Peace and order was not restored until the rise of the Flavian Dynasty one year later.Therefore, the Flavian Dynasty beginning with Caesar Vespasian is the beast whose wound had been healed in Revelation 13:3.Like the three-in-one God worshipped by Christians, all three emperors were worshipped in the imperial cult as a god.
After Nero’s death, the Roman Empire collapsed into civil war.
Three first-century historians; Josephus, Suetonius, and Tacitus; all tell us that, like Jesus Christ, Vespasian also saw himself and was seen by others as the Jewish Messiah.
Furthermore, the church historian Eusebius says that Vespasian even went so far as to try to kill any other rival Messianic candidates as he sought to eradicate King David’s bloodline.[/note]Eusebius The History of the Church 3.12[/note] mark of the beast is a spiritual mark placed on those guilty of the sin of 1 Timothy . 70 Rome was sympathetic to Jewish Law and allowed the Jews of Palestine to mint their own money without the graven image of the emperor on it. 72 abbreviated Vespasian’s name as follows, “IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII.” Interestingly, the numerical total of these letters transliterated into Hebrew characters adds up to 666!
The heads of the beast are those emperors who reigned in the two dynasties that ruled Rome in the first century, the Caesar family dynasty and the Flavian family dynasty.
The first six heads are the six emperors of the Caesar family dynasty beginning with the very first, Julius Caesar.
Thus the symbol of Rome itself is quite literally “fire from heaven.” After Titus presided over the worship of the images of Caesar Vespasian in the Holy Temple, he ordered all remaining Jews in Jerusalem to be killed.