ISRAEL - 1,850-Year-Old Roman Coin Discovered

Arno Froese

A bronze Roman coin dating back 1,877 years with the symbol of the Cancer zodiac sign and a Moon goddess was discovered at Carmel Beach in Haifa by archaeologists from the Antiquities Authority.

This isn’t the oldest Roman-era coin discovered. In fact, coins from the earlier Bar Kokhba revolt were found in Jerusalem two years ago. However, this coin was found in the water, is in remarkably good condition and its engravings shed considerable light on its origins and what it is meant to depict.

[…] The writing [tells] us exactly when and where the coin was minted: in year eight of the reign of Antoninus Pius, and where it was minted, Alexandria in Egypt.

Antoninus Pius was Roman emperor from 138 CE to 161 CE, so this would have been minted in 145 CE, 75 years after the destruction of the Second Temple.

Antoninus’s image has been found on coins in Israel before. One such coin was found in 2021 that also contains the image of Antoninus Pius, with the other side containing the image of the Syrian moon god Mên and the inscription “of the people of Geva Phillipi” and the date of the civic year 217, which would be 158 CE or 159 CE.

“These findings, which sunk into the abyss and disappeared from sight for hundreds and thousands of years, were preserved in an amazing way... and their discovery completes pieces of the historical puzzle of Israel’s history.”

“In the last decade, Israel has been changing its perception of the sea,” said IAA director Eli Escozido. “Now it is already clear that the sea is not the border of Israel, but is a significant part of it, in security, strategy and economics—and also in its heritage. It’s home to natural treasures and cultural assets that must be explored and protected.” The finding of this coin, Escozido said, is a “spectacular reminder” of the maritime archaeological survey., 25 July 2022

Arno's Commentary

It is striking that the image features the “Cancer zodiac sign and the moon goddess Luna.” This testifies that the heathen nations were in charge of the land of Israel.

Zodiac signs originate with Babylonian astronomy—falsely called so, since in reality it’s astrology. While these two terms, astronomy and astrology sound similar, one simple way to remember the difference is that astrology has an “L,” which we can say stands for “lies.”

In over 500 BC, Daniel was commanded: “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased” (Daniel 12:4). How long should the words be “shut up”? Verse 9 gives the answer: “And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.”

The words were revealed when the Word became “flesh, and dwelt among us”; namely, the Word of God. Jesus proclaimed, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). That is the true light; that is true history. The discovery of this coin sheds light on foreign occupation of the Promised Land, but our Lord gives us the real human history. Eternally valid are the words: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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