Genesis chapter 47 Star Chart: Let's use the same star chart as the previous chapter: Clockwise from when "Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years" (47:9) in 1661 B.C." till Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was an hundred forty and seven years" (47:28) when he died in in 1644 B.C. makes 17° years.

But there is another scale where each 60° unit represents one year. Notice: "Joseph (Orion) gathered up all the (solar gold and lunar silver) MONEY that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the (solar golden) CORN which they bought: and Joseph (Orion) brought the (solar gold and lunar silver) MONEY into Pharaoh's (red radius) house" (47:14) in 1661 B.C. so that "when MONEY failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us (solar golden) BREAD: for why should we die in thy presence? for the (solar golden and lunar silver) MONEY faileth. And Joseph (Orion) said, Give your (Taurus) CATTLE ... and (Aries) FLOCKS," (47:15-17) till Joseph "fed them with (solar golden) BREAD for all their (Taurus) CATTLE for that year" (47:17) is 60° bringing us to 1660 B.C. till "When that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him ... buy US (Gemini) and our LAND (60°)(lunar title deed in their hand) for BREAD, and WE and our LAND will be (Gemini) servants unto Pharaoh (Cepheus) ... Then Joseph said unto the (Gemini) PEOPLE, Behold, I have bought YOU this day and your LAND for Pharaoh: lo, here is (lunar crescent) seed for you, and ye shall sow the land" (47:18-23) is 60° more bringing us to 1659 B.C. and "it shall come to pass in the increase, that ye shall (yellow radius line pour out of Crater) give the FIFTH PART unto Pharaoh (red 60°), and FOUR PARTS shall be your own, for (lunar) seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones" (47:24). Notice that "A FIFTH PART" is defined as what they give each year to Pharaoh. Therefore each 60° unit represents one year. Five of these bring to an end the famine in 1656 B.C. Therefore "FOUR PARTS" must be 240° -- "your own" (yellow 60°). And what is left -- blue 60° -- must be "the land of the (Cetus) priests (which) bought he not; for the (Cetus) priests had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh, and did eat their portion which Pharaoh gave them: wherefore they sold not their lands" (47:22) -- A SIXTH PART.

Notice the pyramid's shining cap-stone -- Joseph, a beacon of hope and a savior -- a type of Christ our Lord. “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone" (Psalm 118:22). His brothers rejected him after he had done his job well without compromise. Potiphar rejected him after he had done his job well without compromise. The butler rejected him after he had done his job well without compromise. Then he became the "cap-stone" of the "Egyptian governmental pyramid". And once again, he did his job well without compromise.

Joseph was our shining "example" of how to deal with heathen idolaters. His example was "written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come" (1 Cor. 10:11). On the one hand, we find scriptures telling us, "Don't strengthen the hands of evildoers" (Jer. 23:14) especially since they consider shepherds an abomination (Gen. 46:34). But on the other hand, our Lord said, "Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy" (Matt. 5:7) and "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?" (5:44-46). Even though Joseph was dealing with idolatrous, heathen Egyptians, he still gave them 80% of each harvest. He did not take any more. This is significant, and is an "example" for us.

Joseph Was Rejected By His Brothers
And Then Became the Capstone

47:1 Then Joseph (Orion) came and told (Cepheus) Pharaoh, and said, My father(Auriga) and my brethren (Gemini), and their (Aries) flocks, and their (Taurus) herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen (red radius delta region).

2 And he took some of his brethren, even five men (Castor, Pollux, Auriga, Perseus and Orion), and presented them unto (Cepheus) Pharaoh.

3 And Pharaoh said unto his brethren, What is your occupation? And they said unto Pharaoh, Thy servants are (Gemini) shepherds, both we, and also our (Gemini) fathers.

4 They said morever unto Pharaoh, For to sojourn in the land are we come; for thy servants have no (Green Milky Way) pasture for their (Aries) flocks; for the (black) famine is sore in the land of Canaan: now therefore, we pray thee, let thy (Gemini) servants dwell in the land of Goshen (red radius delta region).

5 And Pharaoh spake unto (Orion) Joseph, saying, Thy (Auriga) father and thy (Gemini) brethren are come unto thee:

6 The land of Egypt is before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell: and if thou knowest any (Perseus and Orion) men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my (Taurus) cattle.

7 And Joseph (Orion) brought in Jacob (Auriga) his father, and set him before (Cepheus) Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.

8 And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art thou?

9 And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my (Gemini) fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.

evil] Alluding to the flight from home, the hardships of the service in Haran, the loss of Joseph, the death of Rachel, the violence of Simeon and Levi (chap. 34). from Esau, from whose face he was obliged to flee lest he should kill him, Genesis 27:41; and in Laban's house, where he served for a wife fourteen years, and endured great hardships, Genesis 31:41; and at Shechem, where his daughter was ravished, Genesis 34:2, and his sons made that slaughter of the Shechemites, Genesis 34:25, which he feared would cause his name to stink, Genesis 34:30; and at Ephrath, where he buried his beloved Rachel, Genesis 35:16; and at Hebron, where his sons brought him such an account as if they believed his beloved son Joseph was destroyed by a wild beast, Genesis 37:32,

they have not attained] Jacob’s life of 130 years at this juncture seemed short in comparison with the 175 years of Abraham (Genesis 25:7) and the 180 years of Isaac (Genesis 35:28).

10 And Jacob (Orion) blessed Pharaoh (Cepheus), and went out from before Pharaoh.

11 And Joseph (Orion) placed his father (Auriga) and his (Gemini) brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh (Cepheus) had commanded.

12 And Joseph (Orion) nourished his father (Auriga), and his (Gemini) brethren, and all his father's household, with (solar golden) bread, according to their families.

13 And there was no (solar golden) bread in all the land; for the (black zodiac) famine was very sore, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine.

14 And Joseph (Orion) gathered up all the (solar golden and lunar silver) money that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the (solar golden) corn which they bought: and Joseph (Orion) brought the money into Pharaoh's (red radius) house.

15 And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the (Gemini) Egyptians came unto Joseph (Orion), and said, Give us (solar golden) bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth.

16 And Joseph (Orion) said, Give your (Taurus) cattle; and I will give you for your (Taurus) cattle, if money fail.

17 And they brought their (Taurus) cattle unto Joseph (Orion): and Joseph gave them (solar golden) bread in exchange for (Taurus, Pegasus, Centaur, Sagittarius) horses, and for the (Aries) flocks, and for the (Taurus) cattle of the herds, and for the (Aries) asses: and he fed them with (solar golden) bread for all their (Taurus) cattle for that year.

18 When that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him, We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent; my lord also hath our (Taurus) herds of cattle; there is not ought left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our (red radius) lands:

19 Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land? buy us (Gemini) and our (red radius) land for (solar golden) bread, and we and our land will be (Gemini) servants unto Pharaoh (Cepheus): and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.

20 And Joseph (Orion) bought all the (red, yellow and blue radius) land of Egypt for Pharaoh (Cepheus); for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them: so the land became Pharaoh's.

21 And as for the (Gemini) people, he removed them to (lunar) cities from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end thereof.

22 Only the land of the priests (Cetus) (blue 60°) bought he not; for the priests had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh, and did eat their portion which Pharaoh gave them: wherefore they sold not their lands.

23 Then Joseph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh: lo, here is seed for you, and ye shall sow the land.

24 And it shall come to pass in the increase, that ye shall give the fifth part unto Pharaoh (red 60°), and four parts shall be your own (yellow 240°), for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones.

25 And they said, Thou hast saved our lives: let us find grace in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh's servants.

26 And Joseph (Orion) made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part (red 60°), except the land of the priests only (blue 60°), which became not Pharaoh's.

27 And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly.

28 And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was an hundred forty and seven years.

29 And the time drew nigh that Israel must die: and he called his son Joseph (Orion), and said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, put, I pray thee, thy (Orion) hand under my thigh (lunar testes), and deal kindly and truly with me; bury me not, I pray thee, in Egypt:

Testify = Testes

30 But I will lie with my (Gemini) fathers, and thou shalt carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their buryingplace. And he said, I will do as thou hast said.

31 And he said, Swear unto me. And he (Orion) sware unto him. And Israel (Auriga) bowed himself upon the (red radius) bed's head.

The LXX following a different vocalization of the same Hebrew consonants, and reading hammatteh instead of hammittah, gives the rendering followed in Hebrews 11:21, “and worshipped leaning upon the top of his staff,” The staff would be his own staff, not as some have suggested, Joseph’s staff of office. This reading is found also in the Vetus Itala and in Syr. Pesh. But the reading of the Hebrew text, “upon the bed’s head,” is probably the original one. The obscurity of the words led to the reading of the LXX



Why Was the Great Pyramid Built and By Whom?

Why should Americans -- the descendants of Joseph-- picture this Egyptian Pyramid on our dollar bill? Is there some inspired revelation concealed in its massive stones? Who was actually responsible for the building of this mathematical marvel? Was the pyramid built to make the Bible clear and understandable? What about the “pyramid inch” -- is it equal to a year in prophecy? Can theories about chronology be accurately determined only by the pyramid? Are the pyramids just tombs "kings ... built (as) desolate places for themselves" (Job 3:14)?

A Boundary Marker "At the Border"

As Isaiah 19:19-20 says, "In that day there will be an ALTAR to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a PILLAR to the Lord at its border ("Giza" means "Border" in Arabic). And it will be for a sign and for a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt". Was the Great Pyramid meant as a witness to God? . The fine workmanship is demonstrated by the joints between the 20-70-ton blocks of stone. It is a 50th of an inch! The cuts are not out of true by more than .001" over 7 feet.The Great Pyramid is simultaneously "in the midst of the land of Egypt" and also "at its border" since Goshen was given to the Hebrews by the pharaoh of Joseph (Genesis 45:9-10). Therefore it is their boundary marker.

A Sundial

By means of its reflections and shadows, the Great Pyramid became the great sundial of Egypt, not only for the days and hours, but for the seasons of the year. Exactly as a modern chronometer gives the hours, say, of midnight, 6 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m., so the reflections from the Pyramid gave accurately the days upon which the Winter Solstice, the Spring Equinox, the Summer Solstice and the Autumnal Equinox occurred. This precisely defined the Solar Astronomical Year.

A Mathematical Marvel

The Great Pyramid is a mathematical scale model of the hemisphere of the earth. Take the height of the Great Pyramid and multiply it by 43,200. This is the polar radius of the earth. If you measure the base perimeter and multiply by 43,200, you get the equatorial circumference of the earth. This is too precise to be a coincidence. The multiplier is not a random number either: 43,200 = 72 x 600. The precession of the equinox wobbles backward at the rate of 1 degree every 72 years.

There are three ways to measure the base distance from corner to corner, because each side has an indentation. Each side goes in, then cuts across to the other line coming in from the other corner. So the indent has the shape of a very flat triangle. Thus, three year-measurements are built into the curvature of the sides of the great pyramid. 1.) Measuring straight from corner to corner (C to B) is, in cubits, 365.242 Sacred Cubits. A Sacred Cubit is 25 inches. The number 365.242 is the number of days in the solar year. 2.) Measuring from corner across the indentation to corner (C to H to G to B) is 365.256 Cubits. That is the number of days in the sidereal year. 3.) Measuring from corner to midpoint and back out to the other corner (C to I to B) is 365.259 Cubits. That is the number of days it takes earth to return to the perihelion. That is the anomalistic year. Completing this thought, there are four sides to correspond to the four seasons of the year.

If the base of the pyramid mathematically represents the journey of the earth around the sun, then it would not be unlikely for the apex to represent the sun, and the height of the pyramid to represent the mean or average distance from earth to sun. The perpendicular height of the pyramid is estimated at 485 feet from the base to the apex. Multiplying 485 feet by one billion and then dividing by 5,280 feet per mile gives 91,856,000 miles which is very close to our modern estimate of 92,955,807 miles. The four lines from the corner sockets of the Great Pyramid to it's apex slopes inward 10 feet for every 9 feet of elevation. This suggests an equation: Multiplying the height of the Pyramid by 10, nine times, and reduce to miles, gives the astonishing result of 91,856,060 miles.

If the height of the Pyramid to its apex is taken as the radius of a circle, the distance around the base of the Pyramid is found to be exactly equal to the circumference of that circle. The required angle of the slope of the Pyramid's sides to produce this result is consequently known as the pyramidic Pi angle and is 51° 51' 14.3". No other pyramid in the world is built at this exact angle except the Great Pyramid.

The Sacred Cubit is derived from a horseshoe projection, known as the "Boss" on the face of the Granite Leaf in the Ante-Chamber of the Great Pyramid. By application of this unit of measurement it was discovered to be subdivided into 25 equal parts, the subdivisions being known as "Pyramid inches." (P. inches) One Pyramid inch equals 1.00106 British (and American) inches. In 1859 John Taylor, author of The Great Pyramid: Why was it built?, proposed that the Pyramid inch was also a Polar Diameter inch. The theory was adopted by Piazzi Smyth in 1864-5. Subsequent scientific calculations confirmed that the Pyramid inch is a 500,000,000 part of the earth's Polar Diameter.

To Preserve Wisdom

Perhaps a description of the high intent of the Great Pyramid, and a prayer that it might endure with its glorious freight even to the end of the world, is found in the book of Job: "Oh that my words were ... GRAVEN with an iron pen and lead, in the ROCK (casing stones of pyramid?) forever. For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth" (19:23-25). Shortly before the thirteenth century A.D., the Arab physician, philosopher and traveller Abdul Latif, whose work, On the Human Body, became a classic in the Arab world for centuries, wrote that ENGRAVED on the white casing STONES were strange hieroglyphs. "The stones were inscribed with ancient characters, now unintelligible. I never met with a person in all of Egypt who understood them. The inscriptions are so numerous that copies of those alone which may be seen upon the surface of the two Pyramids would occupy above six thousand pages." Two years after Abdul Latif's visit a great earthquake hit this area, dislodging many of the white casing stones that covered the surface of the Great Pyramid and made it shine so brightly. These events subsequently led to the stripping of the beautiful casing stones for use in other buildings in the Middle East.

Secrets of the Pyramid Lost!

The Arab Caliph Mamoon, in 820 A.D., blindly cut into the Pyramid hoping to find buried treasure in it. He couldn't even find the door; even though he was only 28 feet away from it. He accidentally reached one of the interior passageways-- but no buried treasure! Mamoon only REOPENED the Great Pyramid. In the days of Jesus Christ, the true entrance to the Great Pyramid was open and regularly frequented by tourists. The entrance to it was forgotten in the days of the Catholic domination of Egypt -- before the coming of the Moslem Arabs. Strabo mentioned that in his time the Great Pyramid was accessible to visitors: “It has on its side a stone which can be moved. When it has been lifted up, a tortuous passage is seen which leads to the tomb” (bk. xvii, p. 808). The entrance is on the north side of the Pyramid. The entrance used today by tourists is, however, the forced entrance cut out by the Arabs.

Cheops Was NOT an Egyptian!

At the entrance to the Great Pyramid can be seen the hieroglyphic carving containing the name of the mighty builder of this architectural wonder of the ancient world. His name in Egyptian is spelled Khufu by modern writers. The Greeks spelled his name Cheops. That is why the Pyramid is often called the Pyramid of Cheops today. Who was Cheops or Khufu? When and why did he build the pyramid? The Egyptians like to boast about their pyramids. Yet the greatest pyramid of all they admit was not built by an Egyptian! And they admit that all their later copies of the Great Pyramid are quite inferior to the first one built by Khufu. The Egyptian historian Manetho, who lived in the third century before Christ, wrote that Khufu “was of a DIFFERENT RACE” from the Egyptians (Wathen’s Arts and Antiquities of Egypt, p. 54). Herodotus, the famous Greek historian of the 5th century before Christ, states that the builders of the Great Pyramid were SHEPHERDS (Euterpe S128). But the Egyptians were not shepherds! Notice Genesis 46:31-34: “And Joseph said unto his brethren . . . I will go up, and shew Pharaoh, and say unto him, My brethren, and my father’s house . . . are come unto me; and the men are shepherds. . . . And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, What is your occupation? That ye shall say, Thy servants’ trade hath been about cattle. ...FOR EVERY SHEPHERD IS AN ABOMINATION UNTO THE EGYPTIANS.” The Egyptians were not shepherds. They employed others to tend their cattle. Yet Khufu, or Cheops, the builder of the Great Pyramid, was a shepherd! Josephus, the Jewish historian, wrote that the Egyptians set the Israelites “to build pyramids” (Antiquities of the Jews, bk.2, ch. ix, S1). But the pyramids which the Israelites built during their enslavement were hastily constructed, inferior duplicates of the first mighty Pyramid of Khufu or Cheops. Who was Cheops the shepherd who built the first Pyramid? (from May 1964 Plain Truth article, "Who Built the Great Pyramid?" by Herman Hoeh)

Cheops NOT an Idolater

Cheops was not a polytheist. He was a worshipper of the One God. “Cheops closed the temples and prohibited the Egyptians from offering sacrifices,” wrote Herodotus in book 2 of his History, S124. The God whom Cheops served was named “Amen” in Egyptian. And -- strange though it may be -- one of the names of Jesus Christ is “Amen” (Rev. 3:14). The Pharaoh of Upper Egypt, under whom Joseph served, was named Amen-em-het III. “Amen” was a common name among the Pharaohs in Joseph’s day. The Pharaoh must have been strongly influenced by the religion of Cheops. But this is not all! Pharaoh Amen-em-het gave Joseph “to wife Asenath the daughter of Potiphera priest of ON” (Genesis 41:45). Who was the God “On”? “On” is but another name for the God “Amen” -- Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Old Testament! In Revelation 1:8, Christ speaks of Himself as the “One who is” -- the “existing One ” In the original inspired text of this verse, the Greek word Christ used was “On”!--the “existing one”! The Egyptians knew of the Creator in the days of Joseph! Not until nearly the days of Moses did gross idolatry spread throughout Egypt. (ibid. Hoeh)

When Did Cheops Build the Pyramid?

When did Cheops live? Cheops lived after the flood! Some pyramidologists try to date the pyramid by astronomy. They assume that when built, the north pole star, Alpha Draconis, could be seen from the entrance passage of the Great Pyramid. But the idea is purely an assumption. There is no proof! Furthermore, the north pole star would have been visible for only a few minutes from the descending passage BECAUSE THE PASSAGE NEVER DID POINT DIRECTLY TO THE NORTH POLE STAR! Some followers of the “British Israel World Federation” would try to deny this, but any history book would prove their idea false. The facts of history are that Cheops was a young contemporary of King Zoser of Egypt. Zoser built the “step pyramid” shortly before Cheops built the Great Pyramid (Budge, A History of Egypt, vol. 11, p. 9). King Zoser ruled part of Lower Egypt at the same time Joseph was Prime Minister under Pharaoh Amen-em-het Ill. King Zoser recorded the seven years’ drought in Joseph’s time. “My heart is in great anxiety,” said Zoser, “for in my time the Nile has not overflowed for a period of SEVEN YEARS” (Cambridge Ancient History, p. 309-310, vol. I ). Here is clear evidence that Cheops, a contemporary of Zoser, must have built the Great Pyramid during the sojourn of Israel in Egypt shortly after the seven years of famine! Ancient Egypt, remember, was a confederation of small city states. Amenemhet III was king ot Upper Egypt and Pharaoh of all Egypt. But under him were lesser Kings, among whom was Zoser. Cheops was a foreign King whose domain extended into Egypt. (ibid. Hoeh)

Joseph Enters the Scene

A noted man who helped Cheops in building the Pyramid was named Souf. He was “chief of the works of Khufu” (Rawlinson’s Egypt, ch. 14).This man has been an enigma to the historians (see Maspero’s Dawn of Civilization, p. 363-364). Elsewhere he is called “Saf-hotep” -- meaning “Saf the servant.” He was apparently one of 12 brothers who built the Labyrinth -- the “Pentagon” of Ancient Egypt -- for Amenemhet III (Mathen’s Antiquities, p. 142) . “Souf” was Joseph! The name given Joseph by Pharaoh was “Zaph-nath-paaneah” (Gen. 41:45). The Egyptians still call Joseph “Yousuf.” Certainly there need be no doubt when Cheops lived! A corrupted Egyptian story records an incident in the later life of Cheops or Khufu, in which he calls an aged Egyptian sage to his palace (Budge’s Egypt, vol.II, p.43).The sage lived 110 years which parallels Joseph who died at 110 years of age (Gen. 50:26). (ibid. Hoeh)

Cheops Wrote Scripture

Not only did Cheops worship Amen or On -- that is, Jesus Christ; he also wrote Scripture! Manetho, the Egyptian historian, wrote of Cheops: “He was arrogant toward the gods, but repented and wrote the Sacred Book . . . a work of great importance” (see Wathen’s Antiquities, p. 268; and Budge’s Egypt, vol. II, p. 31; Sanchoniathon, p.443). But which Sacred Book? Certainly none of the Sacred Books of Egypt’s pagan religion-- for Cheops closed their temples and forbade their worship. Was this Sacred Book an Egyptian Book? No! Cheops, remember, was of foreign race -- and it is quite obvious that Cheop’s Sacred Book was not preserved by Egyptians who later opposed his religion. A clue to the answer is found in Egyptian records. Cheops has another name--Saaru or Shaaru (Petrie’s History of Egypt, vol. I, p. 37). Saaru is another name “for the inhabitants of Mt. Seir” (Rawlinson’s History of Egypt, ch. 22 ). Khufu, then, was a foreign King from Mt. Seir who exercised dominion in Lower Egypt during and after the time of Joseph. Petra is in Mount Seir. Mt. Seir was famous in history as the “Land of Uz” (Vol. 3 of Clarke’s Commentary, preface to Book of Job). Uz was a descendant of Seir the Horite (Gen. 36:28). The Arabs preserve a corrupt record of Cheops of Mt. Seir or of the Land of Uz. They call him the “wizard of Oz.” Now what individual who dwelled in Uz was arrogant, repented of his sin and wrote a Sacred Book? None other than JOB (Job 1:1). And the Sacred Book is the Book of Job! Job is the Cheops who built the Great Pyramid! The ancient Greeks called Job "Cheops"-- pronouncing the letters “ch” almost as if they were an “h.” We call Job “Hiob” in German -- and we pronounce the final “b” as if it were a “p” much as the Greeks did. Plainly, Cheops is but an altered pronunciation of Job! (ibid. Hoeh)

Job Had "Understanding of the Times"

Coming into Egypt with Jacob was a grandson, named Job! "And these are the names of the children of Israel who came into Egypt, Jacob and his sons ... And the sons of Issachar: Tola, and Phuvah and JOB, and Shimron" (Genesis 46:8-13). In 1 Chronicles 7:1 Job's name appears as Jashub or Iashub: "And the sons of Issachar: Tola, and Puah, Jashub, and Shimron, four." Cheops or Job was Joseph's nephew! He exhibited vast MATHEMATICAL and ASTRONOMICAL knowledge in building the pyramid. Was this kind of knowledge a characteristic of the tribe of Issachar, from which Job sprang? Let 1 Chronicles 12:32 answer: "And of the children of Issachar, men that had UNDERSTANDING of the times, to know what Israel ought to do" Jewish commentators understand this to mean mathematical and astronomical knowledge, including the body of information by which the Hebrew calendar was determined and the annual festivals arranged (Isaiah 66:23).

Job Was a King!

When Job was being tested, he cried out that he wished he had died: “Why died I nor from the womb? why did I not expire when I came out of the womb. ...Then had I been at rest with kings and counsellors of the earth, which build desolate places for themselves” (Job 3:11-15). Job buried with kings?-- of course! He was of a royal family. Notice: “Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel. After my words they spake not again....I ...sat as chief, and dwelt as a KING in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners” (Job 29:21-25). Job left a great monument in stone -- the Great Pyramid. It swelled his pride. Bildad, one of Job’s friends, taunted Job: “Thou that tearest thyself in thine anger, shall the earth be forsaken of thee? Or shall the rock be removed out of its place” (Job 18:4, Jewish trans.). What? -- the earth not to be forsaken of Job even if he were to die? Of course -- the rock monument he built would remain for ages, would not “be removed out of its place”! What rock monument? -- the Great Pyramid! Now turn to Job 38:4-6. Here is God’s response to Job. Notice that the verses presuppose Job a great builder. Let us paraphrase God’s answer to Job, then you compare it with the original: “You, Job, laid the foundations of the Great Pyramid but where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? You, Job, determined the measures on the Pyramid in Egypt, but who determined the measures of the earth and stretched the line upon it? You, Job, fastened down in sockets the foundations of the pyramid, but whereupon are the foundations of the earth fastened? You, Job, were not able to lay the Pyramid’s capstone, for your work was not absolutely perfect, but I laid the cornerstone of the earth,” said God. That whittled Job down to size! He was not as big as he himself presumed. (ibid. Hoeh)

How Was Pyramid Built?

"Cheops succeeded to the throne, and plunged into all manner of wickedness (from the perspective of pagan idol-worshippers). He closed the temples, and forbade the Egyptians to offer sacrifice, compelling them instead to labour, one and all, in his service....A HUNDRED THOUSAND MEN laboured constantly, and were relieved every three months by a fresh lot....The pyramid itself was TWENTY YEARS in building." (Herodotus book 2:124). Since 20 years = 7,300 days = 175,200 hours, then 2,300,000 blocks divided by 175,200 hours = 13 blocks per hour. That is 13 blocks quarried, transported ten miles, shaped and fitted into their final positions in the pyramid EVERY HOUR, day and night, non-stop for 20 years! Of course 100,000 men divided into three eight-hour shifts gives 33,333 men always on duty. If we divide that by 8 hours, we get 4166 men to deal with those 13 blocks per hour, or 320 men per block per hour. They may have even had the help of "behemoth" (Job 40:15-24).

Why Pyramid Built

Cheops lived in Joseph’s time. So did Job! Job lived in the generation after Esau, for one of his friends was Eliphaz the Temanite (Job 2: 11) . Eliphaz was the father of the Temanites (Gen. 36:11) and the son of Esau, Jacob’s brother (verse 10). Eliphaz and Joseph were first cousins. Yet Job lived before the Mosaic law which permitted only Levites to sacrifice. Notice that Job sacrificed to God for his family as was customarily done in patriarchal times (Job 1:5;42:8). None of the conversation in the book of Job refers to the exodus under Moses, but the flood is still uppermost in the minds of the people (Job 22: 17-18). Job lived long before the time of Daniel. Even in the time of Daniel and the apostles, the dates for the prophetic future were not opened to understanding. If they were not permitted to know the times and seasons, certainly Job would not have known them, much less built the pyramid to fit chronology! Yet many adherents to British-Israelism and pyramidology contend that Cheops did know all these things. Some of them would make out God as the real builder! The works of David Davidson, Adam Rutherford, and others. Each of them tries to build a chronology for the future by measuring the dimensions of the Great Pyramid with the “pyramid inch.” The little stone protrusion in the Pyramid which these people contend is the key to the revelation of the pyramid. But they have no way to know whether this little protrusion should measure the pyramid and determine chronology, or whether it was for some other purpose. Even if one has accurately measured the pyramid, how are they going to know which point means which year? Davidson starts with a certain point in the Pyramid and calls it the day of the crucifixion -- Friday, April 7, 30 A.D. Since that date is proved wrong by the Bible, all his chronology falls flat. Adam Rutherford takes the same point and calls it the date of the crucifixion, Friday, April 3, 33 A.D. Since that date is wrong, too, his chronology falls flat. THE OBVIOUS FACT IS THAT NO STANDARD EXISTS WHICH MIGHT REVEAL WHICH STONE OR WHICH SCRATCH ON A PASSAGEWAY MEANS A PARTICULAR YEAR. The pyramid was built for another purpose than to reveal chronology. We do not yet know the full purpose for which the Pyramid was built, but it is a monument, undoubtedly designed by Job, to commemorate what Joseph did for Egypt and to mark the border of the territory given to Joseph’s family in the land of Egypt by Pharaoh. Pharaoh gave Israel the land of Goshen (Gen. 47:11). The land of Goshen extends from Palestine westward to the Nile River (Gen. 15:18). It included what is now the Suez Canal. The ancient Pharaoh long ago gave it to the family of Joseph, but they wish to take it away today! How far south along the Nile River does the land of Goshen run? To the border between Lower and Middle Egypt--in the very region where the Great Pyramid is located! Because the Great Pyramid stands at the border between those two divisions of Egypt, many have taken Isaiah 19:19-20 to refer to the pyramid. Certainly the “altar” mentioned in this verse is not the pyramid. God forbids any altar of carved stone (Exodus 20:25-26). (ibid. Hoeh)

But the Great Pyramid may be the pillar which Isaiah referred to, and it might be again dedicated in the future as a pillar or monument of witness to what the Eternal-- the Amen-- will do in delivering Egypt from the revived Roman Empire. A pillar is sometimes used in the Bible as a border line (see Genesis 31:52). We might also consider whether the pyramid was designed by Job to be the tomb or resting place of Joseph’s mummy (Job 3:14), before it was carried up out of Egypt by Moses (Exodus 13:19). Cheops or Job, according to the ancient historians, was not buried in it. The sarcophagus in the “King’s chamber” was empty in ancient times. No treasures were hidden in the Pyramid’s inner recesses. And it was anciently open to visitors from Greece and Rome. The Great Pyramid was built, according to Herodotus, over a period of about 20 years in the 3 months of each year during which the Nile overflowed and the people were idle. Its construction therefore did not occupy slave labor, but idle labor. And through it, perhaps, the Egyptians gained their freedom from Pharaoh. Josephus, the Jewish historian, states that Joseph did return the land to the Egyptians (Antiquities, bk. 11, ch. 7, S7). And what better thank offering could the Egyptians have given than donating of their idle time to build a monument designed and directed by Job as a perpetual witness to the all-ruling God who sent Joseph to save the Egyptians! God’s Government is also in the form of a pyramid. Christ is the rejected “capstone” (Psalm 118:22). What more fitting monument could Job have built than this to the God whose Government rules invisibly over the world and who sends His prophets to warn it before every calamity. Originally it was to have a capstone that was a scale model of the pyramid itself. It was never put in place because the builders rejected it. Only on a pyramid can a capstone also be the head of the corner. (Psalm 118:22 and Matt.21:42).

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