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Tuesday, November 21 2017
The Roman Emperors: Vitellius
"Yet I was once your Emperor"
Vitellius was the eighth Roman Emperor after Julius Caesar. He reigned for only 8 months, in 69 A.D., before he was, like many other "leaders," assassinated. That year, 69 A.D., became known as the "Year of the Four Emperors": Galba, Otho, Vitellius and Vespasian. Being a Roman Emperor was very often a dangerous and deadly profession.
Vitellius was proclaimed Emperor during a tumultuous and divisive year of near civil war within the Roman Empire. Throughout that time, the Roman military were either the "electors" of the Emperor (i.e. they chose a puppet who would obey them as their stooge figurehead), or an Emperor emerged from among their most "ambitious" commanders (an example set by Julius Caesar himself).
Vitellius was made Emperor through the self-serving efforts of Fabius Valens and Caecina who were legion commanders along the border of what is today Germany. Their "loyalty" to Vitellius soon declined however in favor of Vespasian, a prominent general who had already distinguished himself with his commands during the Roman invasion of Britain in 43 AD and of Judea during the Jewish rebellion that began in 66 AD (that resulted in the fulfillment of the Messiah's prophecy about Jerusalem; see also The Sign Of The Messiah's Coming And The End Of The World).
Vitellius was given the opportunity to resign, which he did, but he was assassinated anyway by the palace guards whose duty had been to protect the Emperor. His last words were the pathetic "Yet I was once your emperor."
The body of Vitellius was then turned over to a mob in the streets who abused and mutilated it before throwing it into Rome's Tiber River. It was a timeless spectacle that has been repeated throughout the ages right to the present day. The adolescent-minded politics of the children of man is a bloody, nasty business.
Fact Finder: (a) What did man's politics have to do with the fall of the "lost ten tribes"? (b) What did man's politics have to do with the assassination of the Messiah? (c) What did man's politics have to do with the false imprisonment of the apostle Paul? (d) Why is the only true place of salvation called the Kingdom of God?
This Day In History, November 21
164 BC: Judas Maccabaeus, the son of Mattathias the Hasmonean, restored the Temple in Jerusalem after the original "abomination of desolation" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Hasmonean Judea). The event is celebrated each year by Jews with the festival of Hanukkah (see Why Did The Messiah Observe Hanukkah? and The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today).
235: Anterus began his reign as pope (see The Struggle For The Papacy).
1620: Leaders of the Mayflower expedition wrote the Mayflower Compact which was designed to bolster unity among the English settlers of "New England." (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy and The Pilgrims).
1783: In Paris, France, Jean de Rozier and the Marquis d' Arlandes made the first uncabled balloon flight, covering nearly 6 miles in 23 minutes. The Montgolfier brothers, also of France, were the first to fly a balloon earlier that year. The first in the world motorized, fixed wing aircraft also flew in France, 13 years before the Wright Brothers became the first to fly in the U.S. (see Who Was The First To Fly?).
1818: Czar Alexander I of Russia called for a Jewish state in "Palestine" (the word "Palestine" originated as an alternate English pronunciation of Philistine; see also Gaze In History And Prophecy).
1880: Emmanuel Daude d'Alzon of France died at age 70. The Church of Rome cleric, who founded the order of the "Augustinians of the Assumption," was active in preparing the Church of Rome's anti-Biblical doctrine of papal infallibility - that has proven itself false, by numerous papal blunders (see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1904: Motorized buses replaced horse-drawn cars in Paris.
1905: Albert Einstein's "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?" was published in the journal Annalen der Physik (Annals of Physics). The paper examined the relationship between energy and mass which led to Einstein's famous mass-energy equivalence formula E = mc2 (see also Einstein's Holy Spirit Formula).
1907: The Cunard liner Mauretania set a new speed record for steamship travel: 624 nautical miles in a one-day run.
1916: During the First World War (1914-1918), the Britannic, the larger sister ship of the Titanic, sank in the Kea Channel off Greece. It was on its fourth trip from Southampton to the island of Lesbos to pick up casualties. 18 people died, 1,106 survived. Still under construction when the Titanic sank in 1912, the Britannic had its design changed to correct defects in what was supposed to have been the unsinkable Titanic.
1918: The German High Seas Fleet surrendered at the Firth of Fourth in Scotland, one of the key conditions of the First World War armistice signed on November 11.
1929: A tidal wave caused by an underwater earthquake in the Atlantic Ocean off southeastern Newfoundland killed 29 people who were drowned when their homes were swept into the ocean.
1949: The United Nations granted Libya its independence (see also Libya In History And Prophecy).
1953: The British Museum published a scientific report proving that the "Pitdown Man," discovered in 1912 by Charles Dawson (not to be confused with Charles Darwin), proved to be a hoax (see also Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists).
1962: The Chinese People's Liberation Army declared a unilateral cease-fire during the Sino-Indian War - a border conflict between China and India.
1977: The first operational flight of the supersonic Concorde took place from London to New York.
1985: U.S. Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard was arrested for spying after being caught giving Israel classified information on Arab nations. He was sentenced to life in prison.
1986: During the "Iran-Contra Affair," National Security Council member Oliver North and his secretary destroyed documents that implicated them in the sale of weapons to Iran and the channeling of the proceeds to help support the Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
1991: The UN Security Council chose Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt as the new Secretary-General of the United Nations.
2002: NATO invited former East-Bloc communist nations Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members.
2004: The island of Dominica was hit by the most destructive earthquake in its recorded history.
2006: Anti-Syrian Lebanese Member of Parliament Pierre Gemayel was assassinated in suburban Beirut.