Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Thursday after work, I'm going to Pompeii with my friend Carole.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is hosting an exhibition of artifacts found buried under 60 feet of ashes in this ancient Roman city.
Pictures by Michael Cole
Destroyed by a volcano in 79 A.D., Pompeii was rediscovered in the 1700's and provides a fascinating look into what life was like in ancient Rome. Here is Pompeii's version of McDonald's. This was actually a fast-food place.(above)
This is a temple to the "gods".
Carole and I will be viewing sculptures, paintings and mosaics, as well as other artifacts.
It's interesting that Pompeii fell shortly after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Titus, who was responsible for the former, was still in power when Pompeii went under.
Lately I've been studying the "end-times" in the book of Revelation. And exploring some of the controversies regarding...Did the tribulation already happen? Of course I also must look at Isaiah, Daniel and a few other books. I'm glad this opportunity came up to see Pompeii because it fits into what I'm reading about.
I recently read the account by first century historian, Josephus, about the fall of Jerusalem. He was an eyewitness. It was not easy to read in parts...quite violent. I can see how some people thought (and think) this was the "tribulation". But I won't get into that right now...or this will be a long post!
I got through my busy week (see former post), and the hearing I spoke of caused some anxiety, but it went well. And God's grace and help were both evident.
IN MY HOME POST (PREVIOUS) WHEN I WROTE "THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME", some of you may have thought that I photographed my own home. But that is not my home. It was just a warm and friendly home that I liked--thus the comment.
I'll show you around my own home someday!