Blue, Purple and Scarlet Curtains

In Exodus, Chapter 25, verse 8, the Lord said to Moses “And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.”  And the Lord provided Moses with exact details as to the pattern and size of the tabernacle, its furnishings, the alter, the ark, the courtyard.  The information provided was so detailed, in fact, that the Lord even stated that he wanted blue, purple and scarlet curtains.


In Chapter 35, actual construction began.  Verses 30-35 are noteworthy:


            “And Moses said to the children of Israel, see, the Lord hath called by name, Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship; and to devise curious works, to work in gold, and in silver and in brass, and in cutting of stones to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of cunning work.  And he hath put in his heart that he may teach, both he and Aholiab the son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan. Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work of the engraver, and of the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any work, and of those that devise cunning work.”


In reading these words, I couldn’t help but think of countless conversations Alex and I have had in the past about all of the great civilizations that created works of wonder:  the Sumerians, Egyptians, Incas, Aztecs, Mayans and many more.  Our belief is that they were taught, coached and helped to create all of the wonders that still remain on this Earth by those from another galaxy who were more advanced than we.  How else could you explain the Egyptian and Mayan pyramids, the stone work at Machu Picchu, Stonehenge, the Moai (stone statues on Easter Island, some over 60 feet high and weighing over 200 tons) and other “wonders” of the world?


And the ziggurats that had been constructed from the end of the third millennium BCE to 600 BCE had also been constructed as dwellings for the gods; very similar to this bible story where God is instructing the people on how to build the tabernacle.


It seemed to me in readings Verses 30-35 that the Lord was very particular and wanted only the finest surroundings, exactly as he had designed, in which to spend time with the Israelites, and that meant that the Israelites would have to be “filled…in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship” to create as the Lord instructed.  And the Lord, obviously, was a physical creature who demanded all of these creature comforts exactly to his liking.  So he filled Bezaleel with the knowledge and ability for work in every skilled craft and also inspired him to teach others.  There it was, right there in the bible.  I always thought this was pretty much what had happened, but I never thought I’d be reading the details in the bible.  Early “advanced” civilizations had been filled with the knowledge and ability to create all of these amazing structures and artifacts.




The tabernacle was built as the Lord commanded so that he might dwell among his people.  Likewise, the ziggurats that had been built in Mesopotamia were believed to be dwelling places for the gods. Priests were the only ones allowed within the ziggurats in order to attend to their needs. These ziggurats first appeared during a sudden scientific and philosophical golden age and it is possible that the ‘gods’ who were being attended to by the priests, were actually extraterrestrials who were teaching human beings and helping them to create these extremely advanced civilizations.  


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