Truth, Understanding, Insight

This Generation 1967 - 2007

12th June 2007, seh, mgh


2) Prediction of the destruction of Jerusalem 70 CE

In Luke 21: 6-7 Yahshua prophesies to the people that the Temple in Jerusalem would be destroyed. When he was asked when this would happen by his disciples, he replies that many would claim to be the Messiah. However, before he would be revealed as their true Messiah and saviour of Israel, many things had to happen, such as wars and natural disasters. (Luke 21: 8-11)

Before these calamities, the Jews in Israel living at that time would face oppression (Luke 21:12-19). Those who trusted him and took heed to his warning would recognise the signs and know that when Jerusalem was surrounded by armies they should flee. Josephus (37-101 A.D) records the lull in the battle that allowed people to flee when the Romans attacked Jerusalem 70CE.

Luke 21: 21 clearly gives the warning that if they are to survive they must flee from Jerusalem when they saw the occupying Roman army moving their forces against Jerusalem. According to Josephus, in the historical records of the time, faithful Jews were really given the signs of impending trouble in 66CE when the Jews rioted against Roman rule, which was forcibly suppressed by the Romans.

Yahshua then reminds them that the prophets of Israel had long ago foretold of the desolation of Israel and fall of Jerusalem (Luke 21:22-23). At that time many would be killed, but those that survived would be scattered among the nations, again as prophesied by their prophets (Luke 21: 24).

Also in Luke 21:24 there is a most significant statement which tells them and us, that from that time, 70CE, Jerusalem would no longer be controlled by Jews, it would be taken over by other nations, the Gentiles, UNTIL the times of the Gentiles was ended, or fulfilled.

And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. (Luke 21:24)

Times of the national struggles over Jerusalem

History has proved the truth of this prophecy. Jerusalem has been a scene of conflict, passing from the control of the Romans to the Byzantine Empire, the Muslims and Saracens, the Ottomans and to the British mandate of the twentieth century after WW1 when the Turks were driven out of Palestine as it was then called.

The Jews since 70CE have been scattered throughout the world living in many nations, often under difficult conditions, oppression and persecution. A tiny remnant of Jews have had a presence in their traditional homeland continuously, which was boosted by refugees fleeing Russian pogroms in the late 1800's. Hitler's anti-Semitism and the Holocaust were to create a Jewish refugee problem that had to be addressed by the United Nations.

In 1948 Israel was once again established as a nation in part of their original homeland. In 1967 following attacks by the combined forces of the Arab nations, which greatly outnumbered the Israeli force, Israel gained control of more territory and complete control of Jerusalem including the old walled city.