Prelude to the Last Conflict
With this session we move into unfulfilled prophecy. As we do this, we must keep in mind what Jesus once said to His followers: “I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe” (John 14:29).
Prophecy is best understood when it comes to pass. Before they occur, events spoken of in prophecy can seem impossible. Knowing if these events could actually happen can be puzzling at times.
Remember, Jesus said to His followers, “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city” (Luke 21:20, 21).
They must have wondered: “How could that happen? If an army surrounds Jerusalem, how could anyone escape?”
Years later the Romans surrounded the city and had Jerusalem at their mercy. But then the Romans withdrew, the city gates were opened and the Jews pursued them, slaughtering many.
Followers of Jesus inside the city saw their chance. They remembered what Jesus had said and left the city. Later, the Romans returned and captured the city. There was a great slaughter of Jews, but not one Christian lost their life. They had followed what Jesus
had said and were saved.