Trump The Triumphator

There is debate over the source of the name TRUMP. Some say it stems from drums, and other say, from trumpet. I say both. I suspect TRUMP is the reincarnation of a Roman General, who longed for a Victory parade, but, bungled everything he touched. Was he Gessius Floris? How about……….Pontius Pilate? Why not – King Herod?

POTUS is fixated on having a parade in his honor. The Roman Triumphator (Trump) was given a elaborate parade. This is why Trump has gotten rid of most of his generals. He wants full credit for everything he does. Look at the look on his face. See how he leans far away from a real General. Triumph is already enjoying the cheering crowds in Rome. When Herod hung a Roman Eagle on the temple, the Holy War against Rome, began.

Will Trump murder the Third Coming of Jesus?

John

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/president-trump-a-modern-king-herod/

https://www.thewrap.com/morning-joe-trump-like-pontius-pilate-recent-shootings-letting-christians-get-slaughtered/

https://www.ancientworldreview.com/2018/03/gessius-florus-the-idiot-who-instigated-the-first-jewish-roman-war.html

http://www.tribunesandtriumphs.org/roman-life/roman-triumph.htm

A prominent retired four-star admiral says that several former generals have left President Donald Trump’s administration because their advice and many years of military experience did not make a difference in swaying the White House on key national security issues.

Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Adm. James Stavridis noted in Time Magazine Thursday that former Marine Corps Gen. Jim Mattis, Trump’s former defense secretary, is only the latest high-profile departure. That list now includes his former chief of staff, retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, and his former national security adviser, retired Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.

“The President famously does not actually read the voluminous policy papers with which he is presented. From the perspective of a senior military mind, this would be akin to a car refusing to be gassed up,” Stavridis wrote.

“In the end, each of them had to ask himself, At what point does my serving in this White House become less a guardrail and more an enabler? And what will it ultimately mean that the hard-won credibility of my life and career supported the work of this administration,” Stavridis wrote.

Roman Triumph – the Clothes
The triumphator wore the tunica palmata which was a tunic embroidered with palm leaves. The toga purpurea, of purple-dyed wool, was also worn. The toga picta (crimson, embroidered in gold) might also have been worn in triumphal processions. On his feet he would wear a patrician shoe called the mulleus which was colored red like the mullus (mullet) from which it was named and had an ivory, silver or gold ornament of crescent shape on the outside of the ankle. On his head he would wear a laurel wreath or crown. Around his neck he would wear his bulla, a special amulet, to protect him from the evil jealously of men or gods.

Roman Triumph – Face of the Triumphator was Painted Red
The face of the triumphator was painted with red paint to imitate the red-painted face of the statues of Mars, the god of war or Jupiter, the King of the gods. The material used to paint the face red was vermilion, an opaque orange-red pigment which was derived from the extremely expensive powdered mineral cinnabar. This tradition was well illustrated in the HBO TV series Rome which featured the Triumph of Julius Caesar.

Roman Triumph – the Festivities
The Roman Triumph was an extremely important event for the people of Ancient Rome. Everyone wanted to watch the procession. The streets were cleaned in preparation and arrangements were made for feasting and banquets after the Triumph. There was also plenty of drinking by the Roman soldiers who played a part in the triumph of their general. The festivities also included music and singing and there was a sweet smell in the air. Rose petals, a symbol of love and victory, and other scented flowers, were lavishly strewn across the path of the triumphator. At the end of the Triumph the triumphator would enjoy a private banquet in his honor.

1. Now Herod’s distemper became more and more severe to him, and this because these his disorders fell upon him in his old age, and when he was in a melancholy condition; for he was already seventy years of age, and had been brought by the calamities that happened to him about his children, whereby he had no pleasure in life, even when he was in health; the grief also that Antipater was still alive aggravated his disease, whom he resolved to put to death now not at random, but as soon as he should be well again, and resolved to have him slain [in a public manner].

2. There also now happened to him, among his other calamities, a certain popular sedition. There were two men of learning in the city [Jerusalem,] who were thought the most skillful in the laws of their country, and were on that account had in very great esteem all over the nation; they were, the one Judas, the son of Sepphoris, and the other Matthias, the son of Margalus. There was a great concourse of the young men to these men when they expounded the laws, and there got together every day a kind of an army of such as were growing up to be men. Now when these men were informed that the king was wearing away with melancholy, and with a distemper, they dropped words to their acquaintance, how it was now a very proper time to defend the cause of God, and to pull down what had been erected contrary to the laws of their country; for it was unlawful there should be any such thing in the temple as images, or faces, or the like representation of any animal whatsoever. Now the king had put up a golden eagle over the great gate of the temple, which these learned men exhorted them to cut down; and told them, that if there should any danger arise, it was a glorious thing to die for the laws of their country; because that the soul was immortal, and that an eternal enjoyment of happiness did await such as died on that account; while the mean-spirited, and those that were not wise enough to show a right love of their souls, preferred a death by a disease, before that which is the result of a virtuous behavior.

3. At the same time that these men made this speech to their disciples, a rumor was spread abroad that the king was dying, which made the young men set about the work with greater boldness; they therefore let themselves down from the top of the temple with thick cords, and this at midday, and while a great number of people were in the temple, and cut down that golden eagle with axes. This was presently told to the king’s captain of the temple, who came running with a great body of soldiers, and caught about forty of the young men, and brought them to the king. And when he asked them, first of all, whether they had been so hardy as to cut down the golden eagle, they confessed they had done so; and when he asked them by whose command they had done it, they replied, at the command of the law of their country; and when he further asked them how they could be so joyful when they were to be put to death, they replied, because they should enjoy greater happiness after they were dead. [48]

4. At this the king was in such an extravagant passion, that he overcame his disease [for the time,] and went out, and spake to the people; wherein he made a terrible accusation against those men, as being guilty of sacrilege, and as making greater attempts under pretense of their law, and he thought they deserved to be punished as impious persons. Whereupon the people were afraid lest a great number should be found guilty and desired that when he had first punished those that put them upon this work, and then those that were caught in it, he would leave off his anger as to the rest. With this the king complied, though not without difficulty, and ordered those that had let themselves down, together with their Rabbins, to be burnt alive, but delivered the rest that were caught to the proper officers, to be put to death by them.

On the Roman side, the empire bungled the situation badly. They brought a lot of this conflict down on their own heads through their greed, arrogance and heavy-handed practices. In the beginning, at least, most of this was due to the incredible incompetence of one Roman governor who should never have been appointed to Judea in first place.

In 66 AD, after some early disturbances and protests over taxes led to attacks on Roman citizens living in Jerusalem (probably carried out by Jewish militants), “[t]he Roman governor, Gessius Florus, responded by plundering the Jewish Temple, claiming the money was for the Emperor, and the next day launching a raid on the city, arresting numerous senior Jewish figures.” (Wikipedia)

The situation quickly spiraled out of control. Florus, it appears, was so stupid that he continued to outrage and incite the population even though he didn’t have the military strength to suppress the general rebellion that inevitably broke out in response to his own actions. As a result, the Roman garrison was overrun and pro-Roman Jewish factions fled the city. Through his inept handling of the crisis, already inflamed by Jewish rebels, Florus created a monumental disaster for Rome:

“As it became clear the rebellion was getting out of control, Cestius Gallus, the legate of Syria, brought in the Syrian army, based on Legion XII Fulminata and reinforced by auxiliary troops, to restore order and quell the revolt. Despite initial advances and conquest of Jaffa, the Syrian Legion was ambushed and defeated by Jewish rebels at the Battle of Beth Horon with 6,000 Romans massacred and the Legion’s aquila lost – a result that shocked the Roman leadership.” — Wikipedia.

According to the Oxford Classical Dictionary (OCD, 3rd ed. revised), Gessius Florus was appointed procurator of Judea by the emperor Nero in 64 AD after Florus married a friend of Nero’s second wife, Poppaea Sabina. In other words, Florus got his appointment through nepotism and he turned out to be a brutal incompetent. According to the OCD, he “proceeded to govern ruthlessly. Although Josephus’ account of his villainies may be exaggerated [it probably was], he certainly inflamed Jewish feeling (e.g. a demand for 17 talents from the Temple treasury led to rioting and bloodshed) and helped to precipitate the great insurrection of 66.”

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