What a fascinating time to visit Israel! I can hardly wait for our tour group to arrive there in November! Why? Because Bible-confirming sites and artifacts are being found in Israel every single day! It has been an especially rich time of discovery and/or unveiling over the past few weeks.
In late-March 2019, a rare, 2,600-year-old seal impression (“bulla”) bearing the Hebrew name “Nathan-Melech” was discovered in what is believed to be a large public building destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC. What’s the significance? “Nathan-Melech” means “servant of the king,” and scholars believe the seal belonged to a servant of the righteous King Josiah.
While other servants of a king are known as “Eved-Melech,” 2 Kings 23:11 is the only instance in Scripture where “Nathan-Melech” is found! Archaeologists stop short of 100% certainty that the Biblical Nathan-Melech was the owner of the bulla, though “it is impossible to ignore some of the details that link them together.” (Read more here.)
Only days ago, media outlets (even secular ones, such as the CNN) reported DNA evidence suggesting the Philistines were very likely Europeans. So much for the Palestinian narrative that they are descendants of the Philistines and, therefore, heirs to the land of Israel!
Last week I introduced you to the “most significant 600 meters in Israel,” the path leading from the Pool of Siloam to the Temple Mount in Jesus’ day. For major feasts such as Passover, experts believe there were likely over a million people in Jerusalem. All had to be “ceremonially clean” in order to worship at the Temple, thus the vast majority would have approached from the south where the very large Pool of Siloam was located, cleansed themselves, then trudged about 600 meters up the hill to Temple Mount.
That passageway from the Pool of Siloam (first discovered in 2004) was literally just opened to the public last week and it is a primary stop on our November tour! How exciting it will be to walk the very steps that Jesus, His family, His disciples, and so many others would have walked as they ascended Temple Mount!
We filled our tour, but were then offered a handful of additional seats. But we now have space for only 2 more. If you love God’s Word and wish to see it come alive, this tour will do that. You can learn more at 2019 EXPERIENCE ISRAEL TOUR. There has never been a more exciting time to visit Israel!