Evidence of the Kings of Israel
Today, many archaeologists, even ones that claim to believe in God, do not support the literal interpretation of the Scriptures. God’s word is pure and every word is true. Roman 3:4 tells us “Let God be true and every man a liar.” Our choice is clear. Believe the all knowing God who was there or put our trust in men who don’t know a fraction of anything, who were not there.
The following artifacts are just a few of the many proofs of taking a literal interpretation of the word of God. They help us to know that the historical events of the Bible are true.
Evidence for the existence of David is found in the Tel-Dan Stela, which bears record of the House of David.
Critics are quick to attack the stela, saying that it record does not refer to David for the inscription says “House of the Beloved”. What they fail to realize is that David means beloved.
The Moabite Stone
In 1868, Arabs found a monument near Dibon in Transjordan, which is located 13 miles east of the Dead Sea. This monument refers to events recorded in II Kings 3:4-27, in which there was a revolt of the Moabites against Israel. The monument bears the following inscription:
“I Mesha, son of Chemosh (...), king of Moab, the Dibonite– my father reigned over Moab thirty years, and I reigned after my father, (who) made this high place for Chemosh in Qarhoh because he saved me from all the kings and caused me to triumph over my adversaries . As for Omri, king of Israel, he humbled Moab many years ...”
F.A. Klein, a German clergyman employed by the Anglican Church Missionary Society in Jerusalem, was told of an inscribed stone among the ruins of ancient Dhiban or biblical Moab. Upon finding this black basalt stone, Klein made a squeeze impression. Because of its archaeological value, the Arabs received competitive bids from various groups. During the negotiations, the Arabs who were holding the monument heated the stone and poured cool water on it, thus breaking it into many pieces. Some believe this was done to make more money by selling the stone in parts. Others contend that these Arabs believed there was gold inside. Later, the Frenchmen who purchased the stone, were able to put it back together aided by the impression Klein made previously.
This seal was found in 1904 during the excavation of Megiddo. Subsequently, it disappeared. Fortunately it survived in the form of this bronze cast. On the Jasper ring, the inscription reads, “Shema, servant of Jeroboam”. This is believed to be Jeroboam II, due to the style of writing used on the seal.
Seal of Jeroboam
This prism was found in the foundations of Sennacherib’s “rear palace” at Nineveh. The Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago acquired it in 1920. Part of the inscription reads:
“I then besieged Hezekiah of Judah, who had not submitted to my yoke … Himself, like a caged bird, I shut up within Jerusalem, his royal city.”
This story is found in 2 Kings 18. What the inscription fails to mention is how in one night an Angel of the Lord slew 186,000 men of the army that had surrounded king Hezekiah.
The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III
This obelisk dates back to 827 B.C. It depicts the battles and other events during the reign of Shalmaneser III. In the inscription, it bares witness to the scriptures with it’s mention of the Israelite King Jehu, who lived during Shalmaneser’s reign. This is the only artifact that bears a picture of an Israelite king. The story of Jehu is found in I & II Kings.
These are just a few of the many artifacts that bear witness to the historical accuracy of the Bible. If the Bible shows itself as a reliable record of history, as well as science, then the spiritual principals are true as well. It is a complete testimony of God’s word.
The most important message in the Bible is the testimony of his Son and what he did on the cross for you and me.
How does anyone get to heaven?
First realize that they cannot get to heaven on their own merits. The Bible says that “For all have sinned and come short (that means everybody can’t get to Heaven on their own) of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
Jesus Christ (who is the Son of the living God) came to earth and was born of a virgin woman (therefore he was not born of the curse of mankind) he lived a sinless life and died on a cross for all the sins in the world. Three days later, God the Father raised Him from the dead. He was seen of 500 witnesses and returned to heaven. God’s word says that if we believe these things and call upon the Lord, we will be saved. Romans 10:9 - 13