32. ARMS PROLIFERATION
The Hebrews were not alone. At the same time that Moses and Joshua were wandering in the desert slaughtering local tribes, another unidentified group of ‘Sea People’ roamed the eastern Mediterranean completely destroying coastal settlements.
Throughout these episodes the identity, chronology and geography of the participants remains confused and contentious. The Exodus event – so-called – took place about 1450 BC, or maybe as late as 1250 BC; a period that spans the 18-20th dynasties in Egypt leading up to the third ‘Intermediate Period’ of political disorder. That is an era where there are clear records that the Pharaohs still had active access to the nuclear ‘Mace’ (rod). Around 1500 BC Pharaoh Thutmosis III had a great club called ‘The Beauteous Thing’ by which Amun [the sun god] gives strength to slay the enemy. While in 1250 BC Pharaoh Ramses II had a special ‘battle sword’ in the form of the sun god … and the weapon reached out without mercy so the land was full of corpses … and the enemy fled like a woman.’ 
In this period the ‘Hebrews’ (people from ‘over the water’) were a rather loose group of stateless immigrants originating in Sumeria. Abraham and Sarah had been exiled from Ur in Sumeria (Iraq) to Harran in Syria, then wandered to Canaan from where they were evicted, went to Egypt from where they were ejected, back to Canaan where they settled as shepherds as guests of Philistine King Abimelech (though not without incident).Their children multiplied and the descendants bounced around between Palestine and Egypt – until Moses came along about 430 years later.
At the outset of the Exodus event Moses was an Egyptian by birth, but exiled as a lowly shepherd in Midian (Jordan). How he armed himself with a rod and, with a small group of family, travelled to Egypt to directly confront and defeat the Pharaoh is inadequately explained. At the time Egypt was the largest and most powerful nation in the region, and the Pharaoh had his own armaments factory and magicians fully armed with rods. Just how Moses managed to outwit the Pharaoh is not detailed, and also not identifiably recorded in Egyptian annals.
By coincidence, in the latter part of this period around 1250 BC, the eastern Mediterranean was beset by another group of wandering rogues known as the ‘Sea People’ – also apparently armed with the power of the rod. This regional annihilation, labelled ‘The Catastrophe’ in orthodox texts, was marked by two characteristic features. First, the cities were totally destroyed by fire – not just an ordinary fire, but a conflagration so intense as to melt and vitrify brickwork and stone. And secondly, the cities were desolated and abandoned – they became uninhabited and apparently uninhabitable.  As if it were a neutron bomb effect.
A vivid example was preserved on clay tablets from the time of the destruction of the large city of Ugarit in coastal Syria. The satrap King of Ugarit wrote a letter pleading, ‘seven enemy ships sailed in and did evil things, burned, razed cities and wreaked havoc, then sailed away’. Ugarit was a very large fortified and garrisoned city – but defeated and razed by just seven ships.
Similarly, in the early 1200s BC Pharaoh Rameses II recorded an incursion interpreted as ‘Sea People’ … the unruly Sherden whom no one had ever known how to combat, they came boldly sailing in their warships from the sea, none being able to withstand them.  Later his successor Rameses III also recorded victories over the ‘Sherden of the sea’ and other foreign countries, claiming ‘I burned them’. Perhaps literally. The identity of the ‘Sea People’ has never been satisfactorily resolved. Whoever they were they apparently had access to nuclear technology around 1200-1100 BC
The nuclear power of ‘the rod’ of YHWH became widely known and used in the Middle East from around 1200 BC, but over the following 1000 years it gradually faded away and disappeared altogether in the last century BC.
In Israel the power of the rod at some point passed from the portable ark to more permanent homes in the ‘holy mounts’. The Psalms sang, ‘Out of [mount] Zion the light appeared and went forth as an all-consuming fire. The light was awesome and terrible out of its holy places’. And its purpose was for making war … ‘Blessed be the Lords who provided my strength, who teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight, who subdueth my people under me. Nations compassed me about, but by the word of the Lord [YHWH] I destroyed them’. 
Around 1000 BC a young David went into his ‘keep’ in the hill and selected a ‘stone’ to cast at Goliath. Later he passed the knowledge to his son Solomon who knew ‘the powers of every precious stone’ and, like Egyptian Thoth, he ordered everything by measure, and number, and weight. With the help of experts from Tyre (Lebanon) Solomon built a new secure temple in Jerusalem to contain the ark of YHWH, but even then he worried out loud ‘if the triple [cubic] heavens cannot contain thee, how much less this house which I have built’.  Solomon built the temple about 950 BC and it stood until 587 BC when it was destroyed by Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II.
Solomon was assisted by experts from Tyre (Lebanon) so it follows that they also had nuclear technology at that time. Psalms, dated from 1000 to 600 BC, confirm that the ‘foundation of YHWH is in the holy mountains’; and the nuclear powers at that time were listed by name as the City of YHWH in Mount Zion; Rahab [Jericho]; Babylon; Philistia [coastal Palestine]; Tyre [Phoenicia, now Lebanon]; along with Ethiopia [Nubia].  And it was separately acknowledged that the original source was made in secret and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth … taken and brought forth out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt.  Psalm 87 even added the detail that he [YHWH] was ‘born’ in Nubia, in a reference to Jebel Barkal where the Egyptian lords conducted the first tests.
To that list we can add the Hittites in Asia Minor (Turkey) where the ‘Storm god’ [of winds] went awry causing a ‘fog’ that stifled all the animals and crops; sheep, oxen and humans ceased to conceive. Trees withered and the meadows dried up, leading to a famine. Affected cities were abandoned and ‘cursed’ with a taboo against resettlement to be defied by newcomers only at their peril. The Hittite armies also ventured south through Syria and Palestine, threatening Egypt, where their exploits were vividly inscribed in stone – ‘they came with a flame before them desolating the land and people as if they had never come into being’. 
Babylon abounded with examples. An early god-king, Naram-Sin, led three successive military campaigns with armies of thousands of men – but was utterly annihilated by the odd combination of what was described (in translation) as ‘fire, flood and plague’. King Hammurabi led many successful campaigns, including one described as ingeniously clever where he destroyed the enemy ‘with a great mass of water’ – naively interpreted as a contrived flood! But elsewhere the records revealed he had the ‘exalted weapon’ of the gods. Likewise, the famous Nebuchadnezzar, whose successor later sacked Jerusalem, fought with ‘axes that burnt like fire’, that scorched the roads, dried up wells and made strong warriors weak-kneed. 
Regional powers gained access to arms but apparently without adequate training against exposure. Accounts of various conflicts are littered with examples where King so-and-so ventured into battle only to mysteriously sicken and die. When Assyrian King Esarhaddon attempted invasion of Egypt he ‘fell ill’ and died after battle and his armies withdrew because of a ‘plague’. But later in 887 BC his successor Ashurbanipal successfully overcame the Egyptian cities using ‘the terror of the sacred weapon of Ashur’.  And a little later when the great armies of the Persian kings ventured west to threaten Greece in about 490-470 BC, they were led by ‘Magi with their altars of sacred fire’, with a chariot of god that no mortal could approach (like the Hebrew ark), and a particular rank of infantrymen called ‘The Immortals’ or ‘Apple Bearers’ in golden costumes – who were oddly armed with ‘spears with butts of golden apples’. Why would the highest rank of infantrymen who guarded the king be armed with an apple on the end of a stick, unless it was the evil apple, the forbidden fruit? They inherited the Sumerian ‘sword’ of old called the SHUHADAKU (supreme strong bright weapon). 
Oddly, when the Babylonians sacked Solomon’s temple in 597 BC they took away the ‘sacred instruments’ – but they seemed to not know what they were and had to ask the captive Hebrew sage, Daniel. Prince Belshazzar became drunk over dinner and foolishly opened the holy vessels upon which the ‘magic fingers’ of YHWH’s radiation burned writing on the wall. He was exposed and died the very same night.  Someone in Babylon must have retained the technology because they used it against Alexander the Great when he threatened the gates in 323 BC. The magicians gestured at him, ravens dropped dead at his feet, and he died of mysterious poisoning within ten days.
The technology trail passed down through the centuries. The Hebrews confined the mysterious light of the lords to the naos or tabernacle in the holy of holies of the inner temple, approachable only by the High Priest. In about 750 BC when an unwary young King Uzziah dared approach the inner temple he was smitten by severe ‘leprosy’ and soon slept with his fathers. The High Priests, for OH&S reasons, wore the golden ephod apron with a radiation detection monitor composed of a breastplate of various jewels that sparkled in the presence of the lord. Josephus recorded bright rays darted out of the jewels when ‘God was present’, but they had ‘left off shining two hundred years before I wrote this book’ – about 150 BC.
That date accords with the final instance of the use of nuclear weapons against the Macedonian Seleucids about 167-160 BC. Jewish guerrilla resistance was led by the rebel Judas Maccabeus (a Kohen priest) who roamed the countryside with only a small band of men. But he was assisted by the divine gift of a ‘gold sword’ and by the ‘might of his arm’ he went against the Seleucid army and slaughtered no less than 35,000 men ‘being greatly cheered by God’s manifest aid’. That was not an isolated instance. On other occasions just five of his men hurled ‘thunderbolts’ at the enemy killing 25,000 men and 600 horsemen; while elsewhere a rider in white brandishing ‘gold weapons’ killed 11,000 men and 1600 horsemen. Seleucid General Antiochus was struck down by the ‘all seeing lord’ causing an incurable pain in the bowels, his flesh fell off and he developed an intolerable stench from which he died shortly after. General Heliodorus was also confronted by the horse with the dreadful rider clad in golden armour, and sent a plaintive message back to King Seleucus – ‘there is some divine power about this place’. 
The radioactivity lingered in storage, especially in metal objects. The Roman administrator Herod dared to open the sacred crypt of David and Solomon in search of gold; at which it was recorded two of his guards were slain on the spot by ‘fire’. Herod escaped apparently unharmed but soon after succumbed to ‘distemper’ with typical symptoms of sub-acute radiation poisoning – exulcerated entrails, convulsions, quickness of returns, and stench and putrefaction of his privy member – from which he died a horrible death in 4 BC. 
After that the trail of technology of the rod disappeared. Perhaps the main supply factory at Giza was closed down and its entrance bricked-up. The reality disappeared and in just a few generations even human memory slipped into mythology – and eventually into religion. To paraphrase Joseph Campbell everything became distorted through the lens of Christianity. Babylonian history became magic and astrology; Egyptian history was derided as alchemy and animal gods; Celtic lore became mere romantic fairy tales; Greek myth became literature; and, worst of all, Hebrew history declined into religion.  The memory of the real power of the rod was preserved in the Psalms … I will lift up mine eyes to the mounds from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the lords who made heaven and earth … out of Zion.
That was explicit enough but totally misconstrued by the inventors of the new religion – so now countless Catholics innocently, unknowingly, still repeat the mantra in the liturgy of the Mass …
Introibo ad altare Dei – I will go unto the [stone] altar of God.
Qui facet caelum et terram – who made heaven and earth.
Adjutorium nostrum nominee Domine – our help is in the name of the lords.
Qui facet caelum et terram – who made heaven and earth.
 Erman, The Ancient Egyptians; Brugsch-Bey, Egypt Under the Pharaohs
 Drews, The End of the Bronze Age
 Tanis stele
 Psalm 35,48,50,68,118,134,144
 II Chronicles, 2
 Psalm 87
 Numbers, 23-24; Psalm 139; Deut 4
 Gurney, The Hittites; Gardiner, The Egyptians
 Saggs, The Babylonians
 Gardiner, The Egyptians
 Cook, The Persians
 Daniel, 4
 2nd Book of Macabees
 Josephus Antiquities of the Jews, 12,16,17; Wars of the Jews, 1
 Joseph Campbell, The Masks of God