Prediction of Signs
To some disciples Jesus presented a time frame in which
the temple would be torn down and He would return at the
end of the age. In His time frame, all these things would
happen before their
generation passed away.
The disciples will be arrested and brought to
trial and be witnesses to the governors and kings who
persecute them. The gospel will be preached
throughout the world.
The beginning of birth pangs will be: false messiahs,
wars, famines, earthquakes, and terrors and signs from
Lawlessness will increase. Christians will be hated.
Many will turn away from the faith and betray each
other. Many believers will be put to death. The one who
endures to the end will be saved.
Jerusalem will be laid desolate: The abomination that
causes desolation will stand in the holy place. It will
be dreadful. There will be great distress. They would
fall by the sword and be led captive into all the
The sun will be darkened, the moon will not give
its light, the stars will fall from the sky, the sea and
waves will roar, and men will be stricken with terror.
The Son of Man will come in the clouds and send forth
His angels to gather His elect.
All the above occurs to the generation to which Jesus is
Heaven and earth will pass away, but His words will
never pass away.
Signs Completed on Schedule in 1st.Century
Passover Feast Jesus told His APOSTLES He would ask the
Father to given THEM a Counselor, the Holy Spirit, after
He was gone. The Councilor, the Holy Spirit, would be with
THEM, teach THEM all things and remind THEM of everything
Jesus said, and THEY would testify.
later Christ appeared to the Apostles and others. He would
send them what the Father had promised and they would be
clothed with power from high. Repentance and forgiveness
of sins would be preached in His name to all nations
beginning in Jerusalem. (Lk.24:47,49) When the Holy Spirit
came on the Apostles, they would receive power and be His
witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and
to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
received power when the Holy Spirit came upon them on the
Day of Pentecost. They then began witnessing
in Jerusalem. Later they went on to Judea and Samaria, and
then to "the remotest part of the earth." (Ro.1:8;
16:25-27; Acts 8:5; Col.1:23)
also marked the beginning of persecution.
continued throughout Paul's missionary journeys while he
the gospel throughout the world. (Acts
|Many false prophets
Sorcerer in Samaria called the great Power of God. (Acts
and magician Bar-Jesus. (Acts 13:6-10)
were among them. (Gal.2:40)
Many disguised themselves as apostles of Christ. (2Cor
prophets were in the world. (1Jn.4:1)
empty deception according to the tradition of the
world was the elementary principle of the world. (Col.2:8)
were among them. (2Pe.2:1-3)
Great numbers of false
prophets and deceivers
were in the world. (Wars of the Jews (Josephus) II.XIII.4
(52-59), II.XIII.5; VI.V.2)
the reign of Claudius (Acts 11:28)
||The gospel had been
made known to all nations and proclaimed in all creation
under heaven. (Ro.16:25-27; Col.1:23) Paul made
this comment in A.D.61 in his letter to the Romans
after his missionary journeys.
(Suetonius - The Twelve Caesars VI.39)
increased beginning in A.D.62. Peace and prosperity
continued until A.D.62 when local government became
blatantly corrupt. Houses were plundered, citizens killed,
villages set on fire, and robbers bailed out of prison by
sign of renewal of activity at Mt. Vesuvius was a
on February 5, A.D. 63. Earthquakes
continued intermittently for the next 16 years culminating
with the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79. (VE:Ch.8)
hated. They turned away from the faith, betrayed each
other and were put to death. The fire Nero set in
Rome was blamed on the Christians. The
became a class hated for their abominations. They were
hated, arrested, tortured and put to death.
(Annals 15:44 - Tacitus)
||Terrors & Signs
from the heavens: A comet was seen for an entire
year. Chariots and troops of soldiers in their armor sere
seen running about among the clouds and surrounding the
cities. WJ: VI.V.3; The Histories-Tacitus V.13
Gamala (WJ IV.I.7).
||Wars & Rumors of
Peace and prosperity ended in 65 when the Roman procurator
Florus contrived devious ways to excite the Jews to go to
war. Many in Jerusalem were killed and tortured and the
Upper Market Place plundered. The Jewish Wars began in 66
when rebellious Jews captured Masada and put the Romans
there to death.
began. Florus marched with his army against Jerusalem. He
plundered the Upper Market-place and killed 3,600 men,
women and children. Some rebellious Jews assaulted and
captured the fortress of Masada, killing the Romans there.
Caesar's sacrificial gift to the Jews was rejected.
(AJ:XX.XI.1; WJ:II.XIV.4-9; II.XVII.2)
army commanded by the Roman general Cestius marched to
Jerusalem with the intent of besieging it. Inside the
city, he attempted to break into the temple at its
northern quarter. The first rank of Romans rested their
shields upon that wall, at which time a great fear seized
upon many, who immediately ran out of the city. Cestius
recalled his soldiers from the place and retired from the
city without any reason. (WJ:II.XIX.4-7) The "many" seized
by great fear who immediately ran out of the city were
following Jesus' command made 36 years
earlier: When they saw armies surround Jerusalem, when
they saw the abomination of desolation at the holy place,
they were to drop everything and flee!
Jesus Christ, given to John to show His servants what
would soon take place.
of Parthia were being set in motion by a man believed to
be a counterfeit Nero. (Tacitus, The Histories, I.2;
DR:LXVI) He was probably the beast of Rv.13 who was
wounded by the sword and yet lived. He was probably the
beast "was and is not and is about to come up out of the
abyss." He was probably the man of lawlessness of
the siege of Jerusalem, many died of famine when they were
shut inside the City on the Passover. They were surrounded
by Roman troops.
Herod's temple were destroyed in the Roman siege led by
||They fell by the
sword and were led captive to all nations.
1,100,000 perished. 97,000 were taken captive. Those under
17 were sent to the Egyptian mines and the rest sent as
presents to the provinces for shows in the theaters where
they were burned , killed by sword, by fighting wild
beasts, and fighting one another.
captured Masada, ending the Jewish wars. (WJ:VII.VIII,IX)
was the Jewish wars. Josephus said "the multitude of those
that therein perished exceeded all the destructions that
either men or God brought upon the world."
foot high statue, "Colossus," was erected on the Sacred
Way. It was a mere image of Nero. (DR:LXV; The Epigrams of
Martial, On the Spectacles,II; Pliny the Elder, Natural
erupted on August 24, A.D. 79. (VE:CH.8)
This caused the waves
roar all over the Mediterranean. The ash plume
from the eruption moving west to east caused the sun to darken the
moon to stop giving its light. All the stars to appeared
to fall from the sky. The appearance of falling
stars was an optical illusion caused by the movement of
the ash plume.
||The Son of Man came
in the clouds for all to see. He sent His angels down to
gather His elect. 144,000 believers were "taken."
They went to the same place as Jesus and dead holy people
before them who raised from their graves to life and were
taken up to heaven. (Mt.27:52-53) The secular people left
giants traversing the skies and the sound of a trumpet
(Dio Cassius Bk.LXVI section 22,23). Since John was
the only disciple who remained to be taken at this time,
no disciples were left to record this event. John's
Revelation in A.D. 69 prerecorded many of these events
which would take place a few years in their near future,
thus completing the biblical story before they were all
taken and while some were still around to write it..
described by Jesus happened to the generation
to which Jesus spoke some fifty years earlier.