Rome vs. US
you want to predict the future, study the past, because history does
Image of Rome
‘Roman Law’ and ‘Roman Civil Law’ are
convertible phrases, meaning the same system of jurisprudence.”
Rome was eventually dependent
upon its legions, centralized government authority, and its vast
bureaucracy, but originally it was another form of voluntary family
based government that made its humble beginnings a great nation.
It was the character of that
early society that made that nation flourish. “…[T]he
healthy moral traditions of early Rome were maintained by the
discipline of the family, resting on the supreme authority of the
father - the patria potestas - and the powerful influence of
the mother, to whom the early training of the child was entrusted.”
There was an influx of new ways
and a turning away from those moral family values that brought Rome
down. “In the science of money-making which had been elaborate
under Hellenistic monarchies, the Roman capitalists proved to be apt
pupils of their Greek teachers.” The price of this agog for
affluence and opulence was self-serving pride and vain arrogance.
Selfishness conquered Rome.
“Even amongst women there
were symptoms of revolt against the older order, which showed itself
in a growing freedom of manners and impatience of control, the
marriage tie was relaxed… The “sanctity of marriage had ceased… Abortion, and the
exposure and murder of newly-born children, were common and
tolerated; unnatural vices, which even the greatest philosophers
practiced, if not advocated, attained proportions which defy
“Italy was living through the
fever of moral disintegration and incoherence which assails all
civilized societies that are rich in the manifold resources of
culture and enjoyment, but tolerate few or no restraints on the
feverish struggle of contending appetites.”
was originally a Republic after the people drove out the Tarquinian
Kings. The word Republic has been redefined over and over until its
origins are almost forgotten. From Plato to Stalin everyone has
developed in their own imagination what a Republic should look like.
The Romans identified their
government as Libera Res Publica, meaning Free from Things Public.
In a true or pure Republic the leaders are “titular” and
therefore its governmental authority remains with the people. In a
that early Republic 500 years before the first Caesar the people of
Rome were free.
The United States Constitution
did not create a true republic. A pure republic requires that the
individual take responsibility for himself and his neighbor by a
personal daily choice.
According to Article. IV,
Section 4 the U.S. was created to “guarantee to every State in
this Union a Republican Form of Government…” The United
States itself was an indirect democracy which is not a Republic.
In an indirect democracy the people elect leaders who can make laws without our consent for
they are no longer titular in authority but have power.
That power may be restricted by constitutions and contracts. It is
still power and power corrupts. The mere idea that 51% of the people
can rule over the rights of the other 49% is already an usurpation of
the Republic. In order for the majority to gain lawful authority the
individual must first relinquish his natural authority over himself.
Over the years the people of
Rome steadily released the power of the Father of each house to the
Fathers of the State. Rome became more federal and empirical as the
people looked to central government to solve problems. This mutual
assent allowed men to rule over their neighbor with increasing power
and control. Eventually the emperium of
everyman that began within the family was vested in the Emperor. The
Emperor became the Father of the state, the Patronus. He became the Parens Patria, the Parent of the Nation.
They soon fell prey to their
own oppression, civil war, and conflicts. The Roman Senate elected
its first emperor. Originally Rome was under Janus as far as
religious gods are concerned. The temple of Janus was unique. Such
temples involved investments and returns. Although the altars
of Janus may have been more like the early altars of Israel in their
beginning, their ministers became more like stockbrokers than
priests. Its biggest business was done during war and its profits
were the spoils of those wars. There was money to be made in the
process of war.
There are many things we should
understand about Rome in order to understand the government today. In
29 B.C. Gaius Octavianus marched into Rome as the “savior of
the Republic” and was given the title of Augustus by the
Senate. He was then legally granted, under constitutional forms and
limitations, the position Emperator. This was one of three offices established to protect the Republic.
“Protection draws to it
subjection; subjection protection”
The Emperator was ‘commander in chief’ of all military and naval
forces, for a period of ten years. He could set foreign policy and
establish treaties much as the president of the United States does
The Principas Civitas,
was the ‘First Citizen’ or chief executive officer of
Rome, a municipality. At home each year he had to be elected to
office, swearing a binding oath read from clay tablets.
“Thus the republic was
restored under the presidency of its ‘first citizen’.” A republic under an authority that is no longer titular, in name
only, is no longer a pure Republic, but another form of government
within that Republic.
The third office Augustus
requested from the Senate was the most interesting and misunderstood.
It was the office of God. Actually, he was not just a god, but
the ApoTheos, or Originator of gods.
His duties as the originator
of gods was to appoint all the lesser gods throughout the empire.
These gods were called theos in the Greek. The New Testament
translates the word theos into the word god or God.
It was a common term used to
address judges and magistrates in court. What Augustus did was
appoint all the judges deciding Imperial matters in the federal
courts of the Empire. This would include judges as powerful as
Pontius Pilate or obscure judges that settled excise tax, tariffs
disputes or other federal jurisdictional issues.
This could be seen as a quirk of
language except the fact that word elohim in the Hebrew, which
is the word translated into gods or God in the Old Testament was also
a common word used to address judges and magistrates in the Jewish
courts at the time of Christ. This is clearly stated in the Strong’s
Concordance for both the Greek and Hebrew.
It should not be so strange to
think of the Roman Emperors as gods when you realize that George
Washington himself was deified in the ceiling of the capitol dome.
“Across the Dome’s eye, 180 feet above the floor, spreads
a gigantic allegorical painting by the Italian artist Constantino
Brumidi. The painting depicts the ‘Apotheosis,’ or
glorification, of George Washington.” The Vatican painter, “Brumidi depicted George Washington rising
to the heavens in glory… The word 'apotheosis' in the title
means literally the raising of a person to the rank of a god…” The president appoints the “gods many” of the US.
This simple fact that judges in
courts were called gods by Roman, Greekand Hebrew alike should open a
whole new understanding as to the meaning of the Bible text. Has this
simple truth been kept from the people? The Bible is about good and
We are told that the United
States is a “government of the people, by the people and for
the people”. It was not honest Abe who coined that phrase but
John Wycliffe who wrote in the introduction to his translation of the
Bible in 1382, the words, “This Bible is for the Government of
the People, by the People, and for the People.” The US is
really a government for and by the majority of the people
which exercises authority over the minority through the ruling law
makers it elects, and the judges they appoint.
Israel was a government and
Jesus preached a kingdom and the Apostles worked daily in the temple
serving the needs of the people. Jesus was born, hailed, and anointed
as King of Judea and Rome agreed with an official proclamation nailed
to the cross.
Augustus as Emperator had
dropped his elected position of President of Rome for almost 18 years
while he settled disputes as a sort of combination N.A.T.O, U.N. and
U.S. military force all rolled into one. He kept banking, trade and
commerce prospering throughout his new world order and received great
praise and adoration for his accomplishments at home and abroad.
United States is also, “a democracy in a republic”, with constitutional limitations. It has a president who sets foreign
policy and signs treaties; an appointer of judges; a commander in
chief of the army, and navy but also has an air force which is able
to make fire come down from sky upon the earth in the sight of men, [See, Revelation 13:11-13]
When the Separatists and
pilgrims left the shores of England they said, “Good-bye
Babylon. Good-bye Rome.” The Common Law of the Angloe-Saxon and
the Holy Bible was the foundation of that Republic in the wilderness
of the 1600’s. The government’s authority was in the
hands of the people and rose from the Common Law of the Land.
It is now Roman Law that
dominates the legal system and the courts in America. In Black’s
law dictionary, found in every law office of the democracy, there is
hardly a page that does not make reference to its Latin origins of
legal principles and precepts.
Efforts to bring in Commercial
Law, Equity and the Roman Civil law were here from the beginning.
Cromwell had sent troops to America to ‘protect the Republic’
but by virtue of the provision of the United States Constitution and
through the Judiciary Act of 1789 these contrary forms of law
found a foothold in the Americas. These alternative systems made
great advances during our own Civil War under Lincoln and subsequent
presidents such as Wilson, FDR, Johnson and unto this present time.
No presidency was immune to the forces of change, corruption, and
Today, employment, schools, and the legal courts, and almost every aspect of the lives of the citizens of the United
States is manipulated, guided, and taxed by a government that mirrors
Social democracy has conquered
the people not so much with the sword, but by their own greed, sloth,
and covetousness through application and participation.
The Common Law and the Holy
Bible, once the motto and battle cry of early Americans, have become
catch words to identify so called radicals, extremists and religious
fanatics. Such titles of derision have not been so commonly misused
by the legal authorities in America since before the Tories and
Redcoats were sent back to serve King George III.
“If ye love wealth better
than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude better than the animated
contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your
counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.
May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that
ye were our countrymen.”
A vast social welfare system
that has grown up in the United States as well as the burdensome
bureaucracy that bleeds the people is supported at the public cost,
the sweat and blood of your neighbor. The cord of economic stability
is pulled at both ends. The true productive laborer who carries the
weight of this beastly incorporation staggers with no rest in torment
under the infliction of today’s Gabbai and Mokhes.
Rome and Judea were not
anarchists, but became a more and more complex legal system of laws,
regulations and obligations. The burdens that fell upon the average
laborer in order to support this burgeoning bureaucracy and apathetic
welfare state were immense and they depended upon a vast system of
tax collectors and revenue officers.
‘The Gabbai [tax
collector], collected the regular dues, which consisted of property,
income, and poll-tax and the Mokhes collected tax and duty upon
imports and exports; sales tax; tolls, road excise tax, harbour-dues,
town-dues, etc. They had invented taxes that reached into the life of
almost everyone. There were taxes on axles, wheels, pack-animals,
pedestrians, roads, highways; on admission to markets; on carriers,
bridges, ships, and quays; on crossing rivers, on dams, on licenses,
in short, on such a variety of objects, that even the research of
modern scholars has not been able to identify all the names.’
The abandonment of the voluntary
system of charity fostered by Roman and early cultures like Israel
undermined the fabric of society, the family. The result was a
breakdown of those values, a disrespect for the position of parents,
a cessation of marriage and its permanence. People delighted in
gluttonous welfare, the imagery of violence, erotica, and the moral
degeneration of their free bread and circuses.
Today we do not attend the blood
soaked arenas of the Roman coliseums, but we have a modern two
dimensional coliseum in every dwelling. Rome too started with the
amusement of blunted sword and choreographed battles. We now watch in
the comfort of our own homes with curious titillation the
assassinations and executions around the world or espy with patriotic
cheers as missiles crash through the roofs of distant bunkers or in
the tropical jungles or blood soaked sands of remote deserts regions.
Even in the production of drama we make terror and death a virtual
reality and call it entertainment.
Did God ordain (i.e., dictate,
decree, impose) the exercising authority of federal democracies or
any other government? Or was it ordained by the false gods of man’s
vain imagination. Are they created by God or by man's own hands and
we will not be governed by God, then we will be ruled by tyrants.”
When God allowed the voice of
the people in 1Samuel 8 to choose a king, they had already rejected God. Man is allowed by God to choose his own rulers
if he does not choose to be ruled by God. In their hearts and minds,
and souls there is a turning away from God when men make other men
their father and master through application, service, and adoption.
Instead of Our Father who art in Heaven, the LORD God, Eternal Ruler, in the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, they turn to
other ruling judges, being reborn to new fathers. To be reborn is to
return to the Father of us all.
“And call no [man] your
father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.”
To make such a statement angered
those who thought man’s governments and the Roman political and
judicial system, its peace and commerce was good for society and
business. It would be like saying call no man on earth president. It
was unpatriotic and politically incorrect but Jesus preached an
alternative, the kingdom of God.
The practice of the leaders of
government and rulers of nations being called father was a
common everyday occurrence in the days of Augustus, Tiberius and
Jesus. The Emperor was called Patronus and Senators called Patri or
“Patronus (Lat.) In Roman
Law. A modification of the Latin word Pater, father. A denomination
applied by Romulus to the first senators of Rome, and which they
“Excise (tribute), in its
origin, is the patrimonial right of emperors and kings.”
Octavian was called the Pater
Patriae, or “father of his country”. To give men
this power was forbidden by God and Jesus in Luke 22:25 when he
mentioned “benefactors”. He told his new appointed
government of servants it was not to be that way with them.
The right to tax is the right of
a father. It is his authority over his children vested in governments
that grants that power. These elected fathers were not natural
fathers but were inaugurated fathers, conscripti patres. We
have heard of the free bread and circuses of Rome that fed the
apathy of the mob and seduced the people into moral decay. Like over
indulgent fathers the Roman presidents and senate led their children
into indulgence and iniquity but also subjection, oppression and
corruption. What should have been for their welfare was a snare.
Latin word pater means father and was used everyday as
a title in reference to the Senators of Rome and of course the
Emperor and before him the Proconsul was referred to as the Father of
the Senate and therefore the Empire. Also in the Greek text of the
Bible we find Pater, meaning father. We can assume that the people of the day when they
heard the word pater they thought of one of three things.
Either they were talking about their genetic father or their fathers
in Rome or their Father who art in heaven. Federal,
communistic and socialist governments have assumed the position of
Father of their subject citizenry according to the law of Parens
Patriae, Obey the Father.”
“Redemption is deliverance
from the power of an alien dominion and the enjoyment of the
resulting freedom. It involves the idea of restoration to one who
possesses a more fundamental right or interest. The best example of
redemption in the Old Testament was the deliverance of the children
of Israel from bondage, from the dominion of the alien power in
The threefold process of
manumission from our Natural God given Father was through Novation, Tutor, and Korban. Today, novation begins at the certification of birth. With sealed
documentation to prove your membership you become eligible for the
protection of the State. You are a child of the state with rights to
care, education and shelter [tutor]. When you labor you must honor
your new Father, the man made State, with the first fruits of that
labor in exchange for your continued social security [Qurban,
People have put faith in
Constitutions signed by the hands of men with its checks and
balances. But in all these written constitutions of the nations there
is a granting of power and authority. Jesus told his appointed
Ambassadors and Ministers to not be that way.
“I often wonder whether we do
not rest our hopes to much upon constitutions, upon laws and courts.
These are false hopes, believe me; these are false hopes. Liberty
lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no
Constitution, no law, no court can save it.”
And he said unto them, The kings
of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise
authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so:
but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he
that is chief, as he that doth serve. Luke 22:25
Most Americans opposed the
constitution. “Just as the revolutionary Adams opposed the
Constitution in Massachusetts, so did Patrick Henry in Virginia, and
the contest in that most important State of all was prolonged and
bitter. He who in Stamp Act days had proclaimed that there should be
no Virginians or New Yorkers, but only Americans, now declaimed as
violently against the preamble of the Constitution because it began,
‘We the people of the United States’ instead of ‘We,
the State.’ Like many, he feared a ‘consolidated’
government, and the loss of states rights. Not only Henry but much
abler men, such as Mason, Benjamin Harrison, Munroe, R.H. Lee were
also opposed and debated… others in what was the most acute
discussion carried on anywhere…”
“Owing to the way in which
the conventions were held, the great opposition manifested
everywhere, and the management required to secure the barest
majorities for ratification, it seems impossible to avoid the
conclusion that the greater part of the people were opposed to the
“It was not submitted to
the people directly, and in those days of generally limited suffrage,
even those who voted for delegates to the State conventions were
mostly of a propertied class, although the amount of property called
for may have been slight.”
“A constitution is a body
of precepts the purpose off which is to control governmental action
until modified in some authorized manner.” “For the most
part the English Constitution is unwritten.”
If a constitution is created in
an unauthorized manner is it a continuation of lawful government? The
fact is the Constitution of the United States was never ratified by
law and was a revolutionary act and a departure from lawful
government. “If a constitution expressly provides that it may
be amended only in a certain way and another way followed, such and
attempted amendment is illegal; but if it is acquiesced in it becomes
effective as a peaceful revolution such as took place when the United
States Constitution took effect upon the ratification by nine states
in spite of the fact that the old Articles of Confederation provided
that they should not be amended without unanimous consent of the
So, what was the real American
revolution? In understanding the events and conditions leading up to
the conflict between colonists and the King of England, it is easy to
see that the king was revolting against the compact, law, and
charters of the colonies by seizing an unwarranted use or usurpation within those free states composed of individual freemen living on
their own land.
It is the constitution itself
which was the real American revolution. Very little power was in the
hands of the instituted legislative bodies and leaders. The real
civil power was in the hands of the individual freeman where no law
could be made except by his consent. They could not rule over their
neighbor but were free to rule over themselves and stand equally
against injustice their neighbors as well as themselves.
The Constitution itself was
never a Christian document. It violated the directives of Jesus
Christ by offering a power and an exercising authority to men. A
little power corrupts. Since those early days the power of government
tribunals has grown with every application of the people. As people
pray or apply to governments they make those governments more and
more their Father. They “worship” in their churches but
their allegiance is given to another king and Father of the State,
created by their own hands. [see the booklet Worship]
To worship is to give homage,
allegiance and service to your king, leader or prince. In Egypt the
people were compelled by law to work one-fifth of the year for the
government and it was called slavery but in most countries today the
people pay more than half the years labor to their governments and
they call it freedom. Their first fruits are taken, their sons run
before their chariots of their armies and their daughter work under
their task masters.
For centuries the early Church
taught that the Roman Empire was the beast. The persecution of that
early Church was not because of religious doctrine and spiritual
faith. Religious freedom was guaranteed under the Roman Constitution.
The fundamental objection to exercising authority and allegiance was
the thorn wedged between Christians and the Roman Empire. Whether a
social democracy within a Republic or an autocratic Benefactor
offering entitlements in exchange for the power to force
contributions made the kingdoms of the gentiles incompatible with the
Kingdom of Heaven. A government that grants entitlements is also
entitled to take. A charitable government can only accept charity.
Is the United States an image of
Rome? Is the US and the UN more like Rome and the Roman Empire or are
they like the Kingdom of Heaven as Jesus Christ preached it? Who has
the world followed?
John the Baptist was the
Pontifex making strait the way of the Lord but Jesus the Anointed
King was the Pontifex Maximus of His Holy Kingdom. His servants also
point the way to His perfect law of Liberty under God which is not of
the world but is truly in it and at hand.
The Pontifex Maximus, or “high
priest”, was the office of the ‘preparer of the road’
or the way. It was a powerless office designed to keep the Republic
pure and the ministry of public offerings on track with their
purpose. Christ and Constantine were both the Pontifex Maximus of
different kinds of government. Those who strike hands with a
governments to obtain its gifts, gratuities and benefits inevitably
“A man void of
understanding striketh hands, [and] becometh surety in the presence
of his friend.” (Proverbs 17:18)
Man has been warned over and
over that he should be cautious at the table of rulers whether they
be singular monarchs, elected executives or mobs of the majority.
When thou sittest to eat with a
ruler, consider diligently what [is] before thee: And put a knife to
thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not desirous of
his dainties: for they are deceitful meat. Proverbs 23:1
If we covet our neighbor's goods
through the tables of rulers we become a surety for the other members
of the State and are snared.
“He that is surety for a
stranger shall smart [for it]: and he that hateth suretiship is
sure.” Proverbs 11:15
Our surety is one who gave
himself willingly to create the asylum state of liberty and freedom.
He stood before the New World Order of the Roman Empire and appealed
only to His Father in Heaven to protect His throne, the throne of
David, and Moses and Abraham.
The Roman Government and
therefore the UN-Holy Roman Empire still owes the Kingdom of Heaven a
debt. They took the blood of an innocent man, the King of Judea, the
remnant of Israel. Yashua, a.k.a. Jesus the King of Peace so that we
the guilty may be free today.
By so much was Jesus made a
surety of a better testament. Hebrews 7:22
Owe no man any thing, but to
love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou
shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not
covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly
comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as
thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the
fulfilling of the law. Romans 13:8-10
No more tribute is owed in His
kingdom than to love your neighbor and serve your God. If we have
applied to the state for its benefits, then we have coveted our
neighbors goods, for it is your neighbor who will pay for your
desires. The Benefactor State does not wait patiently for the
charitable contribution of the people. Do not apply to their Fathers.
…Our Father which art in
heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in
earth, as [it is] in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And
forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into
temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and
the power, and the glory, for ever. (Mt 6:9,13)
Shall we apply to Our Heavenly
Father for our needs and forgive the civil state its debt of
entitlements? May we be led from the temptation of those ways that
are contrary to the way of Pontifex Maximus of the Kingdom of Heaven,
Yeshua the Anointed King, the Soter and Savior.
Our salvation is found in the
faith, hope and charity of the Kingdom of Heaven and in seeking that
Kingdom instead of the bounties and benefits of a gentile kingdom of
Where is the Church that, “In
its most general sense, [is] the religious society founded and
established by Jesus Christ, to receive, preserve, and propagate His
doctrines and ordinances?”
Where is that, “body or
community of Christians, united under one form of government by the
profession of one faith, and the observance of the same rituals and
Seek the government of the
People, by the People and for the People, one nation under the God of
Heaven and the Father of Mankind? Seek the Kingdom as it was in the
beginning. For those who will learn the ways of the ancients, the
ways of Christ there is a Kingdom at hand.
preach the Kingdom of Heaven and heal a nation of people who seek the
will of God, the true Father of us all?