From: Messianic Bible
Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 3:21 PM
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“…all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:3)
In several places throughout Scripture, Israel is called to be a blessing to
Although it sometimes seems that Israel isn’t living up to that calling, this
tiny nation has contributed far above its weight in a number of areas,
including medicine and science.
It’s no exaggeration to say that many of the conveniences, luxuries and even
life-saving technologies that the world enjoys in 2012 are the result of
research and development from Israeli companies and institutions.
Recently, Israeli scientists at the Hadassah Medical Centre in Jerusalem added
yet another item to the list of their achievements when a vaccine that could
potentially lead to treatments for many forms of cancer was tested on humans
for the first time.
The vaccine led to a complete recovery from blood cancer for three of the
seven test subjects (all of whom volunteered) and significant improvement in
the condition of the others.
Much more testing will be needed before the vaccine becomes widely available,
but the promising results offer hope to the hundreds of thousands of people
diagnosed with cancer every year around the world.
Two Orthodox Jewish men gaze at the Western (Wailing) Wall, a remnant of
the ancient wall that surrounded the Jewish Temple’s courtyard.
Recently Discovered Archaeological Artifacts Prove Bible is True
Perhaps you’ve shared your faith with someone who believes that there isn’t
enough archaeological evidence to support the Bible.
In this modern era of science and technology, many people question the
Bible as a valid historical document, believing it to be a collection of
stories and fables.
King David, for instance, was identified by some scholars as a literary
invention of the Bible.
Then in 1993, archaeologists discovered a stone inscription that refers to the
“House of David,” the first reference to King David outside of the Bible.
As archaeological research continues to uncover finds in Israel, our
understanding of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament is enhanced
as crucial information connected to key biblical characters, events, and
references comes to light.
Proponents of the “maximalist” approach to Biblical archaeology—a group of
scholars who think the Bible is a highly accurate and believable historical
document—received a boost recently when a team of archaeologists digging in
the Elah Valley (where David fought Goliath) discovered a rich variety of art,
pottery, metal tools, and objects used in worship, as well as three large rooms
that served as shrines for worshipping the God of Israel.
Excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa in the Ella Valley in Israel (Photo: Hebrew
University of Jerusalem)
The architecture and finds correspond to the Biblical descriptions of worship
at the time of King David and predate the Solomon’s Temple by about 30
or 40 years.
For example, two small containers, one of clay and one of stone, date from the
10th Century B.C., which corresponds to the approximate time David reigned
over the united kingdom of Israel.
The site is well known to archaeologists because it contains a walled city
dating back 3,000 years, approximately corresponding to the time the events
described in the Book of Samuel occurred.
Yossi Garfinkel of the Hebrew University and Sa’ar Ganor of the Israel
Antiquities Authority, who are leading the current dig at Khirbet Qeiyafa,
explained to Ha’aretz that the walled city is proof of at least a regional
governmental structure at the time.
“This is the first time that archaeologists uncovered a fortified city in Judah
from the time of King David,” Professor Garfinkel said.
“Even in Jerusalem we do not have a clear fortified city from his period.
Thus, various suggestions that completely deny the biblical tradition regarding
King David and argue that he was a mythological figure, or just a leader of a
small tribe, are now shown to be wrong.”
Hebrew University archaeologist Yosef Garfinkel with a stone shrine model
found at Khirbet Qeiyafa (Photo: Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
The clay container has an elaborate façade that includes two pillars, two
guardian lions and a main door. According to Garfinkel, the two pillars are
also elements described in the Bible’s account of Solomon’s Temple.
There are also other features of the artifacts which closely resemble sacred
objects described in the Bible, leading Garfinkel to conclude that the objects
offer significant new proof of the Bible’s historical veracity.
The Bible says in Hebrews 11:1; “Now faith is confidence in what we hope
for and assurance about what we do not see.”
However, in this skeptical, cynical world, where people are used to being lied
to and deceived, until someone has faith, evidence in the form of
3,000-year-old artifacts can help some people find their way to the truth.
Excavation of the shrine at Khirbet Qeiyafa: Since the artifacts discovered at
this site are related to monuments described in the Bible (1 Kings 6: 5, 31-33;
Ezekiel 41:6), they may help to clarify the meaning of some obscure technical
terms in Biblical text.
Greece Elects 21 Neo-Nazis
Voters in Greece have taken the astonishing step of electing 21
parliamentarians from an openly neo-Nazi political party that calls itself the
“Golden Dawn,” which campaigned on an anti-immigrant platform and the
slogan “so we can rid this land of filth.”
The leader of Golden Dawn, Nikolaos Michaloliakos, immediately drew
attention to himself by giving an interview on the Mega TV network on May
13th in which he denied the existence of the Nazi Holocaust death camps
“There were no ovens. This is a lie. I believe that it is a lie. There were
no gas chambers either,” he said.
Crematorium memorial at Auschwitz I
Michaloliakos statement “constitutes a distortion of history and a fierce
insult to the memory of the millions of Holocaust victims,” said government
spokesperson Pentelis Kapsis.
“The Greek people have not forgotten that they mourned hundreds of thousands
of victims of Nazism, including tens of thousands of Greek Jews,” Kapsis said.
The leaders of Greece’s approximately 5,000 member Jewish community joined
in the condemnation of Michaloliakos’s statement.
During WWII, Greek Jews numbered around 78,000. Most of them lived in
the northern port city of Thessaloniki. That community was almost entirely
annihilated in the Holocaust.
“It is an insult to the historical memory, the memory of the six million Jews,
our brethren, amongst whom there were 70,000 Greek Jews, who perished in
the death camps of Auschwitz, Dachau [and] Treblinka,” the Jewish community
Even a number of our Bibles For Israel Ministry staff members had parents,
grandparents and great parents, along with cousins, aunts and uncles, who
were put to death in the Nazi gas chambers, and then burned in the ovens,
which according to Greece’s political party Golden Dawn, didn’t even exist.
Never Again: A student stands to one side to ponder the atrocity of Auschwitz.
While deeply troubling of and by itself, the electoral success of Golden Dawn
is merely the most visible sign of a growing anti-Semitic trend in Europe.
Jew hatred (anti-Semitism) has plagued Europe since the time of the Roman
Empire. It may look like a “human” issue on the surface; however it is really
a spiritual issue, and at the root is Satan versus God and His plan for mankind.
God’s plan was to take Abraham, and make from him a people who would
worship Him in spirit and truth, write down the Word of God (the Bible), live
in the Land He chose for them (Israel), and from this Chosen People the
Messiah would come into the world; and bring all of the non-Jews into a
relationship with Himself and God The Creator.
So if the Jews are God’s Chosen People, why have they been hated
We may never fully understand this; however, it’s also a fulfillment of Bible
prophecy, for it is written in Jeremiah 16:16:
“But now I will send for many fishermen,” declares the Lord, “and they will
catch them. After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them
down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks.”
An old fishing vessel in Jaffa, which is believed to be one of the oldest port
cities in the world. In the Book of Jonah, Jaffa is mentioned as the port
from which Jonah set sail for Tarshish instead of going to Nineveh.
The time when God will send fishers to urge Jews to return to Israel seems
to be rapidly coming to a close, and He is beginning to send the hunters.
We know from Scripture that the Jews remaining in the “fleshpots of Egypt”
or Babylon or Greece or New York or wherever they are, will be coming back
to Zion one way or another, whether they like it or not.
When the Jewish people in the Diaspora fully return home to Israel, God will
fulfill His plan and purpose for Israel to become life from the dead for the whole world
Like the vaccine you read about earlier, Israel is already making tremendous
contributions to the world.
As Israel has blessed the world both in advances like this vaccine, and giving the world
the Word of God and the Messiah, you can Bless Israel back today, by giving the opportunity to
know about Yeshua (Jesus), the promised Messiah of Israel.
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