In August 70 A.D., the Roman army under the command of General Titus, destroyed Jerusalem. Josephus stated that over one million Jews were slaughtered, most of them were unarmed citizens, and killed wherever they were caught. Pregnant women had their stomachs slashed open and their babies smashed against stones. Hundreds of Jews were burnt to death on the roof of the Temple as they cried out to God.
Where was God? Why didn’t He do something?
If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now, they have been hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, and surround you and hem you on every side, and they will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation. (Luke 19:42-44)
Almost forty years earlier, Jesus prophesied this exact event.
Then, in 66 or 67 A.D., a Christian prophesied to the Jerusalem Church. The prophecy reminded the believers of the prophecy by Jesus, warned of the soon destruction of Jerusalem, and advised every believer to pull up roots and leave.
By 69 A.D., every member of the Jerusalem Church heeded the prophecy and relocated to Pella (a city sixty miles northeast of Jerusalem) and other Transjordan cities. The Christian population was approximately one third of the population of Jerusalem.
Put on your thinking caps for a moment, okay?
These Christians were Jewish believers and loved their Jewish neighbors. They would have told their neighbors about the prophecies. As they left the city with their goods, everyone would have pointed at them and said, “They’re obeying the prophecies!”
This happened over and over again for nearly two years. It was a big deal! And a constant reminder to the people who stayed in Jerusalem.
Yet, even though the Lord was longsuffering and warned His people, most refused to listen to Him.
Now, fast forward to America of today.
I believe we will soon see the Lord warn His people in certain cities, telling them to leave, just like He did before the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. We need to obey His words and follow His commands, without considering the material consequences of our obedience. Just go!
It may save our lives and will be a sign to the people who choose to stay.
My prayer today:
Lord, give us American believers ears to hear what the Spirit says to the churches so that we will be overcomers and eat from the tree of life. (Based on Revelation 2:7)
What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?
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