The timeline of the destruction of Jerusalem

In the three previous posts, I explained that when Jesus prophesied about the The Sign Of The Son Of Man In Heaven, he was speaking about His visible appearance in the clouds over Jerusalem at the time of its destruction. Just to recap, these are:

When The Lord Said He Would Come But Did Not Appear In The Flesh.

When Jesus Leads His Armies In The Invisible Realm – Without Making A Physical Appearance

In today’s post, I am exploring whether or not Jesus prophesied about the exact time of the destruction of Jerusalem. This is the destruction’s timeline:

SPRING AD 70

14 April 70 – Titus laid siege to Jerusalem.  It was during the Passover. Do you see  a match with 14 April 33?

10th May  70  – Titus’ assault troops attempt to destroy the newly built Third Wall with a ram.

25th May 70  – the Third wall gave way in all three locations and  legionaries scrambled up the crumbling walls to face the defenders, and eventually succeeded in opening the Jaffa Gate to the waiting Romans outside. The defenders were forced to flee behind the Second Wall — which dated back to 37 B.C.  The second wall was much higher and thicker than the Third.  Though it didn’t have as many towers as the Third, it incorporated the bastions of the Temple to the east and Herod’s Palace on the western side of the city.

30th May, 70 – Jerusalems’s Second Wall is breached five days after the Third Wall. Titus with picked troops recklessly enters the breach in the Second Wall and into a crowded market district, asking the citizens to surrender peacefully so as to preserve the city. But the Judean militatnts attack,  many soldiers are wounded, “and the entire invading force would probably have been annihilated, had not Titus come to their relief, covering them as the soldiers are forced back through the wall.

2nd June 70 – Titus again sent Josephus to negotiate for a surrender. During the month of June, Titus sealed in the inhabitants of the city by erecting a wall around it.

4th June 70 – the Romans finally master the Second Wall and raze its northern portion.

Early June (c. Artemesius 12) – Titus builds four embankments around the city to seal in the inhabitants

10th August 70 – the rebels set fire to the northwestern portico of the temple.  This corresponded exactly to the date of the destruction of the First Temple by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon (Chronology of the war according to Josephus – Part 7)

August 12 – 27 AD – The rebels continue to resist. There is great famine, death and murder  in the city as the inhabitants are set upon by their own villains.

29th August 70 – The Romans assault and withdraws, during which time a Roman soldier hurls a fiery torch at the Temple, setting it on fire. Roman sacrifices are performed in the Temple, fulfilling the prophecies of Daniel and Jesus about the abomination of desolation.

26th September (Gorpiaeus/Elul 8) – The Romans now commanded the whole city, planted standards on the walls, looted and burnt the city. All of the people in Jerusalem were either enslaved or killed and the leaders of the revolt captured. The walls of Jerusalem, the whole city and Temple were torn to the ground, leaving only the tallest towers and a small portion of the wall on the west. An estimated 1,000, 000 perished during the siege. 

AD 70 marked a 7th year from the birth of Christ and was marked in Heaven as a Shemitah because there is a Dividing of  Times, according to Prophet Daniel. As a result of the Dividing of Times, there is a matching and mapping of time between Creation and the Birth of Christ 

Source: Matching Events In Human History With Patterns Revealed In Archangel Gabriel’s 70 Year Countdown.  

The fall, destruction and exile of the Jewish nation on 26th September (Gorpiaeus/Elul 8) AD 70 cannot therefore be overlooked as coincidental.  So were the Words of the Lord Jesus fulfilled.

Jerusalem Siege 70 on Prayer and Praise Power Ministries

Source: Chronology of the war according to Josephus – Part 7 by  G. J. Goldberg

Did Jesus prophecy the timeline of the destruction?

Yes He gave the time span in the Parable of the Fig Tree as the time of the budding of the leaves to the time of the harvesting of the two crops. A reference from the International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia shows how the Parable of the Fig Tree is to be interpreted.

First, fig trees begin to produce young leaves in April – the siege began on April 14th at the Passover.

Secondly, two crops are harvested annually as the fruit ripen in June and August, with the last crop being the most important.

What key events happened in June and August of AD 70? 

a. June was the time that the Romans began to reap the rewards of their four year siege. They destroyed northern portion of the Second Wall and sealed in the city so that no one could escape.

b. In August – The northwestern portico of the temple was destroyed and the “abomination of desolation” took place because the Romans performed sacrifices in the Temple.

August was also the period when the inhabitants experienced the greatest tribulation.   The second crop of figs was therefore harvested according to the Lord’s prophecy.  

32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

3Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled – Matthew 24

And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees

When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand (Luke 21: 29 & 30)  – This is the parallel in Luke

Source: The mystery of the Shemitah 

Jesus referred prophetically to Israel as a fig tree

When we follow the Greek usage for fig tree in Matthew 24, our eyes (mine indeed) are opened to see that Jesus prophetically referred to Israel as an unproductive fig tree. The Lord was hungry for their worship and found none. However, He knew that it was not the time of the fig tree. The Gentiles had to be brought into the fold. In one parable, the Lord even blasted the Jewish leaders for refusing to repent during His three year ministry: 

He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree G4808 planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.

Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, G4808 and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? (Luke 13: 16 & 17)

The Lord warned the disciples to watch and pray always in order to escape

Modern day disciples, faced with an uprising of aggression, must also watch and pray for deliverance from the evils of the times. We must also pray for and agitate for our brethren who are persecuted in other lands. Thank God for the American Center for Law and Justice:

Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass (Luke 21: 36)

RELATED READINGS

Why the Almighty Caused Jerusalem and His Temple to be Destroyed

Wars between the Jews and Romans: The destruction of Jerusalem AD 70

Chronology of the war according to Josephus – Part 7

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