Is Nero the Antichrist Essay

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Is Nero the Antichrist





Is Nero the Antichrist?



Nero was a mixture of megalomania, evil, and cruelty
according to Roman historians as well as Jews and Christians. His sin of matricide and
his claims of deity were major elements in his infamous reputation. Though modern
Historians have tried to whitewash Nero and say that certain groups in Rome and other
parts of the empire supported him, his name has become a synonym for tyrant and, for many,
Antichrist.

Nero was born in AD 37 on December 15 to Agrippina and Gnaeus. Nero's father was said to
have run his chariot over a boy deliberately and to have killed one of his freedman for
drinking less than he was ordered. Agrippina was without a doubt the most successfully
ambitious mother in history. She would stop at nothing to get her son on the throne.
Anyone that was any threat to her son's chance of becoming Caesar was either framed for a
crime or poisoned. She would have affairs with powerful people and use it as leverage. She
even ended up marrying Claudius, the emperor of that time, and got him to adopt Nero
before she poisoned him. Nero's biological dad was poisoned by his mom before he was born
and his mom was in exile the first three years of his life. With parents like these Nero
did not have a very moral up bringing as you can probably see.

In AD fifty-four Claudius died and Nero became Caesar. Historian Charles Merivale wrote
about Nero calling him "The last and most detestable of the Caesarean family." Nero was
one of a select body of rulers including King Arthur, Frederick Barbarossa, Frederick II
"Stupor Mundi" and Hitler - men cut off by sudden or mysterious deaths which people
refused to believe had ever really happened, weaving return sagas round their memory.

The circumstances surrounding Nero's suicide by sword blow in sixty - eight AD - let alone
the more bizarre aspects of his reign - were so mysterious they gave rise to a host of
stories and legends. Impostors pretending to be the returning Nero appeared in sixty-nine
and in eighty AD. In the year eighty - eight AD, a more serious pretender surfaced in
Parthia and, according to the Roman historians, almost succeeded in bringing about a war
between these ancient superpowers.

We know that the idea of a returning Nero affected Jewish thought of the first and second
centuries primarily through his appearance in the Sibylline oracles. In book five written
in Egypt around one - hundred AD and bitterly anti - Roman, makes a full presentation of
Nero as the apocalyptic opponent of the messiah. No less than five passages contain an
extensive development of the story of the evil emperor. Aspects of his life and deeds are
prophetically recounted. He is described as having disappeared but also as becoming
destructive again when he returns declaring himself equal to God. A final passage in Book
five also approaches the Antichrist legend by contrasting the action of the returning Nero
as the agent of final apocalyptic conflict.

The belief that Antichrist - Nero is the devil incarnate is one of the two major forms of
the Christian use of the stories about Nero. Although this form would be rejected by the
mainstream tradition, it would have a number of adherents in later centuries. The second
Christian use of the Nero legend, one that found its center in contrasting resurrections
was to be far more influential in Christian history, though later Christian theology
denied the Final enemy a real resurrection because such power was seen as belonging to God
alone. We find this use in the Johannine Apocalypse (Revelations) the greatest of all
Christian apocalyptic texts. Revelations was written by an early Christian prophet named
John in Asia Minor, in the last decade of the first century. It is clearly an Apocalypse,
or a revelation given to John by the risen Christ and by various angelic figures. The key
figure is the Beast from the Abyss of Revelations 11:7, who is also one of the seven heads
of the beast from the sea, the head that received the fatal wound but was restored to
life. The dependence of Revelation 13 on Daniel 7 has long been noted. While Daniel saw
four beasts arise from the sea, John sees one beast that combines the features of Daniel
four:
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