Prophecy in the News
Published on Feb 21, 2017
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At breakfast we witnessed another beautiful sunrise, a red rubber ball rising over new Jerusalem. This is Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath – no work is done. Our breakfast was made from food prepared on previous days. Not even scrambled eggs could be prepared. Talk about straining gnats.
Israel is made up of hills, valleys, hamlets, and towns. Mountains abound all around the Jordan Valley. We descended toward the Dead Sea and traveled the mountain, desert road, which is also rocky, hilly, craggy and lonely – between Jerusalem and Jericho. We descended over four thousand feet and once again, entered a different climate. This, as you probably realize by now, was the road used by the Good Samaritan. Our ears popped. What a beautiful land of endless variation! We saw many Bedouin camps and tents, goats, and sheep along the way. Israel really opens up the past. We passed through the wilderness of Judea, just north of Neger, and the wilderness of Beersheba. We passed deep gorges and narrow mountain passes, and canyons (Wadi) on the way toward Jericho. In the distance we saw Mount Nebo, Jericho, and the Wilderness of Temptation. We descended rapidly to the Dead Sea which was once a desert, but now, with water available, tomatoes, onions, strawberries, etc. are raised. We saw a Greek Monastery – the site of Biblical Gilgal. We also saw the place where Joshua crossed the Jordan River and laid down twelve stones. The Dead Sea provides Israel with minerals, power and electricity. We turned south towards En Gedi and Masada. We passed the mountains at Qumran, where later today, we will see the caves where the Bedouin shepherd boy discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947. Our ears kept popping. Now we went by the actual caves which hid the scrolls. What a desolate place is Qumran, home of the Essenes. The Dead Sea is 20% salt, and right next to a fresh water spring. The residents of Qumran depended on this fresh water supply. We saw possible Essene farms and a community near Qumran.
After proceeding south along the Dead Sea for awhile, away from the spring, the land again turned into a desert. The Dead Sea is shrinking and getting smaller. The water line is moving back. What beautiful terrain – the desert, mountains, and the Dead Sea – it has to be seen. We drove south a long way, passing caves where rebels hid from Greek and Roman authorities. The Dead Sea was four shades of blue, surrounded by lush, green vegetation, and towering red and brown mountains and cliffs. Leopards and ibex dwell in these forlorn mountains. We kept proceeding south toward the oasis of En Gedi. As we passed through En Gedi, we immediately saw an oasis filled with beautiful palm trees. En Gedi, of course, is where David hid from Saul in a cave and cut Saul’s garment. I can see why David stayed here.
We then passed a health resort where a sulfur spring bubbled from the ground. Finally we approached our first destination of Masada. What a majestic site in the distance. The ramp that the Romans built in order to capture Masada could be seen. The Romans, under Titus, took three years to capture it through siege (70-73 A.D.). We also saw Mount Sodom south at a distance. An oasis was at the bottom of Masada. What a beautiful drive, Jerusalem to Masada. One may ascend Masada in one of two ways: 1) by cable car or 2) by the “snake path” which takes about forty five minutes. There is no rain here, and we saw one large cistern on the way up. It was a large man made quarry, turned into a cistern. Masada means stronghold, rock, or fortress, and was built by the paranoid Herod. There are three separate levels to King Herod’s Pleasure Palace, connected by staircases. The top level of Masada is twenty acres. Many of the Roman encampments could be seen below. The Roman encampments were square shaped and very easy to see. Masada had water, swimming pools, gardens, and just about everything to make it a paradise. A Roman wall crept all around the base of the mountain in order to keep the people captive. After three years, over nine hundred zealots committed suicide. Masada was discovered only one hundred years ago. When the Romans laid siege to Masada, they probably got their water at En Gedi. When the Romans attempted to build the earthen ramp, the zealots threw rocks down on them. We passed a stone quarry that was used by Herod in order to build. The walls of all the rooms at Masada were once beautiful, painted, and covered with plaster. There were saunas, hanging gardens, bath houses, pillars, storage rooms with a nine year food supply (the food was near Herod’s quarters). There were beautiful mosaics. There was even a hot room, and the floor was supported by small columns – underneath the floor were coals and hot water which created a sauna. Tile was on some of the walls. As mentioned, the pleasure palace of Herod had three tiers, and was located in such a way as to catch the breeze at the end of the mountain. The outline of the Roman encampments could be seen all around the mountain. The General’s Quarters could be seen inside the encampments at the corner of each. Water came to Masada all the way from the mountains near Jerusalem and was collected in cisterns. There were holes in the base of Mount Masada which collected the water runoff from the mountains nearby. The force of gravity pushed the water up, because even the top of Masada is below sea level! The top level of Masada features the Northern “pleasure” Palace. Next, I visited the lowest tier of the pleasure palace, the third level down. This tier gave Herod shade and breeze. There was a hidden stairwell which was built into the rock, that Herod used to go up and down. There were no trees in the area, hence the Romans had to haul a battering ram for a long distance. Then I saw the middle terrace of the pleasure palace (Northern Palace), and observed the remains of a narrow, circular stairwell built into the rock.
Back on the top terrace was the oldest synagogue in the world at the time of the Second Temple. Ezekiel, Chapter Thirty Seven, “The Vision of Dry Bones,” was found in the synagogue. Nearby, there was a chamber for the scrolls, or library. We observed the Roman ramp of earth closeup from the top of Masada. There were many towers posted along the outer walls. We left the “leisure” Northern Palace, and entered the Western “working” Palace. This was the Administrative Palace. A woman and her daughter were the only ones who did not commit suicide in 73 A.D. They hid themselves in an empty water cistern.
Now we will head for En Gedi. The Dead Sea has no fish or seaweed. The sulfur smell is very strong. En Gedi comes from “En” or spring, and “Gedi” or goats. We came to Wadi David – the springs and water source for En Gedi. We observed the ibex wandering on the cliffs, the mountain animal of Israel, from which we get the word “Gedi.” En Gedi features a beautiful waterfall. At En Gedi, the water originates at a spring and goes underground. The water is warm. On our walk back from the waterfall, we saw a “coonie” which looks like a groundhog. We also saw about twenty ibex walking along a high ridge. We saw many other ibex amid the rocks. They are very coordinated for the mountains, and they change the position of their feet to land square on the rocks.
Now we went to the Dead Sea at En Gedi for a swim. One can float there with no effort at all. Salt deposits were left all over our bodies. Since I shaved the previous night before swimming, my neck stung. You could smell the sulfur, and clay deposits were left everywhere. The clay is used for cosmetics, facial treatments, and other vain pursuits of man. Since the Dead Sea is the lowest place on the face of the earth, and tropical, and unseasonably warm, and has many mineral deposits, one feels that God did something special here – such as rain fire and brimstone down on Sodom and Gomorrah, and dropping the entire valley below sea level.
Onward to Qumran. We passed an oasis filled with palm trees along the way. (By the way, it just came to mind that there were no problems on the trip which had to do with the recent P.L.O., Gaza Strip and Bethlehem developments). Qumran was settled by the Essenes in the eighth century B.C. We visited the remains of the community, observing a water channel, a cistern, scrolls stored in a Scriptorium, and a cemetery. Many scrolls have been located in these mountains nearby. Observed in the Essenes Community were homes, pottery, stables, flour, a dining hall, a pool and a cistern. Every remaining artifact gives evidence of a simple life style. The Essenes left Qumran and went to Masada.
We left Qumran to go back to Jerusalem. On the way home, our guide mentioned that Bedouins still trade camels for wives. They love their simple life style. We passed a military camp. Now we went back to the road which goes from Jericho to Jerusalem. We passed another military camp. Many Bedouin Camps were seen on the way back to Jerusalem. We passed through today’s Bethany and stopped at Lazarus’ tomb. It was deep and dark and seemed very real. We had to duck and crawl in order to enter the crypt area. It appeared to be a real possibility of genuine authenticity, like the tomb of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem.
We again entered Jerusalem. We visited Jesus’ Garden Tomb, mentioned in the paragraph above. It too, seemed authentic because of 1) the trough where the stone rolled, 2) and the window where the Bible seems to indicate light came in (John 20: 4-8); when John and Peter saw the linen clothes in the tomb, a source of light would have been needed for them to see the clothes after running into the tomb – the window, of course, would have provided the light.
The rabiis, or Orthodox Jews, wear their hair very short with a long, long strand near the ear. It would be interesting to find out why. They are probably trying to fulfill a law of theirs. On the way to our first stop, Pastor Grimes told us that it hardly ever rains at the Dead Sea.
Our first stop entailed a visit to an Israeli shrine in commemoration of the Jewish Holocaust. The question remains, was the Holocaust God’s push of the Jews into the Holy Land? First of all, we saw the Israeli military cemetery. We saw many stones representing the war in 1948, when 650,000 Jews had a six month war with the Arabs and lost 6,000 people. The Israeli national movement is called the Zionist Movement, named after Mount Zion, or Jerusalem. Other stones were from soldiers who died in 1967. (the Six Day War). Next, we proceeded to the Memorial to the Holocaust. One and one half million children were killed. Seventy two hundred (7,200) Jewish people escaped from Denmark to Sweden. We saw pictures of gas chambers in Poland. Death and Concentration Camps were all over Europe. The hair and gold teeth were extracted from the Jews and used in the war effort. The Holocaust is one reason the Jews go to Mount Masada and vow they will never surrender, but fight to the death, This entire Memorial is a good reminder of the wretchedness of the heart of man.
Next, we looked at the Dead Sea Scrolls. We saw part of the book of Isaiah in the Hebrew Aramaic. It was discovered Qumran in 1947, and it dates to about 100 B.C. It was made by the famous Essenes. Then we saw the Temple Scroll. The Temple Scroll is God teaching the Torah in the first person. We saw the Manuel of Discipline – the regulations of the Essenes. We saw the War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness. The biggest blessing, however, was to see a scroll of Isaiah dated 100 B.C., and filled with the prophecies of Jesus Christ! (examples: Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, chapter 53, etc.) We saw the Nahum Commentary which identified the Essenes. We saw the scrolls of forty one of the Psalms, including the apocryphal One Hundred and Fifty First Psalm. We saw the jars which held the Dead Sea Scrolls. We looked at the old marriage contract, a divorce bill, business letters (selling dates and fruits), and a social letter. The Bar Kokhba revolt of 132-135 was the last revolt of the Jews against the Romans. This was mentioned in a social letter. Over seven hundred scrolls and parchments have been found around Qumran.
Now we proceeded to Hezekiah’s Tunnel. We entered the Hinnom Valley, filled with olive trees. Then we came to the Kidron Valley. Hezekiah’s Tunnel is almost one half a mile long, and is a tremendous engineering feat. There were many residences right outside the tunnel, where donkeys worked right at the tunnel site, and children rode the donkeys. The tunnel consisted of two parts: 1) The original Canaanite Shaft and 2) Hezekiah’s Tunnel into David’s city. We saw the entrance to Hezekiah’s Tunnel – dated 750 B.C. Then we saw where David found the shaft, near the tunnel, which he used to enter Jerusalem around 1000 B.C. We walked up Mount Ophel – David’s city was a steep hill which was surrounded by valleys, the Kidron and Tyropoeon Valleys. The shaft and the tunnel diverted water from the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam at the south end of David’s city. When David took Jerusalem, Joab went up the Canaanite Shaft in order to open the gate for David and his men. Because of what he did, Joab received one of David’s daughters in marriage.
We noticed that Muslims paint their doors in relation to their “status” in faith. A red door, for instance, means they went to Mecca. There is no end to the customs and oddities in this land.
From our location in Hezekiah’s Tunnel, the ancient walls of the city of David could be seen. We observed the Pool of Siloam, which was the water receiving area for David’s Jerusalem. Swimmers were seen who entered the Pool of Siloam, having gone through Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Nearby, are the traditional sites of the tombs of both Jehosephat and Zedekiah. They are not one hundred per cent positive about the authenticity of these tombs. There is more certainty however, about the tomb of Absalom.
Today is Friday, the Muslim Holy Day, and the soldiers were equipped with sticks and riot gear.
Next, we saw Zedekiah’s Cave or Solomon’s Quarries, a mountain where rock and stone was cut out for the temple. It was a hollowed out mountain, a huge and vast cave opening into an amphitheater. It kept going down deeper and deeper. Ton upon ton of rocks were removed. The traditional site of Golgotha or Calvary was seen across the street from Zedekiah’s Cave. This was a Muslim area and we could not go there. We noticed military halftracks and troops in the area.
On the way to Bethlehem, we passed another of Herod’s fortresses in the distance. It was the Herodium, a man made mountain where Herod flashed signals from, way out in the desert. (Because of his paranoia over assasination attempts, King Herod slept in a different place every night). His tomb could be in this fortress which is noted for its flat top, looking like a volcanic mountain from a distance. We passed Rachel’s tomb in Bethlehem off the main street.
For lunch, we went into St. George’s Arab Restaurant in Bethlehem. An Arab waiter attempted to take away my salad while I was eating it. Pastor Grimes was seated next to me and quickly took the waiter to task, straightening out his decorum. We had lamb shiskabob, and it was good. Speaking of Arab and custom, I would like to mention that the Arab toilet we saw near Petra, was in a large room, and on the floor. I was totally mesmerized when I first saw it. One would perform their bodily functions before a crowd. Unbelievable.
We walked over to the Church of the Nativity after lunch. This is the traditional birth place of Jesus Christ. The church is built on a cave. The only entrance, the front door, was short so camels could not walk in. The cave was charcoal black, due to many people bringing in torches and candles. The 1)Greek Orthodox, 2)Armenian, 3)and Roman Catholic all control this church, each with their own section. A Greek Orthodox Priest, dressed in black, rang bells filled with smoky incense all over the church – making it “holy.” Many of us gagged and coughed because of the smoke. The church goes back to the 5th Century and is rugged looking, like a fortress. The church has the original Byzantine 5th Century floor, Muslim columns, and Crusader decorations on the walls. Another cave or manger was on the other side. After leaving the Greek Orthodox Church, we entered the Catholic section. This was a very ritualistic church.
Now we proceeded toward the shepherd’s fields. There was a natural cave in these fields, and there were many shepherd’s fields to be seen in the area. These fields were similar to, and may have actually been, the fields that Ruth worked in and Boaz owned. Beth-lehem means “house of bread.” There are wheat fields and shepherd’s fields all around the town, hence the name. From Bethlehem, we had a breath-taking view of the mountains of Moab, across the desert and the Dead Sea. Moab, we know, was where Ruth came from, and the country originated between Lot and one of his daughters.
We then saw a beautiful panoramic view of Jerusalem from the south. We could observe David’s city at Mount Ophel up the middle, the Mount of Olives was seen on the right, and Mount Zion was on the left. The valleys are as follows: the Kidron Valley bears off to the right, the Tyropoeon Valley goes to the left, and the Hinnom Valley can be found in the middle. We could oberve the ever present Dome of the Rock in the middle also, above the Hinnom Valley.
Next, we went through the Hinnom Valley in Jerusalem – also called Gehenna because it was a trash dump where “the fire never went out.” The word Gehenna, of course, refers to burning. The never ending burning of hell.
We went to a store in Jerusalem belonging to a gentleman named Was-Was. Along the way we smelled the aroma of many good Arabic foods. Haggling is common place in Jerusalem, as you can bargain with people. For a reasonable price, I bought two brass candlesticks for my wife, and an olive wood donkey to add to our collection of over twenty donkeys at home.
Who says Dinosaurs are extinct?”
Giant gator caught strolling through Polk nature center
A giant alligator was caught on camera during a morning stroll at a nature center in Polk County.
The Lakeland Police Department shared the video, taken by Kim Joiner, on their Facebook page saying, “Who says Dinosaurs are extinct?”
The big daddy gator was strolling through the Circle B Bar Reserve, an area of of protected lands in Polk County.
In the video you can see four other people recording the surprise encounter, and not from a far distance – Ekkk!
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There is no absolute proof that this giant was killed in Afghanistan in 2002 except for the testimony of the soldiers. The writers of the story are reliable however, and the soldiers talk about this story nonchalantly as if it were common knowledge. The alleged “cover up” by those in charge, was classic and in total harmony with previous incidents, such as the Smithsonian Institute’s hiding of the bones of giants found throughout North America. [Read Richard Dewhurst’s “The Giants Who Ruled America, The Missing Skeletons And The Smithsonian Cover Up”].
While eating breakfast at the Shalom we observed a beautiful sunrise over Jerusalem. While eating breakfast I looked around and observed the Israelites, thinking what a stubborn people they were, and how the Lord still has His hand on them, even though they do not believe in Jesus and the New Testament. Our hotel gave us a beautiful view of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a melting pot with all kinds of people. All of the people in Israel, the men and the women, must serve in the army for two years and take their vows on Mount Masada. I found the people in Israel to be friendlier, more courteous, and more respectful (especially the children) than Americans.
Today, our first stop was at the model of Jerusalem (The “Model City”). The model depicted Jerusalem at the time of the Second Temple (the time of Jesus). The Model City displays the many walls, the residences, Herod’s Palace, the Fortress of Antonio, the Temple, and many other things.
Next, we went towards the Mount of Olives. On our way, we observed an Arab kiss his camel, and give our pastor a ride. We went up the Mount of Olives to the temple of Ascension which is now a Mosque. (refer to Acts 1:4 through Acts 1:11). There is an “alleged footprint” where Jesus ascended from, inside the small temple upon a rock. Next, we went a short distance away and took several pictures of Jerusalem from this panoramic view. From our location on the Mount of Olives, we had a view of Jerusalem over the Kidron Valley. Also observed was David’s City, the Dome of the Rock, as well as the northern end of Jerusalem. It is interesting to note that the current city walls are only five hundred years old, and built by the Ottoman Turks. Mount Ophel is David’s old city, and Mount Zion is above David’s City, outside the wall. We saw Absalom’s tomb in the Kidron Valley. As we departed from the Temple of Ascension, a burro blocked our path on our way to the Garden of Gethsemane.
We went into the Garden of Gethsemane (“semane” means olive oil). Gethsemane may have been near John Mark’s home. We entered the Church of All Nations where the alleged rock is that Jesus prayed at. This is located next to the Garden of Gethsemane.
We drove up to the Old City of Jerusalem and entered Stephen’s Gate, which is also known as the Lion’s Gate, with a lion on each side of the gate.
Next, we observed a fine site of archaeology – the Pool of Bethesda. The pool has five porches where people were healed, and is dug out very deep.
The streets of Jerusalem are very narrow. The women wore robes, and carried large objects on their head. Beggars and cripples lingered on the street corners. Walking in the “Old City” is like walking into the past. Burros carrying loads walk in the streets. Flutes, and other eastern instruments can be heard. Muslim people can be heard wailing over microphones.
Next, we arrived at my favorite archaeological site in the whole city – we entered the Judgment Hall at the Fortress of Antonio. There was a cistern and a water supply here. We observed areas cut by Herod, which was originally the moat of the Fortress of Antonio. Next, we went deep into the beautiful, large, and open Strutheon Pool. Water runs down into the pools from the mountains. We approached other cisterns and lithostrotos pavement that Jesus walked on. The pavement was made up of large stones with wedges to prevent slipping. A church was built above this pavement. Jesus was tried and judged near here by Pontius Pilate.
We walked down today’s Via Dolorosa, where Jesus is supposed to have carried His cross to Calvary. The actual road, however, would be many feet underground. The Via Dolorosa featured an arch overhead, this is an original arch left from the Fortress of Antonio.
The business district was bustling – people commonly walk up to you in order to sell you just about everything. There are money changers today in Jerusalem just like in Christ’s time. Many people wear cloaks, robes, togas, and turbines. Conservative Muslim women wear veils. We stopped and looked at a Muslim water trough.
We approached the Western “Wailing” Wall and we were frisked on the way into this area. The wall is near Mount Zion and the Tyropoeon Valley. The Tyropoeon Valley, filled over the years, is right in front of the wall. The wall is very long, and is the last part of the temple that was not destroyed – hence the Rabiis, Orthodox Jews, etc. wail there. We observed the same wall nearby extending underground. The entire original wall is 150 feet high. When the rabiis pray – they read their Tora, and they chant, buck their head backwards and forwards, and side to side. They shake their knees. Loads and loads of prayers were stuck in the cracks of the walls. The rabiis wore prayer boxes (Phylacteries; Matthew 23:5) on their foreheads and arms, and were dressed all in black. In essence, they are modern day Pharisees. They are very, very zealous. If they were converted, their zeal would turn the world upside down (like Paul of Tarsus). When we entered, we put on “cardboard beenies” or Kippurs, like everyone else. A head covering, they feel, is needed in a holy place. Orthodox Jews of the law, modern day Pharisees, were seen everywhere.
We observed the excavated Tyropoeon Valley (Old Jerusalem) near the Wailing (Western) Wall. We passed a Byzantine, Muslim Mosque and approached the Dome of the Rock. It was built in the eighth century. Abraham offered the sacrifice of Isaac at the rock in the Dome – the rock inside is the ONLY part of Mount Moriah that Herod left exposed after all of his building. The best marble available was used to build it. There is a hole in the rock, and a drainage area below for all the blood sacrifices. Blood would run underneath, all the way down the mountain. The Dome of the Rock is surrounded by a Muslim Mosque and worship area. From this area, one can see the Tyropoeon Valley, the Western Wall, and David’s City beyond.
Jerusalem is a melting pot of cultures, beliefs and different people’s religions. At lunch time, a man on the tour (Steve Abbott) was drinking a milkshake for lunch and was told to leave – this is NOT KOSHER. Dairy products cannot be eaten with meat products. The religions of Jerusalem are 1) Islamic (Muslim) 2) Jewish 3) Christian and 4) Armenian (preceded by Greek Orthodox). All believe in one God and are monotheistic, and all of them go back to Abraham.
We observed the remains of Byzantine shops. The shops were Roman streets with columns (pillars), and stores on both sides of the street. These shops were part of Jerusalem after 70 A.D., when Titus destroyed Jerusalem. Farther down the row of shops, modern shops are built in the original shops. We then passed a display revealing the Maccabean, Hasmonean ruins and walls. These dated from 100 B.C. to 700 B.C., the bottom stones were from the time of Hezekiah and the first temple. Next, we saw an area where the Israeli and Hasmonean walls joined together. We passed a Byzantine mosaic map, revealing Jerusalem in the sixth century – showing even the streets with the shops that we previously observed.
In Jerusalem, the people bargain and haggle over everything – nothing has a set price. The people are friendly and get satisfaction in helping you. A boy gave me an olive branch, expecting nothing in return. I bought film from a boy, and he brought down the price for me.
Next, we entered the upper room on Mount Zion. A Muslim Arab altar was put there when they took over. This is just the traditional location. The upper room is traced back only to the Byzantine period, hence it cannot be real.
We went to Mount Zion, King David’s tomb. Muslim and Byzantine architecture was observed here also, hence this location is probably also traditional. We observed the Hinnom Valley off in the distance.
We entered Caiphas’ Palace, which was located below a Catholic Church. We saw a prison where prisoners were dropped through a circular hole. Could Jesus have been kept here? More prisons and dungeons were located below. This was definitely the main prison of the House of Caiphas. There were even holes in the walls where the prisoners were strapped into place when they were whipped and beaten.
Caiphas’ Palace was a great archaeological site. Wonderful views were observed of the Kidron Valley, the Tyropoeon Valley in the lower city in Old Jerusalem, and the ruins of Caiphas’ Palace located outside the Catholic Church. David’s city is located on Mount Ophel, the original Canaanite stronghold of Jerusalem.
Note: Since traveling to Israel nearly thirty years ago, there is another school of thought regarding archaeology in Jerusalem. The “Wailing” Wall is now thought to be from the Fortress of Antonio rather than from Herod’s Temple. Bob Cornuke’s book Temple is the watershed book regarding this new discovery. I believe Bob is correct in his assessment.