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    Posted: 17 April 2007 at 11:41pm

I have watched the PBS documentary "Secrets of the Dead: Great Fire of
Rome". One interesting fact which they uncovered was that, according to
the German scholar G. Baudy, Christian Apocalyptic texts from the mid
1st century CE indicate that militant Messianic Christians really DID burn
Rome. All these texts predict that Rome will burn on the day that the Dog
Star Sirius rises. (This gives rise to the term, "Dog Days of Summer", as
Sirius rises like this in Summer months in the N. hemisphere.) And, the
day of the "Great Fire of Rome" in 64 CE was 19 July, the day that Sirius
rose at dawn. Furthermore, Nero's punishment of torching people alive
was Rome's standard punishment for arsonists... if you try to burn our
city, we'll burn you.

However, according to the Jewish Encyclopedia article entry on "Herod's
Temple", the Herodian Temple was completed sometime between 62-64
CE, shortly before the Great Fire of Rome. And, the completion of the
"Temple of God" was one major Messianic requirement that would usher
in the End Times. (Given that Christians are "spiritual stones" in the
Spiritual Temple of the Christian Church, this is why the Messiah says in
Matthew that when the Gospel is taken to the world, ie the Spiritual
Temple is completed, then the end shall come.)

So, given that there were many OTHER Messianic claimants besides
Yeshua of Galilee whom the Jews rejected, and given that the major
Messianic prophecy had just been completed in the Jews' eyes with the
completion of Herod's Temple in c. 63 CE...

It seems to me that Messianic Jews burning Rome in 64 CE doesn't mean
CHRISTIANS as we think of them today, but the RADICAL ZEALOT
extremists who believed Menahem ben Hezekiah was the Messiah.

In short, I believe that Jewish terrorists torched Rome in 64 CE. And,
indeed, this is what triggered the Romans to invade Judea in 67 and sack
Jerusalem in 70 CE... they thought it was REVENGE for what the Jews had

All I'm saying is, the Romans were right: Jewish terrorists torched Rome in
64 CE to get back at their heathen enemy.
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