Were the Jews soley kicked out of Aelia Capitolina? My response to rives June email called “Falling Away by Richard Rives”

Were the Jews soley kicked out of Aelia Capitolina?

Richard rives recently sent out this June 2012 email. My response is on the bottom of this post.

“Falling Away by Richard Rives”

Thursday, June 21, 2012 7:45 AM



“In the year 131, the Roman Emperor Hadrian established Aelia Capitolina, a pagan city built upon the ruins of Jerusalem. The name Aelia Capitolina is derived from Hadrian’s family name and the name of the Roman god Jupiter Capitolinus. A temple of Jupiter was built on the Temple Mount where Solomon’s temple once stood and Jewish people were forbidden to enter the city.”


“As Jewish believers could not enter Jerusalem, all that were left there were Gentiles.”


“The historian, Eusebius informs us that: “When the church was collected there of the Gentiles, that the first bishop after those of the circumcision was Marcus.” In other words it was 100 years after the time of Christ before Marcus would become the first non-Jewish, Christian Bishop of Jerusalem. One hundred years!”


“Edward Gibbon in his famous work entitled: “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”, tells us that at the persuasion of the new Gentile Bishop, Marcus, “The most considerable part of the congregation renounced the Mosaic law, the practice of which they had preserved above a century – and that by doing so they were allowed to inter the colony of Hadrian.”


“Let us consider what these references tell us. They tell us that for 100 years after the time of Christ, believers, both Jews and Gentiles, observed what Gibbon calls the Mosaic Law: they kept the commandments of God and had the faith of Jesus, just as saints are described in the Book of Revelation. We also learn that only if they rejected the Mosaic Law, the Torah, were they allowed to live in Jerusalem.”


“Today, we are being told that the Law was nailed to the cross, but history reveals that first century believers would not agree. If the commandments of our Creator were abolished at the time of the cross, those living in Jerusalem for the next 100 years knew nothing about that.”


‘Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints; I’m Richard Rives with Just the Facts.’

Is rives right? Nope! Let’s view some online resources that challenge this Judaizers email.



Now admittedly not everyone agrees online whether or not Christians were allowed to remain in or around  Jerusalem. And there is a reason for that.

Jerusalem  was only a city not a spiritual portion to the early Christian faith. Even Jesus knew of  Jerusalem’s destruction and future changes.

Matthew 24:1-37

Mark 13:1-31

Luke 21:5-28

Now what of rives accusation about keeping ONLY the Ten Commandments as a ‘moral law’?

Acts 15:1-31

Opps… It looks like from the Disciples that rives got that wrong too!


Rives can talk all he wants about being a ‘moral’ character and keeping only 10 of the 613 Commandments. But we know his dirty little secret. He is a law break not according to my opinion but Gods law.

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