For almost two thousand years the Land of Israel waited for the return of her Israelite sons and daughters to the Promised Land. Buried safely beneath the ground, the G-d of Israel protected the exciting biblical past of His people Israel — to be rediscovered by His Israeli children precisely during this prophetic redemptive end-time era so that they can restore the historical biblical chain and reconnect it with the link that was cut by the enemies of Israel when they destroyed the Kingdom of Israel nearly two millennium ago.
The intention of the G-d of Israel — through this godly plan which is happening now during the prophetic time of redemption that Israel is currently experiencing — is for the ancient links to be connected to the new links that the G-d and People of Israel are presently constructing in the Land of Israel. Every day yet another biblical archaeological find is discovered throughout the Land of Israel. The most exciting discoveries are the archaeological biblical finds that are connected to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and specifically to the sacred temple worship performed by the Hebrew priests inside the Holy Temple, in addition to the biblical artifacts being found in the City of David that lies just south of the Holy Temple Mount.
Many of these biblical archaeological discoveries were found by the Israeli archaeologists after the redemptive Six Days War and especially in the last few years and each day there are more and more unearthed. All of these, I feel deep in my heart, are clear messages from the G-d of Israel to His People Israel to rebuild His Holy Temple with no delay on the Holy Temple Mount in Jerusalem, on the place that He pointed to King David to build His Holy House, and to renew the days of Israel as in the biblical times and to continue a prophetic chain as was prophesied by the G-d of Israel in His end-time prophesies.
One of the most exciting and very important finds was the recent discovery of a small golden bell that hung on the High Priest's beautiful robe which he wore when he entered into the Holy of Holies inside the Holy Temple of the G-d of Israel. Golden bells were not part of the garments of regular temple priests. They were reserved only for the garments of the High Priest. According to the Word of the G-d of Israel, the bells were hung on the hem of the High Priest's robe and they would ring when the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies:
"... a golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe round about. And it shall be upon Aaron when he comes to minister: and its sound shall be heard when he goes in to the holy place before the L-rd, and when he comes out, that he die not." Exodus 28:34-35
Only the High Priest had permission from G-d to enter the Holy of Holies once a year on Yom Kippur, the holy day of atonement. The task of the bells on the High Priest's robe was to convey the message to the G-d of Israel that only the High Priest was entering into the Holy of Holies and not any other priest, so that the High Priest would not die. It was forbidden for any other priest or individual to enter the Holy of Holies, where the Shekina of G-d dwelt, or else he would die. When the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur, he prayed for the peace of the People of Israel and the entire world. It was a very exciting and special time in the life of the people of Israel. When the High Priest departed from the Holy of Holies after his prayers, still alive, the message was that the G-d of Israel, Who is a G-d of mercy, forgave the sins of His People Israel. At this exciting moment all the Israelites who took part in this godly event on the Holy Temple Mount became joyful and sang songs of thanksgiving to their beloved G-d.
A Second Temple Era seal, also used by the High Priest in the worship in the Holy Temple on the Holy Temple Mount in Jerusalem, was also recently discovered near the Holy Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The seal is the size of the new Israeli shekel coin and bears the inscription "pure to the G-d of Israel". The seal was discovered near the southwestern corner of the Holy Temple Mount by archaeologists Eli Shukron and Professor Ronnie Reich of the University of Haifa, who oversaw the excavation. They dated the seal to the first century bce. The archaeologists stated, "This is the first time an object of this kind has been found. Together with the Golden Bell of the High Priest and other holy discoveries from the Temple that have been found, it is direct archaeological evidence of Jewish activity in the Holy Temple on the Holy Temple Mount in Jerusalem during the Second Temple Era." They added, "Products for service in the Holy Temple, like oil, wine and grains, that were brought to the Holy Temple had to be checked by the High Priest to confirm that they were kosher for the holy service inside the Temple. When the High Priest determined the items to be kosher, he stamped them with the seal as a verification that they could be used in the Holy Temple." In addition to the seal, other artifacts have been discovered dating to the Second Temple Period and others dating to the period of the Maccabees — such as oil lamps, cooking pots made of clay, a jug containing oils and perfumes, as well as coins of the Maccabean kings such as Alexander Yannai and Jochanan Hyrcanus.
Israeli Minister of Culture Limor Livnat said, "This is a real stamp of approval to our rights on the Holy Temple Mount, Jerusalem, and the Land of Israel." The Minister of Education, Gideon Saar, said, "Important excavations like this could not be dug without the sovereignty of Israel. It demonstrates our deep bond to the Holy Temple Mount, Jerusalem, and the Land of Israel. Everything uncovered here strengthens us".
Like the historic golden bell of the High Priest and the temple seal, which prove to Jewish claims to the holy Temple Mount, Jerusalem and the Land of Israel, a stamp with the Temple Menorah engraved on it was discovered in the Land of Israel near Akko.
Recently, just two weeks after the Temple Seal was discovered and displayed to the public, archaeologists continued to dig up breathtaking proofs of the ancient and never-severed connection between the Jewish People and the Holy Temple Mount, Jerusalem, and the Land of Israel. This time the find was a 1,500 year old tiny stamp discovered near the city of Akko, in northern Israel, bearing the image of the seven-branched Temple Menorah.
The stamp was used to identify baked products and probably belonged to a Jewish bakery that supplied kosher bread to the Jews living in Akko. The ceramic stamp belongs to a group of stamps referred to as "bread stamps" because they were generally used to stamp kosher baked goods. The Temple Menorah, being a Jewish symbol par excellence, indicates the stamp belonged to Jews. This is the first time such a stamp was discovered in a controlled archaeological excavation.
This dramatic find from 1,500 years ago, and other finds that were discovered in the past years all over the Land of Israel, indicate what is very well known in the history of the Land of Israel: Jewish life never stopped in the Land of Israel after the destruction of the Holy Temple and the Israelite Kingdom in the year 70 ce. While most of the Jewish population was exiled from the Land, other communities of Jews who survived the destruction continued to flourish in the Land without cessation throughout all the periods of foreign occupation and destruction of the Land of Israel during the past 2,000 years. The Temple Menorah symbol that the Jews used in their synagogues and in other various aspects of their lives symbolized their deep desire for the rebuilding of the Holy Temple of the G-d of Israel in Jerusalem and for the redemption of all the Land of Israel. It is not an accident that the Temple Menorah has been the symbol of the State of Israel since 1948 and it appears in the Knesset, in the government offices, in the Presidential Residence, in all the courts of the State, and on all of the official writings and papers of the State of Israel.
The Golden Bell of the High Priest which was discovered inside a drainage channel near the Holy Temple Mount, the Temple Seal that was used by the High Priest in the temple service and was discovered near the Holy Temple Mount, and the Temple Menorah Stamp that was discovered in Akko has caused great excitement in Israel. It is considered another clear call and timely message from the G-d of Israel to His People Israel: "Build my Temple on My Holy Temple Mount in Jerusalem now with no delay!"
The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement heard this call of G-d and will continue answering it with even more intensity and devotion. We shall not rest day or night until the Holy Third Temple of the G-d of Israel, the Beloved Creator of the entire universe, is built during the lifetime of this generation. Everyone in Israel and around the entire world is called to stand and to help the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement fulfill this most major end-time godly cause ever.
In G‑d we trust!!
Written by Gershon Salomon, founder and head of the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement, Jerusalem Israel. [Pictures of the objects mentioned above can be seen on the Temple Mount Faithful's Web site.]