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A PowerPoint slide show presentation explaining how Emperor Domitian was the beast (666) of the Book of Revelation.

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Emperor Domitian:The Beast (666) of Revelation

Revelation Studies: The BeastIt is my contention to demonstrate through the following study that 666, the Beast of the Book of Revelation, was the Roman Emperor Domitian. It is a plausible explanation, and it follows the rules of hermeneutics.

The Date of the Writing of the Book of RevelationMost people tend to date the writing of the book of Revelation in the middle to late 90s of the first century. I, however, do not believe Revelation to have been written sometime in the 90s of the first century... ... but more likely around sometime before AD 70. It seems to me that internal evidence in the Book of Revelation indicates that Jerusalem existed at the time the book was written:

Herods Temple AD 66"...and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. (Revelation 11:2)

First Century JerusalemThe passage we just read from Revelation 11:2 tells us the nations SHALL tread under foot the holy city, a FUTURE event in terms of the writing of the book.

Destruction of the Temple in AD 70Rome besieged Jerusalem for 42 months, culminating in its destruction in August of AD 70. Coincidence? I think not.

Where Was Jesus Crucified?Revelation 11:8 also says, "...where also their Lord was crucified. Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem. From these two verses we know that Jerusalem still stood as of the time of its writing.

Dating the Book of Revelation

Jerusalem did NOT exist during the 90s of the first century due to the great destruction from three decades previously.

The Beast (666)Those living in the first century knew who 666 was: "Here is wisdom. He that has understanding, let him count the number of the Beast; for it is the number of a man: and his number is six hundred and sixty and six. (Rev. 13:18)

Using and Applying WisdomThose living in the first century could calculate who the number of the Beast is: They simply needed to use and apply wisdom.

The Woman Rides the BeastPictured in chapter 17 is a harlot riding upon the Beast (666). The Beast (666) supports her. Who is the woman? The book tells us itself:

The Great City Is Rome"And the woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the Earth. (Revelation 17:18) "The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits.... (Revelation 17:9)

Rome, the City of Seven HillsRome sits upon seven hills. The woman, we are told, is a city. She is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the Earth. Roman Emperors ruled over the city.

Rome Reigned over the World

Notice the tense of the verb "reigns" - it is PRESENT tense. This means that the great city was reigning over the kings of the Earth at the time of the writing of the Book of Revelation.

The Great City Is Rome

The great city, in my opinion, is undoubtedly Rome, which was the capitol of the world in the first century. The woman, the harlot, is Rome. The Book of Revelation is about the fall of this ruling city.

God Will Judge

This city is targeted for the wrath of God. When this city becomes no longer dominant over the world, the wrath of God directed towards Rome is finished. There will be terrible consequences for the nations that were closely affiliated with her!

The Dragon's Partner - The BeastIn chapter 13 of Revelation, we are told a Beast comes up out of the sea having seven heads and ten horns. His heads stand out (Revelation 13:1). John reports that they were "blasphemous" heads, railing against God and His things.

The Dragon Gives the Beast His PowerThe Dragon is the one who gives the Beast "...his power, and his throne, and great authority. (Revelation 13:2) Satan empowers the Beast. He is a tool, a minion, of the devil. He is a ruler upon the Earth.

The Death-Stroke Healed!

"And I saw one of his heads as though it had been smitten unto death; and his death-stroke was healed: and the whole Earth wondered after the Beast.... (Revelation 13:3)

The Beast Once ExistedOne of the identifying marks as to learning the identity of the Beast is the fact that he once existed, was slain, and has now returned.

One Head Is the Pawn of SatanThe Beast as a whole is a composite of all seven heads. But one head, we are told, is the pawn of Satan and is being used to attack the first century Christians.

People Are Amazed at the BeastThe heart of the Book of Revelation is dealing with this one head, which SEEMS to be a reincarnated individual. The people react in amazement. "...and the whole Earth wondered after the Beast.... (Revelation 13:3c)

Nero Reincarnated as DomitianThere was a bizarre myth that arose after Neros death. Nero committed suicide in June of AD 68, and few eyewitnesses saw his body.

It was said that one day Nero would return at the head of Parthian armies to destroy Rome. This became the so-called "Nero redivivus" myth.

Nero Reincarnated as DomitianHowever, a rumor arose and persisted that he had not died but had fled across the Euphrates river to Romes arch-enemy, Parthia. In fact, during the decades following Neros death, several pretenders did come forth claiming to be Nero (Tacitus, Histories 1.78; 2.8; Suetonius, Nero 57). By the turn of the first century a further twist was added to the Nero legend.

Nero Reincarnated as DomitianIt was said he would actually rise from the dead, return to Rome and seize the Empire. It was in this context that Revelation was written.

Nero Reincarnated as DomitianThis myth of Neros return so captured the popular fancy that it found its way into Jewish and Christian apocalyptic writings. Many of these writings had a triumphant Nero pictured as the antichrist (Ascension of Isaiah 4:1-14; Sibylline Oracles 4:119-124; 5:137-154, 361-374).

The People Worship the BeastThe people worship the Beast because he is so powerful, saying, "Who is like unto the Beast? And who is able to war with him? (Revelation 13:4b)

The People Worship the DragonNo man on Earth is as powerful as the Beast. The people of the Earth can not defeat the Beast, so they surrender to him. These people also worship the Dragon because he gave authority to the Beast:

The Beast Blasphemes God"...and they worshipped the Dragon, because he gave his authority unto the Beast.... (Revelation 13:4a) The Beast is arrogant and blasphemes God. (Revelation 13:5-6)

The Beasts Time Is LimitedHe only has authority to act for a forty-two month period: "...and there was given to him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and there was given to him authority to continue forty and two months. (Rev. 13:5) Remember that the Dragon only has a short time. God is allowing the Dragon to take his best shot. However, the time frame is controlled by God Almighty Himself. God allows this to happen:

War with the Saints

"And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them.... (Rev. 13:7)

The Earth Worships the BeastThe Beast is so powerful that "...all that dwell on the Earth shall worship him.... (Revelation 13:8a) Everybody, that is, but the saints:

The Saints Have the Lamb"...everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the Book of Life of the Lamb that has been slain. (Revelation 13:8b)

The Beast Rules over Other NationsThe Beast is a worldwide ruler. He has "...authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation. (Revelation 13:7b)

Revelation Studies: The BeastIt is my contention to demonstrate through the following study that 666, the Beast of the Book of Revelation, was the Roman Emperor Domitian. It is a plausible explanation, and it follows the rules of hermeneutics.

The Major Symbols ExplainedChapter 17 begins with this statement: "Come hither, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot that sits upon many waters.... (Revelation 17:1b)

The Major Symbols ExplainedJohn is now being shown what certain things in his vision mean. John continues by saying he saw a harlot riding on a seven headed, ten horned beast:

The Major Symbols Explained"...and I saw a woman sitting upon a scarletcolored Beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. (Revelation 17:3b)

The Woman Needs the BeastShe would be worthless without the Beast that supports her. We are told who the harlot is: "...and upon her forehead a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF THE HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. (Revelation 17:5)

Woman Drunk on Blood of SaintsShe is "drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. (Revelation 17:5b) Who is this woman?

The Woman Explained"And the woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the Earth. (Revelation 17:18) She is THE great city, not A great city. The woman is THE ruling city.

The Woman Is RomeNotice the word "reigns" is in the present tense. As of the time of the writing of John's vision, the woman was reigning over the kings of the Earth. The woman was undoubtedly Rome.

The Waters Explained

Verse one of chapter 17 says, "Come hither, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot that sits upon many waters.... What are the many waters? John tells us:

The Waters Explained"And he said unto me, 'The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. (Revelation 17:15)

The Many Waters Are the People and Nations Subject to RomeIf the harlot is a ruling city, she must rule over subjects. The many waters are her subjects, John says. The many waters are the people of the Earth who were subjects of Rome, who ruled the multitudes, nations and tongues of the Earth.

The Ten Horns Explained

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