Ancient Mysteries of the Bible Part V
At this point in our discussion I would like to stop and slow down a bit. There is an issue which merits great deliberation and study. It is the issue of the pre-historic examples we have of very sophisticated knowledge coming from the dawn of time. This ranges from commonly known examples such as writing, mathematics and stone work to the more extraordinary examples of aeronautics, power plants, computers and vast astronomical understanding. In this next section I will attempt to give a chronologically correct summarization of the mysteries of ancient technologies and how they relate, not only to the Bible, but also, how they relate to us today.
To truly wrap our mind around the notion of civilizations that existed before the written record is staggering enough, but then you begin to look at the evidence of sophisticated technology that rivals, or even surpasses our own and you begin to get overwhelmed. Yet, we in the 21st century are confronted with more and more evidence which supports what seemed wild speculation just a few decades ago. Fringe theories are now the mainstream voice of the History Channel, Discovery Channel and the like. The "kooks" are now the majority. The fact is that science and archeology are proving the writings of the Bible, the Sumerians and many other ancient "mythologies". I believe it is safe to say that there was obviously a civilization that existed thousands of years before Sumeria. This civilization obviously had very advanced knowledge and technologies. The archeological record goes back to around 40,000 b.c. when it comes to evidence of pre-historic civilizations. Let us begin our discussion there.
An early Paleolithic skull on display in London’s Natural History Museum would seem to defy all conventional archeology. Dated at 38,000 years old and excavated in 1921 in modern Zambia, the skull bears a perfectly round hole about a third of an inch in diameter on its left side. Opposite the hole, the cranium is shattered, and reconstruction of the fragments show that the skull was smashed from the inside out, as if from a bullet wound. Forensic experts who have examined the skull all agree that the cranial damage could only have been caused by a high speed projectile. Could it be, that ancient man had projectile weapons? The evidence speaks very loudly.
Next let’s consider an affidavit made by Frank J. Kenwood in 1912: “While I was working in the Municipal Electric Plant in Thomas, Okla, in 1912, I came upon a solid chunk of coal which was too large to use. I broke it with a sledge hammer. This iron pot fell from the center, leaving the impression or mould of the pot in the piece of coal. It was found that the source of the coal came from the Wilburton, Oklahoma, Mines.” According to Robert O. Fay of the Oklahoma Geological Survey, the Wilburton mine coal is about 312 million years old. There is no other explanation for this other than the pot was there before the coal and the coal formed around it through millions of years of geologic transformation.
These two examples of technology from tens of thousands, if not millions of years ago really expands our minds. Could there have been civilizations before the Egyptians, the Sumerians? I am convinced of it. I have seen too much to prove its truth. The question we are asking here is what level of technological advancement did these ancient civilizations achieve? The answers, I am sorry to say, only deepen the mystery. In the next several pages I will try to bring some of these examples under scrutiny. I will hop from one example to the other, outside of chronological order, so bear with me. The fact is, there is so much material to consider, it would take another book to really talk about all of it.
Let’s continue our discussion with an object from the earliest Biblical history, the Ark of the Covenant. Many are probably thinking; "What? It's a box?". In fact, it is a box. But a very special and unique box. The actual dimensions, construction blueprint and building materials are all directly from God to Moses. In Exodus 25:10-22, God commands Moses to have this built to His specifications. He calls out the type of wood, the gold, where to put the pole holes, how to construct the mercy seat, or cover. He even orders the tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written to be placed inside, along with Aarons rod and a jar of manna. It is said to symbolize Gods covenant with the Jewish people. But what was it? What made it so special?
According to the Pentateuch, the Ark was built at the command of God, in accord with Moses' prophetic vision on Mount Sinai (Exodus 25:10-16). God was said to have talked with Moses "from between the two cherubim" on the Ark's cover (Exodus 25:22). Does this sound like some type of radio device? Assuming God wields the power of his every wish, why the communication device? The Ark and its sanctuary, called the Holy of Holies, were called "the beauty of Israel" (Lamentations 2:1). Some Midrashim suggest that there were two arks - a temporary one made by Moses himself, and a later one constructed by Bezalel, an Israelite craftsman.
Biblical accounts tell us that during the Israelites' exodus from Egypt, the Ark was carried by priests some 2,000 cubits, or 1,000 m; 3,400 ft (Numbers 35:5; Joshua 4:5) in advance of the people and their army, or host (Num. 4:5-6; 10:33-36; Psalms 68:1; 132:8). When the Ark was borne by priests into the bed of the Jordan, water in the river separated, opening a pathway for the entire host to pass through (Josh. 3:15-16; 4:7-18). The city of Jericho was taken with no more than a shout after the Ark of Covenant was paraded for seven days around its wall by seven priests sounding seven trumpets of rams' horns (Josh. 6:4-20). When carried, the Ark was always wrapped in a veil, in tachash skins (the identity of this animal is uncertain), and a blue cloth, and was carefully concealed, even from the eyes of the Cohanim, or priests who carried it.
The Ark was carried by the Israelites during their 40-years of wandering in the desert. Whenever the Israelites camped, the Ark was placed in a special and sacred tent, the Tabernacle. When the Israelites fought the Amalekites, the Ark provided them with God's protection.
When the Israelites, led by Joshua toward the Promised Land, arrived at the banks of the River Jordan, the Ark was carried in the lead preceding the people, and was the signal for their advance (Joshua 3:3, 6). During the crossing, the river grew dry as soon as the feet of the priests carrying the Ark touched its waters; and remained so until the priests—with the Ark—left the river, after the people had passed over (Josh. 3:15-17; 4:10, 11, 18). As memorials, twelve stones were taken from the Jordan at the place where the priests had stood (Josh. 4:1-9).
Priests worshipping the Ark A reflection of the order of heaven, the Tabernacle
In the Battle of Jericho, the Ark was carried round the city once a day for seven days, preceded by the armed men and seven priests sounding seven trumpets of rams' horns (Josh. 6:4-15). On the seventh day the seven priests sounding the seven trumpets of rams' horns before the Ark compassed the city seven times and with a great shout, Jericho's wall fell down flat and the people took the city (Josh. 6:16-20). After the defeat at Ai, Joshua lamented before the Ark (Josh. 7:6-9). When Joshua read the Law to the people between MountGerizim and MountEbal, they stood on each side of the Ark.
The Old Testament is filled with references about the Ark. At one time, it is captured by Goliath (a genetic cousin of the Nephilim race) and taken by the Philistines. They take the Ark back to Philistine and open it up and let all pass before it. Then the people who passed before it are afflicted with tumors and boils on the skin. They not only return the Ark to the Israelites, but they send gold offerings carved and molded into scenes of the suffering caused by the timorous curse given by the Ark. Another time, the Israelites are carrying it into battle and it flies on its own power and shoots lightning or energy from it and destroys the enemy’s soldiers. This is obviously much more than a box. Then, in 586 B.C., the Babylonians sacked Jerusalem and the Ark was lost from historical record. That is until a number of determined searches have turned up some very interesting clues and possible locations of the Ark. But, to this day, the Ark is still considered undiscovered.
But what is it? What did the Ark actually do? Many theories are around concerning those questions. Was it some type of "radio" that Moses used to talk to God? Because the Bible does, in plain writing, describe the Ark as being exactly that. Was it some sort of weapon? Because again, the Bible makes mention of it destroying the enemies of Israel. Was it radioactive? Because the Bible makes it clear that to even look at it would cause tumors. The purpose of the Ark is as mysterious as its function.
But where did the Ark go? It seems it has been lost to history. The last mention of it is from the Book of Jubilees, where it is described as being hidden by the prophet Jeremiah. In the story, Jerusalem is encircled by the armies of the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, in around 550 B.C. and Jeremiah takes the Ark into a cave which has come to be known as Jeremiahs grotto. Other legends describe the Ark as being taken to Ethiopia, where it is said to reside to this day. Some legends speak of the Ark being discovered by the Knights Templar, during their excavating of the temple mound in 1099 a.d., then taken by Henry Sinclair, a descendant of one of the original Knights Templar, to the coast of Nova Scotia, where he built a very elaborate hydraulic system of tunnels and pits, where he deposited the Ark for safe keeping. Many treasure hunters, including John Wayne, Erol Flynn and Franklin Delano Roosevelt have financed attempts to recover whatever may be buried in the pit, with no success.
The testimony of Ron Wyatt, an armature archeologist with some very impressive finds (i.e. the resting place of Noah’s Ark, the real Mount Sinai, the location of Sodom & Gomorrah) is very compelling. In his story, he purports to have discovered Jeremiahs Grotto directly under the crucifixion site of Jesus. When Jesus died on the cross, the Bible notes that the earth shook and the rock split. The site where Ron Wyatt claims the crucifixion does have a fissure next to the cross hole. Under this site there is also a cave where Ron Wyatt claims to have found the actual Ark. He also claims that it is guarded by four angels who he talked with at length. In his story, Wyatt claims he filmed the angels, the Ark and the original tablets where God himself wrote the Ten Commandments. Wyatt also claims that when the Roman soldier pierced Jesus' side with his spear and blood and water poured out, that Jesus' blood trickled down the fissure and dripped onto the lid of the Ark of the Covenant. Wyatt claims to have tested the blood and the blood is still "alive" and shows only female DNA strands (which would make sense when you consider that Jesus was the result of an immaculate conception i.e. he had no earthly father hence, no male DNA). It is interesting to note that when the Ark was used by the ancient Israelites, the High Priest would sprinkle the blood of an animal sacrifice on the left side of the Ark only, and when Wyatt describes the blood from Jesus dripping through the fissure, he says it dripped on the right side. The completion of Gods great plan.