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Undeniable Proof—Every Jot and Every Tittle (IX)

The minimalists have been minimalized. Yes to David! Yes to Solomon! Yes to the temple he built, and YES to all the vessels of ministry he made—and to the battle over them to this very day
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Undeniable Proof—Every Jot and Every Tittle (IX)

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The beauty of God’s inerrant Word found in the majority-text is gloriously and supernaturally penned.  It is the God Light—the True Light that illuminates the highway of life.  Psalm 119:105:

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Redemption, where the journey to eternal life begins, at the place Jesus calls “born again,” is compared to light in Matthew 4:16-17:

16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

At born-again, the light begins to shine, and that light  grows daily as we seek the face of God.  Proverbs 4:18:

But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

The headlamps on an automobile are measured in candle power: the more candle power, the greater the light, piercing the darkness for hundreds of feet, allowing the driver to safely travel at high rates of speed.  Just like the headlamps, a believer has candle power.  After the initial surge of light, God adds candle power to His children one revelation at a time, and this holy light pierces the darkness giving one the ability to see all the way into eternity. 

This light of life is not a spiritual metaphor, but a very certain reality.  Just ask the redeemed. 

Have you seen the light?  Have you been born again?  Will today be the day your dark skies turn bright?  Will today be the day your sin and shame are forgiven, and all Satan’s bondages broken?  What are you waiting for?  Make your move now.  Step out into the light and live forever.  Click onto “Further with Jesus” right now for childlike instructions and immediate entry into the Kingdom of God.  NOW FOR TODAY’S SUBJECT.

GOD SAID, Matthew 24-35:

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

GOD SAID, II Timothy 3:14-17:

14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

GOD SAID, Ecclesiastes 3:14:

I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.

MAN SAID: The Bible has zero credibility!  Only the unlearned and easily-lead pay any attention to it. 

Now THE RECORD:  I need to know it’s true; absolutely everything depends upon it, from the cradle to the grave, and beyond.  The Christian is commanded in I Thessalonians 5:21:

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

This is the ninth feature in the “Undeniable Proof” series.  In the first eight articles, GodSaidManSaid listed, in rapid fashion, 100 amazing proofs of the supernatural accuracy of the Bible—history, miracles, and all.  Things that, at first glance, seem impossible, but after a closer look are not only possible, but true.  In the weeks that follow, God willing, the list of amazing proofs will swell from 100 to 101 and onto 200.  Prepare for sheer beauty. 

101Genesis 17:5:

Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.  

The father of Israel is Abraham, who lived approximately 4,000 years ago.  He is known as the Father of faith.  The seed of faith that dwelt in him was Christ. He is mentioned in the Bible over 200 times, but did this man Abraham truly exist?  Was he just a figment of Hebrew folklore, as the skeptics claim?  Dailey records the following in his book, Mysteries of the Bible:

At Karnak, archaeologists have deciphered a stela, or standing stone, on which Pharaoh Sheshonq describes his triumphant campaign against Israel.

Most of the perhaps 150 names on the stela have eroded and are unreadable.  Of those that remain, perhaps 70 names come from the Negev, a desert in southern Israel.  One of those has been identified by Egyptologists as the equivalent of the Hebrew “Abram.”  The phrase where the name occurs reads: “The fort [or fortified town] of Abraham.”

Is the “Abram” of Fort Abram the biblical patriarch?  Possibly.  After all, the biblical Abraham lived in the Negev where this “Fort Abram” was located.  [End of quote]

102. Genesis 2:16-17:

16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

In the publication Search for the Truth, Bruce Malone says an ancient Chinese archaeological finding supports the Biblical account of the infamous tree:

But is there any evidence that this momentous event—when mankind reached up into a tree to grab a forbidden fruit while being tempted by Satan in the form of a snake—is real?  We find exactly that in an ancient bronze statue of a tree found buried in the ruins near Guanghan, China.  This twelve-foot tall tree has sloping branches, but significantly, on the branches bearing fruit, the leaves are shaped like dangerous knives (indicating that the fruit of this tree is dangerous or forbidden).  Coming from the very center of the tree is a long snakelike body, but this snake still has legs near its head and the snake is glaring down near a human hand with its large evil eyes and bared teeth.  Lastly, the bronze statue has a human hand reaching toward the tree near the serpent’s head. 

This huge bronze statue was cast at the very beginning of the Chinese culture—over 3,000 years ago.  It is obvious that, long before missionaries ever arrived in China, these original Chinese people (who were direct descendants of Noah) wanted their children to remember the factual event which brought death into all of creation.  So, they created a twelve-foot-tall bronze tree memorializing one of the most significant events of all human history.  [End of quote]

103. Judges 16:27-30:

27 Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines were there; and there were upon the roof about three thousand men and women, that beheld while Samson made sport.

28 And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.

29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left.

30 And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.

Of the famed Samson and Delilah, Dr. Daily weighs in with the following in Mysteries of the Bible:

But is it possible that such a thing could actually have happened?  Archaeological excavation of the Philistine cities provides us with some illuminating evidence related to the biblical story.  Philistine temples have been uncovered at Tel Qasile in northern Tel Aviv and Tel Miqne, the ancient Ekron.  Interestingly, the roofs of both temples were supported by twin central pillars made of wood resting on stone bases.  The pillars were about six feet apart, making it theoretically possible for them to be dislodged, thus collapsing the roof.

It would take a person of superhuman strength to accomplish such a feat, which certainly fits the description of Samson before he was compromised by Delilah.  The Bible states that his hair, which was the source of his might before the Philistines cut it off, had grown back in prison.  [End of quote]

104. Genesis 11:7-9:

7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

Was there a place in time where the whole world spoke one language? Did God confound man’s language at the Tower of Babel because of man’s rebellion? 

An ancient, pagan [not Hebrew, but pagan], Mesopotamian text dating back 2,400 years called Enmerkar and the Lord of Aratta confirms the confounding of the common language of man.  Dr. Dailey records the account under the subject of “The Tower of Babel.”  It reads, in part:

In those days, the lands of Subur (and) Hamazi,
Harmony-tongued Sumer, the great land of the decrees of princeship,
Uri, the land having all that is appropriate
The land Martu, resting in security,
The whole universe, the people in unison
To Enlil in one tongue spoke.
(Then) Enki, the lord of abundance (whose) commands are trustworthy,
The lord of wisdom, who understands the land,
The leader of the gods,
Endowed with wisdom, the lord of Eridu,
Changed the speech in their mouths, brought contention into it,
Into the speech of man that (until then) had been one.
  [End of quote]

105. Genesis 3:22-24:

22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Man was created to live forever—to never die.  This idea of immortality, once considered one of the Bible’s most ridiculous exaggerations is now the center of serious speculation with billions of dollars being poured into the quest to extend life and to discover immortality itself. A few headlines follow:

🍎 The headline in the March/April 2015 issue of Psychology Today reads, “Tinkering with Mortality.”  The subhead reads, “The quest for eternal life has been with us eternally.  But the latest interventions raise questions we’ve never before encountered.” 

🍎 The headline in the May 8, 2015 issue of The Week reads, “Tech’s Quest for Immortality.”  The subhead, “Silicon Valley’s billionaires have a new project, said Ariana Eunjung Cha.  They want to defy death.” 

🍎 The following excerpt is from the article in U.S. News and World Report, titled “The Cells of Immortality.”  It reads:

Over the past century, vaccines, antibiotics, and good sanitation have upped the average America’s life expectancy by decades, to today’s 74 years for men and 79 for women.  Now, new understanding of the genes and chemicals involved in aging may not only help humans live far past that age but, more important, may also help people retain health and strength in those latter years.  The discovery of biological clocks ticking away in each of our cells, and a knowledge of how to reset those clocks, open the possibility that a human would never die—at least not from old age.    

🍎 February 2013 feature in the magazine Life Extension.  The headline on its front page reads: “How Engineered Stem Cells May Enable Youthful Immortality.” 

🍎 October 27, 2017, www.GeekWire.com: “Is Jeff Bezos Looking for the Fountain of Youth?”  

🍎 April 24, 2016, The Wall Street Journal: “Fountain of Youth? Drug Trial has Seniors Scrambling to Prove They’re Worthy.” 

🍎 June 26, 2016, New York Post: “What If You Could Live Forever?”

106. I Samuel 17:4-8:

4 And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.

5 And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.

6 And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders.

7 And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him.

8 And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me.

Did young David slay this nearly 10’ tall giant with one smooth stone?  Is there any record left of Goliath? 

The armies of the Philistines were encamped between Shochoh, being situated about 15 miles from Bethlehem where David was born and raised. The armies of Israel pitched by the valley of Elah. Keep these locations—Shochoh, Azekah, and Elah—in mind as you review the following astounding paragraphs published in the July 2, 2004 issue of The International Jerusalem Post:

The gentle heights of Tel Sucho in the south and Tel Azekah to the north slope down like a mother’s thighs into the Elah Valley. Filled today with blazing sunflowers, this valley is a womb. From here, the legend of David and Goliath was born. From here, the Palestinian refugees set out to the hills in the distance 56 years ago and from here a renewal of modern Israeli settlement emerged.

“We saw ourselves living on the remains of King David. We are in the direct line of David’s ancestors. My people were taken into exile by Nebuchadnezzar and only now have returned,” says Assael Lavi, who was born in Zakariyya to Kurdish immigrants.

“We returned to the land and to our ancestral home. I don’t have to apologize for the fact that others stole my land for over 2,000 years,” says Lavi, who grew up in a house Palestinians built using Byzantine-era stones.

“The Palestinians call this area Makbarat Jalut, Goliath’s grave,” says Lavi, surveying his field of wheat. “Well I found it. Goliath’s grave. It’s right over there.”

Lavi points to a patch of stunted wheat, where an altar made of a circle of stones lies partially hidden.

107. II Samuel 5:4-5:

4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.

5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah.

Why all the denial over King David?  Could it have something to do with Matthew 1:1?

The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

The headline of the feature in the May/June 2011 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, written by Yosef Garfinkel, reads, “The Birth and Death of Biblical Minimalism.”  Several paragraphs have been lifted from this feature for your review:

“Biblical minimalism,” as it is known, has gone through a number of permutations in the recent past.  Its modern career began about 30 years ago, when BAR [Biblical Archaeology Review] was still a youngster.  Since then, it has been part of the ongoing debate regarding the extent to which historical data are embedded in the Hebrew Bible.

Much of the discussion focused on the Biblical narrative about the tenth century B.C.E., the time of David and Solomon, the period known as the United Monarchy.  Was there a United Monarchy?  Were David and Solomon kings of a real state?  Indeed, did they actually exist?   Or were they simply literary creations of the Biblical writers?  For the minimalists, King David was “about as historical as King Arthur.”  The name David has never been found in an ancient inscription.

Hardly had the minimalist argument been developed than it was profoundly undermined by an archaeological discovery.  In 1993 and 1994, several fragments of an Aramaic stela were found at the long-running excavation of Tel Dan led by Avraham Biran of Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem.  The historical references in the inscription and the paleography of the writing make it clear that it dates to the ninth century B.C.E.  Moreover, the text specifically mentions a king of Israel and a king of the “House of David, bytdwd), that is, a king of the dynasty of David.

This discovery led to a reexamination of the well-known Mesha Stela, a contemporaneous Moabite inscription discovered more than a century ago.  André Lemaire, a senior paleographer at the Sorbonne, identified in that text an additional reference to the House of David.  This was subsequently confirmed by another senior paleographer, Émile Puech of the École Biblique et Archéologique Française in Jerusalem.

This led to the collapse of the minimalist paradigm in which David was little more than a myth.  There was a David.  He was a king.  And, he founded a dynasty.

The argument that Judah was an agrarian society until the end of the tenth century B.C.E. and that David and Solomon could not have ruled over a centralized, institutionalized kingdom before then has now been blown to smithereens by our excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa, where we have been in the field for the past four summers. [End of quotes]

108. I Kings 7:48-50:

48 And Solomon made all the vessels that pertained unto the house of the LORD: the altar of gold, and the table of gold, whereupon the showbread was,

49 And the candlesticks of pure gold, five on the right side, and five on the left, before the oracle, with the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs of gold,

50 And the bowls, and the snuffers, and the basins, and the spoons, and the censers of pure gold; and the hinges of gold, both for the doors of the inner house, the most holy place, and for the doors of the house, to wit, of the temple.

The minimalists have been minimalized.  Yes to David!  Yes to Solomon!  Yes to the temple he built, and YES to all the vessels of ministry he made—and to the battle over them to this very day:

In January of 2004, a letter was drafted by Gershon Salomon, Chairman of the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement.  The letter was sent to the late Pope John Paul II.  Part of this letter follows:

Sir,

A call from the G-d and people of Israel:

Immediately return the Temple menorah, vessels, and treasures to Yerushalaim! 

In the name of the G-d of Israel, you are requested to immediately return the Jewish Temple Menorah and other Temple vessels and treasures to Jerusalem, to the soon-to-be-rebuilt Temple. 

As you well know, in 70 CE, the Romans occupied the City of G-d, Yerushalaim, and the Land of Israel and destroyed the Holy Temple of the G-d of Israel in Yerushalaim.  They took away with them to Rome the holy Seven-Branch Menorah from the Temple and many other holy Temple vessels and treasures used by the Jews in the worship in the Temple.  The evil emperor Titus, who destroyed the Temple and burned it, built his Triumphal Arch in Rome, on which is depicted the Menorah and other vessels carried by Jewish captives.  Since this terrible event in the history of Israel and mankind, we know very well that the Menorah, the vessels, and the treasures that were taken to Rome have remained in the vaults of the Vatican.  Travelers and visitors to the Vatican throughout history have reported seeing them. 

This is the time to return these articles to Israel.  Today, Israel is the most exciting fulfillment of G-d’s end-time prophecies and promises. The climax of this prophetic time will be the soon rebuilding of the Temple exactly as the prophets of Israel prophesied.  [End of quote]

The temple menorah, which was the seven-branch golden candlestick in the Solomonic temple, and the temples holy vessels are historically believed to be in the possession of the Vatican.  In 1996, Israel’s Minister of Affairs, Shimon Shetreet, met with Pope John Paul II.  The Jerusalem Post reported that, “he had asked for Vatican cooperation in locating the gold menorah from the Second Temple that was brought to Rome by Titus in 70 CE (A.D.).” [End of quote] Israel’s faithful want the menorah and the temple’s holy vessels back.  They are preparing to rebuild the temple.  [End of quotes]

109. II Chronicles 1:7-12:

7 In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee.

8 And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast showed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead.

9 Now, O LORD God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.

10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?

11 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king:

12 Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.

Is this simply old Jewish legend?  When they asked the man to whom was attributed the miraculous greening of the land of Israel about how he managed to accomplish such a feat, he said he found the secret in the writings of Solomon. 

110II Kings 19:32-37:

32 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it.

33 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD.

34 For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.

35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.

36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.

37 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword: and they escaped into the land of Armenia. And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.

The humanists find such a miraculous account unacceptable, but much to their dismay, secular history soundly confirms the Biblical writings. One of the secular historical records, according to the famed Jewish historian Josephus, was left to the world by Herodotus, who has the vaunted title of "The Father of History." Josephus reports on the Hezekiah-Sennacherib confrontation, and quotes the historian Berosus the Chaldean, directly. He writes:

And Herodotus does indeed give us this history; nay, and Berosus, who wrote of the affairs of Chaldea, makes mention of this king Sennacherib, and that he ruled over the Assyrians, and that he made an expedition against all Asia and Egypt; and says thus:

"Now when Sennacherib was returning from his Egyptian war to Jerusalem, he found his army under Rabshakeh his general, in danger [by a plague], for God had sent a pestilential distemper upon his army; and on the very first night of the siege, a hundred fourscore and five thousand, with their captains and generals, were destroyed: So the king was in a great dread, and in a terrible agony at this calamity; and being in great fear for his whole army, he fled with the rest of his forces to his own kingdom, and to his city Nineveh: And when he had abode there a little while, he was treacherously assaulted, and died by the hands of his elder sons Adrammelech and Seraser, and was slain in his own temple, which was called Araske." [End of quote]

A footnote added by the translator of Josephus, The Complete Works reads:

That this terrible calamity of the slaughter of the 185,000 Assyrians is here delivered in the words of Berosus the Chaldean; and that it was certainly and frequently foretold by the Jewish prophets, and that it was certainly and undeniably accomplished, see Authentic. Rec. Part II. p. 858. [End of quote]

True and righteous altogether, that’s what the Word of God is—even a lamp in a very dark place.  Embrace it with your might. 

GOD SAID, Matthew 24-35:

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

GOD SAID, II Timothy 3:14-17:

14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

GOD SAID, Ecclesiastes 3:14:

I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.

MAN SAID: The Bible has zero credibility!  Only the unlearned and easily-lead pay any attention to it.

Now you have THE RECORD.

 

 

References:

Authorized King James Version

GodSaidManSaid, “Twenty-One Signs of Doomsday (Update XXXVI—The Altar of Sacrifice)

GodSaidManSaid, “Goliath

GodSaidManSaid, “They Were Writing in Hebrew Like They Owned the Place

GodSaidManSaid, “Special Report: Immortality

GodSaidManSaid, “History and Babel, Abraham, Moses, Samson and Delilah

GodSaidManSaid, “Snake Legs and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

GodSaidManSaid, “The One Hundred Eighty-Five Thousand of Sennacherib

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