The Olivet Discourse and the Destruction of Jerusalem in Prophecy

 the "fullness of the Gentiles" themselves has become "blessed" — during the course of Church History.   Romans 11:25-32. 

     O Christian!   It seems there is a day still coming, when the presently-antichristian Leaders of the Israelitic Nation shall yet call Jesus 'blessed.'  This they will yet do — even as Christ's Own Disciples did, centuries ago — when He entered into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, riding upon an ass right before Calvary.3053    

     For Jesus' undying love for Jerusalem and her People — to be expressed through the Historic Christian Church — shall yet win the Jews.   Indeed, the christianization of the Jewish People will yet come about — as a result of the patient testimony of loving Christian Missionaries who compass land and sea to turn the Israelites away from being children of Hell, and into becoming children of God alias Christians. 

     So on, then, Christian soldiers!   Onward, toward the christianization of all Peoples — and therefore also of the Jewish People.   Onward, toward the conversion of the whole World!   Onward, to victory!    _____________________________________________ 

3039.  Mt. 23:13.     3040.  Mt. 23:1-3.     3041.  Mt. 23:13.     3042.  Mt. 23:15,30,43.     3043.  Jn. 8:44.     3044.  I Jn. 3:8-10.    3045.  Mt. 23:31-36.    3046.  Acts 7:57f & Jn. 21:18f cf. II Pet. 1:13-15.     3047.  Acts 13:50 to 14:19.   3048.  Gen. ch. 4 cf. Heb. 12:24.     3049.  Cf. II Chr. 24:20-22.      3050.  Mt. 12:33; I Th. 2:14-16 cf. I Cor. 2:8.      3051.  Ezek. 16:20f; Mt. 23:2,13-27 cf. 24:1-3,15,28 and Dan. 9:27 & 11:31 & 12:11.   Cf. too our studies for July 22 & Aug. 4 and nn. 3840f & 3055.    3052.  Mt. 23:37-39 to 24:1-3 cf. 21:9 & 27:62-66 & 28:11-14 & Acts 4:8-12 & Ps. 118:5-26 & Rom. 11:12-15,26-32 & II Cor. 3:13-18 and nn. 2925-42            & 3051.   Perhaps Mt. 23:39b was also at  least partly fulfilled in Acts 6:7b!      3053.  Cf. our study for July 28.            ______________________________________________    



Luke 21                                                                                      August 4  

"When you shall see Jerusalem surrounded with armies — then know that its desolation is nigh….  For these be days of vengeance!  Then they [the Israelites] shall be led away captive, unto all Nations.   And Jerusalem  shall be trodden down by the Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles be fulfilled."3054  

     In the Gospel according to Luke,3054 the Saviour gives us more details about the desolation of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.   We have already seen that this event was prophesied in the Gospel according to Matthew.3055   But now we need to see it also from Luke's perspective. 

      First.   Luke tells us Jesus specified the time of Jerusalem's destruction.   It would coincide with that of the desolation of her temple.3054    

     Explained Jesus to His first-century Disciples: "When you shall see Jerusalem surrounded with [the Roman General Titus’s] armies — then know that its desolation is nigh!   Then let those who are in Judaea, flee to the mountains; and let those who are in her midst, depart from her!   And do not let them who are in the country-places (choorais), enter into her!"3054 

     Very clearly, the above-mentioned desolation of the temple3055 — refers to the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., at the hands of the Romans less than four decades or within one generation after Jesus' death.   Even the great Judaistic Historian Flavius Josephus corroborated this, around 75 A.D.3056 

     Second.   The time of Jerusalem's pending destruction — was to be a time of prophesied vengeance.   "For those are the days of vengeance — so that all things which have been written, may be fulfilled."3057 

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