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).