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A stone not made with human hands


When I was young my mother used to say ‘look at the dogwoods, they’re blooming white crosses for Easter.’ I thought so too. But as I grew older I noticed they sometimes bloom way before Easter, and way after too.


Sentimental symbols from nature. Not unlike the sand dollars we stared at with our own children; neat lacquered descriptions of the wounds of Christ, set alongside velvet paintings of lions, tigers and Elvis shaking hands with Jesus.


Statues are stones cut with human hands, traditionally made for kings and conquerors. The prophet Daniel had a vision of a massive statue, empire level potentates all rolled into one, someday giving way to a ‘stone not made with human hands’, a divine stone that would crumble the massive edifice of all the worldly kingdoms in history.


If you look at the Middle East from Space and squint a little, it looks like a king kneeling in prayer. The folded hands are the fertile Nile valley protruding from the sleeve. Saudi Arabia forms the main part of the body; the head and crown are Turkey and Greece. The long robe flows through Iran.



The only man made alteration you can see from Space is the Suez Canal, which cuts through the wrist like a nail. At the bottom tip of the Nile valley stands the Great Pyramid of Giza – legends saw it as a symbol for the earth and its inner passageways a model of biblical history.


The descending passageway at the Pyramid’s entrance was said to represent the descent of humanity after the fall. A cramped upward branch forcing you to stoop the entire way symbolized the legalism of Old Testament times, weighing people down with burdensome statutes. Then on to the birth of the Messiah, with a vaulted hallway on that same upward path, but where the visitor can stand fully erect, a freedom felt deep in the bones. The rising angle of this passageway, when taken from the Great Pyramid’s coordinates, intersects Bethlehem of the Christmas story. 19th Century Indiana Jones types made the most of these curious passageways, measuring their transitions with biblical dates, marked and calibrated by some clever alignment with the stars.


So we have a bedrock relief of a king kneeling in prayer over the earth and its history, bearing a crucifixion wound inflicted by the very people for whom he prays. What we would call a good king, it seems to me. And there is a place near the king’s breast the world calls the Holy Land. All of this by some freak coincidence between history and nature.


But it’s called the Holy Land, not because of the image of the wounded king we can only see from Space, but because it is the center of the redemption story as it unfolded over thousands of years; where the Lord himself had been that perfect witness, not only as an example to follow, but as an expression of divine love for a broken humanity.


If we let these stones speak a little more; key historical events appear marked by their distances to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount in the heart of the Holy Land, where the Dome of the Tablets covers an exposed rock surface believed to be the Foundation Stone on which the Ark of the Covenant once rested.


What an odd thing, that significant dates in history appear as geographic distances to this Holy place. That would not have surprised the ancient Hebrew sages; they believed God had chosen this site as the center of earth, the center of life. These are the hills Abraham climbed on his horrific mission of faith, the hills where Jesus was nailed to a cross, as if his crucifixion would somehow reach beyond its gentle slopes.


So yes, Jerusalem with its Temple Mount has been a place where history has been shaped like no other. And yes, it has emerged again today as an intractable international issue, just as the Bible prophesied it would become in the Last Days; ‘a burdensome stone for the nations’, quite literally so today, an irresolvable conflict for the United Nations.


But it is quite another thing to claim that its very location was a kind of prophetic cipher of future events in world history. Yet according to John Maynard Keynes, even Isaac Newton had become fully absorbed in such arcane musings, a discovery that shocked Keynes and some of Newton’s friends as well, as they shuffled him off to London to become Warden of the Royal Mint, a prestigious position with a substantial income and a habitat more suitable for a prominent scientist of the Enlightenment.


A patronage job to be sure, but the appointment turned out fortuitous. Newton’s deep knowledge of chemistry, metallurgy, mathematics, and the intensity he brought to any task, reformed the British Mint and coinage processes, virtually eliminating the widespread counterfeiting and other corrupt practices that were profuse in England at that time. Newton’s efforts helped establish the English pound as a premier currency of the day, while keeping his more esoteric pursuits at bay.


And that was the end of that, until David Flynn wrote ‘Temple at the Center of Time’ and took up where Newton’s sacred mysticism left off.


Using the Federal Aviation International Model (FAI) of the earth, Flynn made measurements from the Dome of the Tablets on the Temple Mount to places of significance in Jewish history, plotting them on NASA’s WorldWind Virtual Earth (like Google Earth and Microsoft’s Virtual Earth). He discovered a shocking correlation between key historical events and their distances to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount (1).


According to Biblical dating the Hebrews escaped slavery in Egypt around 1441 BC, and he measured 1,441 thousand feet from the Great Pyramid to the Temple Mount. A millennium later Cyrus conquered Babylon in 539 BC – subsequently liberating the Hebrew people from Babylonian captivity. And Flynn measured 539 Statute Miles from Babylon’s Palace ruins to the Temple Mount.


In the 1st Century AD Jerusalem and the Temple were laid waste by Rome’s legions, and ever since a Hebrew homeland was barely imagined until Napoleon freed the Jewish people from European ghettos, removing all restrictions on where they could live and the professions they could enter. Less well known was Napoleon’s Proclamation in 1799 AD that a homeland encompassing Jerusalem be returned to the Jewish people still scattered throughout the earth. And Flynn measured 1799 Nautical Miles from the Temple Mount to Kilometer Zero at the entrance to Notre Dame Cathedral, in the center of Paris.


But as Flynn relates, all did not go as planned according to a humorous account recorded in The Personality of Napoleon, a biography by John Holland Rose. While Napoleon dined with staff and friends, an excited Cardinal Fesch interrupted to warn; Scriptures foretell the end of the world when the Jewish Nation is reconstituted! An untimely declaration, coming as it did right after the Sanhedrin had been re-constituted under Napoleon’s auspices. Notwithstanding all the smirks breaking out among his guests, Napoleon was less amused by any prediction signaling an end to his reign, divine or otherwise, as he lead the upset cardinal away for further discussion. In the end this newly formed Sanhedrin was quickly disbanded and all plans for a new Israel were shelved. But while the formation of the Jewish state was now delayed, the idea of a Jewish homeland around Jerusalem began to percolate among the nations and peoples of Europe and throughout the Diaspora.


World War I brought an end to the Ottoman Empire and the new League of Nations delegated Britain to govern Palestine as a protectorate, until such time as a homeland for the Jewish people could be worked out. This occurred in 1948, when the British Mandate was set to expire and the state of Israel was formed, and Flynn measured 1948 Nautical Miles from the Temple Mount to the London Stone.


Mecca’s Kaaba came out at 666 Nautical Miles from the Temple Mount, where Islam’s Dome of the Rock was constructed in the 7th Century AD. And in the centuries that followed the rise of Islam was a virtual fulfillment of the Book of Revelation, complete with the persecution and retreat of Christianity throughout most of the ancient world, and continuing on into today.


Stranger still that some of these distances from the Temple Mount change from Statute miles to Nautical miles as Biblical history shifted from the Old Testament; a book of laws or statutes, to the New Testament, a dynamic faith replete with nautical symbolism, setting its sail for the ends of the earth.


As if Flynn’s findings weren’t peculiar enough, Israeli scientist Saul Kullok recently developed an algorithm based on how the Earth’s mean axis tilt correlates with Israel’s historical borders and major migrations in Jewish history. According to Kullok, “It proves that God established a timetable in nature, that this is what determines the movement of the earth and not just the known laws of nature”.


What led this accomplished scientist down such a rabbit hole?


Perhaps speculating on how the earth’s tilt might influence Israel’s climate; how it might align with Biblical prophecies of exile and Israel’s subsequent desertification – how it might align the modern return­­­­­­ or Aliyah of Jewish people with Israel’s abundant agricultural boom. I don’t know.


But it’s a little shocking to me that Flynn’s measurements along the surface of the earth and Kullok’s algorithm on earth’s axial tilt agree on the date for the liberation of the Hebrews from Babylon in 539 BC. And are very nearly the same for the Exodus; Flynn had the Exodus at 1441 BC and Kullok came out at 1476 BC, if I read them correctly.


To our modern ears there can’t be anything more ridiculous than this kind of geological esoterica from David Flynn and now Saul Kullok. Yet they end up in close agreement despite being based on totally unrelated measurements, save for the common hand of God.







We see through a glass darkly, to quote St. Paul … quite the understatement, in my opinion.


But this image of a wounded king praying over the world and its history appeals to me more than my mother’s dogwood blossoms.


It is as if the very topography of the earth is carved and staked with the redemption story, no longer just an imaginary stone in some prophet’s dream.





‘And if they become silent the very stones will cry out’


Gospel according to Luke

  • The dominant view in the world today is that the physical domain is all that exists and the spiritual domain is simply our attempts to understand it. Or to put it more bluntly, spirituality is just another product of the physical domain. On the other hand the Hebrew sages believed physical reality is the ‘media’ through which the greater spiritual reality is expressed; an unavoidable assumption if one actually believes God is the author of physical life. It is why orthodox rabbis’ search out the purpose behind all events, what it is that God is expressing through history, nature and circumstances.


This notion should not be so strange for us. Our ‘media’ is art, and books, communication systems and even our bodies – all examples of physical realities that convey what we wish to express. And just like we will never understand the purpose of a radio if we limit ourselves to the components inside, we will never understand life if we limit our vision to the Media of life; Nature and its apparent indifference.


As an avid student of archaic Judaism and as a scientist, it’s not surprising that Newton studied the dimensions of Solomon’s Temple for connections with Biblical prophecy, which is to say a correlation between history and the land; the material world, the science. Newton, like the Jewish sages he respected, believed the physical realm was the medium through which the spiritual realm was made known.


David Flynn believed if Newton had the tools of today he would have studied historical events and their distances to the Temple Mount just as rigorously as he sought prophetic significance in the dimensions of Solomon’s Temple. Simply because he would have had the earth and its history to ponder rather than the simple geometries of the Temple and Giza’s Great Pyramid. Newton’s sketch of Judea and its Temple with Flynn’s measurements on NASA’s Virtual Earth, illustrate the difference a good set of tools can make.




Note there are a variety of virtual earth models with different accuracies and priorities. In 2008 Flynn selected the FAI Sphere Model 1909, as “the standard for aeronautical and avionics navigation for nearly a century … most closely based on the sacred methods of measuring distances on earth from antiquity… and agrees with the numeric systems found in the ancient texts of the Bible.” That being said we can still use Google Maps to provide an approximation to Flynn’s measurements.

The Exodus 1441 BC (273.08 miles = 1441 thousand ft)




Cyrus defeats Babylon in 539 BC; exiles freed

Napoleon’s Proclamation in 1799 AD (2070.75 miles = 1799 nm)


Britain’s Mandate ends forming Israel in 1948 AD (2241.98 miles = 1948 nm)


Some measurements do not fare as well with more recent versions of Google Maps. For example Flynn measured 666.0 Nautical miles between the Temple Mount and the Kaaba, but current Google Maps equals 668.6, while an older version of Google Earth matched Flynn’s at 666.0. This may be explained if the original version of Google Earth started with the same or a similar virtual earth model as Flynn’s, such as an FAI Sphere Model.





What is there left to say? The icon of the wounded king imprinted in the bedrock of the earth is the message, and these measurements to the Dome of the Tablets on the Temple Mount are its confirmation.


I cannot explain even one of these measurements apart from the first 12 lines of the Nicene Creed as printed in the Book of Common Prayer…  I doubt anyone else can either.



So it should not be that difficult to take the next 12 lines of the Creed on faith.














There are spurious ways to dismiss or avoid such a blatant sign as this. Some will say I don’t take this kind of thing seriously. But these measurements are facts, and our opinion about them is irrelevant.


Others will say … you can always pick numbers to fit whatever you want them to say.  No you can’t.


The biologist Bret Weinstein was asked what it would take for him to consider belief in God and as I recall he said something that could never be explained in naturalistic terms. Well, here you go.

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