Introduction: A new
Of all the artifacts
that are thought to exist or of those found over time, there is none greater
than that of the
The first photo found in the WIKI article shows a painting from 1900, a rendition depicting Moses and Joshua “bowing” before the Ark of the Covenant. The Artist I suppose just didn’t understand that Moses and Joshua would NEVER bow in worship of or to an inanimate object, not even the ark, to do so would be in violation of the FIRST of the NINE Commandments, “Ye shall not make Idols” but the Ark was not built to serve as an Idol, so why do men make it such?
The first thing to overcome if you really want truth, is to overcome and accept the fact that you have been taught to believe, taught to believe a certain way or even behave in a particular manner. Why are so many concern with what the rest of the world is believing, thinking or doing? The majority of car or truck owners buy Fords, I personally wouldn’t have one, sorry Ford owners, but I am an old school mechanic, I wouldn’t have one if I could avoid it. Another example of being taught to behave a certain way is the majority of men who cannot live without their football, baseball or basketball. Don’t get me wrong, I use to love participating in the sports, but I just don’t understand the idea of watching it and not being a part, it is like watching someone buy a Ford.
When searching for truth, one has to consider all possibilities, many would disregard certain sources just because of what they have been taught to believe.
Although I do not adhere to any current orthodox religious belief system, I consider them all because they had to start somewhere but I know without a doubt that each has been changed and tailored to satisfy the weakness of men, many of them bear little resemblance to what they began as and others are full of justifications as to why these changes are made even though it is a complete contradiction to their core belief! Anyway… maybe some of you will understand why I have brought this up.
Of all the theories regarding the Ark of the Covenant, ideas based upon conjecture, self-appointed experts, speculation and/or just plain poor research, a majority derive at their conclusions with or including Ignorance. Some things just don’t fit into their taught belief system, religious or academic, and without any thought it is cast out.
I am going to tell you another hypothesis of the Ark of the Covenant, one that no matter what I say, many will not consider simply because of its foundation, and frankly I don’t care.
It would seem almost
everyone is in agreement that the Ark was in Jerusalem around 600 BC, a
majority would also agree that it just disappeared and often blamed upon the
events of 587 BC when the Babylonians laid waste to Jerusalem, as a result it
that the Ark was carried away by the Babylonians, I mean, where else could it
have gone right? One source being a Sheik of the Arab Nation stated
that at the same time prior to this conquest, one of their great prophets and
his family just one day up and disappeared, he is identified by this source as
Lehi of Beit Lehi. I don’t know how much more of a hint the historians would
need. This event of the destruction of
The source mentioned above is none other than what is called the book of Mormon. Within this book which is a plausible history, is a story which is told that parallels evidences being found and verified today, just as the plausible history of the Bible.
In this book is the
story which is the beginning and the basis of the entire history which follows
it. This departing from
When Lehi was
instructed to leave
Exodus Chapter 25 16 And
thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee.
And later after Moses
writes the Testimony of Law…
9 ¶ And Moses wrote
this law, and delivered it unto the priests the sons of Levi, which bare the
ark of the covenant of the LORD, and unto all the elders of
25 That Moses
commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying,
26 Take this book of
the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your
God, that it may be there for a witness against thee.
If the Brass Plates
were in fact the same as the testimony
or Book of the Law which was placed
If Nephi was instructed to obtain the plates to be taken to the Promised land for their benefit and the benefit of their posterity, why would they leave the Ark behind, KNOWING well and good that its final purpose will be here upon this land at the final gathering of Israel?
Without checking, Lehi with his people had been here for about 30 years when Nephi, the son of Lehi received notice that his enemy the Brothers of Nephi, (Lamanites) were plotting to kill him. He was told to gather in his families and belongings and leave the place they were in the middle of the night. They traveled many days Northward, (Not exactly north, you have to tell some people) a journey which was about 360 miles and eventually stopped at the place that that would become the city of Nephi which today, is where the Newark earthworks, ruins or mounds are found. They had not been there long when they built a temple for a specific purpose.
12 And I, Nephi, had also brought the records which were engraven upon the plates of brass; and also the ball, or compass, which was prepared for my father (Lehi) by the hand of the Lord, according to that which is written.
13 And it came to pass that we began to prosper exceedingly, and to multiply in the land.
14 And I, Nephi, did take the sword of Laban, and after the manner of it did make many swords, lest by any means the people who were now called Lamanites should come upon us and destroy us; for I knew their hatred towards me and my children and those who were called my people.
15 And I did teach my people to build buildings, and to work in all manner of wood, and of iron, and of copper, and of brass, and of steel, and of gold, and of silver, and of precious ores, which were in great abundance.
16 And I, Nephi, did
build a temple; and I did construct it after the manner of the temple
of Solomon save it were not built of so many precious things; for they
were not to be found upon the land, wherefore, it could not be built
like unto Solomon’s temple. But the manner of the construction was like
Now I do not know how
many bible thumpers we have out there, but each of them should know one of the
main reasons the
One of the greatest archaeologic hoaxes? But who got hoaxed?
From the all knowing WIKI:
In October 1890, James
O. Scotford of
By 1907, Scotford
joined forces with Daniel E. Soper, former Michigan Secretary of State, and
together they presented thousands of objects made of various materials, supposedly
found in 16 counties across
Scotford and Soper had
many trusting customers who strongly believed in the relics. In 1911, one John
A. Russell published a pamphlet, "Prehistoric discoveries in
It is said the artifacts were immediately deemed as a hoax by archaeologists and historians. Later it would seem that the artifacts found their way to James Talmage of the Mormons in about 1909 and in 1911, 3 years later he published a book rendering them to be a fraud. To this day I would like to know how Mr. Talmage was qualified to render 30,000 artifacts found over a period of nearly 300 years from over 1100 mounds as fake or was it his intent to render them as a fraud for another purpose? These were some very ambitious hoaxers indeed. What you will find on the internet today is a one sided version of the story.
It has also been reported: Latest studies of professor of
anthropology Richard B. Stamps of the
My question would be: Contemporary? as if the
technology had somehow changed since the time the chisels which were also found
among the artifacts were made and those of today? The following image is one of
the tablets found that was among the Michigan Tablets. Also is a picture of
brass or copper Contemporary Tools some of many which
was among the artifacts. As it would seem, no one was trying to hide the fact
that these were made with “Contemporary tools.”
Ark of the Covenant?
(Notice the Modern Archaeologist Tag at the bottom on a fake artifact yet)
The next image is the
reverse side of the tablet shown above.
Interestingly enough, a very skeptical Ute friend of mine (not only skeptical of certain artifacts but also of the whole Mormon story), once asked me if I had ever wondered why he never gave me any criticisms towards these artifacts which he was accustomed to doing in several other cases. I responded with, well, now that you mentioned it, why haven’t you? Then he told me a story of when he was in his younger years he happened upon a cave somewhere in south Ouray Utah and in it he found several stones bearing the exact same inscriptions found upon the Michigan artifacts, the Burrows Stones and Brewers find in Manti Utah. Upon showing a few of them that he brought to his Grandfather his Grandfather slapped them out of his hands and scolded him and telling him to return them and never go there again! It is the cave of death! Those Hoaxers were indeed very, very busy. I knew this man very well and he was no liar.
In the next photo one might want to ask, “If these Hoaxers made these things with Contemporary tools, why would these hoaxers also manufacture ancient tools?”
Like I said, over 30,000 artifacts! Written off as a hoax, why? A few reasons as I see it, One, the whole idea lends credence to the existence of a God and is a strong evidence against the theory of Evil-ution and from certain people of the Neil Maxwell Institute, it is evidence which is STRONGLY in opposition of their Mesoamerican theory. The short of it is, PRIDE.
But the strongest reasons I see as to why so much effort was placed in rendering these artifacts as a hoax is, ONE: If these artifacts were deemed as authentic, this would give immense credibility to the Mormon story, and we just can’t have that. TWO: the most plausible reason for me is, by this time in 1890 to 1910, it was WELL known the power of Smithsonian to just make things disappear, anything lending credence to a GOD or heaven forbid, the Mormons… would just disappear. If the Mormons sent a representative to definitively express that they too felt the artifacts were a hoax, it would saved them from being wisped away, hidden from all or even being destroyed.
As far as I am
concerned what happens with these artifacts over the next 80 some odd years the
handling of them etc… shows that they were certainly not fake artifacts. If
they were in fact fake, why didn’t they just throw them away?
tools? Someone please show me the differences in my mini sledge hammer and
chisels and these tools?
After James Savage
died in 1927 he bequeathed his collection of the relics to the
There is so much that
you have not been told about these incredible finds of the Michigan Collection.
The purpose of the foregoing in case you did not notice, if these artifacts are
authentic, where did these mound builders ever see a rendition of the Ark of the Covenant and supposed
rendition of a Temple like unto Solomon’s?...