Dead Sea Scrolls
The Dead Sea Scrolls are the greatest archeological find in history. So many people wanted them to be kept secret from society because it would confirm that the multi millenium prophecies of the Messiah, the Savior, the Christ was in fact fulfilled by Jesus of Nazareth. The Jews didn't want them discovered because it would make them feel like fools because they didn't realize He was the Messiah and led Him to be killed by the Roman governor Pontius Pilate. Satan sure as hell didn't want them revealed, because all the atheists, Muslims, and believers in other false doctrines in the world, would be exposed and lose revenue in their corporate like greed. Scientology, which is so whacked out, would make their followers like Tom Cruise and John Travolta and the whole Hollywood scene lose further face and dollars.
What the Dead Sea Scrolls reveal is that they have been dated between 100 B.C. (Before Christ) and 300 B.C. and they contain complete books or fragments of all the books of the Jewish/Christian/Muslim Old Testament except for the book of Esther. [Esther is the only book that doesn't mention the God; however, it implies the incredible hand of God.]
When one compares the pre-Christ writings to todays version of the Hebrew and Aramaic texts they are identical. This proves:
1. The texts of the Old Testament have not been corrupted over history.
2. The prophecies of the Old Testament were in fact written PRIOR to Jesus being born.
3. Jesus fulfilled ALL the prophecies about the coming Messiah and therefore is the Messiah
4. Jesus is in fact God.
There is much confusion in the world about Christianity in that many think three Gods are worshipped: Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. That view is incorrect. There is ONE God with three aspects. Consider this mathematical formula 1 X 1 X 1 = 1 instead
of this formula, 1 + 1 + 1 = 3. That confusion is why Muslims think that Christianity is a polytheistic faith when it is in fact a monotheistic faith.
Furthermore, Muslims think that Jesus is not God because Allah would not come down and have human sex with Mary of Nazareth. That is why the Old Testament prophecies that the Messiah will be born of a virgin, which Jesus was. The embryo of Jesus was put into Mary for her to nurture and deliver as a baby in Bethlehem, which is yet another prophecy.
Muslims think Jesus is just a prophet as was Moses and they also think Muhammad is a prophet. However, if Muhammad was a prophet, his teachings can NOT contradict the revelations of the Old and New Testament, which they do.
Muslims believe that the Old Testament was corrupted which the Dead Sea Scrolls prove that they were not corrupted. Muslims also think that the New Testament was corrupted which it wasn't. Allah even said that his word could not be corrupted so at which point was the New Testament corrupted? The oldest New Testaments that we have predate Islam by hundreds of years and are identical today to the Greek New Testaments we have today.
Muslims also question, "If Jesus is God, who controlled the universe while He was dead?" The answer to that is that the Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit did. They are
NOT two other Gods but two aspects of God. No analogies of the Trinity are sufficient to comprehend but here are a few examples:
1) A pot of ice placed on a hot stove will eventually contain some ice, some water, and some steam. All of it is H2O in different states within the pot ALL at once.
2) A triangle has three sides yet it is one.
3) Time is one yet there is past, present, and future.
4) God is love. Love is one. There is a lover, a process of loving, and the object being loved.
The most important thing to know is that the Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit are equal in power and they are all eternal. The Father sent Jesus. Jesus died. The Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead. When Jesus went back to Heaven He left the Holy Spirit as a deposit for His return. When someone excepts Jesus as their Lord (giving Him control) and Savior, the Holy Spirit comes into the person and is the Counselor of Truth. The human then becomes a tabernacle or temple and should not defile it.
The probability that one individual could fulfill ALL the prophecies of the coming Messiah are incomprehensible and astronomically small. Yet Jesus did fulfill all the prophecies and that in itself proves that all things are possible by Jesus.
Below are some photographs with descriptions. Interesting enough is that an Arabic Muslim bedouin youth discovered the scrolls while looking for a lost goat. He was throwing rocks into a cave to listen for his goat to be startled and move when he heard pottery shatter. This discovery happened in 1947, one year prior to the Jews getting back their homeland. Scrolls were continued to be found in that area through 1956.
The Dead Sea with caves in background:
The World of the Scrolls
In 1947, young Bedouin shepherds, searching for a stray goat in the Judean Desert, entered a long-untouched cave and found jars filled with ancient scrolls. That initial discovery by the Bedouins yielded seven scrolls and began a search that lasted nearly a decade and eventually produced thousands of scroll fragments from eleven caves. During those same years, archaeologists searching for a habitation close to the caves that might help identify the people who deposited the scrolls, excavated the Qumran ruin, a complex of structures located on a barren terrace between the cliffs where the caves are found and the Dead Sea. Within a fairly short time after their discovery, historical, paleographic, and linguistic evidence, as well as carbon-14 dating, established that the scrolls and the Qumran ruin dated from the third century B.C.E. to 68 C.E. They were indeed ancient! Coming from the late Second Temple Period, a time when Jesus of Nazareth lived, they are older than any other surviving biblical manuscripts by almost one thousand years.
Since their discovery nearly half a century ago, the scrolls and the identity of the nearby settlement have been the object of great scholarly and public interest, as well as heated debate and controversy. Why were the scrolls hidden in the caves? Who placed them there? Who lived in Qumran? Were its inhabitants responsible for the scrolls and their presence in the caves? Of what significance are the scrolls to Judaism and Christianity?
This exhibition presents twelve Dead Sea Scroll fragments and archaeological artifacts courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority as well as supplementary materials from the Library of Congress. It is designed to retell the story of the scrolls' discovery; explore their archaeological and historical context; introduce the scrolls themselves; explore the various theories concerning the nature of the Qumran community; and examine some of the challenges facing modern researchers as they struggle to reconstruct the scrolls from the tens of thousands of fragments that remain.
The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is located in Israel and Jordan, about 15 miles east of Jerusalem. (A map of the Dead Sea Region is available). It is extremely deep (averaging about 1,000 feet), salty (some parts containing the highest amount of salts possible), and the lowest body of water in the world. The Dead Sea is supplied by a number of smaller streams, springs, and the Jordan River.
Because of its low elevation and its position in a deep basin, the climate of the Dead Sea area is unusual. Its very high evaporation does produce a haze yet its atmospheric humidity is low. Adjacent areas to it are very arid and favorable for the preservation of materials like the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The Bible's description, in Genesis 19, of a destructive earthquake near the Dead Sea area during the time of Abraham is borne out by archaeological and historic investigation. While no evidence remains of the five cities of the plain (Zeboim, Admah, Bela or Zoar, Sodom, and Gomorrah) their sites are believed to be beneath the waters at the southern end of the sea.
Archaeological sites near the Dead Sea include Masada, Ein Gedi, and Qumran (where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found).