And Jerusalem will be conquered and trampled down by the Gentiles until the age of the Gentiles comes to an end. – Luke 21:24


Jesus saw a terrible scene coming to Jerusalem in the not-too-distant future. He saw the Roman legions invading Jerusalem and completely destroying it in A.D. 70. Josephus, the Jewish historian, reported that more than one million Jews died during this invasion, thousands of them by crucifixion outside of Jerusalem. The city was so leveled that a plow was pulled across it from side to side. David also foretold this horrible event: “You have renounced your covenant with him, for you have thrown his crown in the dust. You have broken down the walls protecting him and laid in ruins every fort defending him” (Psalm 89:39-40).

The price for rejecting truth is high, and history, unfortunately, is strewn with the wreckage of civilizations that did just that. Joshua told the Israelites that if they forsook the Lord, He would turn against them, bring disaster on them, and make an end of them (Joshua 24:20). God gives a season of opportunity to repent, but then, like a potter fashioning his pot, He destroys the vessel and makes another.

Determine to be like Joshua, who said, “But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). History will prove you right!


And Jerusalem will be conquered and trampled down by the Gentiles until the age of the Gentiles comes to an end. – Luke 21:24




I have allotted to you as an inheritance all the land of the nations yet unconquered, as well as the land of those we have already conquered—from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. – Joshua 23:4

Although the Israelites had been granted the victory, it still took them a long time to subdue their enemies. “Little by little” and “inch by inch” is the pattern for gaining the territory promised to you. Sometimes your progress may be very slow, but you must fight on because every enemy you leave in your territory will become “a pain in your side and a thorn in your eyes” (Joshua 23:13).

Christ Himself is now seated at the right hand of God until He makes your enemies a footstool for your feet (Luke 20:43). Though the battle may be long, you are assured a victory in the end: “Each one of you will put to flight a thousand of the enemy, for the Lord your God fights for you, just as he has promised” (Joshua 23:10). Fight on until every promise from God comes true, for surely the enemy who contests you is trying to resist the Word of God. The promise in Psalm 89:23 is clear: “I will beat down his adversaries before him and destroy those who hate him.”

In the midst of the long battle, remember that your character is being transformed. “Count it all joy” . . . your patience is growing (James 1:2 KJV)!

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