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Saturday, September 16 2017

Biblical Eras: The Roman Empire And The Church Of Rome

"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed"

According to ancient historians, the city of Rome was founded by Romulus who was the "king of Rome" from about 750 to 715 BC. The famous legend (or more likely, a later misinterpretation of an ancient euphemism for a harlot), claims that Romulus and his brother Remus were raised by a female wolf who found the abandoned infants in the woods (a very flawed theory - wolves and other wild carnivores don't raise the young of other species, they eat them). The Latin term for "she wolf" at the time however was used figuratively for a harlot - an appropriate term, considering that the Roman Empire and its Church are described in the Book of Revelation as the "great harlot" of prophecy (see Revelation 17:1-18).

Roman People
Rome became a center of trade and influence within what became the country of Italy, but it remained benign toward the rest of the world for the first centuries of its existence. It was only when its war manufacturers and ambitious politicians and military men became powerful within the nation that Rome metastasized into an aggressive empire. Fortunately for them, but unfortunately for the rest of the ancient world, that rise in Rome's internal power happened just as the Greek Empire was declining and fragmenting (see Biblical Eras: The Greeks, The Abomination Of Desolation And The Maccabees).

Augustus Although Julius Caesar is more familiar to most people, it was his grand-nephew Octavian that turned the Roman Republic into an Empire when he defeated Marc Antony and Cleopatra (Cleopatra was the last in-power remnant of the Greek Empire; see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The Years In Cleopatra's Egypt) at the Battle of Actium in the Ionian Sea (located south of the Adriatic Sea, between southern Italy and southern Greece) near the city of Actium, Greece.

Octavian thereafter became Rome's first Emperor (see also The Empires Of Bible History And Prophecy), with the name Caesar Augustus (an actual portrait-statue of him is shown).

Octavian / Caesar Augustus (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) is recorded in the Holy Bible for his declaring the famous census of the new empire that caused the Messiah to fulfill the prophecy of Him being born in Bethlehem (see also A Biography Of Jesus Christ: How Long In Bethlehem?).

"2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2:2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 2:3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee [see also The Prophet Of Galilee], out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 2:5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 2:6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 2:9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." (Luke 2:1-12 KJV)

The Messiah lived His entire life in Roman-occupied Galilee, Samaria and Judea (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Herodian Dynasty). He was Crucified, at the behest of the unbelieving religious authorities of Judah (see also Why Did They Want A Murderer Released Instead Of Jesus?), by the Roman military who tortured and killed Him.

Roman Soldier

"27:27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. 27:28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. 27:29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! 27:30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. 27:31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

"27:32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.

27:33 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, 27:34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. 27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. 27:36 And sitting down they watched him there; 27:37 And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. 27:38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. 27:39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, 27:40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.

27:41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, 27:42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. 27:43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. 27:44 The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth." (Matthew 27:27-44 KJV)

The Roman Empire continued at its peak of power throughout the rest of the New Testament record. The last Book of the Bible, Revelation, was written by the apostle John while he was being detained by the Roman military (see The LORD's Letter From Patmos).

The Roman version of Christianity (i.e. the Roman perversion of Christianity) began centuries later (the claim that Peter was the "first pope" is absolutely false) in the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine who declared that a "Christian" label was to be applied to the already in existence Roman sun religion (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

The Roman Empire "fell" in the fifth century AD, but it did not die. It was succeeded by the so-called "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" that continued through the centuries right to the present day. It will be the prophesied end-time "Rome" (see the Fact Finder question below).

Fact Finder: What and where is end-time "Rome"?
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This Day In History, September 16

307: Western Roman Emperor Severus II was captured and imprisoned at Tres Tabernae. He was later executed (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).

The Roman Empire

1620: The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England, bound for the New World. On board the 15-year old cargo ship were 48 crew members and 101 colonists, including 35 Separatists from Leiden, Holland, known afterward as the Pilgrims. During the three-month voyage, two passengers died and two babies were born (see also The Pilgrims and Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

The Mayflower

1673: Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I declared war against France (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1701: James Francis Edward Stuart became the Jacobite claimant to the thrones of England and Scotland.

1736: German physicist Gabriel Fahrenheit died at age 50. The Fahrenheit temperature scale is named after him.

As of 2017, the U.S. is the only country that still uses the old system of pounds, miles and fractions (e.g. writing 9/10 instead of .9). While many regard the "miles and Fahrenheit" system to be an entirely-English creation, miles were actually invented by the ancient Romans and the Fahrenheit temperature scale was invented in 1724 by Daniel Fahrenheit. "Miles and Fahrenheit" are just as European in origin as the Metric System. Even the word "mile" uses the same prefix, "mill," meaning thousand, as the Metric System.


1747: The French captured Bergen-op-Zoom, consolidating their occupation of Austrian Flanders in the Netherlands.

1810: A rebellion against Spanish rule broke out in Mexico when the priest Hidalgo y Costilla issued the grito de Dolores (see also The Mexican Border Wall).

Mexico in 1847

1812: The Great Fire of Moscow began as Napoleon's invasion army entered the city. Over 75% of the buildings of the ancient capital were destroyed by the European invasion (see Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).

Napoleon Bonaparte

1882: The Great September Comet of 1882 was so bright that it could easily be seen in the daytime sky.


1893: Albert Szent-Gyorgyi was born in Hungary. The Nobel Prize winning biochemist was the first to isolate vitamin C.

1920: A terrorist bomb exploded in the Wall Street district of New York City, killing at least 25 people.

1934: An anti-Nazi protest was held in Munich. Not all Germans believed Adolf Hitler's "patriotic" myths and excuses for doing Satanic evil (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator).

1945: At the end of the Second World War (1939-1945), Britain took Hong Kong from the Japanese. Britain surrendered political control of the wealthy island to the Chinese in 1997.

1947: Typhoon Kathleen killed over 1,900 people in Japan (see The Origin Of Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons).

1955: A Soviet Zulu IV class submarine became the first submarine to launch a ballistic missile. The first U.S. ballistic missile submarine was launched 4 years later, in 1959 (see also Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).


1955: Argentine President Juan Peron was ousted by a military coup.

1959: The first operational photocopier, the Xerox 914, was introduced.

1975: Papua New Guinea became independent from Australia.

1978: A magnitude 7.9 earthquake killed 25,000 people in Iran.

1982: Lebanese Phalangist militiamen entered the Palestinian refugee camps at Saba and Shatila and slaughtered over 2,000 men, women and children. The Israeli military had unwittingly allowed the murderers into the camps.

1991: Despite worldwide protests that it violated established diplomatic and prisoner of war laws of civilized nations, prosecution under U.S. domestic law of captured Panamanian President Manuel Noriega began in a U.S. civilian court.

1997: Typhoon Oliwa hit southwestern Japan, killing 6 people and forcing 80,000 from their homes.

2007: Mercenaries working for the "security" company Blackwater Worldwide shot and killed 17 unarmed Iraqis in Nisour Square, Baghdad. All murder charges against them were shortly afterward dismissed by the "free" puppet regime installed after the invasion.


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