|Deuteronomy 18:15-19 |
16 According to all that you desired of the LORD your God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, 'Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, so that I will not die.'
17 And the LORD said to me, 'They have well spoken that which they have spoken.
18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brothers, like you, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak to them all that I command him.
19 And it shall come to pass, that whoever will not heed [listen to and obey] my words that he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.2 [The prophet is Jesus, the new covenant of light given to all nations; so this warning applies to all nations, all men. Jesus, the light given to every man that comes into the world, so they might believe, John 1:7,9, annonymously pleads with every man to turn from his evil ways; and when a man dies, those words he heard and ignored will be remembered, and will judge him. John 12:48.]
2 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brothers, like you, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak to them all that I command him. And it shall come to pass, that whoever will not heed [listen to and obey] my words that he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. That prophet to be raised up like Moses was Jesus Christ, who only spoke what he heard the Father say, only did what he saw the Father do, and only judged as he heard the Father judge. Jesus said:
And the Jews did not listen to him. Instead they insisted that the Romans crucify him: They [the multitude of Jews] all said to him [Pilate, the Roman governor],
"Let him be crucified." Mat 27:22-23.
We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he claimed to be the Son of God." John 19:7
Then all the people answered, and said, "His blood be on us, and on our children." Mat 27:25
And so, thirty-seven years later, the curse came to pass:
The end of the Jewish Kingdom was in 70 AD. In the first of several Jewish rebellions against Rome, most of the Jews were massacred and the temple in Jerusalem was completely destroyed by the Roman Prince, Titus, in 70 AD. Titus, who later became emperor of Rome, was the son of the Emperor Vespasian. Josephus, a first century historian, wrote that 1.1 million Jews died and hundreds of thousands were forced out of the country and into exile and slavery. The severity of Rome's destruction of Israel stemmed from The Great Revolt of the Jews against the Roman Empire in which Jewish rebels defeated the XII Roman Legion, killing 6,000 Roman troops and wounding many more — it was one of the worst defeats in Roman history, a humiliating defeat by a Jewish rag-tag group of rebels, and with loss of the legion's aquilla or Eagle, (Rome's standard); and because the Eagle symbolized Rome, (Eagle lost, honor lost; honor lost, all lost), Rome was insulted, shocked, outraged, and resolved to inflict severe retribution on the Jews.
In a later Jewish rebellion against Rome in 135 AD, the Roman Emperor Hadrian further destroyed Jerusalem and Israel. Cassius Dio, a second century historian, counted 580,000 Jews killed, 50 fortified towns and 985 villages destroyed, and all the remaining Jews exiled to countries throughout the Roman Empire and eventually scattered and re-scattered throughout the world.
And God's warning: whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him, came to pass for each man when they experienced the Day of the Lord at their death. See Howgill's outstanding writing describing the Day of the Lord for the righteous and the wicked.