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Watch Jerusalem

Watch Jerusalem brings you news and archaeology from a biblical perspective. Host Brent Nagtegaal is on location in Jerusalem to give you the most important developments happening on the ground—and emerging from beneath it. Nagtegaal is a contributor for watchJerusalem.co.il.

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#100: Gen. Qassem Suleimani: The Point of Iran’s Spear

JERUSALEM – “Sulemani is singularly dangerous. He is also singularly positioned to shape the future of the Middle East.” This is how United States Gen. Stanley McChrystal recently described the head of Iran’s Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. At a time when Iran is seeking hegemonic goals in the Middle East, Suleimani leads the expeditionary force making it possible. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal looks at the battlefield successes of Qassem Suleimani in light of the prophetic rise of Iran, the biblical “king of the south.” The King of the South - https://watchjerusalem.co.il/literature/2695-the-king-of-the-south https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/09/30/the-shadow-commander

36mins

10 Mar 2019

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#128: Is Genesis Compatible with Modern Science?

The dinosaurs, the Ice Age, prehistoric man and other scientific discoveries have proved the timeline of Earth and the universe is completely at odds with the Bible. Or have they? How confident can we be in interpreting the scientific data? On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal and writer Christopher Eames talk about the stunning scientific discoveries that support the biblical account of origins, as well as why there are some scientific discrepancies in the dating of events. FREE book offer - Mystery of the Ages The Prehistoric World Vs. Genesis

39mins

10 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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#115: Another Davidic City Discovered, But is it Biblical Ziklag?

JERUSALEM - We have found biblical Ziklag,” declared a press release from the Khirbet a-Ra’i excavation team this week. A massive archaeological effort has taken place at the site over the past three years, excavating through a square kilometer of the tel and providing evidence for what could be considered King David’s “first” city. On today’s program host Brent Nagtegaal looks at the claim that Khirbet a-Ra’i is biblical Ziklag and the larger point that another Davidic-era city has been discovered. ‘We Have Found Biblical Ziklag’ DNA Study Confirms Biblical Account of Philistine Origins Archaeologists propose new site as biblical Ziklag. Is it so? – Luke Chandler

35mins

14 Jul 2019

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#135: Great Britain: The ‘Lost’ Tribe of Ephraim?

The identity of the “Lost 10 Tribes” of Israel has intrigued people for millennia. While the identity of the Jews—those of the southern Kingdom of Judah—remains known, what about those 10 tribes of the northern Kingdom of Israel, conquered and deported long before by the Assyrian Empire? In his seminal work The United States and Britain in Prophecy, Herbert W. Armstrong established that the Lost 10 Tribes migrated up into Europe and formed individual nations. He specifically highlighted the identity of the United States as the Tribe of Manasseh, and Britain and her Commonwealth as the tribe of Ephraim. On today’s program, host Christopher Eames examines the evidence for identifying modern-day Great Britain, and the British Commonwealth, as the Tribe of Ephraim. Book: The United States and Britain in Prophecy Book: The New Throne of David Booklet: Australia—Where to Now? Booklet: South Africa in Prophecy Article: The UK’s Break from Europe Article: God Promised David an Everlasting Throne—What Happened to It? Podcast: France: The ‘Lost’ Tribe of Reuben? Podcast: Ireland: The ‘Lost’ Tribe of Dan? Podcast: Modern-Day Israel: The Tribe of Judah

47mins

5 Jan 2020

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#132: National Geographic Undermines Jerusalem Archaeology

“UNDER JERUSALEM – New excavations reveal the ancient city – and stoke modern tensions,” reads the front cover of the December 2019 edition of National Geographic magazine. The article surveys numerous excavations in Jerusalem’s ancient City of David. However, instead of using the opportunity to showcase the stunning history being unearthed, the author focuses on background political noise. On today’s program, Brent Nagtegaal critiques the article for its own political bias, and tells of why such reporting is damaging to current and future archaeological discovery in Jerusalem. Uncovering the Bible’s Buried Cities: Jerusalem National Geographic - Jerusalem’s massive digs reveal new treasures, and stoke ancient conflicts

40mins

8 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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#131: Modern-Day Israel: The Tribe of Judah

The identity of the “Lost 10 Tribes” of Israel has intrigued people for millennia. What happened to the 10 tribes of the northern Kingdom of Israel, conquered and deported by the Assyrian Empire some 130 years before the end of the Kingdom of Judah? Are the tribes to be found—as many assume—only within the land of modern-day Israel today? Actually, modern-day Israel is generally representative of only one tribe of the ancient 12—the tribe of Judah. As part of his series on the identity of the 12 Tribes of Israel, host Christopher Eames goes back to the basics in examining the evidence for identifying modern-day Israel, and the Jewish people in general, with the Tribe of Judah. The United States and Britain in Prophecy Jerusalem in Prophecy God Promised David an Everlasting Throne—What Happened to It? The New Throne of David France: The ‘Lost’ Tribe of Reuben? Ireland: The ‘Lost’ Tribe of Dan?

34mins

1 Dec 2019

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#144: The United States of America: The ‘Lost’ Tribe of Manasseh?

The identity of the “Lost 10 Tribes” of Israel has intrigued people for millennia. While the identity of the Jews—those of the southern Kingdom of Judah—remains known, what about those 10 tribes of the northern Kingdom of Israel, conquered and deported long before by the Assyrian Empire? In his seminal work The United States and Britain in Prophecy, Herbert W. Armstrong established that the Lost 10 Tribes migrated up into Europe and formed individual nations. He specifically highlighted the identity of the United States as the tribe of Manasseh, and Britain and her Commonwealth as the tribe of Ephraim—the tribe prophesied to become a “company of nations” (Genesis 35:11, 48:19). On today’s program, host Christopher Eames examines the evidence for identifying the United States of America as the tribe of Manasseh. Book: The United States and Britain in Prophecy Article: Who Is the Modern-Day Jeroboam? Video: Was Donald Trump’s Presidency Prophesied? Article: ‘We Are A Righteous People’ Podcast: France: The ‘Lost’ Tribe of Reuben? Podcast: Ireland: The ‘Lost’ Tribe of Dan? Podcast: Modern-Day Israel: The Tribe of Judah Podcast: Great Britain: The ‘Lost’ Tribe of Ephraim? Podcast: The Netherlands: The ‘Lost’ Tribe of Zebulun?

55mins

22 Mar 2020

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#137: The Netherlands: The ‘Lost’ Tribe of Zebulun?

The identity of the “lost 10 tribes” of Israel has intrigued people for millennia. While the identity of the Jews—those of the southern kingdom of Judah—remains known, what about those 10 tribes of the northern kingdom of Israel, conquered and deported long before by the Assyrian Empire? In his seminal work The United States and Britain in Prophecy, Herbert W. Armstrong established that the United States and British Commonwealth represent the tribes of Manasseh and Ephraim, respectively. While his book focused primarily on those two birthright tribes, Mr. Armstrong identified the Dutch as descendants of these ancient Israelites. On today’s program, host Christopher Eames examines the evidence for identifying the modern-day Netherlands, and the Dutch people, as the tribe of Zebulun. Book: The United States and Britain in Prophecy Podcast: Modern-Day Israel: The Tribe of Judah Podcast: Great Britain: The ‘Lost’ Tribe of Ephraim? Podcast: France: The ‘Lost’ Tribe of Reuben? Podcast: Ireland: The ‘Lost’ Tribe of Dan?

43mins

26 Jan 2020

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#112: Iran Ignites the Gulf of Oman and the Dangerous Mainstreaming of Anti-Semitism

JERUSALEM – On June 13, Iran attacked two tankers just outside the Strait of Hormuz, the most critical oil choke point in the world. This follows attacks on four different tankers a month earlier. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses Iran’s strategy in stepping up these attacks. On the second half of the program, Nagtegaal analyzes the surge in anti-Semitic attacks in the Western world, and the weak-willed response to them. He attended a recent Jerusalem symposium were world leaders in the study of mainstream anti-Semitism discussed this worrying trend. Analysis: The Hezekiah Bulla - Tankers on Fire in Gulf of Oman Anti-Semitism: Why You Should Be Alarmed

54mins

16 Jun 2019

Rank #9

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#117: Gath: Davidic-Era City Revealed

JERUSALEM – Massive structures dating to the time period of King David’s battle with Goliath were discovered this summer at Tel es-Safi (biblical Gath). Before this season, decades of excavation at the massive philistine site had mostly uncovered the later biblical city – not the city made famous as being Goliath’s home town. However, this year, to the surprise of excavation director Prof. Aren Maeir, excavators found stones and walls directly under the 9th century B.C.E. city. So far, this earlier city from the Iron I period looks to be bigger and more impressive than the later remains, dovetailing nicely with descriptions in the biblical text. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal, discusses reporting of the breakthrough, as well as how this adds more support to the biblical narrative from King David’s time. Times of Israel - Large 3,500-year-old staircase hints at conquered Canaanite kingdom’s grandeur Haaretz - Goliath’s True Hometown Found? Lost 3,000-year-old Philistine City Emerges Beneath Gath Times of Israel - Colossal ancient structures found at Gath may explain origin of story of Goliath

50mins

28 Jul 2019

Rank #10

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#116: Foes of Biblical Nehemiah Revealed in Ancient Documents

2500 years ago, the cupbearer to the most powerful king in the world requested a twelve-year-leave to defend his struggling native people from would-be attackers. Despite countless attempts at his life, the cupbearer succeeded in building a defensive wall around the city ensuring the survival of the Jewish presence in Jerusalem. The Bible’s telling of the history of Nehemiah is so compelling and descriptive that many have doubted its accuracy. Yet numerous individuals, including his foremost adversaries, are proven historical figures. On today’s program, we talk with Christopher Eames about what the Elephantine Papyri tell us about the time of Nehemiah. Elephantine Papyrus: Proving the book of Nehemiah Nehemiah: A Man and a Momentous Wall “Generic” Biblical Names: What Archaeology Says

28mins

21 Jul 2019

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#118: Israeli Strikes Reveal Iran’s Takeover of Iraq

JERUSALEM - Two times in July Israeli jets struck Iranian targets deep inside Iraq. This was the first Israeli strike in Iraq in almost 40 years. The targets were weapons transfer facilities operated by the Badr organization, a Shiite militia and political force that answers to Iran rather than the Iraqi government. The Israeli strikes reveal a stunning new reality in the Middle East: Iraq has fallen to Iran, and the Baghdad government has no power to stop it. What does Iran’s hold on Iraq mean as part of the ongoing quest to contain Iran? On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal explores the ramifications of the Israeli strikes on Iraq, and shows how biblical prophecy supports an Iranian takeover of its long-time adversary. Watch Jerusalem - Israel Preemptively Strikes Iranian Missiles in Iraq Watch Jerusalem – Iraq is Conquered, On to Jerusalem Watch Jerusalem – The King of the South (free book) Jonathan Spyer – Israeli Jets Appear to Have Struck Iraq for the First Time Since 1981 John Hannah – Iran-Backed Militias Are In Iraq to Stay

40mins

4 Aug 2019

Rank #12

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#106: Does Archaeology Support the Biblical Account of the Exodus?

Archaeology is often used as a bulwark against those who would so readily dismiss the Bible as mere myth. Discoveries over the past 100 years have confirmed many elements of the biblical narrative from the time of the kings and the prophets. But what has been uncovered correlating to the earlier period of the Exodus? On today’s program, we talk with archaeology writer Christopher Eames about what archaeology and secular history has to say about the biblical account of Israel’s deliverance from slavery. The Bible’s Buried Civilizations: the Egyptians - Did Lions, Bears, Leopards and Camels Really Live in Ancient Israel? – Were Hebrews Ever Slaves in Ancient Egypt – Yes

32mins

21 Apr 2019

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#119: Britain’s Historic Pro-Zionist Government

JERUSALEM - When Boris Johnson became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom last month, reporting focused on how his selected cabinet was full of Brexit hawks. What went largely unreported in the press both here and in Britain, is that almost all of his high-level ministers are pro-Zionist. In fact, Johnson has assembled arguably the most pro-Israel government in 100 years, ever since the infamous Balfour Agreement that set the tone for a return of the Jews to their historic homeland. On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal looks at the Israelophiles in Johnson’s inner circle and shows how Britain’s rekindled relationship with the Jewish state is both historic and prophetic. The United States and Britain in Prophecy God’s Hand in the Balfour Declaration

33mins

11 Aug 2019

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#105: Did Lions, Bears, Leopards and Camels Really Live in Ancient Israel?

Around 100 different creatures are described in the Bible, most of which are described as native to Israel or the Middle East. Could such exotic animals really have lived in this territory? How did the ancient biblical writers even know about some of these animals? On today’s program, we interview archaeology writer Christopher Eames about the elusive animals of the Bible and what insights archaeology has to offer. The Animals of the Bible The Proof of the Bible

34mins

14 Apr 2019

Rank #15

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#124: Ancient Copper-Smelting Slag Confirms Biblical Dating for Edomite State

A recently released study analyzing the accumulation of copper slag from south of the Dead Sea indicates that biblical Edom arose to statehood centuries earlier than previously thought. This overturns a classic anti-bible notion that Edomite’s only became a polity long after the Bible indicates. Archaeology Confirms Book of Genesis on Israel’s Arch-nemesis, the Edomites Ancient technology and punctuated change: Detecting the emergence of the Edomite Kingdom in the Southern Levant

28mins

22 Sep 2019

Rank #16