Revelation 17:14 – Making War with the Lamb

(14)  These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.


    This is an interesting circumstance. Even though Titus’ eye was centered on the fall of Judea, His plan was to “kill two birds with one stone.” In a manuscript fragment from the Roman Historian, Tacitus, he documented a council which Titus called to determine the fate of the temple in Jerusalem: “It is said that Titus first called a council and deliberated whether he should destroy such a mighty temple. For some thought that a consecrated shrine, which was famous beyond all other works of men, ought not to be razed, arguing that its preservation would bear witness to the moderation of Rome, while its destruction would forever brand her cruelty. Yet others, including Titus himself, opposed, holding the destruction of this temple to be a prime necessity in order to wipe out more completely the religion of the Jews and the Christians; for they urged that these religions, although hostile to each other, nevertheless sprang from the same sources; the Christians had grown out of the Jews: if the root were destroyed, the stock would easily perish.” From this record, it is seen that Titus was against the Christians as well as the Jews, and his ultimate goal was to put an end to both. This school of thought may have been established by the example of Nero who hated the Christians but hated the Jews even more, declaring war on them.


    While verse 14 tells us that the Roman powers would set their faces against the Christ, it would be to no avail, as Christ would put down their assault. The reason? Because “he is Lord of lords, and King of kings.” He is better than them. He is stronger than them. And his people are more faithful to him.

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