“We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.” The Nicene Creed
Three thousand years ago, the prophets of ancient Israel looked for a day when a Messiah would rule over the nation and the world. This figure will be a son or descendent of King David, the lowly shepherd who became a great king and prototype messiah after his anointing with oil (as well as a Giant slayer, a Psalm writer, renowned harp player, bringer of the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, and the father of King Solomon). Today, some believe the Vatican has been digging an illegal secret tunnel in Jerusalem in order to exhume King David’s DNA and resurrect the Messiah by cloning him.
Yep. You read that right. Resurrect King David. Grow a copy or twin of the Messiah.
Why not? The Big Tech Swingers are already working on resurrecting you by copying your memories into a digital clone, a ‘perfect’ light body made of 1s and 0s. A digital Messiah is surely in the works. So, the mad scientist geneticists out there better get going. Kids may decide to make a jump into the Avatar heaven and have no need for their physical body let alone a clone of one.
As you may know, anything to do with the fulfillment of Messianic prophecy in Jerusalem is a really big deal.
The Messiah (Christos in Greek) is a Jewish leader who will return the Jews to Israel, rebuild the Temple of Solomon and introduce a new world to come called Paradise.
As a light body researcher and ascension scholar, the key point of interest for me is that when one enters Paradise one is presented by the archangel Michael to God on the Ark of the temple of the heavenly Jerusalem, whereupon one is transfigured into an angel. The angels that guard Paradise’s gate adorn one in seven clouds of glory and crown one with gems and pearls and gold that symbolize one’s transformation from human into angel.
I am presently on the home stretch of completing my book about the return of the Essenes and their lost secrets of this transformation. Clare and I are leading a sacred tour to Israel on November 30-December 13, 2021. So, this story was worth a look.
The Regavim Movement, a group dedicated to the protection of Israel’s national resources, filed a petition against the Jerusalem Municipality last week demanding they take action against the tunnel.
It’s claimed there is a passage approximately 1,970 feet long and 5 feet wide under the Church of the Dormition on Mount Zion, on which construction was completed about 12 years ago.
Rabbi Daniel Asor of the Yanar Institute claims it was built to allow members of the Church of the Dormition to exhume the remains of King David, who is believed to have been buried in Mt Zion. This church is so named as it is identified in Christian tradition as the place where the Virgin Mary died — or “fell asleep”, as the name suggests — and was taken (ascended or ‘assumed’) to heaven. Christian art shows Jesus emerging through a portal to take Mary to heaven. I decoded the ascension symbolism in this story and the art depicting it in my workshop, Awakening the Pearl.
Fra Angelico’s Dormition of the Virgin.
IS THERE A GOOD ENOUGH REASON?
Apart from the religious/prophetic implications of such a twist of DNA, an even more important question looms.
Is bringing back a prototype messiah a good enough reason to leap through all the ethical and moral hurdles and ring-pass-nots cloning represents?
More, would the clone of King David be King David?
Reproductive cloning is the stuff of science fiction, but it is based on science fact. Cloning human embryos has been possible for since 2013. So far, no one has been insane enough to do so or even suggest they intend to clone a human being. Pet cloning is bringing the process home.
The scientific and ethical problem with cloning is that it is forced rather than natural conception. Cloning creates abnormalities or defects, which is why cloned animals are often sick, and why cloning human babies is unethical.
We are getting closer.
In January 2018, a Chinese group led by Qiang Sun and Zhen Liu reported the births of the first monkey clones. It was a messy process: About 80 cloned embryos led to six pregnancies and two live births (78 deaths). Even so, reproductive cloning had succeeded for the first time in a primate.
The primary cloning method scientists use is somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), which is the same procedure that was used to create Dolly the sheep in 1996. Somatic cell nuclear transfer begins when doctors take the egg from a female donor and remove its nucleus (its DNA), creating an enucleated egg. A cell, which contains DNA, is taken from the person who is being cloned. Then the enucleated egg is fused together with the cloning subject’s cell using electricity. This creates an embryo, which is implanted into a surrogate mother through in vitro fertilization.
It took 277 tries for scientists to get one Dolly free of abnormalities. It took 80 tries to clone the first primate. How many tries will it take to get one Messiah? What will happen to the failure twin Messiahs? What happens to the mothers of those failed pregnancies? What to do with all the ‘imperfect’ clones?
In this way, the new David, the genetic copy or twin, would be made in the image of the old one, but maybe not a perfect one.
If the Vatican decided to clone King David, what else could they do with his DNA?
How about extract information?
DNA is the ultimate information storage technology. It is durable and can store vast amounts of data. This is important as the world is facing a data crunch. We are running out of storage for all those images, articles, videos and other data we store every day. At the rate we are going, by 2040 our storage needs will be 10-100 times greater than the expected supply of microchip-grade silicon. The entire internet could be squeezed into a box of DNA the size of the Ark of the Covenant.
The prospect of DNA data storage is not merely theoretical. In 2017, for instance, a research group at Harvard adopted CRISPR DNA-editing technology to record images of a human hand into the genome of E. coli, which were read out with higher than 90 percent accuracy. And researchers at the University of Washington and Microsoft Research have developed a fully automated system for writing, storing and reading data encoded in DNA. A number of companies, including Microsoft and Twist Bioscience, are working to advance DNA-storage technology.
In July, 2020, scientists at the University of Texas at Austin devised a way to store the entirety of The Wizard of Oz into stands of DNA.
Memories, everyone knows, are encoded in connection between our brain cells. This is a big what if, but what if David’s DNA contained his memories. Could the Vatican access his memories through is DNA?
Carl Jung would say so. He believed we were born with the memories and experiences of our ancestors imprinted in our DNA. What secrets might they unlock?
Transhumanists foam at a future where our memories can be uploaded to the cloud and the transferred into a robotic or synthetic CGI body and we can live forever.
Researchers from the Society of Neuroscience has revealed in a paper in eNeuro that it successfully transferred memories between organisms by injected RNA from one into the other.
The basic concept that underlies this is “epigenetics”, which means making minor chemical changes to the DNA structure that alter gene expression.
Scientists have yet to test this phenomenon in humans, but the evidence is hinting that the concept that memories could stored in our DNA and biologically transmitted.
It is, therefore, theoretically possible that a cloned David would remember how to play the harp, and what, exactly, the Ark of the Covenant could be used for.
Could King David have predicted cloning? Could he have foreseen a day when he, himself, could be duplicated?
IN THE ARK
Since writing my 1996 book, “The Peacemaker and the Key of Life,” I have been intrigued by the possibility that the prophets of old had the foresight to preserve their DNA for future rediscovery and usage.
In particular, Jewish legend says the Messiah has a ‘to do’ list that includes bringing Moses and the generation of the desert to life. Wait. This sounds like a resurrection. Is it literal? Figurative? How will the Messiah do this?
Like everything to do with the Messiah, the answer revolves around the Ark of the Covenant. He will find it, along with a flask of manna, and a cruse of sacred oil, all three of which disappeared mysteriously and reveal the secret of redemption (more momentarily). These three holy vessels are among numerous objects that belong to the Messiah. Also sought and found is the Wand of the Messiah.
In The Peacemaker I proposed that a lock of Moses’ hair was among the stored tools in the Ark. The reason why was because in ancient Egypt locks of hair were used as amulets, often for sentimental reasons, but more powerfully to ensure the perpetuation of the love bonds between the person whose hair it was and the person in possession of it.
Today, forensic hair analysis can be used to check if people are blood relatives. The hair follicle at the base of human hairs contains cellular material rich in DNA. In order to be used for DNA analysis, the hair must have been pulled from the body — hairs that have been broken off do not contain DNA. Any body tissue that has not been degraded is a potential source of DNA.
The laws of sympathetic magic are very clear in this matter: a person’s strength was thought to be in their hair. So powerfully was this belief held that extreme care was made to insure that a leader’s hair did not fall into the hands of an enemy. The Biblical story of Samson and Delilah clearly depicts this belief. When David killed Goliath he took the Giant’s head…and hair.
The Giants are called the Mighty Men of Renown.
“The Nephilim were on the earth in those days–and also afterward–when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the Mighty Men of old, Men of Renown.” Genesis 6:4.
The Giants are the hybrid offspring of the fallen angels and human females (Genesis 6:1-4). David possessed a DNA sample from this race of beings.
The Mighty Ones (Giants) lived before and after the Flood. Their hereditary line is traced in Numbers 13:32-33. Goliath is the most well known giant in the Bible. His brother had three sons who were also of giant stature. The name of Goliath’s third son does not appear in the Bible, but we are told “he had on ever hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes” (Samuel 21:20-21). Goliath was killed by David who threw a stone at his forehead (Samuel 17:49).
As David’s son, King Solomon, would affirm, the law of contagious magic states that once a substance, such as a lock of hair, has been in contact with a person, it will remain connected with that person, even after centuries of separation. Thus, if one had a lock of someone’s hair, such as Moses’, one would be in contact with him across time and space. It is even conceivable to be able to influence people through their hair.
THE KING’S LOST TOMB
So, just imagine you are the Vatican and you are actually seeking David’s DNA. What are you looking for? A lock of hair? A bone? A tooth? A vial contenting a blood sample? A skin cell? Did they find it? What would they do with it?
Surely the Vatican is aware there is a global ban on cloning humans, right?
Were they even looking in the right place?
The Tomb of King David is one of the most sacred sites for the Jews. Its exact location (along with that of Solomon’s) is one of the biggest archaeological mysteries in Jerusalem.
According to the researchers, there is no certainty that the Mount Zion location the Vatican tunneled into is in fact King David’s burial site. The Bible mentions that King David was buried in the City of David (1 Kings 2:10), which is located at the foot of the Temple Mount.
This means the Vatican either was or was not in the correct place.
The tomb in question is located in a corner of a room situated on the ground floor remains of the former Hagia Zion, an ancient house of worship. The upper floor of the same building has traditionally been viewed by Christians as the “Cenacle” or “Upper Room”, the site of the Last Supper. This is based on Acts (2:29): “Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us unto this day.” In 1332 the Franciscans, the official representatives of the Roman Catholic church in the Holy Places after the final Muslim expulsion of the Crusaders, moved their headquarters to the Cenacle.
FROM DAVID TO CHRIST
The fact that the building on Mount Zion houses the Tomb of David on the ground floor and the Upper Room where Jesus led the Last Supper on the upper floor is just one example of biblical symmetry in our story. It is an important one, too.
This sounds really crazy, but most don’t realize that King David had the ability to predict the future.
A well-known rabbinical Midrash composed about 1,200 years ago states that in Psalm 22 King David predicted the crucifixion of the prophesied Messiah (his descendent).
Here is the line:
“For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; Like a lion my hands and feet.”
What does it mean, “Like a lion, my hands and my feet”? What does this have to do with crucifixion?
Well, the thing is that this isn’t what King David actually wrote, but a later change that the rabbis made to the text to conceal its original meaning.
Originally, this verse was written as: “Ka’aru My hands and my feet.” “Ka’aru” was changed to “Ka’ari”. Ka’aru in biblical Hebrew means “to make a hole” while Ka’ari means “like a lion”. The rabbis shortened the last Hebrew letter of the word, and by doing so, changed the word from “Ka’aru”= “they have pierced” to the word “ka’ari” = “like a lion”.
Originally the verse read like this: “For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet.” Meaning, they made holes in my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.’ Psalm 22:16-18.
If these lines are read with the crucifixion in mind one clearly gets the picture that Jesus’s hands and feet were pierced, as we know they were. Also, the Roman soldiers gambled (‘cast lots’) for the garment he was wearing.
‘And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them’.
How could David have known these details about the crucifixion?
He couldn’t. Or so thought the medieval scholars. Hence, the lion business. Also, they didn’t want to accept that Jesus was the Messiah.
Christians believe Jesus met the fulfillment of this requirement for the Messiah, that he be descended from King David. And so we have verses such as:
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. (Matthew 1:1)
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. (Luke 1:32–33)
In addition, both Matthew and Luke provide genealogies tracing Jesus back to David.
However, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 changed all this.
In the Dead Sea Scrolls of the Essenes that contain Psalm 22 among other scriptures, we can see that in this chapter, in verse 16, it says “Ka’aru” (they have pierced), and not “Ka’ari” (like a lion).
These scrolls were written long before the time of Jesus and prove that, somehow, David foresaw the crucifixion.
Also the Septuagint, which was written in Alexandria, Egypt by Jewish scribes during the 3rd century B.C., more than two hundred years before Jesus, the word is “Ka’aru” (they have pierced) and not “Ka’ari” (like a lion).
It is not only the reference to Christ’s hands and feet being pierced that connects David’s ‘visionary’ Psalm 22 with the crucifixion.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? These are the last words spoken by Jesus in Matthew 27:46.
They are the first words from Psalm 22.
Jesus was deliberately quoting David’s words.
Crucifixion was a special form of tortured used by Romans, but unknown in David’s time (975 B.C.). How could he have seen this? Should David’s psalm be read as a visionary eye witness account of someone who witnessed the crucifixion of Christ a thousand years before it happened?
If so, how did King David see it?
Could it be a DNA connection? Is there a memory in a bloodline? Can memories of the past and future be entangled, as quantum entanglement says? Could David ‘see’ his descendent, the future Christ, just as Christ could remember David?
If the Vatican cloned King David would he remember, too?
This story, while admittedly far fetched, is nonetheless allowed by modern science and possible with current technology. It points us to the realization that urgent attention must be placed on the topic of the ethics of technology. From A.I. to transhumanism to robotics to cloning rapid technological development has outstripped our ethics. Our morals are being replaced with an anything goes mentality. Where will we go, and what will we do, when anything goes?
Let’s hope we don’t find out.