History has it, even before the days of Jesus; men were ruled by the dictates of their hearts. Julius Caesar (100-44BC) got a taste of wealth when he went to war with other nations. He was a self- taught propagandize attending a school which instructed rhetoric in Southern Italy. He brought that back to Rome where he attempted to woo the crowd with entertainment and the like. It was his own pocketbook that surrendered all to his campaign but brought much back after the spoils of war. Seeing that it was a lucrative business, he continued on his escapades invading foreign nations not his own.
Caesar in the East
Caesar in hot pursuit of Pompey arrived in Alexandria, only to get entangled in the quarrels of succession to the throne of the Egyptian monarchy. Initially asked to help settle a dispute, Caesar soon found himself attacked by Egyptian royal troops and needed to hold out for help to arrive. His few troops he had with him, barricaded the streets and held off their opponents in bitter street fighting.
The Pompeians still controlling the seas with their fleet, made it nigh impossible for Rome to send help. Alas it was an independent expedition of wealthy citizen from Pergamum and the government of Judaea which helped Caesar end the ‘Alexandrian War’. And yet Caesar did not leave Egypt at once. The legendary charms of the woman he had made queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, persuaded him to stay a while as her personal guest. Such was the hospitality that a son, named Caesarion, was born the following year. (End of excerpt)
I wonder who Caesarion’s descendants are?
Caesar didn’t have such a happy ending in spite of all of his victories. Were his wars necessary? Only if you thought playing the game of monopoly was crucial to your existence, but in his case I say it was not. Politics was not his favorite cup of tea but war was. In the end it was politics that ended his life.
Julius Caesar did not live on to be king of the Roman Empire.
Zoom forward to the time of Jesus.
John 19:5-16 (KJV)
5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!
6 When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.
7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.
8 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid;
9 And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer.
10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?
11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.
12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.
13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.
14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!
15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.
16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away. (end of this scripture)
Pilot, the governor, served under Tiberius, the only Caesar they honored. What a moment in history when all eyes were on Jesus, their Passover Lamb and yet they were blind and could not see; that He came to set them free, if they only believed. The Pharisees were jealous of Jesus and were afraid that Rome was going to take away their established political and religious system.
Even today we exalt leaders of nations more than we exalt the King of Kings. History keeps repeating itself manifesting in wars for plunder and possession. Who was it that said we have no king but Caesar? It was the Pharisees. The ultra pious religious of their day.
Do I think Rome exists today? Yes, in political prowess, cultural ideologies and religious sects. It doesn’t leave much room for Jesus to capture hearts for salvation. Jesus did not stay in that tomb but rose to the right hand of His Father. And yet religion still revolves around man’s traditions, structured to esteem the shepherds who care not for the sheep. Robes and tassels, assemblies and songs do not impress God when their hearts are far from Him.
Amos 5:21-27 (KJV)
21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.
22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.
23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.
24 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
25 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?
26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.
27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the Lord, whose name is The God of hosts.
Zechariah 11:17 (KJV)
Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.
Faulty systems never stand forever. They would like to believe they would but it will all come to an end when Jesus comes to reign in the New Jerusalem.
The anti-Christ will be another Caesar but he will attempt to win the hearts of all, those who are hardened towards their true Messiah.
Jesus knows this world is a mess, deception compounded with lies, but He has great patience and mercy giving everyone the opportunity to open their hearts to Him.
No heart is unreachable with a Savior’s love that can turn Paul, a Christian hating murderer into one of the greatest apostles and writers benefiting generations to come.
If the foundation of a nation is not built upon God’s word, it will corrupt and corrode in devious diabolical ways. Bribery is rampant; it’s the new business model to insure profitability. Everyone should have a Pinocchio’s nose and then no one could actually deny they are lying unless they are Psychopaths or Narcissists.