Following these overwhelming words is a prophecy, that Christ Himself would send unto them “prophets, and wise men, and scribes.”  Some of these the religious hypocrites, jealous of their own prerogatives, would slay, many by crucifixion.  Many would be scourged in the synagogues, and the unbelieving Jews would persecute them from city to city. 

It is noteworthy that Christ says that “I send unto you.”  He here declares not only His divine authority, but anticipates that victorious day when He would be received up into glory, and would reign at the right hand of the Father, possessing all power in heaven and in earth.  His sovereign rule over the affairs of men is here seen.  He sent the apostles and the early church first into Jerusalem and Judea, where, although many were converted, ultimately fierce persecution of the faith arose, as is recorded in the book of Acts.  In the end, the sovereign Lord Jesus avenged the blood of all the righteous of the earth upon that generation, by the armies of Titus Vespasian in 70 A.D.  It is the similarity of this apocalyptic language to that of Revelation which gives some possible credence to the theory that Revelation was written before 70 A.D. as a prophecy of the immediate destruction of Jerusalem which was to shatter so many religious ideals of that day.  

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