Beth-arbel “the house of ambush or lying in wait” is the northern city of Irbid in Jordan. It was here that “Shalman” Hosea 10:14 the biblical reference to Shalmaneser invaded “spoiling the city in the day of battle”.  This is the Shalmaneser IV mentioned in 2Kings 17:3 whose name means “the god of Shalman (peace) is chief”. His Assyrian name was Ulula and it appears that he was a successful general but without a lineage to the throne [Josephus Antiq ix,14.2].  The king died in the year of the siege of Samaria BC722 after 5 years reign.  This sudden death meant a time of reprieve for the northern tribes, and the urgency of the message of Hosea before impending resumption of Assyrian conquests.

The message to us is clear: There is abundant signs that the return of Christ is on the cusp of becoming a reality. The message of our bible is urgent and calling for reform before the impending day of the battle!

This northern town in Jordan today is a regional centre, with one of the northern universities. Located within the university is an archeological department with a small display of finds from across Jordan.

[The map marks the location of the archeology department, and 2 blocks to the west on the roundabout the house we lived in Irbid!],35.861489&num=1&t=k&sll=32.545108,35.858592&sspn=0.002532,0.006019&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=32.545289,35.858978&spn=0.002532,0.006019&z=18