MYSTERIES…Would YOU like to solve this one? Stonehenge… WHAT is its special secret? And the Great Pyramid. Are you ready for a treat today?
DID YOU KNOW?…
FACT 1: A 360-DAY YEAR AT FIRST
The ancient calendars had a 360 day year. That’s why the earth was divided into 360 degrees. The ancient Chinese calendar was 360 days long. So was the Babylonian. And the Roman. And the Mayan. And the Indian. And the Egyptian. All had a year of 360 days. But later, every nation changed its calendar. This rearrangement of the calendars in antiquity has long been a puzzle to scholars. Why did ALL those ancient nations change their calendars from years of 360 days to 365¼ days?
Hey, wait a minute, you say. Did they all make the SAME original mistake? All of them? And then they all had to change it?
DUMB AT FIRST – THEN GOT CLEVER?
My neighbour Rob Payne thought he had come up with the answer. “Oh, I can explain that,” he said. “The ancients first proposed a rough system of yearly count, and later, when their mathematical knowledge increased, they refined it.”
Nice try, Rob. Except we’ve now discovered that those ancient peoples were already excellent astronomers and mathematicians – yes, even when they created the 360 day calendar.
For example, the Maya have left us some of their calculations. They computed the synodal period of the moon as 29.5209 days, as accurately as we can calculate today with our sophisticated equipment. Their degree of accuracy would surely not have been less for the year.
Now let me ask you: Why would so many cultures in such widely scattered regions of the world all have made the very same mistake for the length of the year, and then all rectify it in the same way?
FACT 2: GREAT PYRAMID ASTRONOMICALLY ALIGNED
I know some folk like to think the Great Pyramid of Egypt is much older. But realistically, there is good reason to believe that it was built within a few hundred years after the Flood.
The Great Pyramid accurately stands in the center of the land surface of the earth as it NOW exists and must have existed at the time the pyramid was built. It could be called a huge planet marker, a giant survey post.
It marks both the longitude and latitude at which there is more land and less sea than at any other meridian on earth. Evidently the builders were well acquainted with the exact amount of land on the surface of the earth as it existed AFTER the Flood (not before), as well as its geographical distribution.. This suggests that results of the post-Flood global survey were already in.
It would also explain why the NEW LENGTH OF THE YEAR was also incorporated into the measurements of the Great Pyramid.
The external features, dimensions and units of this pyramid together give precisely and accurately every essential value of the earth’s PRESENT motions and orbit – not the PREVIOUS one that existed before 2345 BC.
For example, intentionally or by accident, the circuit distance around its base, measured direct from corner to corner, is 36,524.22 primitive inches. This is exactly 100 times 365.2422 – the value in days of our solar year. Even though the calendar was still 360 days long.
This is so astonishing, we must take off our hats to those early post-Flood scientists. They were ahead of us in many ways. There was no rough count; it was precise to the ten thousandth of a decimal point.
FACT 3: “A NEW ARRANGEMENT OF THE WORLD”
A tablet discovered at Tanus in the Nile Delta in 1866 reveals that in the ninth year of Ptolemy Euergetes (c. 237 BC), the priests at Canopus decreed that it was “necessary to harmonise the calendar according to the present arrangement of the world.”
The reason the ancients gave for the re-calculated calendars was not that they were in error, nor that they had improved on more primitive techniques. It was that there was a “changed order of things.”
And with each passing century, the calendar misalignment had become more pronounced.
The nations that sprang up after the Flood with a ready-made culture, inherited their knowledge basically from the world that was wiped out at the Deluge. They continued where left off. They inherited, along with everything else, the antedeluvian (pre-Flood) calendar of 360 days.
Was there, at the time of the Deluge, a change not only in the planet’s axis, but a change in its orbit, which in turn caused the lengthened year? It does bring to mind that curious biblical reference to the, who was believed to “move the earth out of her place.” (Isaiah 13:13) It would certainly clear up a lot of mystery about Stonehenge, also.
FACT 4: STONEHENGE TO RECALCULATE EARTH’S POSITION (among other things)
The precision of Stonehenge is astonishing. Consider the heel stone. This heavy boulder had to be set in a hole in the ground exactly in the right position. If placed too high, it would need to be taken out and the hole deepened. If too low, it would once more have to be shifted.
Even if it had been dropped into precisely the right position, its 35 ton weight might well have made it settle lower. Nobody could know for sure how much it would eventually settle. Such accuracy applied to every stone that was positioned.
Some of the fallen stones were re-erected in 1954. Extremely powerful cranes were used. Yet, even with this modern equipment, it proved impossible to align or set them up as accurately as had the ancient builders! (see below)
Gerald Hawkins, on the basis of computer syntheses of a great many measurements at Stonehenge, suggests that Stonehenge was, in fact, a computer for measuring all the relationships between earth, the sun and the moon. (Gerald Hawkins, Stonehenge Decoded. Souvenir Press, 1966)
The heel stone and the trilithons and the shadows cast by the pillars all played an intricate role. Experts have long puzzled over the 56 Aubrey holes. Hawkins suggests they could have functioned as a computer, this way:
If one stone was moved around the circle by one hole each year, then all the extremes of the seasonal moon and eclipses of the sun and moon at the solstices and equinoxes, could have been foreseen.
If six stones, spaced 9,9,10,9,9,10 Aubrey holes apart, were used, each of them moved one hole counter-clockwise each year, amazing powers of prediction could result. With 6 stones (3 white, 3 black), the Aubrey hole computer could have predicted – precisely – every important moon event for hundreds of years.
The terrestrial axis is currently inclined at 23½ degrees.
“In the beginning the stars moved in the sky as in a revolving dome, so that the celestial pole which is always visible was vertically overhead; but subsequently the pole took its inclined position.”
The Northern Hemisphere sun moves from a maximum position of +23½ degrees northward in summer to a a – 23½ degree extreme southern declination in winter.
The moon does a reverse move – north in winter, south in summer. The moon also has a more complicated relative motion than the sun; it has TWO northern and TWO southern maxima.
In an 18.61 year cycle, it varies so that its far north and south declinations move from 29 degrees to 19° to 29° again. This difference is due to the combined effects of the earth’s tilt and precession of orbit.
The Stonehenge complex was precisely aligned to EVERY ONE of these movements. With the 18.61 year cycle, the only way to attain accuracy with whole numbers is by the sequence 19-19-18, which, added together, make 56 – the number of Aubrey holes!
Amazing but true. Stonehenge is a brilliantly designed and constructed astronomical device, WHICH COULD CALCULATE EVERY POSITION of the sun and moon.
AND WHY ALL THIS?
The Great Flood, we should consider, had a great deal to do with the construction of this and other precise stone structures. It appears that Stonehenge was built to determine the new orbital position and thus the new length of the year, as well as the new axial position of the earth, following the catastrophe.
If indeed the earth had been jolted abruptly from its original orbit, such a jolt would also have severely affected the moon.
If the moon was on the side away from the sun when it happened, a change of our orbit away from the sun would have brought the moon closer to earth. The original shorter-year calendar (360 days) suggests that the earth was slightly closer to the sun.
The original ancient lunar month was 36 days, which implies that the moon orbited the earth at a greater distance. The jolting of earth would have reversed this – the earth now being further from the sun would make a longer year; and the moon in orbit nearer to earth, a shorter month.
The truth is that revised ancient calendars reflect this change. Stonehenge and its counterparts were built, I do believe, to re-evaluate the length of the year and the lunar month.
Similar stone computers covered the whole of Britain and western France. They formed, possibly, a huge complex, with Stonehenge as the central unit, against which the findings of all the others were correlated. And after their purpose had been accomplished there was no further need for them, and they were left.
That answers another question that has puzzled scholars. Why, after the final phase of Stonehenge was completed, was the site abandoned for many centuries – until the Druids began to use it as a gathering place?
The answer makes perfect sense. It was built to perform certain specific functions. Its purpose was accomplished. It was needed no more.
A GRADUAL PROCESS
The re-evaluation of the length of the year and the lunar month would ultimately lead to a revision of the ancient calendars. This was not accomplished overnight.
A young lady emailed me concerning a television program she had just seen. “It mentioned a stone in England, at a place called “Ilkely”, with a carving on it similar to a swastika,” she reported.
“They said that the carving was very ancient – and that only three such carvings existed in the world. I think one was in Italy.”
“The point they made was that geographically the three locations create an exact equilateral triangle.”
When you consider it, the fact of three stone carvings similar to each other, which are located to create an exact equilateral triangle, does make a lot of sense.
You see, after the Great Flood, when the surface of the earth was so much altered, so was the earth’s orbit. This naturally affected the length of the year. So surveying parties went all over the planet, to re-map the world and to re-calculate earth’s relationship to the sun, moon and other objects in the sky. Triangulation of reference points, using three locations on earth would have been a part of this procedure.
Stonehenge and other sites served a common purpose. The three special stones the lady mentioned were very likely positioned as part of this mapping process. And new calendars would be an eventual result.