Plus, it’s reported Nero was called “beast” as he allegedly wrapped himself in animal skins. I heard that during his reign, ppl were given a mark on either their head or hand(gasp, shock, horror!) and only those could buy and/or sell(another gasp, shock, horror!), but I can’t find any info regarding this. But I’ll keep looking.
Not that I know of. I know you had to profess ceaser as Lord and bow or you could not buy or sellAnd he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.[Rev. 13:16-17]
Notice that the mark is not necessarily ‘666’ but the name of the beast as well. Does the beast have a literal name recorded in the Bible? Not that I’m aware of.
You know what it is; you're just playing games because you know you're stumped in providing historical proofs that the eschatological events have occurred, but you're too stubborn to admit that preterism is false.
And Paul said he would appear at least 2000 years later?
No! Paul said, "the man of sin/ mystery of iniquity" was already at work..."And NOW ye know what withhold that 'he' might be revealed in his time.
For the mystery of iniquity do 'already' work; only he who NOW let, will let until he be taken out of the way." 2 Thessalonians 2:6,7
Thus, Paul and the first century saints knew 'who' the man of sin was, and 'what' was holding him back... but chose not to record it.
If what it refers to in Revelation is future. If " what must soon take place" means what it says then it refers to the Herodian temple.
Nero fails to meet quite a few Scriptural criteria for the beast:
Yes, "throne" in the context it's used for in Scripture means rulership, not a literal chair. And God promised David his throne would endure FOR EVER. God re-iterated that promise in Jeremiah 33 as He was preparing to end Zedekiah's reign & dynasty, to assure Jerry that was NOT the end of Dave's throne. And that throne is still here on earth somewhere. There's a descendant of David's ruling over Israelis somewhere right now. That'll be the throne(rulership) Jesus will take over at His return.***sigh***
One does not have to literally set on the same exact throne to set on the throne. Solomon set upon a different throne than David did. Solomon assumed David’s throne, meaning he took authority of the Jews after David died, but he had his own throne. Jesus does not set upon the same exact throne David did. The language used means authority over ppl. Just as Nero exercised authority over the Jews, he set upon the throne.