Archaeologists in Israel have discovered the weapons used by the Romans in the destruction of the Second Temple as prophesied by Jesus Christ in the New Testament.


Christ made this prophecy in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke when he had a conversation with his disciples while leaving the temple. In Matthew 24:2, he said this to his followers “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.

Picture: Some of the stones used in the destruction of the Second Temple

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), which is the governmental authority responsible for excavation and conservation in the Holy Land, announced the discovery of stones believed to have been used as projectiles to bring down the walls of Jerusalem and the temple during the Roman siege in 70 A.D. 


The ministry of Jesus Christ which was started in A.D 27 to A.D 30 was active while the temple was standing. The Second Temple also referred to as Herod’s great temple, was the only temple in Jerusalem during the period of Christ’s ministry and stood even after his death, resurrection and ascension. This led to scholars concluding that this is indeed the temple Christ referred to in the scripture.


IAA archaeologist, Kfir Arbiv, used computerized ballistic calculations to recreate the ancient battle based on findings from a 2,000-year-old battleground uncovered in the Russian Compound, in Israel.


“With the help of the computer, I recorded the location spot of all the ballista, and taking into account the local topography and the location of the Second Temple-period city fortification walls, I made ballistic calculations, including the launching angle, and the throwing distance of the stones,” 


So far, the dig has uncovered hundreds of ballista stones of various sizes that were launched from what Arbiv described as “sophisticated bolt-throwing machines” from distances as far as more than 400 yards.


The Second Temple period spanned from 516 B.C. and 70 A.D., when in a historic battle, the Roman army led by general Titus captured the Holy City and destroyed the temple following a four-month effort to suppress a revolt by the Jewish people that had begun four years earlier.


These findings add up to those found over the years including an over 2,000-year-old Jewish ritual bath and a path leading from the city gates and the pool of Siloam to the Temple. Aside from these, several biblical-related discoveries have also been made over time.


In 2020, the infamous church of Laodicea was discovered by Turkish archaeologist Cecal Simsek. In that same year, the remains of the reign of King Manasseh were also discovered in Jerusalem.