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The above painting is a close up of the familiar bust of Alexander the Great.
Greece is the country located at the southeastern portion of Europe, just east of Italy. It is a land of islands and peninsulas, with astonishing bays, inlets, and numerous rigid mountains along the Mediterranean, Ionian, and Aegean Seas. The Greeks descended from Javan, the fourth son of Japheth, the son of Noah. The ancient Greeks and Romans referred to Greece as "Hellas". The Hebrews called it" Javan" after the son of Japheth, Noah's third son who dwelt there after the Tower of Babel. It is interesting that because of the geography of Greece the people formed many independent city-states, and within these little city-states democracy and political freedom was achieved for the first time in history of mankind. The Greeks were powerful warriors and they united under the leadership of Alexander the Great of Macedon. They moved eastward defeating everyone that stood against them. At that time the Persian Empire was the world governing empire and Alexander defeated them at every battle with a handful of men in comparison to the hordes of Persian soldiers. The Book of Daniel in the Bible predicted the coming of Alexander and the Greeks. What is most interesting is that the Greeks Hellenized the conquered lands, meaning that they were assimilated to Greek ideas and Greek civilization. The Greek language became the "Lingua Franca" of the whole world, thus providing a means to facilitate the spreading of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the whole world. When Rome conquered their domain they created roads and safety throughout the Roman Empire.
Bible Prophecy and Alexander
The most amazing is the clear prediction of the rise of the Medo-Persian empire and its defeat by an invincible "Grecian King." After this king there would be four successors who would rise after him in their own power (see Daniel 8:20-22 and Daniel 8:8). These were his four generals (Seleucus, Ptolemy, Lysimachus, and Cassander). According to history after Alexander suddenly died in Babylon there was intense fighting among his generals over the division of the new empire. In 301 BC there was a decision made to give the East to Seleucus, Egypt to Ptolemy, Thrace and Asia Minor to Lysimachus, and Macedonia and Greece to Cassander.
There have been numerous archaeological discoveries regarding the history of Greece and all in confirmation of the historicity of the Bible.
Biblical Archaeology and Ancient Greece
Archaeology Discoveries and the Ancient Biblical World
The Black Obelisk. In the 1840's a British man named Austen Henry Layard had a desire to travel to the Middle East and dig around some of the strange looking mounds near the City of Mosul. He had heard many tales about things being found in these mounds. He was looking for any trace of evidence that would lead him to the lost city of Nineveh, the capital of the ancient Assyrian Empire. Little did he know that one of his discoveries would turn Europe upside down with excitement. He discovered a black limestone monument which is known today as The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III. This discovery brought a new authenticity and historicity to some of the stories in the Bible. It also gained him the support of the British Museum, and all the finances he needed to continue his excavations, and become known as "The Father of Assyriology."
The Pilate Inscription. It wasn't long ago when many scholars were questioning the actual existence of a Roman Governor with the name of Pontius Pilate, the procurator who ordered Jesus' crucifixion. In June 1961 Italian archaeologists led by Dr. Frova were excavating an ancient Roman amphitheatre near Caesarea-on-the-Sea (Maritima) and uncovered this interesting limestone block. On the worn face is a monumental inscription which is part of a larger dedication to Tiberius Caesar which clearly says that it was from "Pontius Pilate, Prefect of Judea."
The Megiddo Seal Bearing King Jeroboam's Name. It is very interesting that the Jasper Seal, found at Tel Megiddo bearing the name of King Jeroboam who ruled in the Northern Kingdom of Israel, would contain the symbol for their rival, the Southern Kingdom of Judah. But in examining all of the circumstances involved and seeing what the Bible says it is no wonder that the prosperous and victorious Northern Kingdom of Israel would boast with a symbol of their enemy.
The Tomb of Cyrus the Great. An inscription on the tomb of the great Persian monarch read: "O man, whoever you are and wherever you come from, for I know that you will come--I am Cyrus, son of Cambyses, who founded the Empire of the Persians and was king of the East. Do not grudge me this spot of earth which covers my body." - Cyrus". Is it true that Isaiah the Hebrew prophet mention Cyrus by name almost 200 years before he was born?
Sennacherib's Hexagonal Prism. This amazing discovery excavated in Nineveh in the 1830 records the Assyrian king Sennacherib's 8th campaign, which includes his siege of Jerusalem during the reign of "Hezekiah the Judahite" in 701 BC. There are 500 lines of writing in the Akkadian language on this magnificent clay prism. Is the story true that it was purchased by an American from an antiquities dealer in Baghdad?
Coming Soon The Ishtar Gate of Babylon. During the last days of the southern kingdom of Judah the Jews were taken captive to a distant land called Babylon at the latter part of the 6th century BC. They passed through a beautiful entrance gate made of mud brick masonry and glazed skin which stood 47 feet tall, commonly referred to as the Ishtar Gate since its discovery at the turn of the 20th century near modern Baghdad, Iraq. The tall gate was dedicated to the gods by Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylonia who reigned from 605—562 BC). Is it true that Hitler had it transported to Berlin? Where is the Ishtar Gate now?
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The Bible mentions many things about people, places and events that happened in history. The Bible also gives an accurate chronology of those people, places and events. What is amazing is that modern archaeology has confirmed that the Bible has never made one error, or given any clear contradictions in all of its text in matters of historical fact. The paintings and illustrations below of archaeological discoveries and ruins illustrate this emphatically.
Paintings By Bjanikka Ben and Maliyah Weston
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