Some years ago, Darrell Conder wrote a book, Mystery Babylon and the Lost 10 Tribes in the End Times, that claimed Northern Israel could be identified by one consistent marker: They are all Christian of one flavor or another, depending on the nations they passed through. It caused such an avalanche of outrage that his life was essentially ruined. But how far off the truth is he? Let’s look at some of the possibilities.
First, Northern Israel shared borders with the great shipping port of Tyre, the central hub and home port of the Philistine sea traders that Solomon partnered with during his reign. Step back for a moment: Solomon was the son of King David of Judah, right? Yes, but the kingdom he inherited included all 12 tribes, including the ones that bordered Tyre on the north and Ashkelon, a colony of Tyre, on their southern shores near Egypt.
When Solomon partnered with Hiram, king of Tyre, he was king of Israel, all Israel, north and south.
How does this tie in with the sun-based calendar? Look carefully at this graphic.
What is the round object just behind the protective prow of this Phoenician ship? Not familiar with the “wheeled cross” that is so prevalent in Ireland? One of their names is “Celtic Cross”. It can be found on the front of many churches, particularly the ones that began in England and Ireland, another major trading partner of Tyre, their source of tin, and the shipping headquarters of the tribe of Dan, another neighbor of Tyre and tribe of Israel, the one that “stayed in their ships” while Deborah and the other tribes fought their overlords for the freedom of the nation. So what does that have to do with anything?
It is based on the movements of the sun, not the moon, and that was one of the secrets that the Phoenicians protected with their lives.
They were forced to use the moon-based calendar on land because of the political power of their Babylonian, then Persian overlords, but when they went to sea, they used the sun-based calendar found at Qumran for steering their ships on the open ocean where land could not be seen. This is where markers come into play.
Every time the Phoenicians discovered a shore where it was safe for them to drop anchor, they could trade, and the natives were friendly, they put crosses to the left, right, and center of that spot. Three crosses with the center one higher that the outer two: Sound familiar?
How about the symbols of the Christian faith?
The cross still translates as “safe harbor”.
The fish is the symbol of water as well as a source of food for shore-following ships.
Christians are known to trade the easy life and luxuries of this life for those on “the other side”.
How did these symbols become associated with the hot cross bun? Remember the prophets railing loudly against those? They were associated with the “Queen of (from) heaven”. How close does that come to the description of Mother Mary? Then there are the groves…
But let’s not mix religion with symbology. They are two separate and distinct topics. A person is not their clothing, nor are the “add-on” clothing of Christianity the worship that they are associated with. What does the Easter egg have to do with Sunday sunrise? The egg is an “add-on” marker to the sun-rise service, not a requirement of the religion. It is secret symbology known only to those who know the depths of the origins of the traditions, not to those who are given a politically safe explanation.
Do we need another example? How about Christmas and the winter solstice? It was dangerously incorrect to recognize the solstice in moon-based cultures, so it was given a new wardrobe of secular symbols while retaining its true character at the core so that this required holiday associated with Noah, Christianity, and the sun-based calendar could be celebrated in relative safety.
How about something closer to the Israeli heart? Try looking at their kings.
When Solomon changed the sun-based calendar to the moon-based one used by the rest of the trading nations, he was being very clever. People are more willing to trade with people like themselves. That change was bound onto the northern 10 tribes as well as Judah at that time. It was one of the reasons Jeroboam rebelled, along with a basket of other reasons, including the oppressive taxes, levies of laborers for Solomon’s grandiose buildings, of which the temple was only a small part when his personal dwellings, the throne room, his Egyptian wife’s replica of the temple mount in Egypt, his many stables for 400 horses, a major source of trade revenue that was supported by sending his Egyptian wife back to her home to act as his representative to acquire the horses and chariots – that eventually came back to him being driven by Israel’s enemies – to sell to the neighboring towns.
And a thousand women (300 wives and 700 concubines at last count) meant to cement trade relations with other political entities put a big hole in his budget. So much so that when it came time to pay a debt to Hiram, he had to give Hiram 10 cities that bordered on Tyre instead of silver or gold. Those cities were so impoverished by Solomon’s economic misdirection that Hiram called them “rubbish heaps” and sent the stated amount of silver in the opposite direction – to Solomon – instead of receiving it from Solomon.
When a close look is taken of where David got all that gold and silver, copper and iron to dedicate to the temple, it becomes clear that Solomon was the second to partner with Hiram, not the first.
Where’s the evidence? Read this section of Thiele’s work about synchronizing the kingships of Judah and Israel.
The chronology of the kings of Israel and Judah rests primarily on a series of reign lengths and cross references within the books of Kings and Chronicles, in which the accession of each king is dated in terms of the reign of his contemporary in either the southern Kingdom of Judah or the northern Kingdom of Israel, and fitting them into the chronology of other ancient civilizations.
However, some of the biblical cross references did not seem to match, so that a reign which is said to have lasted for 20 years results in a cross reference that would give a result of either 19 or 21 years. Thiele noticed that the cross references given during the long reign of King Asa of Judah had a cumulative error of 1 year for each succeeding reign of the kings of Israel: the first cross-reference resulted in an error of 1 year, the second gave an error of 2 years, the third of 3 years and so on. He explained this pattern as a result of two different methods of reckoning regnal years: the accession year method in one and the non-accession year method in the other. Under the accession year method, if a king died in the middle of a year, the period to the end of that year would be called the “accession year” and Year 1 of the new king’s reign would begin at the new year. Under the non-accession year method the period to the end of the year would be Year 1 of the new king and Year 2 would begin at the start of the new year. Israel appears to have used the non-accession method, while Judah used the accession method until Athaliah seized power in Judah, when Israel’s non-accession method appears to have been adopted in Judah.
In addition, Thiele also concluded that Israel counted years using the ecclesiastical new year starting in the spring month of Nisan, while Judah counted years using the civil year starting in the autumn month of Tishrei. The cumulative impact of differing new years and different methods of calculating reigns explained, to Thiele, most of the apparent inconsistencies in the cross references.
Unknown to Thiele when he first published his findings, these same conclusions that the northern kingdom used non-accession years and a spring New Year while the southern kingdom used accession years and a fall New Year had been discovered by Valerius Coucke of Belgium some years previously, a fact which Thiele acknowledges in his Mysterious Numbers.
Read more: The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings https://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=The+Mysterious+Numbers+of+the+Hebrew+Kings&item_type=topic#ixzz4iVJvDjzx
Clearly, the autumn start of the year reflected the moon-based calendar while the spring-based year has always been associated with the sun-based calendar in every nation in which it is found. Jeroboam dumped the moon calendar as soon as he came to power, along with the temple system whose priests were totally subservient to the directives of the king. He also changed all the feasts to one month later than the temple, and the day of rest to the eighth day, our Sunday, but kept the 7-day calendar weekly format along with the other calendrical systems.
Does all this sound familiar?