JUDGEMENT OF JERUSALEM AND ISRAEL – 70AD
When Jesus was here and ministering He spoke clearly about the impending judgement which was to come quickly, very soon, and on the particular people and generation living at that moment in time. I wish to share a few scriptures revealing how we can’t push this action by God and Christ to some date far into the future thousands of years etc.! There are two distinct Comings of Christ mentioned and one must use proper exposition (exegesis and hermeneutical rules) in order to not go astray on these teachings.
Notice these verses and how much they push us to see the nearness and soon coming of the first Coming of Christ back to do something – judgment – and that upon the nation of Israel and the Jews who did not believe and trust in Him as the Messiah.
Matthew 10:21 – “You (the twelve) will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.” —- It took some time for the small group of Apostles to tour all of the cities of Israel, in fact years, and yet Jesus stated He would come back before the finished their missions.
Matthew 26:64 – You (the high priest) will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven. – Josephus, a most reliable Historian living at that time reveals to us how the non believing population and leaders of the time did see this happen (the judgment in 70 AD).
Notice Paul’s Letters:
Romans 13: 11-12 – “Now it is high time to awake out of sleep….the night is far spent, the Day Is At Hand.” Now Paul expected and was led to share through the Holy Spirit to the people of that day, that the actual DAY being spoken of was “at hand” not some time centuries and thousands of years later at all.
1 Corinthians 7:31 – “The form of this world is passing away.” The word world when used in scripture does not Always mean the entire planet, but rather, can and does mean in contexts such as; world of Jews; world of Gentiles, World of unbelievers, World of believers, World of various tribes in an area, etc.! For sure, the Theocracy and the High Priest and Sacrifices which means the Jewish world or the world of Israel will pass away. Yes, and the very end, of end times, the entire world system we now know will also pass away and the earth shall be renewed and made a totally new earth with a New Jerusalem for sure. But in that day of Paul, the Jewish world religious system would pass away and the reign and rule of Jesus on His Throne began and He began increasing and building His “called out body more aggressively on this planet as He rules in it from Heaven even to this day. The Kingdom of God is truly existing but in a different form from which it will ultimately be at the end of this entire sin ridden system and world.
1 Corinthians 10:11 – “On (us)……the ends of the ages have come.”
Phil. 4:5 – “The Lord is at hand”
James 5: 8-9 – “The coming of the Lord is AT HAND…Behold the judge is standing at the door.” (Remember, that the first Church and this epistle of James was in Jerusalem and this is the first writing or book of the New Testament, the very first book written and inspired for our use!
1 Peter 4:7 – “The end of ALL things is at hand.” (Peter was speaking to the exiles (both Jews and Gentiles) about the coming of 70AD judgment on Israel (Jews and Jerusalem and all of the theocratic symbolism etc.)
1 John 2:18 – “It is the Last Hour….we know that it is the last hour.” Now that is NOT thousands of years off in the future folks!
Revelation 1:1 – “The Revelation of Jesus Christ……(shows the) things which must Shortly Come to Pass.”
Revelation 1:3 – “The time is NEAR”
Revelation 3:11 – “Behold I come Quickly”
Revelation 22:6-7 – “His (the Lord God’s) angel….(showed) His servants the things which must SHORTLY TAKE PLACE. BEHOLD I AM COMING QUICKLY.”
Revelation 22:10 – “The Time is at Hand.”
Revelation 22:12 – “Behold, I am coming quickly.”
Revelation 22:20 – “Surely, I am coming quickly.”