Tyrant: Rise of the Beast
Rome, A.D. 64. A Roman prefect and his Jewish servant are ordered by the emperor Nero to track down a secret Christian document that undermines the Roman empire and predicts the end of the world. But they’re not prepared for the spiritual warfare they’ve unleashed. The truth behind the origin of the most controversial book of the Bible: Revelation. A historical conspiracy thriller with angels and demons.
A Hellenist Jewish physician. A man caught between two worlds, Rome and Israel. He compromises to stay alive and protect his people. But when he is forced by Roman prefect Severus to hunt down Christians he is faced with the moral dilemma of survival versus self-sacrifice and the atrocities that result.
Roman prefect under Nero. Though he despises Nero, he wants to climb the ladder of power so he becomes Nero’s detective. He hunts down Christians and their secret letter that threatens the empire and predicts the assassination of Caesar. He believes that with more power he can do greater good. But he soon learns how power affects everyone who gets it.
A 29-year old Roman Christian heiress of her father’s merchant shipping. When she is forced by Severus to become his servant in the wake of Christian persecution, she plots how she can deceive Severus from hunting Christians and finding the secret scroll of the Apocalypse. But God has other plans for her that lead directly to the apostle John and changing her world.
Emperor of Rome. Believes he is a god like Apollo with his golden hair and royal heritage. Unfortunately, he is a mere man, really more like a beast. After the Great Fire of Rome, he blames the Christians and embarks on the great persecution. When he hears of a secret Christian scroll that prophesies the fall of Rome and a kingly assassination, he sends Severus to hunt down this subversive document called the Apocalypse, and kill its author, the apostle John.
Beautiful and calculating wife of Nero. As empress, she has much effect on Caesar. Her interest in Judaism brings favor to the Jews in the empire. But as a result, the Christians become the scapegoat for all problems and the victims of her hatred.
Powerful and influential co-Prefect of the Praetorian Guard. Nero’s most devoted servant. He wants to become the sole Praetorian advisor, which leads to political betrayal and ruthless dealings with everyone who stands in his way. Unfortunately, Severus and Alexander will be in his way if they do not find the Apocalypse scroll and kill its author, the apostle John.
Young 27-year old son of general Vespasian. Titus will become the ultimate leader of the Roman forces against Israel and Jerusalem. And he will have an affair with the Herodian princess Berenice. He wants it all, a debauched lifestyle of indulgence and the power of Caesar. But he will be faced with the reality that his love affair with a Jew will compromise his lust for absolute power.
A bald older “blue-collar” general who is vulgar and uncouth, but is militarily experienced and well placed to become the next emperor. If he can only reign in his son Titus and avoid the paranoid mind of Nero, who thinks everyone is out to get his throne, especially generals like Vespasian.
The Apostle John
Author of the secret apocalypse that has predicted the destruction of Rome and the end of the world. And the target of Severus’ quest to quench the unrest it is fueling.
The Apostle Paul
Historical tradition tells us Paul died in the great persecution in Rome. But not until he had reached the ends of the earth by bringing the Gospel to Spain.
The Apostle Peter
Historical tradition tells us Peter died in the great persecution in Rome along with Paul. And that he was crucified upside down.
The god of this world, Rome. He goes by many names, Satan, Nachash, Diablos. But at this time he prefers Apollyon, as the patron of Nero Caesar and as the angel of the Abyss. He visits his minions, the principalities and powers of cities around the empire to prepare them for what is coming: the Day of the Lord and all-out spiritual war.
Simon bar Giora
A young captain of the Temple Guard. When he is falsely accused of being a secret Zealot, he is stripped of all his aspirations and ideals, and is forced to become a fugitive. He will rise up with a band of outlaws and return to Jerusalem to lead their forces against the oncoming war machine of Rome. But he faces a civil war within the city between the ruling class, the Zealots and the people, that threatens to tear them apart from within before Rome can destroy them from without.
John of Gischala
Leader of the Zealots inside the city. He is a mighty warrior with deep political connections to the ruling class of Judea and messianic delusions of grandeur that will drive him to do anything in order to take control of the Jewish forces in the city. Anything.
Agrippa II & Berenice
The Herodian brother and sister who rule Judea from the city of Jerusalem. They are young, ambitious, decadent and plagued by a rumor of incest common amongst the Herodians. Their reputation with Rome is also incestuous as they try to quench the Jewish rebellion for their own acquisition of power. Berenice will have an affair with Titus and prove to be a singularly important influence on his treatment of his enemies and captives.
This is the man who would become Josephus, the Jewish historian who wrote about the Jewish War of A.D. 66-70. He is an ambitious and cunning Pharisee of the ruling class of Judea. He is a man of divided loyalties, to his Jewish power and to Roman influence. This will lead him to the ultimate betrayal of his people.
Full name: Ananus ben Ananus. Though he is not the ruling high priest, he is the true power behind the scenes in Jerusalem. And he wants to suppress the Jewish revolt to gain favor with Rome. He is spiritually a whore of Apollyon.
Son of Apollos, the Egyptian preacher who toured with the apostle Paul. Demetrius is the leader of a band of Christians who fight back and seek to rescue Christians from persecution using righteous violence. But God has other plans for Demetrius that will transform his expectations and shock the world.
A mysterious Christian prophet in Jerusalem who is considered a madman because of his proclamations that the city will be destroyed for rejecting Jesus. He becomes a lightning rod for persecution, but also a key figure in God’s plan for coming judgment.
Young initiate of the radical apocalyptic sect of the Essenes, monks who live in a commune called Qumran by the Dead Sea. They believe the end of the world is nigh. Aaron hires Simon ben Giora to help train the monks in mortal combat to prepare them to be the army of God in the final battle of the Sons of Light against the Sons of Darkness.
Biblically, Michael is considered the guardian angel of Israel. But why isn’t he helping Israel now when she needs him most under attack by Rome and all the demons of hell? And why have the angels been holding back and hiding? What is God’s plan for them in the great spiritual war that is coming?
Watchers of the Nations