Homer's Odyssey was treated as ancient fiction, bearing little or no relationship to the facts of ancient history until German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann rediscovered Troy using the text in 1871 and 1873. While the self-taught archaeologist was not accurate as to which of the several layers of remains actually dated to the time of the Iliad and Odyssey the Homeric tradition turned out to be dead right on the location. The Bible's accuracy has also been questioned. Such seemingly obviously invented stories as the parting of the Red Sea to allow God's Chosen People to escape Egypt and Manna falling from the sky to sustain them on their 40 year journey into what we now know as the land of Israel are usually poo-pooed, or explained as allegorical.
Most Americans today accept the Bible as a text that is more mythology than fact. As Dr. Sagan once said: “Outrageous claims require outrageous proof.” Many of the stories in the Bible seem simply impossible.
But the claim of a long time researcher on the science behind of the existence of Manna is changing that. This researcher, an astrophysicist with an impressive and unusual resume, has made his case with proofs that no one ever expected to see. The proofs include actual Manna and the equipment he used to produce it.
Also explained is the seven day interval for the Sabbath, the Pillar of Cloud, and the Pillars of Solomon. During our interview Franklin provided answers to several questions long asked about the role Moses played as the Israelites wandered in the wilderness.
The scientist, named August Franklin, not only says he can explain what Manna was, he produced the pearly white substance that possesses the characteristics ascribed to Manna. Many inferences are given in the Old Testament that associate Manna as Gold in a sacred and perfect white form. In the Bible the word “bdellium” is used to describe the appearance of Manna. Manna is described as, pearlescent and having the appearance of tiny grains - something like coriander seed. His explanation fits together with a logic that is compelling.
Interviewed for this article, Franklin relayed the points of his theory and produced the proof – first to be viewed in his hand, where the grains did indeed look like pearl coriander seeds with a heavy emphasis on the pearl, and then baked into a loaf of bread that was different than this reporter had ever tasted. As the loaf was consumed August Franklin spoke further.
“The Israelites had no name for the grains of material that fell from the sky that they then, on the orders of Moses, gathered to eat. The word, “manna,” actually means, “It is What is it?” for they had no name for it at the time.
Franklin went on to reiterate a few well known facts on the principals in the story. For instance, every school child knows that Moses, born to a Jewish mother, was found abandoned in the reeds of the Nile and adopted by a daughter of Pharaoh. As a child of the royal house Moses would have had access to knowledge that would have been denied to other Israelites. Egyptian science guarded by the priesthood and was well advanced from that of the Israelites, who were essentially still in a farm culture embedded into Egyptian culture as a slave class and the bakers, millers, tailors and all the stations that served the Egyptian ruling families.
As an adopted grandson of Pharaoh, Moses was automatically a high priest of Ammon. the word Ammon means ' the hidden.” The family of the pharaohs were considered to be semi deities themselves. He therefore had access to the ongoing work at the various temples and would have been trained in the work going on there and such things as scheduling. Purification and smelting of precious metals went on at various temples routinely and onsite at the desert mines and Moses would likely have known about those operations.
Having the privileges of the royal house, even as a minor member, it is actually astonishing that Moses evidently became a champion of Israelites, but the Bible says this happened and that Moses fled Egypt, taking up residence in the desert and marrying. He was living as shepherd when, according to the Bible, he encountered the Burning Bush that called him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt to the Promised Land, returning to Egypt to free them.
Franklin, who said he has exhaustively studied the Bible and all existing texts relating to the High Priests of Ammon, who were in charge of all work relating to gold, studied the Egyptians and Persian kings and the smelting technologies then in use. Fires in such facilities were stoked day and night to ensure that the heat reached the required temperature and to save fuel. The mines were in the desert and fuel was made from making charcoal from the local shrubs and plants. The clouds of smoke by day evidently reflected the glowing charcoal fires by night making the "pillar of cloud."
During the time of Ramses a pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night was associated with gold and precious metals smelting operations at Mt. Sinai and the surrounding area. The Egyptians were in charge of the mining at Timna with a workforce of Negebites and Midianites at what would later be called the Pillars of Solomon.
Also according to the Bible, Exodus 3:1 - “Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.”
According to Franklin, “Manna is an ionic form of gold like it is found in stars. It is life giving and sustaining when eaten in a form that provides a metabolic pathway into the cells.” Franklin accounts for the production of Manna as a byproduct of the smelting of gold, saying, “Gold was vaporized during active smelting operations that were ongoing in the Sinai during the Exodus. Atoms of gold, when sent aloft, cool. Water molecules form around airborne particles to form raindrops that fall from the sky - like manna did. In a moisture laden weather pattern, Ionic gold particles will be brought out of the sky as a rain containing atomic gold particles from the vapor cloud.
If the air is infused with precious metal vapor in a dense cloud of vapor sent aloft the precondition of a fall of manna exists in the atmosphere. Depending on the saturation dew point which determines the lifting condensation level these elements will cool then fall as a milky rain in the late evening. This is consistent with the Exodus texts. In the morning sun, this milky dew will condense into small flakes and particles as the water evaporates.”
Sitting there listening to an astrophysicist and Transition metal chemist discuss the probably truth behind the words of the Bible while eating bread baked according to a recipe that has not been made for thousands of years is a mind altering experience. In a small gold saucer on the table were the grains of Manna.
Exodus 16:4 - “Then the LORD said to Moses, "I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.”
Franklin continued, “So efficient was the Ramses II Egyptian operation that smelting furnaces burned round the clock, raising output and saving fuel. Instead of stoking new fires each morning, as had been done by earlier smiths. The Egyptians ran the furnaces at top temperatures for several days at a time. This early “oxygen injection” process was well known to the Israelites since they were the slaves operating the furnaces. And this is seen clearly in the tomb drawings of Pharaohs describing gold purification using stoking.”
A we talked, Franklin showed me illustrations from tomb drawings that proved his point. The Egyptians understood all aspects of smelting. These techniques were taught by the High Priests of Ammon. In one of these a bald Egyptian priest class is stoking an oxygen rich furnace, but the common worker slave class is stoking a reduction furnace.
Every 6 days, the smelters turned the furnaces off for cleaning and recharging. The following day there was no smelting pillar of clouds and no subsequent fall of “Manna” and this is addressed in the Exodus verses. The predictive abilities of Moses doubtless awed the recalcitrant Israelites.
Exodus 16: 25 - "Eat it today," Moses said, "because today is a Sabbath to the LORD. You will not find any of it on the ground today. 6 Six days you are to gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will not be any."
Exodus 16:27 - “Nevertheless, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none.”
Exodus 6:31 - “The house of Israel called the name of it Manna,
and it was like coriander seed, white; and its taste was like wafers
Exodus16:32 - Moses said, "This is the thing which Yahweh has commanded, 'Let an omer-full of it be kept throughout your generations, that they may see the bread with which I fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you forth from the land of Egypt."
An Omer is about a quart. Easy to collect at that time, but extremely expensive to recreate in the modern time since gold is running something like $760.00 per ounce.
Franklin went on to discuss the observational knowledge of the High Priests of Ammon, and most probably of Midian, who would have understood the currents of air that carried the byproducts of the foundry to predictable locations. In the Bible the role of the Midian priest who was Moses' father in law is ignored, though Moses shows him clear respect and withdraws with him, to a discrete distance after the Tribes have escaped Egypt and before their wanderings are well underway. Franklin smiled.
He suspects he knows what they discussed but declined to say what that was.
Pointing out the locations on a map, Franklin traced the probable pattern of air currents existing at the time. Where Gold was sent aloft in the smelting process, Manna Fell.
Timna' is in the southern Negev , Israel , north of Elat. Archaeologists since the first modern expedition in 1904 have identified remnants of ancient smelting operations at Timna', complete with crude furnaces and slag heaps, as being of the Egyptian pharaonic dynastic period of Ramses and later and periods of conquering Persian Kings.
In the Exodus, while at Mt. Sinai Israelites reportedly engaged in metallurgical activities, that infant nation casts gold, silver and bronze objects for the Tabernacle. So the site where Manna fell ought to have evidence of objects being cast "on-site," and some of these objects ought to be of a "religious" nature. The Hathor shrine at Timna possesses votive objects cast "on site" of armbands, rings, ear-rings and figurines, like a bronze snake, a ram and a phallic male idol cast in copper. The Timna area was sacred since Chalcolithic times as a occupation of that era underlies the Egyptian Hathor shrine.
During the 1904 expedition of Flinders Petrie there was a moment of discovery where they encountered an Egyptian Temple of Hathor with inscriptions of Ramses. The yellow sand around a number of little stone alters showed unmistakable evidence of burnt offerings as well. .
After Manna fell and dried, the Israelites made bread with it. That is what Franklin said, continuing, and that is backed up by the Bible.
Numbers 11: 8 - “The people went around gathering it, and then ground it in a handmill or crushed it in a mortar. They cooked it in a pot or made it into cakes. And it tasted like something made with olive oil.”
And after the Israelites left the cloud the Manna stopped falling.
Joshua 5:12 - “The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate of the produce of Canaan .”
The Manna, eaten alone, is very sweet, not a characteristic you would ascribe to gold. Franklin said he had taken his time in designing the equipment used to verify what many will see as an outrageous claim.
He continued, “After 5 years of research, processing and testing, I have created this special form of gold in my laboratory. What was wondrous was that it matched the ancient Ancient Hebrew Alchemical process of the Essene. So the knowledge was not lost entirely, just hidden, like the temple of the hidden (ammon).
By very high temperature processes that duplicated the dissolution of gold crystals into individual atoms like in smelting I was able to duplicate the effect of discharged atomic gold vapor and its precipitation and recollection as a white powder. In X-Ray Diffraction Analysis, the transformed gold was no longer showing crystalline x-ray reflection frequencies and clearly proved that the required non metallic state had been attained. But this is an important point, if it cannot be identified as a metal, then deposits in the soils around these ancient sites will have it, but it will not show up in spectroscopy and be completely missed.
And it is white, very white after this process.” I nodded, rolling one of the grains between my fingers.
“Above is a picture of an quartz ignition boat full of Gold taken through the alchemical gas fixing process. I further fixed the ionic state to be highly excited, but not electrochemically reactive.
But after this transformation it exhibited a high degree of both electrostatic attraction among the particles but dielectric repulsion against fields brought in proximity. Clumps would form up as it dried but then tended to move away from my fingers. However by transforming gold into a state of high electrostatic potential, but into a state that can not produce electronic valence bonding gold can ‘nest’ in carbon rings, like those of sugar. The starches in bread are a perfect place to ‘net’ gold into a neutral charge region in the carbon ring and “nest.” And thus provide a reasonable chemical molecule to follow normal metabolic pathways in order to delivery Manna into the human body and into the cells.”
Asked if these insights had challenged his belief in God Franklin responded,
“I believe that the gods were real and had attained a state that has been described as immortal, but may instead have been a state of continued existence due to special foods. The Sumerian texts that Akkad used to create the Hebrew bible were in the first person narrative so I believe the Elohim lived on Earth and wrote those texts. And that they were privy to specially treated foods found originally in a very special garden called Eden . Clearly, Moses was by definition both a son of a Pharaoh before the Exodus, and a high priest of the Temple of Ammon as a Pharaoh's son.
The rabbinical tradition relates that God determined to appoint Bezaleel architect of the desert Tabernacle. God then asked Moses whether the choice was agreeable to him, and received the reply, "Lord, if he is acceptable to Thee, surely he must be so to me!"
Moses brought Bezaleel from the House of Judah with him and gold was smelted, melted and made into the Ark of the Covenant by Bezaleel. Moses instructed Bezaleel in the esoteric ways of metallurgy.
Continuing, Franklin said, “I believe that Moses understood the power of that knowledge and it helped him guide the Israelites through the wilderness by knowing where to take them.
Is it any real coincidence that a Pharaoh's son would take them to the gold smelting operations at the Temple of Hathor where a cloud of gold vapor would recondense into a life giving Manna as it rained from heaven at night and dried in the sun in the morning? No, Moses had a job to do, given to him by God, and he accomplished it.”
The question of the Manna has therefore been answered. What “it” is, is gold…..The gold of gods… the gold as found in the sun. This is the heart of the knowledge of the Essene, Temple of Ammon and the Elohim. Seeing and tasting is believing. The tour of the lab at Cal Tech, where much of Franklin's research took place, will be covered in my next article.
Franklin, who was a research scientist and engineer with the NASA program until his program was phased out in 1993, proudly claims Hebrew heritage through his grandmother, his mother's mother he assured me, and also descent through his mother from America's own Benjamin Franklin, is, like Franklin, open and eager to talk about his discoveries. Like Benjamin, this Franklin is also a Renaissance Man who himself baked what is arguably the first real Shewbread to be produced in over 3,000 years because it comes with Manna.
That bread, made with the gold of the gods, real Manna, can be obtained through Judah's Bakery which Franklin started to make the proof of his discovery readily available.
“It is the End Times predicted in the Bible great tribulations were to be visited on mankind. It would seem that these predictions are fairly accurate. We are seeing terrible wars and plagues. So maybe other things in the Bible are accurate, like Manna. ” Franklin grinned. “It is good to know that the Chosen People still are. If you visit again, I will show you the work I have done with Bdellium.”
It was an interview I, for one, will never forget. The irony of having a Pillsbury be the one who conducted the interview of the individual who revealed the truth about the ingredients of the most significant bread in history did not escape me.
August Franklin will talk about this and other discoveries on The Spiritual Politician this Friday at 4pm, at BBSRadio.com.