priesthood, which exercised enormous influence in Palestine, to replace the factionalized and discredited Sadducean priesthood that had previously dominated the Jewish community.
By 49 A.D., the hegemony of the Judeo-Christians in the Jewish community caused Emperor Claudius to order the expulsion of the Jews from Rome. Since the year 42 A.D., both St. Peter and Philo had been in collaboration in Rome, teaching among the Jews and Gentiles alike. In 44 A.D., Philo actually spoke to the assembled Roman Senate to denounce the deposed cultist Emperor Caligula for his crimes against humanity. Together, it can be surmised, St. Peter and Philo exercised enormous influence over the Roman Jewish community, With Claudius's expulsion order against the Jews in 49, St. Peter was forced to flee for his life, and the Empire instituted emergency steps to prevent the non-Jewish population of the city from being infected with the JudeoChristian message of the "Kingdom of God."
Immediately following this incident, the rumbling of war could be heard from Palestine.
In the view of the Roman-Egyptian death cult apparatus and the political secret societies that it controlled, the Empire's Jews had become far too dangerous for the continued symbiosis of the uneasy coalition between the federation of official Roman cults and the Jewish temple priesthood. Despite their eager and pathetic collaboration with the Roman empire, the Sadducees of Jerusalem soon found themselves under attack.
Following an incident that resulted in clashes between the Roman Army and the Jews, a civil war broke out in Palestine. It is important to stress here that the fighting that began the war was between two Jewish factions, the first being the Sadducees who urged that a submissive peace be made with Rome and the second the Zealots, the "war party," who quickly seized control of the temple. The palace of the High Priest was then seized by the fanatic Zealots, and the High Priest was assassinated. The traditional temple sacrifices to the Roman order were halted, and the Zealots raised up a militia against the imminent Roman invasion. The Rebellion had begun.