The Olivet Discourse and the Destruction of Jerusalem in Prophecy

     God would visit vengeance on the city and its evil anti-christian inhabitants — so that upon Jerusalem "may come all the righteous blood shed upon the Earth from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zachariah son of Barachiah, whom you [anti-christian Scribes and Pharisees]3058 slew between the temple and the altar.   Truly I tell you, all these things shall come upon this generation!    

    "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem; you who keep on killing the Prophets!" — sighed Jesus.   "Behold, your House [of prayer]3055 is being left desolate to you!"3055 — He added. 

     "Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple.  So His Disciples came to Him, in order to show Him the buildings of the temple.    

     "But Jesus said to them: 'Do you not see all these things?   Truly, I tell you — not one stone shall here be left standing upon another, which shall not be thrown down…. 

     "'Therefore when you shall see the abomination of desolation spoken about by Daniel the Prophet3056 standing in the holy place — whoever reads, let him understand! — then let those who are in Judaea, flee to the mountains!'"3054   For indeed, "'wherever the carcase is — there will the eagles be gathered together.'"3055    

     That is to say, the apostate Israelites would be destroyed — when in A.D. 70 the "eagles" alias the military insignia of the pagan Roman Armies would be erected in the outskirts of Jerusalem.   For then, like a swarm of ritually-unclean vultures, the Roman legions would swoop down — to rip up the carrion of the decomposing carcase of Jerusalem's dying Judaism. 

     

      Third.   The time of Jerusalem's pending destruction, would be one of almost complete genocide for the Nation of Israel.   Warned Jesus: "Woe to those who are pregnant, and to those who suckle babies, in those days!   For there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this People!"3057 

     Jesus could truly say to the wailing women, while on His Own way to the cross: "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me!   But weep for yourselves, and for your children!   For behold, the days are coming [in a few decades], in which they [your children] shall say: 'Blessed are the barren, and the wombs which never bore babies — and the breasts which never gave suck!'    

     "Then they shall begin to say to the mountains 'Fall on us!' and to the hills 'Cover us!'   For if they do these things to a green tree — what shall be done to the dry?"3058   That is to say, if Jerusalem's inhabitants crucify the "green tree" alias the spiritually-alive Jesus Christ — what shall be done to the spiritually-dead "dry" wood of the Christ-rejecting Jerusalem Judaists in 70 A.D.?   Is "dry" wood  not deadwood, and fit only for the fire? 

     Christ Himself then answered His Own question as to what shall be done to the dry deadwood.  By that, He meant the Judaists.  He said that, in 70 A.D., "they shall fall by the edge of the sword — and 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….   And there shall be signs….  For the powers of Heaven shall be shaken.   And then, they shall see the Son of man coming on a cloud — with power and great glory."3054 

     The order of these prophesied events, is clear.   That, in turn, helps us better to understand their character.   After first understanding when, we can better understand what. 

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