In Matthew 24: 1 and 2 (CJB), we read that “[a]s Yeshua left the Temple and was going away, his talmidim came and called his attention to its buildings. But he answered them, “You see all these? Yes! I tell you, they will be totally destroyed — not a single stone will be left standing!”.
Earlier this week, it was the 17th of Tammuz known as Shivah Asar B’Tammuz, is the start of a three-week mourning period for the destruction of Jerusalem and the two Holy Temples. The walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans, in the year 69, after a lengthy siege. (Three weeks later, after the Jews put up a valiant struggle, the Romans destroyed the second Holy Temple on the 9th of Av.) An historical account of the bloody conflict could be found in Josephus (Wars V, VI). The Temple was destroyed on the 10th day of the 5th month, according to Jewish tradition — ironically, the same day of the year upon which Nebuchadnezzar had burned down the first temple, some 656 years earlier!
Although, this period isn’t part of the biblical feasts or appointed times, what is important to note that Yeshua prophesied about this event approximately 40 years before the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. Yeshua prophesied about near future and far future events (these far future events are possibly applicable to our times – if you read further in Matthew 24 and Mark 13). I will blog about these at a later date.
Whereas the 17th of Tammuz and the three week period are a day and period of sorrow and mourning; for us believers in Yeshua, it should be a period of joy as Yeshua rebuilt the Temple (i.e his body) within 3 days (John 2:19).