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Oil-Streaked Icon Miracle – St. George

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 12, 2009

STGiorgisAt the Israeli town of Ramla, Christians have been flocking to see what locals are calling a miracle: streaks of what looks like oil mysteriously dripping down an icon of St. George at a Greek Orthodox church named for the legendary third century dragon slayer.

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The most famous Church in the world of St. George is located at Lalibela, Ethiopia , which was built about 1200 AD.

St. George is one of the 11 rock-hewn monolithic churches which imitates a built- up structure but is cut in one piece from the rock and separated from it all round by a trench. Nowhere else in the world are constructions of this particular kind found.

Lalibela, previously known as Roha, is named after the king. The word itself, which translates to mean the bees, recognizes his sovereignty and the people of the region still recount the legend that explains why.

Lalibela was born in Roha in the second half of the twelfth century, the youngest son of the royal line of the Zagwe dynasty, which then ruled over much of northern Ethiopia. Despite several elder brothers he was destined for greatness from his earliest days. Not long after his birth, his mother found a swarm of bees around his crib and recalled an old belief that the animal world foretold important futures. She cried out: -The bees know that this child will become king.

But trials and tribulations followed. The ruling king feared for his throne and tried to have Lalibela murdered and persecutions continued for several years – culminating in a deadly potion that left the young prince in mortal sleep. During the three-day stupor, Lalibela was transported by angels to the first, second and third heavens where God told him not to worry but to return to Roha and build churches – the like of which the world had never seen before. God also told Lalibela how to design the churches, where to build them and how to decorate them.

Once he was crowned, he gathered masons, carpenters, tools, set down a scale of wages and purchased the land needed for the building. The churches are said to have been built with great speed because angels continued the work at night.

It’s quite interesting that the Lalibela legend describes him entering the heavens and then getting a commission by God, when in fact the same was true of Enoch in his legend. The stories differ but they both have fantastic details. Many of the church fathers made sure the ‘Book of Enoch’ was destroyed, but the civilization in Ethiopia made sure to preserve the text.

There are also numerous legends, myths, stories related to the construction of the 11 temple complex’s in Lalibela, including the Bet Giorgis (Church of St. George):

  • They were built by St. George with the help of angels.

  • St. Geroge “appeared” to King Lalibela and asked the king to provide him a “perfect” home.

  • King Lalbela was instructed by God to build churches for which the world had never seen. God instructed Lalibela where to build them. The King was said to have carved out one meter a day, during the day, and angels, along with St. Gabriel, carved out three meters at night.


This is a topside view of the rock-hewn Church of St. George at Lilabela Ethiopia. You can clearly see the Ethiopian style Cross.


This cross is exactly the same as the cross found on the ceramic piece at Susa, Assyria. Susa, in present day Iran, is thought to be one of the oldest cities in the world. The Tomb of Daniel, The Prophet was found here. The Susa Stratum was dated around 3200 B.C. The ceramic disc contains the famous Ethiopian/Greek Cross surrounded by three triple triangles surrounded by triple combs. This dual cross symbol has also been found in caves near Cuba (The Isle of Youth) to where, thousands of Ethiopian orphaned-children were sent during the 1980s.


Another early- preclassic Olmec bas-relief found at Chalcatzingo, south of Puebla, Mexico, which is named “El Rey”, may have been founded around 1500 B.C. At the top of the image are three comb-like clouds with feet prints headed for them. The third element of similarity seems to be the fire cross seated on top of the cave. The fire depicts a bright illumination such as would a multiple cross symbol.

Were these civilizations in contact with each other in ancient times or was there one civilization ruling over all three?

Could King Lalibela be the returned Enoch, the first man to have never died, but went to heaven?

Some people speculate about the similarity between the Mayan and Enoch Calendars. Ethiopians still have a calendar system which was designed by The first ever Prophet, Enoch.


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