SIMON BAR KOCHBA & THE FINAL JEWISH REVOLT AGAINST ROME

Presentation by Rabbi Pini Dunner

 

Recommended reading. . .

The Jewish Revolts Against Rome & Jewish War Under Trajan and Hadrian

These two books are a must read; they show, once and for all, that the debacle begun by the Zealots and the Sicarii in the spring and fall of A.D.66 stretched all the way out into the third decade of the second century C.E.   Its predicted ending, according to what last days Christians used to believe about Ezekiel 38 and 39, was Christianity's triumph over forces that believed the kingdom of God would come to earth and be Judaea's by force of arms and by right of war.  This is a New Testament story and we can learn what it means best by seeing what happened in military terms that match historical reality and the rigor of what is true, rather than what is preferred.

The millennial interval between the downfall of Masada (in A.D. 73) and the onset of the Kitos Wars in A.D.116 was anything but tranquil or peaceful.  Under Jewish agitation thousands died in Cyrene, Egypt, Cyprus and Mesopotamia.  An "old world order" was disintegrating under the iron rod of the Ancient of Days and the exalted people of the saints of the Most High God and that process and that progress was unstoppable.  When, finally, Hadrian ascended to the helm of the Roman Empire, the smoldering embers that had been brewing for nearly seven decades was on the point of exploding into open war with such ferocity and fanaticism that even the mighty Romans were caught off guard and surprised.  These editions tell that story by giving us a sense of how desperate the notion of winning against Rome was to Jewish understanding of, not only the coming of the Messiah, but also the coming of the promised kingdom of God, as foretold in their Scriptures in Daniel 2:35 and 7:27.