Luke 13:33 Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.
Since we know for a fact that prophets did die out of Jerusalem and we know for a fact that Jesus didn’t lie here, we have to figure out exactly what he was saying. I think the following verses help.
Luke 11:30 For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.31 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
The first thing we see here is that the word “generation” does in fact MEAN generation. If it meant race or human beings, the Ninevites couldn’t be distinguished from that generation to whom Jesus spoke. Jesus also said he would be rejected of that generation. He has not been rejected by all people. It is only when we want to place the events of the DOJ at the supposed “end of time” and deny that Matthew 24 has already happened that we try to redefine the word “generation.”
But that was just a side note. Back to the issue at hand.
Luke 11:48 Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres.49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: 50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.
Now we see that the blood of all the prophets and apostles would be required of that generation. All the blood of the prophets from the foundation of the WORLD would be required of that generation. But let’s go further.
Matthew 23:34 ¶Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: 35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. 37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
Again, we see that that generation would bear the guilt for all the blood shed on the earth. But THIS time we see what CITY it is that will bear the guilt. It is Jerusalem. Her house is going to be left to her desolate.
Revelation 14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
Revelation 16:5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. 6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
This is still Babylon, the fallen city. Who do you reckon she might be? Let’s see, she has shed the blood of saints and prophets. Who was it that Jesus said would pay for all the blood of the prophets that was shed on the earth? Think, think, think. Oh yes, Jerusalem!
And on we go:
Revelation 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
Revelation 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
Remind you of this?
Matthew 23: 35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth . . . 36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. 37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee . . . 38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate
Revelation 18:19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
Now back to a prophet’s not perishing out of Jerusalem. Again, since we know some apostles (who prophesied) died in Rome and we know Jesus absolutely did not lie when he said it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem, and since we see Jesus here saying Jerusalem would pay for all this bloodshed and we see a city in Revelation paying for it, we can absolutely necessarily infer that the city in Revelation paying for all the blood is Jerusalem. So apparently what Jesus was saying was that a prophet couldn’t perish unless Jerusalem was the source of the bloodshed and the one who would be responsible and have to pay. If that’s not it, I’d appreciate any other ideas.
Oh, one more verse:
Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Ah, yes, just as we would expect. OLD Jerusalem is destroyed and the NEW city is rightly called NEW Jerusalem. No, not new Rome, which would perhaps be the case if it had been ROME that was being destroyed. New Jerusalem–replacing the old Jerusalem that was destroyed for all the blood she shed. God is so amazing! I stand in awe of his wisdom and power and amazing ability to present this lovely and perfect story!