The Arc of the Covenant built by Moses is just one example of ancient electric technology. The ancient electric carbon arc searchlight can be traced back even further, to the so-called beginning of mankind. The Bible's book of Genesis says the gods (elohim) "placed at the east of the garden of Eden cherubim [carbons] and a flaming sword [a blazing searchlight] which turned every way to keep the way of the tree of life [ancient technology]." Furthermore, the Bible indicates that ancient Hebrew electric light technology may have been used to send out narrow arc light beams from the windows of Solomon's temple. Later, it was apparently even used to light up all of ancient Jerusalem, and even to project priestly images in Hebrew movie theaters at one time in antiquity.
The biblical book of Ecclesiastes (I:9) says, "There is no new thing under the sun." And with reference to Solomon and the building of his temple, the Old Testament tells us in I Kings 6:4 that "for the house he made windows of narrow lights." This suggests that they may have displayed electric searchlights, like those in another holy edifice in Jerusalem hundreds of years later.In the seventh century, eight carbon arc searchlights illuminated ancient Jerusalem, and a substantial portion at that, by casting their beams a great distance from the circular Christian Church of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives. Arculf (Arculfus), a Frankish bishop, perhaps of Prigueux, who visited and explored the Holy Land, accompanied by Peter, a Bergundian monk, who acted as a guide, reported the details and effects of these eight brilliant lights—and some others also.
An old photograph of Jerusalem, viewed from the famous Mount of Olives
The Catholic Encyclopedia gives us a little background on his marvelous report—as follows: “St. Bede relates (Hist. Eccles. Angl., V, 15) that Arculf, on his return from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land about 670 or 690, was cast by tempest on the shore of Scotland. He was hospitably received by Adamnan, the abbot of the island monastery of Iona, to whom he gave a detailed narrative of his travels to the Holy Land, with specifications and designs of the sanctuaries so precise that Adamnan, with aid from some extraneous sources, was able to produce a descriptive work in three books, dealing with Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the principal towns of Palestine, and Constantinople. Adamnan presented a copy of this work to Aldfrith, King of Northumbria in 698. It aims at giving a faithful account of what Arculf actually saw during his journey. As the latter 'joined the zeal of an antiquarian to the devotion of a pilgrim during his nine months’ stay in the Holy City, the work contains many curious details that might otherwise have never been chronicled.'”
The following two excerpts, from The Pilgrimage of Arculfus in the Holy Land (About the Year A.D. 670) was translated by the Rev. James R. MacPherson in 1895. He says: “The translation has been made as literal as possible in passages where the exact rendering was of any controversial or archaeological importance, as in the description of the sites and buildings.” Here are those two excerpts wherein Arculf continues to describe one of those buildings, a revered church on the Mount of Olives, and the effects of its bright searchlights as follows:
“In the western side of the church we have mentioned above [before], twice four windows have been formed high up with glazed shutters, and in these windows there burn as many lamps placed opposite them, within and close to them. These lamps hang in chains, and are so placed that each lamp may hang neither higher nor lower, but may be seen, as it were, fixed to its own window, opposite and close to which it is specially seen. The brightness of these lamps is so great that, as their light is copiously poured through the glass from the summit of the Mountain of Olivet, not only is the part of the mountain nearest the round basilica to the west illuminated, but also the lofty path which rises by steps up to the city of Jerusalem from the Valley of Josaphat, is clearly illuminated in a wonderful manner, even on dark nights; while the greater part of the city that lies nearest at hand on the opposite side is similarly illuminated by the same brightness. The effect of this brilliant and admirable coruscation of the eight great lamps shining by night from the holy mountain and from the site of the Lord's ascension, as Arculf related, is to pour into the hearts of the believing onlookers a greater eagerness of the Divine love, and to strike the mind with a certain fear along with vast inward compunction.”
An example of more modern electric carbon arc searchlights beaming out of the windows or other openings in the Electric Building at Chicago's 1893 Exposition
And Arculfus went on to add: “This also we learned from the narrative of the sainted Arculf: That in that round church, besides the usual light, of the eight lamps mentioned above as shining within the church by night, there are usually added on the night of the Lord's Ascension almost innumerable other lamps, which by their terrible and admirable brightness, poured abundantly through the glass of the windows, not only illuminate the Mount of Olivet, but make it seem to be wholly on fire; while the whole city and the places in the neighborhood are also lit up.”
Thomas Edison is credited with building the first movie theater, shown in the photograph above. However, in truth, 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 to power 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. Written evidence suggesting this may have been so is found many generations after Moses. 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 [like the ancient Egyptian priests], 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 brasen altar.
"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." In other words, the Hebrew god or arc light lit up the whole temple like other ancient temples were lit up in antiquity.
Lucian of Samosata on the Euphrates spoke of a Syrian goddess who wore an electric light on her head. This second-century historian maintained: "She bears on her head a stone called a 'lamp,' and it receives its name from its function. That stone shines in the night with great clarity and provides the whole temple with light, as with [oil] lamps. In the daytime, it shines dimly, but has a very fiery aspect." The "lamp" may have resembled the one worn by the goddess of light Hathor or one of the four large electric lights behind the light goddess Isis in the temple at Denderah illustrated above.
A couple of centuries later, in his City of God, St. Augustine (354—430 A.D.) pointed out that in Egypt, “There was, and still is, a temple of Venus, in which a lamp burns so strongly in the open air that no storm or rain extinguishes it.” He blamed “the reality” of this marvelous lamp, which was likely an arc light, on the miracles of the “black arts” performed by demons and men. He wrote:
"We add to that inextinguishable lamp a host of other marvels of human and of magical origin—that is miracles of the demon’s black arts performed by men, and miracles performed by the demons themselves. If we choose to deny the reality of these, we shall ourselves be in conflict with the truth of the sacred books in which we believe. Thus either human ingenuity has devised in that inextinguishable lamp some contrivance based on the asbestos stone [carbon] or else it was contrived by magic art to give men something to marvel at in that shrine; or perhaps some demon presented himself there under the name of Venus with which such effect that this prodigy was displayed to the public there and continued there for so many years."
St. Augustine also claimed that the asbestos stone "has no fire of its own, and yet, when it has received fire, blazes so fiercely with a fire not its own that it cannot be quenched.” This points to the carbon in an arc light receiving its fire from an electric source—an ancient battery—“not its own.” Furthermore, he also claimed “no storm or rain extinguishes it.” This also points to the electric arc light because Chamber’s Encyclopaedia maintains that it “can be produced in a vacuum, and below the surface of water, oils, and other non-conducting liquids, and it is thus quite independent of the action of the air.”
"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]."
The arc light god's orders for the ruthless slaying of his own innocent Hebrew women and children also extended to foreigners. in the rampages the Hebrews carried on elsewhere in antiquity, and the Roman god Julius Caesar never matched the Hebrew god's cruelty to women and children. “The battles in which the Israelites engaged, with the approval and command of Jehovah,” wrote Colonel Robert G. Ingersoll, “surpassed in cruelty those of Julius Caesar.
In his Heretics and Heresies, quoting from the Bible’s Old Testament, the combat veteran of the American Civil War, pictured above, went on to ask:
“Was it Julius Caesar who said, ‘And the Lord our God delivered him before us; and we smote him, and his sons, and all his people. And we took all his cities, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain’?
“Did Julius Caesar send the following report to the Roman senate? ‘And we took all his cities at that time, there was not a city which we took not from them, three score cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan. All these cities were fenced with high walls, gates, and bars; beside unwalled towns a great many. And we utterly destroyed them, as we did unto Sihon, king of Heshbon, utterly destroying the men, women, and children of every city.’
“Did Julius Caesar take the city of Jericho ‘and utterly destroy all that was in the city, both men and women, young and old.’ Did he smite ‘all the country of the hills, and of the south, and of the vale, and of the springs, and all their kings, and leave none remaining that breathed, as the Lord God had commanded’?
“Search the records of the whole world, find out the history of every barbarous tribe, and you can find no crime that touched a lower depth of infamy than those the bible’s God commanded and approved. For such a God I have no words to express my loathing and contempt, and all the words in all the languages of man would scarcely be sufficient. Away with such a God!”
So indeed we see in our so-called sacred Bible, the Hebrew god, like any 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?
Perhaps the records of such a ruthless Hebrew god are why a famous American inventor, Thomas Edison, the envy of almost every lad in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, grinning in the photograph below, developed his attitude toward "God" and "bibles." 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, 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 light technology to light up their dark chambers of imagery or movie theaters, like we light up our electric movie theaters today.