Matthew 24:1-2 Jesus left and was going away from the temple when his disciples came to him to show him the temple's buildings. "Yes, " he said, "You may well look at all these. I tell you this: not a single stone here will be left in its place; every one of them will be thrown down.


When Jerusalem was captured by the Romans in 70 AD, nearly the entire city and the temple was raised to the ground by the Tenth Legion (Fretensis) under Vespasian. Jesus' prophecy had come true. Excavations, continuously ongoing on the temple mount have cleared away a lot of the debris of the destruction to reveal some of the ruins of the 2nd temple period. All that remains of Herod's temple is the Western Wall, now the holiest site for orthodox Jews. (Photo. Jack Kilmon)