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Jerusalem Dateline: Israel Bids Farewell To Last ‘Founding Father’ 09/30/16

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: Israel mourns the passing of its last founding father as world leaders gather in Jerusalem to honor Shimon Peres -- and sounding the shofar, a call to repentance; plus did King Hezekiah really smash the idols? Read Transcript


Chris Chris: THIS WEEK ON

"JERUSALEM DATELINE,"

ISRAEL MOURNS THE PASSING

OF ITS LAST FOUNDING

FATHER.

WORLD LEADERS GATHER AT

JERUSALEM TO PAY TRIBUTE

TO SHIMON PERES.

PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS HE

CHANGED THE COURSE OF

HUMAN HISTORY.

AND JERUSALEM PREPARES TO

OBSERVE THE JEWISH

HOLIDAY.

> PLUS...AMAZING NEW

DISCOVERIES ABOUT THE

BIBLE'S KING HEZEKIAH.

DID HE REALLY SMASH THE

IDOLS?

ALL OF THIS AND MORE ON

"JERUSALEM DATELINE."

> HELLO, AND WELCOME TO

THIS EDITION OF "JERUSALEM

DATELINE."

I'M CHRIS MITCHELL.

COMING TO YOU THIS WEEK

FROM OUR HEADQUARTERS IN

VIRGINIA BEACH.

ISRAELIS MOURN THE LOSS OF

THEIR MOST REVERED AND

CONTROVERSIAL STATESMAN,

FORMER PRESIDENT AND PRIME

MINISTER SHIMON PERES, WHO

DIED THIS WEEK AT AGE 93.

HE SUFFERED A MASSIVE

STROKE TWO WEEKS AGO.

HERE IS A LOOK AT THE MAN

WHO'S LIFE SPANNED THE

ENTIRE HISTORY OF MODERN

ISRAEL.

BORN IN POLAND IN 1923,

SHIMON PERES IMMIGRATED TO

ISRAEL AT 11 YEARS OLD.

AND WHEN ISRAEL WAS REBORN

AS A NATION IN 1948, PERES

WAS THERE.

AND BOTH CRITICS AND

ADMIRERS WILL AGREE THAT

FOR THE NEXT SEVEN

DECADES, HE PLAYED A MAJOR

ROLE IN THE COUNTRY'S

LEADERSHIP.

SHIMON PERES HAS ONE OF

THE MOST UNIQUE STORIES IN

ISRAEL'S HISTORY.

HE HAS BEEN ON THE

POLITICAL SCENE FOR 70

YEARS.

HE HAS A POLITICAL LIFE

LONGER THAN MOSES.

Chris: PERES IS NOUN

AS THE SECRET ARCHITECT OF

THE OSLO ACCORDS.

AND HE WON A NOBEL PEACE

PRIZE WITH YASSER ARAFAT

FOR HIS EFFORTS.

HIS

HISTORIAN AND AUTHOR

SAYS PARI PERES WILL BE

REMEMBERED FOR THE GOOD

AND THE BAD.

HE HAD TWO HUGE

SUCCESSES AND TWO OR THREE

HUGE MISTAKES.

HIS HUGE SUCCESS IS

TOGETHER WITH BEN-GURION,

HE SET OF ISRAEL'S NUCLEAR

REACTOR AND NUCLEAR

PROGRAM.

HIS FURTHER SUCCESS WAS IN

1976, HE, NOT YITZHAK

RABIN, WAS THE PERSON WHO

INITIATED THE ENTEBI RAID

IN UGANDA.

Chris: HE BEGAN HIS

CAREER AS AN AIDE TO

ISRAEL'S FIRST PRIME

MINISTER, DAVID

BEN-GURION.

HE WAS A SOCIAL LIST WHO

WORKED HIS WAY UP THE

REANGSZ ORANKS OF THE LEFT-WING

LABOR PARTY.

OVER THE YEARS HE WOULD

SERVE AS DEFENSE MINISTER,

FOREIGN MINISTER, AND

PRIME MINISTER THREE

TIMES, AND FINALLY AS

PRESIDENT, THE HIGHEST

CERIMONIAL OFFICE.

HIS TWO HUGE FAILURES:

FIRST OF ALL, HE WAS

OPPOSED TO THE IRAQI

REACTOR RAID BY MENACHEM

BEGIN IN 1981.

AND HIS BIGGEST FAILURE IS

THE OSLO ACCORD.

THE DEAL WITH THE P.L.O.,

WHICH HE BELIEVED WOULD

BRING PEACE TO ISRAEL,

BROUGHT MORE HARM AND

TERROR THAN ANYTHING EVER

BEFORE.

Chris: PAT ROBERTSON

INTERVIEWED PERES IN HIS

OFFICE IN 1984.

IT SEEMS SOME THINGS

HAVEN'T CHANGED.

Pat: THE U.S. AND

ISRAEL HAVE REACHED A NEW

STRATEGIC UNDERSTANDING.

HOW WOULD YOU ENLARGE ON

THOSE INITIATIVES?

EVERYBODY TALKS ABOUT

AID FOR ISRAEL.

BUT IF YOU WILL COMPARE

WHAT IS THE COST OF THE

AMERICAN PRESENCE IN

EUROPE OR JAPAN OR KOREA,

IT IS INCOMPAREABLE TO

WHAT WE ARE BEING HELPED.

AND, ON THE OTHER HAND, TO

GO TOGETHER AND TRY TO

BRING PEACE TO THE AREA.

Chris: WOODLANSKI AND

OTHERS DESCRIBE PERES AS A

MAN OF TREMENDOUS OPTIMISM

AND DRIVE.

HE DID SOME GREAT

THINGS FOR THE STATE OF

ISRAEL.

HE TRIED HARD, AND HE DID

IT, USUALLY, FOR THE GOOD

OF THE STATE.

Chris: ONE WAY OR THE

OTHER, ALL WOULD ADMIT

THAT WITH PERES PASSING,

IT IS THE END OF AN ERA IN

ISRAEL.

PRESIDENTS, KINGS,

PRINCES, AND SENIOR

OFFICIALS FROM 75 NATIONS

CAME TO HONOR SHIMON

PERES.

HE WAS LAID TO REST IN

JERUSALEM.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

SHIMON LIVED A LIFE OF

PURPOSE.

HE SOARED TO INCREDIBLE

HEIGHTS.

HE SWEPT SO MANY WITH HIS

VISION AND HIS HOPE.

HE WAS A GREAT MAN OF

ISRAEL.

HE WAS A GREAT MAN OF THE

WORLD.

WE FIND HOPE IN HIS

LEGACY, AS DOES THE WORLD.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

HE IMAGINED ALL OF THE

THINGS THE REST OF US

COULD DO.

HE STARTED OFF LIFE AS

ISRAEL'S BRIGHTEST

STUDENT.

BECAME ITS BEST TEACHER,

AND ENDED UP ITS BIGGEST

DREAMER.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

President Obama: I

COULD NOT BE MORE HONORED

TO BE IN JERUSALEM TO SAY

FAREWELL TO MY FRIEND,

SHIMON PERES.

WHO SHOWED US THAT JUSTICE

AND HOPE ARE AT THE HEART

OF THE ZIONIST'S IDEA.

A FREE LIFE IN A HOMELAND

REGAINED.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Chris: SHIMON PERES

IS A TOWERING FIGURE IN

THE HISTORY OF MODERN

HISTORY.

JULIE STAAL IS JOINED IN

OUR JERUSALEM STUDIO BY

SENIOR EDITOR JOHN WAGGI,

TO GIVE US MORE IN SIGHT

ON THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF

THIS GREAT LEADER.

Julie: JOHN WAGGI,

WELCOME BACK TO JERUSALEM.

THANK YOU, JULIE.

GREAT TO BE BACK.

Julie: WHAT CAN YOU

TELL US ABOUT THE LEGACY

OF SHIMON PERES?

IT IS REALLY UNIQUE IN

THE HISTORY OF ISRAEL

BECAUSE PERES SPANNED THE

ENTIRE LIFE SPAN OF THE

ISRAELI NATION, MODERN

ISRAEL, ANY WAY, AND HE

WAS A SECULAR JEW WHO TOOK

PART IN THE GREATEST

MIRACLE IN THE LAST

THOUSAND YEARS, THE

REBIRTH OF ISRAEL.

HERE IS A SECULAR

SOCIALIST WHO USED TO HOO

HIS WIFE BY QUOTING FROM

MARXIST BOOKS.

AND HE BECOMES A START UP

FOR NOT ONLY THE

GOVERNMENT, BUT SCIENCE,

TECHNOLOGY, ISRAEL'S

AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY -- ALL

SORTS OF THINGS THAT

SHIMON PERES HAD A HAND

IN.

AND WE KNOW HIM AS THE

ARCHITECT OF THE OSLO

ACCORDS, WHICH MANY

PEOPLE, INCLUDING VOTERS

IN ISRAEL, BELIEVE REALLY

WASN'T A SUCCESS.

SO IT WAS A MAN, WHO IN A

QUEST FOR PEACE, DECIDED

ON THE LAND FOR PEACE

THEORY OR THE LAND OF

PROMISES FOR PEACE, THAT

LED TO OSLO, AND OSLO HAS

NOT REALLY BE BEEN A

SUCCESS.

SO IT IS A BUNDLE OF

CONTRADICTIONS THAT ARE

WITH THE NATION EVEN NOW,

AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH.

Julie: SHIMON HAS

BEEN HAILED AS A MAN OF

PEACE.

ONE ONLY HAD ONE ARAB

LEADER THAT SHOWED UP,

MAHMOUD ABBAS.

DO YOU THINK HIS LEGACY IS

GOING TO CONTINUE IN THE

MIDDLE EAST?

I THINK HIS LEGACY OF

BEING AN OPTIMIST AND

BEING A DREAMER WILL

CONTINUE BECAUSE HE

LEGITIMATELY REPRESENTS

THE ISRAELI PEOPLE, I

THINK, IN THAT REGARD.

AS FAR AS THE PEACE

PROCESS GOES, I THINK IT

IS IN A WORLD OF HURT

RIGHT NOW.

EVERY TIME ISRAEL HAS

TRADED LAND FOR PROMISES

OF PEACE, THEY'VE GOTTEN

ROCKETS.

AND THERE IS NO SIGN ON

THE HORIZON THAT ANYTHING

DIFFERENT IS GOING TO COME

ABOUT.

AND THE OTHER QUESTION IS:

WHO WILL TAKE THE PLACE ON

THE LEFT, THE PLACE OF

SHIMON PERES.

SO THEY REALLY HAVE A

CHALLENGE TO MAKE THEIR

MESSAGE COME ACROSS IN

THIS VERY DANGEROUS WORLD,

WHERE THE MIDDLE EAST IS

BLOWING UP IN DIFFERENT

PLACES.

Julie: JOHN WAGGI,

THANK YOU FOR YOUR

INSIGHTS.

THANK YOU, JULIE.

Chris: COMING UP,

SOUNDING THE SHOFAR, AND A

CALL FOR REPEN REPENTANCE AS

*

Chris: WELCOME BACK

TO "JERUSALEM DATELINE."

WE'RE ENTERING A SPECIAL

SEASON OF BIBLICAL

HOLIDAYS.

THESE HOLY DAYS BEGIN WITH

ROSH HASHANAH.

BUT THERE IS MORE THAN

JUST SYMBOLISM TO THIS

SEASON, AND THE BIBLE

POINTS THE WAY.

ROSH HASHANAH LITERALLY

MEANS "HEAD OF THE YEAR,"

THE NEW YEAR.

BUT BIBLICALLY IT IS MUCH

MORE THAN THAT.

IN THE BOOK OF LEVITICUS,

IT IS CALLED YOM TERUA, OR

THE JUDGMENT DAY, THE

BLOWING OF THE HORNS.

THE ONLY THING ABOUT

DOING ROSH HASHANAH IS TO

HEAR THE SOUND OF THE

SHOFAR.

SO EVERYBODY GATHERING IN

THE SYNAGOGUE TO HEAR THE

SOUND THE SHOUL SHOFAR.

Chris: IT IS MEANT TO

REMIND THE HEARERS TO

REPENT OF THEIR SINS AND

TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT WITH

THEIR BROTHERS AND

SISTERS.

THE RABBIS SAY THAT

RECONCILIATION WITH GOD

AND MAN CON FOUND TH CONFOUND THE

ENEMY.

THIS IS THE OLDEST

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT.

AND THE JEWISH ORTHODOX,

WITWERE COMMITTED TO HEARING

THE SOUND OF SHOFAR ON

JUDGMENT DAY.

Chris: AS PART OF A

TWO-FAMILY BUSINESS, ELLIE

REEBOK IS A THIRD

GENERATION SHOFAR MAKER.

WE POLISH AND THEN

DRILL OPEN A MOUTHPIECE.

THIS IS QUICK, BUT IT IS A

LOT OF EXPERIENCE.

AND A LOT OF TENDER WORK.

BECAUSE EACH HORN IS A

DIFFERENT SIZE, DIFFERENT

THICKNESS.

YOU HAVE TO BE

EXPERIENCED.

Chris: THE RAM'S HORN

IS USED AS THE TRADITIONAL

SHOFAR BECAUSE WHEN

ABRAHAM SHOWED HIS WILLING

NIWILLINGNESS TO SACRIFICE

HIS SON, GOD USED A RAM TO

BE USED IN THIS PLACE.

THAT'S BECAUSE THE JEWISH

PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO

REMIND GOD AT THE TIME

THAT ISRAEL WORSHIPPED THE

GOLDEN CALF IN THE

WILDERNESS.

THERE ARE THREE DIFFERENT

BLASTS SOUNDED.

THE SHOFAR IS BLOWN IN

SYNAGOGUES AND AT THE

WESTERN WALL EACH MORNING

FOR A MONTH BEFORE THE

HOLIDAY, TO GIVE PLENTY OF

TIME FOR REPENTANCE.

YOU AND I KNOW WE NEED

A LOT OF REMINDERS IN OUR

DAILY LIFE TO REPENT, TO

THINK OF THE THINGS OF

GOD.

IT IS LIKE AN ALARM CLOCK

FOR THE SOUL.

Chris: REEBOK SAYS IT

IS NOT JUST JEWISH PEOPLE

WHO BLOW THE SHOFAR.

WE SEND THE SHOFAR ALL

OVER THE WORLD.

WE SELL IT TO JEWISH, TO

CHRISTIANS, EVANGELICAL

PEOPLE.

Chris: ROSH HASHANAH

IS THE FEAST OF THE

SEVENTH MONTH, BUT IN THE

JEWISH TRADITION, IT

REPRESENTS THE NEW YEAR.

AT THE CORONATION OF

THE NEW KING, THE SHOFARS

WOULD BLOW.

THEY WOULD ANNOUNCE THE

COMING OF THE KING.

OFTEN THROUGH THE

CHRISTIAN WORLD, SHOFARS

ARE BLOWN THROUGHOUT THE

YEAR.

BUT IN JEWISH PRACTICE,

THEY'RE ONLY BLOWN FOR A

VERY LIMITED TIME

THROUGHOUT THE YEARS.

DURING THIS TIME, THE

MONTH OF E LUL, AND ROSH

HASHANAH.

Chris: HE SAYS THAT'S

A FORESHADOW FOR THOSE WHO

BELIEVE IN USHUAIA, JESUS.

AND THEY TELL US

SOMETHING.

THEY'RE REMINDING US OF

SOMETHING.

ONE OF THE THINGS THEY'RE

REMINDING US OF IS THE

CREATION OF THE WORLD, THE

COMING OF THE KING, KING

MESSIAH ONE DAY, AT THIS

TIME.

THE CORONATION OF HIS

KINGDOM HERE ON EARTH.

THIS IS WHAT THE SHOFAR IS

TO REMIND US OF.

IT SPEAKS TO US EVERY DAY,

WHEN WE HEAR THAT SOUND.

Chris: COMING UP,

JEWS AND CHRISTIANS AROUND

THE WORLD ARE PRAYING IT

WILL HAPPEN, BUT THE

QUESTION REMAINS: WILL THE

THIRD JEWISH TEMPLE BE

BUILT ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT?

Chris: WELCOME BACK.

THE TEMPLE MOUNT IS THE

SITE OF THE

FIRST

AND

SECOND JEWISH TEMPLES.

BUT FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS,

IT HAS BEEN OCCUPIED BY

MUSLIM SHRINES.

THE

AL-AQSA MOSQUE, AND

THE GOLDEN DOME OF THE

ROCK NOW SIT ON THE SITE.

SOME JEWISH PEOPLE WANT TO

BUILD A THIRD JEWISH

TEMPLE.

JULIE STAAL SPOKE WITH

EXPERT LIZ HEALEY ABOUT

THAT VISION AND ITS

CHALLENGES.

Julie: LIZ HEALEY,

WELCOME TO "JERUSALEM

DATELINE."

THANK YOU.

IT IS GREAT TO BE HERE.

Julie: WE'RE HERE ON

THE MOUNT OF OLIVES, AND

WE'RE OVERLOOKING THE

TEMPLE MOUNT, WITH THE

AL-AQSA MOSQUE.

WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE

OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT IN FOR

MUSLIMS?

IT IS THE THIRD HOLIEST

SITE, BUT IT IS NOT THE

DOME.

IT IS THE AL-AQSA MOSQUE.

Julie: WHAT ABOUT IN

JEWISH TRADITION?

IT IS WHERE ADAM WAS

CREATED, AND THE PLACE

AFTER THE FLOOD TO NOAH

BROUGHT A GIFT TO THE

LORD, AND ABRAHAM BROUGHT

HIS SON TO BE SACRIFICED.

AND IT'S THE SITE OF THE

FIRST AND SECOND TEMPLES.

IT WAS ALSO THE PLACE FOR

THE THIRD TEMPLE, WHERE IT

WILL BE BUILT.

Julie: IT IS SUCH A

HOLY SITE FOR SO MANY

PEOPLE, SO WHY IS IT SO

CONTROVERSIAL?

I THINK THAT'S WHY

BECAUSE IT IS SO HOLIEST.

EVERYBODY FEELS LIKE THIS

IS THEIR PLACE OF WORSHIP.

AND IT IS CONTROVERSIAL AS

TO WHO IS ACTUALLY GOING

TO END UP ON THIS MOUNT.

Julie: DO YOU THINK

THE THREE RELIGIONS COULD

SHARE THE TEMPLE MOUNT?

PERSONALLY, I DON'T.

BUT THERE IS A HUGE

MOVEMENT ABOUT CO-EXISTING

ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT.

AND WITHIN THE LAST TWO

WEEKS, I KNOW A MEETING

BETWEEN CHRISTIANS AND

MUSLIMS AND JEWS, WHO ALL

ARE TALKING ABOUT WHAT ARE

THE POSSIBILITIES, AND HOW

COULD THEY ESTABLISH BOTH

A TEMPLE AND A MOSQUE ON

THE TEMPLE MOUNT.

Julie: WHAT KIND OF

PLANS ARE BEING MADE TO

BUILD A THIRD TEMPLE?

THERE ARE ACTUALLY

QUITE A FEW.

DEPENDING ON THE GROUP

THAT YOU TALK TO,

DIFFERENT ARCHITECTURAL

DESIGNS HAVE BEEN MADE.

ONE GROUP IS DOING A

DESIGN MORE LIKE HARROD'S

TEMPLE, AND I DON'T

BELIEVE THEY WOULD HAVE A

MOSQUE THAT WOULD BE

THERE.

AND THERE ARE OTHER GROUPS

THAT ARE MORE FOCUSED ON

THE DESIGN THAT IS GIVEN

IN EZEKIEL, CHAPTERS

42-48, WHERE GOD SAID TO

BUILD A TEMPLE IN THIS

WAY.

AND EVEN SOME

ARCHEOLOGICAL RESEARCH HAS

BEEN DONE THAT WOULD SAY

THAT THE HOLY OF HOLELIES HOLELIES

IS NOT DONE UNDER THE

ROCK.

AND THE MOVEMENT IS GOING

FORWARD BECAUSE IT IS

POSSIBLE THEY COULD BE

RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER

ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT.

Julie: WHERE IN THE

BIBLE DOES IT TALK ABOUT

BUILDING A THIRD TEMPLE?

THERE ARE SEVERAL

REFERENCES.

WE WOULD BEGIN IN THE BOOK

OF DANIEL, WHERE IT TALKS

ABOUT THE ABOMINATION AND

DESOLATION.

AND IT TALKS OF A FUTURE

TIME WHEN THE SACRIFICES

WOULD BE AGAIN TAKEN AWAY,

AND A TEMPLE WOULD HAVE TO

EXIST FOR THE SACRIFICES

TO BE DONE.

AND WE SEE IT IN 2 2 THES

THESSALONIANS.

AND IT TALKS ABOUT

REMOVING THE SACRIFICES.

AND WE SEE IN THE BOOK OF

REVELATION, JOHN IS TOLD

TO MEASURE THE TEMPLE

MEASUREMENTS, SO THERE HAS

TO BE A PHYSICAL TEMPLE

FOR HIM TO BE ABLE TO

MEASURE IT.

Julie: SO WHAT

PREPARATIONS ARE ACTUALLY

BEING MADE RIGHT NOW TO

BUILD THE THIRD TEMPLE?

THERE ARE ACTUALLY

QUITE A FEW.

AND IT JUST SHOWS THAT GOD

IS GIVING THE JEWISH

PEOPLE SIGNS OR

EXPECTATION THAT IT IS

TIME FOR THE SOON COMING

MESSIAH.

BUT THERE IS A GROUP

SPECIFICALLY THAT HAS

REESTABLISHED THE

PRIESTHOOD, AND THEY JUST

STARTED A SCHOOL A FEW

MONTHS AGO, AND THEY HAVE

A REGISTRY FOR THOSE WHO

ARE FROM THE LEVITICAL

LINE AND THEY CAN COME AND

BE TRAINED.

AND THEY NEED TO HAVE A

RED HEIFER THAT MEETS

JEWISH LAW AND HAS BEEN

SUPERVISED, AND DOESN'T

HAVE ANY WHITE HAIRS.

IT IS A COMPLETELY RED

HEIFER, TO BE ABLE TO BE

BURNED, MIXED WITH RUNNING

WATER, AND USED TO MAKE

EVERYBODY ESSENTIALLY PURE

TO BE ABLE TO GO INTO THE

TEMPLE.

Julie: RIGHT NOW, AS

JEWISH PEOPLE JUST GOING

ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT CAN

CREATE A RIOT SOMETIMES.

CAN YOU ENVISION A

SCENARIO WHERE THEY WOULD

ALLOW THE TEMPLE TO BE

OPEN?

UM...NO. A LOT OF THE

SCHOLARS THAT I'VE SPOKEN

TO TALK ABOUT HOW THE

BUILDING OF THIS NEXT

TEMPLE IS REALLY GOING TO

BRING PEACE TO ISRAEL, AND

TO BRING SAFETY FROM ALL

HER ENEMIES.

SO IN THAT WAY, I CAN SEE

THAT ANY MAYBE LEADER THAT

WOULD BE RAISED UP, OR

SOMEBODY THAT WOULD BE

ABLE TO BRING THE NATIONS

TOGETHER, ESPECIALLY THOSE

WHO MIGHT ALIGN WITH

ISRAEL, THAT THERE MIGHT

BE SOME AGREEMENT THAT THE

TEMPLE COULD EXISTENT

THERE, AND THIS PERSON

COULD BE SET UP IN THE

TEMPLE.

WHAT WE KNOW IS THAT IS

PROBABLY GOING TO BE A

FALSE MESSIAH, BECAUSE AS

WE READ IN THE BOOK OF

DANIEL, THERE IS A FALSE

MESSIAH THAT IS GOING TO

MAKE A PEACE AGREEMENT.

SO THAT'S THE POTENTIAL,

THAT SOMETHING WOULD BE

BUILT FOR THE FALSE

MESSIAH TO SET HIMSELF UP.

Julie: OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR

JOINING US ON "JERUSALEM

DATELINE."

YOU'RE WELCOME.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

Chris: UP NEXT, A NEW

ARCHEOLOGICAL FIND IN

ISRAEL CONNECTS WITH

BIBLICAL HISTORY.

DID HEZEKIAH REALLY

OVERTHROW THE IDOLS OF HIS

*

Chris: ISRAELI

ARCHEOLOGISTS BELIEVE THEY

FOUND EVIDENCE THAT KING

HEZEKIAH DESTROYED IDOLS

IN ISRAEL.

THE ARTIFACTS BACK UP THE

HISTORICAL RECORD

DESCRIBED IN THE BIBLE.

Reporter: THIS LATEST

DISCOVERY BY ISRAELI

ARCHEOLOGISTS GOES BACK TO

THE FIRST TEMPLE PERIOD,

ABOUT 800 B.C.

THEY SAY IT APPEARS TO

PARALLEL THE BIBLE FROM

THE TIME OF KING HEZEKIAH.

HEZEKIAH REIGNED 29 YEARS

HERE IN JERUSALEM, AND

ACCEPSCRIPTURE SAYS HE DID WHAT

WAS LIKE IN THE SIGHT OF

THE LORD, SO THERE WAS NO

KING LIKE HIM AFTER HIM.

BUT HEZEKIAH HAD TROUBLE

IN HIS KINGDOM.

THIS GATE SHRINE WAS

UNCOVERED DURING RECENT

EXCAVATIONS IN CENTRAL

ISRAEL.

THERE IS SOMETHING IN

PLACE, AND EVERYTHING IS

GOING ON INSIDE.

Reporter: THIS

ARCHEOLOGIST SAYS ANCIENT

LAHISH WAS AN IMPORTANT

CITY, SECOND ONLY TO

JERUSALEM.

CLOSER TO THE WALL, WE

HAVE A LOT OF BENCHES,

WITH PLASTER, WITH WHITE

PLASTER.

WITH ARM RESTS, SO PEOPLE

CAN SIT.

Reporter: ELDERS,

JUDGES, AND KINGS, WOULD

HAVE SAT HERE.

SCOOPS, JARS, AND HANDLES

ALSO POINT TO THE ROYAL

AND ADMINISTRATIVE NATURE

OF THE GATE.

WE FOUND A LOT OF JARS,

CALLED MENNA JARS,

BELONGING TO THE KING.

Reporter: IT IS

THOUGHT THAT HEZEKIAH

DEALT HEAVILY WITH THEM.

THAT EVIDENCE INCLUDED TWO

HORNED ALTERS, WITH THE

HORNS CUT OFF.

2 KINGS READS: "KING

HEZEKIAH REMOVED THE HIGH

PLACES, SMASHED THE SACRED

STONES, AND CUT DOWN THE

ASHERRA POLLS."

AND ARCHEOLOGISTS TALKED

ABOUT THE SOME WHAT

HUMOROUS SIGNS OF THE

TIMES.

A SPECIAL THING WE HAVE

IN THIS PLACE, WE HAVE THE

TOILET, WITH A HOLE IN THE

MIDDLE.

Reporter: AND IN

2nd KINGS, IT SAYS THAT

HE BROKE DOWN THE SACRED

ALTER AND MADE IT A

LATRINE, TO THIS DAY.

NOW IT IS THE FIRST

TIME WE CAN IDENTIFY THE

STORY FROM THE BIBLE.

IN TEL AVIV, WITH THE

TOILET.

Reporter: THESE

PIECES OFFER PROOF OF THE

BIBLE'S TELLING OF WHAT

HEZEKIAH DID.

WITH THE REMOVING OF

IT, THE HOLY OF THE

HOLELIES, WITH GATE

SHRINE, AND THE TOILET

MAKES IT PURE.

Reporter: THEY FOUND

ARROW HEADS AND SLING

SHOTS THAT CONFIRMS THE

CONQUEST OF A SYRIAN KING,

SINAKARID.

IT IS LIKE TO TAKE THE

BIBLE IN YOUR HANDS.

Reporter: KENORA

ADDED THAT THE BIBLE CAN

STAND ON ITS OWN.

WE DON'T NEED TO PROVE

THE BIBLE.

WE HAVE THE BIBLE.

IF IT IS MENTIONED, IT IS

MENTIONED.

HEARING OUR STORY, IT IS

MENTIONED.

Reporter: JOHN WAGGI,

CBN NEWS, JERUSALEM.

Chris: THAT'S ALL FOR

THIS EDITION.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

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I'M CHRIS MITCHELL.

WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME ON

"JERUSALEM DATELINE."

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