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Jerusalem Destruction
(Revelation 12.6-10a)
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"The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days. Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down - that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: 'Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah." (Revelation 12.6-10a)

Last Terrors Coming

Historian EusebiusThe woman in this Revelation story would be taken care of for "1,260 days" or "three and a half years" which indicated an incomplete period of time. The destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD by the Romans happened as prophesied. The years immediately before that were terrible years of bloodshed and of revolution. Eusebius, the Roman historian of Caesarea, (c260-c339 AD) told us that before the final disaster came, the Christians in Jerusalem had been warned by a prophecy to leave before Jerusalem's destruction and to cross the Jordan into Perea and to dwell there in a town called Pella.


H.B. Swete TheologianJesus actually referred to Jerusalem's destruction in the last times in Mark 13.14. He said, "When you see 'the abomination that causes desolation' standing where it, or he, does not belong — let the reader understand — then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains." In Daniel 9.27 we read, "And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him." When they saw the last terrors coming they were to flee to the mountains. This is exactly what they did. The English Biblical scholar H. B. Swete (1835-1917) commented, "The Church had to flee into the wilderness and the wilderness is lonely. For the early Christians, life was lonely, they were isolated in a pagan world." There are times when Christian witness is bound to be a lonely thing, but even in human loneliness there is divine companionship. The one thousand two hundred and sixty days are the standard period of distress equivalent to three and a half years, the symbolic way of expressing incompleteness. In other words, it's not over yet and there is more to come!

"Jerusalem Destruction"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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