Jerusalem surrounded

Published November 27, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

reflectionstodayFor Luke, writing in the mid-80s AD, Jesus’ predictions of the great tribulation could allude to a specific event that happened around September of 70 AD: the fall and destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple that ended a protracted Jewish rebellion against the Romans.

Jesus’ prophetic words, which are a vague reference to an otherwise vivid and bloody end of Jerusalem, are not only meant to alert the disciples on Jerusalem’s fall. Jesus uses the prophecy to underline the truth that the coming of the end of the old order is as sure as what will come to pass in the Holy City.

Gospel • LUKE 21:20-28

Jesus said to Hhis disciples: “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, know that its desolation is at hand. Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains. Let those within the city escape from it, and let those in the countryside not enter the city, for these days are the time of punishment when all the Scriptures are fulfilled. Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days, for a terrible calamity will come upon the earth and a wrathful judgment upon this people. They will fall by the edge of the sword and be taken as captives to all the Gentiles; and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.”

SOURCE: “365 Days with the Lord 2019,” ST. PAULS, 7708 St. Paul Rd., SAV, Makati City (Phils.); Tel.: 632-895-9701; Fax 632-895-7328; E-mail: [email protected]; Website: http://www.stpauls.ph.

 
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