Beast Nero Resurrected
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76. Beast Nero Resurrected
Revelation 19.17-21

"And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, 'Come, gather together for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, great and small.' Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army. But the beast was captured and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on his behalf. With these signs, he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshipped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh." (Revelation 19.17-21)

Nero Redivivus

AgrippaThe beast is called in the Early Church by the Latin phrase, "Nero Redivivus" or the "Resurrected Nero". There is a popular belief during the early centuries AD that somehow Emperor Nero would return after his death. This is a repetition of the legend from an earlier chapter as the Roman Empire Beast which persists into the 5th Century. In Revelation 13.1b, it is "a beast coming out of the sea."

False Prophet

Emperor Nero BustThe false prophet is thought by the Christians to be the provincial organization which administers Caesar worship, and those who have the mark of the beast and have worshipped at the shrine of Caesar. The kings of the earth and their armies are possibly the "Parthian hosts" from Iraq and Iran, which Nero is to lead against Rome and the world. The rider on the horse is, of course, Christ himself who defeats all the powers of evil including the resurrected Nero.

Warrior Christ

Warrior ChristAll the forces hostile to God assemble themselves. But the warrior Christ is to conquer. The Antichrist and his followers are cast into the fiery lake of burning sulfur and all their supporters are slain, to wait in Sheol the final judgment. With these events, the cosmic drama is drawing to a close.

"Beast Nero Resurrected"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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