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Jerusalem's Besiegement

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There is another witness to the Biblical Account of Jerusalem's Besiegement - the one that is currently being unearthed, the one written in stone...

 
It happened twice. History repeated itself, literally. Same dates, different enemies.  
 
For a very long time, the story of Jerusalem was the mere written accounts in the Bible and a few other supporting historical sources. But for those of little faith stories are inevitably fallible and seeing is believing.
 
Then 1948 happened – the land of Israel was returned to the Jewish people, and the Jewish people returned. Some expired prophecies suddenly started to rise from the dead.  
 
Then 1967 happened – Jerusalem was reunited, or at least the Old City was back in our hands. But the real Jerusalem, the place where it all began, still lay buried underneath 10 time periods of dirt topped with an icing of asphalt.  
 
It took a touch of faith, lots of patience and hard work to reach the other side of the story, the one written in stone.  
 
On the 10th of Tevet (the 10th month in the Hebrew Calendar), 2440 years ago, Jerusalem was besieged. It kicked off a cycle of calamities that spiraled through Jewish history. After two and a half years, Nebuchadnezzar breached the walls on the 17th of Tammuz (fourth month) and burned the Temple on the 9th of Av (fifth month). The gloomy cycle ended with the murder of Gedalyah, the last Jewish governor on the 3rd of Tishrei (first month) which pushed the exile into full throttle. 
 
After 70 years the Jewish people returned to rebuild the ruins, the walls, the Temple and to start their lives again. 420 years later the destructive cycle repeated itself, this time expelling the Jewish people from their land for almost two millennia. 
 
You want proof?
For a story to stand up in court you need witnesses and proof. And this is where we at the City of David get excited. Every. Single. Time. You want besiegement? We have two intact clay pots and an ancient lamp; in fact we have a long list of finds dating back to the second Temple period besiegement when the last refugees sought shelter inside the main water drainage system of Jerusalem.
 
You're welcome to come and see.
 
You want destruction? We have an ash layer. In fact, we have two, separately corresponding to the Babylonian and Roman destructions. We can offer you clay bullae (ancient seals) ironically witnessing the very names edged into 2600 year old hardened clay of the conspirators who couldn't handle Jeremiah's bleak forecasts just before Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, besieged Jerusalem in 586 BCE. 
 
We can even add the Roman sword which abruptly ended the lives of the very refugees upon whose food pots and lamp we stumbled upon.
 
Installing a Firewall: a Remedy Against Besiegement
Just east from the City of David, from this exciting ancient time capsule which is slowly unearthing infallible proof of the Biblical accounts, lies the Kidron valley. Yes, the very same valley where Abraham broke bread with Melchizedek, where King David crossed fleeing from his son Avshalom and where Solomon's gardens beautified the Jewish Capitol.  
 
Nestled into the bedrock of the this valley you will find another silent witness, a structure that truly stood the test of time, perhaps because its story is not finished yet.  It is the tomb of Zechariah, the prophet who claimed that these four dates which set off such a destructive cycle during history - will inevitably change into times of joy. 
 
 "This is what the LORD Almighty says: The fasts of the fourth, fifth, seventh and tenth months will become joyful and glad occasions, and will become happy festivals for Judah. Therefore love truth and peace." Zechariah 8:19
 
And where fire once brought down the besieged city walls, it will in the future become the very walls of its protection.
 
"Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of people and animals in it. And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,' declares the LORD, 'and I will be its glory within.'"  Zechariah 2:5
 
This is your invitation to come visit and catch some inspiration at the place where it all began, and where the story evidently is still unfolding to this very day.
 
 
 
 
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