Caligula is Best known for Being an Extreme Degenerate
Caligula is very important to Jewish and Christian history after Christ’s Crucifixion. I had no idea who Caligula was aside from him being mentioned in a “Seinfeld” bit. It was a bit where George was eating while sexing.
Caligula has a reputation for being a decadent monster. His name in actuality was Gaius. He was The Caesar of Rome from 37 A.D. to 41 A.D. His name as Caesar was Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus. Gaius/Caligula was extremely hard on the Jews. Some of the things he did to them though was a wicked pisser but, not really… maybe.
There are probably a ton of things that were extremely degenerate and decadent that Caligula did. He did not reign long so, we should probably take that as a sign indicating who and how he was. That is, Caligula was not a good man.
Though Not a Good Man nice Caligula Statues Survived
One of Caligula’s Enemies is Still Everyone’s Enemy
Before Caligula was Emperor, Tiberius Caesar Divi Augusti filius Augustus reigned from 14 A.D. to 47 A.D. Tiberius was Emperor of Rome during the Crucifixion of Christ by Pontus Pilate’s men at the behest of the Jews.
Assuming the generally accepted dates are correct for when Christ Jesus was crucified, in 33 or 34 A.D., a particular punishment that was meted out by Caligula onto Judea and the rest of the Jews may have prophetic significance.
Christ Jesus put an end to the need for sacrifice and when he died, the veil to the “Holy of Holies” tore itself in half. Caligula, for all intents and purposes made the Second Temple, Herod’s Temple, inoperable to the Jews who still practiced the Judaism of the day.
According to Caligula’s entry in Wikipedia in the Eastern policy section, in my best estimation, between the years 38 and 41, Caligula progressively added more and more statues of himself to be worshiped in the synagogues and finally in Herod’s Temple. Eventually, Herod called himself a god, The New Jupiter.
Philo in his “Embassies to Gaius,” tract XLIII, verse 346 wrote this on the matter:
So great therefore was his inequality of temper towards every one, and most especially towards the nation of the Jews to which he was most bitterly hostile, and accordingly beginning in Alexandria he took from them all their synagogues there, and in the other cities, and filled them all with images and statues of his own form; for not caring about any other erection of any kind, he set up his own statue every where by main force; and the great temple in the holy city, which was left untouched to the last, having been thought worthy of all possible respect and preservation, he altered and transformed into a temple of his own, that he might call it the temple of the new Jupiter, the illustrious Gaius.
I’m not exactly sure what Caligula’s actions all mean at this point but, I hope sharing the information – which seems to me to have been obscured – can help you, my dear readers, put some pieces together.
Right now, my thinking is that Caligula’s actions took place in Daniel the Prophet’s 69th or 70th Week of Days(Years).
I made the mistake of putting a lot of energy into the at least half mundane and 100% thick book that is The Complete Works of Flavius Josephus. Skimming along the history of Rome in relation to the Jews, even on Wikipedia is probably a way better bet.
Please Note That from what I have read, a large chunk of the Prophecies of Daniel were fulfilled by the Greeks in The Books of the Maccabees. Also note that those books are not written in chronological order and that the Jews, to say it simply, do not count Daniel as a Prophet.