Archaeologists are stunned after discovering ‘dramatic’ evidence of a Biblical earthquake in Jerusalem.
ARCHAEOLOGISTS in Jerusalem discovered a “dramatic layer of ruin” in the city’s oldest neighborhood, which they say supports the Biblical description of a devastating earthquake 2,800 years ago.
According to the Bible, a huge earthquake struck ancient Judah during the reign of Uzziah, the “cursed king.” The earthquake is mentioned briefly in Zechariah’s prophetic book, where the prophet warns of the imminent “day of the Lord.” “You will flee by my mountain valley, and it will reach to Azel,” the scripture says. You will experience what you did when Uzziah, King of Judah, fled from an earthquake.”
Archaeologists in Israel believe they have finally discovered proof of the earthquake in the country’s capital.
Excavations at the City of David National Park have uncovered a number of fractured and broken relics that date back 2,800 years.
Although the actual dates of Uzziah’s rule are uncertain, he is thought to have governed from 783 to 742 BC.
Archaeologists had previously discovered evidence of this Biblical earthquake in other places of the country, but never in Jerusalem, according to the archaeologists.
The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), which controls all archaeological operations in the Holy Land, carried out the dig.
Dr. Joe Uziel and Ortal Chalaf, IAA excavation directors, led excavations in the City of David, which is thought to be the de facto center of ancient Jerusalem.
“When we dug the structure and discovered an eighth-century BCE layer of damage, we were really startled because we know that Jerusalem existed in succession until the Babylonian destruction, which occurred around 200 years later,” the archaeologists stated.
“We wondered what may have caused the massive layer of devastation we discovered.
“We looked over the excavation findings to see whether there was any mention of it in the Bible.”
The Book of Amos, the third of the so-called 12 Minor Prophets, also mentions the Biblical earthquake.
“The words of Amos, one of the Tekoa shepherds – the vision he saw concerning Israel two years before the earthquake, while Uzziah was king of Judah and Jeroboam son of Jehoash was king of Israel,” begins Amos 1:1.
The prophet goes on to proclaim, “The Lord roars and thunders from Zion.” Brinkwire Summary News