Is anyone else convinced that the most natural reading of Revelation suggests that Nero will come back to life and rule the world before Christ comes back? If so, then the idea that there will be a statue of him in Jerusalem that can speak and bewitch the world isn't so far fetched either. I think both of these are suggested by a "literal" reading of Revelation...or at least as literally as Revelation can be taken. It would also harmonize the strong points of preterism and premillennialism together into one coherent view of the tribulation...the reason that the NT so strongly suggests that Nero is the antichrist is because Nero both was and will be the antichrist. What he did to Christians and to Jerusalem leading up to 70 AD is but a foreshadowing of what he will do in the end times.