History brief – Tiberius Caesar’s view of the Lord Jesus Christ and His followers

Acts 24:24-25

24 And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. 25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.

Matthew 25:31-33

31 “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33 and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.

In studying history we come we come face-to-face with astonishing facts. Amazing connections appear, to say nothing of the wonders and glories of God’s Providence.

For example, Emperor Tiberius attempted to have the Roman Senate declare the Lord Jesus Christ a “god” and also attempted to defend Christians as followers of Christ. However, in later years, because of his many sins, this Tiberius was known as “the old goat.” Strangely, at that time he had retired to a villa on the Isle of Capri – translated “goat” – off the coast of Italy. How fitting! 

Beautiful verdant stunning Italy is surrounded by the sea, except to the north. As students of the Bible are often reminded, the sea is used as a symbol for the rebellious nations – the goyim – as here,

“Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names” (Revelation 13:1).

Through His servant John the Lord tells us that when He shall create the new heavens and new earth, there will be no more sea. 

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.” (Revelation 21:1)

Emperor Tiberius & the Resurrection of Jesus by Sandra Sweeny Silver

Source: Early Church History

Tertullian, A.D. 197:

“. . . there was an old decree that no god should be consecrated by a general without the approval of the Senate. . . among you (Romans) divinity is weighed out by human caprice. Unless a god shall have been acceptable to men, he shall not be a god. Man must now have mercy on a god! Accordingly Tiberius, in whose time the Christian name first made its appearance in the world, laid before the senate tidings from Palaestina which had revealed to him the truth of the divinity (of Jesus) there manifested and (Tiberius) had supported the motion by his own vote to begin with. The Senate rejected it because it had not itself given its approval. Caesar Tiberius held to his own opinion and threatened danger to the accusers of Christians.” Apology 5.1.2

Eusebius, A.D.

“. . . They say that Tiberius referred the matter to the Senate, but that they rejected it, ostensibly because they had not first examined into the matter, for an ancient law prevailed that no one should be made a god by the Romans except by a vote and decree of the Senate, but in reality because the saving teaching of the divine Gospel did not need the confirmation and recommendation of men.”

One of my finest encounters on the island of Capri, this beach is one of God's own personal creation. PavelChatterjee

“One of my finest encounters on the island of Capri, this beach is one of God’s own personal creation.” PavelChatterjee


I love to tell the story of Jesus and His love!

Psalm 48:10


According to Your name, O God,
So is Your praise to the ends of the earth;
Your right hand is full of righteousness.


Matthew 1:21

“. . .And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

In the short time I spent participating on Facebook, I learned a lot and grew. Facebook is a harvest field and a battlefield. 

This lovely hymn is being sung by Peter Jouhoon Lim, a young pastor who is ministering in a Presbyterian church in Adelaide. I met Peter while participating in a FB group focused on the Puritans. Please pray for Peter’s ministry and his family!