Mark Zaveson sent me an e-mail this week that centered on a discussion concerning the Bible and the accuracy of the scriptures. The authorâ€™s intent was to review and promote a book whose author attacked the common historical revisionism that is around concerning Jesus specifically and the Bible in general.
“In your patience possess your souls. But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies then know that its desolation is near. Then let those in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her.”
Jesus stated that after the persecutions of those disciples would have begun, when they were to see the bad guys heading over to lay siege to Jerusalem — they should get out of town. He plainly says, “…let not those in the country enter (Jerusalem).” This was a warning.
Why did Jesus warn the apostles?
“For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.”
What “all things which are written may be fulfilled” was he talking about? If Jesus was talking to them about end times, of what value was that to those present?Â How did that answer their questions? More important, where are such things as end time warnings written about in the OT? Unfortunately, it seems they’re not, unless you modify the context of the prophet’s language there as some would do here with Luke 21 and Matthew 24. Rather, the end of the Jewish age seems to be the only reasonable explanation to the text and in what was soon to be fulfilled in the signs (both here and in those that are found throughout the OT).
“But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”
This seems especially directed at the fall of Jerusalem and Judah beginning in AD 70, when the Jews burned the Temple and Jerusalem and the Romans destroyed both; and ending in 135 when the Temple and the city was razed for the last time. And the Romans – those Gentiles of record of that day, literally tore the walls down and plowed up the Temple hill. Jerusalem has certainly not been the same since.
When the genealogical records were destroyed in 70 AD that meant that the Jews in time would not be able to tell the priest’s, and particularly, the high priest’s family and bloodline from that of the local street vendor’s. They had a long time prior made a mockery of the sacrifices and no longer even had a true high priest when these events were predicted and later when they transpired. They had already ceased to be the collective people of God.