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.

Behold Israel

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!

Jerusalem Rising!

Awake, awake,
    put on your strength, O Zion;
put on your beautiful garments,
    O Jerusalem, the holy city;
for there shall no more come into you
    the uncircumcised and the unclean.
Shake yourself from the dust and arise;
    be seated, O Jerusalem;
loose the bonds from your neck,
    O captive daughter of Zion.
~Isaiah 52:1-2

Welcome back…so glad you’re here!  Yesterday we laid the groundwork for today’s exciting finish.  If you missed yesterday’s post, go back and pick it up before proceeding today.  Take your time through today’s post!

We have established the fact that the City of David (Zion) was the ancient site of Jerusalem.  The Old City within today’s walls is NOT the Jerusalem of David’s day!

In 1867, a British archeologist discovered the City of David, which was buried under succeeding layers of civilization.  The City of David is now being excavated, and it has a story to tell!  It is a story of what the Bible tells us will occur before the Second Coming of Jesus.  Jerusalem will rise…and we have a part to play!  I want you to hear about what is happening at the City of David, but before we do that, please pause to read Isaiah 52:1-2 (above).  Take time to review Isaiah 62 as well!  Enjoy!

(Note: this video is 4 minutes long and contains an opportunity to support the work of Jerusalem Watch.  My point is not so much that you support them [though I believe it is a worthy cause], but that you hear the significance of this discovery.  So, please watch the entire video.)

Shabbat shalom!