Just prior to the Lord Jesus' crucifixion, He publicly foretold the destruction of Jerusalem. This judgment would be a time of great tribulation for the Jews, and was brought about by their sinful rejection and murder of God's Messiah.
Informative, Well-Reasoned Sermon Bill, thank you for your extensive labors in God's Word to set forth the truth concerning the awful ramifications of rejecting the Son of God.
Powerful, Important Sermon It has become politically-incorrect to speak plainly what the scriptures teach about the Jews being guilty of crucifying Jesus Christ. A new persecution is mounting up, whereby the ADL (which authors hate-crime legislation) and other Zionist organizations call it "anti-semitic" to preach this. But should we be surprised? Who killed not only Christ (albeit by the providence of God), but also Stephen, and the apostle James (Fox's Book of Martyrs)? Who "took an oath" to kill Paul in Acts?
Jesus replied to Pilate, when asked why he made no answer: "You would have no power unless it had been given you from above, FOR THIS REASON HE WHO DELIVERED ME UP TO YOU HAS THE GREATER SIN"--i.e. Judas, and the conspiratorial Sanhedrin under the high priest Caiaphas, "who sought to kill him", which is repeated frequently thru the gospels. Israel, the Jews, must acknowledge their sin and repent, as Peter preached, before God will restore their land (see JewsagainstZionism.com). But also, Paul tells the Gentiles, "Be not high minded (that the Jews are cut off), BUT FEAR, for God is able to graft them in again". Has the "time of the Gentiles been fulfilled", is it time for judgment to come, as was done to Jerusalem, for Gentile apostasy, and apostate modern Christianity?