Exciting Discoveries at the City of David

If you saw my post on Facebook a few days ago, you know that I made a stop at the City of David while in Jerusalem.  (For those of you who missed it, you can find it here.) It was shabbat (and, thus, not open), so I don’t have “fresh, new” photos to post.  However, fabulous news is coming out of the City of David, where they are unearthing tremendous things confirming the Word of God!

Please take a look at these two previous posts from earlier this summer:

Part of my purpose in sharing the sites of Israel this week is to emphasize the fact that the Bible is 100% accurate and trustworthy, and that many of the things we see today are fulfillment of prophecies made long ago!

As we look at these things, I am convinced we are seeing the Lord reveal Himself more and more as the day of His return draws near!  He wants His people to know Him!  Both Jews and Gentiles are welcome at His table, and it is only a matter of time before He summons us to join Him there!

Stay tuned, because I will share with you from the Southern steps of Temple Mount, the Western Wall, and the Garden Tomb over the next few days.

Also, I will be teaching a new study, What in the World is Going On?, beginning this Sunday at Calvary Community Church.  9:00am in the Prayer Room at NW, and 11:00am in Room 403 at Central.  For more information and directions to our campuses, click here.  See you there!

 

Archeologists uncover new evidence of Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem

Interesting report on findings from the First Temple era, as Jews commemorate Tisha B’Av…mourning the destruction of the First and Second Temples.

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Findings include ivory statue, jars and storage, as well as walls covered in charcoal; Findings confirm Israel’s constant growth during Iron Age, as well as wealth of the city

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Israeli archeologists have unearthed findings dating back to Babylonian conquest and destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem.

Archeologists uncovered several artifacts from charcoal covered rooms in the City of David dating prior to the siege of Jerusalem at the hands of King Nebuchadnezzar over 2,600 years ago.

Archeologists found several jars for storage, as well as charred wood, fish bones, human bones and seeds. Amongst the artifacts found were an Egyptian ivory statue, pottery jars and rosette seal dating to a decade prior to the capture of the Temple by the Babylonians.

Dr. Joe Uziel, the head of the excavation carried out by the Israel’s Antiquities Authority, described the significance of their findings, explaining, “Classifying objects facilitated controlling, overseeing…

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Parts of King Solomon’s Walls are being Excavated Today in the City of David

Dear friends, lots of exciting discoveries are being made in Israel, particularly in the excavation of the City of David.  Several weeks ago I shared some information about the excavation going on there, and today I have more exciting news to share with you!

As people come to Jerusalem from all over the world, they are seeing the Bible come to life more dramatically than perhaps ever before.  The City of David was the “real” Jerusalem back in David’s day.  If you recall, David wanted to build a temple to honor the Lord, but God did not permit him to do so.  (2 Samuel 7)  Instead, David passed that mantle to his son, Solomon (1 Chronicles 22), who built the most elaborate structure on the face of the earth at that time.

Today, it is being unearthed, and Old Testament accounts of David and Solomon’s reigns are coming to life!  Spend a few minutes gazing at the work being done, and watching the veracity of Scripture come to life!  If you love God’s Word, you will be blessed by what you see!

Longing for Zion

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Oh, the Lord’s timing is incredible!  I want to extend our brief study on the City of David one more day because, literally, just yesterday I received an email from ICEJ containing a recent article regarding the longing for Zion.

If you have followed the past two days, you know that Zion is another name for the City of David.  You also know that ancient Jerusalem was not within today’s Old City, but was actually down the hill to the south.  Ancient Jerusalem was the City of David and the people longed to be in the courts of the Lord!

That feeds right into the article I want to share today!  Take two minutes to discover the Jubilee Years God has used to cause Jerusalem to rise, and why Jewish people throughout history have longed for Jerusalem!

Longing for Zion

One final note:  “Jerusalem” in English is “Yerushalayim” in Hebrew.  When you see a Hebrew word ending in “-im,” you know it is plural.  So, what can we draw from that?  Are there two Jerusalems…one in the City of David and one in the current Old City?  Yes…and no!  Indeed, there are two Jerusalems, but I don’t believe the plurality refers to ancient Jerusalem and modern-day Jerusalem.

I believe it refers to the earthly Jerusalem and the heavenly Jerusalem!  Revelation 21:1-2 describes a new heaven and a new earth, and the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.  That city is being prepared for those of us who will spend eternity with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

A new Jerusalem…a new Zion!  I long for Zion, too.  Don’t you?

Have a blessed Lord’s Day!