MUSINGS – November 22, 2018


Mark 13:1-6
As Jesus was going out of the temple courtyard, one of his disciples said to him, “Teacher, look at these huge stones and these beautiful buildings!” Jesus said to him, “Do you see these large buildings? Not one of these stones will be left on top of another. Each one will be torn down.” As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives facing the temple buildings, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will this happen? What will be the sign when all this will come to an end?” Jesus answered them, “Be careful not to let anyone deceive you. Many will come using my name. They will say, ‘I am he,’ and they will deceive many people.

Mark began this narrative with Jesus prophesying the destruction of the temple. The disciples then asked, “When?” The answer is not a simple date And time. His answer goes on from Mark 13:5 to 13:37.

Today we are going to address the destruction of the temple. In the year 66 AD the Jews of Judea rebelled against their Roman masters. In response, the Emperor Nero dispatched an army under the generalship of Vespasian to restore order. By the year 68, resistance in the northern part of the province had been eradicated and the Romans turned their full attention to the subjugation of Jerusalem. stronghold. By the year 70, the attackers had breached Jerusalem’s outer walls and began a systematic ransacking of the city. The assault culminated in the burning and destruction of the Temple approximately 35 years after Jesus predicted it. This is confirmation of his ability to foresee the future. His word is true.

Tune in tomorrow for part two of the Long Answer.

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