THE ARCH OF TITUS
Good afternoon all you fine people out there!
How have you been this last week? I have been ill with bronchitis again but with the healing hand of Jesus, I am getting better. While I was sick, I stumbled on this amazing information. Check it out…
The Arch of Titus is named after Emperor Titus who ruled from 79 to 81 AD he never saw it finished. So why was it named after him and what’s so important about the arch? Let’s look into a little background first…
Except for a brief 3 month reign by Julius Sabinus, Titus Flavius Vespasianus II became the next Emperor after his father’s, Titus Flavius Vespasianus I, death in June 23, 79 AD. His father, Vespasian, was a savvy military man and when commissioned to subdue the Jewish rebellion in Judea, he did so with an iron fist. It was so successful that the Romans named him Emperor even before the job was finished in 69 AD. Vespasian left Judea to rule the Roman Empire leaving Titus in charge of finishing the rebellion in Judea.
And Titus did just that, crushing the Jewish cities throughout Judea then turning his armies to the sacred city of Jerusalem. There, during the celebration of passover swelling with Jewish people from all over, he set the city under siege. He had a perfect plan for defeat; prevent any food from going in and any people from coming out. Then he waited. Only after starvation made the Jewish soldiers weak did Titus attacked, sending in four legions of hardened soldiers. There was no way the Jews could resist for long. It only took two weeks for the Romans to break through the outer wall and evenless time to break through the inner wall. Then the Roman soldiers attacked the last stronghold, the scared Temple. They massacred every last Jewish resistance then looted the Temple, burning it to the ground. All of this gave Titus great standing when he returned back home. Parading the beautiful gold and silver pieces from the temple brought cheers from the Roman people. And especially one piece, the huge golden menorah from the inner room of the Temple. Due to his “success” in Judea he was made Emperor in 79 AD.
However his reign was only a few years before he succumbed to an illness and died. His brother, Domitian, then became the next Emperor. But he was disliked by theRoman people and he did his best to change their attitude. As emperor, he increased is late father’s status from Emperor to god. He then built the famous colosseum in which bloody battles took place solely for Roman entertainment. Titus also began work on a memorial arch commemorating his military triumph over the Jews in Judea. In another effort to gain popularity Domitian named the arch, The Arch of Titus to commemorate is beloved brother. And it is this arch that is of the greatest interest because there carved into the stone on the underside of the arch are some of Titus “greatest” feats. It is a historical account that has lasted almost 2,000 years.
What the arch gives us, is a photographic-type record of carvings making it more valuable than any history book. Oneof the scenes depicts the loot the Romans ransacked from the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. The menorah can be clearly seen as well as the table of show bread (at an angle), and the silver trumpets that called the Jews to Rosh Hashanah. This is proof that the splendor that is depicted in scripture of Solomon’s Temple is accurate. Another proof of the siege in Judea is found on ancient Roman coins of Titus’s time. The words Jvdea Capta is Latin for Judea Captive. One side of
|Depiction of the carving|
metal are evidence of the crushed, captured and enslaved the Jewish nation and the ransacking of the holy Jewish Temple.
But there is more…the carvings on the arch freeze in time a prophetic event. One that Jesus prophesized Himself over 30 years before it took place and almost 40 years before it was carved in stone. What is the prophecy? “And Jesus said to them, doyou not see all these things? Assuredly I say to you not one stone shall be left here upon another that shall not be thrown down.” Matthew 24:2. “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. They will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the gentiles…” Luke 21:20-24. And that’s exactly what happened.
Some try to claim that the wailing wall, the only surviving portion of the outer wall of the ancient Jewish Temple, and the sight of the holy Temple is only a myth. Nevertheless, the ancient stone carvings and metal coins prove otherwise. Though the siege of Jerusalem was horrific, God is using it for good.
Until next time, God bless and take care,
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