Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
What archaeologists over the years have discovered in Israel, and in other parts of the Holy Land is wonderful, and carries with it a degree of excitement with each discovery. We ought not allow each discovery to either increase or decrease our faith, in the instance the latter proves erroneous.
Jesus, fully truly God, fully truly born a man of a virgin a little over 2,000 years ago lived and walked this earth among us in that land, on that land. This is irrefutable.
For if Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead…
…there is no hope for human beings.
Each discovery ought to encourage but we do not need signs do we in order to remain steadfast, firm, and bold in the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ and the whole inerrant infallible living Word of God.
I do not know if as Mr. Snyder writes below that the Ark of the Covenant will be found soon. Intact. I’ve been hearing about and reading the exact location of Noah’s Ark has been found for years now, and I do believe it has been found and will be revealed. But I do not believe that will greatly change things as Mr. Snyder and others claim.
An individual comes to know Christ, to believe and be seen to change from within, to be transformed due to their faith in the Word of God, their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Supernatural power of the Holy Spirit to work in that individual — and that individual knows what is taking place within them.
What depth of faith will it be if it is founded upon a discovery of the remains of Noah’s Ark? Or the Ark of the Covenant? Physical discoveries do not make a Christian, a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ.
While every Biblical archaeology discovery is interesting and does affirm they are not necessary to faith, to spiritual maturity, to growing closer to the Lord or deeper in His Word to us.
I would certainly be filled with joy, awe, thankfulness, eyes wide open, heart and mind taking it all in if I had the opportunity to travel to Jerusalem, to Israel, to many places in Israel and the Holy Land, and spend time there soaking it all in. That would be a wonderful thing. But due to many circumstances that is not going to happen. And I don’t need that in order to validate, quantify, or strengthen my faith and commitment to the Lord.
Oh, it would be a lovely and joyous thing to walk where Jesus and the apostles walked, lived, and taught. Oh my, I would be keen to have such a time occur! As I imagine would be the same for multitudes of faithful Christians unable due to whatever circumstances are unable to physically see, touch, feel, and smell the land, the history, the palpable Biblical history that emanates from that land.
But we can find the Lord in our hearts, in our minds, in our bodies, in our souls, and walk with Him daily. No matter where we may be. No matter our circumstances. And take a measure of joy and interest in every new discovery — but not needing them in order to mature and find our way to heaven!
And if the Ark of the Covenant is found? What then? Is anyone familiar with all that is written in God’s Word pertaining to the Ark? What happens to anyone who touches it? This isn’t some movie. We do not live life as a game, a film, and it’s long overdue that some of us out there come to realize this.
Life on earth is a very serious business. Determining every individual’s eternity.
Yet we are created, by God, to laugh, to smile, to feel great joy.
Oh, we have such a Great Good, and Glorious Creator and Lord!
I would say this is the time, as no other, to get very serious about eternity in the here and now. As we are blessed with life this minute, perhaps this hour, but not weeks, months, or years down the road of life. And once that last gasp is exhaled and the heart beats no more…
The greatest discovery ever made is the one an individual unearths in their spirit, their soul, their heart, and mind, from within where in allowing the Lord to remove the dirt we’re covered in, buried under, His Light, His Love, His Grace, His Forgiveness and Salvation by faith enters in.
Ahh, what a discovery THAT is my friends, what a discovery THAT is!
Ken Pullen, Thursday, September 14th, 2023
Archaeologists Are Continuing To Make Great Discoveries In The Land Of Israel
September 12, 2023
By Michael Snyder
Reprinted from The End of the American Dream
I am so excited about some of the incredible archaeological discoveries that are being made in the land of Israel. In our time, we get to see ancient locations that literally haven’t been seen for centuries. But even more importantly, many of the discoveries that are being made in the land of Israel confirm important details of Biblical accounts. In particular, some of the things that archaeologists have found at the ancient city of Shiloh are absolutely amazing. But first, I want to discuss the excavation work that has been happening at the Pool of Siloam. Ancient steps that Jesus literally stepped on are being uncovered for the first time in nearly 2,000 years, and the site will soon be open to the general public. The following comes from Fox News…
A new excavation project in Jerusalem has unearthed steps unseen in over 2,000 years at a place where the New Testament records Jesus as having healed a blind man.
The Israel Antiquities Authority, the Israel National Parks Authority and the City of David Foundation early this year announced that the Pool of Siloam, a biblical site cherished by Christians and Jews, will be open to the public for the first time in 2,000 years in the near future.
In recent weeks, archeologists achieved significant progress in the excavation, unearthing some eight steps descending into the Pool which had not been seen in 2,000 years — around the time when Jesus walked the earth.
I have read the account of Jesus at the Pool of Siloam countless times.
But I never imagined that any of us would ever get the chance to actually be there.
As you can see from the video below, the steps that they are excavating are remarkably well preserved…
I would love to visit this site someday and see all that they have uncovered.
But it could be argued that the discoveries that archaeologists are making at Shiloh are even more amazing.
It would be difficult to overstate the important of Shiloh. Prior to the time of King David, it had been ancient Israel’s most important city for centuries, and it was also the location where the Tabernacle stood…
“The city of Shiloh, located in the heart of the Biblical hill country, became the first capital of Israel shortly after the conquest of Canaan around 1400 BC.
“The city was the cultural, religious, and political centre of the nation.
“Therefore, it was here that Israel pitched the Tabernacle and here the Ark of the Covenant dwelt before it was put into the Temple in Jerusalem at the time of Solomon.”
Dr. Scott Stripling is the director of excavation at Shiloh, and during a recent interview with CBN he shared evidence that indicates that his team has been uncovering the precise location where the Tabernacle once stood…
We asked Stripling if he believed they’d actually found the Tabernacle. He answered, “I’m not ready to say I know for certain, but I’ll tell you what we do have is a building that is matching the dimensions of the Tabernacle. It’s from the Iron One period, which is the Tabernacle period of Eli and Samuel, and you’re actually standing right now, Chris, on this wall right here.”
“So this entire area is this massive, monumental building. (It) orients east-west and it’s divided on 2 to 1 ratio, like the Tabernacle was,” Stripling explained.
I was absolutely stunned when I first read that.
But there is more.
According to Professor Tom Meyer, a series of holes in the bedrock that could have supported the posts of the Tabernacle have been discovered.
In addition, three stone horns “that once adorned three of the four corners of the horned altar in the Tabernacle” have been also found…
Professor Meyer said: “This area, known as the ‘Tabernacle Plateau’, is sufficiently large enough to house the 150’x75’ Tabernacle courtyard.
“Archaeologists found small cavities hewn into the bedrock of the plateau at intervals; these were perhaps postholes used to support the wooden poles of the outer Tabernacle fence.
“Nearby, archaeologists also discovered three stone horns that once adorned three of the four corners of the horned altar in the Tabernacle courtyard.”
I really do not understand why all of this has not been getting more attention.
On top of everything else, there are the countless animal bones that are still waiting to be fully excavated.
The presence of these animal bones is very strong evidence that this was a place where animal sacrifices were done on a very large scale…
As we stood over the site, Stripling said, “This is unexcavated, underneath your feet, and my feet is about (4 feet) of solid bone, waiting to be excavated. Bone on top of bone, on top of bone. And we have micros stratigraphy in this area so we can see that the deposition is laid down over a long period of time, just like the Bible says.”
When asked what kind of bones would be found there, he replied, “Sheep, goat, cow – and disproportionately from the right side of the animal.”
The workers had uncovered, just that morning, jaw bones coming from the right side of the animals.
“Why is the right side so significant?” he asked. “Well, the priests are the ones who live here, and Leviticus 7 tells us that the right side of the animal is the priest’s portion. So, I can’t make this stuff up. You know, you got a hundred thousand bones and they’re disproportionate. Give me another explanation. It just happens to coordinate with what the Bible says.”
In the video that I have posted below, you can watch Dr. Stripling discuss some of these remarkable discoveries…
The things that I have shared with you in this article are incredible, but we continue to wait for the biggest archaeological bombshell of all.
I believe that in our time the discovery of the Ark of the Covenant will be publicly revealed.
The Temple Institute has openly admitted that they know exactly where it is, and once the discovery of the Ark is finally made public everything will change.
So keep a very close eye on the land of Israel, because the discoveries that have been announced so far are just the tip of the iceberg.