In 2011, Israeli archaeologist Eli Shukron excavated an ancient worship site in the City of David very near the Kidron valley. This worship site is also within thirty feet of the excavated Gihon Spring House. Dr. Shukron believes the place of worship is old enough for Melchizedek and Abraham to have worshipped there. Also found at this site is a rock pillar, much like the pillar Jacob erected to the Lord at Bethel. Some believe that this is the very pillar. There is also a small olive press for obtaining olive oil for anointing. This is the site where the “mysterious markings” that say “House of God” are located. For more information, please click HERE.
When King David was old, he had chosen Solomon to succeed him as King of Israel. However, his son Adonijah conspired to be king. When word of this action came to King David, he gave the following instructions:
“The king also said unto them, Take with you the servants of your lord, and cause Solomon my son to ride upon mine own mule, and bring him down to Gihon: And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there king over Israel: and blow ye with the trumpet, and say, God save king Solomon.” – First Kings 1:33-34
The ancient worship site is down the hill from the City of David, and as stated before, near the Kidron valley and the Gihon Spring. The instructions of David were to take Solomon down to the spring and, therefore, the worship site, and anoint him as king in that place.
This ancient place of worship was still in use at the time of David and Solomon! Solomon was anointed and crowned King of Israel at this very place! It remained the House of God until the building of the Temple in the City of David by Solomon, directly above the ancient site. When the time is right, the Lord will reveal the importance of this historic and very special place of worship. May His name always be praised!