Daniel, the Disciple Jesus Loved, and the Great Fire of Rome

The final two lines from Chapter 12 of the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament detail a man as revealed as “the (blessed) one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days.” Specifically, he is informed of the miracles of ‘the Anointed One’ history would record to be Jesus beginning “On the twenty-fourth day of the first month” while “standing on the bank of the great river, the Tigris” (Daniel 9). At this time, the all-important ‘70 weeks’ are described, a countdown to the end of the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem after “a time, times and half a time. When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed.” This was explained, in greater detail, to be fulfilled 1,290 days “From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days.”

Yet the real mystery for most scholars is explaining everything revealing “the (blessed) one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days” as described by Jesus to the prophet Daniel. The night of the Last Supper after Jesus explained to a curious Peter he was washing his disciples feet because “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one,” (John 13:10), we are introduced to the term, and the enigma of his identity. Later, Peter motioned over to ‘the disciple whom Jesus loved ‘reclining next to him’ to “Ask (Jesus) which one he means.” In fulfilling Peter’s request, he did so: “Lord, who is it?” (John 13:23-24) Most importantly in John 19:26, near the cross of Jesus, stood his mother, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene ― and standing nearby was ‘the disciple who he loved.” Jesus said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother,” and from that moment on, ‘this disciple’ ― ‘the disciple Jesus loved’ ― took her into his home, presumably to care for her the rest of her days.

The Early Church, From the Crisis of the Third Century to Thessalonica: 235-381 AD

The dominion of the Western Roman Empire was gradually eroded by abuses of power, civil wars, barbarian migrations and invasions, military reforms and economic depression. Nevertheless, by 476 AD, the collapse of the Roman Empire in the West was complete. With the Sack of Rome in 410 AD by the Visigoths, and again in 455 AD by the Vandals, came the acceleration of the Western Empire’s decay, while the deposition of the emperor, Romulus Augustulus, in 476 AD by Odoacer, is generally accepted to mark the end of the empire in the West. However, Augustulus was never recognized by his Eastern colleague, and separate rule in the Western part of the empire only ceased to exist upon the death of Julius Nepos, in 480 AD. Nevertheless, through typography, one can suggest that with the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, the first leg of iron connected to the gold statue of Nebuchadnezzar, as revealed in Daniel’s dream, breaking (Daniel 2).

The World Since the Fall of Rome and Constantinople, Part Three: The Harlot and the Beast Colonize the Americas, 1453-1689

And what can be said of the fall of Spain in 1588? England’s victory over the Spanish Armada signaled two major changes: At the expense of Spain’s empire (which as a result of the Armada’s destruction, fell into a long decline) was born the British Empire, the largest the world has ever known, and immediately gave heart to Protestants across Europe. The storm that smashed the armada was seen by Philip’s enemies as a sign of the will of God. Many Spaniards blamed the admiral of the armada for its failure, but Philip, was not among them. But far more important was that, within 20 years, England’s first permanent settlement at Jamestown established the first settlement of what in 170 years would become the new United States of America. To further add salt into the gaping Spanish wound in 1591, the realm of Aragon rose against Philip’s rule. Philip’s military campaigns created severe financial problems and by 1596 Spain was bankrupt. All this misfortune for Spain prompted Philip to remark that “It is impiety, and almost blasphemy to presume to know the will of God. It comes from the sin of pride. Even kings, Brother Nicholas, must submit to being used by God’s will without knowing what it is. They must never seek to use it.” 

The World Since the Fall of Rome and Constantinople, Part One: Building the Beasts of the Earth and Sea, 62 AD – 1453 AD

Despite the formation of the union, Western military assistance to Constantinople proved decisively ultimately insufficient, and on May 29, 1453, Constantinople fell to the Islamic Ottoman Turks. The union signed at Florence was never accepted by most Eastern Churches. Perhaps the council’s most important historical legacy were the lectures on Greek classical literature by many of the delegates from Constantinople which greatly reintroduced the West to the ancient customs of Antiquity, a set the tone for the coming era of Renaissance humanism. All this translates to 962 AD, when the papacy had become irreparably corrupt. The new Holy Roman Empire spelled the end to Roman imperial rule in Italy after 200 years of Constantinople’s increasingly weakened position. After 420 years of relative peace beginning with the Edict of Thessalonica in 380 AD, the coronation of Charlemagne as the first ‘King of the Romans’ in 800 AD ended the honeymoon period of the early Church, and by 1054 AD, the East-West Split between Latin Rome and Greek Constantinople officially divided the Latin and Greek churches. In any case, the seed of the Beast system planted through Charlemagne’s coronation as ‘King of the Romans’ would, by 1453, be fully in place, marking the end of the Middle Ages and transition into the more secular Renaissance. By 1517 when Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five theses to the door of his Wittenburg monastery, the Beast system, for the first time under serious threat, mobilized along partisan lines to destroy the Protestant reformers through wars and purges that would kill millions of Christians.

The Cruel Synergy Between Cultural Marxism and Theocracy

A theocracy, as with any totalitarian regime, must legitimize its infallibility on behalf of a god as with the Soviet Union, where the political machine required for a ‘civil religion’ to spiritually nourish the synergy of society with the economy through cultural engineering, wield, and subservient, to the power and growth of the State. Furthermore, other parallels include that such a ‘civil religion’ augments state power under a cult of personality that cannot outwardly project its supremacy over all average mortals without it being projected somehow outwardly after years of relentless indoctrination of internalized hate, anger, greed and jealousy just malleable enough to protect the state from infallibility as does the papacy, who in the exercise of his office as shepherd and teacher of all Christians, in virtue of his supreme apostolic authority, he defines a doctrine concerning faith or morals to be held by the whole Church.”

The Orthodox Church and Holy Russia Since the Bolshevik Revolution

Whether Kirill paints Orthodox Russia as a bastion of true faith besieged by the false values and secular immorality of an increasing godless, pagan West, his words are deeply appreciated by both the church and state as evidenced by the West’s embrace of homosexuality through transgenderism and same-sex marriage. Now well into the third millennium, it is ‘Holy Russia’ that again must confront an increasingly Godless, decadent West as it had with Napoleon. And now it is Putin, not Kirill, warning that “Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values. Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan.” Thus it is irrelevant to haggle over whether Putin and his oligarch inner-circle literally believe in the religious rhetoric since they act as if they do. What must be examined is whether the solidly Orthodox foundation undergirding this new Russian nationalism also ensures that powerful right-wing ideologues like Alexander Dugin will happily rally around Putin and his not-so-ex-KGB clique. In digressing, the survival and indeed, flourishing of Christianity against all odds in the USSR is acknowledged by most of the international community, including many Soviet citizens. But killing people in the name of equality is not the same as attempting to kill God; one cannot kill an idea or basic moral principles taught by Eastern Orthodox Christianity having dominated the Slavs for over 1,000 years. Whether or not Western Europe, as formerly dominated by the Catholic Church, continues to secularize under a left-wing liberal agenda weaponizing political correctness to perpetuate a climate of terror to usher in a Utopian world ‘equality’, one matter is certain: God outlasted the atheist Soviet Union and the occultist Nazi Germany.

The Shroud of Turin and the Book of Romans 1:21-25

While belief in the Shroud is not obligatory for Christians, the Shroud ‘almost’ reminds one (as it does Massaro) of “a certain Jesus of Nazareth, who challenged our certainties by loving his persecutors, forgiving them from the cross, and conquering death, 2,000 years ago.” Most importantly, the path to Truth is found in Christ alone, not some shroud. Whether this shroud was wrapped around his body remains a mystery. It has, however, become a powerful idol reminiscent of what Paul the Apostle condemns in Romans 1:21-25.

The Twilight of Westphalia

The Westphalian order effectively eradicated the Church’s corrupt autocracy after a millennium of political repression, persecutions of anyone condemned for heresy, and bloody warfare in the name of Christ. Evil, whether it manifests in the form of left-wing atheism or God’s name, is the natural barrier to a utopian world. Russell Kirk explains that “Man being imperfect, no perfect social order ever can be created,” and because the European Union was designed as a secular road map towards a world and future governed by a global technocracy of bankers, software conglomerates, big oil and “elected” bureaucrats in the name of economic cooperation, the agenda to coerce Europe’s beautiful cultural and ethnic variety into a single-minded federation of states deprives its various peoples of their very humanity, language and culture and at the same time, prevents the possibility of an economically and financially stable climate. As John Randolph of Roanoke, the conservative cousin of Thomas Jefferson, noted, “Providence moves slowly, but the devil always hurries,” where all utopian designs for a radically transforming societies built into secular paradises have time and again succeeded at engineering an undemocratic “terrestrial hell” whose population learns to love an enlightened despot.