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102 ISIS DESTROYING HOLY SIGHTS

 

 

102 ISIS DESTROYING HOLY ARCHAEOLOGICAL SIGHTS

 

We’re living in dangerous times for Christians and Jews. I’ve watched in horror as ISIS Islamic radicals have systematically destroyed one holy site after another. Television recently showed the destruction of the entire city of Nimrud, which had stood for 3,500 years. This in the name of Allah. Consider a few more: Khorsabad built by Assyrian king Sargon II, 2,700 years ago, the Mosul Museum and many artifacts (containing thousands of priceless religious artifacts for Jews and Christians), the Mosul Library and tens of thousands of books and other priceless ancient writings, the Tomb of Jonah (of Jonah and the whale in our Bible), the ancient city of Hatra (2,300 years old) and hundreds of sights in Syria, Iraq and other countries. Iran is the world’s greatest financial supporter of ISIS and the ones consistently calling for the death of every American citizen. Yet, president Obama’s government returned billions of dollars to them, then watched as they captured our sailors and held them hostage. This destruction of holy sights has been going on for many years. One was the Phoenician column removed from the shores of Saudi Arabia. It had been placed there by Solomon to mark where the Israelites crossed the Red Sea and Pharaoh’s army drowned. This was across from Nuweiba Beach in Egypt; the jumping off point for the Exodus across the Red Sea. If one has kept up with the archaeological discoveries proving one thing or another in our Bible to have been true, thousands since Israel returned as a nation in 1947-8, they’d quickly realize that God is up to something. Two things are evident; 1) The Bible declared Israel would be a nation again in the last days…that’s happened. Israel ceased being a nation two thousand years ago!! 2) The Bible says that in the last days, “The Glory of the knowledge of the Lord will fill the Earth as the waters fill the seas”. That’s also happening, mostly after Israel became a nation again in 1947-48. Thousands of archaeological discoveries have been made since then, proving people, places and events in the Bible to have been real and accurate in their time frame. For example; On July 15, 2015, a second palace belonging to King David was discovered at a place called Khirbet Qeiyafa. That’s interesting since antagonists to the Bible taught our children that King David was fictional. It’s the old palace of Sha’ Arayim (meaning two gates in Hebrew), as mentioned in our Bible. If one reads 1 Samuel, they’d see that David killed Goliath, and he and the Israelites chased the Philistines down the valley of Elah, the valley where Goliath was slain, killing them all the way to Gath (Goliath’s hometown). Professors said Goliath never existed, and there had never been any evidence for a Philistine town called Gath. Gath, a Philistine town, was discovered a few years ago. It had been overrun and abandoned at the time David killed Goliath. Archaeologists discovered many pottery pieces in the homes, including some bearing the name of …guess who…Goliath. Look up Goliath’s name on pottery on the internet. God has made it so mankind will be without excuse for rejecting any of the Bible.

Recently, Archaeologist Eliat Mazar discovered King David’s other palace in Jerusalem. She had read in her Bible that the palace was outside of Jerusalem to the North. Her peers laughed her to scorn when she proposed to dig for it, since a king would have had a palace inside the city…not out. One of the reasons professors taught students that David never existed was the lack of a palace in Jerusalem. Her Bible was right. Many then tried to say it wasn’t David’s palace. That has been put to rest from the discoveries within.  For example: royal seals of Baruch Ben Neriah (the prophet Jeremiah’s scribe), prince Jehucal and prince Gedaliah (two of the princes who had thrown Jeremiah into a miry well, per Jeremiah chapter 38. This, of course, is proof of that Bible story and that these men were real, despite professors teaching students they were all fictional. No wonder 80% of all the Christian kids who enter a school of higher learning lose their faith, according to statistics. Though this information is readily available, most churches are totally unaware of it, thus the loss of the kids. There is no reason whatsoever to doubt any part of the Bible. Thousands of discoveries are proving the Bible antagonists as being wrong. Don’t look for them to research any of this. These God-haters are determined to embrace their ignorance while destroying the faith of those Christians who have no clue their Bible is very provable. Ignorance is not bliss. It is a trap when it comes to the Bible.

103 SIT IDLE AND WAIT FOR CHRIST’S RETURN

SIT AND WAIT FOR CHRIST’S RETURN?

 

People are curious about my ministry; which consists of biblical archaeology, creation science and apologetics, especially the archaeological finds proving the Bible to being historically correct. This gives me an opportunity to share what I know with both Christians and seekers. Some of those seekers end up going back to church or recommit their lives to the Lord. They are encouraged by the finds proving the Bible correct. I have yet to have someone walk away when I start sharing about the archaeological or scientific finds. On the contrary, they will sit and listen for extended lengths of time; enthralled by the discoveries. All Christians are called to do this. However, one thing that I hear from some Christians is; ‘What you share is quite well and good. I don’t really need to hear it, though. If it’s in the Bible, I believe it.’  I know they are trying to show how strong their own faith is. I’d lay odds that there are times though, when their faith wavers, that they question the Bible at times, the existence of God, and Jesus as the Savior. The Bible commands us to “study that we may show ourselves approved to God and others. 1st Peter 3:15 says “be ready to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you”.  “Every man” can be anybody that comes along, whether scientists, atheists or your next-door neighbor. When someone says they have no need to learn any evidence proving the Bible they are only thinking of themselves, but what of those around them who do not have the faith to believe? This type of thinking is sad because it indicates a lack of desire to learn enough evidence to help lost family members, friends and others. What about that lost next door neighbor or the person they work with? Sadly, it’s common among many in the church to have a lack of knowledge about things that can prove the Bible to be very accurate. Being unknowledgeable for the discoveries in science and archaeology, proving our Bible to be a trustworthy historical document, can leave those they know with no means of believing the Bible to be true. Because some don’t want to offend others, they are reluctant to share their faith at all. I honestly believe this comes from a lack of knowledge. Wouldn’t it be much more offensive to watch someone die and spend eternity separated from the Kingdom of Heaven. Certainly, there are those who don’t want to hear what we believe. To those people I honestly wish them a great life, and simply move on. Don’t offend people if they choose to not listen, and never argue. It serves no purpose. Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…”  Notice it doesn’t say the knowledge is unavailable. What that scripture is telling us is that we are destroyed because we don’t avail ourselves of the information that is being discovered, which could greatly increase our faith and the faith of others. The more knowledge we have of discoveries in archaeology, ancient documents, and science, the greater our faith will be. Proverbs 11:9 tells us that “With knowledge the righteous shall be delivered”. This is the answer to Hosea 4:6 which says we are destroyed by a lack of knowledge. There’s a time when the minister in me wants to make a point. My point is that God has told us that in the last days, “the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord will fill the earth as the waters fill the seas.” God didn’t tell us that for nothing. He wants us to gain enough knowledge to fulfill the great commission; going into all the world with the Gospel. To some, that may mean simply going next door or to a family member. This means learning answers to the questions others may bring up, especially those questions about things in the Bible being real. We need to fulfill the scripture that says, “study, that you may show yourself approved”. God wants all of us to use what He’s given us; knowledge. He doesn’t want us to use what we learn just for our own salvation. In the famous parable about those to whom the master gave “talents”, it says that some used them wisely and were rewarded. Others hid their talents, fearing that God would judge them if they somehow lost what was given. These were reprimanded and their “talents’ were given to another who is more faithful. This is partly why I write as a newspaper columnist and go on-air in four states; that one’s faith will be increased enough to share what is learned with others.