ISRAEL - 2,000-Year-Old Seal of Greek Deity Found

Arno Froese

Researchers discovered a gem seal featuring a portrait of Apollo in the drainage channel of the City of David. It was found in archaeological soil that was removed from the foundations of the Western Wall during work on the Archaeological Sifting Project in Tzurim Valley National Park.

The oval-shaped gem is 13 mm. long, 11 mm. wide and 3 mm. thick. Because it is an intaglio—having a design carved into the upper side of the stone—its main function was a seal to be stamped on soft material, usually beeswax, for use as a personal signature on contracts, letters, wills, goods and bundles of money.

Although Apollo is an Olympian deity of the Greek and Roman cultures, it is highly probable that the person wearing the ring with Apollo’s portrait was a Jew, according to the researchers, archaeologist Eli Shukron, Prof. Shua Amorai-Stark and senior archaeologist Malka Hershkovitz.

“When we found the gem, we asked ourselves: ‘What is Apollo doing in Jerusalem? And why would a Jew wear a ring with the portrait of a foreign god?’ The answer to this, in our opinion, lies in the fact that the owner of the ring did so not as a ritual act that expresses religious belief, but as a means of making use of the impact that Apollo’s figure represents: light, purity, health and success.”, 29 October 2020

Arno's commentary

When one reads the Bible, it is not surprising to find Jews mixing with other religions. Way back in Judges, we read: “And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way” (Judges 2:19). 

During the Great Tribulation, when the fifth angel sounds his trumpet, diabolical forces are released from the bottomless pit. The king of these entities is named: “And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon” (Revelation 9:11).

      It is of interest that the American space program, which landed the first man on the moon, was called Apollo. A Jew, Abe Silverstein, is credited for choosing the name “Apollo.”

      NASA Silverstein chose the name “Apollo” after perusing a book of mythology at home one evening in 1960. He said the image of “Apollo riding his chariot across the sun was appropriate to the grand scale of the proposed program.”, 15 May 2009

Occult connections are quite apparent, particularly when we view this in light of Ephesians 6:12: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” 

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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