Josephus on Jesus
personally, i've read most of Josephus' writings and i agree that he didn't write the paragraph in question. it just doesn't sound like him - each
author truly has a voice and that isn't his, imo.
holds some pretty profound evidence, for those who like the deeper waters of mystery.
after reading that article, consider the following:
forty years is the same as Moses spent wandering in the wilderness before his people were allowed into the promised land.
it is generally the span from one generation to the next, and spiritually represents a 'time of testing.'
the children of Israel had to wait until everyone from the previous generation, except for Caleb and Joshua, were dead, before they could cross the
this is because when Moses sent scouts out to see what kind of people they would be attacking, 10 out of 12 came back and said that the people were
too big and numerous to be defeated.
Joshua and Caleb, however, trusted that GOD would deliver them, just as promised, and therefore inherited both the land and the leadership.
now, applying that to the situation of the crucifixion and the 40 years which followed, it would appear that the non-messianic Jews were given the
same grace period in order to either pass or fail the test of faith in their GOD:
- for forty years, GOD sent consistent, unchanging signs that would indicate (to an open mind) that the sacrifice HAD been accepted and
therefore no more sacrifices were necessary - and therefore weren't accepted with the red thread turning white.
- the fact that when lots were drawn, for the Day of Atonement, came up, every single year following the crucifixion, black instead of white means
that no longer were there unknown sins in the nation which required removal via a ride out into the wilderness and off a cliff, attached to a goat.
- the light going out in the temple, every night, signifies that Jesus was the light of the world and his light could not be hidden (in a temple) nor
was it just for the Jews - as Isaiah writes, Jesus was a light for the gentiles.
- the fact that the gates would open every night, on their own, meant that no longer was access to GOD restricted, but open to everyone, outside the
will or means of any human being, including the high priest of the old order of the Levitical priesthood (perfected and replaced by the order of
and, at the end of the 40 years, the Jews revolted, again, against the Roman government and in the subsequent siege and martial rule, Titus' troops
ended up destroying Herod's temple. it wasn't intended by Titus, at all, but it did effectively put a complete and utter end to an era and the way
of life of the Jews who rejected Jesus...
...just as Jesus had told the disciples that day, overlooking the temple from upon a mountaintop.
and the day the Temple burned was the ninth of Av
i don't believe in coincidences
everything happens for a reason