"Just Like I Said"Have you ever told someone the truth, but they didn't believe you? Then someone else brings proof you were telling the truth, and you are finally believed. How does that make you feel? We know the Bible tells the truth, and it is really neat when other people bring proof to support what we know to be true. Archaeologists look for fossils, buildings, and artifacts that were buried long ago. They have found cities mentioned in the Bible right where the Bible says they should be.1 They also found things like bricks made of good straw, poor straw, and no straw in Pithom, Egypt, like it says in Exodus 5:1-12.2 The Mohammedan mosque, the Dome of the Rock, now stands in Jerusalem, where the temple described in the Bible once stood.3 Archeologists have not found remains of the temple Solomon built in Jerusalem yet (2 Chronicles 2-7), but they have found other temples and buildings from that time.4 Destroyed remains of the rebuilt temple have also been found.5 Jesus told Thomas, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29, NIV). Thank God that the Bible is true. Ask Him to strengthen your faith.
Want More?Read Exodus 5:1-21. Why are the Pithom bricks different from other bricks in Egypt?
Footnotes1 Henry Smith, "Getting Archaeology Right at Ai," Answers: Building a Biblical Worldview Answers In Genesis, (June 16, 2013) (December 9, 2013), available from www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v8/n3/getting-archaeology-right-at-ai. 2 Henry H. Halley, Halley's Bible Handbook, 24th ed. (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan Publishing House, 1965), 120. 3 King David (who reigned from 1000-960 BC) conquered Jerusalem, first bringing it into Israel and making it the nation's capital (2 Samuel 5:6-16). He was also the one to draw up plans and begin gathering construction materials, but his son Solomon (who reigned from 960-922 BC) actually built the first temple (2 Samuel 24:18-25; 1 Chronicles 28-29; 2 Chronicles 1-7). The Dome on the Rock was built AD 689-691. 4 Samuel J. Schultz, The Old Testament Speaks, 4th ed. (San Francisco HarperSanFrancisco, 1990), 145. 5 Archaelogists have found stones with burn marks on them dating to the first destruction of the temple in 586 BC. See Walter C. Kaiser Jr., A History of Israel (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1998), 404-405. Antiochus IV Epiphanes did not destroy the temple, but he desecrated it (made it unholy) when he set up a statue of Zeus and had the priests sacrifice pigs (unclean animals according to Deuteronomy 14:7-8) on the altar of the LORD (see the prophecy in Daniel 11:31; 12:11). The resulting revolt, named the Maccabean Revolt after the leading family, resulted in the Jews regaining their freedom from the oppressing Seleucids. Judas Maccabeus rededicated the temple in 165 BC. (Read the full story in the apocryphal
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