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More Thoughts about the Destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem in 70 AD

More Thoughts about the Destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem in 70 AD
by Frank J Manasseri

First of all I would like to draw your attention to Matthew 23:34-36 (KJV)

Matthew 23:34-36(KJV)
34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
35 That upon you may come all the righteous bloodshed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

Jesus of Nazareth does not seem to be referring to a future group of religious leaders of a future generation when He tells them that all the righteous blood that was shed upon earth from Abel to the present will come upon them and their generation.

Matthew 23:36 (KJV)
Verily I say unto you, all these things shall come upon this generation.

Notice in verse 36 the phase, “shall come upon this generation.”

In the past Jesus had referred to the Temple as “His Father’s House,” however in verse 38 it seems to me that Christ transfers ownership of the Temple away from His Father, and refers to the Temple and the Nation of Israel as “your house is left unto you desolate.”

In Matthew 24 Christ prophesied of the destruction of the Temple. Jesus continues to warn the Apostles of the impending doom that will come upon this generation of the Nation of Israel as a whole. History reports the desolation of Jerusalem and the Jewish temple which occurred in 70 AD. In the writings of Josephus, a Jewish historian, the records of the siege and destruction were written in graphic detail and still may be read today in the “Jewish Wars.” http://www.sacred-texts.com/jud/josephus/war-5.htm

Jesus also instructs the disciples of what to look for as a sign of when to leave the city of Jerusalem with haste. Josephus reports because the Hebrew Christians were forewarned by Jesus, none of them were harmed by the Roman Army under Titus.

Evidently because of these accounts Jesus was referring to the very generation in which these things occurred and not some long off future generation thousands of years from the first century.

Now fast forward to Matthew 24:34(KJV)
“Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”

Once again Jesus emphasizes that He was referring to the present generation and not another in the future. The destruction of the Temple would occur in the very generation in which they were living.

Another clue that Christ was referring to His own present generation is in Luke 23 when He spoke to the women while on His way to be crucified.

Luke 23:38(KJV)
But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.

The Roman Catholic Church has preserved what is known as the “Stations of the Cross.” There are 14 “Stations of the Cross” of which the eighth Station is known as “Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stations_of_the_Cross

Could it be Jesus was referring to the impending doom of Israel when He spoke to the women? Christ seems to have known that the children of the women of Jerusalem would suffer through a period of destruction and desolation the likes of which the world had never experienced before.

Matthew 15-21 (KJV)
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

This was not the only time Jesus prophesied of the destruction of the Temple and the city. Another time Christ spoke of this coming disaster was when He was entering into Jerusalem on a donkey:

Luke 19:43-44 (KJV)
43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,

44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

Now let’s look at the extended period of God’s Grace and Mercy towards Israel as recorded in Daniel:

Daniel 9:24-27 (KJV)
24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

According to many commentaries the seventy weeks in Daniel equals 490 years. Therefore this verse in Daniel 9:24 could read “Four Hundred Ninety Years” are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

Could this be the time period God had extended His Grace and Mercy upon the Nation of Israel as a whole to have an opportunity to repent and finally accept the Messiah?

Another thing to consider is the Lord’s answer to Peter when asked, “Lord how many times do I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Seven times?”

Mathew 18:21 and 22 (KJV)
21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Jesus said, “Seventy times Seven” or 490. Could it be Jesus was referring to the 490 years mentioned in Daniel that Israel was given to repent and be forgiven by accepting Christ as their Messiah? It seems if they had accepted Him as Messiah the Kingdom would have been established.

Daniel 9:24 (KJV)
Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

Selah!

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I Have a Dream

I have a Dream!
It is a Kingdom Dream.
It is a Kingdom of God dream.

One day in the future there will not be any boundaries that separate us on this planet, for our world will be one, with One global benevolent and loving leader, who will meet all of the needs of all the people.

I have a dream that one day there will be a kingdom of God and there will be:

No more governments
No more elections.
No more voting.
No More Presidents, Kings, Dictators or Tyrants.
No more Congress.
No More Supreme Court.
No more War.
No more sickness
No more poverty
No more hunger
No more slavery
No more sexism
No more child molestation.
No More human trafficking.
No more racial or any other type of discrimination of any kind
No more injustice.
No more oppression.

OH! I forgot to mention. . .No more man made religions!

One day the earth will have true peace and its inhabitants will live as one!

I have a dream!

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True Christianity

I have a dream that one day Christians will rise up and allow the Christ in them to work His work wherever, and whenever, and to whomever He energizes them to go into action. This to me is the definition of True Christianity!

No degress or credentials needed for this type of Christianity.

Today, we seem to have too many credentialed, pedigreed, and passionless Pastors, or imposters in pulpits rather than the real deal. To some of these people, the sign of the times of Christianity is evidently all about Ministry building, or Church plants on many different Campuses. You know, “One Church in Many Locations.”

I used to tell a Pastor of a chuch I once attended that we (Christians) need to “get out of the seats and into the streets.”

Millions of dollars have been spent on TV, Radio, and Endless Programs. Meanwhile, real needs get missed, but certain churches are full to the brim, and wanting more membership as they see this as success. To these folks it is the number of altar call responses, memberships, TV and Radio Ministry following, Books and CD’s of teachings sold. Why some of these “Christian” TV Broadcast Ministries even have fund raising events similar to “PBS” to raise even more money.

Most of todays gospel message no longer pricks the heart, but has degraded into offering polite altar calls, and so-called decisions being made to join the church. To these, this is counted as success.

I know Pastors who have told me that while at seminary they were warned to not drive people away by mentioning the Blood of Christ, or have too strong of a gospel message.They need to be “seeker friendly.”

What is the result of this apple pie and ice cream gospel? The result is an anemic church with the possibility of many members thinking they are saved, but in reality are not. They are just another member of a nice smiley church, with all the Bless You, Bless You, Bless You.

Todays Christianity has mostly become a real money-maker for some of these men and women who live “high on the hog” so to speak. Gratefully not all of these Clergy are this way, but there seems to be a majority in todays Pulpits that are of this sort.

How do I know this?

Wheres the fruit?

Where is the maturing of the individuals within the so-called body of Christ?

Jesus told us. ” by their fruits ye shall know them.” I have seen some putrified fruits hanging from some of these type of indivdiuals. It is a plain fact that some of the nastiest folks in the world are proud church goers. They will screw you with with a kind smile and a God bless you, without batting an eye. These things aught not be!

What image of Christ are these types displaying to the world. No wonder why statistics are revealing that there are over 46 million people in the USA alone that refer to themselves as Christians, but never darken the doors of any churches. I call them “Christians in a Self-Imposed Exile.”

I beieve the time is near when the world once again will witness what true Christianty is all about. A Christianity that will turn the world upside down or actually right side up. One day they will see genuine followers of Christ who are spiritually grown up , and the faithful will finally become the church (ecclesia) that Jesus Christ initiated when He said “upon this rock I will build my church (ecclesia).”

By the way, the Rock was not Peter or some denomination. The Rock is the words of the revealtion from the Father that was given to Peter, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” This is the Rock. This is the church built upon the Rock that will one day rise up to glory.

Let His Church (ecclesia) rise up and show the world through the compasonate actions of our daily lives, on the streets so to speak, because it dosen’t seem to be working from the comfortable church theater seats, with air conditioning, surround sound, and the theatrical lighting of a building that looks more like a million dollar television studio than a practical place where citizens of the kindom of God come to congregate and are blessed by the sharing of the “Rema” word of God from a Minister that is truly on fire from the Lord.

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