Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Jesus’ Prophecy about the Roman Destruction of Jerusalem

Jesus’ Prophecy about the Roman Destruction of Jerusalem

Here is the prophecy Jesus made as he tearfully approached Jerusalem,

“How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace.

But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes.

Before long your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you from every side. They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not accept your opportunity for salvation.”

-Luke 19:41–44 (NLT)

According to the dating of Luke’s letter to Theophilus, this was a very vivid, very specific, very closely fulfilled, very radical, very emotional prophecy.

Three thoughts-

  1. The destruction of Jerusalem, which Jesus originally made in about 33AD, 37 years after spoken was fulfilled in the remembrance of his followers.
  2. This destruction of the Temple ended the sacrificial system, because it was no longer necessary. The sacrificial system met it’s intent & was completed in Christ. In fact, there is still no sacrificial system today.
  3. In case you are skeptical & believe this may have been added later by Luke, Luke’s Gospel was written between 58-65AD. The later date would place it 5 years before the destruction of Jerusalem & the surrounding area by the Romans.

This is a good example of the Bible/Jesus putting itself on the line. This happened, and just as Jesus said it would. Be encouraged, God knows the future and He knows you. If you are a child of God (believer in Jesus), then He is doing a good work in your life.