Matthew 24:1-2. “And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and His disciples came to Him for to shew Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, “See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”
Does it seem here as if the the disciples still didn’t really have a clear understanding of Who Jesus was? Why would they take Him to show Him the temple if they understood that He was God, Messiah, Immanuel? He designed the temple!
This was the temple that King Herod had built, and it was one of the wonders of those times. Built of white marble, it was about 500 cubits squared. Five hundred cubits is just a little more than 820 feet. For the sake of comparison, a football field is 300 feet. You can see that this was a very large building, very impressive in its size, it’s materials, and its workmanship.
Jesus made the astonishing prophecy that not one stone of this building would be left standing upon another, and we know from 3:36 that He said it would happen in that present generation. His prophecy was fulfilled in a.d. 70, when Rome brutally destroyed the temple and subjugated Israel completely, dispersing many of the people to other lands.
What Rome didn’t understand is that this dispersal would be the vehicle of Christianity throughout Asia, Europe, and into Africa.