Comparing Revelation On The Relationship Of Church And State

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Paper 1: Comparing Revelation to Eusebius on the Relationship of Church and State After reading chapters twelve through thirteen and seventeen through nineteen from the book of Revelation, I have attained knowledge that allows me to see how the author of Revelation perceives the Roman Empire. From the beginning of chapter twelve it is clearly portrayed that the woman who is in the sky, about to give birth, is meant to symbolize Mary the mother of Jesus, or even Israel, the birthplace of Jesus. The Dragon of course, represents Satan. When the Dragon is thrown down to Earth due to its repulsive actions of trying to harm the woman’s baby, it decides to make war against the faithful Christians. As the story progresses in chapter thirteen, a…show more content…
Overall, the Roman Empire is perceived as an evil given its unruly authority and power from Satan himself. Rome’s relationship with Satan (the Dragon) is viewed as a partnership. Satan and the Roman Empire both wanted to persecute Christians, and Satan provided Rome with the opportunity to do so by giving them such power and authority over everything. “Men worshipped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they all worshiped the beast”(Revelation 13:4 New International Version). Although Rome pretty much had this partnership with Satan, God/Jesus was and is still in control and that’s what chapter nineteen in the book of Revelation reassures for its readers. “After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting”(Revelation 19:1 New International Version). This is a victory song and also assurance to the persecuted Christians of Asia Minor that God is still in control and always will be and that everything will fall into place when the time is right and when he plans for it to. God defeated the “whore of Babylon” and therefore defeated the Roman Empire once and for all. I believe that there were major social and historical factors that played a crucial role in influencing the writing of the book of Revelation due to the fact that there was so much past heat between Christians and the Roman Empire. There were several
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