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Nero Resurrected
(Revelation 17.12)
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"The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast." (Revelation 17.12)


Domitian and the Lamb Emperor DomitianThe Roman Emperor Domitian (51-96 AD) ruled from 81-96 AD. He was a very cruel leader but at the same time a ruthless and efficient autocrat. He had lived in the shadow of his father Vespasian (9-79 AD) until his father's death and then his brother Titus (39-81 AD) who was a renowned military leader until he was struck by a fatal illness in 81 AD. The Titus Arch still stands in Rome embellished with carvings of Titus' victorious exploits. Titus was also known for having completed the Colosseum in Rome. Titus was very generous with the survivors of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. The day after Titus' death, the Praetorian Guard declared Domitian as Emperor. He was however so suspicious that he never gave prisoners a hearing without them being chained and without his guards being present. During his life time, he feared so much for his own person that he had the passages through which he walked tiled with reflective phengite mica stone. When polished they were like mirrors, so that Domitian could see anyone who was creeping up behind him. Despite all these precautions, Domitian was murdered on the 18th September 96 AD, in the bloodiest of circumstances by court officials.

Cruel Suspicious leader

Domitian reigned for fifteen years, longer than any Emperor since Tiberius. The Roman historian Suetonius (69-140 AD) who lived in North Africa wrote in his "Life of Domitian," "He was tall of stature, with a modest expression and a high color. His eyes were large, but his sight was somewhat dim. He was handsome and graceful too, especially when a young man, and indeed in his whole body with the exception of his feet, the toes of which were somewhat cramped. In later life, he had the further disfigurement of baldness, a protruding belly, and spindling legs, though the latter had become thin from a long illness." Though bald and wearing a wig he was amazingly reputed to have written a book on hair care!

Nero Reborn

Nero and ladyDomitian, was thought by the early Christians to have been Nero resurrected, another cruel emperor. According to a popular legend, which survived until the 5th century AD, Nero did not die but fled Rome to raise an army and then return to destroy it. Domitian was therefore called "Nero Redivivus" meaning "Nero Reborn." Domitian made Caesar worship compulsory during his reign as Emperor and unleashed the flood-tides of the persecution of Christians and others. Many scholars believed that it was probable that John of Patmos himself a prisoner on a remote island also believed Domitian to have been the reincarnation of Nero.✞

Bald Headed Despot

EusebiusSecular as well as Christian leaders came to the same conclusion that Domitian was a reincarnated Nero. Juvenal a Roman poet of the 1st and 2nd century AD stated that Rome was "enslaved to a bald-headed Nero." For this remark, Juvenal was exiled and eventually murdered. Tertullian, (160-220 AD) a Christian leader in North Africa in the 3rd century AD, called Domitian "a man of Nero's type of cruelty," and "a sub-Nero." This was the verdict which Eusebius (263-339 AD) the Roman historian and later Bishop of Caesarea repeated. Domitian was as we might say today, "a nasty piece of work!"

"Nero Resurrected"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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