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by Wayne Blank
The "final solution" (a term also used by Adolf Hitler centuries later) was passed on to his son Titus (who also later became emperor, reigning from 79-81 AD) who succeeded his father Vespasian as supreme commander of the Roman forces in Israel. Titus overcame the "home town advantage" and achieved victory in 70 AD simply by slaughtering the population as a whole. After a 143-day siege of Jerusalem, which began at Passover when the city was crowded with non-combatant civilians from all over the country, the Roman onslaught went in. They destroyed practically everyone and everything, including Herod's Temple, exactly as spoken by Jesus Christ 40 years earlier (see below). The regular population and the great number of Passover visitors who had been trapped there were mercilessly slaughtered, with an estimated 600,000 people killed. The murderous blood bath (although the Roman military conduct had been reduced to nothing more than abject savagery, there were of course no war crimes trials afterward because, usually, only those who lose wars are brought to man's justice; The Lord's Judgment awaits them, and all others like them, before and ever since, however) continued throughout the countryside until no resistance, real or imagined, was left. That round of Jewish resistance effectively ended with the fall of Masada. The Romans, who had also crucified the Christ about 40 years earlier, had "liberated" another country from its own people (see also Ancient Empires - Rome).
What About The Jews Who Were Christians?
In one of His most famous prophecies, found in Matthew 24:1-44 and Luke 21:5-36, Jesus Christ warned the apostles, and through them, the early church at Jerusalem, of the coming fall of the city, and what they could do to save themselves:
"And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains [see Who Should Flee Into The Mountains?]; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled" (Luke 21:20-24 KJV)
This prophecy was dual. It was partially fulfilled in 70 AD, but it also clearly has an end-time application as well - it's going to happen again, just prior to The Return Of Jesus Christ, as the above verses continue:
"And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory." (Luke 21:25-27 KJV)
The Christians in Jerusalem in 70 AD learned their lessons well. When they saw the Roman onslaught coming, they heeded Jesus' warning:
"Under the reign of Vespasian, Rome declared war against the Jews because of their repeated revolts, and General Titus besieged the city of Jerusalem 70 A.D. It is said that eleven hundred thousand [i.e. one million, one hundred thousand] Jews perished in the six month siege, but the church there escaped the horrors of the siege by following the instruction of Christ in Matthew 24, and fleeing to the mountains beyond the Jordan. This timely retreat was made to the small town of Pella." (Hugh Smith's History)