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The Temple and Jerusalem Would Be Destroyed Before Those Signs Could Take Place

Herod's temple was destroyed in 70 A.D., and so was Jerusalem. (Read Dan. 9: 26, Luke 19: 42 - 44, 21: 20 - 23, and the first part of verse 24.). This destruction, according to Jesus in Luke 21: 12, would take place before the signs of Luke 21: 8 - 11 could happen. Those signs, according to Matthew 24: 8, are the beginning of sorrows. They are as follows: deception, false christs, earthquakes, famines, pestilences, wars and rumors of wars, nation rising against nation, kingdom against kingdom, and so forth. These signs began to increase at the time of the First World War. After Jesus gave a list of those signs He said, "But before all these...", (referring to those signs,) He then began to tell the people who were with Him what would take place, namely, the destruction of the temple (Luke 21: 5 - 6, 21 - 23, and the first part of verse 24), and so forth. This would be destroyed in 70 A.D., though Jesus did not give them the date when it would happen. (Read also Matt. 24: 1 - 3, 4 - 7.). The temple will then be rebuilt in the first half of the tribulation period (the 70th week of Daniel). See my manuscript called "Was Jerusalem Totally Destroyed in 70 A.D.?". Zechariah 14: 2 is referring to the enemy soldiers who will fight in The War Against Jerusalem right before Jesus returns to earth (Rev. 19: 11, 21). Zechariah tells us "...the city (of Jerusalem) shall be taken...", but it does not say it is destroyed. The city will be partially destroyed, but not totally. Zechariah also mentions, "...half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue (remnant) of the people shall not be cut off from the city.". Therefore, not all of the city of Jerusalem will be destroyed. Then, in the next few verses, we see the Lord fighting for His people as He comes back to earth (Zech. 14: 3, 4 - 5, Acts 1: 8 - 12). As Jesus returns to earth, and His feet touch down on the Mount of Olives, there will be an earthquake. The Mount will split in two and waters will begin to flow from under the threshold (Ezek. 47: 1). They will come out of the sanctuary of the temple (Ezek. 47: 12). (See also Zech. 14: 4 - 8, Joel 3: 18, Ezek. 47: 1 - 12.).


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