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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."

Domitian

Idol

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.

1:4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ." (Revelation 1:1-9 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why is the "Book" of Revelation actually a letter? Who did Jesus Christ write the letter to?
See The LORD's Letter From Patmos and Why Were The Seven Churches Listed In That Order?. See also Revelation, Revelations or Apocalypse?


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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.

Maccabees
380: Theodosius I made his entry into Constantinople (named after the Roman Emperor Constantine; see Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs). Also known as Theodosius the Great, Theodosius was the last Roman emperor to reign over both of the eastern and western divisions ("legs" - see The Prophet Daniel: Nebuchadnezzar's Image) of the Roman Empire.

Roman Empire
1227: Polish Prince Leszek I was assassinated at an assembly of Piast dukes at Gasawa.

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.

Abel Tasman
1859: Charles Darwin published his famous On the Origin of Species. Darwin did not actually believe many of the ideas of evolution that later "scientists" claim that he did (see Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists).

Charles Darwin
1963: Accused John Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, 24, was fatally shot at Dallas Police headquarters by Jacob Rubenstein (who changed his name to "Jack Ruby"). Rubenstein grew up in Chicago (as a boy, he ran errands for Al Capone) with his Polish-immigrant Jewish parents.

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."

Agent Orange




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