Bob Cornuke, New Findings In Biblical Archaeology
When I saw Bob’s name on the list of conference speakers, I wondered why he was addressing a prophecy conference. After all, he calls himself an explorer and amateur archaeologist …That is, until I noted he was studying and researching the site of the temple in Jerusalem. The exact location of the temple is of the utmost importance in reference to the Israelites and their plans to rebuild it. Prophecy students realize that this is all going to come into play during the Great Tribulation.
Bob thinks outside the box. He throws tradition to the wind, and follows the Bible. I purchased his book “Temple” and asked him to sign it. He put the verse in the book that was his legacy, and represented his strategy throughout his career: Mark 7:13 “Thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that.” (NASB) Bob realizes that there is often a large time gap from the time of the Biblical historical events, and the time that they are “located.” This gap is usually several hundred years! Hence the facts become distorted and totally lost, and false traditions and guess work take priority. Bob shared the following quotation in order to add even more clarity: “Evidence is not the proof, the proper interpretation of evidence is the proof.” Bob has studied the site of the original temple for over twenty five years, and received a lot of his information from Earnest Martin, the original scholar of Solomon’s Temple. [Never one to leave his audience bored, he furthermore shared that there is yet another HUGE discovery on the bubble! Stay tuned.]
The following passage reveals volumes of why historians, researchers and archaeologists do not have the correct site of either the temple of Solomon or Herod. (Herod’s temple replaced Solomon’s temple). Matthew 24:1-2 “Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” Hence according to Jesus Christ, the Wailing Wall is NOT the temple, it is the part of the Fortress of Antonio! In 70 AD, the time of the destruction of the temple, Josephus said: “The temple was so destroyed, no one would know a temple was there.” The Bible plainly tells us that the temple was built in the Stronghold of Mount Zion (II Samuel 5:7), the City of David, originating at the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite (II Chronicles 3:1). *Modernists have messed up the location of Zion in Jerusalem.* The scriptural key is that the temple is in Zion, the City of David (Psalm 2:6, 20, 138; I Kings 1:38-39, Joel 3:17, etc.). A concept that further leads to clarity is the realization that from 400 A.D. onward, the temple site was located via mere speculation and tradition.
Another important point made by Bob is that the Roman Forts that housed their soldiers looked exactly like the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. That is, the huge rectangular slab of concrete upon which the Dome of the Rock (also known as the Mosque of Omar) sits was previously the Fortress of Antonio! The Temple Mount was built by the Romans as the base of the Fortress of Antonio and has nothing to do with the temple of Jerusalem. Bob and his team also found a Roman coin dated about 20 A.D. at the base of the Temple Mount area, adding further credence that this site was a Roman stronghold and not the site of the temple.
How ironic that orthodox Jewish rabbis are wailing at the wrong wall and that the wall to the temple does not even exist at the present. But do you think they would trust the words of Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:1-2) or an American archaeologist? This is exciting to behold, and it does not get any more cutting edge than this. The news is dramatic to the student of prophecy. If Bob’s assertions about the location of the temple are true, then there is absolutely no conflict whatsoever about the Dome of the Rock being in the way of the Israelite’s desire to rebuild the temple. The challenge is for the nation of Israel to understand this. Interestingly, Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Bibi) toured the tunnels underneath the City of David with Bob, so that is indeed a start! Why is all of this so important? Because as soon as the Israelites break ground to build the temple, that is another sign of end times prophecy, the Great Tribulation period and eschatological events.
I would recommend every serious student of prophecy to purchase a copy of “Temple” by Bob Cornuke. I am 60 pages into this 200 page book and it is excellent. This book will further elucidate and clarify what you just read here.
Maranatha, Pastor Steve