April 12, 2016. Updated on 10/15/2016 Steve Sabz
Insect and moon at night (Photo by Bloack)

Insect and moon at night (Photo by Bloack)

Locust army: Jews imprisoned within city walls

April 12, 70 A.D.  Jerusalem

Roman armies surround Jerusalem (Luke 21:20) and imprison Jewish rebel fighters and non-combatants within its walls. With almost all of the city's corn reserves burnt by the warring Jewish factions  and no way to escape, severe famine and pestilence (Luke 21:11, Revelation 6:8) overtakes the Jews until the five-month long siege ends with the destruction of the city and its 3rd (Herod's) temple (Luke 21:6).

This event brings to pass the apostle John's vision of locusts which "looked like horses prepared for battle... horses rushing into battle" (Revelation 9:7-9, see also Jeremiah 51:27). Similarly, the Lord describes locusts as "my great army" that he prophesied to send against rebellious Jerusalem (Joel 2:25) on the "day of the Lord" (Joel 2:1, 2:11, 2:31). The prophet Jeremiah uses locusts to describe an enormous invasion of troops that will "shout in triumph over you [Babylon]" (Jeremiah 51:14).

These commanders and their armies came from various regions of the Roman Empire-governed world  including Egypt, Cesarea, Syria, Arabia, Macedonia, Italy, in addition to troops that guarded the great Euphrates river  (Revelation 9:14). A conservative estimate of the entire army numbered about 70,000 fighters (Revelation 9:16). The death toll that followed the Roman-Jewish war (66-70 AD) equaled one-third of the 3 million (Revelation 9:15) that did not flee like Jesus instructed (Luke 21:21-22) and were imprisoned by the Roman armies at the beginning of the conflict which began on April 27, 66 AD.

Additionally, John reveals that the army of locusts "were not allowed to kill them [those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads] but only to torture them for five months" (Revelation 9:4). Josephus records that Roman general Titus began his siege against Jerusalem in the year 70 AD during the feast of unleavened bread , which began on April 12th and ended on the 19th (Nisan 15-22). Josephus reports that the march of the Roman armies "seemed to the Jews to be a flight."  Titus succeeded in the desolation of Jerusalem and its 3rd (Herod's) temple and took full control of the city about 5 months later on August 31, 70 AD (eighth day Elul).  During the five month long siege, Jerusalem was transformed into a concentration camp as the apostate Jews (i.e., "those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads") were imprisoned therein by the Roman soldiers and forced to endure famine and mass starvation.  Humans can survive near-starvation (with hydration) for many months to years. This has been shown historically in concentration camps and during famines.

Jewish historian, Josephus, documented the dire condition of Jewish residents who remained inside the city. For example, he describes people cutting off their arms and legs in order to prevent infections from spreading throughout their body.  He also states their hunger was so unbearable, that people gnawed on shoes and belts and ate things "the most sordid animals would not touch."  Still, one of the more gruesome atrocities involved a wealthy Jewish woman who "slew her son, and then roasted him, and eat[sic] the one half of him, and kept the other half by her concealed." 

  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.