Excavations Reveal First Temple

A large and majestic system of pools from the Byzantine period (4th–6th centuries CE), a fragment of a capital typical of royal structures and estates in the First Temple period, and a rare silver coin from the 4th century BCE—one of the most ancient ever unearthed in the Jerusalem area, were found in excavations at Ein Hanniya, south-west of Jerusalem, just inches west of the 1967 green line.

These remarkable finds were unearthed in Israel Antiquities Authority excavations at the site of Ein Hanniya between 2012 and 2016. The area will open to the public in the coming months.

The excavations, headed by IAA archaeologists Irina Zilberbod and Yaakov Billig, under the direction of the Jerusalem district archaeologist, Dr. Yuval Baruch, were carried out as part of the establishment of the Ein Hanniya park, were financed by the Jerusalem Development Authority in cooperation with the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, and were complemented by conservation and development work by the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Conservation Administration.

Similar capitals have been found in the City of David in Jerusalem, which was the capital of the Kingdom of Judah, and in Ramat Rachel, where one of the palaces of the kings of Judah was found. Such capitals were also found in Samaria, Megiddo, and Khatzor, which were major cities in the Kingdom of Israel.

According to the archaeologists, the site at Ein Hanniya may have been a royal estate at the time of the First Temple. After the destruction of the First Temple, settlement may have been renewed at the site in the form of an estate house that was inhabited by Jews.

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The coins, pottery, glass, roof tiles and multicolored mosaic tesserae (individual tile used in creating a mosaic) from the Byzantine period which were unearthed in the excavation attest to the fact that it was during this period (4th–6th centuries CE) that the site reached its peak.

According to Jerusalem District Archaeologist Dr. Yuval Baruch, “we believe that some early Christian commentators identified Ein Hanniya as the site where the Ethiopian eunuch was baptized, as described in Acts 8:26–40. The baptism of the eunuch by St. Philip was one of the key events in the spread of Christianity. Therefore, identifying the place where it occurred occupied scholars for many generations and became a common motif in Christian art. It’s no wonder that part of the site is still owned by Christians and is a focus of religious ceremonies, both for the Armenian Church (which owns the property) and the Ethiopian Church.”

From, Breaking Israel News.



FAITH…(1)What it is

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He so exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” Heb 11:6(NIV)

Faith is a spiritual force that helps to activate every spiritual  possibilities and makes them to manifest in the physical world. Everything is possible in the realm of the spirit from where the destines of men are shaped and his affairs are controlled. God is the Sovereign Almighty who reigns in the heavens and on the earth(Psalm 97:), and with Him on our side we can achieve everything good thing that we set out to accomplish, but only if we have faith in Him. So, faith is the mainstay of our Christian life and it is what it takes to get whatever we need from the kingdom of God. It is the most important tool that can be put into use to obtain a desired result.

Faith is in levels.  Today let’s talk about the first level of faith which is the faith we had at becoming a Christian. This can be called FOUNDATION FAITH. It is given to every believer as a freewill of God through His grace and it is available to everyone. (Titus 2:11Also, Ephesians 2:8 says: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God

 It is very important to note that faith is made active by works. It is only those who act upon the word of faith that was preached to them that can become a born again child of God. The process is to hear the Word, believe, accept, and take action on it. The things we can do to help us build our faith on the word of salvation that we heard at this level includes but not limited to: declaring the new found faith, identifying and fellowshipping with fellow belivers, studying the Bible etc. James 2:24 says: “You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith ALONE. “

Likewise in all areas of our lives, we should always demonstrate our faith by action. When we say we have faith, it shouldn’t stop at just saying it. When you fold your arms and do nothing with the Gospel message of Christ that you have just received, doubt may set in and the word will not take root. That in itself is unbelieve. Both faith and works should coexist and working together for a blessed and successful Christian life. If you remove faith from the Gospel, life will become too much of a struggle. In a similar manner, when you take away works and operate by faith alone, then Christianity will become inactive and powerless. To work effectively, the two will have to help each other.

The issues of faith is spiritual and central to the Chrstian believe. It is by faith that we can have unhindered access to a glorious destiny in Christ because “the just shall live by faith” Amen! (To be continued)

– Ike

Never Give Up

The Word “No” Is Important For Your Spiritual Journey

The most important word to remember for your spiritual journey may be a surprising one — no.

Your faith journey is a long one. Too many people start off well in their spiritual journey but putter out before the end. God wants you to go the distance.

You’ve got a marathon ahead of you, and you can’t run the marathon with a barbell in your hands. Often people quit their faith journey early because everything they’re carrying wears them out.

We need to de-clutter.

A cruise liner can get pretty fast in the middle of the water. If you add a hundred lifeboats to it, it’ll slow down. Plug a battery into one light bulb, and it’ll go a long way. Plug it into 15, and it drains much more quickly. Plug it into 100, and it’ll drain even more quickly.

That’s what happens to us when we try to do too much. Sometimes doing good keeps us from doing the best.

Weights aren’t bad; they’re not sinful. They’re just unnecessary. It could be a job, a relationship, or a hobby. It’s something that slows you down from what God wants from your life. And they’re not worth it.

This devotional © 2014 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.