Keeping in mind the Jubilean concept of reversal:
Since the last Israelis to occupy Masada were soldiers, therefore the first to return would need to be soldiers.
The leader of the expedition to uncover the graves was a military man uniquely qualified for this role. His name was Yigael Yadin
His military and other credentials
March 20, 1917
Yigael Yadin, a general also known for his archaeological work, is born in Jerusalem. His father is an archaeologist, and his mother is a women’s rights activist.
Yadin joins the Haganah when he is 15 years old and goes on full active duty during the Arab Rebellion of 1936. He rises to become the head of operations for the Haganah General Staff in 1943. Although he leaves the Haganah in 1946, he returns to his role as the head of operations before the War of Independence, and his tactics outsmart Egyptian forces in the Negev campaign of December 1948. In 1949 he serves as the military adviser to the Israeli delegation in armistice talks with Egypt in Rhodes and is a delegate at the Lausanne peace conference. While in Switzerland, he studies that nation’s military reserve system, and he brings a similar system of a small standing army and a large reserve force to the Israel Defense Forces.
Yadin succeeds Yaakov Dori to become the IDF’s second chief of staff in 1949 and holds the post until retiring in 1952 amid disagreements with Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion over the military budget. Ending his military career at age 35, Yadin turns to his true passion: archaeology.
Serving on the faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Yadin helps acquire four of the original Dead Sea Scrolls in 1954 and plays a significant role in translating them. He leads an expedition to search Dead Sea caves for relics and discovers letters written by Simon Bar Kochba, who led a rebellion against the Romans from 132 to 135 C.E. He also runs excavations of Masada, Hatzor and Megiddo. In writing about his excavations, he connects the findings to Jewish history and the Bibl
He serves on the Agranat Commission, which investigates the intelligence failures behind the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Four years later, he is elected to the Knesset with the new Democratic Movement for Change, known as Dash, and after his party joins the Likud-led coalition of Prime Minister Menachem Begin, he is named deputy prime minister. But he retires from politics in 1981 after one term,
Yadin dies June 28, 1984, at age 67.(From the Israeled.org website)
Something that is worth noting is that his birth name was not Yigael Yadin.
That was his code name during years of covert military operations, but he became so well known by it in military circles that eventually he legally changed it.
It is worth noting that he was not just the son of an archaeologist, but the son of Israel’s leading archaeologist, Eliezer Sukenik, the man who first translated the Dead Sea Scrolls. He grew up in an environment steeped in history and archaeology, although by the time of the excavations of Masada (1963-65) he had an earned PhD in Archaeology and was highly respected in this field.
Hidden on top of Masada throughout the centuries was not only the graves of the Israeli soldiers but also Scripture parchments, the most prominent being Ezekiel 37 the vision of the dry bones being restored to life and forming a great army. Which in a sense is what was happening. The army of Israel had come back to life and was and still is a force to be reckoned with.
To give a sense of perspective think of what had happened in that time period in which the prophecy was hidden on to of Masada, waiting for the restoration of the nation and the army of Israel: The Empire of Rome which had crushed Israel had crumbled and fallen, the Crusades had taken place, Columbus had “discovered” America. The American continent had been fought over and settled. World Wars had come and gone. The Holocaust, which was designed to wipe out the Jewish race had almost succeeded. Against all odds Israel had returned as a nation in her own right, and though unknown to and unrealized by her at this point was on her way to becoming a Super Power. Throughout all those events the promise of God through Ezekiel was there on Masada waiting to be revealed until the time ordained by God had come.
Here we see An eternal principle being fulfilled: When God makes a promise He keeps it, even if it is thousands of years in being fulfilled.
A trap people so easily fall into – Thinking that things will go on just as they always have – that God is asleep or doesn’t care.
Some words of perspective and encouragement II Peter 2 & 3
II Peter 2
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. 2 Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; 3 and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.
4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; 5 and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; 6 and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter; 7 and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men 8 (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), 9 then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, 10 and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority.
Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties, 11 whereas angels who are greater in might and power do not bring a reviling judgment against them before the Lord. 12 But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed, 13 suffering wrong as the wages of doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, as they carouse with you, 14 having eyes full of adultery that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children; 15 forsaking the right way, they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 16 but he received a rebuke for his own transgression, for a mute donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of the prophet.
17 These are springs without water and mists driven by a storm, for whom the black darkness has been reserved. 18 For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, 19 promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved. 20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. 21 For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them. 22 It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A dog returns to its own vomit,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.”
II Peter 2
3 Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” 5 For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, 6 through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. 7 But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
8 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. 9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.
11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! 13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.
14 Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, 15 and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, 16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. 17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
Seeing those words in action and seeing them unfold in the Jubilean events of 1967:
Remembering that the Jubilee is the reversal of the process:
As Masada was the last to fall so the first to be regained and restored
As Jerusalem was the first to fall so it would be the last to be regained and restored.
As the original Israeli soldiers went from Jerusalem to Masada, in the Jubilee the Israeli
soldiers would go from Masada to Jerusalem. This would take place in the Jubilee year
of 1967 and once more Yadin would play a key role.
Above: The man on the left is Yadin during one of his military operations.
(Picture taken from Facebook)