Parousia Events Recorded (Pre and during) (AD 65-66)

Look at the following – Historians Recording Many Visible Events/Signs Occurring:

See especially the boldfaced, underlined, and highlighted material down below.  Note what the priests in the temple on Pentecost (AD 66) heard and experienced.  Who were those folks in the unseen realm, whose voices were heard saying that they were leaving the temple?  Where had they come from, and where did they go?  What was this event, if it was not the resurrection and rapture?

Josephus The Wars (Whiston, Book 6, Chapter 5, Sections 2 and 3) [AD 66] War 6:286 (6.5.2)

Now, there was then a great number of false prophets suborned by the tyrants to impose upon the people, who denounced this to them, that they should wait for deliverance from God: and this was in order to keep them from deserting, and that they might be buoyed up above fear and care by such hopes.

War 6:288 (6.5.3) Thus were the miserable people persuaded by these deceivers, and such as belied God himself; while they did not attend, nor give credit, to the signs that were so evident and did so plainly foretell their future desolation; but, like men infatuated, without either eyes to see, or minds to consider, did not regard the denunciations that God made to them.

AD 65-66

War 6:289 (6.5.3) Thus there was a star resembling a sword, which stood over the city, and a comet, that continued a whole year.

Start of Passover week AD 66

War 6:290 (6.5.3) Thus also, before the Jews’ rebellion, and before those commotions which preceded the war, when the people were come in great crowds to the feast of unleavened bread, on the eighth day of the month Xanthicus [Nisan], and at the ninth hour of the night, so great a light shone round the altar and the holy house, that it appeared to be bright day time; which light lasted for half an hour. [Notice “the day and the hour” are given]

War 6:291 (6.5.3) This light seemed to be a good sign to the unskillful, but was so interpreted by the sacred scribes, as to portend those events that followed immediately upon it.

Reported May 16 AD 66, 36 days after Passover:

War 6:296 (6.5.3) So these publicly declared, that this signal foreshowed the desolation that was coming upon them.  Besides these, a few days after that feast, on the twenty-first day of the month Artemisius [Jyar],

War 6:297 (6.5.3) a certain prodigious and incredible phenomenon appeared; I suppose the account of it would seem to be a fable, were it not related by those that saw it,

War 6:298 (6.5.3) and were not the events that followed it of so considerable a  nature as to deserve such signals; for, before sunsetting, chariots and troops of soldiers in their armor were seen [notice “the day and the hour” are given]

War 6:299 (6.5.3) running about among the clouds, and surrounding of cities. Moreover at that feast which we call Pentecost, as the priests were going by night into the inner [court of the] temple, as their custom was, to perform their sacred ministrations, they said that, in the first place, they felt a quaking, and heard a great noise,

Night of Pentecost May 30 AD 66

War 6:300 (6.5.3) and after that they heard a sound as of a great multitude, saying, “Let us remove hence.”

Sepher Yosippon: A Mediaeval History of Ancient Israel.  Trans. from the Hebrew by Dr. Steven B. Bowman. Excerpts from Chapter 87 “Burning of the Temple” [AD 65-66]

AD 65-66  For one year before Vespasian came, a single great star shining like unsheathed swords was seen over the Temple

Passover week AD 66  And in those days when the sign was seen it was the holiday of Passover and during that entire night the Temple was lit up and illuminated like the light of day, and thus it was all seven days of the Passover.  All the sages of Jerusalem knew that it was a malevolent sign, but the rest of the ignorant people said that it was a benevolent sign.

Face in the Sky  …Now it happened after this that there was seen from above over the Holy of Holies for the whole night the outline of a man’s face, the like of whose beauty had never been seen in all the land, and his appearance was quite awesome.

Moreover, in those days were seen chariots of fire and horsemen, a great force flying across the sky near to the ground coming against Jerusalem and all the land of Judah, all of them horses of fire and riders of fire.  When the holiday of Shavu’oth came in those days, during the night the priests heard within the Temple something like the sound of men going and the sound of men marching in a multitude going into the Temple, and a terrible and mighty voice was heard speaking: “Let’s go and leave this House.

Pseudo-Hegesippus.  Translated from the Latin by Wade Blocker.  This excerpt taken from Chapter 44 in the Latin critical text edited by Vincente Ussani. 

Also, after many days a certain figure appeared of tremendous size, which many saw, just as the books of the Jews have disclosed, and before the setting of the sun there were suddenly seen in the clouds chariots and armed battle arrays, by which the cities of all Judaea and its territories were invaded.  Moreover in the celebration itself of the Pentecost the priests entering the interior of the temple at night time, that they might celebrate the usual sacrifices, asserted themselves at first to have felt a certain movement and a sound given forth, afterwards even to have heard shouted in a sudden voice: “we cross over from here.

Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History, Book 3, Chapter 8, Sections 1-6

1 Taking, then, the work of this author [i.e., Josephus], read what he records in the sixth book of his History.  His words are as follows: “Thus were the miserable people won over at this time by the impostors and false prophets; but they did not heed nor give credit to the visions and signs that foretold the approaching desolation.  On the contrary, as if struck by lightning, and as if possessing neither eyes nor  understanding, they slighted the proclamations of God.

2 At one time a star, in form like a sword, stood over the city, and a comet, which lasted for a whole year; and again before the revolt and before the disturbances that led to the war, when the people were gathered for the feast of unleavened bread, on the eighth of the month Xanthicus, at the ninth hour of the night, so  great a light shone about the altar and the temple that it seemed to be bright day; and this continued for half an hour.  This seemed to the unskillful a good sign, but was interpreted by the sacred scribes as portending those events which very soon took place.

3 And at the same feast a cow, led by the high priest to be sacrificed, brought forth a lamb in the midst of the temple.

4 And the eastern gate of the inner temple, which was of bronze and very massive, and which at evening was closed with difficulty by twenty men, and rested upon 10 iron-bound beams, and had bars sunk deep in the ground, was seen at the sixth hour of the night to open of itself.

5 And not many days after the feast, on the twenty-first of the month Artemisium, a certain marvelous vision was seen which passes belief.  The prodigy might seem fabulous were it not related by those who saw it, and were not the calamities which followed deserving of such signs.  For before the setting of the sun chariots and armed troops were seen throughout the whole region in mid-air, wheeling through the clouds and encircling the cities. [AD 66]

6 And at the feast which is called Pentecost, when the priests entered the temple at night, as was their custom, to perform the services, they said that at first they perceived a movement and a noise, and afterward a voice as of a great multitude, saying, ‘Let us go hence.’ [AD 66]

Tacitus, Histories, Book 5

Prodigies had occurred, which this nation, prone to superstition, but hating all religious rites, did not deem it lawful to expiate by offering and sacrifice.  There had been seen hosts joining battle in the skies, the fiery gleam of arms, the temple illuminated by a sudden radiance from the clouds.  The doors of the inner shrine were suddenly thrown open, and a voice of more than mortal tone was heard to cry that the gods were departing.  At the same instant there was a mighty stir as of departure.


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