"...Augustus (Latin: Imperator Caesar Divi F. Augustus,[note 1] 23 September 63 BC – 19 August 14 AD) was the founder of the Roman Empire and its first Emperor, ruling from 27 BC until his death in 14 AD....". [Wikipedia]
The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest (German: Schlacht im Teutoburger Wald, Hermannsschlacht or Varusschlacht), described as clades Variana (the Varian disaster) by Roman historians, took place in Teutoburg Forest in 9 CE, when an alliance of Germanic tribes led by Arminius of the Cherusci ambushed and decisively destroyed three Roman legions and their auxiliaries, led by Publius Quinctilius Varus.
Despite several successful campaigns and raids by the Roman army in the years after the battle, they never again attempted to conquer Germanian territory east of the Rhine River.
Varus' forces included his three legions (Legio XVII, Legio XVIII, and Legio XIX), six cohorts of auxiliary troops (non-citizens or allied troops) and three squadrons of cavalry (alae)
Upon hearing of the defeat, the Emperor Augustus, according to the Roman historian Suetonius in De vita Caesarum ("On the Life of the Caesars"), was so shaken that he stood butting his head against the walls of his palace, repeatedly shouting:
"Quintili Vare, legiones redde!“ ('Quintilius Varus, give me back my legions!')The legion numbers XVII and XIX were not used again by the Romans (XVIII was rebuilt under Nero, but disbanded under Vespasian), unlike other legions that were restructured – unique in Roman history, except for the XXII Deiotariana legion, which may have been disbanded after heavy losses against the Jewish rebels in the Bar Kokba revolt (132–136 CE) in Judea.
As a symbol of unified Romantic nationalism, the Hermannsdenkmal, a monument to Hermann surmounted by a statue, was erected in a forested area near Detmold, believed at that time to be the site of the battle. Paid for largely out of private funds, the monument remained unfinished for decades and was not completed until 1875, after the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71 unified the country. The completed monument was then a symbol of conservative German nationalism. The battle and the Hermannsdenkmal monument are commemorated by the similar Hermann Heights Monument in New Ulm, Minnesota, USA, erected by the Sons of Hermann, a support organization for German immigrants to the United States. Hermann, Missouri, USA, claims Hermann (Arminius) as its namesake and a third statue of Hermann was dedicated there in a ceremony on 24 September 2009, celebrating the 2,000th anniversary of Teutoburg Forest.
In Germany, where since the end of World War II there has been a strong aversion to celebrating the nation's militaristic past, widespread celebration of the battle's 2,000th anniversary was avoided.
Legion XVII = 17., XVIII = 18., XIX = 19.: the years 2017, 2018, 2020?
" When Christ was born in Bethlehem, no doubt Herod endeavoured to cut Him off, and Herod was a subject of the Roman Empire. But it was not from any respect to Caesar that he did so, but simply from fear of danger to his own dignity as King of Judea. So little did Caesar sympathise with the slaughter of the children of Bethlehem, that it is recorded that Augustus, on hearing of it, remarked that it was "better to be Herod's hog than to be his child." (MACROBIUS, Saturnalia)
In like manner, says the authoress of Rome in the 19th Century, the Roman emperor, "Augustus, pretended that he was the son of Apollo, and that the god had assumed the form of a serpent for the purpose of giving him birth.""
[Alexander Hislop in his The two Babylons]
SAN JOSE, December 28, 2013 — On December 28, the third day after Christmas, Roman Catholics and other Christians traditionally remember the children who were slaughtered in Bethlehem on the orders of King Herod as the “first martyrs.”
Even though the infants were Jewish, not Christian, Christians honor them because they died for Jesus, the intended target of their brutal king. The traditional Catholic holiday may be disturbing to those who do not comprehend a feast for the martyrdom of the innocent children.
This slaughter is described in the Gospel of Matthew. It took place at the time of the visitation of the Wise Men, or Magi, “from the East.” They had travelled a great distance to Jerusalem to find “the King of the Jews who has been born.” The terrible irony is that the slaughter of innocents was initiated by accident, after the Magi’s visit with King Herod.
........ From Alexander Hislop's book:
Therefore, Christ could not be born in the depth of winter. Again, at the time of Christ's birth,
the shepherds lay abroad watching with their flocks in the night time; but this was not likely to be in the middle of winter. And if any shall think the winter wind was not so extreme in these parts, let him remember the words of Christ in the gospel, 'Pray that your flight be not in the winter.' If the winter was so bad a time to flee in, it seems no fit time for shepherds to lie in the fields in, and women and children to travel in." Indeed, it is admitted by the most learned and candid writers of all parties * that the day of our Lord's birth cannot be determined, ** and that within the Christian Church no such festival as...(.....)
At the time that the angel announced His birth to the shepherds of Bethlehem, they were feeding their flocks by night in the open fields. Now, no doubt, the climate of Palestine is not so severe as the climate of this country; but even there, though the heat of the day be considerable, the cold of the night, from December to February, is very piercing, and it was not the custom for the shepherds of Judea to watch their flocks in the open fields later than about the end of October. *
"etc etc. etc.
[Alexander Hislop in his The two Babylons]
Therefore our Savior could be born from March to November. And the Massacre of the innocents could have been occurred in the same period of time, after the birth of the Christ.
There are many reasons, according to ancient historians, that the imperial Roman legate Publius Quinctilius Varus set out so confidently that September in a.d. 9. He led an estimated 15,000 seasoned legionnaires from their summer quarters on the WeserRiver, in what is now northwestern Germany, west toward permanent bases near the Rhine. They were planning to investigate reports of an uprising among local tribes. Varus, 55, was linked by marriage to the imperial family and had served as Emperor Augustus’ representative in the province of Syria (which included modern Lebanon and Israel), where he had quelled ethnic disturbances. To Augustus, he must have seemed just the man to bring Roman civilization to the barbarous” tribes of Germany.
Like his patrons in Rome, Varus thought occupying Germany would be easy. “Varus was a very good administrator, but he was not a soldier,” says Benario. “To send him out into an unconquered land and tell him to make a province of it was a huge blunder on Augustus’ part.”
Rome’s imperial future was by no means foreordained. At age 35, Augustus, the first emperor, still styled himself “first citizen” in deference to lingering democratic sensibilities of the fallen RomanRepublic, whose demise—after the assassination of Caesar—had brought him to power in 27 b.c., following a century of bloody civil wars. During Augustus’ rule, Rome had grown into the largest city in the world, with a population that may have approached one million.
The German frontier held a deep allure for Augustus, who regarded the warring tribes east of the Rhine as little more than savages ripe for conquest. Between 6 b.c. and a.d. 4, Roman legions had mounted repeated incursions into the tribal lands, eventually establishing a chain of bases on the Lippe and Weser rivers. In time, despite growing resentment of the Roman presence, the tribes exchanged iron, cattle, slaves and foodstuffs for Roman gold and silver coins and luxury goods. Some tribes even pledged allegiance to Rome; German mercenaries served with Roman armies as far away as the present-day Czech Republic.
Sounds it familiar to your spiritual ears? What is recalling to you, those Germans seen by Roma with despise and arrogance, and Augustus, the Pharaoh of the Roman Empire?
16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.
Notice the timing of the conquest of Germany - again a piece from the above excerpt:
The death of Herod:".........The German frontier held a deep allure for Augustus, who regarded the warring tribes east of the Rhine as little more than savages ripe for conquest. Between 6 b.c. and a.d. 4, Roman legions had mounted repeated incursions into the tribal lands, eventually establishing a chain of bases on the Lippe and Weser rivers. ..........."
13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
Herod died in Jericho. Since the work of Emil Schürer in 1896 most scholars have agreed that Herod died at the end of March or early April in 4 BCE.
Herod ordered to murder children up to two years old age. Because the time of the birth of our Savior was not precisely determined but ranging in a lapse of time of two years back in the past: "...from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men." [verse 16]. He could have noticed about the birth of Jesus when the Savior was already more than one year old, as well immediately after the birth. The Teutoburg catastrophe could well have been another Red Sea submerging the hosts of the Roman Pharaoh, the Pontifex Maximus Augustus, following the death of Herod. Herod was the man ordering to kill the babies but with the most of probability there was involved as well Augustus. If he claimed to be born from "Apollo who assumed the form of a Serpent", it means that Augustus was aware to be the seed of the Serpent with the task to bruise the seed of the woman of Genesis 3:15:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.The epochal catastrophe of Teutoburg was something more. You can find an echo in the chapter 12 of Revelation. As a sort of prelude for the true events there described. We have a "wilderness" in the shape of the dense forests, hosting something which in the future would play a great role in to stop for some centuries again the advance of the Satanic Rome, the Roman Catholicism aka Roman Empire re-born: the German tribes:
There was the hand of God in that battle, in a more discrete way of course than in the age of Moses and the Red Sea catastrophe destroying the Egyptian forces. But the holy hand was present there. With that destruction of the SERPENT (Dragon), announcing what then revealed to St. John the Divine by our Lord, the casting out of the Dragon:It was a defeat so catastrophic that it threatened the survival of Rome itself and halted the empire’s conquest of Germany. “This was a battle that changed the course of history,” says Peter S. Wells, a specialist in Iron Age European archaeology at the University of Minnesota and the author of The Battle That Stopped Rome. “It was one of the most devastating defeats ever suffered by the Roman Army, and its consequences were the most far-reaching. The battle led to the creation of a militarized frontier in the middle of Europe that endured for 400 years, and it created a boundary between Germanic and Latin cultures that lasted 2,000 years.” Had Rome not been defeated, says historian Herbert W. Benario, emeritus professor of classics at EmoryUniversity, a very different Europe would have emerged. “Almost all of modern Germany as well as much of the present-day CzechRepublic would have come under Roman rule. All Europe west of the Elbe might well have remained Roman Catholic; Germans would be speaking a Romance language; the Thirty Years’ War might never have occurred, and the long, bitter conflict between the French and the Germans might never have taken place.”
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. [Revelation 12]Only few centuries later, that prologue in the Teutoburg forests will occur again, where the "wilderness" shall be the Alps valleys and mountains where the woman aka the true church of Christ took refuge in the flesh of the Vaudoises Christians. And was their sacrifice, thirteen centuries long persecutions inflicted by the renewed Satanic Roman Empire, in the figure of the Dragon named then "pope", which led the woman to give birth to the true child with an iron rod, the Protestantism with his kingdoms which again could blow a deadly hit against the Dragon of Rome? There was not only the FIRST Thirty Years War, but also the Sack of Rome in 1527:
German mercenaries mocking Pope Clemens VII during the Sack of Rome in 1527, woodblock print from the historical chronicle o
Have fear of God the father, have faith in God His Son and love Him. And let the Holy Ghost enlighten you. Only in this way the Satanic forces of the Catholic Dragon of Rome shall never prevail on you.