And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. Luke 19:41-44
During the event of “Palm Sunday”, Jesus made a prophetic statement that still holds true , even today. Often we hear people talk about how Jesus wept over the death of Lazarus, however Jesus also wept over the city of Jerusalem. So what happened to Jerusalem and why was it so important? Well first you need to understand that Jerusalem is the City of God, it was the only place on Earth where the presence of God dwelled with people before Christ came. In fact all of prophecy is based around Jerusalem, and there will be a New Jerusalem in the New Heavens and Earth
Jesus predicted the destruction of the Temple, and even today the Temple was never rebuilt again. This is significant because you can’t keep “The Law” or Torah without the Temple. Because Jesus fulfilled The Law at the cross (Matthew 5:17) and the Temple was destroyed after than in 70 A.D. The New Covenant was established by the blood of Christ. The old system has been fulfilled, the priest line, the sacrificial system, ect none of these are possible without a Temple
As I stated, before Christ, the only place on Earth where God dwelled on Earth was The Temple. But God became flesh and made his dwelling among us (John 1:14) Jesus is now our High Priest, Jesus is now our sacrifice for sin, Jesus is now our Temple. Immanuel, God is with Us, and then the Holy Spirit was poured down upon us at Pentecost and living inside of us now (Acts 2)
Many believe that the “Great Tribulation” Jesus talked about in Matthew 24, was actually the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. While I am a partial Preterist and believe there were fulfillments there, I don’t believe all of the Tribulation was fulfilled, something to read and ponder. The point is Jerusalem is the center of all Gods prophecy, and when Jesus rose from the dead, it changed everything and the evidence is still present, even today
Jesus knew the Temple would be destroyed, he knew Jerusalem would be destroyed, and he also knew the Jewish people were going to be persecuted. Why? Because the majority of them rejected their own Messiah, they even crucified Him on a cross. Jesus is still weeping over Jerusalem today, until the day comes when Christ returns and they receive him as their King and Lord Amen!