Armageddon and the AntiChrist
Armageddon is spoken of as a great battle against the Christians, and the AntiChrist, likely Nero, and then Domitian, are the beasts, who were both assassinated. See the formulas below:

In Edward Gibbons book, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,* he wrote concerning the plight of the Christians that by the time of Trajan (AD 98-117) any one who could not prove an accusation brought against a Christian suffered the penalty of death.  Gibbon further stated with regard to policy under Trajan, "The answer of Trajan, to which the Christians of the succeeding age have frequently appealed, discovers as much regard for justice and humanity as could be reconciled with his mistaken notions of religious policy. Instead of displaying the implacable zeal of an Inquisitor, anxious to discover the most minute particles of heresy, and exulting in the number of his victims, the emperor expresses much more solicitude to protect the security of the innocent than to prevent the escape of the guilty. He acknowledges the difficulty of fixing any general plan; but he lays down two salutary rules, which often afforded relief and support to the distressed Christians." 

After Domitian was assassinated in AD 96, it appears that the Christians found relief in the subsequent reigns of the Roman emperors.  The beast of the earth, having at long last been defeated by God was dead and gone from the scene.  God wasn't done with the Roman Empire yet and persecution was still horrific, but at least Domitian was gone and the tide of persecution against the Christians took a decisive turn for the better.

Clearly the battle of Armageddon was and is the war waged by the Roman Empire, the enemy of God. The Christians were tortured and persecuted in that war, and the beast was the emperor Domitian. Post the thousand years, the war of Armageddon now is a spiritual and financial assault waged by the remnant of the Roman Empire, the modern financial system protected by the statues of Gog and Magog.

* The Roman Empire has not declined completely if we are to believe the tradition of the Lord Mayor in the City of London, the UK's financial district. The guardians of this seat of financial power are two statues, Roman garbed characters named GOG and MAGOG. I kid you not. It is important to see that the Roman Empire, in a masked form, is still alive and kicking.


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