Rome. The word struck terror in the hearts of its enemies for centuries. And “Rome” did last for centuries… a marvel in and of itself. But, the Rome that comes down to us as “Republic”, “Empire”, “Eastern and Western Roman Empire” are not all the same “Rome”. In fact, the real Rome is an even more diversified entity.
Rome, from a biblical standpoint, is really first introduced to us in the book of Daniel. There it is a beast… and a very special beast, unlike any other:
And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. – Daniel 2: 40
This beast “…subdueth all things and is strong as iron”. Rome advanced into three continents, conquering whole populations. Interestingly enough, Rome’s mission was thoroughly messianic. The Roman people believed they were given a mission. They advanced into other civilizations with a mission to bring their civilization to the rest of the world. Of course, that excuse to plunder, rape, pillage and burn other civilizations was nothing new to the nations. All tyrants plead their own version of “justice” and “truth”.
Rome, however, is a study in PEOPLE-CONTROL. The Romans realized that constant fighting drains the Treasury. Plunder, though necessary to the socialist state’s survival, need not always come directly through the sword.