Saturday, November 1, 2014

Temple of Jerusalem's Destruction

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Hello friends, the following is evidence of the Temple of Jerusalem's destruction, just like our Lord Jesus Christ Had Prophesied 37 years prior (Credit given at the bottom of the article :D)
I was initially only going to share Mathew 24:1-2 (As A Biblical Introduction) which talks about The Temple's Destruction, but it's beneficial to read the whole chapter in order to share a small Bible Study with you. (You may skip this study if you wish, and go straight into the article, but i recommend the study)
Mathew 24 does not only talk about The Prophesy of the Jerusalem Temple's destruction, but it also talks about Judgement Day, which of course is the day in which our Lord Jesus Christ Returns to us to take the elect up to His Kingdom as He Has Promised. 
(Let's Love God and Love our fellow men to make sure we're part of the elect! :D

Matthew 24 

24 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25 Behold, I have told you before.
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 
31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. 
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.
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. 
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. 
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. 
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. 
48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 
49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 
50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Our Lord Jesus Christ says, "Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled" 
This statement is extremely accurate, like everything our Good Lord Jesus Christ says. 
The Bible teaches us, that when people die, they simply fall asleep, and their next conscious thought happens at the time of the resurrection (Judgement Day) 
Each generation finishes their very brief time here on earth and then fall asleep, waking up right at Judgement Day.
We know from Scriptures that the earth is a couple thousand years old. We did not feel this time pass us by before we were born, because we were asleep. 
Next time we fall asleep (Physical Death) we will experience the same as before we were born (Unconsciousness) and the amount of time that will pass before Judgement Day will be even shorter than the past couple thousand years that we don't remember, in essence, death will be an extremely short nap :D 
The Bible says those who believe in Jesus Christ will not see death. This means, to us, dying will be like closing our eyes for just a second and reopening them in Judgement Day, seeing our Lord Jesus Christ's Majesty and His Angels coming for us!
Also, no one knows when we'll die, only The Father Knows, but we know from The Holy Scriptures, the moment we die (Even though years could pass) we'll see our Lord Jesus Christ!
In conclusion, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
There is a whole lot more to be said about this subject, but i urge you to read The New Testament to find out :D 
Pray and ask in The Name of Jesus Christ to receive The Holy Spirit so that you may have your eyes opened when reading The Bible. 
Do this with Faith and you will be rejoicing with the amount of knowledge you'll be acquiring! :D
For more studies like this, please see: Bible 7 Treasures

Praise The Lord JESUS CHRIST!!!

“To the Place of Trumpeting”
Inscribed stone from the excavations of the southern wall of the Temple Mount
Herodian period, 1st century CE
L: 84 cm: H: 31 cm; W 26 cm
Israel Antiquities Authority, IAA 78-1439

This incised stone block is one of the most fascinating remains of Herod's Temple. It apparently fell from the southwest corner of the Temple Mount to the street below, where it was discovered by excavators. The Jewish chronicler Josephus Flavius records that this corner was "the point where it was custom for one of the priests to stand and to give notice, by sound of trumpet, in the afternoon of the approach, and on the following evening of the close, of every seventh day" (The Jewish War, IV, ix, 12).

The monumental inscription -- "to the place of trumpeting" -- and the shape of the stone suggest that this find was once part of a parapet that ran along the wall of the Temple complex, indicating where the priests should stand to blow the trumpets. Their blasts could presumably be heard throughout Jerusalem -- in the City of David to the south and in Upper City to the west.

The third word of the Hebrew inscription is cut off and can be interpreted in one of two ways: "to declare [the Sabbath]" or "to distinguish [between the sacred and the profane]." 


(Photo: The southwest corner of the Temple Mount at left. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)
One hundred meters north of the corner is the part of the Western Wall where locals and tourists pray. But beneath the ground, Jerusalem’s Central Valley has been filled in with the rubble of the Temple’s destruction in A.D. 70.  As a result, the beautiful modern plaza stands about 30 feet above the first-century street uncovered at the southwestern corner.
There at the corner lies a reminder of something Jesus predicted 37 years before the temple’s destruction.
And of a promise He made that could be fulfilled at any moment.

Archaeology Points to Prophecy 

The excavations near the corner of the Temple Mount came about through the generosity of a distinguished member of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit (who also owns the Detroit Pistons). The 33-foot-wide first-century street was laid with stone slabs, some a foot thick.
Standing on the street today, it isn’t hard to imagine the Romans hurling the massive temple stones from above, literally crushing and pressing the pavement blocks into the ground.
Jesus predicted this destruction on His last visit to the temple in AD 33:

Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. And He said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.” —Matthew 24:1–2 

Archaeologists have removed most of the rubble, but they left one pile of stones just as they found them—the street still depressed from the force of the impact.

(Photo: First-century street showing the Temple’s destruction. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)
To The Place of Trumpeting

One of the main reasons I continually return to this corner of the Temple Mount is because of one particular stone that lies on the street far below where it originally stood. Shaped as a corner, the stone bears the Hebrew inscription: “To the place of trumpeting.” The original inscription is in the Israel Museum, but a replica lays where the original did.
This stone represented the pinnacle of the southwestern corner of the Temple Mount, the place where priests would stand and overlook Jerusalem as they blew trumpets to announce the Sabbath and the start of festival days. The Feast of Trumpets especially relates to this act:

“Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall not do any laborious work, but you shall present an offering by fire to the LORD.’” —Leviticus 23:24–25; cf. Numbers 29:1–6
Stone with the Hebrew inscription: "To the Place of Trumpeting"(Photo: Stone with Hebrew inscription: “To the Place of Trumpeting.” Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

Today, the Feast of Trumpets prepares the way for the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. The Lord originally intended the trumpets to call God’s people together in preparation for the fall festival of Yom Kippur—where the Lord would forgive sins on the basis of shed blood. “Blow the trumpet at the new moon,” Asaph wrote, “At the full moon, on our feast day” (Psalm 81:3).
Alfred Edersheim offers some helpful background on the blowing of trumpets:

“Originally the Shophar was probably a ram’s horn (Josephus, Ant. v. 5, 6), but afterwards it was also made of metal. The Shophar was chiefly used for its loud and far-sounding tones (Exodus 19:16, 19; 20:18; Isaiah 58:1). At the Feast of the New Year, one priest with a Shophar was placed between those who blew the trumpets; while on fast-days a priest with a Shophar stood on each side of them—the tones of the Shophar being prolonged beyond those of the trumpets. In the synagogues out of Jerusalem the Shophar alone was blown at the New Year [Heb. "Rosh Hashanah"], and on fast-days only trumpets.” (The Temple: Its Ministry and Services)

The Sabbath Trumpet

“Sabbath is a sanctuary in time,” wrote Abraham Joshua Heschel in his The Sabbath. “The seventh day is like a palace in time with a kingdom for all.” But, what is the meaning of the Sabbath today? Is it just another day? Or is it a day off from work when some can enjoy fellowship with family and close friends? The purpose of the Sabbath is so much more. The Sabbath reminds us whom to praise. It is the time when we can leave all our distractions aside and enjoy union with God.
Every week in Jerusalem the Sabbath is welcomed by the sounding of the siren. Shops close, public transportation stops and by 3:00 PM on Friday the Jewish quarter is seemingly falling asleep. Only the Western Wall plaza, or the Wailing Wall, like a magnet draws religious and non-religious people to it. It is believed that this is the closest you can get to the place where God used to dwell. And this is the perfect place to meet with God when you receive the Sabbath…
Not very many things have changed in 2000 years. Archaeologists found a stone that was thrown down from the Temple Mount, perhaps in 70 AD, when Romans destroyed the Temple. A fascinating inscription was discovered on the stone, it says, “to the place of trumpeting to”.

The Place of the Trumpeter

In the first century, this stone probably marked the place at the top of the southwest corner of the Temple Mount – where the trumpeter announced the inauguration and the close of the Sabbath. According to Jewish tradition there were two blows of the trumpeter, the first blow was for the field workers and the second one was for the shop keepers. Thence, the description on the stone may mean that this is the very place where the trumpeter would blow the trumpet and all Jerusalemites would welcome the Sabbath.

The Trumpeter

It was also the highest point of the Temple Mount. Well, does this ring a bell? After Jesus was baptized, he was led in the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Jesus’ second temptation took place in the Temple. “The devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: “He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”(Matthew 4:5-6) It is very probable that Jesus was set by the devil at this very point, and it was overlooking the most populated part of the city.

Jerusalem in the First Century

Jesus’ response was pretty straightforward, he said, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.” (Matthew 4:7) The Scripture was the sword against the attacks of the adversary.
Today, your beliefs that the seventh day, Saturday, is the Holy Day may be questioned. But, let your answer be also grounded in the Scripture, for it is written: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” (Exodus 20:8–11)

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