Have you ever heard of the
uncovered from Jerusalem?
I came to know about the Seal
through the book
published in 1999 by Reuven Efraim Schmalz and Raymond Robert Fischer
(Olim Publications, Israel).
"The Messianic Seal of the Jerusalem Church"
book front cover is shown below.
What the book reveals is the discovery
underground grotto in Mt. Zion
Upper Room building
(which enshrines a memorial David’s Tomb – not the real one)
This building is on a
on the SW of the Old Jerusalem city
outside the walls
(for a map, please read the author’s article on the Real Calvary on this website).
The story goes
that an old Greek Orthodox monk
forty artifacts in a cavity
in the rock adjacent to David’s tomb
before the 1967 war.
Many of these pottery shards,
and stone pieces were engraved with a
that combined a menorah,
Star of David,
and a fish symbol
(with a cross at the center of some).
In 1990 these artifacts came to the attention of Ludwig Schneider,
editor in chief of Israel Update
when he visited the monk.
It is from Schneider the book authors
learned of the artifacts.
Click on the color image below for more in-depth information on the
discovery of this symbol, it's origin and it's meaning.
The stone piece in the image is supposed to be used as a
base for holding an
One of the pieces found had the Aramaic inscription which translates to
'For the Oil of the Spirit'
almost identical to the use in James 5:14-16
where anointing oil is mentioned.
The grotto where the pieces were found
is supposed to be an area in the first century church
(believed to have been underground)
used for baptismal purposes.
seven-branched oil lamp
it is a
distinctly Jewish symbol
and stands for the Torah
This lamp shone in
the Holy Place before
Yahweh in the
Holy of Holies.
The Menorah is also a symbol of the
Tree of Life.
The Star of David symbolizes
descended from David,
or shall we say,
from the roots of Jesse.
The foot of the Menorah could be considered the
The Fish symbol
first century representation
coined from the Greek word for fish, the
Greek letters representing
'Jesus Christ God Son Savior'.