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Revelation Reincarnation Nero (Revelation 17.12)

"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's Reign

Domitian and the Lamb Emperor DomitianThe Roman Emperor Domitian (51-96 AD) ruled as Roman Emperor from 81-96 AD. He was a very cruel leader and was so suspicious that he never gave prisoners a hearing without them being chained and without his guards being present. He lived in the shadow of his father Vespasian (9-79 AD) until his death and then his brother Titus (39-81 AD) who was a renowned military leader until he was struck by a fatal illness. The Titus Arch still stands in Rome covered in carvings of his victorious exploits. Titus is also known for having completed the Colosseum there. He was also very generous with the survivors of the Eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. The day after Titus' death, the Praetorian Guard declared Domitian his younger brother to be Emperor.✞

Cruel Suspicious leader

Domitian reigned for fifteen years, longer than any Emperor since Tiberius. Domitian's reign eventually came to an end when he was murdered by court officials. The Roman historian Suetonius (69-140 AD) living in North Africa in his "Life of Domitian" writes, "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 is reputed to have written a book on hair care! During his life time, he so feared for his own person that he had the passages through which he walked tiled with reflective phengite mica stone, which when polished were like mirrors, so that he could see anyone who was walking behind him. Despite all these precautions, he was murdered on the 18th September 96 AD, in the bloodiest of circumstances.✞

Nero Reborn

Nero and ladyDomitian, was thought by the early Christians to be the reincarnation of another cruel emperor, Nero. 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 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. Many scholars believe that it is probable that John of Patmos also saw in Domitian 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 spoke of Rome being "enslaved to a bald-headed Nero." For this remark, Juvenal was exiled and eventually murdered. Tertullian, 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 the Roman historian and later Bishop of Caesarea repeated. Domitian was as we would say "a nasty piece of work!"

"Revelation Reincarnation Nero"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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