The Fall of Jerusalem
In conjunction with the destruction of the temple and fall of Jerusalem, the historians Josephus and Tacitus recorded eyewitness accounts of supernatural beings engaged in combat above the city. Shortly after, the biblical and pagan gods vanished without a trace, the ancient world came to an end, and humans “inherited the earth” as the preeminent beings of the modern world. Ps. 37:11, Mat. 5:5
The Bible is a closed history of God’s dealings with our ancestors in the ancient world. It is not a handbook for religion, an ongoing revelation, or a “myth” as disparaged by the atheists and theologians in Academia. Studying the Bible as history will reveal our origin, purpose, and future, and give us inner and universal peace.
The Temple of God is Destroyed / Humans “Inherit the Earth”
Reconstruction of Jerusalem and Herod’s Temple by James Joseph Jacques Tissot 1886 – 1894
“Not One Stone will be left here upon another.” Mat. 24:2.
When Messiah came to Jerusalem, in a.d.30, he told his disciples that a civil war would engulf the Jews. In those battles, the temple would be destroyed, and the city would be left desolate. Forty years later, in a.d.70, the temple was destroyed to the foundation stones, and not one person remained in Jerusalem. That cataclysm was the epicenter of the Battle of Armageddon. It ended the Kingdom of Judah, and the tribe of people called the Jews. There are no Jews on the earth in the modern world. In fact, since the collapse of the ancient world, there are no Romans, Egyptians, Assyrians, Greeks, Vikings, Druids, Mayans, Incas, or Indians etc. on the earth. These are ancient world identities; they have no validity, authority, or legitimacy in the modern world. Precisely as foretold, the meek [humans] have inherited the earth. Ps. 37:11, Mat. 5:5.
The Destruction of the Temple, and Fall of Jerusalem
Civil War Engulfs the Jews
In a.d.63, a civil war between three factions of Jews erupted in Jerusalem. To protect their turf, and prevent defections, the leaders of these factions sealed the gates and trapped over one million people in the city. As a tactic in their fierce internal battles, these tyrants set fire to the storehouses of grain causing a terrible famine. Hundreds of thousands of Jews were either killed in battle or died of starvation. The combatants would not allow the bodies of their opponents to be buried; therefore, huge piles of rotting corpses were left to decay in the Temple and the streets of Jerusalem. It caused a horrific infestation of pestilence, killing thousands more every day.
The Prophets foretold that a civil war would bring “Great Tribulation to the Jews;” including, famine, pestilence, and fire, and culminate in the destruction of the temple and desolation of Jerusalem. Mat. 10:21, 35 & 36, Mic. 7:6.
The Romans Come to Judea
In a.d.68, Emperor Nero sent General Vespasian to end the civil war in Judea. He pacified Galilee and prepared to march on Jerusalem. When Nero committed suicide, the General ordered his troops to stand down and waited for orders from the new emperor. In a.d.69, while yet in Judea, the army declared Vespasian Emperor. He returned to Rome, and sent his son, the Roman General Titus, to end the civil war in Jerusalem. Titus amassed a force of sixty-five thousand troops and, in a.d.70, lay siege to the city.
The Jews Set Fire to the Temple
Titus made several offers of peace, but the tyrants leading the civil war refused to capitulate. At that point, Roman troops began to attack the outer walls of the city. In an effort to thwart the Roman advance, the Jews set fire to the cloisters surrounding the outer court of the temple complex. The fire quickly became an inferno and began to encroach on the sanctuary itself.
The Destruction of the Temple, and Desolation of Jerusalem
When the Roman troops first entered the temple, it was already in flames. Titus ordered his men to extinguish the fire; unfortunately, it quickly became a supernatural conflagration that consumed the sanctuary to the very foundation stones. In the end, one million, one hundred thousand Jews had been killed, and ninety thousand were taken captive as slaves. They were sent to row in Roman galleys, forced to fight as gladiators, thrown to wild beast in the arenas of Rome, or worked to death in the mines of Egypt. Precisely as foretold by Messiah, Jerusalem was left utterly desolate. See Mat.24:15.
The Temple and Jerusalem
The Roman General Titus, who lived in Rome and visited many cities of the ancient world, said that Jerusalem was the most magnificent city he had ever seen. The complex of buildings referred to as the temple was the largest of the ancient world. It contained more wealth in gold, silver, and precious gems than the city of Rome.
Messiah Foretold the Destruction of the Temple
As Jesus was leaving the temple: his disciples came to show him its magnificent buildings. In response, Messiah said:
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.
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 [ancient] world? Mat.24:1-3.
Messiah issued his prophecy in a.d.30. Forty years later, precisely as foretold, that temple was destroyed to the very foundation stones.
The Dome of the Rock, all that remains of the Temple in Jerusalem
The Dome of the Rock is said to be the precise location of the Temple of God in ancient Jerusalem. Please observe the details of this extraordinary outcropping and read the author’s description to the right of the picture.
“Not one stone will be left here upon another.”
Near the end of the battle for Jerusalem, an earthquake beneath the temple released magma from the earth’s core and consumed the sanctuary to the very foundation stones. Please notice what appear to be individual stones in the lower left-hand corner of the picture, a symmetrical hole in the upper left corner, and footprints in the center right-hand side of the rock. Micah 1:1-5, Is. 26:21, Jude 14.
I propose that some of the smaller stones of the temple, along with other less durable remnants, became trapped in the slowly cooling magma. As the combined material congealed, it formed this mass of brimstone. The dimpled portions, predominant on the right-hand side, have the appearance of a viscous substance that was boiling; and, as it slowly cooled, the bubbles in the material left pockmarks in the surface.
The Temple in Jerusalem
The God of Abraham instructed King Solomon to build a temple in Jerusalem as a sign of His Presence on Earth. It was the place where, through the ancient Israelites, God interacted with humanity. The destruction of that temple, in a.d.70, is empirical evidence that God has withdrawn from the earth and is no longer communicating with the Israelites/Jews. Some religions claim that the temple will be rebuilt, and all of these events will be repeated; unfortunately, there is no prophecy for an additional temple in Jerusalem.
The Battle of Armageddon
Precisely as foretold in the history of ancient Israel, a great battle of the gods coincided with the destruction of the temple and fall of Jerusalem. Shortly before it fell, the historians Josephus and Tacitus both recorded eyewitness accounts of supernatural beings engaged in combat above the city. That cataclysm was the epicenter of the prophesied Battle of Armageddon. It destroyed the supernatural forces who ruled the advanced civilizations of the ancient world, and humans “inherited the earth” in the Dark Ages of the early modern world. Ps. 37:11, Mat. 5:5.
The Roman Historian Tacitus
Tacitus recorded the eyewitness accounts of men in the clouds above the temple and Jerusalem:
Prodigies had occurred, which this nation, prone to superstition, but hating all religious rites, did not deem it lawful to expiate by offering and sacrifice. There had been seen hosts joining battle in the skies, the fiery gleam of arms, the temple illuminated by a sudden radiance from the clouds. The doors of the inner shrine were suddenly thrown open, and a voice of more than mortal tone was heard to cry that the Gods were departing. At the same instant, there was a mighty stir as of departure. See Tacitus; The Histories 5:11-13, & 2 Ki. 2:11, 6:17.
The Jewish Historian Josephus
Josephus provides an equally graphic account of these events. These are some excerpts from his writings:
…. They (the Jews) neither heeded nor believed in the manifest portents that foretold the coming desolation, but as if thunderstruck and bereft of eyes and mind, disregarded the plain warnings of God. So it was when a star, resembling a sword, stood over the city, and a comet which continued for a year. (See Mat. 24:30)
…. Again, not many days after the festival, on the twenty-first of the month Artemisium, there appeared a miraculous phenomenon, passing belief. Indeed, what I am about to relate would, I imagine, have been deemed a fable, were it not for the narratives of eyewitnesses and for the subsequent calamities which deserved to be so signalized. For before sunset throughout all parts of the country chariots were seen in the air and armed battalions hurtling through the clouds and encompassing the cities.” (The Jewish War VI) See 2 Ki. 2:11, 6:17.
The Battle of Armageddon
Notice that both historians report that chariots (vehicles) and men were seen in the sky above Jerusalem. This is a precise fulfillment of the prophecy that the Battle of Armageddon would coincide with the destruction of the temple and fall of Jerusalem.
The Dark Ages of the New World Order
After the cataclysmic events of a.d.70, theologians simply could not face the reality inherent in the destruction of the temple and fall of Jerusalem. In the deep ignorance of the dark ages that followed, they began to form “religions,” and fostered the sincere belief that the God of Abraham continued to interact with humans in the modern world. There is no evidence to support that myth. The Kingdoms of Israel and Judah were theocratic governments – not “religions.” Judaism, Christianity, and Islam etc., are modern pretenders to an ancient reality. Their attempts to relive the history of ancient Israel caused all of our holy wars, holocausts, jihads and violent atheistic revolutions, and turned humanity against itself in the endless political conflict between liberals and conservatives. See Religion: Truth vs. Myths on the Evidence link.
The Prophet Micah said that the lord would come down from heaven, and tread on the high places of Jerusalem. “And the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place.”
The word of the Lord that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
2 Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord God be witness against you, the Lord from his holy Temple.
3 For, behold, the Lord cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.
4 And the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place.
5 For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem? Mic.1:1-5.
In these verses Micah says that the Lord will “tread on the high places of the earth,” and the mountains will be molten under His feet. See again the footprints in the center right-hand side of the Dome of the Rock. Is. 6;21, 13:21, Hos 1:1-11, 2:5-13, Jer. 26:18, 2Ki.15:5
The Second Coming of Messiah
If your religion has told you that the Second Coming of Messiah is a future event, please consider these statements by Jesus. When brought to trial before the council of elders in Jerusalem, the High Priest challenged the Messiah with these words:
…. I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Messiah, the Son of God. Mat. 26:63.
Jesus responded with this declarative statement:
Jesus said unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless, I say unto you, Hereafter shall you see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Para. Mat. 26:64.
In these verses, Jesus affirms that he is the Messiah, and tells the High Priest that he will live to see him “sitting on the right hand of power and coming in the clouds of heaven.” That is the second coming of the Messiah. In conjunction with the destruction of the temple and fall of Jerusalem in a.d.70, the historians Josephus and Tacitus recorded eyewitness accounts of supernatural beings in the clouds above the city. There can be no doubt that the High Priest, Caiaphas, witnessed the phenomena recorded by Josephus and Tacitus.
When speaking to his disciples, Jesus said:
Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.
Mat 16: 28.
In this verse, Jesus reveals that some of those present in the crowd would live to see his second coming. There can be no doubt that the Apostles and Disciples of Messiah witnessed the phenomena in the heavens as recorded by Josephus and Tacitus.
On another occasion, the Messiah told his Disciples:
But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come. Mat. 10:23.
In this verse, Jesus tells his disciples that they would not be able to visit all of the cities of Israel before he returned to the Earth in Power.
Matthew chapter 24, is the definitive chapter on the second coming of Messiah:
In verses 1-3, Jesus ties his coming in power to the destruction of the temple and the end of the ancient world. The chapter begins as Jesus is leaving the temple. The disciples praise the magnificence of the buildings, and Jesus says to 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.
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 the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the [ancient] world? Mat. 24:1-3.
Messiah proceeds to tell them all of the terrible “tribulations” that will coincide with the destruction of the temple; including, civil war, famine, pestilence, the desolation of Jerusalem, and then, in verse 34, he tells his disciples that they will live to see the fulfillment of all of the events foretold in Matthew 24, including his second coming and the end of the [ancient] world:
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
Isaiah and Ezekiel made similar prophecies and said that the destruction of the temple would be a sign from God.
Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.
Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised thee, is burned up with fire:
and all our pleasant things are laid waste. Isa. 64:10-11. See Ez. 24:15-27.
Prophecy: Ancient Reality vs. Our Modern Myths
When a prophecy is fulfilled, it then becomes Verifiable History.
All of the prophecies issued to the ancient Israelites were fulfilled with the destruction of the temple and the fall of Jerusalem. They are no longer prophetic and do not foretell the future of modern man. Consequently, the apocalyptic prophecies of the Bible should only be studied as history. When studying those prophecies, keep in mind that the Bible is an ancient world text; therefore, where it foretells the “end of the world,” it refers to the ancient world. Did that world come to an end as prophesied?
But the meek [humans] shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. Ps. 37:11 & Mat. 5:5.
The two basic rules of legitimate scientific research are:
To solve the mystery of human existence, we must answer this question: What caused the fall of the gods and the collapse of the ancient world?
The simplest answer that fits all of the known facts:
The Second Coming of Messiah coincided with the destruction of the temple and the fall of Jerusalem. At that point the biblical and pagan gods vanished without a trace, their unlimited wealth and sophisticated knowledge was lost, the ancient world collapsed, and humans “inherited the earth” in the Dark Ages of the early modern world. The empirical evidence supporting that reality is without limit. It can be found in the libraries, history, and archeological ruins of the ancient world, on every continent of the globe. Facing that historical reality will enable us to solve the “mystery” of our existence with one definitive and verifiable truth. See Mat. 26:62-64, Mat. 10:23, Mat. 16:28, Mat. 24:1-3, 34.
The total collapse of the highly advanced civilizations of the ancient world is the greatest cataclysmic event in human history.
Why is it that scientists, theologians, clerics, historians, and archaeologists do not want to know the cause of that cataclysm?
The destruction of the temple in Jerusalem followed by the fall of the gods and collapse of the ancient world holds the key to the mystery of human existence on planet earth. Think and go Free!
Three Additional Critical Questions
God told King Solomon to build a temple in Jerusalem as His dwelling place on earth.
the Bible is a closed history of God’s interaction with our ancestors in the ancient world. Studying the Bible as history will reveal the origins, purpose, and future of humanity, and give us inner and universal peace.
Those who fail/refuse to learn from history, are destined to repeat it in holy wars, holocausts, jihads, and violent atheistic revolutions. Academia’s failure to face the reality inherent in the fall of the gods and collapse of the ancient world, precisely as foretold by the prophets in ancient Israel, is a dereliction of their duty to humanity. It is the root cause of all ideological/religious terrorism.
The Danger: this is not an Intellectual Head-Game
All religions, both biblical and pagan, are a modern pretense to an ancient reality, and Atheism is a reactionary ideological cult. The fallacious attempt to relive the history of ancient Israel requires our “biblically-based” religions to teach their followers that the prophesied world-ending Battle of Armageddon is a future event. If that mistaken belief is not corrected soon, the radical followers of these cults will inflict a nuclear, biological, or chemical act of terrorism on humanity that we cannot now imagine.
Make no mistake, either as a state actor or a radicalized faction of fanatic rebels, They Will Do It!
2020 Update: did the Covid19 virus come from a science laboratory in Atheistic China? Was it a weapon or a cure?
2022 Update: the invasion of Ukraine by the atheists ruling Russia is but one more example of our failure to face the reality inherent in the destruction of the Temple and Fall of Jerusalem, followed by the fall of the gods and collapse of the ancient world. Think about it!
Never Forget, the people who went to work in the World Trade Center on 9/11 thought that the conflict between science and religion was not their problem; they were wrong! If you think it is not your problem, you are Wrong!
Do you really believe you’re an evolving ape, or that God will take your call? Academia is the Problem.
See the link “Malpractice” on the directory.
The Coming Age of Alignment
Messiah said: “And you shall Know the Truth, and the Truth will Set You Free.” Joh. 8:32.
There is only One Man, One God, and One Truth
You are one of the first people on earth to know that Non-Religious, Historically Accurate and Archaeologically Verifiable, Liberating Truth. Your first reaction will be to defend a cherished atheistic, agnostic, or religious “belief.” That will no longer be possible. See the link Faith vs. Belief on the navigator.
You now know the Liberating Truth. It will take time to deprogram yourself from the indoctrination you received in church or school, but you are now free to think for yourself. That is the freedom spoken of by Messiah.
Josephus described the followers of Messiah as “Men who received the Truth with pleasure.” Do the right thing.
The Evidence Page on the website contains a wealth of empirical biblical, historical, and archaeological evidence supporting this Wonderful Discovery. Please share it with your family and friends. It will reunite science and religion, harmonize liberal and conservative politics, and release a worldwide surge of progress and prosperity.
Think and go Free. Please consider Liberal vs. Conservative on the Evidence Link next.