BARELY A HUNDRED FEET AWAY FROM THE WESTERN WALL IN JERUSALEM, BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGISTS DISCOVER VAST PRESERVED COMPLEX FROM TIME OF JESUS by Geoffrey Grider for Now The End Begins
“I am excited, on the eve of Jerusalem Day, to reveal to the Jewish nation a new treasure trove of impressive and fascinating findings that shed light on life in Jerusalem throughout the generations in general, and on the eve of the destruction in particular,” commented Mordechai Suli Eliav, Director of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, according to a release. “This finding epitomizes the deep connection of Jews with Jerusalem, their capital. Even when there were physical limitations, prayer at the foot of the remnant of our Temple never ceased, and this is tangible evidence of this.”
Two thousand years ago, Jerusalem residents in Israel were storing food and water, cooking, maybe even living in a unique subterranean multiple-room structure barely 100 feet away from the holy Temple found by biblical archaeologists.
As Israel prepares to celebrate Jerusalem Day, a commemoration of the day in which Jerusalem was reunified under Israeli sovereignty in 1967, biblical archaeologists are unveiling an utterly amazing historical find. A subterranean complex, preserved in near pristine condition and dating back to the time of Jesus of Nazareth, is being put on display. The purpose of this structure, however, remains shrouded in mystery as ongoing excavations continue to dig for more clues and answers.
“And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.” Nehemiah 1:3 (KJB)
2019 was an amazing year for biblical archaeology, and that trend seems to be continuing here in 2020. Pray for the nation of Israel, and pray for the Jewish people who are preparing to enter into the time of Jacob’s trouble. Don’t worry about the disparaging comments your Jewish contacts on Facebook make when you post about the salvation of Jesus, their eyes are closed and they don’t know any better. Witness to them anyway, and pray for their souls in spite of how they might treat you. Time is short, make a difference for the Lord.
Biblical Archaeologists discover 2000-year-old unique complex by the Western Wall
FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: The new discovery was unveiled by the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Western Wall Heritage Foundation on Tuesday ahead of Jerusalem Day. Descending into the underground chambers from the Western Wall Plaza, glaring with light and unusually still under the coronavirus regulations and the unprecedented heatwave, is nothing less than a journey back in time before Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans, when the city was still bustling with Jewish life and rituals.
“AT THE TIME OF THE SECOND TEMPLE, 2,000 YEARS AGO, THIS WAS A PUBLIC AREA, THE CIVIC CENTER OF ANCIENT JERUSALEM” DR. BARAK MONNICKENDAM-GIVON CO-DIRECTOR OF THE EXCAVATION ON BEHALF OF THE IAA TOGETHER WITH TEHILA SADIEL TOLD THE JERUSALEM POST. “WE THINK THAT THE PUBLIC STREET PASSED JUST A FEW METERS FROM HERE AND WE ARE STANDING NEXT TO WHAT WE ARCHAEOLOGISTS CALL THE ‘BIG BRIDGE’ WHICH CONNECTED THE UPPER CITY TO THE TEMPLE ITSELF.”
The complex features two rooms connected by a staircase and an open courtyard. The entrance presents clear signs of the presence of door hinges and bots, while the walls offered several niches for oil lamps as well as carved in shelves. The structure was discovered under the white mosaic floor of a monumental Byzantine building dating back to about 1,400 years ago.
The large hollow space where both the building and the more ancient chambers stand presents walls erected in the typical Jerusalem stones of different sizes blackened by centuries, pieces of Roman columns, floors built in a variety of materials and at different levels. The excavations are ongoing. In a corner, an IAA conservator was working on preserving the Byzantine mosaic, while a few meters away two archaeologists were sifting through some dirt to make sure it did not contain other artifacts or sherds.