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Friday, November 24 2017
The Roman Emperors: Domitian
"The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun"
Domitian was the eleventh Roman Emperor after Julius Caesar. Domitian was the Emperor of Rome when the apostle John was given to write the Book of Revelation while being held as a Roman political prisoner on Patmos (see the Fact Finder question below).
Like so many others who ruled the Empire, Domitian was assassinated - but with a particular twist (no pun intended). The assassin, who did not usually get close access to the Emperor, claimed to have information about an assassination plot against the Emperor, so Domitian agreed to see him. According to the Roman historian Suetonius:
"Stephanus, who had been feigning an injury to his arm for several days and wearing a bandage to allow him to carry a concealed dagger ... he pretended that he had discovered a plot, and was for that reason granted an audience: whereupon, as the amazed Domitian perused a document he had handed him, Stephanus stabbed him."
As bizarre and shocking as it may seem, the ancient Roman Emperors would recognize many things in the "modern" world - not merely their still-popular political terms, or the revered architecture of their capital buildings and cities, but even their symbols and their gods. If they came alive today, they could very well say (using today's vernacular), "Hey, you're using our stuff!."
Examples. The coin below of Emperor Domitian also has the Roman Eagle, including the contents of its beak and talons, that are still in use, by other nations, today. Below that is a coin from the time of Julius Caesar that includes an image of Libertas (in Latin, "lady liberty") - an ancient Roman imperial idol that its French builders publicly declared was used as a model for the Statue of Liberty. As King Solomon said long ago, "The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun."
The apostle John was the only one of the Twelve who survived to old age, but for a number of practical purposes e.g. caring for his aunt Mary as the Messiah commanded John to do (see The Kinsfolk Of Jesus Of Nazareth) and serving a number of congregations (see John's Eyewitness Of The Messiah And The LORD God and The Elect Lady And Her Children and John's Letter To Gaius). Also was his being given to write the Book of Revelation (which is actually an epistle, a letter - see the Fact Finder question below). That writing was done doing the reign of Domitian.
"1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: 1:2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
Fact Finder: Why is the "Book" of Revelation actually a letter? Who did Jesus Christ write the letter to?
This Day In History, November 24
166 BC: The beginning of the Maccabees era of Judah (see Biblical Eras: The Greeks, The Abomination Of Desolation And The Maccabees). The Maccabees fought the Greek-Syrian occupiers of Judah-Israel (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids) in the period prior to the rise of the Roman empire (see The Roman Emperors: Julius Caesar and The Roman Emperors: Titus).
The first "abomination of desolation" of the Temple (see A History Of Jerusalem: Abomination Of Desolation), from which Hanukkah originated (see Why Did The Messiah Observe Hanukkah?), occurred during the time of the Maccabees.
1542: English forces clashed with the Scots at the Battle of Solway Moss, in England.
1572: Scottish Protestant reformer John Knox died. He was the founder of Scottish Presbyterianism and was author of the History of the Reformation in Scotland.
1639: The first recorded transit (passing across the Sun as seen from space) of Venus was made, by English astronomer Jeremiah Horrocks (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).
1642: Dutch explorer Abel Tasman discovered Van Diemen's Land, later named after him - Tasmania.
1971: A hijacker calling himself Dan Cooper (or D. B. Cooper) parachuted from a Northwest Orient Airlines plane with $200,000 in ransom money. He was never found.
1976: An earthquake struck Turkey, killed nearly 5,300 and injured over 5,000 others.
1977: The tomb of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, was found. Alexander the Great is referred-to extensively in Bible prophecy, especially in the book of Daniel (see Daniel 8: The Ram And He Goat Of Persia And Greece). Alexander's four successors were prominent in the affairs of Israel in the time between the Old and New Testaments (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).
1979: After years of stone-walling denials to medical and veteran's groups, the U.S. government and numerous chemical companies (who made billions of dollars from their products of death) admitted that thousands of U.S. troops in Vietnam (and millions of civilian men, women and children in Vietnam who they sprayed it upon) were exposed (in effect, bombed by chemical warfare) to the toxic chemical "Agent Orange."