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The Mikvah of the High-Priest Discovered Under the Tunnel Dug by King Hezekiah to Bring the Water from the Gihon Spring

Recently taken photographs in Hezekiah's tunnel in the City of David in Jerusalem prove that under the steps leading to the tunnel through which the water from the Gihon Spring runs to the City of David there are more underground spaces which were not previously known. The researchers believe that these spaces were used as a Mikvah for the special purification of the High priest in the Second Temple era.

Hezekiah's tunnel was dug around 2,700 years ago. This monumental project, undertaken by one of the most righteous kings of Israel, diverted the water from the Gihon Spring, which is outside the walls of the walls of the Biblical city, to the Pool of Siloam, which is inside the City of David, so that in times when the enemy besieged Jerusalem water would be available. The Tanach records this exciting Biblical event (2 Chronicles 32:30; 2 Kings 20:20). Two groups were involved in the digging. One started from inside the city and the other from outside the city. Thanks to G–d's miracle they met at exactly the same point. The tunnel was re-discovered during the Ottoman occupation of Israel. The Turks also found the stone that King Hezekiah placed at the entrance of the tunnel on which the story and miracle of the digging was recorded. This stone was taken to Turkey and is today in the Turkish Museum in Istanbul. The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement is attempting to have this stone returned to Israel and, if needed, will take all legal means needed to see that this occurs.

Until today it had been thought that the water had streamed directly from the spring to the tunnel and then to the pool from where the water was drawn. These new photographs reveal that the water actually followed a long path from the spring to the tunnel. Inside, these underground spaces were used as a Mikvah for the High Priest whose purification needed to be perfect and in a separate place.

The diver inside the tunnel on his way to the newly discovered spaces
The diver inside the tunnel on his way to the newly discovered spaces
David Be'eri, leader of the Jewish citizens of the City of David, shared that a diver went into the spaces with an underwater camera and that research will continue to find the total route that the water took from the Gihon Spring to the tunnel.

This is another exciting archaeological discovery around the Temple Mount which has a deep significance for the efforts and campaign for the Temple Mount and the rebuilding of the Temple and the renewal of worship in the house of G–d by the priests and all the children of Israel. At the same time, it is another godly sign of the exciting time of redemption in which we are now living and a prophetic message from G–d Who very carefully brings His people, Israel, back step-by-step to His house, His city and to the land which He gave to Israel in an eternal covenant. In a very exciting way G–d proves to His people, Israel, and all the world that He is determined to fulfil His prophetic end-time promises to Israel to rebuild His house and his kingdom in Israel in this generation. Almost every day another exciting biblical root of Israel and her relationship to G–d is discovered. These roots are the godly roots of the end-time godly tree of the State and land of Israel, the fruits of which are going to bless all mankind exactly as He promised in His prophetic end-time Word. We are so privileged and blessed to live at this godly time and to be a part of it in such a practical way and to see all these exciting and prophetic event with our own eyes. We are so thankful to G–d that He gave us the privilege to be born, live, and act at this great godly time. Every day our eyes are open to see the next godly prophetic event. The biggest of these, the rebuilding of the Temple and the coming of Mashiach ben David, is soon to come. Nobody can stop the G–d of Israel — the G–d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob — from His march back to His house on Mt. Moriah, back to His city Jerusalem, back to His land and back to His people, Israel. We are so blessed to see the end-time fulfilment of G–d's covenant with Israel.

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