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After Rome destroyed Jerusalem... what happened to it?
Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians in 587 BC on the date in the Jewish calendar 9th of Av, or Tisha B'Av.
The Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans on the same date, Tisha B'Av, in 70 AD.
Rome's destruction of the Temple began in 66 AD, when Roman Emperor Nero appointed General Vespasian to put down a revolt in Judea.
Almost immediately, Rome experienced chaos.
Nero committed suicide in 68 AD.
His successor, Galba, was assassinated within 8 months.
His successor, Otho, committed suicide within 2 months.
His successor, Vitellius, was executed within 8 months.
Vespasian was the next Emperor and his son, Titus, continued the conquest of Judea.
Titus surrounded Jerusalem and starved inhabitants for months.
Titus ordered Jewish deserters from Jerusalem to be crucified around the walls.
By the end of July, 70 AD, the Roman Army broke through the walls.
Jerusalem was completely conquered by SEPTEMBER 8, 70 AD.
Historian Josephus recorded that over a million Jews were killed in the siege.
According to historian Eusebius, Romans hunted down and killed all descendants of the royal line of David.
The Jewish Temple was so completely destroyed that only the foundation stones were left, which are the bottom rows of the Wailing Wall.
Jewish Temple treasures were carried off to Rome, as shown on the Arch of Titus, and were used to finance the building of Rome's Colosseum.
The Colosseum was so named as it was next to Nero's 100 foot high bronze Colossus Statue depicting the Roman sun god Apollo, modeled after the 100 foot high bronze Colossus Statue of Rhodes depicting the Greek son god Helios. France's gift of The Statue of Liberty-the New Colossus was modeled after it.
Emperor Vespasian caught a slight illness in 79 AD which led to severe diarrhea and death. His last words were: "Oh dear! I think I'm becoming a god!"
Titus became the next Emperor and two months later Mount Vesuvius erupted, destroying the Bay of Naples, including the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Thousands of Romans were buried alive under feet volcanic ash.
Then, in the spring of 80 AD, Rome caught fire.
Flames burned out of control for three days and nights destroying much of Capitoline Hill, the Temple of Jupiter, Pantheon, and Pompey's Theater.
Then followed the worst outbreak of plague that Rome had yet endured.
Titus decided to dedicate the Colosseum to commemorate his victories in the Jewish wars
For 100 days, thousands were killed in executions and gladiatorial fights, in addition to 5,000 animals.
Following the games, Titus died after just two years in office. He is rumored to have been poisoned on orders of his brother, Domitian, who became the next emperor.
In 135 AD, on the date Tisha B'Av, Roman Emperor Hadrian had another 500,000 Jews massacred at Betar during Bar Kokhba's revolt.
Emperor Hadrian believed the source of Jewish rebellion was their faith, so he executed Jewish scholars, prohibited the Torah and the Hebrew calendar, and burned the sacred scroll on the Temple Mount.
In an attempt to completely erase Jewish history from the land, Emperor Hadrian renamed the province of Judea 'Syria Palaestina,' and renamed the city Jerusalem 'Aelia Capitolina.'
Jews were banned from entering Jerusalem on pain of death.
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Eusebius wrote in his History of the Church (ser. II, vol. I, book IV, chapter VI):
"The Last Siege of the Jews Under Hadrian - The whole nation was prohibited from this time on by a decree, and by the commands of Hadrian, from ever going up to the country about Jerusalem. For the emperor gave orders that they should not even see from a distance the land of their fathers. Such is the account of Aristo of Pella.
And thus, when the city had been emptied of the Jewish nation and had suffered the total destruction of its ancient inhabitants, it was colonized by a different race, and the Roman city which subsequently arose changed its name and was called Aelia, in honor of the emperor Aelius Hadrian."
Cassius Dio wrote in Roman History (69.12):
"At Jerusalem Hadrian founded a city in place of the one which had been razed to the ground, naming it Aelia Capitolina, and on the site of the temple of the god he raised a new temple to Jupiter. This brought on a war of no slight importance nor of brief duration, for the Jews deemed it intolerable that foreign races should be settled in their city and foreign religious rites planted there."
Eusebius wrote in Demonstratio Evangelica(8.3; 405, circa 314 - 318 AD):
"Jerusalem... is even now like a quarry, all the inhabitants of the city choosing stores from its ruins as they will for private as well as public buildings. And it is sad for the eyes to see stones from the Temple itself, and from its ancient sanctuary and holy place, used for the building of idol temples, and of theatres for the populace."
Emperor Hadrian's reign was the beginning of the contraction of the Roman Empire, with Hadrian's Wallacross the whole of Britain marking the Empire's furthest extent.
Jews were later allowed to enter Jerusalem once a year to pray at the Western Wall on Tisha B'Av.
The Land of Israel was invaded or occupied by:
135 AD Roman Empire
390 AD Byzantine Empire
614 AD Sassanid Persians
635 AD Umayyad Caliphate
750 AD Abbasid Caliphate
909 AD Fatimid Caliphate
1071 AD Seljuk Turks
1099 AD Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem
1187 AD Ayyubid Sultanate
1260 AD Mongolian Empire
1291 AD Mamluk Sultanate of Egypt
1517 AD Ottoman Sultanate
1660 AD Druze Dynasty
1799 AD French Napoleon
1844 AD Tanzimat Ottoman Empire
1864 AD Ottoman Vilayet of Syria
1917 AD Britain Mandate
For centuries, people across the world desired to pilgrimage to Jerusalem, including Abraham Lincoln.
The Library of Congress has a scrapbook with an account by Rev. N.W. Miner of Springfield, who officiated Lincoln's burial, in which are recalled President Lincoln's last words while at Ford's Theater with his wife:
"Mrs. Lincoln informed me that...the very last moments of his conscious life were spent in conversation with her about his future plans...
He said he wanted to visit the Holy Land and see those places hallowed by the footprints of the Saviour. He was saying there was no city he so much desired to see as Jerusalem."
In 1917, Britain issued the Balfour Declaration establishing the Jewish homeland.
On May 14, 1948, the State of Israel came into being again.
In 1967, Jerusalem was once again under Jewish control.
Jerusalem was reaffirmed as Israel's capital with "The Basic Law: Jerusalem, the Capital of Israel," passed in 1980.
The United Nations was created in part to protect the Jews after they had suffered though the Nazi holocaust, and one of the first acts of the United Nations was to recognize the State of Israel.
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On September 15, 2015, the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly begins. The U.N. Security Council has threatened to vote to divide Jerusalem and take a third of Israel away to create a Palestinian State.
Many are concerned what may happen if the United States supports this turns against Israel.
The timing of this is unique, as the vote would take place near the time of the 4th consecutive "blood moon" - a series of four lunar eclipse occurring on Jewish feast days.
This rare occurrence of has historically been at times of major events in Jewish history.
Just as the Roman Empire experienced a series of disasters after it forced Jews from the land, some consider it more than coincidental the timing of various events relating to the United States and Israel:
On October 30, 1991, President George H.W. Bush signed the Oslo Accord pressuring Israel to give 'land for peace'.
The next day, 'The Perfect Storm' hit New England causing damages over $100 million, including 30 foot waves demolishing the home of President George H.W. Bush at Kennebunkport, Maine.
On August 23, 1992, President George H.W. Bush pressured Israel with the Madrid 'land for peace' agreement.
The same day, Hurricane Andrew smashed into Florida causing $30 billion in damages, destroying over 180,000 homes.
On January 16, 1994, President Bill Clinton met in Geneva with Syria's President Hafez el-Assad to discuss Israel giving up the Golan Heights in exchange for peace.
Within 24 hours a 6.9 Earthquake devastated Southern California.
On January 21, 1998, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was snubbed at the White House when President Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright refused to have lunch with him. The same day, the Monica Lewinsky scandal erupted.
On September 28, 1998, Secretary of State Albright detailed another 'land for peace' agreement requiring Israel to surrender 13 percent of the West Bank and Gaza.
President Clinton met with Yasser Arafat and Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, followed by Arafat telling the United Nations there would soon be a Palestinian State.
The same day, Hurricane Georges hit the Gulf Coast causing $1 billion in damages.
On October 15, 1998, Yassar Arafat and Benjamin Netanyahu met in Maryland to discuss Israel giving up 13 percent of the West Bank and Gaza in exchange for 'peace.'
Two days later, tornadoes hit Texas leaving $1 billion in damages.
On December 12, 1998, President Clinton arrived in the Palestinian area to discuss Israel giving up 'land for peace.'
The same day, President Clinton was impeached.
On May 3, 1999, Yasser Arafat had scheduled a press conference to announce a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the capital.
The same day, the most powerful tornado storms to hit the United States whipped through Oklahoma and Kansas.
On June 8, 2001, President George W. Bush sent Secretary Tenet to Jerusalem with a proposal to exchange land for a 'Roadmap to Peace.'
The same day, tropical Storm Allison hit Texas causing $7 billion in damage and closing George Bush Airport for two days.
As part of a U.S. brokered deal, Jews were forcibly evacuated from Gaza, with the last Jewish residents being dragged out on August 22, 2005.
The very next day, a tropical depression in the Atlantic turned into Hurricane Katrina and headed straight for New Orleans, forcing tens of thousands to evacuate.
Property damage in New Orleans exceeded $81 billion.
Nearly 2,000 people died. It was one of the deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history.
Instead of 'peace,' Hamas took over Gaza and began digging tunnels and firing thousands of rockets into Israel.
In a Day of Prayer and Remembrance, SEPTEMBER 8, 2005, President Bush stated:
"Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst natural disasters in our Nation's history and has caused unimaginable devastation and heartbreak throughout the Gulf Coast Region...
Communities...decimated... Lives...lost... Hundreds of thousands of our fellow Americans are suffering great hardship."
Though not a call to repentance as past Presidents had proclaimed, President Bush did end his Day of Prayer and Remembrance with:
"To honor the memory of those who lost their lives, to provide comfort and strength to families of the victims...
...I call upon all Americans to pray to Almighty God and to perform acts of service... Across our Nation, many selfless deeds reflect the promise of the Scripture:
'For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in.'"
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Disabled vet who popped question at Bush home, coming to Villages for Sept. 11 event
SEPTEMBER 7, 2015 BY TONY VIOLANTI
Tyler Jeffries proposes to Lauren Lilly as two former presidents watch.
Tyler Jeffries kneeled down, gazed into his fiancée’s eyes and was ready to pop the big question when he saw something bigger: two ex-Presidents of the United States sitting nearby.
This was hardly a modest proposal.
“It was kind of crazy,” said Jeffries, an Army veteran who lost both legs in Afghanistan. He will be in The Villages on Friday, Sept. 11, for a golf fund-raiser and 9/11 remembrance dinner.
Last month, Jeffries, 26, was invited to visit the Bush family summer residence in Kennebunkport, Maine. Presidents George Bush and George W. Bush were there, along with former First Ladies Barbara Bush and Laura Bush.
Lauren Lilly and Tyler Jeffries
Jeffries was there with other wounded veterans who were featured in the book “Unbreakable Bonds: The Mighty Moms and Wounded Warriors of Walter Reed.”
Lauren Lilly, Jeffries’ girlfriend, was also in the area.
So, Jeffries just happened to mention to the Bush crew that he was thinking of getting hitched and asking Lauren for her hand in marriage.
The Bushes, never ones to dally, told Jeffries to do it “now.”
When Presidents speak, prospective grooms listen.
Next thing you know, there was Lauren Lilly, the Bushes and Jeffries, kneeling with a ring asking Lauren for a yes or no to tie the knot.
She said yes – what else could she say?
To see a video of the proposal go to
‘I still can’t believe it,” Jeffries said this week. “I was nervous. I was focused on what I wanted to say. I had it on my mind but I couldn’t get it out.”
Eventually, all the words came out right, with a little help from the Bush family. “They were so nice to me,” Jeffries said. “We talked about it and they were really cool about everything.”
Jeffries will be in The Villages on Friday. The golf tournament and remembrance dinner are both sold out, said Bill MacKinnon, who organized the event, with some help from Villagers for Veterans.
Nearly 100 Villagers will be playing golf at the Truman and Roosevelt Courses. Another 144 tickets are sold for the dinner, to be held at 5 p.m. in the Manatee Recreation Center, MacKinnon said.
Speakers will include Jeffries and Marie Bogdonoff of Villages for Veterans.
“It’s going be a great event,” MacKinnon added. “We are taking donations at the door and hoping to raise $5,000 for Tyler.”
Life has been a challenge for Jeffries, who was critically wounded in October of 2012. He was on patrol when he stepped on an IED. He nearly died, but, after 30 surgeries and countless hours in rehabilitation, is about to embark on a new chapter of his life with marriage and, hopefully, college in the future.
Still, the pain and loss sometimes lingers.
“My whole life has changed and will never be the same,” Jeffries said. “I hate being in a wheelchair.”
Does he ever ask why me?
Tyler Jeffries in Afghanistan.
“That goes through your mind,” said Jeffries, who has a way of overcoming obstacles. “But you can’t feel sorry for yourself or change the past. I’m thankful to be alive and I have hope for the future. Everything happens for a reason.”
Jeffries, who grew up near Tampa and now lives in North Carolina, was a three-sport athlete in high school. At 5-9, 185 pounds, he played football and basketball, but baseball was his best sport. He hoped for a possible professional career as a pitcher until an arm injury stopped him.
Then he joined the Army. And his grit, determination and courage remain intact. In addition to marriage, Jeffries recently received more good news. He will have custody of his 5-year old daughter, Ella.”
“I just took her to her first day of kindergarten,” Jeffries said. “It was fantastic; she loves school.
Jeffries has been to The Villages once before, for a fund-raiser for other veterans.
“It’s a great place with great people who really care about veterans,” he said. “I’m not much of a golfer, but I might try to hit a few drives.”
Jeffries and his bride-to-be, recently set their wedding date: April 16, 2016. “We can’t wait,” he said.
And there will be a couple of special names on the guest list.
“Both Presidents told me to put them on the list,” Jeffries said. “They said they can’t promise they’ll be there, but they want to be invited.”
Don’t be surprised if they show up. When it comes to Tyler Jeffries, anything is possible.
September 7, 2015
Kim Davis Requests Relief Against Gov. Beshear Pending Appeal
Cincinnati, OH – Today, on behalf of Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis, Liberty Counsel filed a request for an order providing relief pending appeal against Gov. Steven Beshear at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal. This is an emergency request for the Governor to accommodate Kim’s religious conviction, which would free her from jail. “Today is a holiday where most people are spending time with family and friends. But for Kim Davis this is day five of her incarceration. While she is content no matter her circumstances because of her deep faith and Jesus, she should be free,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.
Today’s filing addresses Gov. Beshear’s inaction and refusal to consider easy accommodations for Kim Davis. The motion requests an injunction pending appeal for an exemption from the Governor’s mandate that all county clerks issue marriage licenses. The Governor’s edict directed Kentucky County Clerks like Kim Davis to authorize same-sex marriage licenses bearing their own name.
“Coercing Mrs. Davis to authorize and personally approve same-sex marriage in violation of her religious convictions and conscience is wrong,” said Staver.
Staver continued, “From the outset of this case, Kim Davis has proposed numerous simple options to protect her sincerely-held religious beliefs. These less-restrictive solutions are readily available, and easily accomplished by the Governor and the state agency responsible for designing the revised marriage form at issue in this litigation. The Governor’s refusal to take elementary steps to protect religious liberties has now landed Kim Davis in jail. As a prisoner of her conscience, Davis continues to request a simple accommodation and exemption from the Governor.”
Later today or tomorrow morning, Liberty Counsel will also file the legal arguments at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the Contempt Order. Yesterday that Contempt Order was appealed. The appeal was to the verbal order as Judge Bunning has not yet issued a written Contempt Order.
Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.
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