And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here! And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. Mark 13:1-2
The destruction of the physical temple was a significant event for many reasons. Jesus foretold about this even to his disciples, the religious leaders used this prophecy as a charge of blasphemy against Jesus, imagine that. The destruction of the temple was a sign of completion of many things including the Old Covenant. Even until today, the temple has never been rebuilt and the Mosaic Law can’t be followed
In AD 70 , the physical temple was destroyed by the Roman Empire, as prophesied by Jesus. This fulfillment is the sign of the end of Judaism as known in the Bible, and demonstrated the arrival of the New Covenant through Jesus Christ.
And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Mark 13:3-6
The disciples were puzzled and asked Jesus privately, when will all these things happen? Jesus gave them signs of the end. For centuries theologians debated on when the end of the world or return of Christ will happen, remember Jesus said “Nobody knows the day or hour” (Matthew 24:36) also Gods time is not the same as our time.
The destruction of the temple was a kickoff for the clock until Christ’s return. Jesus first warns about false prophets and the Anti Christ. Till this day we see many false religions and false teachers who claim to be a prophet or have divine knowledge and have misled millions of people to Hell. Don’t be deceived!
And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows. But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. And the gospel must first be published among all nations Mark 13:7-10
Many cling to the last scripture “The gospel must first be preached to all nations” as the final completion for Christ’s return. Those who are preterist, has this really already happened? With today’s technology, the gospel is being preached worldwide everyday at lightning speed. We could see in our lifetime the gospel reached to every nation, literally!
The fact is we know Christ will return, when it doesn’t matter! We need to always be ready, as he is coming as a thief in the night, keep your lamps lit in Jesus name Amen!