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PostSubject: A Passage From Josephus   Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:19 pm

JOSEPHUS 37 B.C. - A.D. 70 (The Christian Library, Barbour)

The passage I'm about to quote is from page 222-223.

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THE FAMINE
The number perishing from famine continued to grow daily; war broke out over every piece of available food. The people's hunger was so great they were forced to chew anything they could find - belts, shoes, the leather from their shields, wisps of old hay.

A certain wealthy woman named Mary had fled to Jerusalem earlier during the war. Her father was Eleazar, from the village of Bathezub, which means 'the house of hyssop.' Everything she had brought with her from Perea had been stolen from her; now it was impossible for her to obtain even a scrap of food. In despair, Mary took up her infant son, who she felt had no future except that of a slave, and killed him. She then proceeded to roast him and eat half of his body, hiding away the rest. Smelling the meat cooking, some robbers came into her house to demand it from her. When she offered what was left to the robbers, they backed away in horror. She taunted them for being weaklings who couldn't bring themselves to do what a woman had done. Word of Mary's actions spread throughout Jerusalem, horrifying everyone in the city and making many wish they were already dead so they wouldn't know of these horrid deeds.

That is just one such passage from this book.

Jesus told his disciples about Jerusalem surrounded by armies. It happened. It's written in history. He warned them to flee Judea.

And what happened in Jerusalem in those days, I dare say are incomparable in all history.

The signs of the end that the disciples asked Jesus for have been fulfilled. The armies surrounding the city. The destruction of the temple. How than can anyone say with any credibility that Jesus is still now waiting to return.

All the prophecies of Christ leading up to His return have been fulfulled. All you need to find that out is to read a little history.

Jesus said in Matthew 24.29-31,
"Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." (NKJV, Biblegateway.com)


Immediately after the tribulation of those days, not thousands of years in the future. Obviously this is spiritually discerned since the sun still shines, the moon still reflects the sun's light, the stars are still in the sky. Immediately means just that, immediately, not thousands of years in the future.

All the events Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24, and Luke 21 have been fulfilled. They happened. Armies surrounded the city. Great famine gripped Jerusalem during a time of great distress. And, finally, the temple was destroyed.

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