Sunday, February 28, 2016
Daniel’s 70-Week Vision Series #20 – Part 96 of Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
During the 70th week of Daniel’s vision – Dan. 9:27 – four objectives must be accomplished which I enumerated in Blog #18. Blog #18-19 detail via historical documentation how Commander Titus fulfilled the first objective completely…one week shall establish the covenant with many.
After the covenant offered to many by Commander Titus was soundly rejected, what did he do next? Commander Titus had sent Josephus to plead with the citizens of Israel hiding behind the great wall to stop their rebellion and live, but they rejected his entreaty. Yet, after his passionate appeal a few citizens realized their folly and fled to the Roman’s to accept their promised refuge.
When the leaders of the sedition, along with the prophets, priests and religious leaders saw this, they insisted that Josephus was lying, and told the fearful people that the Roman’s actually killed all the deserters – if they stay behind the walls – God will save them. This lie prevented hundreds of thousands from fleeing to safety. History records that after the war, the Roman’s restored all possessions to those who had taken refuge, allowing them to begin again – just as Titus promised.
Commander Titus had no choice left – let the war advance to its conclusion! Remember – in Blog #15 we explained how the Roman siege actually began in 66 A.D. when General Vespasian set up his fortifications outside Jerusalem fulfilling the second objective in Dan. 9:26…and they shall be cut off with a flood. Jerusalem had been isolated from the outside world since this date. In Blog #17 we describe how eventually their supplies were gone – no animals left for the daily sacrifice, nor enough priests alive to offer it.
By the time Commander Titus showed up in 68 A.D. these people were starving and desperate, yet resolute against the covenant offered by Titus. They hung tenaciously to the promises of the false prophets that God would deliver them from the hands of the pagans – after all – they were God’s chosen people.
A wealthy woman named Mary, fled from the small town of Perea to Jerusalem for protection. Like thousands of other people, she believed that Jerusalem was invincible because God protects His people. Though the famine became intense and hunger intolerable, for months Mary valiantly tried to nurture her infant on a shriveled breast, devoid of any sign of milk. Finally exasperated by hopelessness, she suddenly ripped him away from her breast moaning in despair, “O thou miserable infant! For who shall I preserve thee in this war, this famine, and sedition?”
In her anguish, alone without any answers and driven by her own basal needs, Mary killed, roasted, and ate her own son. Jesus referred to these days when He warned…woe unto those who give suck in those days…Matt. 24:19. Jesus was describing one of the perils of the “great tribulation.”
Horror gripped the hearts of the bedraggled survivors, as they realized the ‘monster’ within them could not be contained. Realism finally set in – they were submerged in an inescapable crucible of death. We can see with this egregious act by Mary, survival became the prevailing focus of the starving people behind the walls of Jerusalem, as the war raged on.
Terrible methods of torment were devised to discover hidden morsels of food. To force a confession from a food hoarder, the stronger people would band together and hold down a weaker person, then drive sharp stakes up his fundaments (rectum) until he surrendered his food stash. Woeful creatures roamed the streets of Jerusalem scavenging for any hint of food, obliged to eat sordid things that even animals wouldn’t touch.
My Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Series reveals how Jesus warned about this day…So I looked and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand…and I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius…Rev. 6:5-6. When our allegiance is surrendered to anyone or anything other than Jesus Christ, we will be found wanting – scales will no longer balance.
Israel had rejected Jesus Christ as their Messiah and they were now experiencing the Wrath of the Lamb…Rev. 6:16.
The average pay for working one day in this ancient society was a denarius. The black horse prophecy reveals that during this horrible judgment, Israel would be held captive where desperation ruled. How does their desperation fulfill…a quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius? Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question men’s doctrines…sheeple follow without question~~~