Tenth. Well over a million apostate Jews would then be slaughtered, and rather less than a hundred thousand would survive – in abject misery. Josephus’s Wars VI:9:3 cf. Matthew 24:21.
Eleventh. It was God Who then condemned those apostate Jews. Matthew 23:34f & 24:2f & Luke 21:20-22 & First Thessalonians 2:14 cf. Josephus’s Wars V:13:4-6 & VI:2:1.
Twelfth. The Judaists’ temple in Jerusalem was consequently burned to the ground, as a manifestation of God’s wrath against them. Daniel 9:26-27 & Matthew 23:37-38 & 24:2,15,27 cf. Josephus’s Wars VI:4:5-7 & VI :6:3.
Thirteenth. The remnant of the apostate Jews captured, was banished and enslaved by the hated Romans. Deuteronomy 28:41f & 28:63-68 & Malachi 4:6 & Luke 21:24 cf. Josephus’s Wars VI:5:1f & VI:8:2.
Finally, the 70 A.D. destruction of the apostate Jews was itself the last ‘Passover Sacrifice’ of God’s holy covenantal wrath. First Thessalonians 2:14-16 cf. Josephus’s Wars VI:9:3-4. A few Jewish sicarii or assassins did escape the holocaust of 70 A.D. But even they were soon utterly extinguished right down to the very last man just a further 3.5 years later, at Masada, by the Pagan Romans on Good Friday in A.D. 74. Josephus’s Wars VII:9:1.
Thus, within one forty-year-long generation of Christ’s predictions before A.D. 35 – all of these things came to pass. Why did God permit all of this? As the Non-Christian Judaistic Historian Josephus himself testified around 93 A.D. (in his Antiquities XVIII:3:3-5):
“Jesus [was] a wise man…, a doer of wonderful works – a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure…. He was Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men among us, had condemned Him to the cross – those that loved Him at the first,
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did not forsake Him. For He appeared to them alive, again, the third day [after He died] – as the divine Prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning Him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from Him, are not extinct, at this day….
“Sad calamity, put the [Judaistic] Jews into disorder…. Thus were these Jews banished out of the wicked city” – out of the city of Rome by Tiberias (and subsequently by Claudius). Yet later, during the A.D. 63-70 Jewish War, explained Josephus (Wars VII:3:1 & VII:4:2), the Roman General “Titus…solemnized the birthday of his brother” Domitian, while his father Emperor “Vespasian was around Alexandria and Titus laid siege to Jerusalem…. Caesar Domitian was made acquainted with it,” and “returned to Rome with honour and glory.”
What remarkable statements from a Historian who lived at the time of the above events – especially when remembering that this Josephus was a Non-Christian Judaist and a friend of the evil Emperor Nero’s Jewish wife the wicked Poppaea (who got Nero to protect Judaism but, according to Renan, to persecute Christians)! See Josephus’s Life 3 and Antiquities XX:8:11 & XX:11:1, and The Times Historians’ History of World 2:175-77 (London 1908).
Nor were the Judaist Josephus’s remarks about Christ and Christians unique. For they are corroborated not only by contemporaneous Christian documents such as the Gospels of Matthew and Mark and Luke and John, and by predictions in First Thessalonians and the Epistle to the Hebrews and the book of Revelation. But they are further supported by Pagan Roman Historians of that time, such as Tacitus and Suetonius.
Suetonius wrote in his book The Twelve Caesars (5:10,17,21,25) that “because the Jews at Rome caused continuous disturbances at the instigation of Chrestos” – probably meaning the followers of the deceased “Chrestos” or Christus alias Christ – the A.D. 41-54 Pagan Roman Emperor Claudius “expelled them from the city” of Rome. Cf. Acts 18:2. And during the reign of Claudius’s successor the Pagan Roman Emperor Nero (A.D. 54-68), added Suetonius (op. cit. 6:16,18,24), “punishments were also inflicted on the ‘Christ-ians’ – a sect professing a new and mischievous religious belief.” At that same time, “in Judaea [the Pagan Roman General] Vespasian consulted the God of Carmel…. Also a distinguished Jewish prisoner of Vespasian’s – Josephus by name – insisted that he [Josephus] would soon be released by the very man [Vespasian] who had now put him in fetters and who would then become Emperor” (op. cit. 10:5-8).