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“Complete Destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple Foretold”

In 33 CE Jesus Christ foretold decades in advance that Jerusalem would be surrounded by a fortification of stakes and would be completely destroyed along with its magnificent temple. His prophecy is recorded at Luke 19:43 - 44:

“Because the days will come upon you when your enemies will build around you a fortification of pointed stakes and will encircle you and besiege you from every side . . . and they will not leave a stone upon a stone.”

Luke 19:43-44

How was Jesus’ prophecy fulfilled regarding the: “fortification of pointed stakes”?

By 70 CE the Roman commanders leading the siege of Jerusalem knew that the Jews would fight for every inch of their city, and understood that the siege would take an extended period of time.

Therefore, Titus changed his strategy. Titus realized that food and other supplies were running out. The Romans decided to starve the Jews into surrender.

The four Roman Legions (the 5th, 10th, 12th and 15th) and auxiliary competed with one another to determine which one would be first to complete its section of the palisade or fence. Remarkably, in just three days, Jerusalem was surrounded with over four-and-half miles of fence of pointed stakes. All the trees within 10 miles of the city were cut down and used in building the palisade. Jerusalem fell within four months! The prophecy came true just as Jesus said it would!

Jesus further stated in the prophecy: “and they will not leave a stone upon a stone”. How was this fulfilled?

The Romans looted and set fire to the city and its temple and tore apart the temple stone by stone, just as Jesus had earlier foretold. Why did the Romans tear apart the stones of the temple? Note what one source states:

“There is a story that the gold of the temple melted when the city was set on fire, and the soldiers moved the stones to get the gold out. This is just a possible theory, however, there is no account from the time that records this. Josephus does record that the entire city was demolished: "the rest of the wall encompassing the city was so completely levelled to the ground as to leave future visitors no reason for believing that it had ever been inhabited."”

Indeed, Bible prophecy is trustworthy in every detail. It is important, then, that we take seriously what it says about the future!

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