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Ranting and Venting

science5164823cafa96f0c4d00a96eSitting here, as I often do, watching the Science Channel and other Discovery programming, shaking my head. It never ceases to amaze me, the misinformation and falsehoods that passes for fact these days. We are lied to constantly in the name of science, history, biology — yet, we are told that it is tantamount to “child abuse” for any parent to teach children otherwise. Let’s see…

Do I teach my kids that all of life arose spontaneously without any plan or intelligence behind it? No, I do not. That’s ridiculous.

Do I teach my kids that archeologists, paleontologists, anthropologists, and other 20th-century scientists know more about ancient history than the ancient historians? No, I do not. The ancients knew their world better than we ever could.

Do I teach my kids that matter arose from nothing, by pure accident, for no apparent reason? No I do not. That’s idiotic.

Do I teach my kids that dinosaurs lived in an “age of dinosaurs” which died out 65 million years ago, and have never been seen alive by the eyes of man? No, I do not, not with overwhelming evidence suggesting otherwise. We know from The Flintstones that people had dinosaurs as pets!

Do I teach my kids that the universe is held together by “dark matter,” a mysterious unseen force made up to explain the unexplainable? You’ve gotta be kidding me.

I could go on and on with this. The amount of quantifiable hilarity we’re expected to buy into far exceeds anything proposed in all previous ages combined. In fact, I have no doubt the ancients had a far better grasp of reality 3,500 years ago. We have glorified idiotic nonsense as “fact” which makes me want to vomit whenever I hear it.

I suppose I’ll have to spend a few posts going into all this garbage and cutting through the crap. It pisses me off to have to do so, because I have to constantly ask myself, “are we really that stupid???” Collectively, yes, we are. Sadly. Just watch a few minutes of the Science Channel on any given day.

Religious Proliferation — From the Top Down

ararat-twin-peaksAt the apex of our history, everyone believed in the one true Creator and knew the truths of our origin. In time, groups began to fall away and regard the one true Creator as an impersonal force, and consider all of creation as part of the original God (pantheism).

Eventually, some rulers became known as “immortals” and their parents, “gods,” blessed by the one true God, chosen to rule, and the temples they built were embassies of respect to the ruler and to God. People were told that God put Himself into the “gods,” and the new gods were an incarnation of the original God. Over time, God was forgotten and replaced by these man-made gods.

Hinduism considers God to be impersonal but still existing in gods which represent aspects of God. Wicca sees the original Creator as being emptied into creation and ceasing to exist, making humans now the highest form of life. The sons of Cham (Ham) originally taught that God emptied Himself into a few chosen people, gods, to be worshipped. At some level, all of these religions referenced the original Creator God.

As pantheism spread into Canaan, the Canaanites added ancestor worship. Zidon, Canaan’s firstborn son, became the chief deity in the city-state of Zidon. In this land he was the “Baal,” meaning “Lord” in Hebrew. Zidon’s wife was the first “Asharah” or “the princess” in Hebrew (Ha-Sharah). This form of paganism spread across the land of Canaan, in which each tribe adapted the names of their kings for the same pagan deities. (Just to be clear, “Yahweh” was not among these kings.)

And so it was that humanity spread from the Middle East over the face of the earth after the great cataclysm which flooded the earth. The descendants of Cham migrated to the east and to the south, and populated Africa, and India, and China, and the islands in the far east that were in the Indian and the Pacific Oceans. And the descendants of Japeth migrated to the west and to the north, and populated Europe, and the isles to the north, and their descendants the Scythians populated what became known as the land of Russ, and Siberia, and the lands of the north.

And as men traveled they hunted game and gathered the fruit of the land, and as they settled they learned to farm, and began to grow crops, and raised cattle and sheep, and bartered and traded, and these small communities grew into cities, and set down rules of government, and established laws to protect the weak from the strong, and to protect the rights of individuals from the state, and to protect the community from those who would attempt to rise up and usurp the social order for their own selfish ends, so that men might co-exist together in peace, and in harmony, and so that all might have their rights protected and also so that the poor, the aged, the widow, the orphan, the weak and helpless and the stranger might have their needs fulfilled in a just and equitable manner.

Sistine-Chapel-Ceiling-Noah-After-the-FloodAnd even though men forgot the original revelation given to their father Noah, they still retained much of the wisdom from the past, and from the civilization before the Flood, and the “light that lights every man who comes into the world” still gave men understanding of many of the mysteries of creation, and the image of God, even though corrupted by sin, was still imprinted on the human soul. And men still retained the knowledge of natural law that God had implemented into the creation, and in the east, in the land of Jung Gwo, the Central Country, they called this natural law, and the Way of this law, the Dao, or The Way of Heaven. And men learned how to live according to this natural law, and some who ordered their lives according to it lived to great ages, and they accumulated much knowledge. And there were wise men who kept the wisdom that was handed down to them through the generations from the time of Noah. And the Yellow Emperor was learned in much of this wisdom, and he became the father of Chinese medicine, and taught them of herbs, and of healing, and of the way to balance the forces within the human body so that men might enjoy good health, and live long and fruitful lives.

And in the land of India their sages delved into the mysteries of creation, and sought wisdom, and they recorded this wisdom in their ancient Vedas and Upanishads, and they learned much of God’s moral law for human conduct, and their sages called this law Dharma, and they taught this law to their children, and it was a good law in the beginning, and a noble law, but being removed over the years from the Revelation of their father Noah, they lost site of the original purpose of this law, which was to honor God, and to bring man into fellowship with God, and to help their fellow-man, and they became enamored of temple rites, and ceremonies that God had not instituted, and they began to worship false gods, gods who had not made the heavens and the earth, and they bowed down to idols made of wood, and metal and stone, the work of men’s hands, and as they lost the knowledge of the true God whom Noah, their father had worshiped, the caste system that their ancestors originally established for the division of labor for men to cooperate together, became an ancestral yoke preventing certain classes from enjoying equal rights in society, and from prospering, and the law which was originally meant for man’s weal became a vehicle for the enrichment of a few at the expense of the many.

And so as men wandered over the face of the earth, gradually their understanding of God, and of His righteous judgments and statutes was forgotten, and men ascribed to nature the wondrous works of the Creator, and they ceased to be thankful, and began to live for themselves, and to fulfill their own lusts, and the strong began to oppress the weak, and the rich began to take advantage of the poor, and they began to practice abominable rites, and to commit lewdness and to worship false gods, and demons, and to communicate with spirits of fallen angels, and to attempt to communicate with the dead, and God’s commandment to care for the helpless and the fatherless was forgotten as mankind forgot that all men were created in the image of God, and were loved by Him, and that men should respect the rights of others whom God had created.

And God decided that he would choose one nation through whom He would reveal His Law, the Torah, to the entire human race, and He chose a man to whom He would reveal Himself, through whose seed He would establish this nation, and through this man’s seed all the nations of the earth would eventually be blessed, for through this man’s seed would come not only the Law, but there would also come He who had been promised, a Redeemer, who would lift the curse from mankind that had fallen on them since the beginning….

 

 

Square Pegs, Round Holes, The Exodus, and Egyptian Chronology

hyksos02According to the commonly accepted timeline for Egyptian chronology, much of the Old Testament was off by several hundred years and seems quite historically impossible. Ditto for the historical records of the Hittites. And the Assyrians. And pretty much everyone else in the region whose records are tied to proper dating of the Egyptian dynasties.

I’m no Egyptianolologist or anything, and granted, most of my Ph.D’s are honorary and in fields somewhat distant, but heck, why not just change the damn dynasties around and make it all fit? It’s not like it’s all written in stone or linked to the stars, right? I’m thinking there’s just a little guess-work involved here.

Of course, what I’m about to do here doesn’t count for anything more than another hypothetical, and I’m not going to pretend to be the least bit objective about it. However, if the archaeologists would just do their jobs a little better, I’m thinking they could probably sort this out accordingly. How hard can it be, right?

The way they’ve got it now, they’ve got Moses hittin’ the trail somewhere in the 18th or 19th dynasty or something, with nothing happening because of it. Ten plagues, loss of an army, economic and social collapse — obviously not happening there. The kinds of collapse and ruin we’re looking for happens at the end of the 6th and 12th dynasties. So, duh, that’s probably when it all went down. And it also helps to line up the numbers so that Joseph drops in on Djoser at the start of the Old Kingdom, since Joseph, whom the Bible says brought peace and wholeness between Israel and Egypt, becomes Djoser’s vizier. At peace/wholeness (bashalomimhotep).

94af7bb8d5d24a53bcfdc8ea3b00a701The chart on the left is one possible chronology. There are numerous ways to compile the dynasties to fit what we know about them. The standard chronology lists them successively, even though Egypt was divided into upper and lower geographical zones, and dynasties would have ruled concurrently from these two areas. I think the best discussion I’ve been able to find on the subject comes from Ken Johnson’s Ancient Post-Flood History, which completely contradicts the guesswork of mainstream Egyptologists. A summation of his argument follows hereafter.

If we compare several sources concerning the Dynasties of Egypt’s Old Kingdom (such as the Temple of Seti in Abydos, the Turin Papyri, Egyptian historian Manetho, Jewish sources like the Book of Genesis, the Book of Jasher, the Seder Olam, the Talmud, the Mishna, the Codex Judaica, and others) — we can map Dynasties out with considerable detail.

Menes (Mizriam) is credited with founding Memphis, the capital of the First Dynasty, twelve miles south of modern Cairo. Memphis served as the capital of the First, Fourth, and Sixth dynasties. Elephantine, an island in the Nile River on the border of Egypt and Nubia, was the capital of the Second, Third, and Fifth dynasties. There were always two dynasties ruling at the same time. The First, Fourth, and Sixth dynasties were consecutive and ruled from Memphis. The Second, Third, and Fifth dynasties were consecutive and ruled from Elephantine.

Genesis 10:6 details Mizraim, the son of Cham, founded the nation of Egypt. This would make him the first king of the First Dynasty of Egypt’s Old Kingdom, called Menes in the Egyptian records. Both Genesis 10:13 and Jasher 7:11 record Mizraim’s son, Anom, succeeded the throne. Jasher 14:2 records that Anom’s son, Oswiris, became the third king of the First Dynasty. In time, Anom would be deified and worshiped as the Egyptian god Amon-Ra, and Oswiris, as the god Osiris.

An Assyrian migrated to Egypt and began the Second Dynasty. The Hebrews called his name Rikayn, the Egyptians called him Boethos. There was a great famine during the reign of Uenephes (c. 1925 BCE). This was likely the famine that caused Abraham (who did exist) to migrate to Egypt for three years. Genesis 12 records Abraham moved to Canaan when he was seventy-five years old. Shortly after the move, a severe famine hit Canaan. Abraham went down to Egypt until the famine was over. Looking at Jasher 13.22, 13.5, and 16.22, we have a clear record of Abraham settling in Canaan and the three-year famine occurring during the years around 1900 BCE. This corresponds to an event in the reign of Boethos, when a great chasm opened up at Bubastis and many perished, possibly the cause of the great famine.

In the Third Dynasty, Djoser was the Pharaoh of Joseph’s time. According to Manetho, the seven-year famine occurred in the eighteenth year of the reign of Djoser Teti. Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream of seven years of plenty and seven years of famine, and became Viceroy of Egypt. Genesis 41:45 says Pharaoh renamed Joseph “Zaphnath-Paaneah.” Manetho records a seven-year famine occurred in the eighteenth year of the reign of Djoser. If this seven-year famine is the same as the one Joseph predicted, then the eighteenth year of Djoser was c. 1690 BCE.

The Viceroy of Djoser, Imhotep, designed the step pyramid at Sakkara. On a rock monument at Sehel, an inscription describes how Pharaoh consulted the wise Imhotep about a seven-year famine. In another inscription near the step pyramid, the builder is referred to as Zanakht – similar to Joseph’s Egyptian name Zaphnath-Paaneah as given in Genesis. Both Imhotep and Joseph lived to be one hundred and ten years old. When Imhotep was one hundred years old, his wisdom was tested by new court officials by asking him to create an oasis in the desert, so he engineered a feeder canal from the Nile to his man-made lake. Today in the region of El-Fayoum, southwest of Cairo, remains the man-made fresh water lake called Birqet Qarun, fed by a canal stretching from the Nile to the Basin. The canal is known as Bahr Yousef or the Sea of Joseph. Since this was built during the last ten years of Joseph’s life, that could date Birqet Qarun’s construction between 1625-1615 BCE.

In the Sixth Dynasty, Pepy II would be the Pharaoh that persecuted the Children of Israel. The empire of his son, Neferkare the younger, was destroyed by Moses. The Sixth Dynasty tried to hold on for almost two years after the Exodus. The Fifth Dynasty (Upper Kingdom) remained intact for almost twenty-four years after the Exodus, as a vassel state, before its final fall. The Pharaoh of the Exodus, Adikam, ruled four years, including three years co-ruling with his sick father. Adikam was a dwarf; the 1st_plagueHebrews called him Adikam Ahuz (Ahuz meaning “short” in Hebrew). Adikam’s father, Pharaoh Melol, had leprosy during the last ten years of his life but still ruled a total of ninety-four years. Melol reigned from c. 1572 to 1478 BCE. Joseph reigned from c. 1697 to 1616 BCE. So Melol would be the “Pharaoh who knew not Joseph” who started the heavy persecution of the Israelites. Egyptian records in the Temple of Abydos, the Turin papyrus, and the Egyptian historian Manetho, show that Pharaoh Neferkare Pepi II (also called Phiops II and NetjerKhau) was the longest living Pharaoh in the Old Kingdom, becoming Pharaoh at the age of six and lived to be one hundred years old. His son, Neferkare the Younger, (also called Menthesuphis and Merenre Antiemsaf II) ruled only one year after his father’s death. This exactly matches the description in Jasher.

The Leiden Papyrus, also called the Ippuwer Papyrus or “The admonitions of an Egyptian sage,” is an account of the plagues that destroyed the Sixth Dynasty. 2:5-6 Plague is everywhere. Blood is everywhere. 7:4 He who poured water on the ground; he has captured the stong man in his misery. 2:10 The river is blood. Men shrink from tasting… and thirst for water. 2:10 Gates, columns and walls are consumed by fire. 6:1-4 No fruit or herbs are found… Grain has perished on every side. 9:2-3 The land is not light… 9:8-10 Destruction… the land is in darkness. 2:13 Men are few. He who places his brother in the ground is everywhere. 4:3 The offspring of nobility are laid out on the high ground. 3:3 Gold, bluestone, silver, malichate, carnelian, bronze… are fastened to the necks of female slaves. 7:1 Behold the fire mounted up on high. Its burning goes forth before the enemies of the land.

Jasher 76 and Josephus Ant. 2.10 describe Moses leading an army against the Ethiopians at Elephantine under King Kikianus. The same year that Moses fled Memphis, King Kikianus defeated the uprising of Aram and the Kedemites. Upon his return, KikiaMoses_PartingOfTheSea_Hwynus discovered that the city of Elephantine had been taken over by Balaam and his sons. Kikianus besieged the city for nine years, then died of a disease in 1530 BCE. Moses delivered the city and ruled it for thirty-nine years. The city was then turned over to Menacrus, the son of King Kikianus in 1491 BCE. Moses was eighteen when he left Egypt. He lived ten years in Kikianus’ camp, spent thirty-nine years as the king of Cush (ruling from Elephantine ), then lived thirteen years in Midian, until he led the Exodus at the age of eighty. When Moses killed the Egyptian and fled at age eighteen and became a part of Kikianus’ camp, Cush was controlled by Egypt from Memphis. When Moses became strong enough, the southern Fifth Dynasty kingdom seceded from Egypt. All told, Moses spent eighteen years with Egypt and ten in their army, thirty-nine years as their king, and thirteen years in the wilderness. That leads up to his eightieth year, when he led the Exodus out of Egypt, bringing about the end of the Old Kingdom.

And just like that, you get a square peg into a round hole.

 

 

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