Monday, December 27, 2010

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Dr. Vendyl Jones Has Left Us

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Dr. Vendyl Jones past away Monday morning in Texas.

Vendyl Jones was a Ben Noach, one who scrupulously follows the seven laws of Noah. A man of deep faith, he was steeped in the study of the Torah and Talmud. The breath and depth of his knowledge was vouched for by a number of rabbinical scholars.

"In that day, I will raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: that they may possess the remnant of mankind. Thus says HaShem, upon them, the gentiles that are called by my name, that do this!" Amos 9:11-12

On the basis of this pasuk (passage) Dr. Jones spent a significant part of his life searching for the holy treasures of the First Temple. And, he found some, including anointing oil and incense from the Holy Temple!

He spent the last decades of his life zeroing in on the location of the lost vessels of the Beis HaMikdash.  Literally on a hunt for the Ark of the Covenant, the Golden Menorah and Golden Altar, and so forth. 

[This paragraph excerpted from End of Days.] At the end of his long life he wanted to drill a bore hole into the Cave of the Column in Qumran to see if the treasures of Betzalel were hidden there, believing he’d finally found the location of the Menorah, the Golden Table, and the Ark of the Covenant. All of these things were hidden during the reign of Josaiah (Yoshiyahu), the great king of Yehudah, in the waning days of the First Temple period.

Yet he ran into political resistance, for Qumran is in what was or is to become Palestine.  He was denied permits, blocked from renting equipment, blocked from moving funds, and soldiers were posted at the site having declared it “a closed military zone”, all preventing his research and investigation but not stopping him from keeping on trying.

While he was a firm believer in Judaism and a number of his children converted, he intentionally chose not to convert, to be able to approach and bring out the Temple vessels if he found them (as according to Jewish law only purified kohanim among the Jews could do so safely – and we don’t currently have the proper components for the purification).

Someone else will have to carry on this mission when the proper time comes. For now, Baruch Dayan Emeth for the soul of this great man.  May his neshama merit the highest levels for those who dedicated their lives to Hashem, the Torah, Israel, and the Jewish people and the righteous among the nations.

[ Funeral info - Clayton Kay-Vaughn Funeral Home, Grandview, Texas, 817-866-3311 ]

He is survived by five children, two of whom converted to Judaism and live in Israel.

(Photograph – Dr. Jones fundraising for his investigations in Livingston, New Jersey, around 2003 or so.)

4 comments:

Crazy Smade said...

Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

Well, at least a couple of his kids were able to convert. That doesn't surprise me, because the so-called Noachiade Movement leaves MUCH to be desired and seems to be as fractionalized as so many other personality driven sects and counter-sects.

Given his previous finds, it's sad that the Israeli government blocked Dr. Jones and decided to kowtow to the PA and the concerns of the pro-PA element among the Nations.

What's even sadder is that HaShem continues to fund and empower the PA and the pro-PA element among the Nations.

Oh well.... HaShem's ways are above mine. I'm just suppose to trust that everything is going to work out for the best, right?

I certianly can't see how funding and empowering Jew haters and the anti-emunah crowd is suppose to work toward the ultimate good, but then ... I suspect that I'm not alone in that. Would that I could grasp the Big Picture.

AmericanKnitter said...

He was a good man. Full of faith, and passion for G-d.

I was blessed to be his student.

May he rest in peace.

Leah said...

My father passed on October 13th of this year. He was a Ben Noach. He admired Dr. Vendyl Jones very much. He was a righteous gentile among the nations and it is a great z'chus for his neshama in Shemayim that he lived his life this way. He is also survived by wonderful children, two of whom converted to Judaism which is an additional z'chus for his neshama. He was also a part of a group that rabbanim appointed for the Benai Noachide in Israel. There was a ceremony and it was a wonderful event- truly something that could happen in this time being so close to the geulah. What a truly amazing man. May he rest in peace and may Hashem judge him favorably. May his wife and children be comforted.

josh said...

I heared him speak in Cochav Yaakov a few years ago and was very enthusiastic because he told us that the Rebbe told him he would find everything he looked for. Evidently, the sitra achra is working overtime to make sure his search is not fully successful. I hope someone is continuing his efforts.

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