Chapter 9: Edom, the Final Enemy The War Scroll: War of the Sons of Light vs. the Sons of Darkness The Essenes lived at the time of Jesus Christ. They considered themselves enlightened and kept meticulous records and copies of Scripture. Some Bible teachers claim that John the Baptist was an Essene, but since they were a very private sect, and John became a public figure, we cannot conclusively say there was a connection. Tradition has it that before the siege of Jerusalem by the Roman army under Titus, the Essenes stored copies of the Scriptures in a cave in the desert of Qumran, 25 miles south of the Holy City. The scrolls remained hidden until 1947, one year before Israel’s rebirth (in one day) on May 14, 1948, in fulfillment of Isaiah 66:7-8: “Before she was in labor, she gave birth; Before her pain came, She delivered a male child. Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, She gave birth to her children.” The war scroll of Qumran
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