Authors: Sigmund Brouwer
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The Last Sacrifice
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This novel is a work of fiction. With the exception of historical persons and facts as noted on the website, names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the authors’ imaginations or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, organizations, or persons in the present day is entirely coincidental and beyond the intent of either the authors or the publisher.
The Library of Congress has cataloged the original edition as follows:
The last sacrifice / Hank Hanegraaff, Sigmund Brouwer.
ISBN 978-0-8423-8441-4 (hc)
ISBN 978-0-8423-8442-1 (sc)
1. Bible. N.T. Revelation XIII—History of Biblical events—Fiction. 2. Church history—Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600—Fiction. 3. Rome—History—Nero, 54-68—Fiction. 4. End of the world—Fiction. I. Brouwer, Sigmund, date. II. Title.
Repackage first published in 2012 under ISBN 978-1-4143-6498-8
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The Romans divided the day into twelve hours. The first hour,
began at sunrise, approximately 6 a.m. The twelfth hour,
ended at sunset, approximately 6 p.m.
: first hour: 6–7 a.m.
: second hour: 7–8 a.m.
: third hour: 8–9 a.m.
: fourth hour: 9–10 a.m.
: fifth hour: 10–11 a.m.
: sixth hour: 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
: seventh hour: 12–1 p.m.
: eighth hour: 1–2 p.m.
: ninth hour: 2–3 p.m.
: tenth hour: 3–4 p.m.
: eleventh hour: 4–5 p.m.
: twelfth hour: 5–6 p.m.
The New Testament refers to hours in a similar way. Thus, when we read in Luke 23:44, “It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour,” we understand that this period of time was from the hour before noon to approximately 3 p.m.
The Romans divided the night into eight watches.
Watches before midnight:
Vespera, Prima fax, Concubia, Intempesta
Watches after midnight:
Inclinatio, Gallicinium, Conticinium, Diluculum
The Romans’ days of the week were Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn.
The months of the Hebrew calendar are Nisan, Iyar, Sivan, Tammuz, Av, Elul, Tishri, Heshvan, Kislev, Tevet, Shevat, Adar I, and Adar II. In AD 65, the date 13 Av was approximately August 1.
Wife of Lucius Bellator; former lover of Maglorius; stepmother of Valeria and Quintus
Wife of Simeon Ben-Aryeh
High priest; father of Eliazar
Annas the Younger:
Former high priest
Captain of the ship carrying John and Vitas to Alexandria
Queen of the Jews; sister of Agrippa II
A Pharisee of high standing
Caius Sennius Ruso:
Wealthy senator; friend of John
Wife of Strabo
Son of Simeon Ben-Aryeh; in Rome as a “hostage”
Sailing master on the ship carrying John and Vitas; brother of Kaeso
Governor of the Temple; son of Ananias
Prominent Roman citizen
Gaius Calpurnius Piso:
Plotted to kill Nero
Gaius Cestius Gallus:
Governor of Syria
Gaius Ofonius Tigellinus:
Prefect of the praetorian guard; member of Nero’s inner circle
Gallus Sergius Damian:
Slave hunter; brother of Vitas
Gallus Sergius Vitas:
Famed general of the Roman army; former member of Nero’s inner circle; husband of Sophia; brother of Damian
Roman procurator of Judea
Nero’s secretary; member of Nero’s inner circle
Famed rabbi in Rome; father of Leah
Issachar, son of Benjamin:
Silversmith in Alexandria
Slave of Damian
John, son of Zebedee:
Last disciple of Jesus of Nazareth
Prominent citizen in upper city Jerusalem
Daughter of Hezron and a follower of the Christos
Roman commander on Patmos
Former gladiator; servant in the Bellator household
Old, blind woman Quintus lives with in Jerusalem
Glassblower in Jerusalem; husband of Leeba; father of Raanan
Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus:
Roman emperor; persecutor of the followers of the Christos
Farmer on the island of Patmos; husband of Chara
Quintus Valerius Messalina:
Seven-year-old son of Lucius Bellator; in hiding in Jerusalem
Member of the Sanhedrin; escaped Jerusalem; fugitive of Rome with Sophia
Wife of Vitas; fugitive of Rome with Ben-Aryeh; a follower of the Christos
Nero’s young lover
Daughter of Lucius Bellator; in hiding in Jerusalem
Capital of the Empire
They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.