The Jewish War
“…there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time” (Dan. 12:1, ESV throughout).
“…the war which the Jews made with the Romans hath been the greatest of all those, not only that have been in our times, but, in a manner, of those that ever were heard of; both of those wherein cities have fought against cities, or nations against nations…” (Josephus, Wars, Preface 1.1).
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“As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down” (Luke 21:6).
“…of ‘those great buildings’ that once stood there, there is ‘not left one stone upon another’ that has not been ‘thrown down’” (Alfred Edersheim, The Temple: Its Ministry and Services As They Were at the Time of Jesus Christ, [Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1997], 48).
The remaining “wailing wall” is only part of the platform on which the Temple stood, usually referred to as the Temple Mount. Today, the Dome of the Rock stands on the Temple Mount.
“…the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side” (Luke 19:43).
“Jesus said, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children’” (Luke 23:28).
“The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city” (Matt. 22:7).
“23Alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress upon the earth and wrath against this people. 24They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” (Luke 21:23-24).
Over one million died of starvation, famine or pestilence, or were killed by the Romans. Ninety-seven thousand were led away to become slaves or to be slaughtered in Roman arenas (Josephus, Wars 18.104.22.1680).
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