resources and power. It is on my computer 24 hours a day! But now the icing is on the cake! They [...]

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Catholic Answers Live Tonight: “A Day in the Life of the Holy Family”

August 10, 2015

Here are the questions I answered today on Catholic Answers Live. The topic was: A Day in the Life of the Holy Family. I will provide the links to listen on-line and download as a podcast as soon as the links are available. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 1. What did Jesus and Joseph do as carpenters? 2. What [...]

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