Gilbert House Fellowship #224: Nehemiah 1-5

NEARLY ONE hundred years after Cyrus issued his decree allowing the Jews to return to Jerusalem, the walls of the Holy City still had not been rebuilt.

Nehemiah, cupbearer to the Persian king Artaxerxes, was granted permission to return to Judah for twelve years and oversee the rebuilding of the walls and gates of Jerusalem. We discuss the opposition to Nehemiah, from without and within, and how he directed his crews to work while prepared to defend themselves.

Josh and Christina Peck need your help. Pray for their son, Nathan, who was recently diagnosed with T-cell leukemia. The whole family is with Nathan while he’s being treated. If you are led to help financially, you can do so at


  1. Thank you for the update on Nathan. Love & prays for Nathan !

  2. Have been praying daily for Nathan and only too happy to help them in their time of need. I keep you in my prayers also

  3. After listening to your podcast today, confused a little with Neh 1:1 and Neh 2:1. Nehemiah waited 4months before going to the King. Shouldn’t Nisan be in the 21 st year since Nisan is the 1st month of a New year?

    1. Author

      Hi, Judy: It was the 20th year of Artaxerxes’ reign, which apparently didn’t begin on the first day of the new year.

      1. Thanks Mr. Gilbert. Appreciate you taking the time to help me with that question.

  4. I learn so much from you! You are my home fellowship when I’m to sick to go to church (which is becoming more frequent). Love you both. Praying for little Nathan and his mom and dad. 🙏

  5. I know we are studying the rebuilding of the city walls, but Nehemiah reminded me of a question I have for Mr. Gilbert. I recently saw Bob Cornuke pose that the temple was in the city of David and NOT on the Temple Mount, as the Temple Mount/wailing wall is actually part of the Roman barracks. This ties into SkyWatch book about the “Third Temple” project. If true, this would would allow the Jews to start rebuilding anytime..Just wondering if you had heard of Mr. Cornuke’s work? God Bless you and Mrs. Gilbert and we are also praying for the Peck family..

    1. Author

      Hi, Kristopher: Thank you for your note! I’ve had the privilege of interviewing Bob Cornuke and we’re familiar with his work. However, according to Josephus, the Temple was wider than the City of David, which is a narrow hill that’s only . It’s unlikely the Temple would have been built to hang out over the Kidron Valley. I respect Bob, but on this I agree with the archaeologists and rabbis.

      That said, sacrifices took place without a temple at Shiloh for more than 300 years. There wouldn’t necessarily have to be a Temple to consecrate a new Holy of Holies. If Jim Barfield, director of the Copper Scroll project is right, the Tabernacle may be hidden at Qumran, and it could possibly be erected there.

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