Jerusalem, Rome, Revelation – John’s Apocalypse Written Before 70 A.D.

However, before Jerusalem expired, from her dying womb the Saviour first delivered the “New Jerusalem” of His Christian Church.   Matthew 24:8; Mark 13:8 f ; John 16:19-21; cf. First Thessalonians 5:3.   See too the 50-58 A.D. book of Galatians 4:4-6 & 4:21-26 (q.v.!); the 60-65 A.D. book of Matthew (23:1-37 to 24:34f); the 60-65 A.D. book of Mark (13:l-30f); and the 65-69 A.D. book of Luke (17:22-37 & 21:5-32f & 23:28-31).   Compare also the circa A.D. 66 Epistle to the Hebrews (8:4-12 & 9:25 & 10:11 &11:13-16 & 12:22f & 13:10-14); and the 68-69 A.D. book of Revelation (1:1-19 & 2:9-10 & 3:9-10 & 6:4-17 & 7:4-7 & 8:5-8f & 11:1,2,8 & 12:1-6 & 21:1-10 & & 22:16f).

The fulfilment of these predictions in the Bible, are clearly chronicled by the famous Non-Christian Judaistic Ancient Historian Josephus (A.D. 37-100f), in his work The Jewish War (II:13:2 to VI:9:4).   Writing between A.D. 75 and 79, this Pro-Roman Judaistic Scholar dramatically described the last terrible years of the old Jerusalem (64-70 A.D.).

First.   Jesus and Josephus both depicted the advent of false-prophets during the first century A.D.    Matthew 24:5,11,24 cf. Acts 5:36-39 & Second Peter 1:1 & 2:2,14,20 cf. Josephus’s Wars II:13:5.

Second.   Jesus seems to have predicted the bloody Jerusalem massacres, by the tyrannical Roman Gessius Florus who was Procurator there from A.D. 64 to 66.   And Josephus certainly describes the fulfilment of those events.   Wars II:14:2-9 & II:18:1-7 cf. Matthew 24:9-13 & Mark 13:12 & Luke 21:12-16.

Third.   Much bloodshed would occur at that time – throughout the then-known World of the Pagan Roman Empire.   Matthew 24:6f & Mark 13:13 & Revelation 2:9-10 & 3:9-10. Indeed, Josephus (Wars II:18:8 & III:14:1) relates its occurrence even:  in Britain during the early sixties (Wars II:16:4 & VI:6:2); in Egyptian Alexandria and throughout Palestinian Galilee from A.D. 66 to 67; and also again in Egypt and in Cyrene after the A.D. 74 ‘Passover Slaughter’ of the remaining Near-Eastern Jews at Masada in Judah (Wars VII:9:1 to VII:11:4).

Fourth.   From 66 A.D. onward, throughout Palestine and its coastal beaches and inland waters – the land was filled with fire; the ocean was turned into blood; dead bodies polluted the sea of Galilee; and 20,000 ungodly Edomites desolated the temple in Jerusalem. Josephus’s Wars III:4:1 to V:1:5, cf.  perhaps also Revelation 8:7-9.

Fifth.   From 66.5 to 70 A.D., the Roman Titus besieged Jerusalem for 3.5 years. Matthew 24:15f; Daniel 9:27 & 12:11; and Revelation 11:2f cf. Josephus’s Wars V:9:4.

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Sixth.   Horrible famines broke out, so that even cannibalism occurred.   Deuteronomy 28:53-57 & Matthew 24:7 & Mark 13:8 & Luke 21:23 & 23:28-29 & Revelation 6:5-8 cf. Josephus V:10:3 & VI:3-34.

Seventh.   The apostate Jews in Jerusalem and elsewhere were in fact the worst and most iniquitous generation of men, in 30 to 70 A.D., since the very beginning of the World itself.   Matthew 24:12-21 & 27:22-25 cf. Josephus’s Wars V:l0:5 & V:l1:l-2.   For, through their Roman tool, their Governor Pontius Pilate, they had even dared to crucify the Lord of glory.   Matthew 26:47-66f & 27:11-26 & Acts 2:22-23 & 4:26 29 & First Corinthians 2:8 & Revelation 2:9 & 3:9 cf. Josephus’s Antiquities XVIII:3:3-5.

Eighth.   Symbolic signs were to the seen in the clouds at the A.D. 66.5f time of God’s wrath against Jerusalem.   Matthew 24:29-30 & 26:64 cf. Josephus’s Wars VI:5:3.

Ninth.   Apostate Jews would then futilely hide in caves and among the rocks of the mountainous Jerusalem area.   Luke 23:28f & perhaps Revelation 6:15-17 cf. Josephus’s Wars VI:7:1f & VI:9:4.

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