On September 11 2001, I remember going home early and, while we were chatting in the lounge, my son put on the TV, and CNN showed a picture of a hole in the wall of the Pentagon. It seemed someone had flown a plane into the side of the building and, being such a huge building, it did not seem to make that much of an impact.
Then they moved to New York, where a plane had flown into one of the Twin Towers. We assumed, incorrectly of course, that it was something small, like a Piper or Cessna single-engine plane, then watched, in fascinated horror, as the next plane flew through the second tower. It’s one of those moments etched upon the collective minds of an entire generation.
In the sixties and seventies, everyone could tell you where they were when they heard the news that JFK had been assassinated. These are huge events and their memory lingers on long after the events themselves have faded into the mists of relative obscurity.
In 70 AD, the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, and eventually most of the city along with it. Not having anything even remotely as important as the temple was to the Jews, we cannot imagine the blow to their national and religious psyche. The temple was the very epicentre of religious life for Jews and, when you say religious life, you mean life.
It was the reason they travelled so far, some from other countries, to get to the Temple for Passover. Jerusalem was the centre of Jewish life and remains so today. A favourite saying amongst Jews is, ‘Next year in Jerusalem.’ The Wailing Wall is the foundation stone of the Western Wall of the Temple, which is why devout Jews stand with their heads against the wall and wail their prayers to God.
Jesus said, ‘I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.’ And it was. In AD 70.
Now there has been a lot of conjecture on these pages, much of it based on the writings of certain scholars, that the earliest Gospels were written as late as 300 AD and that the letters written by Paul were not actually written by Paul, but written afterward and then attributed to Paul.
One of the sayings reported in Luke, after Jesus resurrection, was, ‘…then they remembered His words…’. They treasured His words up in their hearts.
So, if they did in fact treasure His words up in their hearts, and the Temple and most of Jerusalem was destroyed in AD 70, as it was, do you not think it strange that not one of them mentioned this, one of His prophecies being fulfilled?
Not one of the letter writers mentions it; the Book of Acts doesn’t mention it; why not? Surely such a major prophecy being fulfilled would have been written down as proof of His divinity and prophetic powers, if the books had indeed been written after the fact?
Again, I must stress, 911 and Kennedy’s assassination are minor acts compared to this act of destruction, in the mind of a Jew, and every one of the apostles, aside from Luke, was a Jew. So we have to look at the evidence afresh and ask a question.
If Jesus was who the early Church fathers claimed He was, and He made the prophecy concerning the destruction of the temple, why did not one of them report it?
Perhaps because they were all written prior to AD 70, as was believed for hundreds of years until the Tübingen School of Higher Criticism and later acolytes like Bart Ehrman, decided otherwise.
This is meant as a challenge, but examine the evidence you have, and look at the vast bulk of historical evidence, then compare them with the argument I’ve presented. I’m no expert, but I believe what I’ve written makes sense, and ask you to examine it in a calm and sensible manner.
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