Solomonic Temple Era Pillar found near Bethlehem; the City of David
Buried under a Palestinian orchard near the city of David, Bethlehem, a mysterious 2,800 year old pillar has been discovered by an Israeli tour guide. In the month of February, 2013, a Israeli tour guide was taking a group of Israel lovers though an underground tunnel near to the ancient home of King David, when they accidently stumbling over a pillar with exotic carvings by expert stonemasons attributed to the era of King Solomon’s Tomb.
Binyamin Trooper, the tour guide reported his find to the Israel Antiquities Authority and to his surprise, they knew about it, and urged him to “keep it quiet” and let it remain unnoticed beneath two yards of dirt and rubble.
Trooper, a worker at the field school in Kibbutz Kfar Etzion, was informed of finding such a politically charged pillar of antiquity attributed to the era of Kings David and Solomon, that was buried beneath land that was privately owned by a Palestinian. Known full well, that the Department of Antiquities would not dare to excavate in this region, he instead reported it in the Hebrew local press this potentially “huge find” which have filtered out in Israel over the last few weeks.
Though the location has been kept secret to keep it out of the hands of Palestinian thieves of works of antiquities, this site has been secretly visit by several noted Israeli archeologists including Yosef Garfinkel, professor of archeology of Hebrew University, who agreed that “there is no doubt that the remains are those of monumental construction from the time of the First Temple [of King Solomon].”
According to the analysis of Professor Garkinkel, the capital of the pillar at the top, is identified as “proto-aeolic” in construction whose style dates to about 2,800 year ago, within two hundred years of Kings David and Solomon during the era of the kings of the Northern Kingdom of Judah. The top of the pillar, known as a capital, is of a type known as proto-aeolic, he said. That style dates to around 2,800 years ago.
The evidence appears that this pillar was a “marker” to the entrance of a carved water tunnel that tunneled underground at least 250 yards. According to Garfinkel, this type of construction would have required the skill masons that were hired by the central administrative government in the City of David that ruled over the Northern Kingdom of Judah.
This type of construction as explained by the eminent archeologist appears to be patterned like another grand water project during the era of the First Temple; the Siloam Tunnel in Jerusalem, that today is tunneling under the modern-day Arab neighborhood of Silwan, that is believed to have been constructed during the days of King Hezekiah who was preparing the city for the siege of Sennacherib, the King of Assyria in the 8th century BCE.
So now this site, never in the possession of the Palestinians 2,000 years ago yet under the rule of the Jews during the era of the Temple of Herod is now internationally contested to be Palestinian homeland. That is property that was under the possession of the Jewish people from the temple era days of Kings David and Solomon until the Temple of Herod was destroyed with Jerusalem in 70 CE.
Not only that, this pillar is in the vicinity of Bethlehem, never an Arab city in antiquity but the esteemed birthplace of King David. As was noted by Hezekiah’s grand water tunnel, this water tunnel site also suggests that it was a royal sponsored project nearby to a royal palace, a government building or an agricultural center, for as Garfinkel mused:
Israeli Archeologist Binyamin Garfinkel - “The construction is first rate. There is definitely something important there from biblical time, the 9th to the 8th century BCE.”
According to the principles of true Zionism, the re-discovery of archeological remnants of the ancient past have always shown the long history and the depth of the presence and love of the Jewish people for the “Holy Land of Israel.” This has recently since the 1840s been a rediscovery for not only the Jewish people, but also the Lost Ten Tribes of the House of Israel who through their Christian roots have rediscovered their own Hebrew roots, once lost but now being revealed to be the Lost brothers of Judah, seeking to be reunited to Klal Yisrael, All Israel in the era just preceding to the Jewish messianic age.
It’s no wonder that the Palestinians have no sympathy to any discovery that identifies Bethlehem in which they control, as a new archeological site identifying Jewish presence on land in Israel which they claim as their own and part of their ancient cultural inheritance. According the Mufti of Jerusalem, who was given governance but not possession of the Temple Mount it has been a part of his grand scheme to destroy all Hebrew and Jewish presence upon the Temple Mount. This is part of their way of denying Jewish history on land in which they contest is part of their ancient past but now claimed by the State of Israel as being part of the ancient Jewish Kingdom of Judah.
The Jewish tour guide, Benyamin Trooper stated that it was his hopes that interest in this site and the pillar that marks its archeological worthiness will eventually stimulate the Israeli government to conduct such an excavation. As Trooper stated:
Benyamin Trooper – “This site could be a source of income for the Palestinian owners and the nearby village.”
Yet, the Israel Antiquities Authority has been careful in its reports to the public responses of this archeological treasure, so they also have not ruled out that they could plan to excavate on this site also. As the Israel Archeological Authority did recently state:
Israel Antiquities Authority – “This is indeed an important find, which preliminary information dates to the time of the kings of Judah. At the same time, it should be known that the subject is sensitive and requires treatment that is delicate and responsible. The Antiquities Authority, along with all other relevant authorities, has been dealing with this for some time in an attempt to bring about the complete excavation of the remains, and will continue its attempts to do so.”
This international conflict for the possession of the tribal lands of Shomron and Judea, may be a conflict that is about over. According to the Prophet Zechariah, he was given a prophecy by the G-d of Israel in Hadrach, near Damascus that a apocalyptic calamity would occur in Damascus that would change the whole equation of Syrian rule by President Bashar Assad and would virtually destroy the Syrian government and those lands under her influence through her surrogates; Hizballah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza. According to Ibn Ezra, sometime in a future era before the revealing of the messiah, a tsunami, or the sea would inundate Tyre and carry away her possessions (Ezekiel 26:3, 19) and fire would destroy her buildings, and this region will become a part of the Land of Israel.
Zechariah 9:1-7 (parts) – “Toward Hashem will be the eyes of mankind and all the tribes of Israel (12-tribed Israel)…Tyre built herself a fortification…the L-rd will impoverish her and He will strike her wealth with the sea (tsunami), and it (Tyre) will be consumed by fires…
Gaza will see and tremble greatly…for the one to whom she looked [for protection] has been humiliated (Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood). A King (Hamas political bureau chief, Khaled Meshaal or Hamas Prime Minister of Gaza Ismail Haniyeh) will perish from Gaza…and I (G-d of Israel) will eliminate the pride of the Philistines (Palestinians). I will remove his blood from his mouth and his abominations from between his teeth, and then he too will remain for our G-d. He will be like a master in Judah, and Ekron will be like the Jebusites.”
According to the sages of Israel the Palestinians (ancient Philistines) will stop their bloodthirsty and idolatrous practices, their genetic hatred to the Jewish people and will join the Jewish people in Judah in worshiping the G-d of Israel. At that time, the Palestinians will become like the leaders of Judah, and Ekron will be as Jewish as the former Jebusite city of Jerusalem; totally assimilated into the Jewish economy. This will be a day to pray to come swiftly!
The spiritual fight to corrupt the covenant relationship between G-d and the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has been ongoing for over three thousand years. According to the Chumash, according to the rabbinic commentators, G-d’s covenant with Israel was a covenant that could not be broken, even though there was a party not deserving of it being fulfilled for all eternity. Yet, HaSatan and the forces of evil will continue to lead us to believe that if we fail and break the covenantal demands, it’s over for us. That’s not true. For the G-d of Israel has promised that even if the Jews and the Lost Ten Tribes of the House of Israel are both guilty of breaking the covenant, yet, at the end of time, He will honor His Holy Name, and we both will be redeemed; at least those who desire to be included as one of G-d’s redeemed.
As we see in the article above, the same hold true for the Palestinian Arabs whose genetic past has blended to a significant event with the local Jewish Israelites living in the Land of Israel. The day will soon come when the assimilation process that has caused such destruction to the Jews, in Europe, America, and also in the Middle East will soon end. The flow of assimilation will soon reverse, not away from historic Judaism but back towards Judaism.
For the Christian Lost Ten Israelites, this will also be a rediscovery that their “Jesus Christ” was a Prince of David, a Jewish rabbi, who lived his life as a Hasidic Jew above and beyond the letter of the Jewish Torah law. His call to you today, is the same as his call was to his disciples two thousand years ago. If you want to be his disciple; follow him by doing as he did and doing as he said; to live the life of Torah observance like any Orthodox Jew is doing today.
So today, the G-d of Israel is whistling or coaxing you to come back to the brotherhood of Klal Yisra’el (All Israel). To learn more about this redemptive process, you are Welcome to Contact “Kol Ha'Tor”, the Voice of the Turtledove. Here is a joint Orthodox Jewish and 10-Triber Vision to bring awareness of the imminent fulfillment of the Biblical Prophecies regarding the Redemption of all Israel (12 Tribes Re-conciled and Re-United). This super Event of all Times will entail establishing in the region of Shomron (the Ancient Bible Heartland of the Patriarchs) and the Judean Wilderness into a new homeland for the Return of the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel when All Israel will finally be redeemed.
For inquiries about Kol Ha Tor Vision for the Lost Tribes of Israel, Visit – “Shomron Lives!”,a Spiritual Retreat and Guest House in Samaria, that hosts Shomron (Samaria) Tours to reacquaint the Returning Lost Tribers of the House of Israel.