This is a story about Jesus' prophecy for the city of Jerusalem, the greedy Procurator, the rebellion of the Zealots and the war that was considered one of the most bloody and horrendous wars in history. Our story is seen through the eyes of Joshua, Shadrack and Hannah who survive the Jerusalem holocaust. This is a story of survival, sharing, heroic acts, heartache, love and forgiveness as commanded by Jesus.
Jesus' Sorrow for Jerusalem:
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who killed prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say: "Blessed is He who cometh in the name of the Lord'" Luke 13:34-35 (NIV)
A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
N. Yvonne Bunn is a follower of Jesus who writes novels, short stories, ballads and adult and children’s poetry. She is a graduate of Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. Mrs. Bunn retired after thirty years as an elementary teacher. She now volunteers her services on the Hospice Floor of the Veterans Hospital in Dayton, Ohio and currently resides in Eaton, Ohio.
And as some spoke of the Temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, He said,
“As for these things you behold, the days will come in which there shall not be left one stone upon another that shall not be thrown down.
And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
Then let them that are in Judea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the countries depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter there into. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! For there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.
And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem shall be trodden down, of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” Luke 21: 5-6, 20-24 (King James)
As He approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it and said,
“If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace but now it is hidden from your eyes. The day will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another (because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you).” Jesus Prophesied: Luke 19: 41-44 (N I V)
After the crucifixion of Jesus, things in the Jewish world became worse. Imperial Rome had a strangle hold on Israel and the surrounding countryside.
In A. D. 66-70 the evil, fanatical, and rebellious Zealots began to band together to rid Israel and the surrounding countryside of the hated Roman Rule. Every city and village began to fortify its walls and gates. The crooked and greedy Procurators had to be destroyed. The final straw came in May A. D. 66 when Procurator Florus demanded seventeen talents from the Temple Treasury.
At this point the Zealots attacked the Roman Soldiers. Thousands were killed. The Zealots took over the City of Jerusalem and war was declared against the mighty Imperial Rome. It wasn’t long before General Flavius Vespasian and his son Titus were sent by Emperor Nero to put down the rebellion in Israel. The Jewish historian Flavius Josephus writes this inferno between Rome and the Jewish rebels in A. D. 66-70 in the “Jewish Wars.”
Josephus was the Governor of Galilee and was captured by General Vespasian in A. D. 67. Josephus traveled with General Vespasian until the General was recalled to Rome and made Caesar. Afterwards Josephus traveled with General Vespasian’s son, General Titus throughout the ‘Destruction of Jerusalem’. This war was considered one of the most bloody and horrendous wars in history.
It is during the time that the beautiful Sea of Galilee is floating with sixty-five hundred dead corpses, both Roman and Galilean; ten thousand Jewish men were beheaded in Damascus; Jotapata is totally destroyed; the seaport town of Joppa looses eighty-four hundred men, women and children; and the Holy City of Jerusalem previously had two thousand crosses from the rebels of the burned-out capital of Galilee, that our story takes place, and ends with the loss of one million, one hundred thousand souls within the city walls of Jerusalem and the dispensation of ninety-seven thousand, half-starved, Jewish men, women and children into slavery.
Our story is seen and told through the eyes of Joshua, Shadrach and Hannah who survive the Jerusalem holocaust.
This is a story of survival, sharing, heroic acts, heartache, some of the most horrendous acts known to man, love and forgiveness as commanded by Jesus.
Noleka Yvonne Bunn