Two of the lamps bore the symbol of the menorah and others carried a fish – one of the symbols of early Christianity. They were made during the early Roman Period, about 1,600-1,700 years ago and were used for lighting in ancient times.
Archaeologists also found stone lamp molds for their production and terracotta figurines in the IAA excavation in Beit Shemesh, prior to the development of a new neighborhood there. Many of the workers were volunteers – young people and those awaiting their service in the IDF.Related
Archaeologists were surprised at the quantity and quality of the lamps but it also solved decades-old archaeological mystery.
In 1934, archaeologist Dimitri Baramki, an inspector for the Department of Antiquities during the British Mandate, discovered a water cistern near Beit Shemesh. While he was excavating the cistern, he uncovered a huge quantity of intact oil lamps that bore animal and plant motifs, and geometric designs.
The lamps were named “Beit Nattif” lamps, after a nearby village and became an “archaeological hallmark,” the IAA said in a statement. Baramki also discovered stone lamp molds and pottery figurines of animals, horse-riders, women and birds. But the location of the cistern was lost after the discovery until now.
“We uncovered a water cistern that looked, at first sight, like many others in the region. But to our surprise, excavation beside the cistern began unearthing massive quantities of oil lamps, stone lamp molds and figurine fragments,” said excavation directors Moran Balila, Itai Aviv, Nicolas Benenstein and Omer Shalev in a statement.
When the archaeologists entered the cistern they recognized it from photos in Baramki’s excavation publication and also found leather baskets and an empty metal box he’d left behind. They say it brings the cistern back to life, which is an important archaeological discovery. It’s also “tangible evidence of archaeological history.”
“The figurines and the motifs on the lamps from the Beit Nattif region tell the story of the Judean Hills in the period following the Bar Kokhba Revolt,” explained IAA archaeologist, Benyamin Storchan, who is an expert on Beit Nattif lamps.
According to Storchan, the Jewish historian Josephus records that Beit Nattif was a regional administrative center during Second Temple times. After the Jewish Bar Kokhba revolt against the Romans from 132-135 AD failed, the local Jewish population in the Judean Hills diminished and the region was settled by pagans.
The figurines attest to that, he said. But Jewish symbols such as the shofar, incense burner and seven branched menorah also, show that Jewish life continued.
“During this period, Christianity also began to emerge and some of the Beit Nattif oil-lamps carry fish motifs, one of the symbols of Christianity. The sheer variety of lamps and figurines therefore proves that the local population featured a mix of pagans, Christians and Jews,” Storchan said.
The publication of the find comes during the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah. That marks the victory of the Jewish Hasmonean fighters over their Greek-Seleucid conquers. The Maccabees, as they were called, reclaimed the Temple but only found enough oil to burn for one day. The Menorah stayed lit for eight days.
“The festival of Hanukkah is a wonderful opportunity to tell the public about the recovery of these oil lamps, which was the main method of lighting in ancient times,” the archaeologists said.
The IAA and Ministry of Construction and Housing plan to preserve the site and incorporate it into a park that will be open to the public.
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Lana Vawser: “God Says: I Will Do What I Have Promised!”
Dec 8, 2020 THE ELIJAH LIST
From the Desk of Steve Shultz:
Some may remember the now famous “PROMISE KEEPERS” movement. It was birthed by men, for men…but it really was FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.When men, spurred on by God (who is the first, preeminent, and famous PROMSE KEEPER HIMSELF), start keeping their promises the way that God showed them HE keeps HIS promises – families and societies change, and change rapidly!
Today, we’re hearing and reading this word of the Lord through my friend, Lana Vawser of Australia. She is speaking even more about our PROMISE-KEEPING GOD.Now whether His promises are for our USA election or for your family or your health, God remains YOUR great PROMISE KEEPER.
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“God Says: I Will Do What I Have Promised!” Lana Vawser, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Lately, the Lord has been impressing His faithfulness upon my heart for the Body of Christ right now. As I sat with the Lord and spent time seeking His heart, I heard Him say: “I will not fail you. I will do that which I have promised.”
“You keep every promise You’ve ever made to me! Since Your love for me is constant and endless, I ask You, Lord, to finish every good thing that You’ve begun in me!” (Psalm 138:8 TPT)
“The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Your faithfulness, Lord, is everlasting; do not abandon the works of Your hands.” (Psalm 138:8 NASB)
I had a very deep sense that many in the Body of Christ are needing hope right now. A ferocious battle against what God has spoken has been unleashed against them. I heard the Lord say, “DO NOT be confused. I am FAITHFUL to do that which I have said I will do. I am not a man that I should lie. I WILL DO WHAT I SAID I WILL DO.”
The ACCOMPLISHING work of the Lord is going to be seen in mighty and powerful ways. Do not entertain any other narrative. The Lord is reintroducing His people to His faithfulness. He is bringing His people into the glorious place of confidence, peace and joy in the revelation of Lamentations 3:21-24 (ESV):
“But this I call to mind, And therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I will hope in Him.'”
Faithfulness That Changes the Trajectory of Your Life
The Lord showed me that so many in 2020 have faced deep hardship, trauma and trial…but He wants to encourage His people: “You shall SEE My faithfulness.” He says, “The demonstration of My faithfulness will change the trajectory of your life.”For many of you, there’s been an intense battle over the “word of the Lord” which has escalated intensely over the last few months. This battle has been fierce because of the incredible demonstration of His power and faithfulness that’s coming to you when He fulfills that which He has spoken. It’s also been fierce because the MANIFESTATION of what HE has spoken to you is going to change the trajectory of your life in such a significant way that it will move you into the glorious, unexpected directions of the Lord’s hand.
I was surrounded with a strong sense and reminder that NOTHING changes the faithfulness of God. No situation, no narrative, no attack of the enemy can SHIFT or CHANGE the faithfulness of the Lord.
I heard the Lord say, “My faithfulness will TRUMP ALL OPPOSING CIRCUMSTANCES.”
So today, friend, I encourage you, HOPE in the Lord. Remind yourself today of who He is and feast on His faithfulness and how He has come through for you before. The Lord is going to POWERFULLY demonstrate His faithfulness toward you in such profound and miraculous ways, even before the year’s end, which will cause you to fall even deeper in love with Him.
He will NOT fail you. The Lord is about to do what HE said He was going to do.
Lana Vawser is an active member of the Australian Prophetic Council and releases prophetic words for the Body of Christ and nations, and is featured regularly on The Elijah List and in Charisma Magazine. She is also an itinerant preacher and revivalist who is traveling regularly with her family, seeing powerful moves of God. Lana has a strong, prophetic voice and has a heart to see the Body of Christ develop deep intimacy with Jesus and actively hear His voice each day. She also has a heart to see people set free and walk in all that Jesus has purchased for them as they carry Christ into their world each day, awakened to His nature and who they are in Him. Lana is married to Kevin, and they live in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia with their family.
“Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne.” Revelation 4:1, NASU
There have been several times when I am praying that in my mind’s eye I envision the Lord Jesus, Yeshua Ha Mashiach, seated on the heavenly throne. He is majestic. He is confident. He is ruling with justice and all knowledge.
“After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, ” Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads.” Revelation 4:1-4, NASU
During one recent particular morning, as I prayed in tongues anticipating the Holy Spirit knew exactly what He wanted me to be interceding for, I envisioned the Lord stand up, staff in hand, and declare in a loud roar, “Enough!”
Yes, the time has come when the King of kings and the Lord of lords has allowed man try his own ways, his own thoughts, his own attempts to control history. And now the Lord has said it is enough.
It is enough that millions of babies have been murdered. It is enough that injustice and racism has ruled in many lands. It is enough that even in the churches too many have sat back just waiting for the rapture, one of the biggest and harmful lies of the centuries, to sweep them out of here and let the rest go to hell.
The Lord says it is enough.
Injustice will not go on forever. The lies of the enemy will not prevail. There has always been an appointed time for it to end.
Many have been waiting, waiting, waiting. I believe the Lord is wanting to encourage His faithful, the ones who have persevered, the ones who have stood strong, the ones that have been laden with the cares and pressures of these times, by telling us that the time has come for us to see His hand move in the nations and bring His kingdom to earth as it is in heaven.
“Far better to take refuge in God than trust in people; far better to take refuge in God than trust in celebrities.
Hemmed in by barbarians, in God’s name I rubbed their faces in the dirt; hemmed in and with no way out, in God’s name I rubbed their faces in the dirt; like swarming bees, like wild prairie fire, they hemmed me in;
in God’s name I rubbed their faces in the dirt.
I was right on the cliff-edge, ready to fall, when God grabbed and held me. God’s my strength, he’s also my song, and now he’s my salvation. Hear the shouts, hear the triumph songs in the camp of the saved? “The hand of God has turned the tide!” Psalm 118:8-15, THE MESSAGE
The hand of God is calling the shots. He is the One who will prevail, and even when all seems as if it is right on the edge of the cliff, ready to fall over, He will grab hold and show His strength and the determination of His will.
The Lord has said, “Enough”. Watch Him act on His word in our midst. We will be singing, “Hallelujah!”