BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGISTS FIND AN UNPRECEDENTED VAST ‘GAME CHANGER’ NEOLITHIC SETTLEMENT IN MOTZA NEAR JERUSALEM THEY BELIEVE IS 9,000 YEARS OLD by Geoffrey Grider for Now The End Begins
The 9,000-year-old site, located near the town of Motza, is the “Big Bang” for prehistory settlement research due to its size and the preservation of its material culture, said Jacob Vardi, co-director of the excavations at Motza on behalf of the Antiquities Authority. “It’s a game changer, a site that will drastically shift what we know about the Neolithic era,” said Vardi. Already some international scholars are beginning to realize the existence of the site may necessitate revisions to their work.
An unprecedentedly vast Neolithic settlement — the largest ever discovered in Israel and the Levant, say archaeologists — is currently being excavated ahead of highway construction five kilometers from Jerusalem, it was announced on Tuesday.
Biblical archaeologists have made a discovery so massive it may just rewrite much of what we know about the present and historical land of Israel. In the town of Motza near Jerusalem, they have uncovered a highly-advanced and massive settlement where previously none were thought to exist. They are saying that it goes back about 9,000 years. If that turns out to be true, a number of interesting possibilities present themselves.
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:1,2 (KJV)
As Bible believers, we know that human beings since the time of Adam have been on this Earth for roughly 6,000 years, but we also know that according to the ‘gap theory‘ found between Genesis 1 verses one and two, that it is quite possible what they have discovered, if it predates Adam and Eve, could be the remains of that civilization. The human race is not more than 6,000 years old, but the Earth itself could absolutely be way older than that. Or it could be something completely different.
“And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there.” 1 Kings 11:36 (KJV)
Whatever it is it is an amazing find, one that will yield tantalizing new information about the earliest inhabitants of the land where God has placed His name. With all these discoveries being made in such rapid succession, it sure does feel like God is preparing the us for some major changes in the very near future. Stay tuned!
A ‘game changer’: Vast, developed 9,000-year-old settlement found near Jerusalem
FROM TIMES OF ISRAEL: The 9,000-year-old site, located near the town of Motza, is the “Big Bang” for prehistory settlement research due to its size and the preservation of its material culture, said Jacob Vardi, co-director of the excavations at Motza on behalf of the Antiquities Authority.
“IT’S A GAME CHANGER, A SITE THAT WILL DRASTICALLY SHIFT WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE NEOLITHIC ERA,” SAID VARDI. ALREADY SOME INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARS ARE BEGINNING TO REALIZE THE EXISTENCE OF THE SITE MAY NECESSITATE REVISIONS TO THEIR WORK, HE SAID.
“So far, it was believed that the Judea area was empty, and that sites of that size existed only on the other bank of the Jordan river, or in the Northern Levant. Instead of an uninhabited area from that period, we have found a complex site, where varied economic means of subsistence existed, and all this only several dozens of centimeters below the surface,” according to Vardi and co-director Dr. Hamoudi Khalaily in an IAA press release.