Pro and Con 991

Posted 1-18-03

Temple Tablet

Jerry Golden Report 1-18-03
http://thegoldenreport.com/articles.asp?id=80

...Tablet that was found that may date back to King Joash (835-793 BC) this Tablet first came to light back in November 2001. The Tablet believed to have been found in the trash that the Arabs dumped in the Kidron Valley after being dug out of the area known as Solomon’s Stables....

Also interesting is the fact that this Tablet has been taken to the Israeli Museum and the curator who did the examinations has been forced by the museum director James Snyder to sign an agreement forbidding him to talk about the tablet. This is the same museum that now has the scrolls found near Quram last month that date back to the Bar Kochba Revolt of 132-135 and coins with Simon Bar Kochba on them....

Controversial 'First Temple tablet' reputedly dates to King Joash

By ETGAR LEFKOVITS
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/A/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1042690519957

1-16-03 Jerusalem Post - A stone tablet inscribed with biblical passages in ancient Phoenician script is the cause of an archeological controversy, with the Israel Geological Institute (IGI) backing its authenticity while archeologists remain skeptical. (As usual when finds don't come from their digs.)

The 10-line (actually 15) fragment, which was apparently found on the Temple Mount, is written in the first person on a black stone tablet. The inscription's description of Temple "house repairs" ordered by King Joash, who ruled Judea from 835-793 BCE, strongly resembles passages in the Second Book of Kings....

The tablet first surfaced in November 2001, when a messenger brought it to the Jerusalem offices of the IGI to determine its authenticity.

Tests carried out by the institute's researchers on a section of the tablet showed "that we had something which was interesting on our hands, something that did not have any suspicious appearances," researcher Dr. Shimon Ilani said on Wednesday.

Nevertheless, Ilani would not confirm that the tablet is genuine. "We do not give out authenticity certificates," he said....

After their initial report was made on a tests of the lettering and cracks on the stone, the geologists were sworn to silence by Herzog, Ilani said. The tablet's owners then took their case to curators at the Israel Museum, offering to sell them the piece.

However, museum curators who examined the fragment at several meetings last year cast doubt on its authenticity, Ilani confirmed Wednesday.

Sources say the museum curators who performed the examination and voiced skepticism were forced by museum director James Snyder to sign a letter forbidding them to talk about the issue....

The institute said that the inscriptions on the tablet are similar to passages from Kings II, 12:1-6, 11-17.

In the inscription, King Joash tells priests to take "holy money... to buy quarry stones and timber and copper, and labor to carry out the duty with faith."

If the work is completed well, "the Lord will protect his people with blessing," reads the last phrase....

The mystery surrounding the stone tablet its uncertain origins, sudden appearance on the private antiquities market, and a collector unwilling to identify himself leaves many prominent archeologists with questions about its authenticity....

"I am highly skeptical and very suspicious about any 'find' that is not discovered as part of an archeological dig," said Hebrew University archeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar, a spokeswoman for the Committee Against the Destruction of Antiquities on the Temple Mount....

Incoming email, Re: Picture of MY MENORAH & the Astronomy Picture of the Day, The Crab Nebula plays with a Planet

From: Michael Erik Rickles

Check out the MENORAH. Then. look at the cross formed in the Astronomy Picture of the Day. Is that amazing or what?

Credit: MichaEL Erik Rickles

My reply

Thanks much. The menorah you made is a total surprise. I didn't dream one like that existed. It tells the story just as Josephus presented it. Nice. The cross in the APOD picture may be caused by the structure of the telescope, but it is amazing anyway. Agape

His reply, Re: Pictures for your website from Michael Erik Rickles, USAF, Retired

It would also come as a surprise to me too if another Menorah existed like the one I created. I took 7 small stickers of the planets to include the sun to more accurately illustrate what Josephus was describing in 3.6.7. I overlapped the 7 small stickers on a 9-candle Menorah because the stickers bonded better on the 9-candle Lampstand versus the 7....

When the Menorah is illustrated as a compass-like paint-brush with the sun being the central point & Saturn forming the outer edge of the circumference, take note of the concentric/elliptical picture pattern being formed of "a fire infolding itself" or "a wheel in the middle of a wheel" as written in EzekiEL 1.

I have included a scriptural reference to further explain some of the parallels of the "Thy will be done in Earth as it is in Heaven" concept. For example, Job 22:12-14 states, "Is not God in the height of Heaven? and behold, the height of the stars, how high they are! 13 And thou sayest, How doth God know? can He judge through the dark cloud? 14 Thick clouds are a covering to Him, that He seeth not; and He walketh in the circuit of Heaven (He walks above the circle of Heaven, NKJV). Isaiah 40:22 states, "It is He that sitteth above the circle of the Earth."

We are dealing with two concepts that are both one and the same. If I were standing on the moon both Heaven & Earth would be considered stars of the morning and would be spherical heavenly bodies mathematically expressed using pi (p, a symbol meant to define an incomplete mathematical solution) for a 4 directional 3 dimensional geOmetric Object. Surface Area = 4 p r ˛ Check out the Volume of a sphere & the formula becomes crystal clear.

There are other foundational concepts to build upon concerning the "ends of the Earth" or the "foundations of the Earth". How can a geOmetric Object can be square yet round at the same time? See Job 26:7-10, Isaiah 40:22, Job 22:14, Psalms 19:6, Ecclesiastes 1:6, (Revelation 21:16; a city that is square but the length, width, and height are ALL EQUAL is the connotation of a 4 directional 3 dimensional sphere!)

Also, although the words are different they still all convey a central concept thus making the different words all one and the same single idea :

How can a pie be round and square at the same time? Area = p r ˛...

My reply

(New Jerusalem is a sphere with the same dimensions as a cube. That's why the Holy of Holies that represents Saturn, the 3rd heaven of II Cor. 12:2-7, is a cube.)

Isaiah 40:22 says, "It is he that sitteth (as the Bridegroom in Gemini does) upon the circle (chuwg, circuit, i.e., the ecliptic orbital path) of the earth (Saturn also travels the ecliptic), and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens (i.e., the 10 original planets) as a curtain (the 10-width Tabernacle curtain), and spreadeth them (the planets) out as a tent (tabernacle) to dwell in." Then Christ, the Bridegroom, dwells in our Solar System. That puts Heaven in our Solar System.

Job 22:13,14 says, "thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud? Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh (halak, walks to and fro, whirls, i.e., rotates) in the circuit (chuwg, i.e., travels the ecliptic) of heaven." Saturn has thick clouds.

Psa. 19:1-6 says, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament (expanse of space) sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth (the original lineup: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Rahab, Jupiter and Saturn), and their words to the end of the world. In them (i.e., inside their orbits) hath he set a tabernacle (dwelling place) for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom (Christ, who will come as the 'Sun of Righteousness,' Mal. 4:2) coming out of his chamber (chuppah, wedding chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man (as Ophiuchus in the constellation) to run a race (Ophiuchus runs on the ecliptic). His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit (tquwphah, from naqaph; a revolution, i.e. [of the sun];--circuit, come about) unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof."

In the constellations, as Ophiuchus (which stands for Christ) runs on the ecliptic, he wrestles with Serpens (Satan) to keep him from getting Corona, the crown.

In John 14:2-4, the Bridegroom said, "In my Father's house are many mansions (dwelling places): if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know (we know about Saturn), and the way ye know." We sent out Voyager I, Voyager II and the Cassini spacecraft, so we know the way. I do hope we beat Cassini there.

After five years of interplanetary travel, Cassini has finally sighted the ringed planet looking distant, mysterious, and serene. The spacecraft has already returned its first image of Saturn as the robotic probe heads toward a 2004 encounter with the haloed planet. It is to arrive at Saturn on July 1 and perform maneuvers to achieve an orbit around Saturn. I wonder if it will be possible to see it through all those golden clouds. Will we need a telescope? Agape

Incoming email

take a look at... Astronomy Picture of the Day. It shows Saturn crossing the Crab Nebula, creating a picture that shows Saturn in the center of a cross. http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap030110.html ---
...Saturn and the Crab made poor playmates, as light from the bright planet overwhelmed the the diffuse nebula, all but hiding the Crab during the transit. Taken on January 2nd, a few days before their closest encounter, this composite digital image illustrates the problem. The subtle nebula is just visible at the right, while on the left, light from a drastically over-exposed Saturn overflows its pixels. Composited into the image is a correctly exposed picture of ringed Saturn with the Saturnian moons labeled. The well-exposed Saturn image was also taken on January 2nd, but captured with an exposure lasting only a fraction of a second, in contrast with the tens of seconds of exposure time required to reveal the Crab.

My reply

Thanks. What a picture. Saturn is pretty close to us now. That increases the light.

Though not as great as the stone tablet with a first-person message from king Joash that has been through fire when Solomon's temple was burned by Nebuchadnezzar, there are other interesting archaeological finds that validate the Bible

As R.B. Thieme said, give the archaeologists enough time and they will finally catch up to the Bible. That is hard to imagine for the scientists trying so hard to discount what the Bible says. Will any amount of evidence short of the Rapture convince them? They may run smack out of time to catch up. Here are some highlights of what has been found that validate Scripture.

The Sumerian King List, c. 2100 BC, is a collection of clay tablets and prisms. It divides the kings into those who reigned before and after the "great flood." No big surprise to those that believe the Bible, the ages of the kings are longer before the "great flood" than afterward.

The 7 ft. stone "Israel," or "Merneptah," Stele, c. BC 1230, is Egyptian. It lists military victories of Pharaoh Merneptah. It is called the Israel Stele, because it includes the earliest mention of Israel in archaeological finds. It shows that Israelites were living in Canaan by BC 1230.

In a Karnac temple in Egypt, the Shishak Relief depicts Egypt's victory over King Rehoboam c. 925 BC, when Solomon's Temple was plundered. This is mentioned in 1 Kings 14 and 2 Chronicles 12.

The 3' Moabite Stone, or Mesha Stele, was found in 1868, east of the Dead Sea at Dibon, by F.A. Klein, a German missionary at Jerusalem. It tells of victories by King Omri and Ahab of Israel against Moab, and Mesha's victories later on behalf of Moab against King Ahab's descendants. See II Kings 3. Mesha was a contemporary of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, BC 870-848, and Joram, king of Israel, BC 852-841. The Mesha Stele mentions that "the house [of Da]vid dwelt in Horanaim"

The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser is a 7' basalt pillar, c. BC 841. It depicts King Jehu of Israel kneeling before the Assyrian king. See 2 Kings 9-10.

A find at Tell Dan, at the foot of Mount Hermon (Golan Heights) in 1993 or 1994 was the first inscription ever found with the phrase "House of David" and referring to him as "King of Israel". Considered the most significant artifact in Israel at the time, it's now regarded as a national treasure since it proves, irrespective of the Bible, that the House of David was a historic reality. The stone victory pillar of a king in Damascus dates from about 250 years after king David ruled. The King of Israel mentioned was likely to be Joram, Ahab's son. The king of the House of David was probably Ahaziah of Judah).

Among city ruins in front of a Canaanite Gate, were found the remnants of a large basalt stele. The largest fragment is 12.5 x 8.75 inches. Thirteen lines of Aramaic script are partially preserved on it from c. 825 BC. This was soon after the time of King Ahab of Israel and David's lineal descendant, King Jehosaphat of Judah.

The inscription, by King Hazael of Aram-Damascus in about 825 BC, relates to his father, Hadad II, being victorious in battle against Jehosaphat (c. 860 BC). The most important part of the text relates to Hadad defeating the "foot soldiers, charioteers and horsemen of the King of the House of David".

The BYT YHWH Ostracon (dated about 800 BC) found in 1967 refers to Solomon's temple. It seems to be the earliest mention of the temple in archaeological finds. Written about 130 years after the temple was completed, the text of this tax receipt says, " Pursuant to the order to you of Ashya-hu the king to give by the hand of [Z]echaryahu silver of Tarshish to the House of Yahweh (BYT YHWH) Three shekels."

BYT YHWH is also inscribed on an stylized ivory pomegranate finial for a priest's scepter used in Solomon's Temple. Purchased by Israel for $550,000, the inscription around the neck says "Holy to the priests, belonging to the Temple of Yahweh."

I Kings 8:43 says, "Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house (BYT), which I have builded, is called by thy name" (YHWH).

An Israelite sanctuary was found at Arad, in the Negev (excavated between 1962 and 1974 by Yohanan Aharoni and R. B. K. Amiran). One of the finds was a letter addressed to Eiashib son of Eshiyah that mentioned the House of Yahweh.

Probably the oldest scripture text (an extract from Nu. 6:24-26, the priestly blessing) was on a small silver amulet an archaeologist from Tel Aviv University found in a tomb at Jerusalem. Carefully unrolled over a 3-year period at Israel Museum, researchers were rewarded. YHWH was easy to read. The amulet dates to 600 BC, Solomon-temple days..

An old ostraca (inscribed pottery piece) that has been found is a receipt for a gift to Solomon's temple. Another ostraca found is a petition of a woman for a portion of her late husband's property inscribed by the same scribe in Old Hebrew script used before the exile to Babylon.

The black basalt 42 by 24' "Moabite Stone," c. 860 BC, was discovered in 1868 at Dhiban, 20 miles east of the Dead Sea (across from En-gedi). It contains 36 lines of Phoenician script and describes the battle between Mesha, King of Moab, and Ahab, son of Omri (see 2 Kings 3:5-27). It is in The Louvre Museum in Paris.

An Assyrian "Black Obelisk" was discovered in 1846. It mentions king Jehu.

Excavations at Hazor reveal that the city was burned, just as the Bible describes in Joshua.

The Kurkh Monolith, an inscription of Shalmanezer 11, mentions "Ahab the Israelite."

The Taylor's Prism, also known as the Sennacherib Prism, was discovered about 1850. It records Sennacherib's invasion of Judah, and mentions king Hezekiah.

Excavations of ancient Egyptian forts along the Sinai's Mediterranean coast reveal one reason the Lord led the Children of Israel inland through the Sinai wilderness.

The capture of Jerusalem by king Nebuchadnezzar is recorded on a Babylonian tablet.

The clay "Cyrus Cylinder"of king Cyrus describes the return of captives after the "liberation" of Babylon.

The 'Shani' Has Been Found, And It's Orange

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=36384

A Bar-Ilan University researcher and lecturer says he has discovered the ‘Tolaat HaShani’ referred to in the Bible, and successfully extracted its dye. Dr. Zohar Amar, of the University’s Martin Szusz Department of Land of Israel Studies, recently announced his findings at a Bar Ilan conference. He explained to Arutz-7 today that Tolaat HaShani refers to the coccid (scale insect) used to produce the scarlet dye during the Biblical and Second Temple periods, for both sacred and secular purposes.

"It is one of the most valued coloring materials of the ancient world," he explained, "often mentioned in the Bible together with the [more familiar] blue (tchelet) and purple (argaman). We never knew what it was. It was thought that it was some kind of coccid from outside the Land of Israel - but we have now shown that it is made from something commonly found in the Land of Israel, right under our noses. It is very exciting to bridge over 2,000 years of history..."

Dr. Amar is the first person to successfully extract color from coccid specimens he discovered in N'vei Tzuf, in southwestern Shomron. "The production process was fairly simple," he said. "I learned from Arab manuscripts from the Middle Ages that they would harvest the coccids at the right time, dry them, boil them with certain materials, and in this way receive the orange color."

New evidence for the Moon's soft middle

http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99991930

2-14-02 New calculations that indicate how the Moon's surface and interior react to the gravitational pull of the Earth and the Sun have produced further evidence that molten "slush" exists beneath the lunar surface.

New clues to birth of the Moon

http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99991165
8-15-01 Nagging doubts about how the Moon formed may have been laid to rest, thanks to a new computer simulation.

Scientists conclude that it was probably born when a stray planet the size of Mars walloped into the young Earth, knocking out giant chunks of rock that were trapped in Earth orbit....

Astronomers think the Moon formed in a cataclysmic collision about 4.5 billion years ago. Debris spurted out into space, forming an orbiting ring in which little moonlets clumped together. Eventually the moonlets coalesced to build the Moon....

"A Spherule from Outer Space" (from the Moon)

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
1-12-03

Credit: Timothy Culler (UCB) et al., Apollo 11 Crew, NASA

Explanation: When a meteorite strikes the Moon, the energy of the impact melts some of the splattering rock, a fraction of which might cool into tiny glass beads. Many of these glass beads were present in lunar soil samples returned to Earth by the Apollo missions. Pictured above is one such glass spherule that measures only a quarter of a millimeter across. This spherule is particularly interesting because it has been victim to an even smaller impact. A miniature crater is visible on the upper left, surrounded by a fragmented area caused by the shockwaves of the small impact....

My reply

Earth is sprinkled with spherules too.

Incoming email, Re: Hajj in Pictures

More could be written of course on "The Rock of ages" vs the black "rock" in the Ka'aba in Mecca, venerated and prayed toward 5 times a day all over the world....

Deu 32:31 "For their rock [Islam's rock in the Ka'aba] is not as our Rock, [the True God, Trinity, Christ, etc., of the Bible] even our enemies themselves being judges." [This means that even the Muslims would attest to this fact!]...

This is the "rock" that almost 2,000,000,000 [billion!] Muslims face the world over --5 times a day in their prayers to Allah....

http://www.ummah.org.uk/hajj/pics/index.html#The%20end%20of%20the%20Hajj

'Jesus' Artifact to Go on Display

By MERITA ILO
http://www.radicus.net/news/wed/ct/Acanada-jesus-ossuary.Rprx_CNE.asp
11-14-03 TORONTO (AP) - Curators said they saw what they believed were fossils of plant roots and bacterial staining during the repair. They also discovered an incised star-circle and minute flecks of red paint on the back of the box, common decorations on ossuaries dating between 50-70 A.D.

The Magen David (meaning shield of David) which was the Seal of Solomon

The Magen David on Israel's flag

A six-pointed star on a seal from the seventh century BC is the oldest undisputed example of the Magen David, the star on Israel's flag. It was found in Sidon and belonged to Joshua b. Asayahu.

A circled star is on the back of the James ossuary. Does it stand for one who believed in Yeshua.

I saw pictures of ossuaries painted red that are in the Royal Ontario Museum (http://www.rom.on.ca/ossuary/jerusalem.html). Those "stars" were made by 3 crossing lines inside circles, not by two interlocking equilateral triangles. However, they could symbolize the Magen David, which could symbolize Yeshua, the greater Son of David, as Solomon was the son of David.

A caution. We are not to make images of God, or to make any image to worship. So, in studying symbols, we must be sure not to worship them. The same goes for Saturn, if I'm right about it being Heaven. We don't dare worship Saturn--only our true God deserves our worship.

Some think this six-pointed star with it's hexagon center is a sign of the planet Saturn. Maybe it is. The literal planet is marked with a hexagon (6 sides) arranged around only 5 spokes at the pole, and only God could do any of that.

The 6-sided star made from 2 triangles has been connected to witchcraft. To me that sure shows Satan's hand. He tries to counterfeit everything important to confuse us. We need to try to see why he thought this important enough to muddy the water. He started worship of the pagan god Saturn. He instigated the use of this star made of 2 triangles in several pagan religions. Whether it was used in worshiping the pagan god Saturn, I don't know, but I wouldn't be surprised.

Nu. 24:17 says, "there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall arise out of Israel". I have no doubt that his star represents Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah, the Lord and Saviour of us all. Jesus is descended from Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel by God. I can see why a the Magen David (meaning shield of David), also used as the Seal of Solomon, would rightfully belong on the flag of Israel, the Lord's chosen people. Christ is the greater Son of David, as Solomon was the son of David. Because Solomon used this star on his signet ring, and since Solomon is a type of Christ, this star seems to represent Christ. He is the Sceptre that shall arise out of Israel.

Rev 22:16 says, "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star."

Rev 2:26-29 says, "he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches." The overcomer already has the morning star that is Christ. I think this morning star will turn out to be Saturn, the throne of the bright and morning star that is Christ.

If I have figured this out right, after the Second Advent, the true "Sceptre" (Christ, Son of David) will rule from Israel under the banner with the Magen David star on it. That star ties David, Solomon, Israel and Christ, the Son of David, together.

We can't worship the STAR OF OUR GOD; we must only worship OUR GOD, which is the Lord Jesus Christ, the YHVH of hosts.

Isa. 44:6 says, "Thus saith the LORD (YHVH) the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD (YHVH) of hosts; I am the first (YHVH King of Israel), and I am the last (YHVH of hosts); and beside me there is no God." The Redeemer is both YHVH the King of Israel and YHVH of hosts. In Rev. 1:8, Jesus said, "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning (YHVH the King of Israel) and the ending (YHVH of hosts), saith the Lord, which is (at the Pre-Trib Rapture), and which was (at the First Advent), and which is to come (at the Second Advent), the Almighty."

Daniel was to seal the book for the time was long. Rev. 22:10-13 says, "he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still (it isn't quite yet too late to change). And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning (YHVH King of Israel) and the end (YHVH of hosts, the Redeemer), the first AND the last."

Again, be very careful not to worship a star, with or without an image, but worship YOUR TRUE GOD (FATHER, SON, HOLY SPIRIT)--NOTHING ELSE. Acts 7:43 says, "ye took up the tabernacle (skene, habitation) of Moloch (melek, king, royal; i.e., the pagan god), AND the STAR OF YOUR GOD REMPHAN (the name of an idol worshipped secretly by the Israelites in the wilderness, i.e., Chiun, the pagan god Saturn), FIGURES WHICH YE MADE TO WORSHIP THEM: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

Amos 5:26-27 says, "ye have borne (nasa, lifted up) the tabernacle (cikkuwth, an [idolatrous] booth) of your Moloch (pagan god), and Chiun (Kiyuwn, properly, a statue, idol; or pillar, probably a statue of the Assyrian-Babylonian god of the planet Saturn) your images, the STAR OF YOUR GOD, which ye made to yourselves. Therefore, will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the Lord."

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