Our museum is located at 303 Bay Street, Monroe, North Carolina.
Admission is free.  Please call before your visit to insure that either I or Dianne will be available for your tour.

Tabernacle Replica

Auschwitz Barracks

 

When most people think of Israel they think of the Holocaust.  When my wife and I were in Israel a few years ago, I acquired a nail from an actual triple-tiered bunk bed that came from the Auschwitz concentration camp.  I decided that the best way to display this nail would be with an actual picture of an Auschwitz barrack with bunk beds and a very famous picture of a woman with her three grandchildren on their way to the gas chambers at Auschwitz in May, 1944.  A very humbling photo.

 

The word Holocaust is a Greek word that means “a whole burnt offering”.  After the Temple was destroyed by the Roman General Titus in 69-70 CE and there was no place for Israel to perform their sacrifices, Israel, the people, became the whole burnt offering and they have been severely persecuted for almost 2000 years.

Land of Israel

 

The struggle to establish a home for the Jewish people began in earnest with the Balfour Declaration of July 18, 1917.  In part it states, “His Majesty’s Government, after considering the aims of the Zionist Organization, accept the principle of recognizing Palestine as the National Home of the Jewish people and the right of the Jewish people to build up its national life in Palestine under a protection to be established at the conclusion of peace, following upon the successful issue of the war”.  This Declaration was made in part by the efforts of Dr. Chaim Weizmann who made many contributions to Britain during World War I.  A significant contribution was a method to manufacture acetone which is necessary in the production of smokeless gunpowder.

 

The first map is the British Mandate from 1920 – 1946.  This map shows the current land of Israel plus the land presently occupied by Jordan. Oil was discovered in the Middle East during the 1930’s and it did not take long to figure out it was easier and more economical to operate battleships with oil verses coal.  As a result the state of Jordan was formed.  There are no significant oil wells located in Israel at present. 

 

The British Partition of 1946 is shown in the second picture and is pretty much the land of Israel today.

 

The final photo is the United Nation Partition of 1947.  It looks like a lot of land but if you have ever been to Israel, you know that all the land below Beersheba is desert.  The Arab population would not accept the UN Partition and declared they were going to push the Jews into the Mediterranean Sea.  The Arabs declared war but were defeated.  There have been several wars since then but the Arabs have lost in each conflict.  It appears the Arab nations finally understand they can not defeat Israel in battle and are now trying to destroy Israel diplomatically. 

 

What does the Bible record the land of Israel to be?  Genesis 13:17-18 and Genesis 15:18-21 indicates the land is between the Nile and the Euphrates.  The Essene Writings from Qumran, A. Dupont-Sommer, 1961, The Genesis Apocryphon gives a more complete description but does not clearly identify the southern boundary which includes Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, etc.  Whatever the actual territory is, it is much bigger than the area Israel currently possesses. 


Declaration of Independence

 

On the 29th November, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the establishment of a Jewish State in Eretz-Israel; the General Assembly required the inhabitant of Eretz-Israel to take such steps as were necessary on their part for the implementation of that resolution. This recognition by the United Nations of the right of the Jewish people to establish their State is irrevocable.

 

This right is the natural right of the Jewish people to be masters of their own fate, like all other nations, in their own sovereign State.

 

Declaration of Independence

 

ACCORDING WE, MEMBERS OF THE PEOPLE’S COUNCIL, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF ERETZ-ISRAEL AND OF THE ZIONIST MOVEMENT, ARE HERE ASSEMBLED ON THE DAY OF THE TERMINATION OF THE BRITISH MANDATE OVER ERETZ-ISRAEL AND, BY VIRTUE OF OUR NATURAL AND HISTORIC RIGHT AND ON THE STRENGTH OF THE RESOLUTION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY, HEREBY DECLARE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A JEWISH STATE IN ERETZ-ISRAEL, TO BE KNOWN AS THE STATE OF ISRAEL.

 

WE DECLARE that, with effect from the moment of the termination of the Mandate, being tonight, the eve of  Sabbath, the 6th Iyar, 5708 (15th May, 1948), until the establishment of the elected, regular authorities of the State in accordance with the Constitution which shall be adopted by the Elected Constituent Assembly not later than the 1st October, 1948, the People’s Council shall act as a Provisional Council of State, and its executive organ, the People’s Administration, shall be the Provisional Government of the Jewish State, to be called “Israel”.

THE STATE OF ISRAEL will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.

THE STATE OF ISRAEL is prepared to cooperate with the agencies and representatives of the United Nations in implementing the resolution of the General Assembly of the 29th November, 1947, and will take steps to bring about the economic union of the whole of Eretz-Israel.

We APPEAL to the United Nations to assist the Jewish people in the building-up of its State and to receive the State of Israel into the comity of nations.

WE APPEAL -- in the very midst of the onslaught launched against us now for months – to the Arab inhabitants of the State of Israel to preserve peace and participate in the upbuilding of the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its provisional and permanent institutions.

WE EXTEND our hand to all neighbouring states and their people in an offer of peace and good neighbourliness, and appeal to them to establish bonds of cooperation and mutual help with the sovereign Jewish people settled in its own land.  The State of Israel is prepared to do its share in common effort for the advancement of the entire Middle East.

WE APPEAL TO THE Jewish people throughout the Diaspora to rally round the Jews of Eretz-Israel in the tasks of immigration and upbuilding and to stand by them in the great struggle for the realization of the age-old dream--the redemption of Israel.

PLACING OUR TRUST IN THE ALMIGHTY, WE AFFIX OUR SIGNATURES TO THIS PROCLAMATION AT THIS SESSION OF THE PROVISIONAL COUNCIL OF STATE, ON THE SOIL OF THE HOMELAND, IN THE CITY OF TEL-AVIV, ON THIS SABBATH EVE, THE 5TH DAY OF Iyar, 5708 (14th MAY, 1948).

 

May 16, 1948 A Land Born in a Day

 

Who hath heard such a thing?

Who hath seen such things?

Shall a land be born in one day?

Shall a nation be brought forth at once?

Isaiah 66:8

 

The Palestine Post

 

This is the front page of The Palestine Post on Sunday May 16,1948, the first day of Israel’s independence and statehood..

 

The Flag of Israel

 

Psalms 60:6 To those who fear you, you gave a banner to be raised high, for truth’s sake.

 

Psalms 28:7 Hashem is my strength and my Shield,

 

Genesis 12:1-3 Hashem said to Abram, “Go for yourself from your land, from your relatives. And from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.  And I will make of you a great nation; and you shall be blessed.  I will bless those who bless you, and him who curses you I will curse; and all the families of the earth shall bless themselves by you.”

 

 

Temple Mount

 

The first picture on top shows the Temple Mount as it is today with the gold Dome of the Rock currently in the location where the Third Temple will be constructed.

 

The second picture below left shows the Third Temple superimposed where the Dome of the Rock is located today.

 

The third picture on the right shows the Golden Gate or Mercy Gate which was blocked up by Suleyman I, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire in 1537.

 

All three pictures were taken from the Mount of Olives, and in pictures 1 and 2 shows the Golden Gate in the lower right hand corner.  Just as the door to the Upper Room was closed, the Messiah will enter Jerusalem through the closed Golden Gate and they will know He is the Messiah.

 

Ezekiel 44:1. Then he brought me back the way of the outer gate of the sanctuary, which looketh toward the east; and it was shut.  2. And the LORD said unto me: “This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, neither shall any man enter in by it, for the LORD , the God of Israel, will enter in by it; therefore it shall be shut.  3. As for the prince, being a prince, he shall sit therein to eat bread before the LORD; he shall enter by the way of the porch of the gate, and shall go out by the way of the same”.

Tanach Foot Note – The Prince of this and the following chapters is either the Kohen Gadol (Rashi); the king (R’Menachem cited by Rashi to 45:17); or the Messiah (Metzudos).

 

Museum Library

 

The Museum Library collection includes over 1500 religious publications dating back to the early 1800’s.  Most of these books were collected by Mr. Ralph H. Mount from used book stores and individuals he met over the years during his ministry.

 

We recently received an excellent collection of 75 books on the history of Israel from Mr. Ed Pizer of Charlotte.  While a resident of Israel and the USA, Mr. Pizer had a hobby of studying the history of Israel and accumulated an excellent collection of books on the State of Israel, it’s people and places.  He also became a certified tour guide as well.

 

Study Tank

 

The underground Study Tank, located underneath the Museum is an 8,000 gallon steel tank covered with fiberglass measuring 22 feet long and 8 feet in diameter.  The Tank provides an excellent place to study and store old books.  It remains at a relative constant temperature and humidity.  Pages of older books contain a high level of acid which makes them susceptible to deterioration in the presence of moisture and heat; therefore, the Tank makes an excellent storage room.