When old jerusalem was destroyed i believe it was then that the pharisee's who survived and still did not believe The Teachings and Prophesies concerning The Messiah, i believe it was then they began to create a religion in their "image(of their own vain "imag"inations and desires)"?
And it needs be REALized that The Messiah DID "Come Again", and "QUICKLY" just as He prophesied, when that which was "decaying and waxing old" DID "vanish away" when the natural, earthly, temporal temple realm centered in old jerusalem was destroyed! (Hebrews 8:13, Revelations 3:11; 22:7,12,20) http://asimpleandspirituallife.blogspot.com/2011/06/i-come-quickly.html
And during that time i believe "The Body of The Messiah" was "taken up in the clouds to forever be with The Messiah"! And i believe there were many of those left behind, who when they REALized that The Faithful had been "taken up in the clouds" just as was prophesied by the Apostles! i believe there were many who repented, believed and were "Born Again" of The Holy, Set Apart, SPIRIT that IS Our FATHER and GOD! (Romans 7:4, I Thessalonians 4:16-18, John 3:3,7, I Peter 1:23, John 4:24)
And when "The End" of the old covenant age was and that natural, earthly, temporal temple realm centered in old jerusalem was destroyed! What did those pharisee's (religious ones) who survived and yet still abode in unbelief, do? (Matthew 24:14)