The Greatest Historical Miracle You’ve Never Heard Of

After Constantine the Great, there were emperors who were heretics and emperors who adhered to Christian orthodoxy.

Then there was Julian the Apostate.

From the time of Constantine to the French Revolution, he is the only Christian monarch ever to openly reject the faith, according to Catholic historian Warren Carroll. For reasons both personal and intellectual, Julian launched the last great attempt to revive ancient Roman paganism. Animal sacrifices resumed in the reopened pagan temples while the Church was stripped of the imperial funds and lands that had been granted under past emperors.

Julian so despised the Christian faith that he even attempted to reverse his baptism by bathing in a bull’s blood. One ecclesiastical historian describes him as a man “who had made his soul a home of destroying demons.”

For Julian, persecution, oppression, and financial extortion of Christians weren’t enough. In the second year of his reign, in 362, he conceived an extraordinary plan to undermine the credibility of Jesus Christ by annulling one of his prophecies. In Matthew 24, while the disciples were pointing out the temple buildings, Christ told them, “You see all these things, do you not? Amen, I say to you, there will not be left here a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.” As students of history will remember, this was fulfilled with the destruction of the temple in 70 AD, during the First Jewish-Roman War.

For Julian, the solution was simple: all he had to do was rebuild the temple.

A special imperial official was appointed to oversee the task. And Julian was able to take advantage of the pious enthusiasm of Jews from across the empire, some of whom contributed money to the effort, others volunteering as laborers, according to accounts from early Church writers.

Special tools of silver were forged for the occasion. Ground was broken. The small army of workers poured right into the work, toiling right up until nightfall.

Signs of trouble immediately appeared: after the first day, the workers awoke to find the soil they had removed had shifted back into place. Undaunted, they resumed work when “of a sudden a violent gale blew, and storms, tempests and whirlwinds scattered everything far and wide,” according to the account of the ecclesiastical historian Theodoret.

Then calamity struck: an earthquake rocked the site, followed by fireballs that burst out of the unfinished foundations for the temple, burning some men, and sending the rest in flight. Some rushed into the church that had been built by Constantine’s mother, St. Helena, only to have its doors shut in front of them by “an unseen and invisible power,” according to one account.

Some accounts of the disaster read like a retelling of the plagues visited upon Egypt: the fountains by the old temple stopped working, a famine broke out, and two imperial officials who had desecrated some sacred vessels met with grisly deaths. One was eaten alive with worms. The other “burst asunder in the midst.”

All this culminated with the appearance of the cross—either in the sky or sprinkled like stars on the garments of the workers, according to early Church accounts.

Needless to say, the temple was never rebuilt. This much is certain.

But how credible are the accounts of the miraculous events that halted the construction? The above synopsis is taken from five Church writers, all of whom lived during the events they described or immediately afterwards when eyewitness testimony would still have been available. Though they vary in some details, all five agree on three essentials of the narrative—the earthquake, the fire from somewhere below the temple, and some miraculous appearance of a cross symbol.

Three are ecclesiastical historians—Theodoret, Sozomen, and Socrates Scholasticus. Maybe you haven’t heard of those historians and aren’t too inclined to trust them, but how about saints like John Chrysostom and Gregory of Nazianzus, who also wrote about the foiled rebuilding of the temple? (Read their accounts here and here.)

All five writers present the calamitous rebuilding as historical fact. Some go at length to demonstrate that they personally have done their due diligence in assessing the veracity of the story. Gregory of Nazianzus notes that there might be some factual disparities in accounts, but he then adds: “But what all people nowadays report and believe is that when they were forcing their way and struggling about the entrance a flame issued forth from the sacred place and stopped them.”

Likewise, Sozomen writes the following regarding the fire: “This fact is fearlessly stated, and believed by all; the only discrepancy in the narrative is that some maintain that flame burst from the interior of the temple, as the workmen were striving to force an entrance, while others say that the fire proceeded directly from the earth. In whichever way the phenomenon might have occurred, it is equally wonderful.” Such are not the words one would expect from writers who are embellishers of pious legends.

What makes the story so compelling is that it is also reported in a matter-of-fact fashion by the Roman pagan historian Ammianus Marcellinus, who confirms the core narrative about a strange fire breaking out in his work, Res Gestae (“things done”):

[T]errifying balls of flame kept bursting forth near the foundations of the temple, and made the place inaccessible to the workmen, some of whom were burned to death; and since in this way the element persistently repelled them, the enterprise halted.

Marcellinus, of course, does not call this a miracle, and the significance of the event in the history of Judaism and Christianity seems lost on him. But his account—presented without any qualification about the credibility of the story—stands as an extraordinary corroboration of the five accounts by Christian authors.

And yet, the event doesn’t seem to have gotten much attention from contemporary historians, who don’t seem to share Marcellinus’ commitment to even-handed reporting. As Warren Carroll has written in The Building of Christendom,

It is one of the most remarkable events in Christian history, for which no natural explanation is possible, and which all too many historians have seen fit to ignore despite the high repute of Ammianus Marcellinus as a historian, the confirming of his account by many Christians historians, and his obvious lack of bias and the lack of time before he wrote which would have been required for an unhistorical legend about the event to have developed.

As Christians we believe miracles still happen in the here and now. But usually, what’s involved is some sort of personal healing of someone with an ailment or injury—those, at least, seem to be the most common sort of miracle used nowadays as a criterion for canonizing saints.

However, public miracles that leave lots of eyewitnesses and involve some sort of dramatic occurrence seems like a thing of the Old Testament past—the parting of the Red Sea, the tumbling walls of Jericho, the fire and brimstone that consumed Sodom and Gomorrah come to mind. The foiled rebuilding of the temple under Emperor Julian the Apostate stands as an extraordinary witness to God’s enduring intervention in the created order.

Stephen Beale


Stephen Beale is a freelance writer based in Providence, Rhode Island. Raised as an evangelical Protestant, he is a convert to Catholicism. He is a former news editor at and was a correspondent for the New Hampshire Union Leader, where he covered the 2008 presidential primary. He has appeared on Fox News, C-SPAN and the Today Show and his writing has been published in the Washington Times, Providence Journal, the National Catholic Register and on and A native of Topsfield, Massachusetts, he graduated from Brown University in 2004 with a degree in classics and history. His areas of interest include Eastern Christianity, Marian and Eucharistic theology, medieval history, and the saints. He welcomes tips, suggestions, and any other feedback at bealenews at gmail dot com. Follow him on Twitter at

Subscribe to CE
(It's free)

Go to Catholic Exchange homepage

  • Jason Neumann

    What an awesome reminder of God’s great power and His willingness to intervene when we need it!
    I think that we need to avoid that mindset mentioned in the last paragraph of God’s involvement in dramatic ways being “a thing of the Old Testament past”. The Miracle of the Sun at Fatima in 1917 comes to mind. Our God is not I WAS, our God is I AM.

  • Stephen,

    For the longest time I’ve wanted to blog about this incident. Even contemporary secular scholars of Julian the Apostates time reported on these extraordinary events.

    I’m glad you wrote this.

    The magnitude of this event, in my personal opinion, has never been matched until Our Lady appeared in Fatima and God made the sun dance in the sky in front of thousands of witnesses.

    Deo gratias!

    In Jesus, Mary, & Joseph,


  • noelfitz

    Thanks for this article.

    I used to consider Julian to be a good guy, who wanted to go back to the old Hellenistic times, when the Empire was great. He was a good ruler (I thought) who considered that Christianity was defeating the old noble Roman ways.

    I read in “” a different version of history from the version here, claiming the Jews were almost ordered by Julian to rebuild the temple, but the majority of them were probably against this, and Christian arsonists destroyed the work done. This illustrates how one must be cautious in believing what one reads, perhaps especially in the WWW.

    I am no historian, obvious from the above, and so this article is an eye-opener for me.

  • Spike Cohen

    Very interesting. One would think that if it weren’t true there would be at peast one account that contradicted the rest. Very cool

  • Joseph Michael

    OMG!!! WE ARE LIVING IN THE LAST MOMENTS!!! >Tetrad Blood Moons In 2014 & 2015 ON PASSOVER & SUKKOT With Solar Eclipses In EXACT Biblical Sequences!!!, Certain Prediction: The 3rdTemple In Jerusalem Soon To Be Rebuilt In The EXACT Reverse Sequence Of 22-70 AD!!! Be “Caught Up”(1Thes4:13-) Ready!!! >>>(Read The Seven Super Obvious Signs Of End Of This Age At )

    Eschatological PROOF>>
    * Most scholars agree that Israel is 70 years old in 2018. A generation of 70 years? Then we fly away!(Psalm 90)
    * The upcoming Tetrads will not occur as they are for several hundred years.
    * Knowledge has increased in the Word of God.
    * God promised that we would not be ignorant of the Lords return for His Church.
    * Throughout the world there is a pregnant expectation that something is about to occur.
    * God is not a prankster playing some great cosmic joke on His children.
    * Based on current revelations, those who are “Watching and Waiting” generally agree that the Rapture is close.
    * We should not interpret any single event as proof that the end is near. However, there are so many “signs” to choose from that on the circumstantial evidence available one can make a strong case for an imminent Rapture. “Blood Moons,” and what constitutes a generation and so many significant upcoming events. They are especially significant to Israel, because the moon is paramount to the Jewish faith. A careful study of what is about to happen with the Blood Moons coupled with what happened in the past reveals a pattern which points to the probability of future events.
    What is a Blood Moon? And a Tetrad?
    The short answer is that a Blood Moon is a lunar eclipse where the moon turns red.
    Not all lunar eclipses are the same.
    – Some of them are total eclipses that turn the entire moon blood red.
    – Some of them are central lunar eclipses, like hitting the “bull’s-eye” of a dartboard.
    – Some of them are visible from certain areas of the earth i.e. Jerusalem.
    – Some total eclipses fall in patterns of two, three or four.
    – A set of four total lunar eclipses in a row is referred to as a Tetrad.
    – Some of them correspond with Jewish Holidays described in the Bible.
    The last Jewish Tetrad happens to be bracketed perfectly by two central lunar eclipses which naturally define both a seven year period according to Daniel 9 and a seventy year period according to Luke 21:32, and Psalms 90:10
    A Tetrad however is the occurrence of four sequential lunar eclipses with no intervening partial lunar eclipses in between the eclipses.
    Genesis 1:14 “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:”
    Notice that the sun, the stars and the moon were firstly for “signs,” then for “seasons and for days and for years.”
    The Jewish nation adheres to a lunar calendar not a solar calendar.
    The New Moon (the start of every Jewish month) is pivotal date in the Jewish calendar.
    Without the New Moon, they could not have any of the Jewish Holidays.
    All the Jewish Holidays revolve around the date of the New Moon.
    The New Moon told them which day is the first of the month.
    To scoff at the Tetrad Theory about the convergence of prophecy would be a mistake.
    There seems to be the finger of God in what has happened in the past with the cosmos, and what is about to unfold. There appears to be a pattern relating to past and future events.
    The Olivet Discourse connection
    What is not generally known is that the current Tetrads correspond historically with events mentioned by Jesus in the Olivet Discourse.
    When we scrutinize the Olivet Discourse we find that it is a prophetic outline of the future of the Temple, Jerusalem and Israel.
    These three factors begin with the Temple then Jerusalem and end with Israel.
    When you read the sequence of events as laid out by Jesus in the Olivet Discourse, you will notice an interesting pattern.
    Jesus said He will return “So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near-at the doors! ” (Matthew 24.33)
    “This Generation” is important because they will see the events described by the Lord in their lifetime.
    How long is a generation? Psalm 90 tells us “70 years then we fly away”!
    To go further than the scope of 70 years for a generation since 1948, in the context of Mathew 24 would be to lose any prophetic significance. The Olivet Discourse has been misunderstood by so many people until fairly recently. Did God not tell us that knowledge would increase in the last days?
    So according to the above reasoning, Jesus’ Second Advent should be before 2025 AD.
    From 1948 AD+ 70years for a generation = 2018 AD.
    Plus 7 years for the Tribulation = 2025 AD?
    Note that Jesus begins by telling His inner circle of disciples that the…
    * The Temple which was refurbished by Herod in 22 AD is going to be destroyed (48 years later on the 9th Av.) and then those who are in…
    * Jerusalem must flee; and then finally the…
    * The Nation will be exiled. This happened 19 years later.
    As we all know this took place in the above order.
    In a reverse mirror image of the Olivet Discourse, what did we see in 1948?
    * The Nation was reborn, and in 1948…
    * Jerusalem was recaptured 19 years later (1967 AD). All that remains is…
    * The Temple which will be in place before the Messiah arrives. The remaining 48 years takes us up to 2015 AD.
    The timing of these were also mirror images of the first set,
    Let me explain.
    From the time Herod began refurbishing the temple 22 AD till 70 AD was 48 YEARS.
    From the time the temple was destroyed and the Nation went into exile was 19 YEARS.
    Since 1948 we have the same timing so far.
    1948 AD (Nation is born) until1967 AD (Jerusalem is captured) = 19 YEARS
    1967 AD (Jerusalem is captured) to 2015 AD = 48 YEARS.
    Could we see the temple in place here?
    What happened in the past?
    Four back to back lunar eclipses occurred in…
    1492 AD, (All Jews were expelled from Spain and their property seized.) (America discovered, later becomes a refuge for Jews)
    1948 AD (Israel became a nation again) and
    1967/68 AD (Israel recaptured Jerusalem.)
    Two solar eclipses occur on the 9th of Av in 2014 AD and 2015 AD.
    The 9th of Av in History
    This is a date in Jewish history that has seen many terrible and pivotal events that affected the whole nation.
    1313 BC The Israelites tell God that they would rather go back into Egypt than be slaughtered by the Canaanites. They had to wander in the desert for a further 40 years.
    58& BC The first Temple is destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar.
    70 AD The second Temple is destroyed by Titus.
    135 AD The city of Betar was captured and thousands of Jews were killed.
    136 AD The Roman emperor made a pagan temple on the site of the Temple and rebuilt Jerusalem as a pagan city.
    1096 AD Scores of Jews killed by the Crusaders.
    1290 AD King Edward expels all Jews from England.
    1492 AD The Alhambra Decree takes effect, expelling the Jews from Spain and from all Spanish territories.
    1914 AD WW 2 was actually the long drawn out conclusion of WW 1 which began on the 9th Av.
    1942 AD Nazis begin deporting Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto.
    IS THIS ALL CO-INCIDENCE? Rabbi’s say that co-incidence is not a kosher word.
    Just a reminder! Bible prophecy is 1/3 of the Bible! Revelation 19:10 says that “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
    Thus, if prophecy is properly taught, there is no reason for it to divert anyone’s attention away from Jesus. In fact, it should serve to emphasize the centrality of Jesus.
    The ultimate message of prophecy is redemptive. God loves the world (John 3:16) but He loves His Church with a special tenderness and has promised her that she will not be ignorant and caught unawares of the future events that concern her directly.
    So these amazing future signs we just cannot afford to ignore. That which I am referring to is the upcoming Blood Moons.
    So much so that even the secular world is taking note as are the practicing Jews.
    There are about 300 prophecies pertaining to the life of Jesus that were given between 500 and 1000 years before to His birth, but the most popular are the ones about Him being born in Bethlehem, (Micah 5:2), being born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), riding into Jerusalem on a donkey (Zech 9:9), or being betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver with the money going to a potter to buy a field (Zech 11:12-13).
    There’s also His crucifixion and the fact that the soldiers would divide up his clothes
    (Psalm 22:16-18), and that He’d come back from the grave (Isaiah 53:11).
    Ok you may ask, what has this all to do with me personally?
    The answer is simple. Soon most of the prophecies in the Bible will converge into one period of time and the great culmination of history will unfold in a major event called The Tribulation.
    With almost 30% of the Bible containing prophecy I think that it is worth studying; particularly because we are right here in the Last Days before the Tribulation and the Great tribulation spoken of by Daniel and other writers.
    The number 1948
    You probably know that Israel was born on May 14th 1948 and she will be 70 years old in 2018.
    But did you know that from 70 AD when Jerusalem was destroyed by Titus until 2018 AD when Israel turns 70 years old is 1948 years?
    Did you know that from Adam to Abraham was 1948 years?
    Again the question needs to be asked…
    In 71 AD there was a lunar and a solar eclipse 15 days apart. (The destroyed Temple?)
    In 2015 there will be a lunar and a solar eclipse 15 days apart. (The rebuilding of the Temple?)
    There is so much going on in the cosmic and spiritual realms that it is impossible to simply ignore it all as mere coincidence.
    It is always better to err on the side of caution in matters of prophecy. No one can definitively say what will happen and when it will happen; however if we apply ourselves to prayer, and humble ourselves before God, He is faithful and gracious enough to allow us some insight into the things concerning our ultimate destination.
    “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.”
    (1 Thessalonians 5: 4)
    The number 2520
    The number 2520 is equivalent to 7 years taken on the prophetic year of 360 days per year.
    In 606 BC the Jews were taken captive by Babylon. 2520 years later in 1914 AD the first WW began on the 9th Av.
    Nebuchadnezzar’s madness lasted 2520 days.
    In 587 BC Jerusalem was destroyed. 2520 years later in 1933 the second WW broke out on the 11th April.
    Jerusalem was reclaimed on 7th June 1967. 2520 weeks later takes us up to 23rd September 2015.
    As we saw earlier the moon is critical for the Jewish faith. The apogee (furtherest distance from the earth to the moon) is 252,000 miles.
    7 hours = 2520 seconds.
    The Tribulation lasts 2520 days.
    The number 2520 is found throughout the dimensions of the Temple and the Alter.
    Let us “occupy” diligently, but at the same time live our lives as if our Lord were coming for us today. The next few years look set to be the most exciting we have ever known. @RaptureReady777

  • TheresaEH

    I thought the rapture occurred in 1988;P Here is a book selection for you to read when the rapture does not happen next Tuesday.

  • Michael J. Lichens

    Thanks for sharing that article, Noel. Curious to learn more.

    I know there are several views of this even and it’s always interesting to read more about it.

  • Joseph Michael

    DON’T BE LIKE THE FOOLISH VIRGINS! Rapture is imminent! The 3rd Temple will be rebuilt. War is on the horizon. This TETRAD on Passover & Sukkot is a certain sign as G-d tells us in Genesis. Especially when we have Solar Eclipses on Rosh Hashanah and Nisan 1 and 9th of Ave. Both Temples were destroyed hundreds of years apart on ninth of Ave. Wake up! (Romans 3:11) Even the EXACT DATE ISRAEL was Re-born is easily calculated from the Holy Bible. It is in the plain text and very simple to add up! Why would the Rapture have to occur in 1988? That is ridiculous since Yeshua said that the Generation would NOT PASS AWAY that sees Israel Re-born. A generation in Psalm 90 is “70 years and then we fly away” 1948 + 70 =2018. Soooo Be HARPAZO/RAPIEMUR/CAUGHT UP/RAPTURE READY TODAY!!!(1413=1413 YES!!! John 14:1-3 = 1 Thes 4:13-)

  • Joseph Michael
  • noelfitz

    Hi Michael,

    many thanks for your post.

    I find CE a wonderful source of encouragement and support.

    My spiritual adviser (faith friend) suggested I do some spiritual reading daily, and I do this now using CE.

    So I am delighted to be here, and thanks again.

  • Stephen Beale

    I just want to express my gratitude for the feedback this article has generated. It’s much appreciated. – Stephen Beale

  • Jfd6400

    Please stop with the rapture. There is no rapture and there never was! Why Protestants believe this is beyond me?

  • There are so many great historical stories from Warren Carrol’s series on Christianity, it would be cool if you continued writing about it from time to time.


  • Sherif Morcos

    I had read about this incident before, but did not know it was described by so many historians, including the pagan Ammianus Marcellinus. As you mention in the piece, I find his matter of fact mention of the story without any sort of qualification to be the strongest evidence in favor of its veracity.

    What I wonder however, is how much can we trust the text of Marcellinus’s history for this particular incident? According to the Wikipedia entry for Marcellinus, “his work has suffered terribly from manuscript transmission.” Apparently the oldest surviving manuscript is from a ninth century Carolingian text. Knowing this, is it not possible that this manuscript or perhaps an earlier one was modified by a pious monk in order to put corroborating words into Marcellinus’s mouth? This kind of thing is certainly not unheard of. The Testimonium Flavianum found in Josephus’s history which appears to corroborate that Jesus was the Jewish messiah and was executed by Jewish leaders is now known to most likely be a forgery inserted into the text, possibly by a medieval Byzantine monk.

    As a believing Christian, I believe that the story about the foiled rebuilding attempt is indeed genuine, but the skeptical historical side of me needs to expel all doubt about any possible tampering with the story through the 16 and a half centuries separating us from the events.

  • Nick_from_Detroit

    “A generation in Psalm 90 is ’70 years and then we fly away’ 1948 + 70 =2018.”

    That’s not correct, I’m afraid, Mr. Michael.
    How long did Israel wander in the desert after the spies convinced the people not to attack the Amal’ekites? 40 years. How long were the reigns of kings Saul, David, and Solomon? 40 years each.

    A generation in the Bible is always 40 years.
    G-d Bless!

  • tofubamboo

    I am a Catholic and I believe.

  • Nick_from_Detroit

    The so-called “rapture” is not Catholic teaching. It was made-up in the early 1800s, by a Protestant. God Bless!

  • Stephen Beale

    Definitely, there is so much there. I am roughly halfway through the series now.

  • JohnnyCuredents

    “No one knows when that day or hour will come —not the angels in heaven, not the Son, but only the Father. ” ‘Nough said.

  • Kevin

    Joseph Michael, what do you make of Jesus’ promise that ‘no-one can know the day nor the hour’ ? I’m pretty sure when Jesus said ‘no-one’ that included you.

  • Mark

    Excellent article. Was not aware of it. Our God is awesmoe in might and power.

  • Joseph Michael

    Kevin Kevin Keeeevvvin! WAKE UP!!!!!! (Romans 13:11) What Will Be Your Excuse For Not Passing These Greatest TRUTHS Of Our Day Along To Others??? Jesus says, “No Man Knows The Day Nor The Hour” But Right After Jesus Commands Us To Know When It Is Near, Even At The Door!!! Saint Paul says, “But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.” (1 Thes 5:1-5) ALL SIGNS ARE APPEARING, JESUS SAYS WATCH!!!

  • Joseph Michael

    Johnny Johnny Jooohhny! What Will Be Your Excuse For Not Passing These Greatest TRUTHS Of Our Day Along To Others??? Jesus says, “No Man Knows The Day Nor The Hour” But Right After Jesus Commands Us To Know When It Is Near, Even At The Door!!! Saint Paul says, “But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.” (1 Thes 5:1-5) ALL SIGNS ARE APPEARING, JESUS SAYS WATCH!!!

  • Joseph Michael

    Jesus Commands you to know when it is near! Jesus was upset that they did not read the signs of His first coming and missed it! Will you miss it again?! There are more than 108 detailed Prophecies about Jesus’ first coming that came true exactly as it was written in the Bible. Do you not think that the more than 300 detailed Prophecies about Jesus’ second coming will not also come true? YES THEY WILL!!! AND TO THE LETTER!!! AND YOU CAN COUNT ON IT!!!

  • Joseph Michael

    As the General replied at the Battle of the Bulge, “NUTS” !!! Yeshua said that “The Generation WILL NOT PASS AWAY” before all is fulfilled! Psalm 90 does say a generation lasts before it dies out> “70 years then we fly away” ! Nick, we can calculate to the day when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday which we celebrate this Sunday! The Bible even tells us that Yeshua will be on a baby donkey! (Zech 9:9) SO YOU ARE CERTAINLY NOT CORRECT AT ALL! GodofIsraelisReal d o c m

  • JohnnyCuredents

    I’ll watch and not pretend I can read signs even better than Jesus. Things are always “right at the door” Michael, because life is short. It’s too short to play the guessing game you lay out for us here. Even what you say makes hay of your assertions. If there were indeed “more than 108” detailed prophecies about Jesus’ coming, then anyone living around the time of, say, Prophecy # 71 would probably have wasted a lot of time guessing the exact date, wouldn’t he?

  • rsmyth75

    Whatever happened to this creep, Julian?

  • Nick_from_Detroit

    Joseph Michael,
    The word “generation” does not appear in Psalm 90:10. It also says 80 years, does it not? So, which is it? 2018? Or, 2028? You are wrenching this quote completely out of context, I’m afraid.
    Plus, the Greek word used in Matt.24:34 is genea, which means 30-40 years. The fact remains, the Hebrews, Israelites, and the Jews of the 1st century, A.D., all used the word “generation” to indicate a period of 40 years.
    So, in Mt.24 (known also as “The Little Apocalypse”), Mk13., & Lk.21, Christ is giving a prophecy of the destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70. This is also the primary meaning of Saint John’s vision recorded in the Apocalypse.
    The destruction of the Temple & Jerusalem are a foreshadowing of the end of the age, i.e., the end of the world. But, the specific signs were meant for the people of the first century.
    Please, if you are able, listen to Dr. Scott Hahn’s audio series The End. He explains all of this rather well. Hope that helps.
    God Bless!

  • Catherine de Aragon

    This is also the version in Wikipedia under its entry Julian (Emperor): “The failure to rebuild the Temple has been ascribed to the Galilee earthquake of 363, and to the Jews’
    ambivalence about the project. Sabotage is a possibility, as is an
    accidental fire. Divine intervention was the common view among Christian
    historians of the time.[104] Julian’s support of Jews caused Jews to call him “Julian the Hellene”.[105]

  • mrgees

    The ‘Rapture’ is described by our Protestant brothers as being taken up to Heaven while the other unbelievers left behind to suffer. First of all it would be unfair to unbelievers who do not know Christ, and many of us are in fault of that. In addition it contradicts the Bible at least in two places. See yourself the sequence at Matthew 13:29 “[…] At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.” There is no point to be Catholic and do not believe what the Church teaches. There will be no salvation, no joy in this. It is like going to a hospital, and rejecting the [Divine] orders of the doctor. After many years of going to such hospital a person would say for sure ‘this hospital does not work, for I am not better.’ Take courage, and do not be afraid. The Church and Christ are the same!

  • mrgees

    Dear Joseph Michael Let me cite the Bible:

    “You search the scriptures, because you think you have eternal life through them; even they testify on my behalf. But you do not want to come to me to have life.” John 5:39-40.

    “Know this first of all, that there is no prophecy of scripture that is a matter of personal interpretation, for no prophecy ever came through human will; but rather human beings moved by the holy Spirit spoke under the influence of God.” 2 Peter 1:20-21

    And I speak very seriously now – By trying to be learned you offend God. You make His love a matter of knowledge of Him. If this is knowledge that is needed then whome are you blame for lack of knowledge of Eve in the Garden? Well, she knew everything she needed. It is the heart of her that closed with fear of not being loved by God, and she trusted the evil one that he was the real friend. Do you think that you would react better than her with all your knowledge? I tell you – unless you open your heart to God, and trust Him no matter what then you are in real danger. If you trust God, however, then you will not be interpretting the Bible your way, but listen to the Church Christ builds. Trust in God. He loves you more than you can imagine. Be ready for your end of times, for it will surelly come. May your heart will be set on God at that time without fear. Blessings!

  • James H, London

    He got delusions of grandeur, I think. He thought himself the reincarnation of Alexander the Great; he read the entrails of a slave girl in the remains of the Serapium in Alexander, and went out to face the Parthians in Mesopotamia. He never came back.

  • Michael

    I supposed the Wise Men wasted time figuring out the time of the Kings arrival! No! Yeshua is pleased when we study His Love letter the #1 selling book in all of world history and find His TRUTH! Yes, Yeshua (Jesus) is Wonderful!!! In fact read Daniel Chapter 9 and see that Yeshua’s Entry into Jerusalem is predicted to the EXACT DAY!!! Bible Reference: We are told to add the total number of years given to us in Daniel chapter 9, which is 483 years, and count this 483 years from the Date of the Decree to Rebuild Jerusalem! This important date of reference is given to us in Nehemiah 2:1 . WOW! When we do this we actually arrive EXACTLY on Palm Sunday!!! YES!!! To the very DAY!!! The Bible even says that Yeshua will be on a baby donkey on that day! Read Zech 9:9!!! WOW! This is why Jesus said (when the leaders told Him to tell the people to “Be Quiet”), “If I did that, then these very stones would cry out, “Hosanna Hosanna in the Highest!!!” “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!!!” Why did Jesus say that??? I always wondered about it! It is because it is written in the Bible and it HAD TO HAPPEN on that EXACT DATE. All Prophecies MUST and WILL be fulfilled!!!

  • Michael

    How very sad. Rapture is totally Catholic! Remember from St. Justin Martyr on down it was talked about! Protestants didn’t even exist until 1500+ years later? It is ONLY the Catholic Latin Vulgate Bible that even says Rapiemur. Greek is Harpazo. Jesus guarantees us a Rapture!!! Remember John 14:1-3 Jesus said, “In My Father’s House there are many dwelling places/masions, I go to prepare a place for you so that where I AM you may also be.” But Jesus told all Catholics that if we follow Him we will “Escape these things coming upon the world” (Luke 21:36). Escape is “Ekphuego” in Greek and means “to be taken out of time and place” Also did you know? 1413=1413? YES! (John 14:1-3) = (1Thes 4:13-). Also check out all these scriptures for total proof that Harpazo is NEXT! >>> (1 Cor 15:50) (Malachi 3:17) (Rev 3:8,10) (Rev 11:12) (Isaiah 26:19-21) (John 11:25-26) (Philippians 3:20-21) (1 Thes 1:10) (1 Thes 5:9) (2 Thes 2:7) (Mat 21:34-36) (Jude 1:14) (Titus 2:13) (Romans 5:9) (Gen 5:24) (Heb 11:5) (II Kings 2:11-18) Be Rapiemur (“Caught Up” 1 Thes 4:13-) Ready!!!

  • Michael

    Rapture is totally Catholic! Remember from St. Justin Martyr on down it was talked about! Protestants didn’t even exist until 1500+ years later? It is ONLY the Catholic Latin Vulgate Bible that even says Rapiemur. Greek is Harpazo. Jesus guarantees us a Rapture!!! Remember John 14:1-3 Jesus said, “In My Father’s House there are many dwelling places/masions, I go to prepare a place for you so that where I AM you may also be.” But Jesus told all Catholics that if we follow Him we will “Escape these things coming upon the world” (Luke 21:36). Escape is “Ekphuego” in Greek and means “to be taken out of time and place” Also did you know? 1413=1413? YES! (John 14:1-3) = (1Thes 4:13-). Also check out all these scriptures for total proof that Harpazo is NEXT! >>> (1 Cor 15:50) (Malachi 3:17) (Rev 3:8,10) (Rev 11:12) (Isaiah 26:19-21) (John 11:25-26) (Philippians 3:20-21) (1 Thes 1:10) (1 Thes 5:9) (2 Thes 2:7) (Mat 21:34-36) (Jude 1:14) (Titus 2:13) (Romans 5:9) (Gen 5:24) (Heb 11:5) (II Kings 2:11-18) Be Rapiemur (“Caught Up” 1 Thes 4:13-) Ready!!!

  • Michael

    Who cares! 2018 or 2028??? That would ONLY be when the generation, by logic, has to die out. Yeshua said that the generation WILL NOT PASS AWAY before it all goes down! It is appears to be much sooner! Tetrads & Solar Eclipses on Jewish feast days ONLY happen when HUGE events take place. 2014 & 2015 ARE UPON US! When I say ALL SIGNS ARE APPEARING, I MEAN IT! Literally Hundreds of Biblical signs are happening now! From increasing volcanoes to earthquakes to animal die offs to the re-establishment of Israel to Jerusalem being retaken to the Hebrew language restored and Israel added 250 million trees in last century(No other nation on earth added any trees) to knowledge EXPLODING, (China mixing Human DNA with animals) Persia(ran) has the nukes, Israel suppliing fruit to the world, Jerusalem a burdensome stone to the whole world, America negotiating the division of G-d’s real estate in the face of a dire warning from G-d Almighty etc etc etc ThereisProof dot com

  • Michael

    Dont you realize Jesus promises a crown in Revelation to all those WATCHMEN who warn the people and are ready, LOVING HIS Appearing!?
    I know if the FULLNESS OF THE TRUTH were told at the pulpit, the Holy Roman Catholic Churches would NOT be empty. The HOMOHERESY has decimated the Catholic Church-another sign of the Rapture which Jesus told us to watch for. I know, I attended St. Johns Seminary Camarillo and have seen it with my own eyes. I have also shared Yeshua’s Message to me with the top people in the Church who could help bring about a revival in the Church. I have known for many years as a close friend, the highest ranking American in history serving at the Vatican. GodofIsraelisReal dot com

  • JohnnyCuredents

    Well, amigo mío, if indeed it’s a ”love letter”, then I suggest you stop treating it as if it were the New York Times’ Sunday crossword puzzle.

  • Nick_from_Detroit

    Who cares? Shouldn’t you, Michael?
    If Daniel predicted, “to the day,” Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, why can’t you?
    The generation to which Christ was speaking was the one who heard Him speak, in the first century. A.D. 30 plus 40 years equals A.D. 70. ALL OF THE SIGNS mentioned in Mt.24, Mk.13, Lk.21, and the Apocalypse were accomplished before the destruction of the Temple. You are looking for events that have already happened, I’m afraid. G-d Bless!

  • Nick_from_Detroit

    I didn’t claim that the word “rapture” isn’t found in the Vulgate, Michael.
    The concept of people being raptured up into the clouds, and others being “left behind” is a Protestant notion, popularized in the early 19th Century by John Darby. Name one of the early Church Fathers who taught anything resembling the so-called “rapture”?
    You sound like fundamentalists Jack Van Impe and John Hagee.
    The Catholic Church in no way teaches a pre-trib rapture, being left behind, or Millennialism. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, para. 1038, this is how the end will come:
    First, all the dead will receive their resurrected bodies. Then Christ, with all the angels, will come, and He will separate the “sheeps from the goats.” The damned go to the fires of Gehenna, the righteous go to the “new Heaven and new Earth,” and Purgatory is no more.

    The Last Judgement of Christ may not come for another 1,000 years. Or, it might come 10 minutes after you read this. We need to be constantly ready for His return, because we’ll never know when He will. G-d Bless!

  • Michael

    Speak English! Love is a commitment to serve and care for. It has nothing to do with being meek in a discussion. The Bible Is Proven TRUTH! Read and learn ma boy. Don’t always sip milk when you can eat meat as St Paul advised>>> ThereisProof dot com

  • Michael

    You missed the entire point Nicky boyo! 2018-2018 matters very little when you consider IT IS GOING DOWN NOW!!!!!! All and I mean ALL signs are appearing! Wake Up!(Romans 13:11) You are in a total dream world just like the Pharises of Jesus day. And Yeshua was upset that they missed ALL OF THE MANY SIGNS!!! Here is one more of a thousand signs we are approaching the Tribulation very very soon AND that means the Rapture comes FIRST! > 600,000 horse riding Cossacks Now!!!
    The Cossacks played a key role in Crimea’s reabsorption into Russia. Primarily, they are committed to assisting the motherland take or keep any land they choose. They are rabidly pro-Orthodox and will defend the church at any cost as well. Cossacks are from the Ukraine/Crimea area historically, a caste of warriors who have guarded the borders of the empire for centuries – “Eastern Cowboys” of sorts, but known for their brutality. No one really knows ethnically who they are, but they are still around, today a paramilitary force throughout Russia. Oh, and the main thing they are known for? They ride horses exclusively. A few years ago, Putin signed a law not only giving them the status of state militia, but they are paid by the government, and they answer to Putin who determines who their ranking officers are. No longer a rag-tag lot of self-appointed vigilante types, today they are 600,000+ strong: a great company, splendidly clothed, armed with swords – and ready to go when Putin says so. I find that quite interesting in light of Ezekiel’s prophecy.
    I suggest that the West will never see this situation for what it is because the new spiritual dimension here will completely elude the secular West, and so the Russian invasion of Israel just might catch most everyone off guard, as suggested in Ezekiel 38:13.
    I would encourage you to do your own homework on these things, and keep looking up as the hour is late. Go to my web site and read about the Rapture! If you cdon’t agree with me then…well you must be illiterate!!!! Go ahead and have the last word loohoohooohhooos….er BibleProvenTrue dot com
    Goooooood byyyyyeeee!!! 😎 I get blocked so good riddens!

  • Michael

    Did Jesus Say Anything About The Escape? You Better Believe He Did!!! And He Said It Plainly!!! So Listen To His Words!!!

    Catholics have told me they don’t believe in the Evacuation because Jesus never talked about it. But is that really true?

    For one thing, Paul talked about the Escape and he got his information from Jesus. When he was on the road to Damascus Jesus appeared unto him and said, “rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in which I will appear unto thee” (Acts 26:16). Jesus commissioned Paul to witness to what he had seen and what he would see in the future. Some might say Jesus didn’t reveal the Rapture to Paul in the future, but there is overwhelming evidence that he did.

    We find that in Paul’s words to the Thessalonians when he said, “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (I Thess 4:13-18). Notice that he said he was speaking “by the word of the Lord” (verse 15). He is saying this teaching on the Rapture is a direct revelation from Jesus. He made a similar claim about the gospel he preached (Gal. 1:11-12).

    Then, there is that conversation that Jesus had with Martha when He raised Lazarus from the dead. Our Lord said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die” (Jn. 11:25-26)?Deceased believers (the dead in Christ) will live or be raised from the dead. And the living believers will never die (will be changed. And both will be caught up or Raptured in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye (I Thess. 4:17; I Cor. 15:51-52).

    Those who think Jesus didn’t talk about the Rapture are on shaky ground. He proved that He can raise those who are dead and buried when He raised Lazarus (Jn. 11:42-43). And the fact that Enoch was translated without dying (Gen. 5:24; Heb. 11:5), and Elijah went up without dying (II Kings 2:11), and Paul was called up into the third heaven (II Cor. 2:2-4) proves that God can do that. In fact, “with God all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26).

  • Michael

    The Upper Room Discourse and the Rapture Texts Match!!! 1413=1413
    WOW!!! REVELATION!!! 1THESSALONIANS 4:13 = JOHN 14:1-3 WOW!!! 1413=1413!!! GOD HAS INSPIRED THE NUMERICAL TEXT SYSTEM/JOHN 6:66 IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE!!! (In this text John writes that those poor disciples no longer would follow Jesus!)
    Studying in the middle of the night we were blown away to discover that the Rapture which was first revealed by Christ the night before His crucifixion in John 14:1-3, (Part of The Upper Room Discourse of John 13-17) just happens to point us to 1Thes 4:13 of the exact same numbers & theme, where Paul begins to tell us about the Rapture mystery!!! These most beautiful words of Jesus’ teachings the night before His death, provides the Catholic Church with powerful TRUTHS! And Yes, The Rapture of believers is one of these powerful TRUTHS included in Christ’s last minute disclosure! (That we may be where He is!)
    Comparing John 14:1-3 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13 we see amazing parallels! The obvious fact that John 14:1-3 is a rapture reference is supported by the progression of words and thoughts when compared to Paul’s more extensive rapture passage (1 Thess. 4:13-18). This is exactly what Christ said in the Upper Room Discourse! Jesus said that He would introduce them to items the night before His death and later when the Holy Spirit would come He would expand upon them more fully.
    Read these passages again prayerfully and you may see the obvious, that the words are almost an exact parallel! They follow one another in both passages in exactly the same order! Only the righteous are dealt with in each case! There is not a single irregularity in the progression of words from first to last! Both scripture passages take the believer from the troubles of earth to the glories of heaven!
    In light of comparing Scripture with Scripture, it appears obvious that Jesus’ teaching in John 14:1-3 and Paul’s revelation in 1 Thessalonians 4:13 speak of the same event-the Rapture of the Church! How else does one explain the progression of eight specific words/phrases in exactly the same order, in two different passages, by two different spokesmen? It is clear that these passages refer to a single future event — the Rapture of the Catholic Church Believers & those of other separated Believers! Yes! We learn that the Catholic Church’s blessed hope was first revealed by our Lord on the eve of His crucifixion to His disciples as they grieved over His departure. Later, the doctrine of the Rapture was explained in greater detail via Paul’s revelation to give comfort to the Thessalonians who were faced with a similar problem of departing loved ones that Jesus dealt with in the Upper Room with His disciples. Now, 2,000 years later and all around the world, today’s Catholic Church can be comforted by the hope that in the next moment of time we could be face-to-face with our Lord, in the Father’s house, via the Rapture of the Church. May it occur today! Maranatha!!! Maranatha!!! Maranatha Lord Jesus, Yeshua!!!
    Parallels between 1 Thess 4 and John 14:

    1 Thess 4:13-17 ~ John 14:1-3
    that ye sorrow not ~ Let not your heart be troubled
    For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again ~ ye believe in God, believe also in me
    For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord ~ if it were not so, I would have told you
    For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven ~ I will come again
    caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air ~ and receive you unto myself
    and so shall we ever be with the Lord. ~ that where I am, there ye may be also.
    1 Thess 4:13-
    13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
    14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
    15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
    16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
    17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
    18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

    John 14:1-3
    1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
    2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
    3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
    4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

    Jesus warned us in the scriptures, “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to ESCAPE* all these things that shall come to pass, and to STAND BEFORE THE SON OF MAN.” (Luke 21:36) The word “Escape” used here in the Bible is the Greek word “Ekpheugo” meaning to take out of time & place.

  • Nick_from_Detroit

    The books of the New Testament were not written with numbered chapters and verses. The modern division of chapters found in most bibles today was developed in the 13th Century, A.D., by Archbishop Stephen Langton.

    The verse numbers which we use today were not invented until the 16th Century. And they were used for keeping the lines straight for the typesetters who printed bibles with the new printing presses.
    Any similarity between two verses and their chapter/verse numbers will ALWAYS BE COINCIDENTAL.
    Again, you are delving into Jack Van Impe clap-trap.
    The Catholic Church has never taught anything close to the so-called “rapture.” And She never will. G-d Bless!

  • JohnnyCuredents

    OK, enough is enough, as they say. What you write resembles English and, if it made any sense, might also be English. Unfortunately, it doesn’t. It’s not that what you say is meek or bold; it’s that it is verbose, shot through with specious logic, and needlessly arcane. I’ll grant that at least your lucubrations cause no great harm and could even mildly entertain those addicted to detective fiction. But I’m not one of the latter, so adieux et amuse-toi, mon ami.

  • Hans-Georg Lundahl

    I presume that if the “abomination of desolation”, Daniel 8:11, shall ever have taken place in the endtimes fulfilment of the prophecy (an earlier one involved Antiochus Epiphanes), that will have been about the Eucharistic Sacrifice and that there the restoration of the sanctuary Daniel 8:14 will in such a case be about precisely the Eucharistic Sacrifice. Not about the Temple.

  • Hans-Georg Lundahl

    That said, the same day Bergoglio’s phone call became public knowledge, April 23, a crucifix erected in 1998 (divide that by three and see what you get) according to the model of that of Wojtyla’s crooked cross fell over and killed a man who lived in his own town in what might be called “Roncalli” street.

  • Hans-Georg Lundahl

    “a good guy, who wanted to go back to the old Hellenistic times”

    Some may have considered the old Hellenistic king Antiochus Epiphanes like that too.