Northern Israel’s Temples

Jerusalem had the temple that housed the ark, and consequently, the history of the nation through the hereditary priesthood. It also had all the problems attached to hereditary power, including the contempt by the priesthood for the people, calling them “stones” in the New Testament. Education was mandatory for all levels of priesthood, so that they were, by far, the most knowledgeable and most cosmopolitan of all the tribes. Moses spread them throughout the other tribes, splitting the tribe of Joseph into two parts, one for the rule of their enemies as inherited through Joseph, and one for the economic administration of the nation, the equivalent of the Chief Financial Officer of a corporation. The eldest son stayed with Joseph to help him rule the land of Egypt, but the younger moved to Malta with Jacob and stayed for the rest of his life, studying and supporting his grandfather in his duties as “King of the World and Friend of God”, a title inherited from Noah by Shem and designated to Abraham, who died 32 years before Shem, so never inherited the title or responsibility. When Pharaoh, who was the first in his family to hold that position and a young man when he brought Joseph on board, found out who Joseph’s father was, he was so frightened by the facts that he sent his army and navy up to Malta, captured it, deported the entire local population, and gave the island to Jacob in perpetuity to get him out of the land of Egypt without showing any disrespect. This distance to be traveled by ship was the cause of Joseph’s difficulty in “going up” to Jacob in later days, whereas he took his chariot and “went up” to meet him when Jacob originally “went down” into Egypt.

The priests in Jerusalem administered all the social programs. The rooms that Solomon built around the three sides of the temple were store-rooms for the first-fruits that were distributed to those in need and also supported the priests so that they would be unencumbered by having to earn a living from the land. They were the teachers, doctors, judges, public accountants and keepers of the standard weights and measures, and everything else that was of public necessity. When Absalom cut his hair every year and took it to the scales to be weighed, it was the priests who ran the scales without charge to the public. They had weights from as small as a barley seed up to cantilever models that could weigh tons accurately to the fraction of a pound. Many people are unaware that the Italian gardens with their statues positioned among the greenery are a replica of the various weights used on these public scales. The figures used as weights were made right down to the ounce for anything over a pound. Precious weights were from a barley seed to a carob seed, from which we get the weight of diamonds in carats. Common weights started with the weight of “ducks” that started after the carat and went up to a modern ton in the form of a large quadruped (the exact breed is unknown at this time) and were carved from very hard stones like marble that would not shrink from weathering. Then there were the stone blocks that started at a ton and went up from there. The cantilever scales that were used for these large weights, including weighing the stones used in the temple building itself, could hold several tons with a team of 12 oxen or more on their end of the cantilever.

There is no documentation that either of Israel’s calves at Bethel and Dan had the same facilities, though they likely had a smaller set of weights and measures, including the measuring rods that were customarily stored in a niche over the main city gate. Measures for volume like pints and quarts, pecks and bushels, were usually stored inside the rooms where they were used, and were very easily transported outside to the point of use when necessary. These were usually made of copper or brass. There is no evidence of any social service attached to the calves of northern Israel. Each tribe was responsible for its own education, distribution of food to the poor, police, fire, burials of the dead, all of it.

The lack of information on the temples of northern Israel is stunning. The only information that we are given is that Jeroboam dismissed all the Levites and replaced them with “the lowest of the people”, whatever that may imply being open to discussion. The more probable implication is persons of family lineage from other than first-born sons. It was the custom of the time that the first-born son of any group of brothers was their leader and responsible for the affairs of that generation, just as Shem was responsible for Noah’s 32 sons and daughters born after the flood. These chieftains were the judges, jury, and executioners of everyone in their family, with no greater authority for an appeal until the kingship under Saul was established.

The golden calves were set up as soon as Jeroboam was made king, but Samaria had not been built yet. Rather, he set up his capital at Bethel, and there was no temple there, although the ancient traditions say it was the location of the dwelling of the god/God El (as in El Shaddai of the new Testament) whose wife, Ashera, was widely worshiped in all of Israel under shade trees and usually on top of a hill, often associated with human child sacrifice due to the influence of the Phoenicians, and so wide-spread that it even occurred in the valley in the shadow of the temple in Jerusalem.

The locations of the two temples that Jeroboam set up are a reflection of his many years in Egypt as a refugee from the assassins of Solomon. While there, he married the sister of the principal wife of Pharaoh and adopted many of the customs of the court, religion being one of them. This religion was the same one that caused Moses such grief during the Exodus, in which the Israelites – or the Egyptian contingent among them, which of them is not recorded – killed Hur, Miriam’s husband, and the other leaders Moses left in charge and threatened to kill Aaron, who was also a skilled craftsman in gold, if he refused to make a golden calf for them. Notice that Moses never placed any blame or criticism on Aaron for doing so, rather, he chastised the Israelites extensively for the murder of their appointed leaders.

This golden calf is derived form the Zodiac sign of Taurus, which was just ending at the time of the Exodus, transitioning to the sign of the Ram. Moses was trying to get the people to understand that the sign had changed, or was changing, but they were too uneducated to understand the teaching. Each country that is in power at the end of an age carries the sign of the Zodiac that is becoming obsolete, and the nation falls when the change is completed after the 100-year change-over period on either side of the fulcrum year.

By the time Jeroboam became king, the transition was very much completed, having started with the building of the tabernacle in the wilderness where rams were sacrificed. The building of that “tent of meeting” is heavily criticized by the prophets as having been built for the worship of the planet, identified alternatively as Jupiter or Saturn. This seems somewhat odd, however, as it was never used for worship purposes, only to house the ark with its “speaker” between the cherubim where their wings touched in a section of gold that was only one atom thick, and which vibrated to carry sound, and was used by Moses to literally talk to the one he met on the mountain. The altar of sacrifice was added much later. The laver of water for washing feet was part of the original furniture, though, as their feet had to be clean enough to act as an electrical ground when they came within the magnetic force of the ark. There is no connection to Moses in either of the temples of northern Israel.

Further, when the northern tribes went into exile, the majority of them were not taken into captivity as the Jews were, but migrated to other countries before the Assyrians got there, so that the Assyrians found the cities deserted. The exiles fully assimilated into the cultures into which they settled, totally losing their identity as foreigners in the lands of their exile.

          But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel… But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. (Mat. 10:6; Mat. 15:24)

And that’s when and how Christianity became the only consistent marker for the exiled northern 10 tribes, and that is why Christians are universally persecuted in every country into which they fled, just as the Jews are, because they are brothers fighting just like brothers do among people.

The timing of the emptying of the 10 tribes from the land is consistent with the change of the Zodiac sign of the ram to the Zodiac sign of the two fishes, identified as mother and son in the legends surrounding them, but marked by the only massive migration by sea ever undertaken. It is no accident that the eye of the one fish is centered over London and the other over Bermuda, nor is it an accident that the star over London is shared by the south-eastern-most star in the constellation of the winged horse, Pegasus, whose head covers the area from New York City, down to Washington, D.C., then westward to the Great Lakes, the very route of that great migration. Pegasus’ left front hoof breaks the water jug on Aquarius’ shoulder at the point between Cuba and Haiti which, according to legend, broke the drought that nearly decimated the world. Is it just a strange coincidence, then, that the various prophecies of the drought during the age of Aquarius is said to be mitigated somewhat by the ability of Argentina to have enough water to grow fresh vegetables for the entire world, though so little that it will be available only through hospital dispensaries by physician’s prescription during that drought? These ancient documents were written centuries apart by people from different disciplines who never heard of the writing of each other.

And no place on earth is the moon calendar associated with prophecies this specific. They are only found associated with the sun-based calendar from Qumran, the sun-based one that northern Israel reinstated immediately upon declaring their independence from Judah and naming their king, and have been acknowledging in one configuration or another ever since, while Judah is bound by a moon-based, non-functional calendar that they have no authority to change until a king is anointed over all 12 tribes of Israel in the end of this age.