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POOL OF SILOAM DISCOVERED IN 2004 CONFIRMS JOHN 9:7

POOL OF SILOAM DISCOVERED IN 2004 CONFIRMS JOHN 9:7

Until 2004, the pool and church built by Byzantine empress Eudocia to commemorate the site was thought by some Bible believers to have likely been the Pool of Siloam. In fact, many “experts” doubted the existence of the Pool of Siloam, period. Many of these “experts” also doubted the authenticity of the entire gospel of John, thinking that it was written long after the Apostle John had died, and was largely a book of legend and fiction.

Pool of Siloam steps
In 2004, the stepped remains of the ancient Siloam Pool, long thought to be located elsewhere, were uncovered near the City of David. According to the Gospel of John, it was at this sacred Christian site that Jesus healed the blind man.

Archaeological discoveries are forcing more and more skeptics to rethink their positions. The actual, genuine Pool of Siloam that was in use in Jesus day was accidently discovered in 2004. During construction work to repair a large water pipe south of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, at the southern end of ridge known as the City of David, archaeologists began to uncover what we now know is the Pool of Siloam. Numismatic evidence—coins from the late Hasmonean period (c 90 BCE) and from the Jewish revolt (c 63 CE)—prove that this pool was in use in Jesus’ day. This and other evidence has convinced archaeologists beyond any doubt that this was indeed the Pool of Siloam in John 9. read more

DISCOVERY IN GULF OF MEXICO HELPS SUPPORT BIBLE FLOOD

DISCOVERY IN GULF OF MEXICO HELPS SUPPORT BIBLE FLOOD

Archaeologists have discovered a 7,000-year-old burial site in the Gulf of Mexico after a tip from a recreational diver who found human remains at the site in 2016. More details can be read in this article.

The ancient burial site discovered off the southwest Florida coast lends credence to what we know from the Bible about the flood in Genesis 6-8. The article states that “sea levels were much lower during that time”, and then goes on to say that “sea levels rose”. How does this harmonize with the Biblical account of the global flood? read more

CLAY SEAL OF ISAIAH THE PROPHET APPARENTLY FOUND

CLAY SEAL OF ISAIAH THE PROPHET APPARENTLY FOUND

For the first time, archaeological evidence (a seal impression) of Isaiah has been discovered, it seems. See the article by Michelle Starr published on February 23, 2018. The book of Isaiah is quoted more often than any other prophetic Old Testament book, and is second only to Psalms in overall New Testament quotes:

The Biblical figure Isaiah who prophesied the coming of the Messiah may have been an actual real person.

Researchers have found an ancient clay seal from around the time he was reportedly alive, marked with his name. read more

DISCOVERIES PROVE DANIEL TRUE ABOUT BELSHAZZAR AND THE CRITICS WRONG

DISCOVERIES PROVE DANIEL TRUE ABOUT BELSHAZZAR AND THE CRITICS WRONG

“In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream.”—Daniel 7:1 NIV

“In the third year of King Belshazzar’s reign, I, Daniel, had a vision.”—Daniel 8:1 NIV

King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his nobles and drank wine with them.”—Daniel 5: NIV

Nabonidus Chronicle mentioning Belshazzar
Cyrus of Persia reveals his exceedingly low estimation of the character of Belshazzar in the Nabonidus Chronicle

Until the 1870’s, Daniel (and works dependent on it) was the only source of information about Belshazzar. Critics, therefore claimed that Daniel’s references to Belshazzar were fiction, and the author of Daniel was a fraud. At that time, all other extant sources said Nabonidus was the last king of Babylon. Critics were silenced when archival texts began to be discovered in Babylon, beginning with the Nabonidus Chronicle, which was written shortly after Babylon’s capture by the Medes and Persians in 539 BCE. Today, Belshazzar is well-authenticated as a historic personage through archaeological studies. In fact, at least 37 archival texts have been discovered naming Belshazzar, and revealing his position to be exactly what the Bible says it to be. read more

HERODOTUS AND THE FALL OF BABYLON

HERODOTUS AND THE FALL OF BABYLON

The Greek historian Herodotus (c. 480-425 BC) produced one of the most famous books of ancient Greece, the History. Its focus is the series of wars between Persia and the Greeks that lasted from approximately 490 to 479 BC. Herodotus devoted a great deal of attention to the background of the wars and in the process gave a fairly sweeping view of the eastern Mediterranean world during the sixth and fifth centuries BC.

Herodotus
Brick inscription reads: “Cyrus, king of the world, king of Anshan, son of Cambyses, king of Anshan. The great gods delivered all the lands into my hands, and I made this land to dwell in peace.”

The Greek word historiai (literally “investigations”) aptly describes how Herodotus went about collecting and recording information about the customs and histories of the peoples he encountered. He is regarded as the father of Western history writing because he tried to confine himself to human events and to avoid myths. read more

THE PROPHETIC ACCURACY OF DANIEL—REGARDING ANTIOCHUS EPIPHANES IV

THE PROPHETIC ACCURACY OF DANIEL—REGARDING ANTIOCHUS EPIPHANES IV

Antiochos Epiphanes IV
Antiochos Epiphanes IV

Actions of this Syrian King are foretold over 350 years in advance by Daniel’s God Yahweh, revealing them to his prophet for recording in Daniel 8:9-12, 23-25; 11:21-39. These visions are so extremely accurate in prophetic detail that critics, doubters and unbelievers claim that it is impossible that Daniel could have recorded them “in the first year of Darius the Mede”, which was in 537-536 BCE (Dan 11:1 NIV), or “in the third year of Belshazzar” (Dan 8:1 NIV), which was about 551 BCE. read more

Antiochus IV Epiphanes–Accurately Predicted by Daniel

Antiochus IV Epiphanes–Accurately Predicted by Daniel

Antiochus IV Epiphanes ruled the Seleucid (Syrian) kingdom from 175 to 164 BCE. Epiphanes means “manifest,” and the name indicates that he claimed to be the earthly manifestation of Zeus. Antiochus attempted to unify his empire by imposing Hellenistic culture upon all its inhabitants. This policy brought him into sharp conflict with the Jews of the region later known as Palestine. Most Biblical scholars believe Antiochus to have been the “small” horn in Daniel 8:9 and the “contemptible person” of 11:21. His relations with the Jews are recorded in 1 and 2 Maccabees (Apocryphal books) and are prophetically depicted in Daniel 8:9,12,23,25 and 11:21-34. He was infamous for establishing pagan worship in the Jerusalem temple. read more

The first people who populated the Americas

The first people who populated the Americas

First people in the Americas
Where did the first people in the Americas come from?

“We are getting closer to understanding who the first Americans really were,” BBC News reported in an article published on March 30, 2017, entitled “The first people who populated the Americas.”

“They probably came on foot from Siberia across the Bering Land Bridge, which existed between Alaska and Eurasia from the end of the last Ice Age until about 10,000 years ago. The area is now submerged by water.

There is still debate about when these first Americans actually arrived and where they came from. But we are now getting closer to uncovering the original narrative, and finding out who these first Americans really were.” read more

Greece displays ‘7,000-year-old archaeological enigma’

Greece displays ‘7,000-year-old archaeological enigma’

“The figure was carved from granite in an era when there were no metal tools available”

BBC News posted an article on February 14, 2017 entitled: “Greece displays ‘7,000-year-old archaeological enigma.'” The article says the carved object is 7,000 years old, prior to the time that humans had developed metal tools.

Too bad they ignore the Bible, since the Bible accurately reports that within the first eight generations, humans had developed metal tools. (Gen 4:1; Gen 4:17-22 NJB) Tubal-cain, the Bible reports, “was the ancestor of all who work copper and iron.” This would demystify scientists’ “enigma.” read more

Scientists find ‘oldest human ancestor’

Scientists find ‘oldest human ancestor’

How countless are Your works, Lord!
In wisdom You have made them all;
the earth is full of Your creatures.
Here is the sea, vast and wide,
teeming with creatures beyond number—
living things both large and small.
(Psalm 104:24-25)

On January 30, 2017, BBC News published an article entitled “Scientists find ‘oldest human ancestor,'” which suggests that humans evolved from other life forms.

Notice how many times conjectural words such as “thought to,” “probably,” “may,” “we think,” “suggests,” “conclude,” and “might” appear in this short article. read more

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