November 17, 2015. Updated on 11/17/2016 Steve Sabz
Sea of Galilee at sunset (Photographer unknown)

Sea of Galilee at sunset (Photographer unknown)

Jews defeat 12th Roman Legion, Christians flee Jerusalem

November 17, 66 A.D.  Jerusalem

Cestius Gallus attempts to invade Jerusalem  on the 13th day of Kislev (November 17th) in 66 AD but fails and retreats. Jewish fighters steal the defeated 12th Legion's aquila, or eagle. Apostate Jews led by the false prophet Simon, son of Gioras , believe they can overcome future advances by the Romans. Jewish historian, Josephus, reported about six years before this, that "impostors and deceivers persuaded the multitude to follow them into the wilderness, and pretended that they would exhibit manifest wonders and signs, that should be performed by the providence of God."  (Matthew 24:24-26) The elect, however, heed Christ's admonition 34 years earlier and flee to the mountains.  (Matthew 24:15-16) With the Christians safely evacuated out of the forsaken city (Revelation 18:4), the Romans soon return to settle the score and destroy Jerusalem and its temple. (Luke 21:20)


Josephus reports that there were about three million Jews in Jerusalem  during the Jewish-Roman War that ended in 70 AD. Out of those three million people, 97,000 were captured and sold into slavery or killed for sport in foreign arenas in addition to 1.1 million who were killed during the entire Roman siege. The remaining one-third (i.e., the remnant in Romans 9:27, 11:5, the firstfruits in Revelation 14:4, the sealed Jews in Revelation 7:4) called on the name of Lord (Zechariah 13:8-9) and were gathered out of Jerusalem (Mark 13:26-27) and fled into the mountains just as Jesus instructed 34 years prior (Mark 13:14, Luke 21:20-21).


  This article is an excerpt from the author's book  END TIME REWIND  

Steve Sabz

Steve Sabz

Born again (John 3:3, 1 Peter 1:23) on August 8th 1988, Steve Sabz is a professional educator with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from William Paterson University,  where he also completed Graduate level courses in Human Physiology and Endocrinology. Currently, Steve is pursuing a Master of Arts in Systematic Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary.  Steve founded Science and Bible Research in March 2014 with the goal of edifying the Christian through Science and Bible research in the areas of culture, faith, and reason. In the past, he faithfully served in church outreach ministries such as teaching English as a second language, playing guitar in worship bands, Scripture assembly projects, and inviting people within the local community to hear the good news of the risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In an effort to grow in the knowledge and grace of the Messiah, Steve successfully completed over 100 hours of Association of Christian Schools International-approved lecture courses in Principles of Biblical Interpretation, Doctrine of the End Times, Bible Survey (I - IV), Systematic Theology (I - IV), Apologetics (I & II), Church History (I - VI), Biblical Theology of Covenants, Doctrine of Election, Doctrine of Assurance, Doctrine of the Trinity, and Logic of Creation from Ligonier Ministries.  Steve is also the author of Evolution's Complexity Problem: See How Evolution Falls Apart At Its Beginning and End Time Rewind: An Exploration In Bible Prophecy And The Fate Of The World.