Although the Temple was not destroyed until AD 70, there was a period of several years in which there were numerous signs that the presence of God had departed from the Temple, according to Josephus in Wars of the Jews (VI.289-309).
|Fall 62 to 70||Joshua (Jesus the son of Ananus) begins his prophesying|
|Late 65, early 66||Star like a sword and comet appear in night sky|
|March 20th, 66||Brilliant light on altar and sanctuary of the Temple|
|March 20th, 66||Doors of Eastern Gate open on their own|
|May 2nd, 66||Chariots and armies seen in the sky throughout Judea|
|May 16th, 66||Voice from Inner Court, “We are leaving from here.”|
|September 66||Judea invaded by troops under the Roman general Cestius Gallus|
|Spring 67 to 70||The war resumes under Vespasian, Jerusalem and Temple destroyed|
The Destruction of Jerusalem (click to enlarge).