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

What was Nero Redivivus?

AgrippaThe Early Church called the beast by the Latin name "Nero Redivivus," which meant the "Resurrected Nero." During the early centuries AD, there was a widespread belief that somehow Emperor Nero would return after his death. This belief was a repetition of a legend from a previous age as the Roman Empire Beast, which persisted into the 5th Century. In Revelation 13.1b, it is "a beast emerging from the sea."

What was the false prophet?

Emperor Nero BustMany Christians believed the false prophet to be the provincial organization that administered Caesar worship, who controlled the beast's mark and ceremonies at Caesar's shrine. The earth's kings are possibly the "Parthian hosts" from Iraq and Iran, which Nero led against Rome. The horse rider is Christ himself, who defeats all the evil powers, including the resurrected Nero.

Warrior Christ

Warrior ChristAll the forces hostile to God assemble, but the warrior Christ conquers them all. God casts the Antichrist's followers into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, and all their slain supporters wait in Sheol for the final judgment. With these events, the cosmic drama is drawing to a close.

"Beast Nero Resurrected"
by Ron Meacock © 2021

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