August 10, 70 AD
Roman destruction of Jerusalem

On August 10, 70 A.D. (the 9th of the Jewish month of Av), according to Jewish chronology, the very day when the King of Babylon burned Solomon’s Temple in 586 B.C., the newly renovated Temple of Herod was burned by the Roman general, Titus, following a Jewish revolt that began a few years earlier, in 66. After months of siege about the city, Titus took the city on this date and put it to the torch, burning the Temple, leaving not one stone upon another.

With destruction of Jerusalem, the prophecy of Jesus that one stone would not be left upon another was fulfilled. The gold of the Temple melted when the Temple itself was burned and flowed into the cracks between stone pavers. Soldiers tore the stones apart to retrieve the gold, fulfilling Jesus’ prophecy. The Menorah and other vessels of the Temple were taken to Rome and the treasury robbed. As the prophet Daniel had predicted, the Temple was destroyed after the Messiah had presented himself to Israel (cf. Daniel 9:26; Luke 19:41-45).