From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Six
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved
"Revelation Two - First Age"

(Message of the First Spirit)

   Rev. 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Six World Views of Revelation Two verse 7

First Age 33-100 A.D. -- First Persecution -- Death of Christ to 75 A.D.

   The First Age began with the First Persecution which some believe can be found in Rev. 2:10 "...the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days:.."
   [Comment: The devil "the accuser," acted through Jewish accusers, against Christ and His people. The conflict of the latter was not with mere flesh and blood, but with the rulers of the darkness of this world. They were tried with temptation by the devil. The meaning of the ten days, is varied in some circles as not ten persecutions from Nero to Diocletian, ten is a number of the world powers that are hostile to the Church, as in the ten horns of the beast. Whether the ten days equates to ten persecutions over a period of time is your option of choice.]

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   This period of time includes:

First Age 33-100 A.D. -- Second Persecution -- 75-96 A.D.

   The time when Domitian (51-96 A.D.) succeeded his brother Titus as Emperor of the Roman Empire (81-96) who completed the conquest of Britain. In 89 his government became dictatorial, leading to a reign of terror. He killed not only Christians but Romans to get money. Any type of calamity was blamed on Christians. He was noted for being evil and was finally assassinated by a freedman in connivance with his empress and officers of the court.
   Possible victims of Domitian were

   The number of people persecuted is not mentioned as a large number. Since each case required a trial if it led to a death penalty, then some kind of review was required.

   Nerva ruled between 96-98 A.D. At Domitian’s death, 95-96 A.D., John returned to Ephesus under the Emperor Nerva. This is probably where he wrote under divine inspiration the account of the visions given him on Patmos, although parts of the Revelation may have been written on the island.

   In 98-100 A.D. John died from natural causes -- this is disputed by some that believe he had to be killed to fulfil Matthew 20:23 "Jesus said to them, You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father." It is obvious that God saved him for a special purpose.

   Publius Cornelius Tacitus 55?-120? A.D. was a Roman public official and historian whose two greatest works, Histories and Annals, concern the period from the death of Augustus (A.D. 14) to the death of Domitian (96).

   Plutarch 46?-120? A.D. Greek biographer and philosopher who wrote Parallel Lives, a collection of biographies that Shakespeare used in his Roman plays (118).

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