Rebirth

2 Feb

by Dave Longeuay

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Recently I took a tour of the Dead Sea Scrolls that were on display at Pacific University in Southern California.

A young shephard found the first set of scrolls in Palestine while chasing a stray goat into a cave in 1947. The scrolls that were housed in clay pots have been authenticated as the most significant archaeological find in history, and are now priceless. The boy and his father sold them to an antiquities dealer in Bethlehem for a pittance.

What does this have to do with Israel? The scrolls were found just months before the modern State of Israel was prophetically declared. After 2000 years of sitting dormant, both of God’s treasures were unveiled to our modern world. Was the timing of this amazing find and the simultaneous rebirth of His nation in the Holy Land a coincidence? I don’t think so. Both the scrolls and the second commonwealth of Israel had been lost in a similar time era, about 70 CE, and were re-established for our modern scholars to analyse. The amazing thing is the scrolls themselves mention this. They were intentionally hidden, “until God decides to have them revealed in His timing.”

The scrolls are 1000 years older than the manuscripts from which our modern-day Bible had been derived.

Prior to this find, many skeptics said the Tanach had to be watered down, since the oldest reference available was dated a 1000 years from the original writings. But after years of study by many of the world’s most renowned archaeologists and scholars, the Dead Sea Scrolls matched our present-day Bible with about 95% accuracy. The 5% discrepancy still matched in meaning, only the choice of words varied slightly. What are the odds of any ancient writings preserving so much detail after a 1000-year gap?

Either fragments or whole copies of every book in the Old Testament had been found except for the book of Esther.

This is why the Jews were called “God’s chosen people.” Not because they are more special or privileged than us Gentiles, but because they were chosen to write, deliver and preserve God’s message, God’s autobiography, and man’s manual for life. Perhaps this explains part of the reason for worldwide anti-Semitism since the Scriptures were written. A lot of people have been persecuted for delivering God’s message, so it only makes sense that the writers would also be persecuted.

The Bible is still the world’s premier best-selling book, and the instruction manual that came with God’s creation of man, not to mention a historical account of how we got here and what our purpose in life is. Everything a person needs to live a fulfilled life is written in this book for our instruction.

God said in the last days the nation of Israel would be revealed, and God would pour out his spirit on mankind.

Many scholars believe the scrolls and Israel’s re-establishment marked the ending period of the last days.

Dave Longeuay is a Multimedia Producer, and the author of a soon-to-be-published novel titled Rebirth, about the rebirth of Israel in 1948. He is a Christian supporter of Israel, who believes in Genesis 12:3 – “And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse, And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” You can read more about Dave Longeuay’s novel titled Rebirth, about the rebirth of Israel in 1948 at http://www.rebirthofisrael.blogspot.com

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2 Responses to “Rebirth”

  1. Ginny Hamlin February 2, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    The Bible is still the world’s premier best-selling book, and the instruction manual that came with God’s creation of man, not to mention a historical account of how we got here and what our purpose in life is. Everything a person needs to live a fulfilled life is written in this book for our instruction. ~ Dave Longeuay

    Dave,
    Your excerpt is to live by. Thank you for sharing your your insightful views.

  2. Trevor Topsfield September 13, 2012 at 6:15 am #

    Hello, my name is Trevor Topsfield. I have just written a book “From the Beginning”, it is a story of time and it is mainly based on Judaism from a gentile’s understanding.
    I am the most pro-Semetic person outside of Israel I know and knowing no Jews myself I would like a Jewish opinion of my book. It is as objective as I can be and puts Israel at the centre of The Bible. I would like to think you would agree.

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