Sunday, January 16, 2011

The sacrifice called "the Daily Sacrifice" had failed.

The sacrifice called "the Daily Sacrifice" had failed.

AND now Titus gave orders to his soldiers that were with him to dig up the foundations of the tower of Antonia, and make him a ready passage for his army to come up; while he himself had Josephus brought to him, (for he had been informed that on that very day, which was the seventeenth day (5)of Panemus, [Tamuz,] the sacrifice called "the Daily Sacrifice" had failed, and had not been offered to God, for want of men to offer it, and that the people were grievously troubled at it,) and commanded him to say the same things to John that he had said before, that if he had any malicious inclination for fighting, he might come out with as many of his men as he pleased, in order to fight, without the danger of destroying either his city or temple; but that he desired he would not defile the temple, nor thereby offend against God. That he might, if he pleased, offer the sacrifices which were now discontinuned by any of the Jews whom he should pitch upon. The Works of Flavius Josephus War of the Jews Book 6 Chapter 2

Scripture fulfillment. Daniel 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.

Interesting in this bit of history is the fact that a daily sacrifice was being made for Nero, the emperor. the daily sacrifice in the Jerusalem temple was offered twice daily to Caesar. It was instituted by Augustus and was appealed to by the Jews to demonstrate their loyalty to Rome when they refused to allow Caligula to put his statue the temple precincts. "According to Josephus, the revolt, which began at Caesarea in 66, was provoked by Greeks sacrificing birds in front of a local synagogue. The Roman garrison did not intervene and the long-standing Greek and Jewish religious tensions took a downward spiral. In reaction, the son of Kohen Gadol (high priest) Eliezar ben Hanania ceased prayers and sacrifices for the Roman Emperor at the Temple."

When this practice started, we are not told, but it speaks of the friendly relations between Rome and Israel up until the time the daily sacrifice was taken away. All came to pass as prophesied by Daniel. In the midst of the week the sacrifice and oblation would cease. According to history the the daily sacrifice actually cease sometime in July of 70 A.D. which was caused by both famine, and lack of men-power. Any effort to extend the seventieth week of Daniel beyond the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D results in a rejection of Matthew 24.

All this occurred in Jesus’ contemporaries..