Luke 21 can be confusing at times. So much has been said about when these things in the passage will take place. Whole books have been written about that one chapter. It can get confusing and discouraging. One key verse to look at is verse 32 "I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things have taken place." This Generation is the key phrase the Time Text so to speak. Jesus is speaking of events that will take place in the next generation.
Here are some great resources that talk about some of the events that Pastor Mic brought up that shows fulfillment of this text.
The Destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem
The Siege of Jerusalem in the year 70 CE was the decisive event of the First Jewish–Roman War, in which the Roman army captured the city of Jerusalem and destroyed both the city and its Temple. The Roman army, led by the future Emperor Titus, with Tiberius Julius Alexander as his second-in-command, besieged and conquered the city of Jerusalem, which had been controlled by Judean rebel factions since 66 CE, following the Jerusalem riots of 66, when the Judean provisional government was formed in Jerusalem.
The siege of the city began on 14 April 70 CE, three days before the beginning of Passover that year. The siege lasted for about four months; it ended in August 70 CE on Tisha B'Av with the burning and destruction of the Second Temple. The Romans then entered and sacked the Lower City. The Arch of Titus, celebrating the Roman sack of Jerusalem and the Temple, still stands in Rome. The conquest of the city was complete on approximately 8 September 70 CE.
The Romans burned the temple to the ground and tore it apart brick by brick to get to the gold.
Read More about the destruction of the temple here:
Eye Witness History
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Martyrdom and persecution of chrisitans
The persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire occurred intermittently over a period of over two centuries between the Great Fire of Rome in 64 AD under Nero and the Edict of Milan in 313 AD. Persecution of the early church occurred sporadically and in localised areas since its beginning. The first persecution of Christians organised by the Roman government took place under the emperor Nero in 64 AD after the Great Fire of Rome. The Edict of Serdica, issued in 311 by the Roman emperor Galerius, officially ended the Diocletianic persecution of Christianity in the East. With the publication in 313 AD of the Edict of Milan, persecution of Christians by the Roman state ceased. The total number of Christians who lost their lives because of these persecutions is unknown. The early church historian Eusebius, whose works are the only source for many of these events, speaks of "great multitudes" having perished.
More Books and Resources
Here's a great video introduction on having a positive, Hope filled view of the future. It's said that the way we view the future determines how we approach the present. HOPE is the present reality of victory that gives us an unconditional assurance Father's goodness prevails. That being the case, maybe the future of history won't conclude in chaos, but perhaps scripture shows us we can expect history to conclude in glory. We'll share the major perspective most taught about the future and see what our understanding of hope leads us to embrace
Hope is here
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