These Easily Verifiable Prophecies Have All
Happened—Which Means the End Is Near
Jerusalem & the Temple to Be Destroyed
When Jesus approached Jerusalem for the last time, he uttered a prophecy that made him weep:
"But as he came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep. '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 recognize it when God visited you.'" (Luke 19:41-44 NLT).
So the Lord indicates that the reason for this judgment that will be coming from the hands of the Romans is that the nation of Israel did not respond recognize that he was really their God and Messiah. Later in the week, when the Jesus was teaching the disciples about the end times, he offered more details about what was going to happen to their nation:
“And when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you will know that the time of its destruction has arrived... For there will be disaster in the land and great anger against this people. They will be killed by the sword or sent away as captives to all the nations of the world. And Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles until the period of the Gentiles comes to an end." (Luke 21:19,23-24 NLT).
Destruction of the Temple. Notice that he says they will be killed by the sword or sent captive to all of the nations of the world until the period of Gentile domination over their land had ended. Everything Jesus predicted happened just as he said it would. Those predictions were literally fulfilled in A.D. 66-70 when the Romans sacked Jerusalem and destroyed the Jewish temple, sending most of the Jews into exile. The Romans commemorated the destruction of the temple on their Arch of Titus where the image of a golden candlestick was clearly etched in stone (see the photo).
Predictions About Israel's Future & Return
Even before Jesus' time, the Hebrew prophets had predicted the Jewish diaspora. For about 2,000 years the Jews would be exiled from the promised land which God had given to them. After the proper time had elapsed, they would be literally compelled to return to their ancient land. The remaking of Israel as a nation is one of the most incredible supernatural displays of God's power in our era. Nothing like this has ever happened before, that a nation would be resurrected after being out of existence for so long. This is a modern prophetic miracle (still in the making).
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