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Pearl Gold Luxury (Revelation 18.9-10)

"When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry, 'Woe! Woe to you, great city, you mighty city of Babylon! In one hour your doom has come!'" (Revelation 18.9-10)✞

Luxurious Banquets

Luxury in PearlThe Roman historian Suetonius (69-130 AD) who was director of the imperial libraries and a private secretary to the Emperor Hadrian, described twelve successive emperors and their luxurious ways from Julius Caesar (BC 100-44) to Domitian (51-96 AD). He wrote, "In reckless luxury, Caligula outdid the prodigals of all times in ingenuity, inventing a new sort of bath and unnatural varieties of food and feasts for he would bathe in hot or cold perfumed oils, drink pearls of great price dissolved in vinegar, and set before his guests loaves and meats of gold." He even built galleys whose sterns were studded with pearls. Suetonius also told us that Nero (54-68 AD) compelled people to set before him luxurious banquets costing $40,000 each time. "He never wore the same garment twice. He played at dice for $4,000 a point. He fished with a golden net drawn by cords woven of purple and scarlet threads. It is said that he never made a journey with less than a thousand carriages and his mules were shod with silver." The leaders of the Roman Empire lived in sheer extravagant luxury. Rome however was about to be ruined for its hour of destruction had come!✞

"Pearl Gold Luxury"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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