(FamilyConservationPAC.com) JERUSALEM — The Israel Antiquities Authority, the Israel National Parks Authority, and the City of David Foundation announced that the Pool of Siloam, a sacred biblical location beloved by Christians and Jews, would soon open to the public for the first time in 2,000 years.
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American pastor John Hagee, the founder and chairman of Christians United for Israel, said, “The excavation of the Pool of Siloam is of great significance to Christians all over the world.”
“In addition, 2,000 years ago, Jewish pilgrims purified themselves at this location before entering the Second Temple. The Pool of Siloam is where Jesus healed the blind man (John 9).”
The Pilgrimage Road and the Pool of Siloam, both in the City of David, are two of the most uplifting archaeological proofs in the Bible.
“The work of the City of David and Israel’s unwavering dedication to ensuring religious freedom for everyone who visits and resides in the Holy Land, especially Jerusalem – the undivided capital of Israel” are a great blessing to Christians,” added Hagee.
During an interview, Ze’ev Orenstein, head of foreign affairs for the City of David Foundation in Jerusalem, said,
“One of the most essential places establishing Jerusalem’s biblical heritage will be made completely accessible for the first time in 2,000 years.”
Within the boundaries of the Jerusalem Walls National Park, the Pool of Siloam is located south of the City of David.
Public access has been available in some minor regions of the fully excavated pool for a while. The pool will be excavated in its entirety.
The pool will require several years of archaeological excavation to uncover fully. It is intended to provide a spot where pool guests may see the excavation as it happens.
The millions who visit the City of David yearly will be able to walk in the footsteps of the Bible.
When Jerusalem’s water system was first constructed in the eighth century BC, the pool was built around 2,700 years ago.
The two Israeli agencies and the City of David Foundation claim that the construction occurred during King Hezekiah’s reign, as stated in the Book of Kings II, 20:20 of the Bible.
The Pool of Siloam reportedly underwent numerous construction phases. Eventually, it reached a size of 1 1/4 acres (54,450 square feet, or a little smaller than a football field).
The Rev. Johnnie Moore, president of the Congress of Christian Leaders, told Fox News Digital, “When I think of this news, I think of another expression from the Hebrew Bible, ‘My ears have heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you.'”
Rev. Moore added,
“As a result of this revelation, tourists from all over the world will soon have the opportunity to see one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in history. Everything they believe will be confirmed.”
“While worshiping God involves having faith, belief in something is not based solely on having faith. History provides evidence for the reliability of the Bible.”
Moore, a member of the advisory board of the Combat Antisemitism Movement, added,
“In the Pool of Siloam, we find traces of history preserved for us, disclosed at the perfect time. This is a genuinely historic occasion. It confirms Scripture theologically, history geographically, and Israel’s undeniable and unparalleled connection to Jerusalem politically. There are some theoretical discoveries. This is unquestionable. It is evidence of the biblical narrative and Israel’s role in it.”
In 2004, the Hagihon water company’s infrastructure construction found portions of the pool’s steps, which by chance, led to the discovery of the pool.
The Israel Antiquities Authority started a survey under professors Roni Reich and Eli Shukron. As a result, the Pool of Siloam’s northern and a tiny portion of its eastern perimeters was exposed.
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