446 BCE – Egypt
Concealed by the dark of the new moon and disguised as members of the Pharaoh’s Imperial Guard, Moses, with his two priests, furtively made his way toward the most sacred sanctuary of the temple of Thebes. His eyes darted here and there as he scanned the corridor. He knew the consequences would be grave—likely deadly—if they were caught in the forbidden area. Even so, he would not be deterred. The stakes were too high. He must secure the holy relics if the Israelites were to have a chance of surviving the exodus from Egypt. Despite the high risk of his task, he found the calming techniques he had learned in his studies assisted him in staying focused and reasonably calm.
The three men clung to the shadows, silently moving along the temple walls from the main sanctuary, crossing the twelve smaller rooms toward the Mother Sanctuary. The scent of sandalwood greeted them as Moses opened the door to the forbidden room and the three slipped inside. The incense and a single lamp burned to clear the sacred chamber from the rituals of the day. Carefully closing the door behind them, Moses wiped the sweat from his brow on the sleeve of his robe, then paused as his eyes adjusted to the dim light. From across the chamber, he could feel the radiant energy of the precious Shamir Stone contained within the golden chest he had been instructed to construct in a dream. He had no idea what the box would be used for, but the vision was so profound that he did not question it for a moment. For now, keeping his people’s holy relics in it seemed appropriate, though there was plenty more room inside the chest.
Illuminated by the light of his lamp, statues of men with the heads of beasts, each representing an Egyptian deity, lined the walls on either side of the chamber. Starting with the figure on the right, Moses and his companions bowed low, placing the palms of their hands-on top of their feet. They paid their respects to every figure, starting with the wall to the right and moving in order around the temple until they stood before the altar.
As Moses ascended the alabaster steps to the altar, the golden headdress and cloak of the Imperial Guard protected him from the potent and dangerous energies of the God Stone within the chest. Used in the art of healing, the power within the Stone contained all the colors of the spectrum. Only an experienced hierophant of the temple could touch it. An Atlantean priest had inscribed upon the Shamir Stone the whole of the symbolic esoteric teaching throughout the ages of man as well as the force to vanquish any enemy of God.
At one time in his learning, Moses had been in service to the Temple of Isis, where he had learned the ancient Atlantean teachings, language, and hieroglyphics. As he approached the golden chest, he raised the palms of his hands toward it and began to chant the ancient names of God inwardly. With each sacred name, his vibration grew until his wave matched that of the precious God Stone within the chest.
On the altar near the chest was a covering with hieroglyphics meant to keep the stone’s energy safely contained within the box when it was transported. Moses, now in harmony with the relic and still chanting, reverently began dressing the golden Ark. To his right, he noticed a small, round, shiny object. Curious, he picked it up. There were twelve small, brilliant gems in two conjoined loops atop the circular device. He could feel the pulsing energy in harmony with that of the stone within the Ark. With no time to determine how—or if—the round device was connected to it, Moses secured the object alongside the golden chest with the threads attached to the covering.
Jehovah said to Moses, “Tell the people of Israel that everyone who wants to may bring me an offering from this list: gold, silver, bronze, blue cloth, purple cloth, scarlet cloth, fine-twined linen, goat’s hair, red-dyed rams’ skins, acacia wood, olive oil for the lamps, spice for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, onyx stones, stones to be set in the ephod and in the breastplate.
For I want the people of Israel to make me a sacred Temple where I can live among them. This home of mine shall be a pavilion–a Tabernacle.”
After Jehovah inspected the building of the temple, He then said to Moses, “Put together the Tabernacle on the first day of the month. In it, place the sacred marble stone, the Ten Commandments; and install the veil to enclose the Ark of the Covenant within the Holy of Holies.”
A bead of sweat made its way down his forehead as the tension grew within Moses. He knew the neophytes from the temple would soon be coming to begin their day. Turning from the altar, he motioned for the two men to take their places at either end of the chest. Reverently, they approached and grasped the handles, then made their way carefully down the altar steps.
Though outwardly calm, Moses felt as if every fiber of his being was tense and tuned for the sounds of people approaching. The men’s disguises would do them little good if anyone saw them carrying the chest. Moses paused at the door and carefully peered down the corridor. The false dawn preceding the morning had not yet appeared. Yet. But Moses knew its arrival was imminent.
Taking another calming breath, Moses motioned for the men to follow him and they retraced their steps. Scant steps away from the archway that opened to the desert and their freedom, the men froze at the sound of movement nearby. A heartbeat later, a rat scurried across the corridor and disappeared into a crack in the stone wall.
Moses let out a breath he had not been aware he had been holding and motioned the men forward through the archway. In moments, they had disappeared into the early morning blackness.
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