The Secret of the Missing Scrolls – Part 3

The Secret of the Missing Scrolls; fun Bible adventure theme for kids

DEAD SEA SCROLLS ~ A FUN BIBLE ADVENTURE THEME FOR KIDS

This theme is a fun time-travel adventure for kids, bringing history and the Bible to life while confirming that God says what He means and means what He says. Click here for part 1 which includes a free sample letter you can download for your child; and part 2 for the first article in this series. All about the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, this theme is designed to teach our children that they can ABSOLUTELY trust God’s Word! Now, here is the second article in this exciting free series…

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DID YOU KNOW

  • New discoveries in archaeology over the centuries have ALWAYS CONFIRMED THE BIBLE TO BE ACCURATE IN EVERY TINY DETAIL! So much so, that many secular archaeologists use the Bible as a guide.
  • Preparations are well underway today to rebuild the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. They don’t have political approval for the land just yet, but they have been quietly preparing everything they need for the inside. Just as the Lord Jesus foretold in Luke 19:41-44, the temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. by the Romans, and has never been rebuilt. The Lord Jesus also states in these verses WHY the temple was destroyed (fascinating! – check it out). But Jesus, Daniel, Paul, and John all make references to the Jewish temple as once again standing by the mid-point of The Great Tribulation, so it WILL be rebuilt. Read more…

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THE SECRET OF THE MISSING SCROLLS ~ ARTICLE 2 FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE (A4)

This FREE article for kids is the second of a two-part series. They are designed to compliment each other, so you will need to send both. This article is about the secrets of archaeology and is available in English or French. Scroll down to the end of this post to read the article text.

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The Secret of the Missing Scrolls article; fun Bible adventure theme for kids about the Dead Sea Scrolls; free printable

DOWNLOAD:  English | French

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LAMINATE

Laminate the articles for your homeschool or Sunday school students to keep them looking nice. For this series, you may like to laminate both articles back-to-back in the one laminating sleeve. Or you may like to make up your own DIY Activity Book and add some fun activities.

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OTHER LANGUAGES

For other sponsored children who are NOT ENGLISH or FRENCH speaking, this article can still be sent to them, but you may like to make sure to include all text in the letter so that it gets translated. (Note: please check the current guidelines to see if this is necessary). Add a short note and some hugs and kisses and that’s an extra letter. If you would like to do this for your child too, you are welcome to ‘copy and paste’ any of my text below.

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RELATED LINKS

The Secrets of the Missing Scrolls – part 1 – p2 – p4p5 – p6p7p8

The Secret of the Missing Scrolls; fun Bible adventure theme for kids

Bible Treasure Theme – part 1p2p3

Bible Treasure Theme for kids; colourful pirate bookmark corners to cut out and fold over your page; free printable

Older Boys

FREE Dare to be a Daniel poster for kids (Daniel in the Lions' Den) with Bible verse from Daniel 1:8; free printable

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SECRETS OF ARCHAEOLOGY ~ ARTICLE 2 TEXT

Archaeology is when scientists dig up old ruins to see what they can find about ancient civilisations and the people who once lived there. This extremely important work also helps us find out more about the Bible.

The year was 68AD. The Roman warriors were coming, viciously tearing through Judea, brutally destroying everything and everyone in their path. They were on their way to destroy God’s holy city of Jerusalem and His Temple. Jesus had warned this would happen (Luke 19:41-44). Everyone was in a panic. A small community of Jewish people lived at Qumran, near the Dead Sea. They were right in the soldiers’ path. They made a desperate decision. Wrapping hundreds of fragile scrolls in linen, they placed their priceless treasures gently inside clay jars, and hid them in caves. It represented 300 years of hard work—carefully copying God’s Word and other important documents. They hoped to be able to return someday to collect them. They never did. But God kept their treasure safe in the volatile Middle East—for nearly 2000 years! 

Their secret was finally discovered by a shepherd in 1947; and an archaeological excavation began. It uncovered 11 caves hiding 950 scrolls, jars, bowls, lamps, leather, cloth and the sole of one leather shoe! I imagine someone long ago limping around in the desert! Can you? Today, you can visit the archaeological site of Khirbet Qumran, nestled in the hills about a mile inland from the Dead Sea. The hike up to the ruins is dry, dusty and hot. However, the view and the beauty of the desert makes it worthwhile. You can see the ancient ruins among the sandy, rocky surroundings, and the Dead Sea stretching out in the distance. Scholars think the scrolls were written in a monastery there, between 250BC to 68AD. The Dead Sea Scrolls confirm that the Old Testament Bible we read today is accurate. In fact, new discoveries in archaeology over the centuries have ALWAYS confirmed the Bible to be ACCURATE IN EVERY TINY DETAIL. God’s Word is so precise that secular archaeologists often use it as a guide! Oh, and what happened to Jerusalem and the Temple? They were destroyed by the Romans in 70AD, just as Jesus had warned. God’s people, the Jews, were scattered. The Temple has never been rebuilt. But God is directing history and His timing is precise. He still has big plans for them. They finally returned home to rebuild Israel in 1948, just as God had also promised. And just in time to receive their scrolls, which God had kept safely hidden in the desert for them all that time—amazing!

Quotes by Archaeologists

  • ‘Forgotten cities have been found, the handiwork of vanished peoples has reappeared, contemporary records of biblical events have been unearthed… Nowhere has archaeological discovery refuted the Bible as history.’ John Elder, archaeologist
  • ‘It may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted [that means, disagreed with] a biblical reference.’ Nelson Glueck, world famous archaeologist

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THANK YOU / MERCI BEAUCOUP!

A very big thank you to D. Walther for very kindly providing the French translation of this article for us on behalf of all our French speaking children.

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And when you write to your sponsored child, don’t forget to tell them whose words were ‘God-breathed’ onto those scrolls all those centuries ago. The God of the Old Testament is the same Lord Jesus who walked the streets of first century Israel, who died to pay the penalty of our sins and then rose again…

Tell them about Jesus!

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Information from: deadseascrolls.org.il; dss.collections.imj.org.il; khouse.org; imj.org.il/en/wings/shrine-book; timesofisrael.com/google-meets-qumran-thousands-of-dead-sea-scrolls-fragments-go-online; and other sources 
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