Johanna Brandt writes about the history of Christianity in her book, “The Millennium.”
She writes that Paul met his fate under the reign of Nero, a man who was known for his hatred of Christians and used them around his garden as human torches. Nero caused more deaths to the Christians than any other Emperor. He also imprisoned the Christians without food and water both men, women and children. When these Godly people didn’t forsake Jesus Christ they were murdered in secret, then in public to display their suffering as a way to humiliate them. But, Nero wasn’t able to destroy Christianity, the people dispersed and kept only spreading God’s words.
“In Nero’s vast gardens (The present place of St. Peter’s, in Rome) public festivals were organized on a gigantic scale. There the nightly illuminations consisted of bonfires of Christian men and women; and little children, rolled in pitch, served as living torches to light the weird procession of new victims. Christians sewn up in the skins of bears and tigers, and saturated with oil, were set ablaze and let loose among the crowds, who shrieked with joy and fear at the sight of the grotesque forms in flames, careering on their hinds legs and pawing wildly in the air. At Nero’s carnivals he himself acted as charioteer in the circus games, in which were used instead of animals. These incredible horrors were succeeded by public exhibitions in the amphitheaters, where armed Christians met their deaths in encounters with infuriated bulls and other wild beasts.”
Then came the triumph of the Church under the rule of Constantine, who had visions of God:
“There has never been the slightest doubt in history of these visions, and Eusebius, the great church historian and friend of Constantine, declares that he had the story of the heavenly token from his own lips, while Lactantius describes the visions of the night at length.
The God of the persecuted Christians had revealed Himself to Constantine as the only God, and to his service Constantine then and there dedicated his life. He had the sign of the cross placed on his helmet and on his soldiers shields. A banner adorned with the same token preceded the small army in the unequal contest, and he achieved marvelous victories in Italy, until Maxentius, the mighty ruler, lost his life in the decisive battle at Pons Milvious, on October 28, 312 A.”