Roy’s Blog: “The Pool of Siloam”

II Kings 20:20 “Now the rest of the acts of Hezekiah and all his might, and how he made the pool [of Siloam] and the conduit and brought water into the city, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?”

Amazingly, about 700 years before Christ, Hezekiah built a 2000-foot-long tunnel through solid rock to secretly carry water from the Gihon spring in Jerusalem to the Pool in Siloam. The Pool of Siloam was 53 feet long, 18 feet wide, and 19 feet deep. Hezekiah built the tunnel and pool to ensure that Jerusalem had water if the Assyrians surrounded the city. The pool was safe inside the city.

The pool was located on a stone path (called the Pilgrimage Road) that led to the Southern Gate of the Temple (about 210 feet). According to Josephus (an historian of the times), about one million Jews would visit three times a year (spring, summer, and fall), to celebrate Jewish Feast Days (Leviticus 23). Many Jews would stop at the Pool of Siloam to take a required ritual bath before they went into the Temple. After the Romans destroyed it, the Jews were scattered, and it was not discovered until approximately 150 years ago.

Now after almost 2000 years and a fourteen-year court battle over ownership of the site, on December 27, 2022, the Israeli Antiquities Authority announced that work will begin in January 2023 to restore the Pool of Siloam and should be completed in about a year.

Could it be that those who visit a rebuilt Temple will need a place to take the ritual bath very soon? This is even more indication of how close we are to the Tribulation Period.

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