Ancient technology may have lit up electric movie theaters in Egypt and Israel thousands of years ago, but the first electric movie theater attributed to our time is presented in the photograph above. It is attributed to Thomas Edison, but the ancient Egyptians and Hebrews may have watched movies on the walls of dark chambers long before him, if we are to believe what Jonathan Gray and the Bible point out. Under the topic of “Amazing Ancient Technology,” in The Bizarre Origin of Egypt’s Ancient Gods, the renowned author set forth “one of the most astonishing pieces of true history.” In describing some of the tricks of the ancient Egyptian priests, in conducting the mysterious worship of their god Osiris, such as having "the lips of some unseen priest, speaking in his name from behind the scenes," he went on to point out that
“There was seen on the wall of the temple a mass of light, which appeared at first at a very great distance. The light unfolded itself, into a "supernatural" face, said to be severe, but with a touch of sweetness. The effect was produced by a type of projector, arranged to be moved toward and from the screen (as is done with modern television cameras). The optical effect was that the figures on a screen appeared to dwindle into the distance, or to rush toward the observer with enormous increase of size! In the hands of crafty, scheming men, this was a powerful means of imposing upon those who were willing to be imposed upon.”
This type of projection could have been easily done in antiquity with a magic lantern, with a brilliant electric arc light beaming from a mirror or lens through a painted image on a glass slide. According to The Electric Mirror on the Pharos Lighthouse and Other Ancient Lighting, the essential ingredients for the operation of such a projector were indeed available. And ancient lenses, like those discovered by Robert Temple and documented in The Crystal Sun, could have certainly enhanced the operation.
It seems that the ancient Hebrews also may have used such technology. Moses learned all the secret arts of the ancient Egyptian priests during his upbringing in that mysterious land; so he was well qualified to pass on such technology to Israel, which would have reverently protected it down through the ages. This is apparently evidenced many generations after Moses, by the prophet Ezekiel. Speaking of some illuminating actions of "the glory of the God of Israel," and of "the great abominations that the house of Israel committeth," in the eighth and ninth chapters of the biblical book with his name attached, he avows that
"He brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall. Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall; and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door. And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do. So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel portrayed upon the wall round about. And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censor in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up. Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in chambers of his imagery?"
Of course, some people may interpret these words differently, but they sound to us like they are describing some type of ancient movie theater.
Nevertheless, for participating in this abomination and for worshiping the sun, Ezekiel goes on to explain that the angry Hebrew carbon arc light god, residing on the Ark or Arc of the Covenant in the holy temple, got even with the rebellious elements of Israel. He states:
"He [the arc light god] cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand. And behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them [a scribe] was clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side; and they went in, and stood beside the brazen altar. [See http://ancientskyscraper.com/118901.html.]
"And the glory [light] of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub [carbon], whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house." He lit up the whole Hebrew temple like Lucian's Syrian goddess did at a later time, and St. Augustine's demon did in the temple of Venus, a century or so thereafter. Go to http://ancientskyscraper.com for the details on such brilliant electric lights in antiquity, which had the ability to light up the whole inside of a temple.
"And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. And to the others he said in mine [alleged] hearing, Go ye after him through the city and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary [the temple wherein the arc light god on the Ark of the Covenant resided]."
So indeed we see in our so-called sacred Bible, the Hebrew god, like an indifferent arc light, gave no kind consideration to even innocent women and children!
Wow! And. to think, this divinity is the same merciless Hebrew god that Jews and Christians still worship today! Maybe they would do just as well with their lives if they bowed down in their houses of worship before an electric carbon arc light instead?
Similar biblical records of such a ruthless Hebrew light god is why the renowned Robert G. Ingersoll (portrayed below) developed his attitude toward the Bible, and especially the Hebrew portion of it. He wrote: "I regard the Bible, especially the Old Testament, the same as I do most other ancient books, in which there is some truth, a great deal of error, considerable barbarism and a most plentiful lack of good sense."
"I have read the Bible," the Civil War Colonel added in an interview with a Washington Post reporter in 1878. "I have heard it talked about a good deal, and am sufficiently acquainted with it to justify my own mind in utterly rejecting all claims made for its divine origin."
“All that is necessary, as it seems to me, to convince any reasonable person that the bible is simply and purely of human invention—of barbarian invention—is to read it," wrote the prolific author in The Gods. "Read it as you would any other book; think of it as you would of any other; get the bandage of reverence from your eyes; drive from your heart the phantom of fear; push from the throne of your brain the cowled form of superstition—then read the holy bible, and you will be amazed that you ever, for one moment, supposed a being of infinite wisdom, goodness and purity, to be the author of such ignorance and of such atrocity.”
Even the great electric lighting specialist Thomas Edison, grinning in the photograph below, also developed a similar attitude to that of Ingersoll. And such an intelligent and successful man's observations naturally did not go unnoticed. Eric Richter, in "The 125th Anniversary Issue" of the Truth Seeker Journal, tells us: "In 1910, Edison stirred the wrath of the public when he declared that God meant 'not a damn thing' to him. In an interview, he stated: 'So far as religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake. Religion is all bunk...All bibles are man-made.'"
Our exhaustive research on the latter subjects demands that we agree with a substantial portion of the evidence against the Bible's divine origin; although we want to emphasize that the Bible has some accurate technological and historical information, as well as a considerable amount of guidance and prophecies that would inspire one to lead a good life. But regardless of Edison's or our determination about religion and bibles, his success with Sir Joseph Swan's reinvented electric filament lamp cannot be denied. However, this ingenious Englishman, who manufactured a carbon filament lamp in 1860, held by the finger and thumb above, did not get his idea from the filaments in the illustration of an ancient Egyptian lamp found almost forty years later.
This three-bulb electric light, with its discoverer, the famous English archaeologist Sir W. M. Flinders Petrie, is illustrated above. His expedition found the ancient electric lamp emblazoned on a newly discovered tomb wall at Denderah.* Note the similarity of the ancient and modern electric lights. In all three illustrations, the filament lead-in wires protrude through the glass envelopes. This certainly indicates that the ancients and moderns originally had similar notions of how filaments should be wired, through the exposed glass of their electric light bulbs; and the ancient Hebrews, being no less imaginative then than today, probably used their ancient electric technology to light up their dark chambers of imagery, or ancient electric movie theaters.