By arriving at Masada 800 years too early, Elijah missed huge building projects.
1 Kings 19:3
“Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there,…”
“Let’s take the Jericho road up, ‘Lijah. I want to see Jerusalem.”
“Not this trip, Ira. Our route is along the Salt Sea.”
Elijah felt surprised at the short answer he gave Ira. Normally he gave this child whatever he asked. “What’s pushing me?” he wondered. But all he could force out for the boy was, “Maybe we can see Jerusalem another time.”
In the morning they arrived at the Arad Junction. Here an isolated mesa rose over the Dead Sea and looked down on them. On this mesa about 1,000 years later, Simeon would build Fortress Masada.
Elijah and Ira crawled into the bushes and dozed through the day. At dark again they took the road up into the hills, munching on Shillem’s dates and cheese as they climbed ─ and glugging his wine. They came up into Arad about midnight, and by four a.m. they were walking into Beersheba.
Remember the Sadducees? They were mostly wealthy priests who Jesus told, “Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.” (Matthew 22:29) Their error was not believing in the resurrection. That’s why they were so sad, you see. These priests became kings, ruling Israel
Masada – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masada#Hasmonean_fortress
Alexander Jannaeus – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Jannaeus
Judas Maccabeus – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judas_Maccabeus
Seleucid Empire – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seleucid_Empire
Hanukkah – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanukkah