Israelis find 2,750-year-old temple
By: Alan Boyle
As quoted from the article:
Archaeologists have uncovered a 2,750-year-old temple near Jerusalem, along with pottery and clay figurines that suggest the site was the home base for a ritual cult, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said Wednesday.
The discovery was made during excavations at the Tel Motza archaeological site, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) west of Jerusalem, during preparations for work on a new section of Israeli's Highway 1, the agency said in a statement.
"The ritual building at Tel Motza is an unusual and striking find, in light of the fact that there are hardly any remains of ritual buildings of the period in Judaea at the time of the First Temple," excavation directors Anna Eirikh, Hamoudi Khalaily and Shua Kisilevitz were quoted as saying in the statement.
... The newly discovered structure has massive walls and a wide, east-facing entrance, conforming to the tradition of temple construction at the time, the site directors said. "The rays of the sun rising in the east would have illuminated the object placed inside the temple first, symbolizing the divine presence within," they said. ...
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Ezek. 8:16 Then He brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house. And behold, at the entrance to the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs to the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east; and they were prostrating themselves eastward toward the sun.
Please follow the linked article, it's very interesting. Sun worship has attempted to replace the worship of the one true God, Yehovah'-Yeshua since Babylon and Nimrod, if not before. Richard Rives has studied this extensively as described on his site, Too Long in the Sun.
Our "Church Fathers" and the Roman Church has syncretized sun worship into Christianity over the last 2,000 years which is why it is so very important we return to First Century worship! This point cannot be over-emphasised.
Jer 10:1 Hear the word which the LORD speaks to you, O house of Israel.
Jer 10:2 Thus says the LORD, "Do not learn the way of the nations (heathen), And do not be terrified by the signs of the heavens Although the nations are terrified by them;
Jer 10:3 For the customs of the peoples are delusion; Because it is wood cut from the forest, The work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool.
Jer 10:4 They decorate it with silver and with gold; They fasten it with nails and hammers so it will not totter.
Folks, we are in the process of being refined, as silver is refined. As dross is removed from us do not see it as condemnation, but as SALVATION!