Israel’s Hidden Ancient Facts
Rebuilding Jerusalem’s Temple
On the Eastern slopes of Mount Moriah, a high ridge above Jerusalem’s Gihon Spring, archaeology leads to one striking conclusion: That this location and its features confirm the recently re-discovered Matzevah as the stone Jacob anointed (Genesis 28:22) as his covenant at Beit El. Therefore, it is also the beacon that will ultimately identify the location of the altar for Israel’s third temple.
It has already been confirmed that features carved into the side of mount Moriah, immediately below the high ridge, date back to the early bronze age. Further, that the ‘soft’ burial by one of the last kings of Israel, around 2600 years ago protected the high ridge for thousands of years until its recent discovery. Finally small idolatrous items discovered in the soft layers were remnants of that era and do not disprove the bedrocks sanctity.
For the 37 years the Ark of the Covenant was housed in the City of David, prior to Davids son King Solomon moving it to the temple he constructed a few hundred meters further up the mountain. Some think King David may have constructed on the high ridge to locate the Ark of the Covenant. In any event, Iron age King David would not have erected a matzevah because that practice ceased with Israel’s forefathers around the Bronze age time of Jacob. Additionally the bedrock was chiseled using stone implements not iron, a sure sign of its Bronze age origin. Finally the matzevah must be naturally formed because it is thin, precisely honed and smoothed, well beyond the technology of that time.
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