WHERE WAS THE BIBLICAL SODOM AND GOMORRAH?
More proof that conveys important truths are now emerging from their secret hiding place.
Last week I watched a documentary called: THE UNIVERSE ANCIENT MYSTERIES SOLVED, SODOM AND GOMORRAH on History Channel.
In the film I found it interesting to see researchers (confirm) the cities of SODOM AND GOMORRAH were NOT at TALL EL-HAMMAM, BAB EDH-DHRA, NUMEIRA or anywhere on the Jordan side of the dead sea. As some claim.
Could BAB EDH-DHRA and NUMEIRA Be THE BIBLICAL SODOM AND GOMORRAH?
Julye Bidmead. Historian of Religion, Chapman University, states:
The problem here is that both of the cities of BAB EDH-DHRA and NUMEIRA were destroyed at different time periods at least 300 years apart. The city of NUMEIRA was destroyed in a great destruction very rapidly, we know that from an ash layer. As opposed to BAB EDH-DHRA the sites were destroyed over 100 years or so. So the dates do not match up. In order to make the story work they both have to be destroyed in the same manner at the same time. And TALL EL-HAMMAM, could not be the sites of the cities of the plain as there were far more then 5 city's there.
If this is the case which it can only be, then the cities of SODOM AND GOMORRAH must be on the opposite side of Jordan.
It seems like researchers are getting closer to the truth. But they still do not know the truth.
Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. Matthew 13:13.
Surly God has preserved evidence of such a catastrophic and important story of the Bible as SODOM AND GOMORRAH?
We read in 2 Peter 2.
And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an example unto those that after should live ungodly.
If there is nothing to see, than how can such an important story of the Bible as SODOM AND GOMORRAH be an example?
Lets look at the words (making them an example) In http://biblehub.com/greek/strongs_5262.htm
Strong's Greek: 5262. ὑπόδειγμα (hupodeigma) - 6 Occurrences
KJV: I have given you an example, that ye. John 13:15
KJV: after the same example of unbelief. Hebrews 4:11
KJV: Who serve unto the example and shadow. Hebrews 8:5
KJV: necessary that the patterns of things. Hebrews 9:23
KJV: of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction. James 5:10
KJV: making [them] an ensample unto those that after should. 2 Peter 2:6.
hupodeiknumi: to show secretly, to show by tracing out, to teach, make knownOriginal Word: ὑποδείκνυμι
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (hoop-od-ike'-noo-mee)
Short Definition: I show plainly, teach, warn
Definition: I indicate, intimate, suggest, show, prove.
(So we see the Definition is show, prove) My point is How can we show or prove something if there is nothing to show or prove?At the base of Masada it seems there IS MUCH to show or prove. I believe God has preserved Sodom and Gomorrah as an example. So we believers can - Making [them] an ensample unto those that after should. 2 Peter 2:6. KJV:
Including the courses of old streams, walls, dams and weirs with mortar joints, structures lining the banks of the streams, strange looking buildings with pointed and flat roofs that can be seen near MOUNT SODOM. Click on the link to SEE.
Proverbs 8:34-36 Blessed is the man who hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my door posts. For whoever finds me finds life, and will obtain favor from Yahweh. But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul. All those who hate me love death.” Psalm 84: 11 For Yahweh God is a sun and a shield. Yahweh will give grace and glory. He withholds no good thing from those who walk blamelessly. 12 Yahweh of Armies, blessed is the man who trusts in you. 1 John 5:5 Now who is the one overcoming the world, except the one believing that Jesus is the Son of God?