Dating writing gospels
I tell you the truth, they will be completely demolished. 24:9) Jesus was saying that some of his followers would not live to see the destruction of the temple, because they would be martyred in prior persecutions.
As we will discuss below, James the brother of John (and son of Zebedee), James the brother of Jesus, Peter and Paul were all martyred before 70 AD. Third, Jesus said that when Jerusalem was surrounded by armies, the Christians should flee: “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.
24:1-2; Mark 13:1-2; Luke 21:5-6), yet none of the gospels mentions the dramatic fulfillment of that prophecy.
Herod’s Temple was the greatest architectural marvel of its day. was covered all over with plates of gold of great weight, and, at the first rising of the sun, reflected back a very fiery splendor, and made those who forced themselves to look upon it to turn their eyes away, just as they would have done at the sun's own rays.
The gospel writers were not shy about pointing out fulfilled prophecy (Luke -8; Mark [quoting Psalm 22]; Mark [quoting Zech. Matthew, whose gospel was directed toward the Jews, was careful to note many fulfilled Messianic prophecies from the Old Testament (Mat. Surely, if any of the synoptic gospels had been reduced to writing after the destruction of the temple, that gospel would have mentioned the fulfilment of Jesus’ prophecy.
So 70 AD marks an upper limit on the dating of the three synoptic gospels. Second, Jesus predicted that before Herod’s Temple should be destroyed, the Christians would face persecution.
70 AD a Triple Fulfillment of Prophecy The events surrounding 70 AD were a triple fulfillment of prophecy. “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed.
First, Jesus predicted the destruction of the Temple: “Do you see all these buildings? You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers.” (Mat.
Ellen White tells that, because they knew Jesus’ prophecy, the Christians left Jerusalem after the zealots left to chase Gallus to the coast.The Significance of 70 ADFirst, we should explore why 70 AD is such a crucial chronological marker.All three synoptic gospels mention Jesus’ prophecy that Herod’s Temple would be destroyed (Mat.Titus ordered that the gates to the courtyard be set afire to gain entry to the courtyard.(Josephus, , 6.4.1) He still wanted to preserve the temple itself, but a Roman soldier set it ablaze against orders.