Prophesy or figment of imagination?

Published September 14, 2011 by in Uncategorized

Prophesy or figment of imagination?

 

Did those 2 people, who separately told us 18 years ago that we should live in a certain house in Old Town, not for sale at that time, bring us a prophetic word, or was it a figment of their imaginations? (Neither knew about the other’s words!)

I discovered something yesterday which really excited me. At the beginning of Matthew Chapter 24, Jesus is walking away from the Temple in Jerusalem, having told the Pharisees some sharp, hard-hitting home-truths, when his disciples came up to him (had they been hiding behind some pillars, pretending they didn’t know Jesus?) and drew his attention (maybe to get him on another tack?) to the impressive architecture of the Temple Buildings. Jesus replies

“You’re not impressed by all this sheer size, are you? The truth of the matter is that there’s not a stone in that building that is not going to end up in a pile of rubble; not a single stone here will be left in its place; every one of them will be thrown down.”

 

Which must have been a real shock to the disciples, and not what they expected at all: the Jews’ identity was very tied up with the Temple, they believed God lived there, and were very proud of it!

 

Well sadly, Jesus’ prophetic words were fulfilled literally forty years later in A.D.70 when the Romans, under ruthless Titus, completely destroyed Jerusalem including the Temple buildings. The exciting thing is that there was a Jewish historian called Josephus, who lived at that time, and witnessed it all, and said that not one stone was left on another, and that stones were even prised apart to collect the gold leaf that melted from the roof, when it was set on fire. He said that they were white and that some of the stones were massive (see Mark 13:1,2), 37 feet long, 12 feet high and 18 feet wide. And when a few verses on Jesus says

For then there will be great distress, unequalled from the beginning of the world until now— and never to be equalled again” , Josephus describes the destruction of Jerusalem in almost identical language. I wonder if Josephus had an inkling about Jesus’s prophesy? As a Jew, he would hardly have been keen to prove Jesus right….would he?

 

Jesus’ prophesy speaks of stones being thrown down: well apparently excavations in 1968 uncovered large numbers of these stones, toppled from the walls by the invading huge reinforced army. So many voices today seek to discredit the validity and accuracy of the Bible – don’t you get excited like me when biblical prophesy is confirmed fulfilled? It helps me believe other things I find more hard to believe! And to believe the Holy Spirit wants to show us sometimes what’s to come, but hasn’t happened yet.

Luv Susie

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