Israeli archaeologists just may have unearthed the long-lost tomb of the Maccabees, the famed and celebrated Jewish clan that led the uprising against the Greeks in the second century B.C.
According to Fox News, the archaeologists believe they may have found the lost tomb but still need further evidence to prove that the discovered site is indeed the Maccabees' burial grounds.
Some ancient documents, such as "The Book of the Maccabees" and the "Antiquities of the Jews," detail the tombs as a tall, impressively structured site with columns all around, and pyramid-looking roofs that could be seen when at sea. more >>
The Islamic State terror group has reportedly executed a 15-year-old boy accused of homosexuality, along with nine other men, which it shot on two separate instances.
While seven of the suspects were executed in Rastan, the Homs province of central Syria, the teenager and two other men were killed in the town of Hreitan in northern Aleppo, as reported by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Founder and Director Rami Abdel Rahman.
With thousands of migrants arriving on European shores each day, Rev. Canon Andrew White, also known as "the Vicar of Baghdad," is criticizing European governments for focusing their attentions on migrants within their own borders instead of helping poor Iraqi and Syrian refugees stuck in the Middle East.
In a statement reported by Breitbart London, White, who was the only Anglican vicar in Iraq before he fled the country in 2014 after receiving death threats from the Islamic State, said it's wrong for European leaders to focus resources on migrants coming from all over the world while Iraqi refugees who are running for their lives from IS are being ignored.
He insisted that more resources should be used to help Iraqi refugees who have fled into Middle Eastern nations like Lebanon and Jordan. more >>
The Christian faith, and the Jewish faith that preceded it, believe in a God who acts in real time — in human history. So the latest archaeological find shouldn't surprise us.
The first reference to the city of Gath in the Bible occurs in the book of Joshua. In chapter 11 we're told that there were no Anakim, a race of giants, left in Israelite territory except for a few in Gaza, Gath, and Ashdod.
The next time we hear of Gath is in connection with one of those giants, Goliath, in I Samuel 17. From then on, Gath becomes the most-mentioned Philistine city in the Bible. In I Chronicles 18, David captures the city. In II Chronicles 11, his grandson Rehoboam fortifies it. The city was later captured by King Hazael of Damascus and then recaptured by King Uzziah, whose death figured in the vision of Isaiah 6. more >>
In a controversial speech delivered at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Israel top Imam Sheikh Muhammad Ayed said European countries accepting refugees in the ongoing migrant crisis are not doing it out of compassion but out of a need for workers, and warned that it will only help the spread of the Islamic caliphate.
"(The infidels) want us to be tormented. They want us to be humiliated. (The Quran says): The Jews and the Christians will never be pleased with you but we will never follow their religion. This dark night will be over, and soon, we will trample them underfoot, Allah willing," said Ayed in a clip of his address posted on YouTube on Sept. 11.
"Germany is not a compassionate country that wishes to absorb refugees from Syria and Iraq and Palestinian refugees in the Levant and elsewhere. Europe has become old and decrepit, and needs human reinforcement," he continued, before asserting that Germany was only interested in refugees because of its need for workers. more >>
Governments and media organizations in the Western world must stop ignoring the mass slaughter of believers in the Middle East, says George J. Marlin, chairman of Aid to the Church in Need, an organization that provides aid to persecuted Christians.
During an interview with The Christian Post Marlin revealed what he believes to be the only solution to defeating radical Islamic groups such as the Islamic State, whose militants are ravaging the Middle East.
He also told CP that the Western world has been too quiet concerning the hell believers are living in inside Muslim controlled nations, such as Syria and Iraq, and that American Christians need to defend the rights of their brothers and sisters around the world. more >>