MIDDLE EAST REPORT
News Blog April/May 2019
Increasing Archaeological finds confirms existence of Israel and the bible!
More and more evidence is being uncovered to reveal the existence of ancient Israel and the God of the bible.
Archaeological excavations of a 2000 year old Jewish settlement in Beer Sheva have uncovered the sherd of a rare oil lamp depicting a menorah with nine branches, one of the earliest artistic depictions of a menorah ever discovered. Archaeologists excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority and Ben Gurion University in the Negev, underwritten by the Ministry of Housing to facilitate the construction of a new neighbourhood, have revealed among other things, the sherd of a rare oil lamp depicting a menorah with nine branches. This is one of the earliest artistic depictions of a Jewish menorah ever discovered! For the first time, the remains of a Jewish settlement of the Second Temple period have been discovered in Beer Sheva. The archaeological excavation carried out to facilitate a new neighbourhood near the northern entrance to beer Sheba has revealed evidence of a Jewish day- to -day life there, including part of an oil lamp decorated with a nine branched menorah - one of the earliest yet discovered by researchers - as well as limestone vessels used by Jews for reasons of ritual purity, a watchtower and more. The site dated from the 1st century CE until the Bar-Kohhba Revolt in 135CE, also appears to contain underground hidden passageways used by the Jewish rebels. The special finds uncovered in the excavation included a sherd of an oil lamp of a type known as a Jewish "Southern Lamp". There was great excitement when the sherd was cleaned and its decoration revealed a nine branched menorah.
Meanwhile, Israeli archaeologists recently unearthed a rare seal in the City of David in the heart of Jerusalem's Old City - a 2,600 yar old seal/stamp bearing the name in Hebrew which is mentioned in the bible. It acknowledges Nathan Melech, Servant of the King ("LeNathan-Melech Eved HaMelech" mentioned in 2 Kings 23:11). Israel belongs to God and always will! He always watches over here! Please continue to pray for a hedge of protection around the borders of Israel during this time of tension..