31. THE ROD OF YHWH
Joshua finally led his people into the promised land where, according to their own records, the Israelites went on to drive out the Canaanites and later engage other regional tribes, slaughtering large numbers. Specifically ‘not by the sword’ but by the invisible hand of YHWH which caused typical symptoms of radiation poisoning. The campaign began at Jericho where priests took the ark of YHWH before them and blew their seven trumpets and circled the town walls seven times for seven days (a symbolic seven cubed) – after which the inhabitants were unable to defend themselves and they all perished, even women and children. It wasn’t the walls that fell down but the people. The whole city was burnt and ‘cursed’ and filled with dead bodies and rendered uninhabitable.
According to the Hebrew Old Testament, they went on to discomfort the Hivites, the Perizzites, the Girgashites, the Jebusites, the Gibeonites, the Philistines and the Syrians. In Biblical language they smote them not with the sword but with the hand of YHWH, with the blotch of Egypt, and with the emerods [swellings], and with the scab, and with the itch whereof thou canst not be healed … yea, those nations were utterly wasted … leaving not one that pisseth against a wall. The number of Gibeonites was 320,000 armed footmen and 10,000 horsemen, which frightened Joshua and the Israelites. But with YHWH he went upon them and slew the entire army, such a number as could not be believed. The invisible angel of death smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand  in one night … and behold they were all dead corpses, killed by an angel. Of the Syrians an hundred thousand [100,000] footmen fell in one day … he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the Lord God of Israel commanded … thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth … he smote the land and left neither man nor woman alive. And ‘understand this’ the scribes wrote, they fell not with the sword, nor the bow, but the Lord thy God is he which goeth before thee as a consuming fire … and I sent the hornet before you, which drove them out. They shalt have a great sickness by disease of the bowels, until thy bowels fall out … their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. I will make the land utterly waste and desolate, no foot of man nor beast shall inhabit it for forty years. 
They did not always make a frontal attack but in other instances adopted a more devious method of ‘seeding’ an enemy town with ‘hot’ stones and letting the invisible devil of radiation do its work. The captains instructed the ‘priests’ clothed in linen to … fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims [the ark], and scatter them over the city. Take twelve stones out of the place of the priests and lodge them in the midst of Jordan … and the city shall be accursed, and all that are therein. That was followed by detailed directions on how to later remove the hazard, ‘I put the plague of leprosy in a house which I [will] give to you for your possession … if the plague be in the walls take away the … greenish or reddish stones in which the plague is and cast them into an unclean place outside the city’. 
The consequences of nuclear conflict were terrible. Graphic details were provided in the account of Isaiah, albeit presented now as a ‘dream’. It was a vivid account, full of the images of distinctive nuclear effects in astounding detail. It was a very real dream, a nightmare.
Rezin, king of Syria, went to war against the house of David in Jerusalem but could not prevail. The lords of Mount Zion, using tongs, took live coals from the altar … and the house was filled with smoke … and the lords said fear not, neither be fainthearted, because you have these smoking firebrands … a cloud and a smoke by day, and a shining fire by night, as a glorious defence. And he stretched out his hand and hissed like a fly or a bee from afar … until the cities were wasted, without inhabitant, the houses without man, and the land utterly desolate. The lord of hosts said … be not afraid … he lifted up his rod in the manner of Egypt … his hand stretched out, who shall turn it back … his hand over the ‘river’ of seven streams produced a mighty wind … there came from the north a smoke … the light was a fire and a flame … the hay withered away, the grass faileth, there was no green thing … where there were a thousand vines all the land became briers and thorns. Jerusalem was ruined, Judah was fallen. The country was desolate, the cities burned, only very few people remained. The hair fell out of their heads, there was no soundness in their bodies from the sole of the foot even unto the head, but only wounds and putrifying sores that could not be mollified. The land was not inhabited from generation to generation but occupied by wild beasts and doleful creatures and satyrs. Isaiah lamented, ‘Howl, cry, the whole of Palestine art dissolved’. 
The books of the Old Testament and Josephus’ Antiquites and Wars of the Jews provide voluminous accounts of protracted regional wars, including many odd incidents and details of nuclear technology that have passed unrecognized into folklore and into religion.
The ‘priests’ of course wore their peculiar clothing of the golden ephod and mitre to protect the vital organs of the torso and head. Which is why, down through history, princes and priests wore a golden crown and a golden cloak bedecked with jewels. The jewels were originally the breastplate Urim and Thummin – which flashed a warning on exposure to radiation. Abraham wore a gold tunic when he rode out to rescue Lot; Homer’s warrior Glaucus was clad in gold armour; and still in Roman times, the Gauls wore gold into battle. Golden thread was woven into a fabric called ‘Attalus’ invented by the kings of Asia and worn as a military tunic by Etruscan kings and Emperors of Rome.
That was all well and good for princes and priests but could not be afforded by mere peasants. If the multitude were ‘disobedient’ and likely to be exposed to radiation they were advised to wear sackcloth and ashes – because sackcloth providing a coarse weave to trap activated charcoal ashes which absorbed stray radiation. That crude technical precaution descended into medieval religious ritual where ‘sinners’ displayed atonement and shame by a public display of sackcloth and ashes.
Although the ‘priests’ wore elaborate and effective safety clothing they were still subject to prolonged occupational exposure – and therefore to sub-acute genetic damage. Even now on the Kazakhstan Steppes there is a noticeable incidence of genetic birth defects several generations after low-level exposure of the population to the Soviet era nuclear tests. That is why the priests of old were required to be celibate, or at least abstinent, lest the ‘sins’ (exposure) of the fathers be visited [genetically] on their sons for generations. That is the basis for the long-standing tradition of priestly celibacy.
The multitude were warned of impending exposure to YHWH by a blast of the trumpet – from the time when Moses first emerged from the mount, to when the priests brought forth the ark against Jericho. That warning is still observed in certain Jewish temple rites and is mimicked in Catholic rituals when the priest raises the communion ‘host’ to the sound of a bell and the faithful bow their heads – ducking for cover. The faithful had to look away because the emergent YHWH was brighter than a thousand suns. No man may look at it and live, except through a glass darkly. Just as observers of 20th-century nuclear tests were all issued dark glasses.
There were other means of warnings. Abraham’s early nuclear experiments killed the ravens around Ur, and again in Canaan; while later the Greeks called the locale of Giza ‘Avernus’ because birds would not fly near it lest they be killed – by the ‘black mists’. So Noah used a raven and a dove as ‘mine canaries’ after the ‘Flood of Winds’ to determine if the waves of radiation had dissipated. And likewise later, Moses in Egypt was credited with the military tactic of carrying ibes birds in baskets to warn against the danger of enemy ‘serpents’. So it was when Alexander the Great stood at the gates of Babylon in about 323 BC he challenged the ‘magicians’ on the battlements but they gestured for him to go away and ravens fell dead at his feet. He died ten days later of indeterminate poisoning. And even today British royalty, by long tradition, keep black ravens in the Tower of London, where legend says that if the ravens die it signifies doom and disaster for the realm.
The power of YHWH was kept in a secure gold-lined vessel called the ‘ark’ (Latin arca, Celtic arx), and was weaponised as the royal ‘mace’ or ‘sceptre’ in Egypt and the ‘rod’ of Hebrew accounts. The hollow gold tube ‘gun barrel ‘was the ‘reed’ of Egyptian accounts and became the ‘narthex’ (Greek, fennel stalk) of later mythology from which Lucifer and Prometheus delivered the fire of the gods.
When the rod was triggered it released a narrow beam of radiation which was the ‘finger of god’. It was ionising radiation which made the air crackle like an electrical discharge – described as the ‘bee’ in Egyptian accounts; or in Hebrew version as the ‘hornet’, or the sound of leaves rustling in the trees. The Hebrew lords warned, ‘When you hear the sound going in the tops of trees, only then shall you go to battle for god has gone before you to smite the Philistines … the sound of a shaken leaf will chase them and they will flee and fall even when no one pursues them’. The lords sent the hornet amongst them, which drove them out and destroyed them … by an unknown astonishment, a hissing and a perpetual desolation.
In Egyptian accounts the corresponding scenario was also pictured as the ‘serpent’, especially the cobra – a long thin tubular beast, largely unseen, striking with a hissing sound, and delivering death by lingering incurable poison. That ‘serpent’ imagery explains the orthodox misinterpretation of the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. They were not tempted by the snake to take an apple from the tree of life – they were tempted by their own ambition to gain the power of the ‘the snake’ which came from the ‘green apple’ of the lapis lazuli ball.
Some encounters were personal – like the conflict of David and Goliath, now trivialised as the epitome of little-man versus big-man. But Hebrew David (later King David) was not a little man and not a boy. In these times when men routinely lived past 120 anyone under 40 was a ‘youth’. He was another hero figure in the Moses mould of tall, fair and handsome (‘comely’), and ‘god, the lord of hosts’ was with him. In other words he knew the secrets of YHWH. When confronted with the literal giant Goliath, David donned his ephod safety apron, went into his ‘hold’ or ‘keep’ in the hill from where he selected a stone and stretched forth his arm against the giant. The standard texts fudged, ‘David prevailed over the Philistine with [a sling and] a stone, and smote him, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David’. Josephus recorded literally he ‘had an invisible assistant’ which the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas recounted even more explicitly – ‘throw stones at me; a fire will come out of the stones and burn you up’. Later, David did smite the Philistines by fire, slaughtering tens of thousands leaving none alive; and on another occasion he slew variously 18-22,000 Syrians. All with the power of the rod. 
Before battles the multitude were always warned not to covet any gold or silver, or even iron, taken from the slain. All metal objects were to be passed to the priests to be purified by fire. After the fall of Jericho, a man called Achar of the tribe of Judah, kept some gold hidden in his camp, at which the people of his tribe became listless and disordered – and had to wear sackcloth and ashes. On enquiry, the malefactor was discovered and immediately put to death. That is because on exposure to radiation metal objects themselves become radioactive and become a local point-source of exposure. That is why there were no nails allowed in the temple of Solomon. Such contaminated metal objects taken from battle could be given to the priests – in safety clothing – and ‘purified’ by heating in the fire. In turn, the practice of ‘purifying by fire’ became perceived as the only way to get rid of ‘evil spirits’, so down through the ages witches had to be burned.
Despite all the safety warnings and special clothing people still suffered accidental exposure and collateral damage. When Moses’ sister Miriam even came near ‘the cloud’ of the ark she was struck with ‘leprosy’; while Aaron’s sons dared look inside and were struck dead on the spot. Anyone around the ark and the rod risked exposure and sickness. The remedies administered included colloidal gold – which Moses made his people drink at Sinai [Giza] – and frankincense oil and myrrh resin which are both recently reported to be anti-cancer drugs.
That is why in the account of infant Jesus the wise men from the east presented highly valuable gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Gold for safety clothing, the other remedies just in case.
But the Hebrews did not have it all their own way; nuclear prowess proliferated.
 Joshua, 3,10,24; Isaiah, 24,37,60; Deuteronomy, 9,20,28; I Kings, 16,20; I Samuel, 4,27; Numbers, 23,24; Exodus, 15; Psalm 66;
II Chronicles, 21; Zechariah, 14; Ezekiel, 29; Josephus, Antiquities & Wars of the Jews IV, 9
 Ezekiel, 10; Joshua, 4,6; Leviticus, 14
 Isaiah, 1-15
 I Samuel, 17,18,24,26,27,30; II Samuel, 5,8; I Chronicles, 11,14; Josephus Antiquities VI; Nag Hammadi, Gospel of Thomas