Abraham was the patriarch of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Given the violent histories of these three religions, perhaps no single person has as much blood on their hands as this individual. Recall that this was the psychopath who was prepared to sacrifice his own son Isaac to his deity. Who in their right mind would want to worship this man's crazed God?
But, of course, there is a secret concealed in Abraham's attempted sacrifice: Isaac was not his son at all. Even more remarkable is the true identity of Isaac's father.
If you read chapters 12 and 20 of the Book of Genesis, you will discover that on two occasions Abraham pretended to be the brother rather than the husband of his beautiful wife (and half-sister) Sarah in order to offer her to rich and powerful men: in one case to none other than the Egyptian Pharaoh, and in the other to a lesser king called Abimelech. Clearly, no one could accuse Abraham of being a man of integrity, honour, nobility, courage and honesty: he was surely made in the image of his dark, infernal "God". His cowardly defence was that he was only doing this to save his own life. This is the man so greatly esteemed by Jews, Christians and Muslims. That tells you a great deal about these people and their beliefs. Abraham was the world's first pimp, prostituting his wife to gain riches. In each case, he emerged a much wealthier man.
Not that Sarah was a paragon of virtue. She was infertile and, so that Abraham could have a child, she offered him Hagar, her handmaiden, as a second wife. (Note that Sarah was rich enough to have a personal servant and that she condoned polygamy. Also note that Hagar is usually identified as a daughter of the Pharaoh.)
Abraham and Hagar had a son called Ishmael (from whom Muslims trace their descent). This is what Genesis 16:12 has to say about Ishmael: "He will be a wild man: his hand will be against all men, and all men's hands against him: and he shall pitch his tents over against all his brethren." Does this foreshadow the long conflict between Jews and Muslims, and the extreme violence that is often linked to Islam and its doctrine of jihad (holy war)?
Miraculously, at age 90 (Abraham was 100) barren Sarah suddenly became fertile and gave birth to Isaac (according to Genesis at any rate). Of course, the truth is that she was never barren: she had Isaac at a much earlier age, and his father was the Pharaoh himself.
Abraham's son Ishmael was the son of the Pharaoh's daughter Hagar, while his stepson Isaac was the son of Pharaoh. In other words, Abraham was intimately related to the royal house of Egypt: Isaac and Ishmael both had the royal blood of Egypt in their veins. Abraham and Sarah were not the humble nomads they are presented as in the Bible, but rather Abraham was a regional governor of the Egyptian empire, a patriarch of an elite family and an intimate of the Pharaoh.
This is the key to understanding several of the otherwise baffling events of the Bible. The Bible is the story of an elite Hebrew family who have had an immense and malign influence on the history of the world that continues to this day.
Egypt was for a significant period under the rule of the Hyksos ("foreign rulers") of the North (including the land of Canaan). The Pharaoh and Abraham were both Hyksos. The Hyksos are often depicted wearing coats "of many colours".
Abraham's son Ishmael by the Pharaoh's daughter would have had precedence over Isaac since the royal bloodline, just like Jewishness, passes down the mother's line. Also, Ishmael was Abraham's own flesh and blood, unlike Isaac. Abraham came to regard Isaac, son of Pharaoh, as a threat that needed to be eliminated. He took him on a journey to make a human sacrifice of him to his God, but was pursued by Sarah, who talked him out of it. (In the Old Testament, the truth is inverted and Abraham is said to favour Isaac over Ishmael, thus making the story of the would-be sacrifice of Isaac incomprehensible and unbelievable.)
As for Abraham's nephew Lot, he offered his two virgin daughters to the men of Sodom with the following words (Genesis 19:8): "I have two daughters who as yet have not known man: I will bring them out, and abuse you them as it shall please you…" "God" later destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, but he had no difficulty in sparing the life of such an evil man as Lot who offered his two virgin daughters up for rape. Later, Lot and both of his daughters committed incest, and each girl subsequently bore a son (Genesis 19:30-36).
Isaac fathered Esau and Jacob, and brotherly strife is soon suggested (Genesis 25: 27-34). These passages conceal the truth that Esau was forced into poverty and starvation by Jacob, who then demanded that Esau, as Isaac's firstborn, sell him his birthright to Isaac's great wealth (inherited from Abraham).
Jacob was later named "Israel" i.e. this unsavoury character was the true father of the nation of Israel. He, Abraham and Lot are three of the vilest characters in history, a truly Satanic triumvirate.
Jacob (Israel) had twelve sons and one daughter, courtesy of his two wives, Leah and Rachel, and their maidservants Bilhah and Zilpah, who also became his wives (just as Hagar became Abraham's additional wife).
Fraternal enmity erupted again and we are told that one brother (Joseph) was sold into slavery in Egypt by his jealous brothers. Joseph, in his famous coat of many colours (indicating his Hyksos heritage), then improbably rose from the status of a despised slave to that of Pharaoh's chief minister and effective ruler of Egypt. This transition is akin to an African slave in the cotton fields of America in the early 19th century rising to be President i.e. it is an impossible version of events.
The true story is that Joseph was part of an extremely successful and influential family with the closest of connections to the Egyptian royal house and it was no surprise that he should rise to be an adviser to the Pharaoh. In fact, he was groomed for it.
Joseph made his family governors of the land of Goshen in Egypt, bestowed on him by the Pharaoh for his great service. Goshen was full of Hebrews and Canaanites loyal to the Hyksos dynasty.
The Hyksos dynasty was eventually overthrown, and the influence of Abraham's family went into steep decline. The new Egyptian ruling regime distrusted and hated those who had supported the Hyksos Pharaohs. In Exodus 1: 8-14, we read:
8: In the mean time there arose a new king over Egypt, that knew not Joseph.
9: And he said to his people: Behold the people of the children of Israel are numerous and stronger than we.
10: Come, let us wisely oppress them, lest they multiply: and if any war shall rise against us, join with our enemies, and having overcome us, depart out of the land.
11: Therefore he set over them masters of the works, to afflict them with burdens, and they built for Pharaoh cities of tabernacles, Phithom and Ramesses.
12: But the more they oppressed them, the more they were multiplied and increased.
13: And the Egyptians hated the children of Israel, and afflicted them and mocked them.
14: And they made their life bitter with hard works in clay and brick, and with all manner of service, wherewith they were overcharged in the works of the earth.
In other words, the Hebrews suffered a catastrophic reversal of fortune when the dynasty of Pharaohs that had raised them up was cast down. The new dynasty moved rapidly to snuff out the Hebrew influence and forced them into slavery.
Abraham's elite family lost everything they had, all the privileges they had enjoyed, all the great power and influence they had wielded. Yet they were not finished. Although they could not be seen to have any wealth, they had concealed a great treasure. They established a secret society, funded by the secret treasure, whose purpose was to work for the day when they could recover their former glories.
Although they were polytheists, like all Hebrews of the time, in their desperation and desire for revenge, they turned ever more towards one particular deity, their savage war god: Yahweh, a god of thunder and lightning, of volcanoes and storms: an angry god, a god of hate and destruction, of limitless violence and vengeance. (None other than Satan himself.)
This ancient society was the first incarnation of the Brotherhood of the Shadows, their task to conceal themselves in the shadows until such time as they could emerge into the open to rule the land.
Eventually they succeeded in installing one of their number in the highest available position: chief minister to the Pharaoh, just as Joseph had been. The person in question was Yuya, and the Pharaoh was Amenhotep III. (Some researchers have suggested that Joseph and Yuya were one and the same person on the basis that Yuya rose to prominence in a time when Hebrews were slaves, but in fact no openly Jewish person would have been allowed anywhere near the Pharaoh's inner circle. It was known that Yuya was non-Egyptian, but he claimed to come from Assyria. In fact, he was a secret Hebrew.)
Yuya's daughter Tiye married the Pharaoh and one of their children was perhaps the most mysterious Pharaoh in Egyptian history: Amenhotep IV, better known to history as Akhenaten, the first monotheist, later branded an arch heretic. Historian James Henry Breasted described Akhenaten as "the first individual in history". He was the husband of Nefertiti, one of the most famed beauties of all time, and his son and successor (by a different wife), was the boy Pharaoh Tutankhaten, known to the world as Tutankhamun, of the magnificent tomb.
Yuya was a monolatrist i.e. he recognised many gods but consistently worshipped only one - Yahweh. His daughter, Tiye, passed on his beliefs to her son Akhenaten, and the emphasis on one God led Akhenaten to become an outright monotheist where all other gods were rejected.
But Akhenaten was not influenced by belief in Yahweh. Instead, he worshipped the God of Light, represented by the disk of the sun - the Aten. It was an extension of the old cult of the sun god, Ra, centred at Heliopolis, the "city of the sun". Ra was combined with Amun ("the hidden one") to become the great god Amun-Ra. A vast temple complex was based at Karnak to worship Amun-Ra, his consort Mut, and their son, Khonsu. The power of Amun-Ra's priesthood rivalled that of the Pharaoh (just as, later, the power of the Hebrew priesthood rivalled that of the Hebrew kings.)
Akhenaten started building a new capital city called Akhentaten, with great temples to Aten, at Amarna. The priests in Karnak and Heliopolis were appalled by the new regime and sought to sabotage it.
Shortly before his death in 1939, the great Jewish psychologist Sigmund Freud wrote one of the most revolutionary books of the last century. In Moses and Monotheism, Freud claimed that Moses was an Egyptian noble in the service of Akhenaten, meaning that the greatest Jew of all was actually Egyptian rather than Hebrew, a fact that subsequent Jews were highly motivated to bury forever.
Others have claimed that Moses was Akhenaten's older brother, Crown Prince Thutmose, who either died before his father Amenhotep III or was exiled in disgrace and vanished from official history. Ahmed Osman claimed that Moses was Akhenaten himself, which would mean that Thutmose was Aaron, Moses' elder brother. (Osman also claimed that Tutankhamun was Jesus Christ, which is not quite as ridiculous as it sounds.)
In fact, Freud was correct. Moses was Thothmose, a loyal and capable Egyptian general, and a member of the extended Egyptian royal family. For his service, Thothmose was made governor of the fringe province of Goshen with its large slave population of Hebrew or Semitic descent, to whom, in his religious zeal, he taught the new religion of Aten. His older brother, whom the world knows as Aaron (although he too had an Egyptian name) was the high priest of Aten in Goshen.
Akhenaten's reign was afflicted by severe plague, pestilence and famine. The Egyptian priests of the old gods and the ordinary people regarded these ills as the direct consequence of Akhenaten's rejection of the traditional gods. Virulent influenza, polio and Bubonic plague may all have broken out within a short period, possibly the first major appearances of these diseases in history. The deaths of so many led to fields not being tended nor crops gathered. Many animals also perished because of the plague. A terrible famine ensued.
The unrest against Akhenaten grew so severe that he was forced to flee into exile. His overthrow brought about a chaotic and unstable period in Egyptian history. All of his chief priests and loyal generals were driven out with him, including Moses and Aaron.
Akhenaten, his health damaged by the traumas he had endured (he was not in any case a healthy man), and his spirit broken by the people's rejection of his God, died soon after reaching the land of exile. He gave his royal sceptre to Thothmose (Moses), naming him his true successor.
In Egypt, Akhenaten's son Tutankhamun was made Pharaoh after being made to reject Aten (the "Aten" was removed from his original name Tutankhaten).
One of the greatest lies of history is that the Hebrew slaves of Goshen were liberated by Moses and allowed to leave Egypt by a Pharaoh shattered by the ten plagues sent by Yahweh. Everything about this story is absurd. If the Egyptians were seriously being assailed by the "god" of Hebrew slaves, they would not have hesitated to wipe out every last one of the slaves. The plagues are not mentioned in any Egyptian records. There is nothing about hundreds of thousands of Egyptian firstborn children being systematically killed in a single, devastating night by a terrifying, supernatural agency: an event that would surely have been unforgettable and imprinted on Egyptian history forever, an event that would have been so singular, that would have constituted such obvious proof of divine intervention that it would have shaken Egypt and the world to the core for all time. Yet we hear not a word of this sensational proof of God's existence anywhere outside the pages of the Hebrew Bible. This great "Passover" seemed not to register at all in Egypt, yet it defines the Jewish religion.
One person did die in mysterious circumstances - Tutankhamun himself. He was either assassinated, or died because he suffered from a number of genetic diseases that were common in the incestuous royal line of Egypt. (The fact that Lot committed incest with his daughters shows the Egyptian influence on Abraham's extended family).
The ten plagues of Yahweh may have been the memory of the natural disasters that overtook Egypt in the time of Akhenaten. Also, it has been said that the catastrophic eruption of the Greek island of Thera (modern Santorini) in the Mediterranean may have taken place in this period, causing bizarre phenomena all across the region.
If the God of the Hebrews had decisively triumphed over the Egyptian gods in an apocalyptic trial of strength then there can be no question that the Egyptians would have started worshipping the Hebrew God as the obviously more credible God. They did no such thing. They continued to worship their conventional gods exactly as before. Therefore, they clearly did not believe that their gods had proved false or had in any way been vanquished by Yahweh. In fact, they believed they had displeased their gods and incurred their wrath because of Akhenaten's monotheistic worship of Aten and his contempt for the old gods.
After the death of Tutankhamun (who left no heir), a general called Ay (father of Nefertiti) became Pharaoh. He also left no heir and was succeeded by another general, Horemheb, who stabilised the empire. Horemheb increased the persecution of the Hebrews who were becoming increasingly restless and rebellious as they sought to take advantage of the Egyptian political and dynastic turmoil. To aggravate the Egyptians, they became (lukewarm) followers of the heresy of Akhenaten, and were encouraged from afar by Moses and Aaron, in exile. Horemheb, like Tutankhamun and Ay, died without an heir, leading to a new crisis over the royal succession. He had nominated Ramesses, a soldier who had also served as a high priest of Amun-Ra but was not of royal birth.
It was now that an unexpected visitor arrived at court to press his own claim to the throne: Moses, clutching the royal sceptre of Akhenaten crowned with a coiled serpent. His sceptre "swallowed" those of two Egyptian priests supporting Ramesses i.e. his sceptre made theirs look feeble because his was clearly of much higher worth and power.
There was consternation amongst the Egyptian court since no one wanted a return to the heresy of Akhenaten, and they swiftly confirmed Ramesses as Pharaoh. Ramesses was then advised by his priests to end the influence of Akhenaten and his god Aten once and for all. He lacked the military strength to exterminate all of the followers of Aten, but he did the next best thing: he ordered every worshipper of Aten to be expelled from Egypt under pain of death. That included the rebellious Hebrew slaves of Goshen.
There was no Exodus, no Passover of the Angel of Death, no parting of the Red Sea. There was just a mass expulsion of the Hebrews (in the same manner as happened much later under the Romans in 135 CE and then under the Spanish in 1492). Moses, the former governor of the Hebrews in Goshen, and the chief surviving Atenist, was ordered to lead the Hebrews into the Sinai desert, where it was believed the vast majority would perish due to the harsh environment and lack of water.
Moses, despite his reservations, was not altogether unhappy with the outcome. He saw the opportunity to take the Hebrew slaves of Goshen and mould them into the "chosen people" of Aten. One day, he hoped, they would return to Egypt as conquerors, bringing their monotheistic religion back in triumph.
Egyptian chariots escorted the Atenists into the burning desert and their anticipated doom. The Hebrews later used all of the propaganda at their disposal to convert this nightmarish experience into a glorious liberation against all the odds, engineered by their prophet Moses and their God Yahweh. It was not unlike the story of Dunkirk in WWII. The French and British armies were crushed in weeks by the German blitzkrieg, and hundreds of thousands of British and French soldiers were trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk, at the mercy of the Germans. Hitler, for a number of reasons, did not order their wholesale destruction, and a large number were rescued by the British navy and evacuated to Britain. A humiliating defeat was transformed into a great escape, an inspirational event rather than a disaster.
But consider the absurdities of the Hebrew tale. Moses, according to Exodus, was hidden in a basket by his Hebrew slave parents and placed in the Nile to evade an Egyptian order to kill all newborn Hebrew male babies. The baby, rather than perishing in the Nile, was rescued by none other than the daughter of Pharaoh even though she knew it was a slave baby and that she was disobeying the orders of Pharaoh. It is inconceivable that she would have done this because it would have meant certain death for treason, and, as a member of the Egyptian ruling order, she would, in any case, have despised the Hebrew slaves.
We then find some of the most ridiculous passages in the Bible (Exodus: 6 -10):
6: She opened [the basket] and seeing within it an infant crying, having compassion on it she said: This is one of the babes of the Hebrews.
7: And the child's sister said to her: Shall I go and call to thee a Hebrew woman, to nurse the babe?
8: She answered: Go. The maid went and called her mother.
9: And Pharaoh's daughter said to her: Take this child and nurse him for me: I will give thee thy wages. The woman took, and nursed the child: and when he was grown up, she delivered him to Pharaoh's daughter.
10: And she adopted him for a son and called him Moses, saying: Because I took him out of the water.
So, Moses' own mother raised him, and, even though she was a slave, she was paid by Pharaoh's daughter. Later, she handed over the little Jewish boy to the royal household of the Pharaoh, and apparently no one saw anything amiss about this. It is simply not credible. All of this is camouflage to disguise the fact that Moses wasn't a Hebrew at all, but a nobleman of Egypt and a member of the royal family. Also, the myth of a Hebrew being raised as an Egyptian prince is an attempted explanation of why Moses wasn't executed by the Egyptians, as any rabble-rouser amongst the Hebrew slaves certainly would have been.
A coded reference to civil war in Egypt, and Moses' subsequent exile is contained in these passages (Exodus 2: 11-15):
11: In those days after Moses was grown up, he went out to his brethren: and saw their affliction, and an Egyptian striking one of the Hebrews his brethren.
12: And when he had looked about this way and that way, and saw no one there, he slew the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
13: And going out the next day, he saw two Hebrews quarrelling: and he said to him that did the wrong: Why strikest thou thy neighbour?
14: But he answered: Who hath appointed thee prince and judge over us: wilt thou kill me, as thou didst yesterday kill the Egyptian? Moses feared, and said: How is this come to be known?
15: And Pharaoh heard of this word and sought to kill Moses: but he fled from his sight, and abode in the land of Madian, and he sat down by a well.
We see that Thothmose (Moses) fought and killed other Egyptians, and was exiled. We see that his authority as the governor of Goshen collapsed before his exile and he was openly scorned by some of the Hebrew slaves, showing that he was not greatly loved by the Hebrews, a fact that became all too obvious as the Hebrews made their way to the Promised Land.
In Exodus 2: 23-24, we learn of the death of the Pharaoh (Horemheb), leading to the crisis of the succession and the possible opportunity for the Hebrews to exploit the political instability. We also learn that Yahweh was a somewhat forgetful God who had to be reminded of his covenant with his chosen people by way of their wailing and lamentations:
23: Now after a long time the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel groaning, cried out because of the works: and their cry went up unto God from the works.
24: And he heard their groaning and remembered the covenant which he made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
So, it was time for Moses to return to Egypt to make his play for the Egyptian throne. In Exodus, this is portrayed as Moses returning to his fellow Hebrews. In Exodus 3: 13, we read:
Moses said to God, Lo, I shall go to the children of Israel, and say to them: The God of your fathers hath sent me to you.
Note that Moses talks as though he himself is not a child of Israel. He explicitly refers to the God of "your" fathers, not of "our" fathers. In other words, this is an explicit confirmation that he is an Egyptian and not a Hebrew.
In Exodus 3: 22, we learn that Yahweh wants the Hebrews to pillage Egypt:
But every woman shall ask of her neighbour, and of her that is in her house, vessels of silver and gold, and raiment, and you shall put them on your sons and daughters, and shall spoil Egypt.
(It is evident where the senior executives of Goldman Sachs derive their ferocious greed. Their God mandates it.) In reality, the Hebrews obtained nothing from the Egyptians other than a few meagre supplies.
Because of his Egyptian heritage, Moses doubted that he would be able to bring the Hebrews under his command. (Exodus 4:1):
They will not believe me, nor hear my voice, but they will say: The Lord hath not appeared to thee.
As a soldier, he did not feel eloquent enough to persuade the Hebrews to his will nor to argue his claim to the Egyptian throne. However, his brother, Aaron, a high priest, was a gifted speaker (Exodus 4:14).
Incredibly, Yahweh said that he would harden Pharaoh's heart so that he would not let the Hebrews go free (Exodus 4: 21). One would have thought it would be the other way around, but Yahweh obviously loved needless conflict and bloodshed.
In Exodus 4: 24, we learn that God was prepared to kill Moses if he did not circumcise his son. (In fact, circumcision was an Egyptian custom, not a Hebrew one.)
In Exodus 6: 4, we are explicitly told that the Hebrews are not natives of the land of Canaan:
And I made a covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage wherein they were strangers.
In other words, Jews have no right to be in modern Canaan (Palestine). They are "strangers" to that land. Their only claim to be there stems from their savage tribal war God, Yahweh. Why should any non-Jew take this claim seriously? The Hebrews violently seized Canaan. Shouldn't the world now insist that it be returned to its rightful owners?
Moses, Aaron and all the Atenists and Hebrews (some 600,000 in total) were expelled from Egypt by Pharaoh's decree (Exodus 12:31: Arise and go forth from among my people, you and the children of Israel.) to finally rid the empire of these subversives elements, and to permanently cleanse Egypt of the followers of Akhenaten's religion, the heresy that had brought so much misfortune to Egypt. The whole episode, everything to do with Akhenaten's rule and religion was expunged from official Egyptian history. That's why no records exist of the expulsion of the Jews from Egypt. Akhenaten was so despised that it was forbidden to utter his name. The names of the four Amarna Pharaohs - Akhenaten, Smenkhkare, Tutankhaten and Ay - were made anathema. All across the empire, their names and images were removed from monuments and buildings. They were removed from the list of Pharaohs, and the gap between Amenhotep III and Horemheb was simply ignored. It was in this gap - buried by Egyptian history - that the so-called Exodus occurred.
Shortly after this time, great Pharaohs such as Seti I and Ramesses II ruled Egypt and brought renewed glory to the Egyptian empire. Akhenaten and the tumult and turbulence he had brought were soon forgotten, and the memory of that period vanished into the mists of time.
Exodus 13: 21 says that Yahweh himself guided the multitude out of Egypt:
And the Lord went before them to shew the way by day in a pillar of cloud, and by night in a pillar of fire: that he might be the guide of their journey at both times.
The savage war god of the Hebrews then deliberately sought a confrontation with the Pharaoh (Exodus 14: 3-4). He protected the multitude from the Egyptians by placing himself as a fiery pillar between the two hosts. One must wonder why the Egyptians did not flee from this supernatural phenomenon. Weren't the Egyptians terrified of the Hebrews after the ten plagues, and now this? The answer to the riddle is simple: these events never happened and anything that did happen certainly wasn't attributed by the Egyptians to the deity of Hebrew slaves.
At Yahweh's behest, Moses allegedly parted the Red Sea and the multitude escaped from the pursuing Egyptians.
Exodus 14: 24 says that Yahweh himself fought and killed the Egyptians. Finally, Yahweh instructed Moses to seal the Red Sea once more, and all surviving Egyptians were then killed. It is not made clear if Pharaoh himself was killed. (Interestingly, Ramesses I had a short reign.)
One might think that the host led by Moses would now have the maximum degree of devotion towards their God who had intervened so spectacularly, miraculously and decisively on their part. But, no, they continued to grumble and complain.
Yahweh fed them with quails and manna from heaven, but, later, they grumbled about lack of water. Having witnessed so many miracles to save them from destruction, they seemed remarkably resistant to expecting further miracles, even though it would be absurd for the miracles not to keep on happening. Why save a multitude from bondage, perform numerous miracles on their behalf, then leave them to perish? Yet the Hebrews seemed to expect to die in the desert, and they hated Moses so much that they wanted to stone him to death. Exodus 17: 1-4:
1 And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the LORD, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink.
2 Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the LORD?
3 And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?
4 And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me.
Moses struck a rock and water gushed out, relieving the drought. Subsequently, Moses led the people to Mount Sinai. Yahweh, like the volcanic mountain god he was, appeared in a cloud amongst thunder and lightning, fire and smoke, and the people were warned off from approaching too closely. Moses ascended to the top of the mountain to commune alone with Yahweh. He was given the Ten Commandments and the laws of Yahweh. He was told that the Angel of the Lord would exterminate the Canaanites. (The clear message here is that anyone who does not follow the religion of Yahweh deserves to have genocidal violence directed against them. That is the unmistakable gospel of Satan.) The Hebrews were instructed to attack the gods and statues of others peoples (hence the long-held belief that certain families of Hebrews are forever conspiring against the world). Moses was given instructions for constructing the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant (a distinctive and sacred vessel for transporting gods that featured prominently in Egypt), and the Menorah. The elaborate holy vestments for the High Priest were described.
Exodus says that Moses is away for forty days and nights. His absence makes the people grow fearful and anxious (Exodus 32: 1):
And the people seeing that Moses delayed to come down from the mount, gathering together against Aaron, said: Arise, make us gods, that may go before us: for as to this Moses, the man that brought us out of the land of Egypt, we know not what has befallen him.
Again, the Hebrews show no faith in the God of Moses, and it is clear by the strange way they refer to him that they do not regard Moses as one of their own. They bully Moses' brother, Aaron, the High Priest of Aten, into creating an idol for them. The one he makes is the Apis bull of Egypt that even the monotheist Akhenaten continued to favour.
The Hebrews say, "These are thy gods, O Israel, that have brought thee out of the land of Egypt." (In other words, many Hebrews apparently did not attribute their salvation to Moses' god.)
Exodus 32:6 refers to human sacrifice (throughout history, Hebrews have been accused of carrying out such sacrifices, particularly of babies and children):
And rising in the morning, they offered holocausts, and peace victims, and the people sat down to eat, and drink, and they rose up to play.
Yahweh says to Moses (Exodus 32:8):
They have quickly strayed from the way which thou didst show them: and they have made to themselves a golden calf, and have adored it, and sacrificing victims to it, they have said: These are thy gods, O Israel, that have brought thee out of the land of Egypt.
(Human sacrifice features regularly in the Old Testament. See, for example: http://www.evilbible.com/Ritual_Human_Sacrifice.htm This site, by atheists, provides a comprehensive list of the Biblical horrors by which Yahweh is seemingly greatly entertained and gratified.)
Yahweh then asks to be left alone so that he can kindle his wrath and destroy the people of Israel. So much for the sacred covenant! Moses has to talk him out of genocide against his own chosen people, and remind him of his covenant. Why would any sane people worship this God, this Satan?
Yahweh demands a slaughter of those who have offended him (Exodus 32: 27-28):
And he said to them: Thus saith the Lord God: Put every man his sword upon his thigh: go, and return from gate to gate through the midst of the camp, and let every man kill his brother, and friend and neighbour.
And the sons of Levi did according to the words of Moses, and there were slain that day about three and twenty thousand men.
The Murder of Moses
What really happened at Mount Sinai? Human sacrifice was performed, religious conflict erupted and twenty-three thousand people were massacred This was nothing other than civil war between those who had been expelled from Egypt.
The alliance between Moses, Aaron and the Egyptian Atenists on the one hand, and the Hebrew slaves and followers of Yahweh on the other, was always an uneasy one. The Egyptians were appalled by the true nature of the savage god Yahweh. They had once thought him similar to the divine Aten. Now they knew differently.
At Mount Sinai, matters came to a head. Here, Moses and the leaders of the Hebrews met in council to decide their next steps. Their negotiations dragged on and on. Moses refused to accept many of the rules insisted upon by the Hebrews, and smashed the tablets of stone on which they were carved. (This was later turned into the incident of the smashing of the Ten Commandments by Moses because of his disgust at the sins of the Hebrews).
In the main camp, tensions between the Egyptians and the Hebrews escalated. The Egyptians sculpted a replica of the only idol that Aten had allowed in his capital city - the Apis bull. Aaron, one of Akhenaten's priests, was very familiar with it. The Hebrews were appalled by what the Egyptian faction had done.
When the council returned to camp and discovered what had happened, the Hebrew leaders ordered the slaughter of the Egyptians. All Egyptians who refused to swear loyalty to Yahweh were executed. Those who were slain included Aaron and Moses themselves, and they were buried in the wilderness.
This accounts for why neither man ever entered the Promised Land. A ludicrous and incomprehensible alternative "explanation" is advanced in the Book of Numbers 20.
Joshua became the leader of the Hebrews ("Jesus" is the Greek form of "Joshua", deriving from the Hebrew "Yehoshua". Just as Joshua was the saviour of the Hebrews in the Old Testament, Jesus was supposed to do the same in the New Testament).
A German Biblical scholar, Ernest Sellin, discovered textual evidence pointing to the murder of a prominent Hebrew leader in Sinai, and Sigmund Freud concluded that this leader was Moses. Later, Freud asserted, the rebels regretted the murder of Moses and, in their writings, elevated him to a near-God. They were spurred on by collective guilt over the murder of the man who had led them from Egypt and through the desert. From then on, they looked forward to the coming of a new Moses, a liberator, a Messiah, to lead them out of bondage from enemies such as the Babylonians and Romans. Moses and his brother Aaron were retrospectively venerated, and the events of the Book of Exodus and other books of the Old Testament were re-written to give them the most glittering of starring roles. Two Egyptians murdered by the Hebrews at Mount Sinai were turned into the very pillars of Judaism, two of the most revered figures in Hebrew history.
Aaron was replaced as High Priest by a man named Aper-el, a Hebrew who had also been a keen Atenist, but who now acknowledged Yahweh as the one, true God.
Despite all of the re-writing, the tensions and contradictions in the Old Testament are obvious. The Hebrews were not true worshippers of Aten and did not like or trust Moses, their supposed great leader. Religious doubts amongst the people were rife, despite so many miracles being performed on their behalf . (Where were all these "miracles" during the Holocaust?) Equally, Moses was no fan of the Hebrews, and his relations with Yahweh were never described as harmonious. It is obvious that there were rivals factions, different religious beliefs, and bitter leadership disputes amongst the host that emerged from Egypt.
The picture of God presented by the Old Testament is schizophrenic. God sometimes seems ethical and fair (Aten), at other times as a pathological, genocidal psychopath, bad tempered, vengeful, vindictive, obsessed with petty rules, and deeply insecure (Yahweh).
Exodus 34: 14 The Lord his name is Jealous, he is a jealous God.
Exodus 33: 5 And the Lord said to Moses: Say to the children of Israel: Thou art a stiff-necked people; once I shall come up in the midst of thee and destroy thee.
(Was this a foretelling of the Holocaust?)
The reason for the discrepancies is that two entirely different gods are being described under the single banner of monotheism: Egyptian Atenism (the worship of the God of Light), and the Hebrew worship of a psychotic war god, Yahweh (the Prince of Darkness).
During their enslavement in Egypt, the Hebrews, originally a polytheistic people, turned more and more to a single god to free them. Naturally, the god they chose was a war god: Yahweh, full of the fury of storms and volcanoes who wreaked terrible destruction on his enemies. This growing obsession with Yahweh was the seed of Hebrew monotheism.
The seed was taken up by Akhenaten under the influence of his secretly Hebrew mother, but Akenhaten's version of monotheism was strictly Egyptian, as befitted a Pharaoh. In effect, he made the great Egyptian Sun God Ra (also known as Re, Ra-Atum-Khepri and Amun-Ra), represented by Aten - the disk of the sun - into the one, true God.
To distinguish his new monotheistic religion from the previous polytheistic systems over which Ra had presided, Akhenaten called his God Aten rather than one of the usual forms of Ra. His radical monotheism encouraged the Hebrews to grow more monotheistic too. In a sense, a feedback loop was created between the worship of Aten and the worship of Yahweh, but the former was distinctively Egyptian and the latter distinctively Hebrew. (The Hebrews did, however, adopt many of the symbols and rituals of Egyptian religious practice, which were much grander and more impressive than their own.)
The uneasy alliance that was established between the Atenists and the Hebrews in their common struggle against the followers of the old gods of Egypt finally collapsed at Mount Sinai, where Thothmose (Moses), the Egyptian leader of the alliance, was assassinated (there are even indications that he was ritually sacrificed to Yahweh, to demonstrate the power of Yahweh over all Egyptian rivals).
Akhenaten's monotheism was envisaged as universal whereas Hebrew monotheism was based on a jealous, partisan god: a war god that was carried into battle by the Hebrews (in the Ark of the Covenant at the head of their army) to smite the enemies of Israel.
Although this is referred to as monotheism, it is really nothing of the kind. A monotheistic god is a divinity for all the peoples of the world, not for a single nation or race with whom he has concluded an exclusive and binding contract. A partisan god who makes a covenant with one people implies the existence of other partisan gods who make covenants with their "chosen people" too i.e. this type of "monotheism" is actually a disguised polytheism. The history of religious conflict shows that we live in a polytheistic system of competing gods and religions. Hinduism is more truly monotheistic than any of the Abrahamic religions. (The Christian Crusaders and the Muslim suicide battalions show that Christianity and Islam are also both on the side of an exclusive, violent god like Yahweh. Again, these are not properly monotheistic religions, but are divisive and partisan belief systems, sending everyone who does not agree with them to hell.)
This warped form of monotheism was first set out in the "sacred" writings of the Hebrews. How long will people go on believing the grotesque lies of the Old Testament? When will the Old Testament and the Torah be treated for what they surely are: gospels of Satan. Fortunately, some Hebrews, such as the great Solomon, were able to see the light and reject the Devil (Yahweh). Solomon had the dream of destroying Yahweh once and for all, and produced a specific plan. A modern-day attempt to put that plan into action is the subject of The Armageddon Conspiracy.