Artist's Conception of Solomon's City of Jerusalem|
Even though the temple art interpretation is too pagan in some scenes, it is meant to just give an approximate view
Conflicts in Life of Solomon
The Third Temple
Giant Treasure Panel
Feast of Passover in Jerusalem
Interior Banquet Scene
House of Pharaoh's Daughter
Porch of Pillars
Porch of Judgment
House of Forest of Lebanon|
The Great Porch
Inside the Sanctuary
Temple Side View
Temple Frontal View
Gold Plated Stone Evidence
Solomon' Iron Worker
Solomon's City Plan of Jerusalem
Secular & Biblical David|
Secular King Solomon
Who was Tutankhamun?
The 7 Trumpets
The Biblical account of the appearance of ancient Jerusalem, before Solomon built the Temple to the Lord as well as his fixed Temple has always been a challenge to try and put on paper or canvass. Construction lasted for some 20 years, between ca. 970-950 BC. That is one reason why few artists tried to come up with a plausible rendition. The other reason may be, that few believe in the veracity of such a grand edifice. However, its existence is deeply confirmed in Jewish literature. Solomon's Jerusalem was not anything like today's city. The Jewish Temple complex certainly attests that something of great proportions was located there long ago. The ravages of wars and destructions left nothing of Solomon's structures which used much wood in their design.
The Annual Feast of Passover pilgrims streaming into the city of Jerusalem through the gates to participate in the Day of Atonement services.
But another glorious feast was the `Feast of Tabernacles'. Though represented by very simple means, it was a symbol of faith what will happen in heaven after the reign of sin as this sermon, which will give you hope and peace, shows.
This may have been the approximate appearance before King Solomon built the Temple. The sides of the hill were filled in with retaining walls, rocks and dirt to enlarge it for the Temple.
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The Interior of King Solomon's Palace - Banquet Scene - Solomon's Temple and Citadel.
Visit of the Queen of Sheba/Shwa/Thebes - 1.Kings 10 - Pharaoh Hatshepsut.
House of Pharaoh's Daughter - King Solomon's wife or Queen - King Solomon's Citadel.
Song of Solomon - Abishag the Shulamite. See also the site of King David's Palace.
Porch of Pillars of King Solomon's Temple and Citadel.
1.Kings 7:6-21. When the priests on the feast days slowly made their way up the steps to the Sanctuary, they would sing the Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120-136).
This porch measured 50 x 30 cubits, 1.Ki. 7:6.
Porch of Judgment of King Solomon's Temple and Citadel.
King Solomon's Treasure Room.
House of the Forest of Lebanon
King Solomon's Temple and Citadel. 1.Kings 7:2. This building measured 100 x 50 x 30 cubits, 1.Ki. 7:2. [1 royal, Egyptian cubit = 20.623 inches; 2062 inches = 171.8 feet long; or in metrics, 1 cubit = 52.4 cm; 5240 cm = 52.4 meters long.]
The Gate to the Inner Court - King Solomon's Temple.
The Great Porch of the Temple - King Solomon's Temple. - 1.Kings 6:3; 7:12; Acts 5:12.
The Psalmist's `Songs of Degrees' were sung by the officiating priests as they solemnly climbed up these stairs to the sanctuary on certain Feast days in the Jewish year, . Another song was addressed to be sung to the great God of Peace, Psalm 72.
All the Art Work of Solomon's Temple.
The Holy Place - King Solomon's Temple showing the pomegranate and lily (lotus) flower motif at the top of the columns, 1.Kings 7:19,22,26.
The Holy Place is where our sins are sprinkled through the blood of Christ, and so it was made to help us understand the process of salvation from this world of sin and death, and develop Christian love for our fellow man, even in the midst hate, "for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16.
The Most Holy Place - King Solomon's Temple. Why was it most holy? Because the true God is the Creator and Sustainer of everything we see and beyond. He codified His essence in just Ten Commandments, each one of which sinful man has such a hard time to follow, because of sin. That is why God gave His only begotten Son, to pay the price, His death, even though He was innocent of all charges, for He loves everyone of us. If we would just turn to Him, so we may live, if we would just accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and willingly follow Him, in everything He teaches in His word, we would be saved.
1.Kings 6:16; 8:6-9
Sideview of Solomon's Temple of Jerusalem.
Frontal View of King Solomon's Temple at Jerusalem.
But there was a time after the destruction of Solomon's Temple in 586 B.C. by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, that they will ask, "Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? ..." - After the 70 years of captivity had ended and Israel returned to their own land by 536 B.C., they rebuild the city and its walls and the temple (Ezra 2:3,10; 3:1,12) and the question continues, "... and how do you see it now? Is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing?" Haggai 2:3. Then the Lord let Haggai know, "... I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come (Jesus, the desire of ages): and I will fill this house with glory. saith the Lord of hosts." Haggai 2:7.
The step like appearance was used no infrequently in modern times (at least in the mid 20th century) in the construction of Masonic buildings, especially on the roof line. It is a dead give away.
A gold plated stone found in the area of the Israelite Temple in Jerusalem corroborates the account of Josephus that its glorious gates were plated in gold.[Josephus, Jewish Wars, Bk. V, Ch. v, Sec. 3, 4, p. 554f; (or p. 201-224 in other editions).; Read the whole story in BAR, Jan 09, p. 14.]
CNN 9-4-09: Archaeologists digging in Jerusalem discovered an ancient wall at an as yet undisclosed dig site 8 meters (26 feet) tall, ?? meters wide and 24 meters (79 feet) long. However it continues much further. Archaeologist Eli Shukron said, "The boulders weigh 4 to 5 tons. How did they do it?"
C. Schussele's `Solomon's Iron Worker' intends to show how Solomon honored men of sought after skills, at this time in his life, more so than praising God for everything.
The Artist's City Plan of Jerusalem to accomodate all of Solomon's constructions.
Some certain and some tentative identifications|
#1 - The Lord's Temple built by Solomon
#2 - The Gate to the inner Temple Court
#3 - The outer Temple Court
#4 - Likely Edifice of the House of Treasures
#5 - The House of Pharaoh's Daughter
#6 - The Porch of Judgment
#7 - Solomon's Palace
#8 - The House of the Forest of Lebanon
#9 - Possible site of the Porch of Pillars to the Temple and Citadel coming from the Palace of Solomon and the House of the Forest of Lebanon.
When young and still uncontaminated by sin, Solomon obtained the wisdom which excited the wonder and admiration of the world. But when he turned away from the Source of strength, and went about relying on himself, he fell prey to temptation. Then the marvelous powers bestowed on this wisest of kings only rendered him a more effective agent for the adversary of souls. - So, instead we are to be His witnesses, He who is the Source of Spiritual Strength, Acts 1:8,22; Psalm 78:2-7; Isaiah 43:10. - So tell them faithfully how God saved you from wickedness and death.
Hai Alas Salah||You are to be God's Witness - For many people in the world the notion of salvation from sin is foreign to them. They think of Christianity as a means to help solve and cope with our daily life. But true Christianity has another dimension, an "otherworldly" outlook, a dimension of reality beyond the here and now in our material world - they know that Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world, has died for the sins of all people, if they would just come before Him, accept Christ's substitutionary offer, repent, confess their sins in silent prayer, and turn away from them and live for Him instead. Read the Book of Acts for more blessed information.|
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