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Was Jerusalem Totally Destroyed in 70 A.D.?

The author of the book of Luke wrote how some individuals talked about the temple, which was at Jerusalem, and how it was adorned (decorated) with goodly (precious) stones, etc... (Luke 21: 5). After this, Jesus said, "As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down." (Luke 21: 6) (Read also Matt. 24: 1 - 2.). Luke 21: 5 mentions the temple. However, Jesus stated, "As for these things which ye behold (see)...", which is plural. According to Dr. Meyer and other researchers this not only refers to the temple and its buildings, but it carries beyond the temple area. It includes Jerusalem as well. See Daniel 9: 26, Luke 19: 42 - 44, 21: 20 - 23, and the first part of verse 24. Matthew 24: 1 mentions the buildings of the temple, but, I believe, it included the temple also, which Jesus and His followers left shortly before this. And, once again, this prophecy includes Jerusalem. It included all of Jerusalem, for that is what was destroyed.

At that point Jesus stops talking about the destruction of the temple, and so forth. His followers asked Him, saying, "...Master, but when shall these things be? (the destruction of the temple and its buildings) and what sign will there be when these things (the destruction of Jerusalem, the temple, etc...) shall come to pass (Luke 21: 7)? Then Jesus began to tell those who were with Him the signs which point to His return. They are as follows: deception, false christs, wars and commotions, nation rising against nation, kingdom against kingdom, great earthquakes, famines, pestilences. Then, oddly enough, Jesus came back to the original topic, the destruction of the temple and its buildings, etc.... He does this by saying, "But before all these..." (those signs of Jesus' return), then He went on saying the things He did concerning the destruction of the temple and Jerusalem. See Luke 21: 12 - 19. But, the main part of the prophesy is found in Luke 21: 20 - 23, and the first part of verse 24. And that is what will take place before those signs, which point to Jesus' coming in the Rapture, could happen. These signs (the beginning of sorrows) are taking place in our present day.

Do remember, once the tribulation period (the 70th week of Daniel) begins, there will be no need for the signs in Matthew 24 or Luke 21 to take place. For the people who find themselves in that period, the tribulation period, will see the 7 seals, the 7 trumpets, and in due time, the 7 vial judgments taking place.

Jerusalem and the temple, and its buildings, were destroyed in 70 A.D. when Titus, the Roman General, and his armies invaded the city of Jerusalem. They leveled the city.

Neither the temple, for which plans are in the making to rebuild, nor all of Jerusalem, will be destroyed before, during, or after the tribulation period. Water will flow from that newly built temple (of the 70th week of Daniel) when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to earth, to reign for 1000 years. (Read my manuscript called "The Temple and Jerusalem Would Be Destroyed Before Those End Time Signs Could Take Place".).


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