Jeremiah Prophecy Confirmed: ‘Ba’al’ Written in Extremely Rare Canaanite Text Appears on 3,000-year-old Jar Discovered in Israel

Archaeologists in Israel have pieced together a 3,000-year-old clay jar and found that it bears the same name as a biblical character from the time of King David.  Shards of the ceramic jar, dating back some 3,000 years, were discovered in Khirbet Qeiyafa in the Valley of Elah in Israel.

The ceramic jar was discovered in the Israeli city of Khibet Qeiyafa, which is thought to be on the site of the ancient city of Sha’arayim.

The jar was found at Khirbet Qeiyafais, identified with the biblical city Shaʽarayim. The city dates from the time of David, that is, the late 11th and early 10th centuries BC. In 2008 the world’s earliest Hebrew inscription was uncovered there.

The large ceramic jar, which was broken into hundreds of pieces, contained letters inscribed in ancient Canaanite script, which experts have now pieced together to read the name Eshba’al Ben Bada’.
Then shalt thou break the bottle in the sight of the men that go with thee, 11And shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Even so will I break this people and this city, as one breaketh a potter’s vessel, that cannot be made whole again: and they shall bury them in Tophet, till there be no place to bury. 12Thus will I do unto this place, saith the LORD, and to the inhabitants thereof, and even make this city as Tophet: 13And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Judah, shall be defiled as the place of Tophet, because of all the houses upon whose roofs they have burned incense unto all the host of heaven, and have poured out drink offerings unto other gods – Jeremiah 19:10-13 (KJV).

The discovery has left archaeologists baffled as to who the person was. The individual would have been an influential figure who would have had jars produced and transported bearing his name.

The inscription, which is one of only four pieces of text from the time, may help to shed light on the structure of society in the Kingdom of Judah and the jar may have belonged to an important figure at the time.

However, the name Eshba’al itself is extremely unusual as it means ‘man of Ba’al’ – the Canaanite storm god whose name was rarely used by Israelites at the time.

While Beda is not a biblical name, Eshbaal or Ishbaal was the son of Saul who fought against David for the throne and who was murdered by assassins (II Samuel 3,4). The researchers, Prof Yosef Garfinkel of the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University and Saar Ganor of the Israel Antiquities Authority, say: “The correlation between the biblical tradition and the archaeological finds indicates this was a common name only during that period.”

It is the first ancient inscription to bear the name Eshba’al and is only mentioned elsewhere in the Book of Chronicles in the Hebrew bible in reference to the King of Israel.

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However, archaeologists are still baffled as to who Eshba’al Ben Bada could have been, which translates as ‘man of Ba’al son of Bada’.

Saar Ganor, director of excavation at Khirbet Qeiyafa for the Israel Antiquities Authority, said: ‘We have found hundreds of jars in big cities across what was the Kingdom of Judah. ‘This is the only one to have an inscription. 

‘For the jar to bear this man’s name, it suggests he was someone very special and important. ‘Writing from this period is extremely rare.’

The jar itself was first discovered in 2012 and it has taken three years for scientists to piece it back together.

Professor Yosef Garfinkel, another of the team who examined the inscription at Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, said: ‘This is the first time that the name Eshbaʽal has appeared on an ancient inscription in the country.

‘It is interesting to note that the name Eshbaʽal appears in the Bible, and now also in the archaeological record, only during the reign of King David, in the first half of the tenth century B.C.

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The name Eshba’al is mentioned in the Hebrew bible as the son of Saul and goes on to rule Israel for two years after his father’s death at the battle of Gilboa. He lost power after a war with King David and was later assassinated by members of his own guard, as depicted in the painting Maciejowski Bible shown above.

‘This name was not used later in the First Temple period. The correlation between the biblical tradition and the archaeological finds indicates this was a common name only during that period.

The name Bedaʽ is unique and does not occur in ancient inscriptions or in the biblical tradition.’

In the Hebrew Bible the name Eshba’al appears in reference to the fourth son of Saul in the book of Chronicles.

He was declared the king of Israel after his father Saul and brothers were killed in the battle of Gilboa againt the Philistines.

Sometimes called Ishbosheth, due to a reluctance to use the name Ba’al, he ruled for two years.

During this time he was at war with King David, who had been declared king of Judah.

After losing the war, Ishbosheth was later assassinated and his head brought to David, who executed the killers for their crime.

According to Professor Garfinkel and his colleague Saar Ganor at the Israel Antiquities Authority, the jar may have been used to carry grain or other produce from a large agricultural estate.

Saar Ganor (shown above) of the Israeli Antiquities Authority says the inscription signifies the jar belonged to a powerful and important man during the time of King David. He believes the jar may have contained oil or wine.

They said the inscription indicates that the jar and the produce – perhaps wine or oil – within was being transported for an important person.

The researchers hope it may also help to shed light on some of the social structure that emerged at around the time of the formation of the Kingdom of Judah.

Professor Garfinkel said: ‘In Samuel 2 there was was apparently reluctance to use the name Eshbaʽal, which was reminiscent of the Canaanite storm god Baʽal, and the original name was therefore changed to Ish-Bashat, but the original name of Eshbaʽal was preserved in the Book of Chronicles.

‘Until about five years ago we knew of no inscriptions dating from to the 10th century B.C. from the Kingdom of Judah.

‘In recent years four inscriptions have been published: two from Khirbet Qeiyafa, one from Jerusalem and one from Bet Shemesh.

‘This completely changes our understanding of the distribution of writing in the Kingdom of Judah and it is now clear that writing was far more widespread than previously thought.

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An inscription discovered on the outside of a 3,000 year old jar (shown above) dating to the time of King David was written in the ancient Canaanite script. After archaeologists pieced it together they found it read Eshba’al Ben Bada’, which is thought to mean man of Ba’al son of Bada. They are baffled as to who this person was.

‘It seems that the organization of the kingdom required a cadre of clerks and writers and their activity is also manifested in the appearance of inscriptions. ‘

Khirebet Qeiyafa is thought to be the site of ancient Israelite city of Sha’arayim that is mentioned several times in the Hebrew bible and the Old Testament.

Excavations there have unearthed the remains of a fortified city, two gates, a palace, storerooms and dwellings.

The city is thought to date from the time of King David in the late eleventh and early tenth centuries BC.

In 2008 the world’s earliest Hebrew inscription was discovered at the site.

Source:  Christianity Today,  Daily Mail and contribution by Lisa Muhar

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For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof – Psalm 102:14 (KJV).

Prophecy: “…many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased” – Daniel 12:4 (KJV).   

His underside is like sharp pieces of broken pottery, He stretches out like a threshing-sledge upon the mud -Job 41:30 (KJV).


Who is Ba’al?

Baal was worshiped as a fertility god who could enable the earth to produce crops and give women children.  From the Babylonian, Assyrian and Phoenician civilizations of the Middle-East (their Mystery religions was worshiped in Ancient Canaan, and is without a doubt a traceback to Babylonia and Nimrod). the cult of Baal spread to distant civilizations, such as the Celts, who observed Beltane rituals on May 1st (Beltane originates from the word “Baal”). While the observance of Baal rituals differed from one civilization to another, they were nevertheless rooted in the same occult concepts of numerology and sacrifice, tapping into the forbidden mysticism and sorcery prohibited in the bible.

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Ba’al Worship

The Cult of Baal Never Disappeared

Throughout many centuries and across many civilizations, the second half of April has always been a time of blood sacrifice. The worship of Baal took many names (Enlil, Molech, etc.) and spread across several civilizations. Being a sun god and a god of fertility, rituals celebrating Baal took place after the vernal equinox (a time of rebirth) and often involved human sacrifice.

“The cult of Baal celebrated annually his death and resurrection as a part of the Canaanite fertility rituals. These ceremonies often included human sacrifice and temple prostitution.”
– Baal, Encyclopedia Mythica

Although the observance of these rituals was sometimes condemned by religious movements, it never truly disappeared.

“The religion of the god Baal was widely accepted among the ancient Jews, and although it was put down at times, it was never permanently stamped out. Kings and other royalty of the ten Biblical tribes worshiped the god. The ordinary people ardently worshiped this sun god too because their prosperity depended on the productivity of their crops and livestock. The god’s images were erected on many buildings. Within the religion there appeared to be numerous priests and various classes of devotees. During the ceremonies they wore appropriate robes. The ceremonies included burning incense, and offering burnt sacrifices, occasionally consisting of human victims. The officiating priests danced around the altars, chanting frantically and cutting themselves with knives to inspire the attention and compassion of the god.”
– Ibid.

Today’s occult elite still observes these rites, but with one major difference: They are now carried out on unsuspecting civilians and spread across the world through mass media. Fed and amplified by the fear and trauma of the masses, these mega-rituals are seen by all, but only celebrated by the occult elite. More than ever, we are dealing with Black Magick.

Other sites dedicated to occult numerology have published information emphasizing the importance of this time period.

“April 19 – May 1 – Blood Sacrifice To The Beast, a most critical 13-day period. Fire sacrifice is required on April 19.

April 19 is the first day of the 13-day Satanic ritual day relating to fire – the fire god, Baal, or Molech/Nimrod (the Sun God), also known as the Roman god, Saturn (Satan/Devil). This day is a major human sacrifice day, demanding fire sacrifice with an emphasis on children. This day is one of the most important human sacrifice days, and as such, has had some very important historic events occur on this day.” – Occult Holidays and Sabbaths, Cutting Edge

Another article briefly describes the elements required to carry out the elite’s mega-rituals.

Ba’al (Nimrod) and Ishtar

“The human sacrifice required during many of these occult dates needs to contain the following elements, each one of which is exaggerated to the highest possible degree:

1. Trauma, stress, and mental anguish, sheer terror
2. The final act in the drama should be destruction by a fire; preferably a conflagration.
3. People must die as human sacrifices, especially children, since The Darkness views younger human sacrifice as most desirable” Advent of Deception

The powers that be have become masters at combining pragmatic politics with occult rituals. As a sun god, Baal’s worship involved human sacrifice and fire. Today, in the occult-elite ruled America, this time period often equals fire (or gun fire) and death.
Those who know about occult calendars enter the second half of April wondering if something horrific is about to happen. Sadly, every few years, it does, and the public is traumatized with a senseless and violent event. Almost every time, a closer look at the event leads to strange and suspicious facts, and, more often than not, hints towards an inside job. While many will ascribe the occurrence of these events during the end of April to coincidence, the fact remains:  Mass violent events involving death and fire happen regularly during the same time period that is occultly dedicated to Baal, who is worshipped through fire and human sacrifice. Whether this is all done on purpose or just the result of some crazy universal synchronicity, the fact is still there and cannot be disputed. – Vigilant Citizen

Incidentally, the compound that was burned down in the 1993 Waco Massacre was named Mount Carmel Center. In the Bible, Mount Carmel was where Elijah defied the prophets of Baal. These rites were even mentioned in the Bible:

Biblical Records of Ba’al Worship

They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:- Jeremiah 19:5 (KJV). 

The practice of Baal worship is first introduced to us in Judges 3:7.  Ba’al worship became popular in Israel during the reign of Ahab ( see Kings 16:31-33).  It also impacted Judah (See 2 Chronicles 28:1-2). The word ‘baal’ (plural is baalim)  means “lord.”  Each region worshiped Baal in different manners, emphasizing one or more of his traits, and special demoninations of Baalism were developed (See Baal of Peor Numbers 25:3 and Baal-Berith Judges 8:33)

According to Canaanite mythology, Baal was the son of El, the chief god, and Asherah (Ishtar, Mother and wife of Nimrod), the goddess of the sea. Baal was considered the most powerful of all gods, eclipsing El, who was seen as rather weak and ineffective. In various battles Baal defeated Yamm, the god of the sea, and Mot, the god of death and the underworld. Baal’s sisters/consorts were Ashtoreth, a fertility goddess associated with the stars, and Anath, a goddess of love and war. The Canaanites worshiped Baal as the sun god and as the storm god—he is usually depicted holding a lightning bolt—who defeated enemies and produced crops. They also worshiped him as a fertility god who provided children. Baal worship was rooted in sensuality and involved ritualistic prostitution in the temples. At times, appeasing Baal required human sacrifice, usually the firstborn of the one making the sacrifice (Jeremiah 19:5). The priests of Baal appealed to their god in rites of wild abandon which included loud, ecstatic cries and self-inflicted injury (1 Kings 18:28).

Before the Hebrews entered the Promised Land, the Lord God warned against worshiping Canaan’s gods (Deuteronomy 6:14-15), but Israel turned to idolatry anyway. During the reign of Ahab and Jezebel, at the height of Baal worship in Israel, God directly confronted the paganism through His prophet Elijah. First, God showed that He, not Baal, controlled the rain by sending a drought lasting three-and-one-half years (1 Kings 17:1). Then Elijah called for a showdown on Mt. Carmel to prove once and for all who the true God was. All day long, 450 prophets of Baal called on their god to send fire from heaven—surely an easy task for a god associated with lightning bolts—but “there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention” (1 Kings 18:29). After Baal’s prophets gave up, Elijah prayed a simple prayer, and God answered immediately with fire from heaven. The evidence was overwhelming, and the people “fell prostrate and cried, ‘The LORD–he is God! The LORD–he is God!’” (verse 39).

In Matthew 12:27, Jesus calls Satan “Beelzebub,” linking the devil to Baal-Zebub, a Philistine deity (2 Kings 1:2). The Baalim of the Old Testament were nothing more than demons masquerading as gods, and all idolatry is ultimately devil-worship (1 Corinthians 10:20). There is also mention of this in Ezekiel 8, “weeping for Tammuz,” which by the way is still celebrated in Israel today.

In the Faithful Service of Jesus Christ,

Lisa Muhar

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