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The Next Archaeological Discovery

There has been an interesting find in Israel. Please be advised that Israel Finkelstein is more of a Minimalist and his dating will be skewed. Given the state of modern journalism, the headline writer must have gone a bit insane. No archaeologist would be stunned by this discovery.

Discovery of 3,600-Y-O Burial Chamber in Biblical Book of Revelation City ‘Stuns’ Archaeologists

Also the headline is not even close to being correct. It should read burial chamber found in a city mentioned in the biblical book of Revelation But that is a point for another day. Here are some details

Archaeologists now say they have discovered a tomb there from the 15th century B.C., when Megiddo was besieged for seven months by the forces of Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmose III, eventually surrendering. Thutmose III then moved to incorporate Canaan as a province in his empire.

Israel Finkelstein and Mario Martin of Tel Aviv University and Matthew Adams of the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeology, who have been conducting excavations in Megiddo since 1994, first found a subterranean corridor near the Bronze Age palaces in the area leading to a burial chamber back in 2016.

The chamber contained the remains of three people, a man, a woman, and a child, who were adorned with elaborate gold and silver jewelry. The man had been crowned with a gold diadem, which suggested a high level of skill and artistry.


What is Missing in Education

We are not going to play favorites here as both the Christian school system and the secular one make the same mistakes. Some schools, teachers and officials are good in both systems but sadly, those are overshadowed by others who do not perform as they should. Too often, schools in both systems tend to favor teaching ideology instead of educating the students correctly. This is so in spite of the warning given in the book of James.

Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment. (NASB 3:1)

We know this as we have seen education first hand and have tracked the misdeeds of teachers, administration staff and education officials for several years. These people, even in Korea, treat students as objects not worthy of the best information possible or teaching as just another job. It is no longer a profession worthy of their best behavior, best effort, or having any character or integrity. It is now a means to an end, hopefully by padding their bank account and pension fund.

Teaching has lots a lot in recent years and there is enough blame to go around. No one group is solely to blame as all have contributed to the demise of education– even in Christian circles.Sadly, we saw this in our own undergraduate alma mater as well.Then when you see stories like the following article:

Teacher Accused of Feeding Puppy to Snapping Turtle in Front of Students

{and the title is enough of an example}

You know that something has been lost in teaching. It doesn’t matter the level because all levels have been infected with the same disease. In the book, Hitler Furies, a study on the female Nazis of that era, it was stated that Hitler introduced dumbing down into the German education system. It is much harder to manipulate and control educated people. The most successful educational program in the west since the 1980s has been the strategy to dumb down the students.

We have seen this first hand as well. But it was not limited to just the students who got a lack of an education. The teachers were dumbed down as well. We saw that over the years in Korea as teacher after teacher heading towards that country were not smart, lacked education and some could barely string a sentence together. There is something missing from education. Probably several elements are no longer in the profession. But again, that is not true in all cases.

As we thought about that article linked above, it was brought to our attention what God wanted done with his people. But many believers will probably miss their importance because the instructions are found in the Old Testament not the New. Non-believers won’t normally know these passages unless they read their spare time. But then even if they do, will they believe God’s word pertaining to how their profession should be handled? It is highly doubtful.

But the book of Deut. is filled with verses providing God’s instructions on what should be taught in his people’s schools. Here are some of those verses:

“Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I am teaching you to perform, so that you may live and go in and take possession of the land which the Lord, the God of your fathers, is giving you. You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you (NASB 4:1-2)

See, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should do thus in the land where you are entering to possess it. So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ (NASB 4:5-6)

10 Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when the Lord said to me, ‘Assemble the people to Me, that I may let them hear My words so they may learn to [b]fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.’(NASB 4: 10)

 “Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the Lord your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it, so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. (NASB 6:1-2)

These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up (NASB 6:6-7)

And on these verses go.

God has said very clearly what he wanted taught to his people and their children. These instructions have not been voided by the New Testament.

As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, (NASB 1 Tim. 1:3)

Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you (NASB 1 Tim. 4:16)

holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. (NASB Tit. 1:9)

The firs set of verses has what is missing from teaching that takes place today in both the secular and Christian school systems.

so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the Lord your God,

The fear or respect of God is what is lacking. No one that we know of, is doing this today. God is not feared and his ways are not taught. While the secular world and some Christians run around looking for human answers to school shootings, we have that answer here from God himself. The fear of God would stop many shooters from committing their evil schemes. Plus, if they were taught the ways of God then they would know that taking a life is wrong and should not be done.

When you make God’s rules appear as human origin rules, then it is easy for people to forget about God and ignore these human based rules. If people are not taught God’s ways, instructions and commands, how will they learn how to live properly? Ho will they treat their fellow human correctly if they do not know the better way to live?

These lessons start in the home where the parents teach it to their children and their grandchildren. Eventually, those lessons will reach politics, science, education and so on. God’s OT instructions and commands are not just for an Old Testament group of people who lived 4000 years ago. We bring the fear of God back to the lives of families, education and so on then we bring back the other missing elements in education.

You may ask what are we doing about this instead of just posting the thoughts God wants us to share on the internet? We have lived these principles in Korea as we taught. We had problems, criticism, attacks, but in the end, because we obeyed God and taught the way he wanted us to teach, we were rewarded as well. Maybe someday we will post some pictures recording those rewards.

We have been preaching in the Philippines using God ways. Now we have been asked to be the preacher of one church full-time as well as start a new Bible College. We opted for the latter. We are working on setting up a new Bible college that will have God’s instructions as the guiding force behind our teaching. Do not worry we do not plan on asking for money. We will need books though, lots of them. We will make that request when the time is right. Eventually we will be looking for teachers but that is a ways down the road. We will need prayer as well.

But we do what we can to practice what we are teaching in these web pages. This means we may not have time to post here but that remains to be seen. Christians need to take action and it is not done by teaching interpretation or ideology. It is done by following the Holy Spirit to the truth. Then accepting that truth and teaching it to others.

If you want a better education system, then it begins with the fear of God.


Biblical Discovery

In reading about the upcoming biblical discovery, we already know the arguments against its identification Why do we know this? Because of the person who is making the identification.

Mrs. Eliat Mazar is known to work with a religious group whose agenda is to prove everything biblical. Not that such an agenda is wrong, It is sometimes such focus just gets in the way of proper identification. here is an example:

One obstacle to confirming the identity of the signature, she explained, is that the word “prophet” is not legible on the bulla.

The questions that come to mind upon reading this comment are: why would Isaiah identify himself as a prophet? Wouldn’t that be redundant since everyone at that time knew he was one? How can they prove this identification and on it goes. Another example,

Finding this bulla leads us to consider the personality and the proximity of the prophet Isaiah as one of the closest advisors to King Hezekiah

What this demonstrates is that archaeologists are unaware of the role prophets played. There are numerous explanations as to why the two bulla would be found next to each other and none of them would point to Isaiah being a close advisor. Even with that said, the bulla does represent that Isaiah was a name used at the time the Bible said it was. That counts for something.

Archaeology does not disprove the Bible at all.


Egyptian Discovery

It looks like the Egyptians have uncovered a cemetery dating to just before Alexander’s  conquest.

here is the title of the article:  Ancient Egypt: Newly Discovered 2,000-Year-Old Tomb Contains Mummy of High Priest and 40 Sarcophagi

The previously unknown complex—located in the Minya region, south of the capital Cairo—consists of a vast network of burial shafts inside which a number of people are buried in 40 limestone sarcophagi of different shapes and sizes…

According to hieroglyphics found on jars in the priest’s tomb, he was one of the “Great Five”—the most important of Thoth’s priests. Gruesomely, four of these alabaster jars contained the preserved organs of the holy man.



Is Genesis History?

And yes we are going to talk about that film and some of the surrounding views. We are not objective because we believe the Genesis account is literal, God used 6 24 hour earth days to complete his creation act. The Bible tells us that nothing is impossible for God, thus, the activities found in Genesis One are not out of his reach. Genesis Two is not a competing creation account, but fills in some of the details that were left out of Genesis One.

What we are going to do is take a few quotes from the article found at

and make our comments.

#1. A documentary that makes a scientific case for a historical, six-day creation will be shown again in movie theaters nationwide Thursday, with extra footage highlighting the pushback it has received even from within the Christian community.

We are glad that it is being shown in theaters again. Since we live in a different country we have not seen it yet and would like to do so at some point in time. What bothers us here though is the last line. Why is there a pushback from the Christian community? Obviously we do know the answer to that rhetorical question and this pushback is one of the problems the church faces today.

If God did not create as he said, then why are people still claiming to be Christian? Why would they go with a God who would not tell them exactly what he did? Why would they follow God’s plan of salvation when given the supposed evidence that plan may not be the exact plan. It may be something different. The fact that some people hold to the John 3:16 plan tells us that they will believe God when it benefits them and disbelieve him when it does not.

#2. While not a salvation issue, abandoning a six-day creation account described by a plain reading of Genesis and adopting belief in what is known as theistic evolution

Actually, we disagree with the first 5 words of that quote. It is a salvation issue. Jesus said in John 5:45ff (to the end of the chapter) that if you do not believe Moses, how will you believe his words? We have seen many people who reject the words of Moses reject much of the NT. We forget the exact reference but in one of the prayers recorded in the Bible Jesus is saying to his father, I have given them the words you gave me.

Since the NT is written by disciples, and those who knew the disciples, then the words of the rest of the NT are Jesus’ words and by extension God’s word. The NT is not constructed from the personal views of the NT authors. They put down the words that Christ gave them to say. Since Genesis is found in the OT and given by God, then rejection of Genesis One is a rejection of God’s word. It is not a rejection of Moses’s personal views.

Salvation does depend on believing Genesis One. How can you believe God in John 3:16 then turn around and say God lied in Genesis One & Two? Such attitudes are not compatible with a loving relationship or any relationship. Since God does not lie, how can Genesis One be wrong?

#3. When Purifoy went to Wheaton to show the film he discovered that of the 200 professors at Wheaton, only two are historical Creationists.

The first question that must be asked is, why are those professors teaching at a Christian college? If they do not believe the Bible how can they teach that God does not lie? Or how can they teach that God knows less than secular scientists? It seems that these supposed Christian professors want the best of both worlds and they will sacrifice God in favor of adopting false science.

#4. So the week after [our] Genesis film was shown the faculty then got together and held their own assembly to counter the historical Genesis view that was presented in the film.”

The counter arguments against the literal view of Genesis One are wanting, not supported by real evidence and go counter to what both God and Jesus have taught throughout the Bible. Science is not a tool given to us to double-check God’s writing. It is not a tool to be used to say that God got it wrong or that his biblical authors got it wrong.

Science, a tool given to us by God, has had its divine authority usurped and replaced by blind, deceived, fallible, limited thinking. There is no way that science can say that God or his authors made mistakes. Every argument against a literal Genesis One does not make sense and insults God, his character and his integrity.

#5. Tackett told CP that one of the things that compelled him to make the film — against the objections of friends who begged him not to because of the consequences of what happens when one openly admits to being a historic Creationist — was how the other views of Creation compromise who God is as He is revealed in Scripture.

We are to pick up our cross and follow Jesus. Jesus did not correct Moses during his time on earth. Jesus did not present a different creation account. Nor did the disciples who wrote their works in the next few years or decades. So to say Genesis One is literal is standing with Jesus against the world. We should expect to suffer for that stand. Those who go against the literal Genesis One are going against Christ. This means one’s salvation may be in jeopardy.

#6. The seminaries have largely bought primarily into the perspective of the BioLogos Foundation, and other theistic evolution-influenced views, he explained

We have a series on Biologos on this website. We have pointed out how they are not of God, not speaking the truth and are now leading believers away from the truth. They are essentially false teachers disguising themselves as Christians. Those who follow after these type of people are not following God. God did not say he created through an evolutionary format. He said he spoke and it was.

Biologos and other such organizations are people who want secular science and not God’s word.

#7. “And what’s happening in these seminaries and even with some of our senior pastors, is that all of a sudden, they make the logical conclusion that if evolution is true than a literal Adam and Eve cannot be true but is a metaphor for a hominid group that has evolved to a certain point.”

It is called a snowball effect. Once one lie has been accepted, it then snowballs as more lies are adopted. If you want a reason why the church is not making the impact on the world as it should, it is because they are kicking out the truth, adopting lies and teaching those lies. Lies are sin and liars go to hell. Lies are not of God. God told the truth throughout the Bible including Genesis One.

Accepting evolution, in any format, over God says that you believe man over God. You are not believing God and again this makes believing Genesis One a salvation issue. Unbelievers do not go to heaven

We will leave the rest of the article for you to read. But one thing is for sure, if Genesis One is wrong, then there is no God and there is no John 3:16 plan of salvation. You cannot have salvation without God. So those who reject Genesis One as literally true, are rejecting God and saying he does not exist. They are saying that deceived blind, lost, fallible, limited scientists know more than God does.

Unfortunately for those people, the blind, deceived, lost, fallible and limited scientists offer no plan of salvation which gives eternal life. Those who opt for their version are giving up their place in heaven for something that only gains temporary relief from persecution.


Another Archaeological Discovery

Archaeologists in Israel have made another discovery connected to stories in the Bible, as they found a large 1,500-year-old pool at an ancient Christian site near Jerusalem where the Ethiopian eunuch, as mentioned in the Book of Acts, might have been baptized.

Sorry but the Byzantine period was long after the apostolic age. There is no connection here. The passage of scripture that is refered to does NOT indicate that the meeting took place near Jerusalem. That city is mentioned but only as an identification marker, not as the identity of the location where the baptism took place.

We believe that some early Christian commentators identified Ein Hanniya as the site where the Ethiopian eunuch was baptized, as described in Acts 8:26–40,” Jerusalem District Archaeologist Dr. Yuval Baruch was quoted as saying. “The baptism of the eunuch by St. Philip was one of the key events in the spread of Christianity. Therefore, identifying the place where it occurred occupied scholars for many generations and became a common motif in Christian art.”

People seem to have the wrong idea about Christianity. The faith is not about identifying and revering ancient sites. While we can identify them, we are not to revere them. But if we identify them, let’s be honest and make sure it is the site BEFORE publically saying anything.

The site will open to the public in the coming months, the report said.

Siggghhhh…. Christianity is also not about establishing tourist traps and making a lot of money.

Christianity is about following and obeying God. If you are not sure how to do that,start here.

There are two posts about God’s will on that page.  You have to scroll down to the second one.

If you are not a believer, then you need to start at John 3:16.


2 more archaeological discoveries

We are going to place them here without much comment. We haven’t examined the contents of the statements or the articles yet. Suffice it to say we initially disagree with the assessment to the Egyptologists and feel that the Mayan discovery belongs to the pre-flood world and not to the Mayans.

Ancient Egypt: Mysterious 4,400-Year-Old Tomb Reveals Rare Paintings in New Excavation

Mysterious lost Maya cities discovered in Guatemalan jungle


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Posted by on February 4, 2018 in academics, archaeology

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