Author Jonathan Cahn is known for writing historical narratives that mix politics, espionage, and biblical prophecy. Cahn joins Lauren Green to discuss his new book, ‘The Oracle: Jubilean Mysteries Unveiled,’ and how it continues this trend by being based on real people, real events, and predictions for the future.
It’s sometimes hard to tell the difference between truth and
fiction when reading Jonathan Cahn‘s books. So much of what he writes about is
based on real people, real events, and predictions for the future that one
commentator called him a modern-day Nostradamus, the 16th Century astrologer,
physician and seer, known for his predictions.
Cahn’s new book “The Oracle: Jubilean Mysteries Unveiled,”
is in line with his previous offers, “The Harbinger” and “The
Paradigm,” historical narratives that mix politics, espionage, and biblical
Cahn said the story is merely the vehicle through which he delivers his
message of biblical truth. He’s Jewish
but was an atheist until he researched some of the biblical prophecies tied
to the Jewish tradition of the reading of the scrolls.
“They’re appointed words that are read every week on the Sabbath in the
synagogues,” Cahn said.
This latest book draws on primarily two things — the year of jubilee and
Moses’ prophetic words.
First, the Old Testament mandate of the year of jubilee. The Mosaic Law (the
Law of Moses) stipulated that every seven years the Israelites were to return
property to their original owners. Slaves would be freed, land would be given
back, etc. But the 50th year, came at the conclusion of the heavenly number of
the seventh of seven, the year of jubilee. This end of the cycle of seven
sevens would be the Shmita, or Sabbatical year.
Next, a biblical prophecy, from the words of Moses that predicted a
foreigner’s visit to the Land of Israel and sees its desolation (Deuteronomy
29: 22). Cahn said that visitor came 150 years ago, and that it was Mark Twain,
whose famous book “The Innocents Abroad,” described the desolation of
the Holy Land.
The reading of the Jewish scrolls during the same week showed the words of
Moses predicting the visit.
You can choose to not believe all that Cahn ties together, but regardless,
it’s a fascinating way to view today’s events, and even today’s politicians,
like President Trump, whose coming to power is also featured in the book as
predicted in biblical prophecy.
“Continuously, the Bible says God sends His word into the world, and it
affects history,” Cahn said.
The fact of the matter is, the Bible says that God’s Word has power, that
it’s not just words written on paper. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God
is alive and active….”
That’s either true or it isn’t. Cahn believes it is, and has written his
narratives to convince his readers.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan now wants to make Turkey a rogue state with nuclear weapons.
For several decades, Turkey, being a staunch NATO ally,
was viewed as the trusted custodian of some of the U.S. nuclear arsenal.
In the early 1960s, the U.S. started stockpiling nuclear warheads at the
Turkish military’s four main airbases
Presently, the nuclear warheads in Turkey at Incirlik
airbase still remain at the disposal of the U.S. military under a special
U.S.-Turkish treaty. That treaty makes Turkey the host of U.S. nuclear
weapons. According to the launch protocol, however, both Washington and
Ankara need to give consent to any use of the nuclear weapons deployed at
“Countries that oppose Iran’s nuclear weapons
should not have nuclear weapons themselves.” — Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Hürriyet, 2008.
If Turkey overtly or covertly launched a nuclear
weapons program — as Erdoğan apparently wishes — the move could well
have a domino effect on the region. Turkey’s regional adversaries would be
alarmed, and Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria and Greece might be tempted to
launch their own nuclear weapons programs. Erdoğan should not be allowed
to possess nuclear weapons.
During the 17 years he has ruled
NATO-member Turkey, the country’s Islamist strongman, President Recep Tayyip
Erdoğan, has rarely missed an opportunity stealthily to convert Mustafa Kemal
Atatürk’s secular, pro-Western establishment into a rogue state hostile to
Western interests. Erdoğan now wants to make it a rogue state with nuclear
“They say we can’t have
nuclear-tipped missiles, though some have them. This, I can’t accept,”
Erdoğan said in a September 4
speech, while conveniently forgetting that Turkey has signed the Nuclear
Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1980. In other words, Turkey’s elected leader
publicly declares that he intends to breach an international treaty signed by
his country. Turkey is also a signatory to the 1996 Comprehensive
Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which bans all nuclear detonations, for any purpose.
For several decades, Turkey, being a
staunch NATO ally, was viewed as the trusted custodian of some of the
U.S. nuclear arsenal. In the early 1960s, the U.S. started stockpiling nuclear
warheads at the Turkish military’s four main airbases (Ankara Mürted, Malatya
Erhaç, Eskişehir and Balıkesir). If ordered, Turkish air force pilots were
tasked with hitting designated Warsaw Pact targets.
Squadrons of jets designated for
carrying nuclear bombs were kept at each airbase (first F-100s, followed by
F-104s and finally by F-4s) on a round-the-clock basis. Each base housed a
small U.S. military unit in charge of the nuclear stockpile. In addition, a
Turkish-U.S. military base in Incirlik in southern Turkey kept nuclear warheads
to be operated by U.S. military. “With that role Turkey significantly
added to NATO’s deterrence in Cold War years,” said Yusuf Kanlı, a
prominent columnist and president of the Ankara-based think tank, Sigma Turkey,
in a private interview on September 9.
After the end of the Cold War, the
nuclear weapons in Turkish possession (at the four airbases, except Incirlik)
were gradually removed, while nuclear guardianship came to a halt. Presently,
the nuclear warheads at Incirlik still remain at the disposal of the U.S.
military under a special U.S.-Turkish treaty. That treaty makes Turkey the host
of U.S. nuclear weapons. According to the usage protocol, however, both
Washington and Ankara need to give consent to any use of the nuclear weapons
deployed at Incirlik.
This is not, in fact, the first time
Erdoğan has voiced an eagerness to make Turkey a nuclear-armed state. As early
as 2008 — when he was the poster child of naïve Western statesmen and
intellectuals who believed he was a reformist democrat — Erdoğan said: “Countries that oppose Iran’s nuclear
weapons should not have nuclear weapons themselves.” Despite his use of
the plural “countries,” Erdoğan was apparently pointing his finger at
the country he hates the most: Israel, not the United States.
In a 2010 speech, Erdoğan described
Israel as “the principal threat to peace” in the Middle East. In that
speech, he repeated his skepticism about whether Iran intended to use its
nuclear-fuel program to build nuclear weapons, and said there was no such
uncertainty concerning Israel’s undeclared arsenal.
If Turkey overtly or covertly
launched a nuclear weapons program — as Erdoğan apparently wishes — the move
could well have a domino effect on the region. Turkey’s regional adversaries
would be alarmed, and Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria and Greece might be tempted to
launch their own nuclear weapons programs. Erdoğan should not be allowed to
possess nuclear weapons.
The untold story of a thriving and wealthy society in the Arava Desert – in parts of Israel and Jordan – during the 12th-11th centuries BC has been revealed by a Tel Aviv University study. “Using technological evolution as a proxy for social processes, we were able to identify and characterize the emergence of the biblical kingdom of Edom,” explained. Prf. Ezra Ben-Yosef of TAU’s Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, who led the study with Prof. Tom Levy of the University of California, San Diego. “Our results prove it happened earlier than previously thought and in accordance with the biblical description.”
The biblical kingdom of Edom has always been a significant puzzle for
biblical archeology. Although evidence of it is present in the Bible, the
archeological record has always had trouble interpreting the text, which said
that it existed as a kingdom long before the kings of Israel.
Of all the many exciting
discoveries in biblical archaeology that we have been bringing you
over the years, this one today about Edom is perhaps one of the most exciting.
Why? Because the prophet Daniel tells us that, in the time of Jacob’s trouble,
some of the only areas that Antichrist will not be able to get his grimy paws
on are Edom and Moab. And now, biblical archaeologists in Israel have found the
remains of Edom.
“He shall enter also into the glorious land, and
many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand,
even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.”
Daniel 11:41 (KJV)
Why won’t Antichrist be able to get his hands on Edom and
Moab? Because that is also where the red
rock city of Selah Petra is, the place where the Jewish remnant
will flee to protection that we read about all through the Bible. How exciting
is this? We are getting closer and closer each and every day, keep your eye on the
Eastern skies. He is coming.
The Biblical Kingdom of Edom Has Always Been A Significant Puzzle For
FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: The untold story of a thriving and
wealthy society in the Arava Desert – in parts of Israel and Jordan – during
the 12th-11th centuries BCE has been revealed by a Tel Aviv University study.
“Using technological evolution as a proxy for social processes, we were able
to identify and characterize the emergence of the biblical kingdom of Edom,”
explained. Prf. Ezra Ben-Yosef of TAU’s Department
of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, who led the
study with Prof. Tom Levy of the University of California, San Diego. “Our
results prove it happened earlier than previously thought and in accordance
with the biblical description.”
“Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela
to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion. For it shall
be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest,so the
daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon. Take counsel, execute
judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the
outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth. Let mine outcasts dwell with
thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler: for the
extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out
of the land. And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall
sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment,
and hasting righteousness.” Isaiah 16:1-5 (KJV)
According to the study, which was published Wednesday on
the open access scientific journal PLOS ONE, the kingdom’s wealth appears to
have been built on a “high-tech network” of copper, the most valuable resource
in the region at the time. Copper was used in ancient times to craft weapons
and tools, and the production process for copper is incredibly complex.
“Copper smelting was essentially the hi-tech of ancient times,” Ben-Yosef
told The Jerusalem Post.
Using a methodology called the punctuated equilibrium
model, the research team analyzed findings from ancient copper mines in Jordan
and Israel to create a timeline of the evolution of copper production from
1300-800 BCE. They found a significant decrease of copper in the slag – the
waste of copper extraction by smelting – at the Arava site. This implies that
the process became more efficient and streamlined, something the researchers
say is a result of the military invasion of Pharaoh Shoshenq I of Egypt (the
biblical “Shishak”), who sacked Jerusalem in the 10th century BCE. Rather than
result in destruction in the region, the researchers argue that it instead
sparked a “technological leap” in regards to copper production and trade.
“We demonstrated a sudden
standardization of the slag in the second half of the 10th century BCE, from
the Faynan sites in Jordan to the Timna sites in Israel, an extensive area of
some 2,000 sq.km., which occurred just as the Egyptians entered the region,”
Ben-Yosef said. “The efficiency of the copper industry in the region was
increasing. The Edomites developed precise working protocols that allowed them
to produce a very large amount of copper with minimum energy.”
However, as Egypt was a weaker power at this time, it is
unlikely that they would have control over the copper trade, allowing it to
remain a local enterprise. Ben-Yosef explained that Egypt was primarily an
importer of goods at the time, so they had an interest in streamlining
efficiency in the region. In fact, this was not the only new innovation
introduced to the region by the invasion of Shoshenq I – the camel was first
introduced to the region at this time as well.
“Our new findings contradict the view of many archaeologists that the Arava
was populated by a loose alliance of tribes, and they’re consistent with the
biblical story that there was an Edomite kingdom here,” Ben-Yosef explained. “A
flourishing copper industry in the Arava can only be attributed to a
centralized and hierarchical polity, and this might fit the biblical
description of the Edomite kingdom.”
While archeology had never doubted the existence of the
Edomite kingdom, it was widely assumed to have emerged around the late eighth
century BCE in Edomite Plateau, located in Jordan near Petra and southeast of
the Dead Sea.
“Before they built their capital in the plateau, the Edomites were a complex
and organized kingdom, but they were still nomadic,” Ben-Yosef explained to the
Post. “They dwelt in tents. They didn’t have villages or cities, but they had
cemeteries and smelting sites.” The Edomites eventually did settle in cities on
the plateau and built settlements along the trade routes, but these findings
prove that they possessed a centralized system of organization long before they
Fox News host Mark Levin lauds Trump-Netanyahu relationship as a high point in US-Israel relations. ‘Bibi is enormously popular in the US’.
Yoni Kempinski, 15/09/19 21:25
A defeat for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in this week’s Knesset
election would be a “disaster for Israel” Fox News host, lawyer,
former chief of staff to the US Attorney General, and pundit Mark Levin said
during an interview with Arutz Sheva.
Speaking with Arutz Sheva just days after he
endorsed Netanyahu’s reelection bid, Levin took aim at the media, the
Israeli electoral system, Blue and White chief Benny Gantz, and Israeli
Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit for his decision to indict the prime
minister, calling the charges ‘weak’.
Levin argued that the three indictments pending against Netanyahu rested on
trumped up charges, and criticized the media – particularly the Israeli media –
for accepting Mandelblit’s indictments without questioning the basis of the
‘The Media In Israel Is Even Worse Than In the US’
“I find that in free societies – and quasi-free societies, such as Europe –
that the media continues to advance a hard progressive agenda.
“It’s very difficult for those of us who do not embrace that agenda to have
their viewpoint honestly provided to the public. That’s why more and more,
whether it’s President Trump or Prime Minister Netanyahu, that they have to
figure out ways, such as social media, to get around it and to communicate it
to the public.
“In the case of Israel, it is even worse than in the United States. There is
no counterbalance channel, like Fox News, or other channels like that.
There is no significant radio presence, as there is in the United States with
talk radio, and you have a near-monopoly of a single ideology.
‘Juicing the Charges Against Netanyahu’
“So what happens is that you get an Attorney General who has these three
ridiculous allegations against the Prime Minister. I’ve looked thoroughly at
all three of them. I’m sure no other American has looked at them, and I’m sure
few Israelis have. And they have the media tell them what is in those
allegations. Those allegations are really prepared for the media. That’s why,
particularly the third allegation, which everybody says is the toughest, is
actually the weakest.
“The third allegation is, essentially, that one news outlet wanted special
treatment. And in exchange for special treatment, it would run more positive
stories about the Prime Minister. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister was unhappy
about his Minister of Communications, and he got rid of him. That is all you
have. There is no direct evidence that there was a positive story written about
the Prime Minister in exchange for some policy. To have bribery, you have to
have something other than an Attorney General who lectures the media on
journalistic ethics. That’s what he’s doing in there. And then he also
disagrees with the Prime Minister’s policies. If you want to be the Prime
Minister, you have to run for it.
“Now look at the other two” charges.
“Cigars and champagne. What the Attorney General did is he actually combines
cigars and champagne that were given to the Prime Minister from two people. And
one person wasn’t even requesting anything. And he did that because what would
otherwise look like a minimal gift now looks massive. You know what that’s
called in the United States?…Juicing the charges – in other words, it’s
called ‘prosecutorial misconduct.’”
“Then in the second [charge], [the AG] claims that Netanyahu was trying to
deliver favored legislation to one news outlet over another. Not only didn’t he
support the legislation, he opposed it, and the Knesset was suspended before it
could even consider the legislation.”
“When you’re making allegations against a head of state, your allegations
need to be solid as a rock. And these allegations – as somebody who was chief
of staff to an Attorney General in the United States… is just so repulsive,
it’s just unconscionable.”
‘Netanyahu Is Enormously Popular In the US’
“If he’s not the greatest Prime Minister that Israel’s ever had, he’s certainly
one of two. In the United States he is enormously popular. I don’t think [the
indictments] have had an effect on him in the United States…or in most of the
“Look at his accomplishments, with respect to the United States. I don’t
think there’s another Prime Minister who could work so closely with our
president the objectives that he has achieved: recognizing Jerusalem as the
capital, moving our embassy to Jerusalem, the recognizing the sovereignty over
the Golan Heights, closing down the terrorist PLO office in Washington, cutting
off American taxpayer dollars to PA terrorists who kill Israelis.”
“The relationship between Netanyahu and Trump, the United States and Israel,
has never been this strong.”
Levin called the charges against Netanyahu an “attempt to try and destroy a
sitting prime minister while he’s accomplishing a lot of things; while he’s
facing the Iranians, while he’s building the economy.”
“Who really cares if the American Jewish Left like or dislike Netanyahu? I
don’t really care. The American Left is very similar to the Israeli Left –
they’re out of their minds.”
‘Blue and White Party is Just Remake of Labor’
“This Blue and White party – it’s not a ‘Blue and White party’. They can try
and deceive the public about what they really are. But it is a remake of the
Labor party. Look at Gantz – he’s weak on the Iranian deal. The guy said
‘There’s some good things in there. People shouldn’t respond hysterically.’”
“Nobody is responding hysterically. Smart people with sober thinking believe,
and rightly, that it was a disaster, for our country, America, for Israel, and
for surrounding countries.”
“Obama was the worst president not just for America, but for Israel…and what
does Blue and White do? They hire [Obama’s] top adviser to advise Gantz. And
we’re supposed to believe that this is a centrist party.”
Levin defended Netanyahu’s March 2015 address to a special joint session of
Congress during which he lobbied against the Iran nuclear deal.
“I don’t think viewed that as going against Obama. I think he viewed it as
explaining to the Israeli people and the American people, in a joint session of
Congress, and to the whole world exactly what this Iranian regime is, that it
is a threat to the whole world and the United States and to Israel.”
Lambasting President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry for not only
the Iran nuclear deal, but the passage of the United Nations Security Council
measure against Israel after Trump’s election, Levin called the two the “worst
individuals” with regard to Israel.
“Obama and John Kerry were these worst individuals when it came to my own
country I think, and when it comes to Israel. Even on their way out the door,
their actions in the UN were despicable.”
‘A Netanyahu Loss Would Be A Disaster For Israel’
Urging Israelis to support Netanyahu’s bid for reelection, Levin asked that
voters consider what they “want from a prime minister.”
Netanyahu “has opened up your economy. You’ve got one of the great technological
explosions on the face of the earth.”
“For a little country that is surrounded by enemies to be successful is a
miracle. And when it comes to foreign policy, you’re not going to find someone
better on foreign policy than this. He works with all countries. His
relationships with a lot of these countries are really important.”
“Meanwhile, you have General Gantz…and how the Iranians have tapped into his
conversations. And how he’s been absolutely unwilling to tell the Israeli
people what he said in those phone calls. Obviously, there are things that he
said that are embarrassing. Otherwise, he could answer, at least with simple
yesses and noes. And this is a problem, because the Iranians know what he said,
while the Israeli people don’t know what he said, heading into an election.”
“In the US, if you had a low level official who had his phone tapped by the
Iranians, he wouldn’t get security clearance, let alone become President of the
United States. So Gantz is telling people to trust him. The last person who ran
in the United States on ‘trust me’, was Jimmy Carter, who was an absolute
Again comparing Netanyahu to Winston Churchill, as he
did last week, Levin said that if Netanyahu were defeated Tuesday, as
Churchill was in the July 1945 UK general election, it would be a “disaster”
“After World War II, the British voted Churchill out of office. I think it
would be a disaster if the Israelis vote Netanyahu out of office. I don’t think
they will, but if they will, they will regret it. Especially with Gantz, he’s a
‘Israeli Electoral System – A Disaster’
“Let’s be honest. Your electoral system is a disaster. Having elections with
all these minor parties…to be it is a disaster. Not that ours is perfect. But
to have a prime minister who is so successful for so long to have to travel
through these ups and downs, is really quite remarkable.”
Trump said he spoke Saturday to Israel leader Benjamin Netanyahu about the
possibility of a “mutual defense treaty” between the two nations—just days
before Israeli voters go to the polls to decide the fate of
their embattled leader.
Trump said in a tweet that such a defense pact — a Netanyahu priority — would “further
anchor the tremendous alliance between our two countries.”
“I look forward to continuing those discussions after the Israeli Elections
when we meet at the United Nations later this month!” Trump said.
comments just three days before the election on Netanyahu’s political future
were the latest effort by Trump to back Netanyahu, perhaps his closest personal
ally on the world stage.
The timing of the Trump tweet appeared aimed at bolstering Netanyahu’s
effort to remain in power by showcasing his close ties to Trump, Reuters
Opinion polls predict a close race, five months after an inconclusive
election in which Netanyahu declared himself the winner but failed to form a
Some Israeli officials have promoted the idea of building on Netanyahu’s
strong ties to the Trump administration to forge a new defense treaty with the
U.S.– focused especially on guarantees of assistance in any conflict with
Iran, Reuters reported.
But some of Netanyahu’s critics have argued that such an agreement could tie
Israel’s hands and deny it military autonomy.
Netanyahu thanked Trump for his announcement, saying he looked forward to
meeting him at the United Nations General Assembly, The Wall Street Journal reported.
“The Jewish State has never had a
greater friend in the White House,” Netanyahu said.
The White House didn’t immediately elaborate on the tweet. A mutual defense
treaty could take months to formalize, the Journal added.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed what he said was a newly
discovered Iranian nuclear weapons development site at Abadeh, south of
Isfahan, during a hastily called press conference Monday afternoon.
The prime minister showe satellite photos of the site taken in June, and then –
after the Iranians discovered that the site had been uncovered – pictures from
July showing their attempts to cover-up and destroy the site. “They destroyed
the evidence, or at least tried to destroy the evidence,” he said.
Netanyahu, who spoke briefly in both Hebrew and English,
said that he has a message “to the tyrants of Tehran.”
“Israel knows what you are doing, Israel knows when you are doing it, Israel
knows where you are doing it,” he said. “We will continue to expose your lies.
What you see is a consistent pattern of Iranian lies, deception and
The revelation comes a year after Netanyahu – during a speech at the UN –
exposed what he called a “secret nuclear warehouse” in the Turquzabad
neighborhood in Tehran for storing materials and equipment for Iran’s nuclear
program, and a year and a half after he unveiled Iran’s secret nuclear archives
that the Mossad spirited out of the country.
Netanyahu said the Abadeh site – where Iran “conducted experiments to develop
nuclear weapons” – was first exposed in the nuclear archives.
The prime minister called on the international community to “wake up” and
“realize that Iran is systematically lying.” He called on the international
community to “join President Trump’s sanctions to exert more pressure on Iran.
The only way to stop Iran’s march to the bomb and its aggression in the region
is pressure, pressure and more pressure.”
Netanyahu’s announcement came a few
hours after IAEA’s acting director-general, Cornel Feruta, said at a meeting of
the organization’s board of governors in Vienna that “time was of the essence”
for Iran to explain how uranium particles were found at the Turquzabad site
which Iran originally said was a carpet-cleaning facility.
Netanyahu said that the discovery of traces of uranium at the site, and
Iran’s refusal to provide an explanation to the IAEA, is a direct violation of
the Non Proliferation Treaty which Iran has signed. The prime minister showed
satellite images of how the Iranians tried to cover up the site with gravel.
As he left the podium in the Foreing Ministry, with pictures of the newly
revealed site on a screen behind him, Netanyahu joked – in a reference to the
controversy over placing cameras at polling places – “it is important that
there are cameras everywhere.”
Netanyahu’s political opponents quickly accused Netanyahu of a cynical use of
intelligence information to promote his election campaign.
“Netanyahu is again using intelligence information for his campaign
propaganda,” Blue and White co-leader Yair Lapid said. “This is terrible
national irresponsibility. Iranian nukes cannot be used as campaign
And the Democratic Union’s Ehud Barak dismissed Netanyahu’s statement eight
days before the election as mere “election spin.”
Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office deflected those charges, saying that
security officials recommended that Netanyahu deliver his statement immediately
after Feruta’s comments in Vienna.
Archaeologists in Israel may have discovered the Biblical
town of Emmaus, which is linked to Jesus’ resurrection and the Ark of the
Haaretz reports that archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a
2,200-year-old fortification at Kiriath-Jearim, a hill on the outskirts of Abu
Ghosh, a village near Jerusalem.
The fortification dates back to the Hellenistic period when ancient Greek
influence in the region was strong. Tel Aviv University Professor Israel
Finkelstein told Haaretz that the walls were repaired during the later period
of Roman rule in the first century A.D.
Finkelstein and his fellow researchers suggest that the site could be the
famous Biblical town, or village, of Emmaus. According to Christian tradition,
Jesus appeared to two of his apostles on the road to Emmaus after
his crucifixion and resurrection.
In Luke 24:13-35 Emmaus is described as being about 7 miles from Jerusalem. This
corresponds with the distance between Kiriath-Jearim, Abu Ghosh and Jerusalem.
Emmaus is also described in ancient histories as being a fortified town west
of Jerusalem. The Kiriath-Jearim site is west of Jerusalem.
Kiriath-Jearim is also mentioned in the Bible
as one of the places where the Ark of the Covenant stood. Last year Finkelstein
and his fellow researchers reported that the site of Kiriath-Jearim is the hill
on the outskirts of Abu Ghosh.
The latest research is described in a forthcoming paper published in the
journal “New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and its Region.”
Other locations, however, have also been suggested as the site of Emmaus,
such as the ancient Byzantine town of Emmaus Nicopolis and the modern village
of Motza, according to Haaretz.
The dig at Kiriath-Jearim is a joint project of Tel Aviv University and the
College de France, supported by the Shmunis family in San Francisco.
Finkelstein, who leads the project with Thomas Romer and Christophe Nicolle of
the College de France, told Fox News that the latest discoveries offer a
fascinating glimpse into the site’s role in the ancient world.
“The finds at Kiriath-Jearim hint at its long-term role as guarding the
approach to Jerusalem,” he explained, via email. “This can be seen in the Iron
Age, Hellenistic and early Roman periods. The Hellenistic and Roman period
remains shed light on the much-debated issue of the location of the New
The prominent Israeli archaeologist is renowned
for taking an “evidence-based” approach to his research,
which acknowledges the complexity of Biblical texts. “Reading the Bible, it is
important to distinguish historical facts from the ideological/theological
stances of the authors,” he told Fox News in 2017.
“Adoniyahu is in fear of King Shlomo and has grasped the horns of the
mizbayach, saying, ‘Let King Shlomo first swear to me that he will not put his
servant to the sword.’ (Kings 1 1:51)
The “Adonayahu Asher Al Habayit” bulla (seal). Photo
Credit: Eliyahu Yanai, City of David
CITY OF DAVID, JERUSALEM (12/9/2019) A Bulla (seal) bearing a Hebrew name
from 2,600 years ago was uncovered from dirt excavated in 2013 beneath
Robinson’s Arch at the foundations of the Western Wall. The seal is inscribed
with the name of an individual with the most prominent role in the king’s court
in the kingdom of Judea. The Bulla (seal), which was used to sign documents,
bears the Hebrew name and title: “Adenyahu Asher Al Habayit” which literally
translates as “Adenyahu by Appointment of the House”- a term used throughout
the Bible to describe the most senior minister serving under a king of Judea or
According to archaeologist Eli Shukron, who conducted the initial
excavations on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority just north of the
City of David at the Foundation Stones of the Western Wall: “This is the first
time this kind of archaeological discovery has been made in Jerusalem. The
Biblical title “Asher Al Habayit” was the highest-ranking ministerial position
beneath the king during reigns of the Kings of Judea and Israel, it is
undoubtedly of great significance.”
“This tiny bulla has immense meaning to billions of people worldwide. The
personal signet of a senior official to a Biblical King from the First Temple
Period. This is another link in the long chain of Jewish history in Jerusalem
that is being uncovered and preserved at the City of David on a daily basis.”
Said Doron Spielman, Vice-President of the City of David Foundation which
operates the site in which the bulla was discovered and the Archeological
Experience where it was uncovered.
The bulla is approximately one-centimeter-wide, and according to the type of
writing that appears on it dates to the seventh century BC – the period of the
Kingdom of Judea.
The term “Asher Al Habayit” describes the most senior role in the royal
hierarchy in the kingdom of Judah and Israel and it appears for the first time
on the list of ministers of Solomon. This role is mentioned in the Bible in
reference to a number of figures that have a considerable influence in the
kingdom and it describes a senior minister who was very close to the king.
For example, “Abdihu Asher Al Habayit,” in the Book of Kings I, is mentioned
as having served in that role in the Kingdom of Israel, under the reign of King
Ahab during times of Elijah the Prophet. As part of his tenure, Abedihu acted
against Isabel in administering the kingdom and even saved a hundred of the
prophets of the Lord after hiding them in a cave.
Also in this role in the Kingdom of Judea during the reign of King Hezekiah
was “Elyakim son of Partiah Asher Al Habayit”. According to the book of Isaiah,
Elyakim negotiated with Rabshka, one of the ministers of King Sennacherib King
of Assyria, who threatened to conquer Jerusalem.
The name Adenayahu that appears on the bulla appears throughout the Bible:
This name belonged to one of King David’s sons as mentioned in the Book of
Kings. Another individual with that name is mentioned as one of the Levites in
the days of Jehoshaphat. Lastly, in the days of Nehemiah, he is mentioned as
one of the “Heads of, the people…(Nehemiah, 9:16).
It should be noted that some 150 years ago, French archeologist Charles
discovered a burial cave with the inscription: “Tomb of …..yahu Asher Al
Habayit.” The beginning of the name had been erased, but the burial site, on
the outskirts of the City of David was also dated to the seventh century BC,
much like the recent bulla. Although discovered by Clermont-Ganneau, the
inscription was only deciphered by Prof. Nachman Avigad some eighty years
The bulla was covered in dirt that was excavated in 2013, until three weeks
ago, when it was uncovered as part of the City of David’s volunteer
Archeological Experience, by an Israeli teenager named Batya Howen, who
described the moments of the discovery: “I began sifting through the bucket of
dirt by washing it under a stream of water, and suddenly I recognized a small
piece of black colored piece of metal. To hold such a significant find from
2600 years ago, from the time of the Kingdom of Judah, is an amazing thing.”
The bullae stamps – were small pieces of tin used in ancient times to sign
documents, and were meant to keep the letters closed en route to their
Israeli officials are currently considering the possibility of conducting a
military strike on Iran, with or without the approval of the United States, The
New York Times reported Wednesday. They believe US President Donald Trump could
decide not to stand in the way of such an attack, unlike his predecessor Barack
Obama, the paper reported Wednesday in an exposé that detailed the lows and highs of the
Israel-US relationship in the face-off against the Islamic Republic over the
“Once again, more than a decade after they first raised the subject with
American officials, Israeli officials have been considering the possibility of
a unilateral strike against Iran,” said the report. “Unlike with Bush and
Obama, there is greater confidence that Trump wouldn’t stand in the way.”
The report, “The Secret History of the Push to Strike Iran,” which focused
on Israeli-US efforts to prevent Iran from attaining nuclear weapons, did not
specify which targets Israel was now said to be contemplating attacking. It
noted that “hawks in Israel and America have spent more than a decade agitating
for war against the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program,” and asked: “Will Trump
“The threat of war could be a bluff,
or an election ploy,” it added. “But it also represents a dangerous confluence
of interests: an American president often reluctant to use military force and
an Israeli prime minister looking to deal with unfinished business.”
“I think that it’s far more likely that Trump would give Netanyahu a green
light to strike Iran than that Trump would strike himself,” the Obama
administration’s ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro was quoted as saying. “But
that, you know, is a big risk.”
Trump himself in June was “half an hour away” from approving a US strike on
the Islamic Republic, reports
said at the time.
“Trump’s last-minute decision to abort the attack in June led to a concern
among Iran hawks in both Israel and the United States: that the president
ultimately might not have the resolve to confront the threat with military
force,” Wednesday’s piece said.
Jerusalem has been actively pushing and preparing for a strike on Iranian
nuclear facilities for many years, and in 2012 came extremely close to giving
the Israel Defense Forces a green light to carry that out, the NY Times said.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was interviewed in August for the
article, told the paper that he would “unequivocally” have approved the attack,
but did not have the necessary cabinet support.
The report quoted dozens of current and former senior officials to describe
how Netanyahu threatened the Obama administration with carrying out the strike.
That pressure, according to some of those cited in the story, ironically pushed
the US president to expedite the negotiations with Tehran that eventually
yielded the 2015 nuclear deal. Thus Netanyahu, according to these sources,
inadvertently pushed Obama to promote the agreement he loathes so much.
According to one Israeli intelligence official, “Netanyahu achieved exactly
the opposite of what he wanted… By doing what he did, he promoted the deal that
he fought against afterward.”
Other sources, however, told the paper that Israeli pressure did not play a
significant role: “President Obama’s push for a diplomatic resolution to the
Iranian nuclear challenge long predated Prime Minister Netanyahu’s
saber-rattling,” it quoted Ned Price, spokesman for Obama’s National Security
Council, saying. “Candidate Obama pledged in 2007 to seek the very type of
diplomatic achievement he, together with many of our closest allies and
partners, struck as president in 2015.”
The report said Washington had been closely monitoring Israeli activities at
the height of Israel-Iran tensions in the Obama era, and that in the summer of
2012, American spy satellites “detected clusters of Israeli aircraft making
what seemed to be early preparations for an attack.”
“Israeli leaders had spent more than
a year delivering ominous warnings to Washington that they might launch a
military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities — and that if they did, they would
give the United States little warning and no chance to stop them,” the report
said. “One former senior Israeli security official, looking back at that time,
said that it wasn’t until then that he believed the prime minister was serious
about striking Iran.”
Realizing the gravity of the moment, then-US secretary of defense Leon
Panetta was said to make a rare decision to invite Israeli defense minister
Ehud Barak to his Pentagon office and show him a “highly classified video.”
“In a desert in the American Southwest, the Pentagon had constructed an
exact replica of the Fordo [fuel enrichment plant], and the video showed a test
of the 30,000-pound [13,600 kilogram] massive ordnance penetrator, a
bunker-busting weapon the [US] Air Force had designed to penetrate the most
hardened of underground defenses. The bomb destroyed the mock-up in the desert.
Barak was impressed,” the Times reported.
Concern in the White House over the potential Israeli strike also led it to
send an official to Israel every several weeks to to “Bibisit” the Israeli
leader and make sure he did not launch a strike on the Islamic Republic, the
However, Israel kept preparing for the strike, which “came far closer to
happening than has previously been reported.”
“[Israel’s] military and intelligence services had cut the time needed for
the final preparations — for the attack and for the war that might ensue,” the
“I went to bed every night, if I went to bed at all, with the phone close to
my ear,” it quoted Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to Washington at the
time, as saying. “I was ready to be called in by Israel and sent to the White
House or the State Department to tell them we had attacked, or if they already
knew from their own sources, straight to CNN.”
Netanyahu himself was quoted as saying the threat to attack Iran “was not a
bluff — it was real. And only because it was real were the Americans truly
worried about it.”
A satellite image from April 2, 2016, of the Fordo nuclear
facility in Iran. (Google Earth)
The Times said Netanyahu at the time “pulled back from the brink only
because he still could not get a majority of his cabinet to support him.” The
Prime Minister’s Office on Wednesday confirmed to The Times of Israel that
Netanyahu was referring to the security cabinet, not the full cabinet.
“If I’d had a majority, I would have done it. Unequivocally,” Netanyahu was
quoted as saying by the Times.
The timing was problematic as well, shortly before the 2012 US presidential
elections. And after those elections the attack became impossible to approve
because of a rift between Netanyahu and Barak, caused by a meeting the latter
had with Obama’s former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel in an attempt to convince
him to support Jerusalem’s move. Netanyahu received word of the undeclared
meeting and believed Barak had been undermining him.
In October, the report said, the strike was called off. It quoted Barak as
saying: “It is one thing to strike alone, and a totally different thing to draw
the United States into a confrontation that it doesn’t want to be a part of.”
Among other claims made in the piece is that Netanyahu “became increasingly
suspicious of his senior advisers” as he considered in attack seven years ago.
“He now accuses [then Mossad chief, the late Meir] Dagan of leaking the attack
plan to the CIA, ‘intending to disrupt it,’ a betrayal that to Netanyahu’s mind
was ‘absolutely inconceivable.’ Within a year, the paper noted, Dagan, IDF
chief Gabi Ashkenazi, Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin, and national security
adviser Uzi Arad, “were no longer in their posts.”
But “if Netanyahu hoped his handpicked replacements would be more compliant,
however, he would soon be disappointed,” the report continued. Quoting three
senior officials, it said “many others in the government,” including the new
IDF chief Benny Gantz, “were also against the attack.” Gantz, who is
Netanyahu’s main rival in the September 17 elections, was quoted telling the
paper that his stance was a practical matter: “Even those who have not seen the
intelligence understand that it would be a highly complicated affair and — if
the impact it would have on other countries is taken into account — a strategic
affair of the highest level,” Gantz said.
Are we about to see World War 3 erupt in the Middle East? Over the
past several days, Israel has attempted to prevent attacks by Iranian forces
and their allies by striking targets in Syria, Gaza, Lebanon and Iraq. As
you will see below, political leaders in both Lebanon and Iraq are now accusing
Israel of a “declaration of war”, and Hezbollah is pledging to strike Israel
back extremely hard. Of course if a full-blown war erupts between Israel
and one of her neighbors, it is likely to become a multi-front war almost
immediately. But at the core, this is a conflict between Israel and
Iran. The Iranians have repeatedly pledged to wipe the nation of Israel
off the face of the planet, and the coming “final war” is going to literally be
a matter of life or death for those two nations. Both sides have been
preparing for this “final war” for a very long time, and once it fully erupts
the death and destruction that we will witness will be off the charts.
Israeli forces openly claimed attacks over the weekend in Syria and the
Palestinian-administered Gaza Strip and were blamed for two more operations in
Lebanon and Iraq. As reports of what occurred across the region emerged,
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted at his country’s ongoing
efforts abroad, telling a Monday planning meeting that “we will deepen our
roots and strike at our enemies.”
In Syria, Israeli warplanes killed two members of the Lebanese Hezbollah.
Israel says the individuals were supporting an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary
Guard Corps plot to launch explosive-laden drones into Israel. The Israelis say
that the specific Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps unit responsible was the
Quds Force, led by Qassem Soleimani. If true, the Quds Force was likely using
Hezbollah as a deniable proxy to avoid direct links between the plot and
In another operation in Lebanon, Israel targeted another Iranian-allied
group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. In Iraq, senior
Iran-aligned figures accused Israel of another air strike.
Missiles are not flying directly back and forth between Israel and Iran yet,
but at this point a state of war essentially exists, and many are deeply
concerned about what is going to happen next.
In particular, it looks like Hezbollah could launch a large scale attack
against Israel at any moment, because their leadership is absolutely furious
that the Israelis just hit their headquarters building in Beirut…
Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s secretary-general, threatened to attack Israel
in retaliation for a drone attack over the weekend on the organization’s
headquarters in Beirut. Tensions between Israel and Hezbollah are now at their
highest point since the 2006 war.
And the Lebanese government itself is extremely angry as well. In
fact, the president of Lebanon has publicly stated that what Israel has just
done is essentially the equivalent of “a declaration of war”…
Lebanese President Michel Aoun met Monday with the U.N. Special Coordinator
for Lebanon Jan Kubis, calling Israel’s moves in Beirut and Qusaya “a
declaration of war.”
The statement echoed the words of Iraq’s powerful Fateh Alliance, which
called separate strikes that killed a militia commander in the border town of
Al-Qaim “a declaration of war on Iraq and its people,” according to the
This is an extremely serious situation. Israel is literally on
the brink of war with Hezbollah, and many feel that such a war is inevitable.
A powerful bloc in Iraq’s parliament has called for the
withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, following a series of air raids targeting
Iran-backed Shia militias in the country that have been blamed on Israel.
The Fatah Coalition said on Monday that it holds the United States fully
responsible for the alleged Israeli aggression, “which we consider to be a
declaration of war on Iraq and its people.”
We had not seen the Israeli military strike targets in Iraq until just
recently, and this latest attack has absolutely enraged the Shia
militias. During the funeral procession for the commander that was killed
in the attack, some of the Shia fighters were actually
trampling the American flag…
The Shia militia group, meanwhile, held a funeral procession in Baghdad for
the commander killed on Sunday.
“There is no greater God but God!” the mourners shouted as they marched
behind a banner with the words “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.” Some
trampled on an American flag as they marched.
Thousands of U.S. soldiers died, thousands more were injured, and we spent
trillions of dollars in the process of “liberating” Iraq, and this is how they
feel about us.
What a colossal waste.
Ultimately, nothing is going to be able to stop the massive war that is
coming to the region. The Iranians and all of their allies have a
religiously-fueled hatred for Israel that most people living in the western
world will never understand, and they are absolutely obsessed with permanently
destroying the nation of Israel as it exists today. There will never be
peace between the two sides, and the coming apocalyptic conflict will literally
be a battle for national survival.
This can definitely be described as a time of “wars and rumors of wars”,
and the situation on the ground is extremely fluid right now. The fact
that the Israelis have another national election coming up adds another layer
of complexity to all of this, and that election may cause events to accelerate
even faster than many were anticipating.
Let us pray for peace, because right now tensions are extremely high and
things are beginning to spiral out of control.
And when a full-blown war does break out, it is highly likely that the U.S.
will get involved, and that will have enormous implications for all of us.
Revelation 1:3 "Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near".
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