Ominous signs for Jerusalem

Emboldened by a favourable global prevailing wind, radicals are becoming increasingly fidgety with the twitch of anticipation, yet biding their time, for when the world might be theirs once more. Many will come out of their “moderate” Islamic closet to act out increasingly brazen attacks as they sense an opportune moment to free themselves of their self-imposed restraints of taqiyya and kitman. With the kind of behaviour witnessed in recent days in Jerusalem, the question of whether or not Muslims have legitimate grievances evaporates. That same behaviour was glorified by the Jordanian parliament.

Many so-called moderates, perhaps also the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, may be ‘sleepers’. Their King Abdullah II is said to be the closest living relative to the prophet Muhammad, which may explain why in 2010 he was chosen as the fourth most influential Muslim in the world. Of course the Hashemites, by way of the antiquated (literally medieval) Waqf, still manage the Temple Mount (although Israel secures it), as Israeli discretion has meant that, at least up until now, it has been better to let sleeping dogs lie.

And Jews are becoming increasingly frustrated at, unlike Muslims, not being allowed to pray on the Mount. (The tragic irony here is perhaps best illustrated by the fact that, apparently, you wont find the word “Jerusalem” in the Quran.) But we can pray for the beloved of those lost and for the peace of Jerusalem. They both need all the prayers they can get.

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[The status quo is so skewed, and has been for so long, that everyday life for Jews means that they need even ask this question: Should Jews visit the Temple Mount? The current unrest is very well covered at the poignant, This Ongoing War, a blog dedicated to a couple’s daughter, who was killed in a Jihadist massacre at a Jerusalem restaurant.]

Lamentations 3 (37-41)

Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?
Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?
Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?
Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.
Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.
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“Kings David and Solomon ruled over a well-organized, fully urbanized Judahite state in 10th century B.C.E.”

The following write-up is a redacted conglomeration. Sources are available at the foot of the article. Fox News have reported the find.

 Proto-Canaanite

Jug

Eilat Mazar’s excavations at the southern wall of the Temple Mount uncovered inscriptions on the shoulder of a pithos (large, neck-less ceramic jar) – the earliest alphabet letters ever found in Jerusalem – written in a Proto-Canaanite script that precedes the development of the Paleo-Hebrew used by the Israelites until the Babylonians destroyed the First Temple in 586 B.C.E. When the Judean exiles returned from Babylon, they brought back the square Aramaic script which ultimately replaced the Paleo-Hebrew script (both scripts were used together for hundreds of years). Paleographic assessment dates the inscription to a time before the direction of letters had been firmly determined and before a distinction between Hebrew, Aramaic and Phoenician established. The jar was inscribed in a place where ordinary workmen made pots, not the lofty study of a royal scribe; and (with the Gezer Calendar and Qeiyafa Ostracon) may signal widespread—if elementary—literacy during the time of David and Solomon.

Bureaucracy

Professor Gershon Galil’s New Studies on Jerusalem article suggest that the central words of the inscription are yayin (wine) and halak (a low-quality variety) – a classification of the type of wine stored: the first intact letter of the inscription was the last letter of a longer word that got cut off representing the date; the middle portion refers to the type of wine in the jug, a cheap variety; the final letter was also cut off from a longer word and lists the location from which the wine was sent. This inscription indicates a degree of bureaucracy and record keeping in tenth-century Jerusalem (after King Solomon built the First Temple, palaces, and surrounding walls that unified the city’s three areas — Ophel, city of David, Temple Mount) that runs counter to the Biblical Minimalist position.

Cheap Wine

Consider importation of cheap wine in light of Solomon’s building projects—monumental expansion in Jerusalem requires a large number of laborers, and a large number of conscript laborers require wine: tremendous infrastructural projects contribute to the sudden need for copious quantities of cheap wine, “…not served on the table of King Solomon nor in the Temple… but rather for the laborers in the building projects and the soldiers that guarded them. Food and drinks for these laborers were mainly held in the Ophel area.” Galil’s theory is shored up by pottery fragments found in Arad. “The ability to write and store in large designated vessels, noting type of wine, date it was received, and place it was sent from, attests to the existence of an organized administration that collected taxes, recruited laborers, brought them to Jerusalem, and took care to give them food and water. Administrative scribes could also write literary and historiographical texts. This has important implications for the study of the Bible and understanding the history of Israel in the biblical period.” Beyond that, the find lends support to claims of an organized bureaucratic system and provides evidence that writing was prevalent at the time.

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When Did God Move House?

Today we see all manner of things said, done, acted on, sung, praised, wished for and rebuked in the name of Jesus. But are all these things Christianity? Are they really what the Bible says and what Jesus both spoke and showed?

Praising God in all manner of song – rock, country, even God forbid heavy rock and so called ‘metal’ (noise) music – is tantamount to blasphemy.

Inordinately wealthy evangelists purporting to multiple signs of wonder and ‘miracles’; dressed in odd, eccentric or just trendy clothing and looking (or trying to look) cool is glib.

Yelling and screaming and spontaneously breaking into apparent ‘talking in tongues’, all seem to have replaced traditional sermons. Meanwhile, overtly zealous promises of ‘anointing’ for ‘sowing a seed’ was formerly known as, well, simply donating.

And there’s the well-read, well-versed scholars who know the Word but are [spiritually] dead.

Talk of the supernatural seems to also make some lean toward the occult with attempts to incorporate the New Age Spiritualisms under the guise of Christianity.

Singing gospel songs, being extraordinarily wealthy, sowing seeds and being well dressed are not necessarily bad or wrong. But it’s the context and the manner in which these things are revealed.

All too often, an element of flamboyance, drifting from the ‘straight and narrow’, self-righteousness and assumption, over-sentimentality, persistently reducing the Messiah as either a babbling baby or a perpetual corpse, or just plain base humour or inappropriateness is the oft not-too-subtle undertones of the message.

In stark contrast, Jesus’ message was remarkably straight and simple, gentle yet firm. It was thematically accurate and emotionally sincere. It was real.

There is only one God and Yeshua is the incarnate son of God who died for (all of) our sins with a message of basic love, faith and hope — but “above all love” — to conquer sin and death.

Since when is God ‘trendy’, persistently comical or humorous, loud and obnoxious, a pathetic corpse, or wanting to be praised to a rock and roll tune? When did God move house – when did he leave Jerusalem for Hollywood?

It’s not complicated.