Countdown To The Temple: David’s Harp Makes A Return After More Than 2,000 Years

The harp has always been a sign of joy and blessing for the Jewish people, and now many believe that the return of “David’s harp” is yet another indication that the time of the Third Temple is drawing near.  In ancient times, harps were an important part of Temple worship, but after the Temple was destroyed that part of Jewish culture was gone and many believed that it would be lost forever.  But now, thanks to a remarkable couple named Micah and Shoshanna Harrari, ancient harps are making a comeback in a major way.  The Harraris are leading the Temple Harp Project that was commissioned by the Temple Institute to create harps and lyres for the coming Third Temple.

But of course just any old harps would not be suitable for the Third Temple.  Harps of the same design that were originally used were needed, but for centuries nobody knew that they looked like.

If some evidence of what the ancient harps looked like had never been found, the return of David’s harp may never have been possible.

Fortunately, archaeologists found cave drawings of a 3,000 year-old ancient harp in Megiddo, and that gave the Harraris exactly what they needed

Such a project required preparation and research. The only harps they were familiar with were the type used to play classical music. They learned that archaeologists had discovered cave drawings of a harp in Megiddo. The drawings were believed to be 3,000 years old, meaning the Megiddo lyre would have been the instrument young David played to soothe a troubled King Saul.

“We had no idea that no one had made a harp like this in 2,000 years,” Shoshanna said. “When we first started making harps, we didn’t think anyone would even want harps. But we knew we were going to do it anyway.”

Once the Harraris began making these ancient harps, the Israeli media began paying attention, and one article resulted in a visit from the head of the Temple Institute

As a result of the article, they were contacted by Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, founder of the Temple Institute.

“He told us that one day there would be a Temple and there would need to be harps ready for the Temple service,” Shoshanna said.

Rabbi Ariel immediately commissioned a harp for the Temple Institute with the intention that it would be used in the Third Temple. More research revealed that the Temple had both nevel (harp) and kinor (lyre). As donations came in, the Temple Institute commissioned more harps from the Harraris.

Amazingly, Micah and Shoshanna Harrari were not even born in Israel.

Instead, they were both born in the United States, and as a young couple in the 1970s they spent time drifting from place to place

The story of Micah and Shoshanna Harrari is a microcosm of the Jewish exile. As a young couple in the early ‘70’s, they wandered the U.S., living in shacks, teepees, tents and sometimes sleeping outside.

“We were looking for the perfect place,” Shoshanna told Breaking Israel News. “For us, that meant someplace beautiful. We lived in some beautiful places but we were always restless. If anyone said, ‘you should check this place out,’ we would pull up roots and go live there.”

The key moment came during an evening they spent in “a shack in a forest in Colorado”.  At that time they didn’t know anything about the Bible, but after being trapped by an enormous snowstorm they pulled out the Word of God and they were astounded by what they discovered

At one point in their wanderings, they were living in a shack in a forest in Colorado. With no electricity or running water, their entertainment was limited to reading to each other by candlelight. In the winter, a massive snowstorm buried their cabin, trapping them inside. They had a plentiful supply of firewood and enough food and water, but they had read all their books. After three days of being trapped, cabin fever began to set in. In desperation, they began to read the bible they carried along their journey but had never read.

“There we were with Avraham and Sarah, our relatives, in the cabin,” Shoshanna said. “It was great. This became our main reading material and we were immediately captivated by Hashem’s words. When we got to the prophets, one message kept being repeated; that Hashem will call back the Jews so we can settle our land and never be uprooted.”

For much more on this story, please check out Breaking Israel News.  It truly is extraordinary how a couple of young American drifters that were essentially homeless are now being used to bring about the return of David’s harp for the first time in more than 2,000 years.

We truly do live in amazing times, and I have a feeling that events are about to start accelerating a great deal more.

This article originally appeared on Unexplained Mysteries.  About the author: Michael Snyder is a nationally syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is publisher of The Most Important News and the author of four books including The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters.