ISRAEL - Magnetic Field Verifies Biblical Events

Arno Froese

A new method that measures the magnetic field of ancient archeological samples is helping to verify events mentioned in the Bible. 

The method was developed by scientists from four Israeli universities: Tel Aviv University, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Bar-Ilan University and Ariel University. Their findings were recently published in the PLOS ONE scientific journal.    

The research team applied the method to archeological samples from the wall in the ancient city of Gath (modern day Tel es-Safi in central Israel) and the collapsed debris found beside it. 

According to the second Book of Kings, the wall was destroyed by the king of Aram Damascus around 830 BCE. However, there is a disagreement in the scientific community whether the structure was burned down or collapsed due to other reasons. 

To settle the dispute, the research team set on fire the sampled mud bricks under controlled conditions. They heated the mud bricks to 200°C, which forced the release of signals from the magnetic particles stored in the samples. 

When the brick cools down, these magnetic signals remain locked in their new position and the brick attains a uniform magnetic field.  

The researchers then gradually neutralized the brick’s magnetic field, using a heating process called thermal demagnetization. 

Because the samples from the wall were completely demagnetized after the experiment, this proves that the structure was, in fact, burned down in antiquity., 21 January 2024

Arno's Commentary

About the Biblical city of Gath, Wikipedia reveals the following.

Tell es-Safi (Arabic: “White hill”) was an Arab Palestinian village, located on the southern banks of Wadi ’Ajjur, 35 kilometers (22 mi) northwest of Hebron.

Today the site, known as Tel Tzafit, is an Israeli national park incorporating archaeological remains which some have identified as the Philistine city of Gath, mentioned in the Bible. The remains of the Crusader fort and the Arab village can also be seen on the tell.

At one time, the ancient city of Gath was part of Gaza under the Ottoman Empire. 

It is of interest that, during this time of war against Hamas in Gaza, archaeologists still insist on discovering the Biblical roots of Israel in the area.

Second Chronicles 26:6 reports of King Uzziah: “And he went forth and warred against the Philistines, and brake down the wall of Gath, and the wall of Jabneh, and the wall of Ashdod, and built cities about Ashdod, and among the Philistines.”

Determining exact Biblical locations has caused some level of controversy among archaeologists.

What we do know is that the Middle East conflict can be summed up with a simple analysis: much of the Promised Land is still occupied by various Arab countries. We are reminded of Joshua 1:3, “Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.” Later, in chapter 24, verse 13, the Lord God of Israel reminds the nation, “And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat.”

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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