Sunday, January 17, 2016
Daniel’s 70-Week Vision Series #15 – Part 91 of Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
When we were last together I introduced you to Jesus, son of Ananus, an emissary from God who walked the streets of Jerusalem beginning in 63 A.D., speaking one message…a voice from the east, a voice from the west, a voice from the four winds, a voice against Jerusalem and the holy house, a voice against the bridegrooms and the brides, and a voice against the whole people.
Jesus, son of Ananus, spoke this prophetic warning for 7.5 years to the end of the war of 70 A.D. What caused God to send this humble prophet and what happened to Jesus, son of Ananus?
When Herod suddenly died in 4 B.C. he had not completed his reconstruction plan to rebuild Jerusalem – wall and streets were not rebuilt. Beginning in 64 A.D. this last portion of his grandiose project was finalized, fulfilling Daniel 9:25…and the street shall be built and the wall.
By 66 A.D. Roman General Vespasian arrived in Jerusalem to set up his fortifications outside the city. This was the beginning preparations for fulfilling Daniel’s 70th week of his vision. What happened to Jesus?
At the end of the war of 70 A.D. on the day of his last woe, Jesus provided a twist to his usual lamentation. He deliberately climbed up on the wall where he became a perfect target for the Roman army, and declared loudly, “Woe, woe unto Jerusalem and woe, woe unto myself!” Suddenly, a flying rock propelled from a Roman assault engine, struck him with a mortal wound. Jesus, son of Ananus, was obedient to the call of God unto death – mission accomplished.
In his lamentation Jesus said…a voice from the four winds. What did he mean? In Blog 5 – Part 73 of Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation – I explain in detail. In Rev. 4: 8, the 4 winds are the 4 living creatures – Seraphim – around the throne of God who cry…holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come! God’s voice…
Besides the lamentation by Jesus, son of Ananus, did God provide other signs and wonders to warn the people of their impending doom? Let’s take a look at what historians have provided for us.
A year before this horrific war began, a comet was seen and a star – appearing over the city shaped in the form of a sword. A sword symbolizes war. For one year everyone in Jerusalem could see this sword in the sky, day and night, a continual reminder that death and destruction would be coming to their city. They did not know the exact time, but this supernatural sign promised that war would definitely arrive soon.
Another sign provided by God occurred during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. At this time, a priest was leading a heifer to be slaughtered for the sacrifice, when suddenly in the midst of the temple, the heifer gave birth to a lamb. The priest must have been overwhelmed with mystification as he witnessed this shocking phenomenon – maybe even scared. Why is this phenomenon an important sign?
The priests of Israel continued to offer animal sacrifices for the sins of the people, mocking the blood sacrifice of God’s Son on the cruel Roman cross. By allowing the heifer to give birth to a lamb, God vividly expressed His disdain for their continual animal blood sacrifices – the Lamb of God provided a permanent blood sacrifice for the sins of all mankind – the only sacrifice now accepted by God.
Is it possible that this priest had a flashback to the time he heard John the Baptist call Jesus Christ…the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world? I wonder if he remembered hearing Jesus say in the market place…I am the bread of life…signaling that the purpose for the Passover – Feast of the Unleavened Bread has already been fulfilled? History does not answer my questions, but it is clear that God was visually conveying a clear message of warning to the people.
There are many more exciting supernatural signs warning Israel of their coming destruction – what have historians recorded? Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question~~~