maandag 27 juni 2016



the position of Daniel, was an impossible one.

The famous “statue-dream” of the Babylonian king Nebukadnezar Daniel interpreted in the most positive way. The conqueror of Jerusalem was an unpredictable and violent man and should be pleased. Otherwise a violent death was plausible. Failure in the service of Nebukadnezar meant death.

Daniel explained the “statue-dream” as follows. The golden head symbolised Babylon, the other parts represented the Medean-Persian Empire (the silver chest), Greece ( bronze hips), Rome (the iron legs0. The feet of the statue were composed of a mixture of iron and clay. This makes the statue weak and, hit by a rock, falls.

Of course this is a modern interpretation of Daniels profetic texts and in apocalyptic texts the European Union is often named as the toes of the statue. The fall of Nebukadnezar's dream-statue is about to happen. To believers this explanation underlines the fact, that we live in the End of Days. The time the statue falls.

I already mentioned the pressure and stress Daniel tried to handle during the confrontation with the Babylonian. I accept that Daniel's psychic powers could tap the thoughts of the King.

I think Daniel chose the flattering interpretation of the statue-dream. The real situation was, that Babylon was about to fall. Shortly after the death of the Babylonian ruler Babylon's empire crumbled and the city fell into the hands of Cyrus the Great, starting the silver phase of mankind.

But there is an interpretation Daniel even had direct knowledge of. He lived most of his life in Babylon and and part of the Imperial court. He must have seen, that the glory of Babylon was fading and that there was a lot of pressure on the borders.

Instead of tackling this problem, he stayed in his court in Babylon, to be entertained and confront his “staff” with ridiculous tasks. His successor went a step further and drank wine out of Temple-cups. God wrote his death-sentence personally on the wall. Babylon was in last, crumbling, phase. The rock, who brought the inheritance of this great king down, was the united forces of Cyrus the Great, who simply broke through the defenses and rode into Babylon, the Great, who surrendered without a fight.

The Persians and Medians took over. The new king Cyrus gave the Isrealites permission to return to Jerusalem and, after 70 years, start rebuilding the city, that suffered under the might of Nebukadnezar, king of Babylon.



The prophet Elia went up into heaven by a charriot-of-fire; never to be seen again, Enoch visited Heaven and circled around the world. He too, went with God to live eternal life.

Moses, who wrote the Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament. In it is the story of the Exodus, when the Isrealites left/fled Egypt. The Jews lived in the north-eastern part of theNile-delta, where they were building the city of Piramesse (Ramses, this does not automatically mean Ramses II, the Great, who ruled over 60 years; the list of Pharaohs mentions 8 rulers by that name.

The story is well-known. The Israelites (estimations 300.000 up to over a million; Egyptions joined the Exodus too; their land lay in ruins. Moses split the Red Sea. The fugitives passed and the charriot-army of the pharaoh drowned when the waters returned. For the Isrealites 40 years of wandering began. During this “trip”, God fed them with manna and guided them with a pillar of light at night and a pillow of smoke at day-time. Following this guidance, they arrived at Mount Sinai, where Moses received the 10 Commandments and the Isrealites accepted the Covenant with Jehovah.

Recent research indicates, that this interprettion may be completely wrong.

According to recent publications, the path of the Exodus did not lead through the Red Sea, but through the Persian Gulf. Mount Sinai is not in the Sinai-dessert, but in Saudi-Arabia. There arguments sound reasonable.

Like I said, the Jews lived in the North-Eastern part of the Nile-delta. The mass-migration along the Western banks of the Red Sea, would bring them into Egypt, not out of it. Going to the North, was blocked by the Filistines, who were much too strong. They introduced iron-swords in the area.

Remained the Eastern bank of the Red Sea, following an ancient trading-route to Arabia, a route that takes them to the Persian Gulf. Moses had travelled this road once before. But there is more. First we have to realise, that the desserts, we know, are a modern phenomenon. The land was lusher and greener and water was plenty. Also the sea-levels were lower. The Persian Gulf and the Red Sea were rivers, than seas.

God fed and guided the Israelites, by day and night. Some see the description in Exodus as depicting Ufo's and extra-terrestrial interference. But there is another interpretation: an active volcano. And yes, during the Exodus a volcano in Northern-Arabia was active, that could have fuctioned as a beaken, at day and by night.

Mount Sinai may be on the other side of the Persian Gulf in present day Saudi-Arabia. “Guerilla-archeology has delivered some evidence, but the government has closed the site and further excavations are forbidden.

The classic Mount Sinai and the traditional interpretation are still presented as the truth and taught at school.

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