Between 66 and 73 AD, the Jews of Judaea revolted against the Romans, fighting what historians call the first Jewish-Roman war. In 70 AD, the second Jewish temple was destroyed. No part of the temple was left standing. Not a wall. Not even one stone. The destruction of the second temple fulfilled the prophecy of Jesus Christ, per Matthew 24:2, Mark 13:1-2 and Luke 21:5-6.
“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.”
– Matthew 24:1-2
Immediately after prophesying the end of the second temple, Jesus warns his disciples of the coming of false Christs or false Messiahs: Matthew 24:4-5, Mark 13:5-6 and Luke 21:8.
“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”
– Matthew 24:4-5
Between 132 and 136 AD, the Jews of Judaea once more rebelled against the Romans. This is known in history as the Bar Kokhba revolt. Simon bar Koseva (in Hebrew שמעון בר כוסבא), or ben Koseva, or bar Kosevah, took the moniker “bar Kokhba” (in Hebrew בר כוכבא), meaning “Son of the Star” in Aramaic, and thus called himself the Messiah in accordance with the prophecy of Numbers 24:17.
“I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.”
– Numbers 24:17
(Spoken by Balaam the son of Beor whom spoke what the LORD said unto him, Numbers 24:13.)
The Bar Kokhba revolt against the Romans utterly failed. Over 1/2 million Jews who followed Simon bar Koseva were killed. And many of Judaea’s Jewish settlements were destroyed. Subsequently, some Jews called him Bar Koziba (in Hebrew בר כוזיבא), meaning “son of the lie”.
On 12 May 1960, Israeli archaeologist Yigael Yadin discovered a cache of documents in a cave overlooking the Nahal Hever canyon, west of the Dead Sea. Some of the documents were letters between the leader of the Bar Kokhba revolt and his subordinates, except the letters were not signed “bar Kokhba”, but rather “bar Koseba” (or bar Koseva, or bar Kosiba, depending on the interpretation of the script) or “Nasi Israel”, meaning “prince of Israel”. Among the letters, historians also found evidence of Simon bar Koseva’s hatred toward “the Galileans”, in other words, the early Christians.
Furthermore, the Roman emperor against whom Simon bar Koseva revolted was Hadrian, whom reigned from 117 until 138 AD. Hadrian is regarded as one of the “good emperors” of Rome. He was more or less indifferent to Christians. And he is renowned for building a wall in Britannia.
Last but not least, the mentioning of Edom and Moab in Numbers 24:17-18 means the prophecy that Simon bar Koseva used to proclaim himself Messiah is actually an end times prophecy. To this point, there’s Amos 9:11-12, Ezekiel 25, Isaiah 11:14, Zephaniah 2:8-9, Genesis 25:23, etc.
The true Christ would prevail in war and fulfil all scripture.
Simon “bar Kokhba”, a false Christ.