80-99 A.D. - The Colosseum & The First Bible

Introduction

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80

RULERS & ROYALTY: Caesar Titus is Roman Emperor – Anacletus is pope/bishop of Rome

Construction on the Colosseum is finished

Future bishop of Smyrna Polycarp, turns 11; Tradition holds that he becomes a disciple of John the Apostle, who will be exiled to Patmos in 89, so Polycarp must be (according to Tradition) already living in Ephesus (in modern day Turkey) where John is also living, and must have been under the discipleship of John at a young age

 

81

RULERS & ROYALTY: Caesar Domitian becomes Roman Emperor – Anacletus is pope/bishop of Rome

September 13, Caesar Titus dies, and his older brother, Domitian, becomes Roman Emperor

Polycarp turns 12, most likely he's growing up in Ephesus and already knows John the Apostle, who is also living there (all according to tradition)

 

82 

RULERS & ROYALTY: Caesar Domitian is Roman Emperor – Anacletus is pope/bishop of Rome

Emperor Domitian builds the arch of Titus in Rome to honor his older brother (honorific arch located on the Via Sacra, just south-east of the Roman Forum)

Polycarp turns 13, most likely he's growing up in Ephesus and already knows John the Apostle, who is also living there (all according to tradition)

 

83

RULERS & ROYALTY: Caesar Domitian is Roman Emperor – Anacletus is pope/bishop of Rome

Polycarp turns 14, most likely he's growing up in Ephesus and already knows John the Apostle, who is also living there (all according to tradition)

 

84    

RULERS & ROYALTY: Caesar Domitian is Roman Emperor – Anacletus is pope/bishop of Rome 

Polycarp turns 15, most likely he's growing up in Ephesus and already knows John the Apostle, who is also living there (all according to tradition)

 

85

RULERS & ROYALTY: Caesar Domitian is Roman Emperor – Anacletus is pope/bishop of Rome

Polycarp turns 16, most likely he's growing up in Ephesus and already knows John the Apostle, who is also living there (all according to tradition)

 

86

RULERS & ROYALTY: Caesar Domitian is Roman Emperor – Anacletus is pope/bishop of Rome

Polycarp turns 17, most likely he's growing up in Ephesus and already knows John the Apostle, who is also living there (all according to tradition)

 

 

87

RULERS & ROYALTY: Caesar Domitian is Roman Emperor – Anacletus is pope/bishop of Rome

Polycarp turns 18, most likely he's growing up in Ephesus and already knows John the Apostle, who is also living there (all according to tradition)

 

88    

RULERS & ROYALTY: Caesar Domitian is Roman Emperor – Pope Anacletus dies and Pope Clement I becomes the 4th Bishop of Rome (Wikipedia says he was consecrated by the disciple Peter)

Polycarp turns 19, most likely he's growing up in Ephesus and already knows John the Apostle, who is also living there (all according to tradition)

  

89    

RULERS & ROYALTY: Caesar Domitian is Roman Emperor – Clement I is pope/bishop of Rome

Polycarp, future bishop of Smyrna, turns 20; If he was indeed a disciple of John the Apostle, this is the last year he will see him, as John will be exiled to the island of Patmos sometime this year

John the Apostle turns 73 (approx.) and is exiled to the island of Patmos just off the coast of what is now Turkey, during which time, he writes both The Gospel of John and The Book of Revelation; The Book of Revelation contains God's instruction to write "what you have seen, what is now, and what will take place later;" The Gospel of John constitutes "what he has seen," chapters 2-3 of The Book of Revelation is in regards to "what is now" (letters to the seven current churches that are across sea from the isle of Patmos) and the rest of the book deals with "what will take place later," and is a prophecy of man's wars, famines, and in the end the judgment of God on the earth, as well as the renewing of all things

Note: There is no mention in the Bible of Clement I being pope/bishop of Rome; John, the last living disciple, does not mention Clement, Anacletus, or Linus as being in succession from Peter, or as having any special position over the church; Their history comes from other histories written by Irenaeus, a second century bishop, as well as Eusebius, a third century Greek historian of Christianity, and others

 

90

RULERS & ROYALTY: Caesar Domitian is Roman Emperor – Clement I is pope/bishop of Rome

Polycarp, future bishop of Smyrna, turns 21

John the Apostle turns 74 (approx.), he is exiled and living on the isle of Patmos off the coast of Turkey, While there, he is writing an account of his time with Jesus (later known as The Gospel of John), and an account of future events (later known as The Book of Revelation)

  

91

RULERS & ROYALTY: Caesar Domitian is Roman Emperor – Clement I is pope/bishop of Rome

Polycarp, future bishop of Smyrna, turns 22

John the Apostle turns 75 (approx.), and is exiled and living on the isle of Patmos off the coast of Turkey, While there, he is writing an account of his time with Jesus (later known as The Gospel of John), and an account of future events (later known as The Book of Revelation)

 

92

RULERS & ROYALTY: Caesar Domitian is Roman Emperor – Clement I is pope/bishop of Rome

Polycarp, future bishop of Smyrna, turns 23

John the Apostle turns 76 (approx.), and is exiled and living on the isle of Patmos off the coast of Turkey, While there, he is writing an account of his time with Jesus (later known as The Gospel of John), and an account of future events (later known as The Book of Revelation)

 

93

RULERS & ROYALTY: Caesar Domitian is Roman Emperor – Clement I is pope/bishop of Rome

Polycarp, future bishop of Smyrna, turns 24

John the Apostle turns 77 (approx.), and is exiled and living on the isle of Patmos off the coast of Turkey, While there, he is writing an account of his time with Jesus (later known as The Gospel of John), and an account of future events (later known as The Book of Revelation)

 

94

RULERS & ROYALTY: Caesar Domitian is Roman Emperor – Clement I is pope/bishop of Rome

Polycarp, future bishop of Smyrna, turns 25

John the Apostle turns 78 (approx.), and is exiled and living on the isle of Patmos off the coast of Turkey, While there, he is writing an account of his time with Jesus (later known as The Gospel of John), and an account of future events (later known as The Book of Revelation)

 

95    

RULERS & ROYALTY: Caesar Domitian is Roman Emperor – Clement I is pope/bishop of Rome

Polycarp, future bishop of Smyrna, turns 26

John the Apostle dies at the age of 79 (approx.); He is most likely the last one of the original disciples of Jesus, who, 63 years ago, was crucified and reported to have resurrected; His books and letters are circulating through all the churches in the Roman Empire

 

96 

RULERS & ROYALTY: Caesar Domitian dies and Nerva becomes is Roman Emperor – Clement I is pope/bishop of Rome

Polycarp, future bishop of Smyrna, turns 27

 

97

RULERS & ROYALTY: Caesar Nerva is Roman Emperor – Clement I is pope/bishop of Rome

Polycarp, future bishop of Smyrna, turns 28

 

98

RULERS & ROYALTY: Caesar Nerva dies and Trajan becomes Roman Emperor – Clement I is pope/bishop of Rome

Polycarp, future bishop of Smyrna, turns 29

 

99 

RULERS & ROYALTY: Caesar Trajan is Roman Emperor – Clement I dies and Evaristus becomes the pope/bishop of Rome

Polycarp, future bishop of Smyrna, turns 30