Hello everyone and thanks for coming back. I’m hoping to conclude on Domitian today if time permits, and then back to William Bradford, and King James I. So let’s jump right back in where we left off.
Roman Gods – Divine Emperors: The nature of Roman gods expanded again as the Roman Empire came into contact with the belief of divine kingship. At first the, the Romans rejected the idea that a human ruler should be worshiped as a god. In 44 BC, Julius Caesar permitted a statue of himself with the inscription, “The unvanquished god”, and declared himself dictator for life. That same year, Julius Caesar was killed by citizens who wanted to see Rome return to its earlier republican ideas. Caesar’s heir, Octavian (Augustus), made himself the first emperor of Rome. However, he avoided any Claim to being divine. In fact, the notion that the emperor was divine was ridiculed throughout much of the 1st century AD. However, as the government of the Roman Empire became more autocratic and gave rulers almost unlimited power, emperors eventually led to the requirement of a sacrifice to the emperor as a sign of loyalty. The requirement of a sacrifice to the emperor became a significant source of conflict with early Christians. Christians refused to worship the emperor as god, and therefore, would not sacrifice to him. This led to persecution of the Christians by the Roman political authorities that enforced the practice. The period of worshipping Roman emperors as gods continued until 4th century AD, when Emperor Constantine the Great became the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity. In 392 AD, Emperor Theodosius I banned the practice of pagan religions in Rome altogether. (all about history.org)
Well there it is, a quick run through on emperors making themselves gods, and actually being sacrificed to. Remember Pergamon was the first capital of Rome’s Asia Minor provinces, and then it was moved to Ephesus, it is very possible that they performed these sacrifices on the Great Altar of Zeus, which probably was changed to the god Jupiter, but that is just speculation on my part. This type of worship is the very type of worship we will find with the final antichrist spoken about in Revelation, and just like in the book of Revelation, there was Christian persecutions because the true believers refused to bow down and sacrifice to, or call any man god. The major parallel here is this. The spirit of antichrist arose during the Roman Period, and that very spirit went after Gods Congregation, the battle began with the first Congregation of believers, and led to their deaths. The last will not be the spirit of antichrist but will be satan himself possessing a man that will proclaim himself as god, and the last Congregation of believers will refuse to bow down and worship him, therefore the persecutions continue just as it did to the early Congregation of believers, and their death. Domitian was the first to proclaim himself as a “master” and “god”, while he was still alive, he was the first to start that ball rolling, so even though he was not “the antichrist,” he was a form of antichrist and was obviously demon possessed. Let’s look at a few more things with Domitian, and then I will take a deeper look into this Pergamon altar.
Domitian the Spirit of Antichrist: Domitian took the title “lord and god” and ordered people to confess he was “lord and god” as a test of loyalty (Suetonius, The Lives of the Caesars, Book 8: Domitian 13). How prevalent was the imperial cult in Asia Minor? Of the seven cities mentioned in Revelation 2-3, five have imperial priests and altars (all but Philadelphia and Laodicea) and six have imperial temples (all but Thyatira). At Pergamon an imperial temple was established as early as 28 BC. The city was so central to the imperial cult that Revelation describes this city as having the “throne of Satan.” It was during the reign of Domitian when the imperial cult became a factor in unifying the empire in Asia Minor. The provincial cult allowed the Roman network of social obligations to be extended to virtually the whole population. If you lived within the empire, then you were a social client of the Emperor and owed him supreme allegiance. It is not hard to see, therefore, the struggle which Christians in the late first century would have showing allegiance to Rome – if that allegiance required worship of the Emperor, then the Christian must refuse or comprise their faith. (readingacts.com)
So far look at the major parallels between the early Christians conflict of a man, ruling the world, proclaiming himself as god, to the latter conflict Christians will face, because of a man that is ruling the world, proclaiming himself as god. This my friends is satan at work, just as William Bradford was explaining, in fact it was so bad for the Congregation, that many believed that they were at the end of the age, at that time, and that Domitian was the antichrist that Paul warned about in II Thessalonians Chapter 2. Why wouldn’t they? But just like William Bradford was explaining, satan repeats himself, but the end is going to be so much more horrific, than the first for Jesus’s Congregation and His remnant. Moving on now,It gets even worse however, when the Roman Capital of Asia Minor is moved to Ephesus. Let’s take a look at that now.
The way I found this information I’m about to write about was actually from a Private Tour web site, like one you would use if you were planning a trip to Ephesus. It’s rather interesting because what I found out here, not many people have written about, a least those I read doing my research, so let’s take a look at this.
One of the famous edifices in Ephesus is the temple built for the Emperor Domitian on the terrace to the south of the square. When the Emperor Domitian (81-96 AD) was stabbed to death in the back by a servant of his, the temple was dedicated to his father Vespasian and later when Domitian was damned by the people, the temple was destroyed and even the name Domitian was erased from the inscriptions. It is famous for being the first temple built for an emperor in Ephesus. In the Roman period the building of temples for emperors was made a matter of honour among similar cities. (ephesustoursguide.com)
God hated this man, and in the end he got what was coming to him, even his temple was given back to his father, and then destroyed, because this man was hated so much. Also his memory was not of a great god of the people, or emperor for that matter, but instead, his memory is of a ruthless demon possessed madman, completely controlled by satan. The last antichrist will be destroyed by Jesus, and thrown into the bottomless pit, satan will never win, and to those who have chosen to follow him, awaits everlasting torment. Nothing will win the victory over God or His Congregation of believers.
Temple of Domitian stood on the approximately 100 meters long terrace to the south of the square. On the east and west sides of the podium which was surrounded by a eight stepped crepis were large pediments supported by eight columns each. The long sides between these two had thirteen columns each. This structure made the edifice a prostyle. The altar which was decorated with the reliefs of weapons on display in the Ephesus Museum stood 10 meters in front of the temple. The Ephesians in order to thank the emperor had his statue made measuring 7 meters together with the base and placed it in the temple. The large head and arm of this statue are on display in the museum. (ephesustoursguide.com)
Here we find there are three parallels to Domitian and the still future antichrist. 1 There is a temple built especially for him, nobody else. Don’t let the Zionist in the Christian Churches fool you into thinking that the third temple will be constructed for the Jews to carry out their old law traditions. It may be used that way at first, but the third temple will be constructed for their coming Messiah, the antichrist. It’s sole purpose is for him, he just doesn’t become a world ruler, and then say to himself “you know what? There’s a temple over in Jerusalem, I think I will just go over there and proclaim myself as god, and even set up an image in that temple that everyone will worship.” This is not the case, this third temple was planned a long, long time ago, I will be covering that extensively later in this study. 2 There is an altar built just for Domitian. Why? Well of course so people can make sacrifices to him as a god, just like they will with the final antichrist. 3 They made a image of him and set this in his temple to be worshiped, which is still around to this day, just like the final antichrist does. These three parallels are scary aren’t they. This is how satan works, he repeats himself. It happened once, it will happen again just as the Bible prophesied. This is what makes Domitian in my eyes the first form of antichrist that will be coming in the future, unlike Nero that started the first recorded Christian persecutions, and why I believe William Bradford had these two men in mind when he wrote of the early emperors satan used to persecute God’s Congregation. Now I want to look at this Pergamon Altar. Why is it on display in all places Berlin Germany?
The Nazis and the Altar of Satan: In Revelation 2:12, we have read about one of the seven assemblies, “the Assembly in Pergamum …where satan’s throne is,” The ancient city of Pergamum, or Pergamon, was the center of pagan worship in Asia Minor. The once- thriving city lay forgotten and in ruins till 1864 when German engineer Carl Humann began excavating it, finding one of ‘antiquities’ greatest monument, the Altar of Zeus. The altar was excavated and taken stone by stone to Berlin where it was reassembled in its own museum. The Turkish government agreed that the ancient foundation of the Pergamon Altar—Satan’s Throne—became the property of Germany. In 1930 the Pergamon Museum was opened to the public.
A few years later, the Nazi Party’s chief architect, Albert Speer, was commissioned by the new chancellor, Adolph Hitler, to design the parade grounds for the party rallies in Nuremberg. Speer turned to the Pergamon Altar for inspiration, using the altar as a model, Speer created a colossal grandstand, known as the Zeppelin tribune. In the following years’ mass rallies, Hitler descended down the steps like a tribune in Ancient Rome. (chi-usa .org).
Here we go again, when this evil pagan altar should have just rotted in the ground and be forever forgotten, some one used by satan had to find it and dig it up, and carry it off to be used by another very evil form of antichrist. This was no coincidence, no not at all. This altar lay in ruins for roughly over a thousand years, and now it’s excavation has it going to Germany. Why? Satan is going to use a model of it, to introduce his next big evil upon the world in the form of Adolph Hitler, and his evil Nazi Party. And notice how Hitler proceeds down the steps like a tribune of Rome. The nightmare is being reborn, satan repeats himself once again, let’s continue with this article.
Most of the Nuremberg rallies were held at night. The grandstand was surrounded with 150 search lights and the light columns extended for a mile in the sky, creating the mystical effect Hitler wanted. This effect was known as the “Cathedral of Light.” Inside the rally grounds, thousands of Nazi Party members marched in torchlit parades. From the altar’s podium, Hitler mesmerized the crowds as they swore a “holy oath” to Germany.(cfi-usa.org)
The crowds were mesmerized it says. What does this sound like to you? That’s right, it sounds like the mesmerizing that will take place with the final antichrist, the people it says just love him, and want to worship him. And this my friends did not happen that long ago, the crowds will be mesmerized again and swear a “holy oath” to the antichrist and his fourth beast system. Learn and do not be deceived, like the crowds of lulled to sleep people will be, when this man comes on the scene. This will be far worse, and much more deceiving than anything like it before. Let’s continue again to the article.
From 1933 to 1938 hundreds of thousands of Germans gathered at the Zeppelin field in September, but the 1934 rally captured the attention of the world, thanks to the film, Triumph of the Will, a propaganda documentary about Hitler and the Nazi Party. In the film, Hitler was portrayed like a messiah who descended down through the clouds to the faithful waiting for him below. The film was shown continuously for 12 years in Germany. After the film’s release, Hitler’s popularity skyrocketed so that more than a million Germans came to Nuremberg to hear his speech in the following September rally
On the evening of September 15, 1935, Hitler announced the Nuremberg Laws, “The law for protection of German Blood and German Honor was intended to begin the marginalization process of Jewish people,” said Dr. Anthony R. Santoro (Professor of Christopher Newport University). The new laws stripped the Jews of their rights as citizens. Then the Reich citizenship law was introduced, stating that Jewish people in Germany were the subjects of the Reich, but not citizens.
With the final antichrist, it will be the Cabal through the Noahide laws that will capture and kill Christians, a lot more on that extensively later also. So now to conclude the article, let’s continue.
It was also in Nuremberg that Hitler used the phrase Final Solution for the first time in public. Hitler’s final solution is known as the Holocaust, a word that comes from the Greek word meaning ” a wholly burnt animal sacrifice.” On the ancient Altar of Zeus in Pergamon, burnt sacrifice was practiced. Centuries later in German’s Nuremberg in the redesigned Pergamon Altar, Hitler announced his Final Solution to the world and this time, the burnt sacrifice was six million Jews. (cfi-usa.org)
Well there you have it, very disturbing isn’t it, and as we go further on in this overall study, it just keeps getting more and more disturbing. Just a short note. During the 2008 Democratic Convention, Obama gave a speech onstage with what very much resembled the Pergamon Altar. For me I don’t really care, he’s gone, and we have a lot of other things to be concerned about, and not Obama. But I will say this of my own speculation, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the seat of satan isn’t used again by the final antichrist. Not a model or prop, but the real altar that seems like it has been preserved and reserved for him, when he comes on the scene. Well that’s it for this post, and Domitian. Next post I will get back to William Bradford in Part V, King James I. Form of antichrist? Until next time, may the Lord bless your search for truth, leaving no stone unturned.