New discoveries in the City of David have unearthed evidence indicating Solomon’s Temple was located south of the Temple Mount. Recently, I was watching a Chuck Missler video (who I deeply respect). Chuck had taken a trip to Jerusalem with Robert Cornuke, President of the Bible Archeology Search and Exploration Institute. Chuck was recounting his trip and the amazement of the discovery of Solomon’s temple. Chuck recommended Robert Cornuke’s book “Temple”.
In his book, Robert Cornuke discusses what led him to the discovery that the temple was located about a quarter mile south of the Temple Mount. The temple was located in the City of David or Jerusalem, a 12 acre piece of land south of the Temple Mount with high castle-like walls rising from the Kidron Valley.
Here of some of the points from Robert’s book indicating the location of Solomon’s
- The Temple Mount was the Roman Garrison Fort called Fort Antonia. Josephus
confirms this. The fort was 36-acres in size and housed between 6,000 – 10,000 soldiers.
- Josephus gives a detailed description of Fort Antonia. He states the garrison was much larger in size than the temple. Roman forts were rectangular in shape and placed at the highest part of a city.
- The temple and Jerusalem were completely destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. Micah 3:12 confirms this “Zion shall be plowed like a field. Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins, and the mountains of the temple like the bare hills of the forest.” In Matthew 24:1-2 Jesus tells his disciples “not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”
- Historian Flavius Josephus confirmed the entirety of the temple was totally destroyed in 70 AD by the Romans.
- In 73 AD, Eleazar Bin Jari, commander of the Jews at Masada wrote “Jerusalem was eradicated with nothing standing except the Roman camp called Antonia Garrison Fort with its high stone walls still standing.”
- In the 4th century Eusebias wrote “The hill called Zion and Jerusalem, the building there, that is to say, the temple, the Holy of Holies, the Altar, and whatever else was there dedicated to the glory of God have been utterly removed or shaken, in fulfillment of the Word.”
- Solomon built the temple within the boundary of the city of David (2 Chronicles 3:1).
- Josephus wrote there were two side-by-side bridges about 600 feet long connecting the south wall of the Roman Fort with the temple.
- Tacitus wrote that the temple in Jerusalem had a natural spring of water that welled from its interior.
- Gihon Spring is located in the north part of City of David. Hezekiah’s Tunnel flows from Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam.
- Gihon Spring was located in the interior portion of the temple as recorded by Aristeas from Egypt.
- There is no spring under the Temple Mount.
- The Millennial Temple will have a spring flowing out from it (Joel 3:18 and Ezekiel 47:1-2).
- The Romans were not allowed to use the water flowing from Gihon Spring because it was was holy water used only for temple purposes.
- The priests would need plenty of water to purify after temple sacrifices.
- Recent excavations have revealed what may be parts of Solomon’s temple: a place of worship and sacrifice, Gihon Spring, V-cuts on the stone floor where animals were killed, an olive press, and channels for blood to flow out of the temple.
I assume the tribulation temple will be built on the Temple Mount as the Jews in Israel believe this was the location of Solomon’s temple. We know that Jesus will reign from Mount Zion in Jerusalem some day and I believe His temple will be located where Solomon’s temple was located – over Gihon Spring.Share this: