Early Church History 2

Rapture in Pella; Despair in Jerusalem

"The great city was split into three parts, and the gentile cities fell ... Large hailstones like huge weights (weighing a talent) came down from the sky on people, and they blasphemed God for the plague of hail because this plague was so severe."

Revelations 16: 19 and 21

J. Julius Scott: "Did Jerusalem Christians Flee to Pella?" 1998. Wheaton College



Scythopolis, Wadi Jirm, Decapolis

Cestius' siege and defeat at Bethoron. "After the disaster of Cestius, many distinguished Jews abandoned the city."

King Agrippa. John of Gischala.


Essene Gate. Gehenna. Kidron Valley. Mount of Olives. Jericho. Pella

The Antonia. July 70 A.D. Bithynian Centurion

Jonathan and Prudens

Longus and Artorius

Mary of Betezuba


the Butcher's Bill: 97,000 captive; 1,100,000 killed

C.H. Spurgeon: The destruction of Jerusalem was more terrible than anything that the world has ever witnessed, either before or since. Even Titus seemed to see in his cruel work the hand of an avenging God.


"a voice from the east, a voice from the west, a voice from the four winds, a voice against Jerusalem and the sanctuary, a voice against the bridegroom and brides, a voice against all the people.  Woe to Jerusalem ..." "and woe to me." Flavius Josephus. "Prophets and Portent," Book VI. Chapter 5. Section 3. THE JEWISH WARS

Hegesippus (or Saint Ambrose) ON THE RUIN OF THE CITY OF JERUSALEM

85 AD Curse: "May the Nazarenes and the heretics be suddenly destroyed and removed from the Book of Life."


Irenaeus of Lyons

Ebionites, Nazarenes

Revolt of Bar-Cochba in 133 - 135

Aelia Capitolina

Jamnia (Johanan ben Zakkai, student of Hillel)

Lydda (Eliezar ben Hyrcanus)

Hillel - Gamaliel I (taught Saint Paul) - Simeon II - Gamaliel II

Emperor Domitian and the sons of Saint Jude: "at the end of the aeon" to judge the living and the dead