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The Angelic Conflict. Part 59. "Sic transit gloria mundi".

Friday, April 14, 2006

Point 15. Operation Footstool - the Ultimate Triumph of the Angelic Conflict.

COL 2:15 Having disarmed the rulers [the demon archons or demon rulers] and the authorities [the demon commissioned officers], He [Jesus Christ at the Second Advent] made a public display of them, having celebrated a triumphal procession over them [Satan and all fallen angels] by means of it [the strategic victory of the cross; there is no word for Him here, it is “through it”].

In this verse, an analogy is made between operation footstool and a Roman Triumphal Procession.

Having triumphed - aor-act-part - thriambeuo = to lead a triumphal procession or make some kind of a special exhibition.
It also means to celebrate a triumph.

This is a reference to operation footstool which began the Triumphal Procession in heaven and will conclude with a Triumphal Procession on earth at the Second Advent of Jesus Christ.

A custom in the ancient world after winning a war was to bring the captives back, and it was called a Triumphal Procession or a march through the city of Rome.

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a. Company grade officers were called centurions.
b. Field grade officers were called tribunes.
c. General officers were called praetor or imperium.

When an imperium was victorious, his army lined up and saluted him with a tremendous shout: “Ave imperator!”

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The highest honor that could be given to an imperator was a Triumph (Triumphus).

On the day appointed for the Triumphal Procession, the senate declared a holiday and the entire population of Rome came out of their homes and stationed themselves along the streets.

The victorious imperator or general assembled his troops outside the gate and delivered a speech commending his army on their victory.

The highest honor was the corona [crown in the Latin, equivalent to the Greek stephanos] = “crown.”

1PE 5:4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
REV 3:11 “I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, in order that no one take your crown.”

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At the end of his speech and having given out all of the decorations, he gave a command and the finance corps distributed to every Roman soldier a large sum of money for his part in the campaign.

At the gate of the city, the imperator was met by the Roman senators and magistrates of the city. They welcomed him in the name of the senate and people of Rome or SPQR. The idea was to make a display of these people or a public display of the captives.

Then came a long train of carriages, extending for miles, on which were displayed various pictures of the country that had been conquered.

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Next came a flute-playing band, followed by the white bulls which were destined to be offered as sacrifices.
They were followed by the priests carrying their sacrificial knives. Next came the enemy’s arms, their captured weapons, followed by the leaders of the enemy country and army and members of their family.

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Behind them came the lictors or the officers of the imperator marching in single file.

Then standing behind the imperator in the chariot was a slave.
Sic transit gloria mundi”
= “So the glory of the world passes away.”
“Look after yourself; remember that you are only a man.”

Bringing up the rear was the entire body of infantry in marching order.

Just as the procession ascended the Capitoline hill, the highest of the seven hills of ancient Rome, the leaders of the conquered army were pulled out of ranks, taken to the Mamertime dungeon, and brutally slaughtered.

After this occurred a certain number of prisoners were slaughtered as a sacrifice to Jupiter, and the general himself would come to the temple of Jupiter.

Then a public banquet was held in honor of the imperator that lasted from six to eight hours.
During the course of the banquet, the imperator was given a Triumphalis Domas, which was a beautiful mansion, called the House of Triumph.

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